Interviews posts

Jason Shiga on Interactive Comics (with video)

Posted by on March 1st, 2011 at 12:01 AM

On his recent West Coast tour with Aaron Renier, Shiga gave a presentation on how his work has evolved over the last 10 years and gave some enlightening glimpses into his working methods. I spoke to him afterwards and had him take me through the workings of his unfinished masterpiece, Theater Eroika.

The Black Panel SDCC ’08, feat. Dwayne McDuffie, Method Man, Faith Cheltenham, Rusty Cundieff, John Dokes, Reginald Hudlin & Denys Cowan

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 6:01 PM

In the event of comics creator Dwayne McDuffie’s passing, tcj.com is posting the Black Panel from the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con from its audio archives. Fellow panel participants were rapper Method Man, poet Faith Cheltenham, director Rusty Cundieff, John Dokes (Marvel) and BET’s Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan.

David Robertson: An Interview with John Ridgway (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 AM

“Summer Magic’ in 2000 AD #576, May 28, 1988, written by Alan McKenzie. ©Fleetway Publications. Click to view larger image

In the conclusion of this interview, John Ridgeway talks about craft and computers, his preferred modes of horror, monopoly and distribution, creator’s rights and venturing into creator-owned work.

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Hail The White Rhinoceros Part Three (of Three): Josh Simmons

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

We should give it to Mel Gibson.

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David Roberston: An Interview with John Ridgway (Part One of Two)

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 AM

John Ridgway’s art confused me when I was a child. His old-school, scratchy ink lines look almost as if they are not strong enough to support the characters and environments they portray, as if they are about to cave in on themselves. When his art was trailed in the “Next Issue …” blurb in issue #8 of Marvel U.K.’s Transformers, I thought it looked pretty weak. Up to this point, the comic had been reprinting the bombastic artwork from the U.S. comic, all crash bang wallop. This Ridgway panel showed a subdued image of a robot … strolling out from under a tree. His work should be the least suited to depicting the science-fiction worlds of Doctor Who, Transformers or Zoids, but inexplicably it works — perfectly.

Before I became aware of his work in these comics, Ridgway had already been drawing for more than a decade on titles such as Warrior and Commando. (His work continues to appear in the latter to this day.) With his expertise in creating atmospheres to the fore, his style also lends itself to fantasy tales, such as Summer Magic (a proto-Harry Potter type story published in the 1980s). His unique take on Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, and establishing the template for DC’s Hellblazer made his reputation in American comics.

I found Ridgway extremely open as an interviewee. He surprised me on a few occasions with his opinions and how forthright he was with them. It made for an interesting chat.

David Robertson

Click to view larger image. “Hunger” in Hellblazer #1 (January 1988), written by Jamie Delano. ©1988 DC Comics Inc.

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Hail The White Rhinoceros Part Two (of Three): Shaun Partridge Continued

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

“What kind of person would do this? This sounds like an insane person.”

Hail The White Rhinoceros Part One (of Three): Shaun Partridge

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 AM

(Photo taken by K is for Kaleidoscope.)

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The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard (Part Three of Three)

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

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In Part Three (of Three), Gerhard and Sean Michael Robinson conclude their conversation by talking about what’s next for the artist.

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The Craft Behind Cerebus: an Interview with Gerhard (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on February 15th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

In Part Two (of Three), Gerhard and Robinson continue to march through volumes of Cerebus, talking technique as they go.

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Sean Michael Robinson: The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard (Part One of Three)

Posted by on February 14th, 2011 at 2:00 PM

In Part One (of Three) of a craft-oriented interview, Gerhard talks to Sean Michael Robinson about his learning curve on Cerebus.

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