Titular Characters
Titular Characters
Eva Webb
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It's an interview show where we talk to comics and nerd culture media creators about their passions, careers, and creative journies. What fuels creativity? What does creative genius look like up close? What inspires the art and artists that make it? We aim for interviews that crackle with creative energy and excitement. It's about the process, the craft, and the dreams behind the things we love. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Joe Aubrey on comics, collaboration, capitalism, and the gig economy
Eva and Joe talked about Space Bastards, an exciting comic published by Humanoids, as well as the intricacies of comics production, good collaborations, and how to be taken seriously as a new comics creator. Joe provides insights from his own experiences. Get the inside scoop on Space Bastards, world-building, and how the project evolved. Bio: Joe Aubrey is the co-writer and co-creator of Space Bastards. When not thinking of new ways to kill futuristic postal workers, he can be found eating, paying bills, and wondering how his life became almost unmanageable. Before he had kids he read comics, enjoyed sci-fi movies, and played first-person shooters. He and his wife live in Arizona with a lifetime collection of alcohol and two increasingly entitled children. Guest Links: Official Website: https://spacebastards.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/space_bastards Facebook: http://fb.me/intergalacticpostalservice Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Apr 11
41 min
Abigail Harding on comics, creativity, collaborations, and quality tea
The incredible Abigail Harding joins Eva to talk about her experience working in comics art, and the makings of high-quality collaborations. They talked about her work doing covers for Elephantmen and Titan Comics, Yorkshire tea, and her unusually sneaky, but sort of awesome superpower. Abigail is currently working on Cry for Mercy on Comixology Originals. Bio:  Abigail Jill Harding is a Comic-book Artist and Illustrator based in York, UK. Co-creator and Artist of Comixology Originals’ ‘ASK FOR MERCY’. Tea addict and supreme hoarder of books. Drawing monsters and fantastical creatures started from a young age. Spending much of her time going through the dinosaur encyclopedias and drawing from them. Working in both digital and traditional art styles, Abigail uses and experiments with a wide range of mediums including Ink, Watercolours, gouache, Acrylics and Photoshop. Abigail's core style and narrative are inspired by the horror and macabre, transformation, symbolism, folklore and mythology. Her artist influences and inspirations include Dali, Yoshitaka Amano, Gustav Klimt, Toppi, Mike Mignola and H.R Giger. Her work has been in publications such as Imagine FX, 3Dtotal Publishing and Printed In Blood. Abigail has also worked with comic publishers including Image, IDW, TITAN comics. Abigail's first comic book series 'Ask For Mercy' first released in 2018. Teaming up with writer Richard Starkings in co-creating the Horror Fantasy comic under the Comixology Originals line. She had previously worked with Starkings as a guest artist for his Sci-Fi series ELEPHANTMEN. Guest Links: Portfolio - https://abzjharding.myportfolio.com/ Big Cartel - https://abzjharding.bigcartel.com/ Cry for Mercy - https://www.comixology.co.uk/Ask-For-Mercy-comiXology-Originals/comics-series/118186?ref=c2VhcmNoL2RldGFpbC9kZXNrdG9wL2xpc3Qvc2VyaWVzU2VhcmNoRGV0YWlsTGlzdA Inprint - https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/abz-j-harding/ Redbubble Store - https://www.redbubble.com/people/Abz-J-Harding/shop?asc=u Tumblr - https://abz-j-harding.tumblr.com/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/abzjharding/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/AbzJHarding Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AbzJHarding Deviant Art - https://www.deviantart.com/abz-j-harding Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-32 Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva And don't forget babies, you're beautiful, you're valid, and we appreciate you. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Apr 9
51 min
Erica Schultz on working professionally in comics, teaching, breaking in, and taking the medium seriously
Legendary comics writer Erica Schultz sits down with Eva to talk about the realities of working in comics, teaching comics, the mechanics of storytelling, and how to break into the industry. Erica provides her years of first-hand experience and technical insights as sort of a roadmap for new creators. Join us for one of the most interesting and inspiring episodes of Titular Characters to date! Host Notes: If you're interested in breaking into the comics, creating a new comic, or surviving in the industry, this is the best interview we've ever done. Erica is amazing, and she gives us a lot of new information. Bio: Erica Schultz is a comic book writer and graphic novelist who has written for Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, 2000AD, and other publishers in the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent work is the five-time Ringo Nominated series Forgotten Home for comiXology Originals and Legacy of Mandrake from Red 5 and Stonebot Comics. She's currently an editor at Mad Cave Studios and the in-person writing instructor at The Kubert School. Guest Links: https://www.ericaschultzwrites.com/ https://twitter.com/EricaSchultz42 https://www.instagram.com/thedeadliestbouquetcomic/ https://twitter.com/deadly_bouquet https://twitter.com/MadCaveStudios https://twitter.com/TheKubertSchool https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica_Schultz Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-31 Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva And don't forget babies, you're beautiful, you're valid, and we appreciate you. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Apr 4
50 min
Issue #30 > Eric Peterson on Love and comics, the craft of storytelling, and making comics at scale
