Rick Remender on CBR's Sunday Conversation

I spoke with Rick Remender, a writer and artist I've loved for many years and who has just been announced as one of the major architects of the Marvel NOW initiative, for the Sunday Conversation at Comic Book Resources. We spoke about why he left Portland, Oregon for Southern California, scouting and why we both failed to become Eagle Scouts, skateboarding, surfing, kids and being neurotic. I was a lot of fun and I think it shows.

Richard Thompson ending Cul de Sac

I'm a great fan of Richard Thompson and his comic strip Cul de Sac, which I think is a truly great comic strip which I would rank as one of the great American comic strips of all time. Thompson received the Reuben of the Year Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 2011, but two years earlier, Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This year there was a fundraiser among cartoonists to raise funds for Parkinson's research which led to the art book Team Cul de Sac, which is a great book. Today Thompson and the syndicate announced that Cul de Sac will be ending next month on Sunday September 23.

I'm sad to know that there won't be new comics from Thompson every day, but the idea of someone so incredibly skilled and gifted as Thompson being struck by an illness that robs him of his gift is just heartbreaking. Michael Cavna spoke with Thompson about this decision here:

I spoke with Thompson last year and he was every bit as nice a human being and as articulate and thoughtful as one might expect. Thoughts, prayers, well-wishes–please send them his way.

The Pander Brothers on Secret Broadcast Redux and more

I've been a fan of the Pander Brothers for years. I remember when their comic Secret Broadcast was first released by Oni Press years ago–one of Oni's first publications. The brothers made their names with their first major comic project, Grendel: Devil's Legacy, which I still love. The duo went on to draw books like Accelerate (written by Richard Kadrey), Exquisite Corpse, Batman: City of Light, and Triple-X (my personal favorite). The two have directed a lot of music videos and short films and the recent feature film Selfless.

Their new project is Secret Broadcast Redux. The book has been released digitally in full color with new pages telling what happened to the characters. They've also assembled a new soundtrack for the comic, which is a great tale of pirate radio and being young and seeking meaning and a purpose.

Sunday Conversation with Francis Manapul

I spoke with Francis Manapul–The man behind The Flash at DC Comics–for the CBR Sunday Conversation. I'll be honest, I didn't know much about Francis before preparing for the conversation, but I really like the man. We had a great time talking about photography, basketball, the short-lived television show Beast Legends and more.

Tony Cliff talks about Delilah Dirk

I'm a big fan of the Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tony Cliff and his webcomic Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. It's a fun adventure story set in the Nineteenth century about a janissary and an adventurer. Cliff did not win the Eisner this year or the comic, but it's a lot of fun and as Cliff put it, it tries to fill the Indiana Jones-shaped hole in your heart.

G. Willow Wilson talks about Alif the Unseen

I've been a fan of G. Willow Wilson's work since her graphic novel Cairo. I suppose it helps that we share many similar interests and concerns, ranging from contemporary fantasy novels to the Arab world. Her new book is her first prose novel, Alif the Unseen. The story of a hacker in an unnamed Arab country, the story involves the jinn, state security, the nature of fiction, the meaning of freedom and revolution. We spoke about the book, the Arab Spring, Egyptian politics and more.

Bringing the Harlem Renaissance and "The Ren" to life

I recently spoke with Shawn Martinbrough, Joseph Illidge and Grey Williamson about their just-announced graphic novel The Ren, which will be published by First Second Books. The book is set during the Harlem Renaissance and though I'm not familiar with Williamson's work, his artwork and designs for the book look fabulous. It could be a great story and a very important book and it won't be out soon enough.

John Shirley on The Crow and more

I interviewed John Shirley: He’s one of the great cyberpunk authors (City Come A-Walkin’, A Song Called Youth), Shirley’s written a lot of horror and thriller novels (Demons, Dracula in Love), was the first screenwriter on the first Crow movie and wrote for a lot of TV shows including Batman Beyond, Star Trek: DS9, VR.5. His new project - and first comic - is The Crow; Death and Rebirth, a cyberpunk tale of revenge with mythological villains and corporate intrigue set in Japan, which is out now. I've been a fan of Shirley's work for years and it was a thrill to talk with him about his new project.

Troy Little on the return of Angora Napkin

I'm a big fan of the Canadian cartoonist and animator Troy Little. His second graphic novel, Angora Napkin, was a marked departure form his debut book. It was a strange hilarious book that went on to be nominated for an Eisner Award and would be turned into a animated pilot. Now Little is working on the second Angora Napkin graphic novel which will be released by IDW later this year (and you can see an exclusive preview of the book included with the interview) and he's doing a webcomic, which he's drawing in a different style. On the website you can also see the animated pilot. I talked with him about how Angora Napkin has taken over his creative life and he talks a little about another project he's in the midst of: