I’ll say it again-- Over the past year, I’ve become a big fan of Valiant Comics. I thoroughly enjoy the events and characters that make-up their superhero universe, especially the conflicted protagonists of Toyo Harada and Livewire.
So it was a great pleasure to talk to Valiant’s Executive Editor Joseph Illidge about those characters, Stan Lee, Dwayne McDuffie and how Dwayne influenced Joseph’s approach to editing.
My first interview with David Leach was packed with information.
Well, today's discussion surpasses the first one because in this interview David's passion for the comic book medium really comes out as he talks about his archival work on Flash Gordon and Jack Kirby's and Gil Kane's The Prisoner.
Also, we talk about budgets, agents, and the upcoming Blade Runner comic book.
In this episode, I finish up my interview with BOOM Studios’ Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer.
Three weeks ago I released a bonus episode in which we talked a lot about hockey. You can still download that.
Today we get back to talking about editing comic books, the role of agents, FIREFLY, Jeanine’s mentor, and the music of John Grant.
Titan Comics editor David Leach provides a history lesson on UK comic books, especially some great behind the scenes stuff about Marvel UK.
In addition to that, David talks about editing humor, the most critical thing he looks for from his writers, and his general take on what an editor needs to bring to the job.
Finally, we talk a bit about the new Blade Runner comic that Titan will be publishing.
Continuing with PORTRAIT OF AN EDITOR’s focus on the WHERE WE LIVE anthology, Will Dennis discusses what it took to produce the poignant and vital anthology, his origin story, how New York fueled the comics industry, how diversity has benefited comics, John Carpenter's The Thing, and what about Jason Aaron’s pitch for The Other Side really impressed him and foretold Aaron’s success as a comic book writer.
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.