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In this episode we are joined by writer Owen Wiseman to talk about his latest project Samurai’s Blood published by Image comics. He lets us in on what some of his influences are. We also learn a little about how he got into comics and writing in general. For more go to

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Official Press Release

Eisner nominated writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Detective Comics), writer Scott Tuft and New York Times Best-Selling artist Attila Futaki (Percy Jackson) have announced a new project with Image Comics, set to debut this August. Image has built a deserved reputation as the industry leader for providing readers with quality science fiction and horror material such as the massively popular titles THE WALKING DEAD, CHEW and HACK/SLASH, and like those titles, SEVERED is unlike any other monthly series and sure to be a hit with comic book and horror fans alike.

“SEVERED is a unique story that is extremely close to my heart, and in order to maintain complete creative control with the comic, Scott Tuft and I knew that it needed to be creator owned,” Synder commented. “We are extremely happy Image is giving us the platform to release SEVERED.”

The accomplished writing team of Snyder and Tuft are collaborating on the character-driven horror script that uses the landscape of the past to tell a story that is fresh, new and entirely relevant today. Add the exquisitely subtle style of Futaki’s painted illustrations, and you have a comic that will sneak up on you, sink it’s teeth in and never let go.

“I’m having such a great time bringing SEVERED to life,” artist Attila Futaki said of his work on the series. “Snyder and Tuft have created dynamic characters and an engrossing world that is a thrill to realize. The old-fashioned and precious world is a pleasure to draw and I am very excited about getting blood all over it!”

“When Scott and I first saw Attila’s art, we knew he was the one to bring our story to life,” added Tuft. “His art goes above and beyond the call and it keeps getting better. Not only is it scary, but his ability to capture the emotions of the characters and the tension of a scene is truly unique. We are so lucky to have signed him up.”

Snyder continued: “This story digs deep into the American psyche, exploring a time when a vast network of rail supported a society of vagabonds and when the automobile made even the darkest corners of the country accessible to everyone. Tattooed traveling salesmen, black-faced minstrel men, cross-dressing tramps: SEVERED is filled with unexpected characters and tells a story that is not only uniquely American but certainly one of the scariest things I have ever written.”

SEVERED is mostly set in 1916 and follows Jack Garron, an idealistic 12-year-old who has taken to the road in search of his father, a wayward minstrel. Along the way, he meets up with a mysterious, charismatic salesman whose pearly whites cover the razor sharp teeth that he uses to feed on the innocent. Jack soon finds out that out on the roads and rails of early 20th century America, nothing goes wasted.

SEVERED #1, a 32-page full color horror comic book priced at $2.99, will be available for order in the June issue of Diamond Previews and goes on sale August 3, 2011.

In this episode we talk to artist/writer Nate Simpson of the Image book Nonplayer about how he got started in comics,his influences,his art style and some of his favorite artists and writers. To checkout more of his work and background go to

Opening his spotlight panel with the statement, “The Green Lantern panel is not taking place in this room. I just want to let you guys know that,” Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman proceeded to host a lively, Q&A heavy panel Friday at WonderCon, discussing a wide range of topics with fans, from how he thinks his move to Los Angeles is selling out, why he can’t look his son in the eye and tons of news on the various incarnations of “The Walking Dead.”

Accompanying Kirkman was “Walking Dead” editor Sina Grace, who introduced the writer as a Golden Globe nominee. “I’m a Golden Globe loser,” Kirkman responded, correcting his friend.

The conversation quickly focused in on Kirkman’s newest series, “Super Dinosaur.” “This is a book I’m pretty much only doing for my son to read,” said Kirkman. “It’s an all ages book, but it’s not just for kids. I’m promise someone will cry at some point, though, and it’ll be all depressing like ‘The Walking Dead.’ For the most part, it’ll be a dinosaur shooting missiles at things.”

The first issue of “Super Dinosaur” is out on April 20 with the “Super Dinosaur Super Special” out on Free Comic Book Day on May 7. “[The FCBD issue] is free, so at least get that one.”

Kirkman then talked about his upcoming series “The Infinite,” which is co-created and illustrated by Rob Liefield. “You may have heard of him; he’s a young up and coming artist.”

“The Infinite” is a sci-fi book about an older man who comes from the future to team up with his younger self. The book is way ahead of schedule, Kirkman said, with issue 3 already being worked on. “We hope to have four or five issues completed before the first issue ships.”

