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Off Panel: A Comics Interview Podcast

Off Panel is a weekly interview show where host David Harper welcomes guests from comics and beyond to talk the stories behind what they do.
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An interview show getting the story behind the comics we love.

Mar 30, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, Iron Circus Comics' C. Spike Trotman joins the show to chat about her publisher and current Kickstarter for Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film. Trotman discusses how she and Iron Circus are handling the current crisis, being a multimedia company, why she started Iron Circus Comics, the power of Kickstarter, the story behind Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film, the rewards for the Kickstarter, what made this project appealing, the value of stretch goals, launching during a crisis, what she looks for in projects, the impact of production value, differentiating yourself, and more.

Mar 28, 2020

In this special episode of Off Panel, my good friend and talented natural sciences artist Amanda Jorgenson joins the show to talk about our friendship, her work, and how the coronavirus has affected the latter. Jorgenson discusses the origins of our friendship, lasting friends, how she became an artist, moving away from a narrative focus with her art, the art hustle, whether that required a personality shift, how she went towards natural sciences, comic conventions, always improving, being in Seattle during the rise of the coronavirus, adjusting to this new world order, what kind of work she has on sale on her site, what she wants for her career, and more.

Mar 27, 2020

In this episode of Off Panel, cartoonist John Allison returns to the show to chat about Wicked Things and his favorite shows to shelter-in-place with. Allison discusses the origins of Wicked Things, the greatness of Lottie Grote, showboating versus reality, working with Max Sarin, finding his ceiling, learning what works for you and what doesn't, world-building, detective stories, the potential end of the Bobbinsverse, and more, before we dive into John's five self-quarantining TV recommendations that double as inspirations for him as a creator.

Mar 26, 2020

In this episode of Off Panel, The AV Club's Oliver Sava returns to the show to provide comic recommendations for everyone who is at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Sava and host David Harper share ten comics they love that people can find at their local comic book shop or on varying online platforms, discussing what makes them favorites in the process.

Mar 25, 2020

In this episode of Off Panel, John Hendrick of Dublin's Big Bang Comics joins the podcast to chat about running a comic shop during the coronavirus pandemic. Hendrick discusses how it's going for him, how he would have handled the situation for comics retail, the publishers that helped, the failures of Diamond, Marvel and DC, what the best response would have been, the impact of Marvel and DC going digital first (if they did it), his Marvel order from Tuesday, Marvel's deep discount offer, Diamond stopping shipments, ComicHub, rebuilding the direct market, how readers can help shops, how David would have handled this, and more.

Mar 24, 2020

In this episode of Off Panel, White Squirrel's Andrea Demonakos returns to the show to chat about earning options for creators in a con-less period. Demonakos discusses the state of things in her neck of the woods, how the coronavirus crisis has affected White Squirrel's work, adjusting plans, advice for creators on what to do with existing products, products creators can lean towards, mechanics for selling your work, what platforms to work with, crowd-funding options, the value of learning from others, and more.

Mar 23, 2020

In this episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Tyler Boss joins the podcast to chat about his work and upcoming mini-series Dead Dog's Bite. Boss discusses his comic origin story, his love of Daredevil, the School of Visual Arts experience, finding different solutions for his art, working at Forbidden Planet, the origins of Dead Dog's Bite, whether he thinks art first, when art becomes writing, finding rhythms, his feelings towards small towns, creating in a time of crisis, and more.

Mar 16, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, artist Terry Dodson joins to show to discuss his art and work in X-Men/Fantastic Four and Adventureman. Dodson discusses making comics during a national emergency, why Emerald City Comic Con rules, how important interiors are for him, the power of covers, the origins of Adventureman, his influences, the two sides of his career, world building, why X-Men/Fantastic Four jives with him, how he works with his wife (and inker) Rachel, where comics are today relative to when he started, and more.

Mar 9, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, the writer/artist pair of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey join the show to chat about their partnership and current Kickstarter for The Comic Book History of Animation. Van Lente and Dunlavey discuss their meet cute, how they became "history guys," how they pick their subjects, making history comics pop, why they wanted to tell the history of animation, how they split the eras, the process for them on projects, why they went with Kickstarter, the volume of comics being released today, marketing a Kickstarter, and much more.

