WCPE Episode 072 – For November 18, 2015 – EUCON 2015 WRAP-UP

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It’s Friday which means it’s time for another new podcast! Cullen is on his own this week, as Jerry and John have had to prioritize life events and work above the podcast this week. Next week we’ll bring the noise, and possibly some funk, as a trio once again to discuss Star Wars #12, and our thoughts on the remaining schedule of podcasts for 2015.

For the show this week, Cullen gets to share the five interviews he got from EUCON 2015 this past weekend with you. The Eugene Comic Con in Eugene, OR had fabulous cosplay, diversified vendors, top artistic talent, and plenty of comics. Cullen went on Saturday with his ten-year-old son and they really enjoyed the day. There was plenty for both to do with the free arcade, food and merchandise vendors, and comic retailers. Given the paid attendance totals, Cullen is counting on another opportunity to go next year.

Below you’ll find the bios and order for the interviews with the minute mark for each creator.

Steve Lieber – (From Steve’s website) “I am a comic book illustrator and storyboard artist in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and studied comic book art at the Joe Kubert School. I’ve been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Carus, Oni, Dupuis and many others. I’ve worked on characters and properties like Batman, Superman, Hellboy, Star Trek and Road to Perdition, but I’m best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout and its Eisner-winning sequel, Whiteout: Melt. Whiteout was adapted by Warner Brothers as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale. I’m a founding member of Periscope Studio, the largest studio of freelance comics and storyboard artists in North America.”

Steve has also just ended his Eisner-nominated run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man and his partner on the book, Nick Spencer, and he are working together again on a new series from Image Comics entitled The Fix. Find out what Steve has to say about his run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man, what Periscope Studios is all about, and his upcoming project from Image. You can find our interview with Steve at the 4:20 mark of the podcast.


Ron Randall – (From Ron’s website) “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, and have a passion for conveying ideas and story through the blending of words and pictures. Throughout my thirty-plus years of work in comics, storyboards and commercial illustration, my goal has remained to always to put my drawings in the service of clear and compelling communication. Whether I’m drawing a superhero racing through time and space, a harried businessman rushing to a client meeting, or a barista serving the perfect cup, it’s my task to make the situation alive and interesting. And that job never grows old.”

Ron dreamed up a strong female protagonist when the “Bad Girl” phase of comics kicked off in the late 1980s, so amid the ample cleavage and super-thongs Mercy St. Clair got lost. Thankfully for us, Dark Horse Comics have collected the series which is available in an omnibus format, along with smaller trades collecting the continuing adventures. Ron posts new pages of the story to the Trekker Comic website every week. You can find the interview with Ron at the 12:29 mark of the podcast.


Chris Roberson – (From Chris’ website) “Chris Roberson’s writings include the novels Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, The Dragon’s Nine Sons, End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, Three Unbroken, and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II, and the comic book series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love and I, Zombie. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov’s, Interzone, Postscripts, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets. Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and he is the editor of anthology Adventure Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times—once each for writing and editing, and twice for publishing—twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History (winning the Short Form in 2004 with his story “O One” and the Long Form in 2008 with his novel The Dragon’s Nine Sons).”

Chris is still enjoying the highs of watching his work with Mike Allred end up on the small screen, and talks about some of the other projects he’s been working on which don’t involve eating brains. You can find the interview with Chris at the 21:00 mark of the podcast.


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On top of having 2000-year-old Latin phrases on his Tumblr, Chris writes We(l)come Back and Escape From New York for Boom Studios. He’s also the Eisner-nominated co-creator of High Crimes. Chris lived in Kansas City for ten years before moving to PortlandOh, and one more thing! He stayed a month in the infamous and haunted Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, as part of a Kickstarter. He’s going to write a book about his ordeal later next year. You can hear the harrowing details in the interview beginning at the 26:33 mark of the podcast.

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Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan – (From their website) “The husband-and-wife team Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett has been collaborating in print since 1989, when they created the groundbreaking science fiction comic Heartbreakers, an action series that explores the personal and political ramifications of cloning. Their 2005 graphic novel Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate stars Anina as the main characters and was nominated for an Eisner Award for Paul’s innovative art. The creative couple was honored with Inkpot Awards in 2011 at Comic-Con International.

Anina and Paul’s most recent books are two unique–and critically acclaimed–illustrated hardcovers. Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, the biography of a 19th-century robot soldier, is currently in development as a feature film produced by J.J. Abrams; and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention is a steampunk historical adventure that resurrects and re-imagines a vintage dime-store-novel hero, complete with restored 19th-century retro-futurist images.

Paul is a multimedia artist and recovering Chicago television personality. He combined his skills in illustration, photography, and model-making with his love of history when he created Boilerplate, the Victorian-era robot. Paul also co-created Chronos, a time travel series from DC Comics, and is internationally renowned as an authority on 19th-century automatons. With Anina at his side, he has lived with the Apache in traditional fashion, sailed the Pacific on a square-rigged brig, and walked the sands of the Roman Coliseum.

Anina, first published at age 15, has written five Heartbreakers graphic novels and edited everything from Star Wars comic books to Supreme Court briefs. It’s a good thing she loves to travel, because her career has taken her from Chicago, where she cut her teeth at First Comics; to Dark Horse Comics in Oregon, where she collaborated with renowned author Harlan Ellison; and to Denmark, where she handled Mickey Mouse tales for multimedia giant Egmont. Anina also teaches writing workshops for students of all ages and has served on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations.

Paul and Anina were raised in Chicago and have known each other since before the Internet existed. They now reside in Portland, Oregon, where in 2012 they played Spock’s parents on stage in the city’s beloved Trek in the Park production. Visit them online at BigRedHair.com, and follow them on Twitter @bigredhair and @Boilerplate1893.”

Anina and Paul were a blast to talk with, and Cullen can’t wait for you to hear about their comics. A truly cool couple made up of really neat people. You can hear their stories at the 32:34 mark of the podcast.

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As always, we are the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER!, and we hope you enjoy the show.

The Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! is proudly sponsored by Clint’s Comics. Clint’s is located at 3941 Main in Kansas City, Missouri, and is open Monday through Saturday. Whether it is new comics, trade paperbacks, action figures, statues, posters, or T-shirts, owner Jim Cavanaugh and his friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find whatever it is that you need. You should also know that Clint’s has the most extensive collection of back issues in the metro area. If you need to find a particular book to finish the run of a title, head on down to Clint’s or check out their website at clintscomics.com. Tell them that the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! sent you.

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