Despite how far in advance “The Infinite” is being drawn, “I wouldn’t ask when the next issue of ‘The Walking Dead’ is coming out,” said Kirkman. “We’re kinda going by the seat of our pants on that one. It still comes out on time, though.”

Grace then put up some images on screen, which were barely visible in a sea of blown out white. “These are ‘The Walking Dead’ covers, but you can’t tell,” said Grace.

“OK, I do a book called ‘The Walking Dead,’ and there were some covers I could have shown you, but do I really need to sell ‘The Walking Dead’ to you guys? Who in here doesn’t read ‘The Walking Dead?'” asked Kirkman, brushing past the technical failure.

Kirkman then discussed the first series debuting from his Skybound imprint, “Witch Doctor.” “‘Witch Doctor’ is probably the smartest comic book I’ve ever read,” said Kirkman, before inviting writer Brandon Seifert up on stage to talk about the series, which is illustrated by Lukas Ketner.

The smartly dressed Seifert said “It’s Dr. House meets Dr. Strange. A doctor looking for a vaccine for the apocalypse. The doctor is gonna shake an evil baby in the second issue. I just decided that.”

The topic shifted once again, this time to “Invincible” as an image appeared on the projector screen featuring someone new in the Invincible suit, with the year 2012 in huge numbers under him. “All I’ll say is that that is a different guy in the Invincible costume. Mark Grayson is not black, suddenly. I just want to make that clear,” joked Kirkman.

Grace then opened up the panel to the Q&A section of the hour.

The first fan asked Kirkman, referring to the just revealed image, if Mark would be losing the Invincible identity. “What, you think I’m gonna tell you?!” responded Kirkman. “You’ll see, don’t worry.”

“Super DInosaur” is an all-ages friendly title

A fan asked if there would be any ramifications from Nolan being back in “Invincible,” despite the fact he killed all the original members of the Guardians of the Globe. “Ehhh. He didn’t kill all of them,” said Kirkman, listing off two or three members who were still around.

Next, a female fan asked if the twist ending of the latest issue of “The Walking Dead” was planned for a long time. “Well, it wasn’t planned from the very beginning. I mostly burned through all of the plot lines I had set up from the very beginning. I’d like to say I knew exactly what was gonna happen in issue 83 when I was writing issue 1, but I didn’t know if issue 12 was even going to exist when I was writing issue 1. I had some longtime plans — the prison and Woodbury arcs — worked out before I even started the book.”

“The Carl thing was planned for a while,” he continued, to huge groins of disappointment from the crowd at the accidentally slipped spoiler. “‘The Carl thing.’ That’s a spoiler I guess, sorry! I’m not good at this, what do you guys want from me? Who hasn’t read issue 83 yet?” asked Kirkman, with a vast majority of the crowd raising their hands. “Wow! You guys must be reading the book in trades, right? Well, volume 14 — check it out in June. That’s when ‘the Carl thing’ happens!”

A fan then complimented Kirkman for creating Headpool, the Marvel Zombies version of Deadpool, who he thought was the greatest character ever. “Just to point this out, I don’t think that guy appeared until “Marvel Zombies 3,” which I did not write,” interrupted Kirkman to huge laughs from the crowd. “That was Fred Van Lente. I don’t think I had a thing to do with that.”

The embarrassed fan then asked if Kirkman thought prisons were a good place to hide during a zombie attack. “I don’t know, prisons don’t seem very fun. I will say, I haven’t ever been in a prison, so it could be a blast.”

What weapon would Kirkman use in a zombie apocalypse was the next topic. “A noose, because I would kill myself immediately!”

The conversation then turn to what will be in “The Walking Dead” TV series’ second season. Kirkman said that it would be coming in October and deal with a lot of issues from the second TPB collection. He also revealed that, unlike the first season, he has relocated to Los Angeles for the year so he can be in the writers’ room every day. “I don’t really talk about it publicly, though, ’cause I don’t want people to think I sold out and left Kentucky for California.”

Kirkman said the next issue of Science Dog, “Science Dog Super Special 2,” should be out soon, calling the artist “Cory ‘I’m always late’ Walker.”

Asked if he would ever consider killing Rick, Kirkman responded, “I’m planning on killing every character in “The Walking Dead” at some point.”

A fan asked about the episode of “The Walking Dead” Kirkman wrote, saying it was his favorite episode. “I’ve set a mandate that I get to kill a character in every episode of the show I write. Also, spoiler alert if you ever see my name in the credits!”