Mar 2, 2020

Writer/artist Elsa Charretier joins the podcast to chat about her art and latest works. Charretier discusses the work of a Kickstarter, the importance of a personal touch, her origins as an artist, her love of beauty, bringing characters to life, influences and impact, the freedom that comes without expectations of form and story, the origins of her graphic novella series November, the book's creative team, the challenges of the project, how creatively fulfilling her artbook project was, her desire to go the DIY route, and more.

Feb 24, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, artist Sanford Greene returns to the show to chat about what's going on in the world of Bitter Root. Greene discusses how the first arc went, how cons have changed after the launch of the book, whether the movie deal changes things for them, the gap between arcs, what the new arc of Bitter Root is all about, how the team works together, their new editor and colorist, why they did the Blood Red Summer special, the expandability of their universe, their homage variants, and more, before we close with some NBA talk about the recent All Star Game, Kobe Bryant, his all-time crunch time squad, and more.

Feb 17, 2020

The Co-CEO and Co-CCO of new comics publisher Bad Idea, Dinesh Shamdasani, joins Off Panel to give a download on their...atypical business model. Shamdasani discusses why Bad Idea was something they wanted to do, how wider distribution limits quality, what their goals are, the decision to not include variants, the dissonance between making great comics and making them less accessible, the reason for no trades or digital, who their target audience is, what they are looking for in their 20 starter shops (quick note: they are only going to be in 20 shops to start with), adding to retailer workloads, restricting accessibility, pitching creators on this new structure, what kind of deal they offer creators, and a whole lot more.

Feb 10, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer/artist Declan Shalvey returns to the show to chat about his upcoming graphic novel, Bog Bodies, and his upcoming mini-series, The Punisher vs. Barracuda. Shalvey discussed the big moments of his career to date, Moon Knight's lasting nature, why he wanted to do The Punisher vs. Barracuda, his covers on the book, taking different approaches to covers, getting back into interiors, his increased writing workload, how that reframed how people perceive him, the origins of Bog Bodies, flipping expectations, what he learned while making his first graphic novel, and more.

Feb 3, 2020

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang joins Off Panel to chat about his work and his upcoming graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. Yang discusses what made him fall in love with comics, his love of telling stories, the development of Dragon Hoops, whether he resisted making a basketball book considering his (previous) distaste of the sport, telling a story set in the real world, the secret identities of athletes, figuring out the structure of the book, the inclusion of basketball history, handling real people in real time, how his relationship with basketball changed, what he learned about himself and storytelling over the experience, and more.

Jan 27, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer and filmmaker Darcy Van Poelgeest joins the show to share the story behind the making of his Image Comics series, Little Bird. Van Poelgeest discusses why he wanted to make a comic, why Little Bird was a natural fit as a comic, its long gestation period, partnering with artist Ian Bertram, the book's creative team, the comic book creative process, how lettering affects pace, the title's origins, its path to Image, why it became a hardcover first, the importance of design, the crash course of his first comics experience, and more.

Jan 20, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, the co-owner of Chicago's Challengers Comics + Conversation comic shops, Patrick Brower, joins to chat about 2019 in comics retail. Brower discusses their opening of a second shop, what goes into opening a store, the state of comics retail relative to when Challengers first opened, the rise of the mini-series, what's working for them, differentiating titles today, how the year was for them, risk aversion, figuring out what customers want, second issues, how BOOM! Studios is handling things, whether he'd like more experimentation from comic publishers, the in-store comics conversation, whether he still loves comics, and more.

Jan 13, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, comics marketer David Hyde from Superfan Promotions joins the show. Hyde discusses his background with comics, the things that make us love them, what he learned from working in book stores and at book publishers, the learning curve of promoting comics, his time at DC, the New 52 experience, why he decided to start Superfan promotions (which arrives at 29:50 and begins the marketing talk), paying attention to marketing outside of comics, connecting viewers of comics media to the comics themselves, the important parts of comics marketing, the news cycle, whether the old standards of comics marketing still work, the comics marketing playbook, what can be learned from House of X and Powers of X, whether comics marketing is limited by the distribution model, and more.