Eva and Eric talked about Space Bastards, an exciting comic published by Humanoids, as well as some of the things that inspired it like 2000AD, and similar works. Eric is a big fan of English writers and likes all the good ones. They went over his creative process as well as the things that he finds interesting or inspiring. This one's fun.  Bio: Eric Peterson has written some independent comic books, including Jesus Christ: In the Name of the Gun. It isn’t as good as Space Bastards though. Read Space Bastards. Eric likes cats and lives in the desert. Guest Links: Official Website: https://spacebastards.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/space_bastards Facebook: http://fb.me/intergalacticpostalservice Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-30 Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 27
44 min
Issue #29 > Igniting your creative super power: Ibrahim Moustafa on world building, comics production
Eva joins Ibrahim Moustafa to talk about comics, writing, art, world-building, and the creative process. They covered a lot of ground in this one, with topics ranging from creative control to diversity, and vegetarianism.  Bio: Ibrahim Moustafa is an illustrator and comic book writer/artist from Portland, Oregon. Best known for his Eisner-nominated comics Jaeger and High Crimes as well as his work on titles such as James Bond and DC’s Mother Panic, he has been published by DC Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment, and IDW Publishing, among others. The Project: COUNT follows the adventures of one Redxan Samud.  Framed for treason and wrongfully imprisoned at the hands of a jealous and corrupt magistrate, Samud escapes his breathtaking hover-prison with only one thing on his mind: revenge.  Samud sets out to dismantle the lives of those who have wronged him, disguised as a Man of Status with a newfound fortune at his disposal and his Automaton Retainer Unit (Aru) by his side. But as collateral damage accumulates, Samud is caught between using his new fortune for the good of the people or pursuing the revenge he so desperately desires. “Humanoids has always been at the forefront of publishing beautifully produced, imaginative graphic novels,” said Ibrahim Moustafa.  “I’m incredibly honored to have COUNT added to that pantheon and grateful for a long-term commitment to publish more of the kinds of stories I’d like to tell.”  COUNT features colors by Brad Simpson (Crone, Stray Dogs), letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (PanelxPanel, Undone by Blood), and was edited by Rob Levin. Guest Links:  Count on Amazaon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1643376349/wwwcampusboocom587-20 Order from your local comic shop:  https://www.comicshoplocator.com/  Diamond Order Code: JAN211389  Order from your local bookstore:  ISBN# 9781643376349  https://bookshop.org/pages/store_locator Order from Amazon:  https://countcomic.com/ https://www.humanoids.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ibrahim_M Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ibrahim_m_art/?hl=en Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-29 Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 21
54 min
Issue #28 > Erik Larsen on art, comics, and impactful storytelling
Erik Larsen sits down with Eva to talk about producing comics, art, and storytelling. It's a really solid show. Bio: Erik Larsen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a child growing up in Bellingham, Washington and Albion, California, Erik Larsen created numerous comic books featuring versions of a character named ‘Dragon’. At the age of 19, Erik self-published a fanzine called Graphic Fantasy, which featured his character the Dragon and it led to his doing professional work on a comic book called Megaton. After showing his work, Erik became acquainted with Jim Shooter, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief. Jim was impressed enough with his work that he consented to co-plot a story with him at the convention. That story was a battle between the Hulk and Thor. It wasn’t actually published until years later, but it did impress the Editors enough to get Larsen some high-profile work in the funnybook field. When artist Todd McFarlane left his artistic duties on The Amazing Spider-Man, Larsen was chosen to be his successor. That run was well-received, and included popular stories like “The Return of the Sinister Six”, “The Cosmic Spider-Man”, and “The Powerless Spider-Man”. In 1992, Larsen co-founded ‘Image’ at Malibu comics, alongside creators Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Valentino. Image split off from Malibu and 1993 and has established itself as the third-largest comic book publisher in the United States. Erik’s flagship comic book at Image was an updated version of his childhood creation – “The Savage Dragon”. Larsen has been succeeding with his ideas ever since. He was Publisher of Image Comics from 2004-2008. In 2012 Erik wrote and drew a short run on Rob Liefeld’s Supreme, initially penciling Alan Moore’s final Supreme story. That same year he bought the rights to the character ‘Ant’ from creator Mario Gully. Ant was a book that was at one point published at Image Comics and Erik always thought that the character and its iconic design had potential. 2017 saw the release of Savage Dragon #225 celebrating 25 years of the Dragon and Image Comics in an epic 100 pages extravaganza. Guest Links: Erik Larsen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErikJLarsen Image Comics: https://imagecomics.com/  Savage Dragon: http://www.savagedragon.com/ Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable  Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-28  Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable  Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva  Titular Characters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitularPod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 21
1 hr 3 min
Issue #27 > Letting inspiration strike: Kat Calamia on storytelling, instinct, marketing, and making comics
Kat sits down with Eva to talk about her new project, The Dancer (now on Kickstarter) and her perspectives on the world of writing, marketing, storytelling and so much more. It's a fun and informative interview with one of the great minds in modern comics. Bio: Kat is the writer for indie comic books Like Father, Like Daughter and They Call Her...The Dancer. Next to her weekly comic book reviews on Comic Uno, Calamia also currently works for Newsarama and DC Comics’ DC Universe with bylines with IGN, Fandom, and TV Guide. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Journalism through Marymount Manhattan and a MFA in Writing and Producing Television from LIU Brooklyn. Guest Links: Dancer Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/comicuno/the-dancer-1-a-psychological-martial-arts-thriller?ref=q4e8kx Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/ComicUno?ref=seller-platform-mcnav YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/haydenclaireheroes/videos  Twitter https://twitter.com/ComicUno Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable  Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-27  Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable  Empress Luxiva on Twitter https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva  Titular Characters on Twitter https://twitter.com/TitularPod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 20