Kirkman responded to a question about what things inspire him when he writes. “I wear Speedos all the time. I’m wearing Speedos right now!” On a more serious note, he said he enjoys listening to “The Presidents of the United States of America” when writing “Invincible” and “Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds” when writing “The Walking Dead.”

Answers for this “Invincible” teaser were promised…in 2012

Someone asked if Kirkman plans to do more “The Walking Dead” origin stories for character, like in “The Walking Dead” #75. “Maybe we’ll do something cool for ‘The Walking Dead’ #100, but there are no plans currently.”

Kirkman then told the audience he had met with the people at Telltale Games not 2 hours earlier at local Thai chain Osha to discuss the “Walking Dead” video game. He said that this game would not be the game where you run around killing zombies, but have all the depth and emotion that the comic book has. It should be out in October, available on two out of the three major systems of PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

The same questioner asked if Stephen King was still planning to write an episode of “The Walking Dead.” “I think Stephen King has confirmed we are in talks, and I think me and Frank would love to have Stephen King,” Kirkman replied. “All parties involved would like to make it happen, but it is unfortunately a little bit soon to say anything definitive.”

Someone asked where Kirkman see comics in cultural relevance in 2011. “Are you doing a thesis?!” joked Kirkman. He then said most people still read print comics, and while digital may be the future, it’s still decades away. “I don’t think print is going to be dying anytime soon. I think it’s very much alive and vibrant and blah blah blah.”

Two very young children, aged around 5 or 6, came up to the mic to ask a question. They wanted to know what Kirkman’s main inspiration was for “The Walking Dead.” “My aggravation at zombie movies ending. I have never really watched a zombie movie and thought, ‘that was a satisfying end.’ They’re all great and I love them, but they all just have this abrubt, ‘Well, everybody dies!’ kind of ending.” When they turned to leave, Kirkman shouted, “Hey, the other kid didn’t even ask a question! You were just along for the ride!”

A fan thanked Kirkman for giving “The Walking Dead” such a gender and racially diverse cast, then asked what sort of research he puts in to writing “The Walking Dead.” “I mostly make it up, I’ll be honest,” said Kirkman. He does some research, for practical things like dressing wounds, but sometimes just completely makes things up. Once, he got an angry letter from a medical professional who was upset because the way he had a character treat a wound, would have actually killed the character. “We didn’t print that letter!” joked Kirkman.

Kirkman then said he doesn’t care about the difference between the TV show and the comic book versions of “The Walking Dead” when asked by a fan about the CDC encounter in the TV show. Sometimes he’s even impressed by how the writers have characters react to different situations on the show in different ways than Kirkman originally wrote them. “The only reason I didn’t have them go to the CDC in the comic is because I didn’t even know the CDC was based in Atlanta!” he said. “Nobody knows where the CDC is! Have you ever seen CDC people on the news? We don’t even know what those people do!”

Kirkman did confirm, however, that the character The Governor, from “The Walking Dead” comic book, would eventually make it to the TV series, as well as Hershel’s farm and the character of Maggie.

In a similarly veined question, Kirkman said the video game would not adapt specific stories, saying it would be boring to re-do stories from the comic.

The same fan asked if there would ever be a black and white episode of the TV show. Kirkman said that they have talked about it, but it probably wouldn’t happen. The show airs on AMC, also known as American Movie Classics, and when people see something black and white on the channel, they just assume it’s an old movie.

Kirkman promised more horrible things will befall Rick Grimes

Kirkman commented on the strong father/son elements in both “The Walking Dead” and “Invincible.” “I have lots of issues with my father, I guess. My dad didn’t beat me up and try to take over the world. My dad doesn’t kill people in front of me all the time. I mean, he has killed a couple people in front of me, just not all the time.”

Since Kirkman is from Kentucky, someone wanted to know what his favorite kind of bourbon is. “I don’t drink at all,” admitted Kirkman to a disappointed crowd.

A man who had traveled to WonderCon from Atlanta asked whether “The Walking Dead” would continue to film in his city. Kirkman confirmed that the series would continue to film in the city, and wished the fan good luck on his dream of becomingbecome a zombie extra.

A boy who looked to be around 8 years old asked Kirkman if “The Walking Dead” would ever get to the point where it’s just Rick wandering around by himself. “We had that for a little while, kind of. It was just him and Carl. I mean, maybe eventually. There will always be new people who come in to the book and get killed. You’re exposing the cycle! Don’t let these people realize what’s going in the book or they’re gonna stop reading!”

