Continuing with PORTRAIT OF AN EDITOR’s focus on the WHERE WE LIVE anthology, Archie’s Alex Segura covers a lot of ground including how his marketing background informs his editing, how the diversity of the Archie Comics universe fuels the publisher’s unique titles, Dark Circle Comics, and the stirring experience of writing for WHERE WE LIVE.
When I first came up with the idea for this podcast I had hoped I would be able to produce interviews like the one I had with J.H. & Wendy Williams. Their interview not only covered an editors' creative input, technical duties, and the hard work it takes to survive in this world while making a living off comics books but also what comics contribute to our society. With that, we discuss the excellent anthology WHERE WE LIVE published by Image which JH & Wendy created and edited. It raises money to aid the victims of the October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas. A city that JH & Wendy clearly love. We also talk about gun violence, how comics portray violence, and the long-term health issues for the victims of the shooting.
After attending a panel at New York Comic Con 2017 that focused on Valiant Comics, I quickly became a fan. I was aware of the 90s incarnation of Valiant but never read any of those comic books. Though I am thankful the publisher gave David Lapham his first break.
Today, Valiant is fresh yet familiar. Familiar, in that most of its titles spring from an interconnected universe with many actors and a large scope. Fresh because the publisher's characters are multi-dimensional, well-developed and modern. They range from the upbeat, pop culture obsessed Faith to the international puppet master/anti-hero of Toyo Harada.
In March of 2018, veteran editor Karl Bollers joined Valiant. I put him through the Portrait of an Editor Q&A. It was a great talk, and I hope to have him back along with other Valiant editors.
A warning there are two f-bombs in this ep. So… maybe earbuds and headphones…
It’s time to get back to my regular programming with a bit of foreshadowing for New York Comic-Con.
I visit again with Dafna Pleban of BOOM! Studios. We talked about her promotion and what she is focused on nowadays.
We also talk about “what are stories meant to serve” and should editors bother to view or read material that is way out of their realms of interests?
And finally, we talk NYCC vs. SDCC.
The ramp-up to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 continues. This time I talk with Alex Donoghue Humanoid who was one of POE’s first victims.
Luckily, he still likes me just enough to answer some questions about Humanoids’ plan for SDCC2018, their Eisner nom for Deconstructing the Incal, their new release of Madame Cat, and even a hint of their plans for NYCC 2018.
In my conversation with Allison O'Toole, we talked about editing colorists. During that, I realized how little I knew about the art of coloring comic books. I’ve always appreciated what a colorist contributes but never really understood the mechanics. Now it’s time to get some details on how they bring the B&W art to life.
I dug into my contacts list and reconnected with Charlie Kirchoff.
We reminisced about our days at Humanoids, what an education it was working with Guy Davis, how he got the Dr. Who gig at IDW, how to succeed in networking as an introvert, and editors.
Christa Faust, Walter Hill, Meghan Abbott, Duane Swierczynski, and Mickey Spillane... If you like in crime fiction, you've probably heard those names before. Now they are making crime comics for Hard Case Crimes comic book line.
On this Portrait of an Editor, Charles Ardai delivers the low down on how the line came about, how he works with Titan Comics, and what the line will be publishing shortly.