Jan 6, 2020

In this week's episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Jen Wang joins the podcast to chat about her career, craft and latest graphic novel, Stargazing. Wang discusses her Twitter handle, what her webcomics experience taught her about making comics, her art process, the importance of community, how her work has evolved, the origins of Stargazing, the universality of stories, working on a middle grade book, putting herself in the story, not coloring herself on Stargazing, giving herself breaks, keeping momentum going, Comic Arts LA, Alaska Robotics Mini-Con, and more.

Dec 30, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Matthew Rosenberg returns to the show to chat about writing and Hawkeye: Freefall. Rosenberg discusses how things change when you're writing a comic where you know what's coming next, his X-Men run, taking risks in stories, managing reader expectations, patience in storytelling, the origins of Hawkeye: Freefall, standing out from previous with the character, what makes a good Hawkeye comic to him, finding new angles with existing characters, why The Hood and Ronin are in Hawkeye, Otto Schmidt's art, the appeal of shorter stories, and more.

Dec 23, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Jeff Loveness joins the show to chat about comedy and writing and his BOOM! series Strange Skies Over East Berlin. Loveness discusses his comic origins, how reading comics affected his comedy and storytelling, why he chooses to write comics, how situation changes the way we engage with stories, how comedy prepared him for comics, the origins of Strange Skies Over East Berlin, the impact of his collaborators, the title's amazing covers, learning to write comics, the loss of privacy, balancing comedy and drama, and more.

Note: Jeff's audio quality starts a little low, but it picks up a couple minutes in.

Dec 16, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, my pal Brandon Burpee returns to the podcast for a year in review episode. We discuss the year that was, the impact having good X-Men comics has on us as readers, how much we engage with comic sites, how our reading habits are changing, the honorable mentions for the year that was, before we dive into counting down our 20 favorite comics of the year.

Dec 9, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Gerry Duggan joins the show for a deep dive discussion about Marauders. Duggan shares his X-Men origin story, what makes Kate Pryde so great, how Marauders came together, the X-Men writers room, the energy of the book, its playbook, how the X-Titles got their casts, his thoughts on the whole cast, political vs. character decisions, balancing fandom with story needs, planning long-term for a title and the line, whether we're at Peak Fanboy Gerry Duggan, and more.

Dec 5, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer/artist Jonathan Luna joins the show for a special podcast in Anchorage, Alaska about his new series 20XX. Luna discusses the influence of growing up outside the US, how he started making his own comics, the development of his style, why he went black and white on 20XX, the cost of art, the origins of 20XX, why Alaska for its setting, how the contrasts in his stories come together, the implication of the title, the technology of the future, why he decided to create a short story made entirely by him, and more.

Nov 25, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Mark Waid joins the podcast for a career-spanning chat examining his writing. Waid discusses how his early jobs editing comics and writing about them affected his storytelling approach, how he became a writer, his love of writing himself into a corner, where his love of problem solving comes from, how The History of the Marvel Universe fits in there, Javier Rodriguez's greatness, why he loved writing Impulse so much, the intersection of writing young characters + knowing comic history, what continuity means to him, comics in mourning, differentiating H1 from other superhero universe, his love of not being in a box, why Ignited appealed to him as a storyteller, what the most interesting thing happening in comics today is to him, and more.

Nov 18, 2019

In this week's episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Daniel Warren Johnson joins the podcast to talk about his art and Wonder Woman: Dead Earth. Johnson discusses how his career has changed since Extremity, the elevating nature of telling your own stories, how life drives adaptation, Wonder Woman: Dead Earth as a palate cleanser, why Dead Earth was the right next step, finding a new angle for the character, introducing fallibility, the idea of hope, developing the look of the book, working off the Black Label setup, the pressure of commissions, Old Man Skywalker, and more.

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