The boy then ran up to the stage to hi-five Kirkman, barely able to jump high enough to slap the writer’s hand.

The next person in line asked whether he used different script formats for different writers, but Kirkman said he writes in the same format for every script he writes.

When asked if he planned to ever stop raining crap on Rick, the main character of “The Walking Dead,” Kirkman said, “The book will just be a terrible succession of horrible things happening to that man.”

Kirkman was then asked why he always wrote scientists as evil and weasely, since the fan’s girlfriend was a scientist. “The reason all scientists are portrayed as being weasely, evil and somewhat sinister is because all scientists are weasely, evil and somewhat sinister, including your girlfriend!”

A fan wanted to know what scares Kirkman, who admitted to being frightened by ghosts and birds. He told a story of how a bird landed on his arm when he visited the zoo with his 4-year old son. Kirkman screamed and ran out of the bird area, waiting for 10 minutes for his son to come out. “I haven’t been able to look my son in the eye since.”

Finishing off the panel, someone asked which comic book character Kirkman would love to write. “There was a time when I would have liked to gotten ahold of Spider-Man, but that kind of stuff just doesn’t interest me anymore. It’s not cool that all of the most talented people in comics just want to write Batman and Superman and Spider-Man and Wolverine. I wish all those people would just create their own comics.”-by Karl Keily

Official Press Release

No one can ever claim Jonathan Hickman is lazy. Not content with helming head-turning runs on Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D., not to mention re-imagining the FF for his most recent hit, The Future Foundation, Hickman returns to Image this summer with an all-new creator-owned miniseries, THE RED WING.

“We’re all pretty excited for this one,” Hickman explained. “We believe we not only have a solid concept for an engaging new series, but even at this early stage, THE RED WING has that lightning in a bottle feel to it. I think people are really going to like it.”

Written by Hickman, with art by amazing newcomer Nick Pitarra and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, THE RED WING marks Hickman’s first creator owned work since the conclusion of the critically acclaimed A RED MASS FOR MARS.

“Nick is going to really surprise some people,” Hickman said. “When the art for this starts hitting the web, and then when the finished product shows up in stores, many of them are going to wonder where this guy has been hiding. Nick’s a very hungry, special, special talent. I consider myself fortunate to be working with him.”

Set in a future where the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to master their craft and perfect their skills, the heroes of THE RED WING also have to learn how to navigate through time. Described by Hickman as “the greatest battle in the history of the history of three worlds,” the four-issue miniseries is but the first concept to be mined by Hickman & Pitarra as part of Hickman’s ongoing “PLUS!” project.

“Well, I’ve been promising I’d get to this for over a year, so now it’s time,” Hickman said. “We’ll start with THE RED WING, and then I’ll be writing and drawing something called, FEEL BETTER NOW, before Nick and I move on to our next exciting project. We have a busy, aggressive slate of exciting stories to tell, and, like I said before, it’s time.”

“It’s a real privilege to be working with Jonathan and the incredible team he’s assembled for THE RED WING,” added Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Since his comics debut with THE NIGHTLY NEWS, Jonathan has been one of the most unique and visionary voices in contemporary comics, and after hearing what he has planned for THE RED WING and the rest of the PLUS! series, I can guarantee you he’s not planning to rest on his laurels anytime soon!”

THE RED WING #1 (of 4), a 32-page full color comic with a cover price of $3.50, will be available for order now in the May issue of Previews and will go on sale July 6.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

In this episode we are joined by Nate Simpson artist and writer of the upcoming Image book Nonplayer. We talk to him about how he got involved in comics,his influences and how he creates such beautiful work. To see a preview of Nonplayer go to his page
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Robert Kirkman is re-teaming with Rob Liefeld, the artist he once described as “the modern-day equivalent of Jack Kirby,” for a science fiction adventure called The Infinite.

USA Today reports the series, which debuts in August from Kirkman’s Image imprint Skybound, centers on a soldier who travels back in time to recruit his 19-year-old self, and others, to help defeat a future world-conquering villain called The Infinite. “It’s a buddy movie with yourself,” Liefeld says.

The two previously worked together on Image United, and had planned to collaborate on a Killraven miniseries for Marvel (however, that project never materialized).

“We both like tech gear, James Cameron, Star Trek and Star Wars,” Liefeld tells the newspaper, “so it’s a big sci-fi fantasy epic, but it’s got a lot of heart.”