David Banks has a passion for comic book history and preservation, and his latest project has turned him toward doing a full restoration of the comic series Micronauts. This is following his work on Rom: The Space Knight and Usagi Yojimbo. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, David and I talk about the importance of preserving niche comic topics and how some IPs fall through the cracks of history.
Last seen in Episode 118, Larry Hankin returns to Hungry Trilobyte to move beyond our discussion of comedy and acting. He’s now ready to release his new book., ‘That Guy’ and we have a chat about the struggles of writing and of a new author dealing with the publishing industry. Larry also offers some insight into the homeless problem, having lived that life for a year.
Heather Antos is currently a senior editor at IDW, after having worked with several other comic publishers. She credits her work to a life passion for telling stories, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, the two of us talk about what we look for in a story. Did being a voracious reader as a child give her the tools to create as an adult, or is there more to it?
Anyone who has seen Home Alone, Billy Madison, Friends, or Seinfeld will recognize Larry Hankin in a second. Diehard fans will also spot him in Star Trek and Married With Children. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Larry and I start off by discussing acting and finding creativity (we all have it!) and then move on to trying to understand if we have any hope for surviving as a people—on earth or in space. Turns out, Larry looks at life from an anthropological point of view, and has some insights about the book The Naked Ape.
In addition to being a filmmaker and fellow podcaster, Ash Congiliando is the writer behind the Tales from the Toy Cave blog. In this episode, Ash and I have a frank talk about a possible end in the adult toy collector hobby, and how being film buffs for many years has given us different ways of looking at movies we might have (in another lifetime) trashed completely.
Frank Conniff (known to MST3K fans as “TV’s Frank”) is now the star of a riffing show called The Mads Are Back. The two of us spend a lot of time talking about discovering movies, appreciating offbeat cinema, and how the movie culture has grown and changed over the years, particularly in our lifetimes. From silent films, to the studio system era, to Disney’s takeover of Marvel, there’s a lot to cover in this chat!
Sam de la Rosa has been an artist with Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, and other publishers for four decades. He and I got to talking at Dallas Fan Expo, and he was gracious enough to highlight how comic fans have grown into the new world that’s obsessed with superheroes, but might not know the source material.
Amanda Deibert (from Episode 32) returns with her wife, Cat Staggs, to give us a better view of what it’s like to create as a couple. Cat offers some great insight into how to overcome frustration and how to deal with self-criticism, and together, these two ladies make it clear how useful it is to work with your spouse and your best friend.
Darryl Banks is a comic book artist who has worked with DC Comics, most notably for Green Lantern in the mid-90s, introducing the character of Kyle Rayner. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Darryl and I talk about the unique storytelling opportunity he had with Green Lantern, as well as the other comic book trends of the 90s (killing title characters, novelty covers, Image in general). We also get a chance to compare the similarities and differences between DC and Marvel comics, and how conventions from one universe sometimes don’t translate well to the other.
Jerry Bennett, the first guest everon HungryTrilobyte, returns for episode #50! Jerry and I discuss the challenges of being creative in 2020 and the unique opportunities still around for artists. Jerry has been on an incredible self-improvement regimen, and I make the point that the ‘starving artist’ myth does more harm than good. Speaking of thriving, we discuss how Jerry was a guest at the OK Art Crawl, an art show for the socially distanced. I brag on some awesome open-source creative apps like GIMP, LibreOffice, and Ubuntu Studio. Jerry sings the praises of Procreate.