39 min
Issue #26: Tumbling into the Creative -- Through the looking glass with Kwanza Osajyefo
Kwanza sits down with Eva to talk about his critically acclaimed series Black, and his career in general. He provides insights about the creative works he loves and appreciates, as well as his early days in the industry. Bio: Creator and author of BLACK, a comic series that explores: what if only black people had superpowers, Kwanza has worked in comics for nearly two decades. He began his career in Marvel’s online department before moving into other media roles. He later returned to comics to launch DC Comics' web imprint and digital publishing initiatives. In addition to his properties, Kwanza is also a creative architect of the H1 Comics line from the premiere French publisher, Humanoids – co-writing their flagship title, Ignited with comics legend, Mark Waid. Kwanza's Links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwanzer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwanzer/  Official Website: https://kwanzaosajyefo.com Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue-26 Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva Patrick Turla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paaaaat_riiick Titular Characters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitularPod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 14
43 min
Issue #25: Lucy Sullivan on art, intersectional feminism, zines, graphic novels and creative storytelling
Lucy Sullivan sits down with Eva to explore the medium of comics and storytelling, imparting her personal experiences as a fan, and talking about some of her unique challenges and accomplishments as a comics creator. They also talked about queer trans rights issues, particularly in the UK. Bio: Lucy Sullivan is an Artist, Author & Animator based in London, UK. Since gaining a Degree in Illustration/Animation she has co-directed and animated music videos created pre-visuals & storyboards for Film & TV and taught Observational Drawing at a number of Universities.  In 2017 Lucy followed a life-long ambition and moved into comics. Her works include collaborations as the artist on IND-XED with Fraser Campbell, Black Cat for Skrawl #1 with John Reppion, Wishmaker's Gimcrack with Ram V & Aditya Bidikar and Sweeney Todd & I for Razorblades issue 3 with Dan Watters & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. She has created commissions for Black Hammer, Hey, Amateur!, Killtopia #3, Insider Art, Colossive Cartographies, Hell in Stalingrad, Hey! Don't Go, Murky Waters and Tales from The Quarantine (with Fraser Campbell).  Her debut graphic novel BARKING, based on her own experience of a mental health crisis was published in March 2020 by Unbound, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and co-commissioned by The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. Since publication BARKING has garnered awards, praise from reviewers and is on the required reading list for UCLA's Art & Trauma Collegiate Program.  Alongside comics, Lucy teaches Illustration and Animation at degree level and mentors aspiring graphic novelists through LDComics (UK). Her next comic, SHELTER launches later this year. Lucy's Links: Website and Shop: https://lucysullivanuk.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucySullivanUK Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucysullivanuk Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable  Activity Page – https://characters.evawebb.me/issue25  Support the show – https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable  Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva Patrick Turla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paaaaat_riiick  Titular Characters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitularPod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 13
58 min
Issue #24: Diversity and Dracula, art, film, comics, writing and the creative process with Ricardo Delgado
Ricardo Delgado talks to Eva about his latest project, career, and some of the challenges involved in creating diverse fiction in victorian settings. Bio: One of Hollywood’s leading conceptual designers, Ricardo Delgado, is about to unleash his bold and bloody take on the Prince of Darkness, just in time for the 90th anniversary of the release of Universal Studios’ Dracula. Ricardo Delgado has been the storyboard artist and character designer for films including The Incredibles, Men in Black, and Wall-e, and his Age of Reptiles graphic novels are universally acclaimed for their stunning depiction of dinosaurs and prehistory. But Delgado’s latest creative endeavor may well be his most ambitious to date: a fresh and unsettling fully illustrated novel that reimagines Bram Stoker’s classic ghost story. Delgado’s novel DRACULA OF TRANSYLVANIA, featuring more than 20 lavish illustrations and an introduction by Donald F. Glut, is now on Kickstarter from Clover Press. Find Ricardo's Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cloverpress/ricardo-delgados-dracula-of-transylvania  Ricardo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Delgadosaurus  Ricardo's Filmography on ImDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0217066/ Show links: Eva Webb on Twitter - https://twitter.com/EvaIsAdorable  Activity Page - https://characters.evawebb.me/issue24  Support the show - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evaisadorable Empress Luxiva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpressLuxiva Patrick Turla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paaaaat_riiick Titular Characters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitularPod Also, don't forget to check out https://twitter.com/EmeraldEnthusi1 and the Emerald Echo podcast! Love yas! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/titular-characters/support
Mar 9
59 min
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