In this week's episode of Off Panel, cartoonist R. Kikuo Johnson joins to chat about my favorite comic of the year, his graphic novel, No One Else. We discuss Maui as an influence for him, his RISD experience, his editorial illustration work, the origins of No One Else, the work that went into it, its structure and format, comic strips, silence, simplifying his art, balancing the cast, parallels, character acting, the glory of Batman, the color and design of No One Else, whether comics will always be a part of his work, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, my pal Brandon Burpee returns for our year end spectacular once again. We discuss the year that was for us, how it was in comics, our awareness of what's going on in comics, Marvel and DC, the current state of the X-Men, binge reading versus monthly, Marvel Unlimited's changes, our favorite adaptations of the year, the comics that almost made the cut, and more, before we close with counting down our 20 favorite comics of the year.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer Kieron Gillen returns to talk about his current run of comics. Gillen discusses Immortal X-Men's announcement, its Mark Brooks drawn teaser, his audience, Once & Future's blend, fighting boredom, experimentation at Marvel, the usage of continuity, problem solving the Eternals, Sersi's place, The Machine's narration, why he went back to the X-Men, the cast of Immortal X-Men, his evolution as a writer, and more.
In a special episode of Off Panel recorded at Emerald City Comic Con 2021, artist Tula Lotay joined the show to chat about her art and the story behind it. Lotay discusses getting back to conventions, the origins of Thought Bubble, working in comic shops, the impact of influences, film's impact on her, covers versus prints, the appeal of her new title Barnstormers, sequential art, the look of her art, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Victoria Grace Elliott joins the show to talk about her debut graphic novel, Yummy: A History of Desserts. Elliott discusses pre-release hype, art and comic origins, getting into making comics, her webcomic Balderdash!, the roots of Yummy, the Random House Graphic connection, the structure of the book, nebulous histories, the guides to the story, injecting personality into the book, research, finding a balance between history and personality, Yummy's sequel, and more.