#274 Comics and the Theatre, v 2.0

How do theatre and comics overlap? How have they influenced each other? How is an actor’s life similar to that of a comic creator? Tim covered some of this ground with Austin Tichenor in episode #159, but revisits this ground (with entirely different results!) with actor and comics creator John Roberson. A discussion ensues about Scott McCloud’s contention that comics become more universal when drawn more simply; John is “skeptical”.

#273 Make the reader care about your characters!

More critiques of self-published comics! Tim and Mulele discuss getting the reader involved in your story, and your characters, from the get-go. If the first issue reads like a cliche, don’t expect the reader to come back for issue two.

Also, in case you needed us to tell you this: Show, don’t tell.

Comics under our magnifying glass: “41” #1 by Bob Frantz and Pablo Peppino; “Tape Song” by Banjo; and “Myriad” #1 by Steve Higgins and Nick Main.

#272 Buddy Scalera and the continuum of “Creating Comics”

You’ve probably seen any number of how-to books about writing comics, coloring, etc. Comics industry veteran Buddy Scalera has just published a book that shows how those pieces fit together: “Creating Comics from Start to Finish”. Buddy talks to Tim about his reasons for writing the book, the business side of comics, how looking behind the curtain can increase the magic, and the future of comics.

Then, Tim and guest reviewer Shawn Williams take a close look at Buddy’s book.

#271 Mike White & “Amity Blamity”

Amity BlamityMike White’s “Amity Blamity” has gone from a Web comic with a few hundred readers to a new book from Slave Labor Graphics, also available for the iPhone and iPad. Mike talks to Tim about promoting the comic, as well as his inspirations and process for creating the comic.