In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Vita Ayala joins the show to chat about New Mutants and the world of the X-Men. Ayala discusses the video conference era, X-Men origins, learnings from Prisoner X, answering questions in the work, how their New Mutants run came together, what's up with the kids, the New Mutants as teachers, the greatness of Rod Reis, the vibe of the book, X of Swords, synergizing powers, planting seeds, carrying collaboration into other projects, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, author Abraham Riesman joins to chat about his new book, True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. Riesman discusses the pre-release response to the book, Stan Lee and Marvel's inseparability, what appealed to him about the project, Lee's relationship with his own life, the research process, the most interesting character from the process, the ambiguity of Marvel's origins, Stan the Brand, biggest surprises, Riesman's changing relationship with superheroes, becoming a biographer, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Chris Samnee joins to chat about his work on books like Fire Power and the upcoming Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters. Samnee discusses his post-Marvel time, why he went the directions he did, Fire Power's origins, looking back on his art, the appeal of simplicity, where Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters came from, working with his wife Laura, the importance of family, his monsters, Oni Press, why they went the single issue route, Matt Wilson, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, ComicsXF's Zack Jenkins joins me for a chat about the state of comic sites and his site's recent rebrand. Jenkins discusses the origins of the site, how it evolved, the power of rankings, researching the comic site landscape, finding new angles on content, letting writers do their thing, differentiating yourself, merging comic sites, the X-Men election, and more.