In this week's episode of Off Panel, the publisher of Iron Circus Comics, C. Spike Trotman, joins to talk about going her own direction in crowdfunding The Poorcraft Cookbook. Trotman discusses mid-campaign feelings, advertising, differences between crowdfunding efforts, previous expectations for Iron Circus' path, reactions to Kickstarter's plans, building out her own platform, The Poorcraft Cookbook, the process of moving platforms, biggest concerns, serving niches, Nero Villagallos O'Reilly's work, big learnings from the campaign, how the industry has shifted since her first Kickstarter, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, writer/artist Christian Ward joins to talk about his work on titles like Aquaman: Andromeda and the upcoming Blood Stained Teeth. Ward discusses announcement day for the Aquaman title, underwater horror, the joy of that project, working with Ram V, developing his art style, the importance of color, adding writing to drawing, the origins of Blood Stained Teeth, the creative team of the book, unique approaches to vampires, eternal wealthy living, deciding which projects to take, Oscar Isaac, working on 3 Worlds, 3 Moons, and more.
Quick bonus note: Shouts to Deanna Chapman, who stepped in to edit this episode, making it sound way better than usual. Thanks Deanna!
In this week's episode of Off Panel, the co-writer of Five Worlds and founder/editorial director of First Second, Mark Siegel, joins to chat about the story behind First Second and his latest graphic novel. Siegel discusses editor brain vs. creator brain, the early days of First Second, the range of their comics, how being raised in France affected his view on comics, how the publisher first came together, the size of First Second releases, how comics have changed over the past 16 years, Five Worlds, its origins, incorporating world change into story, working with family, hopes for the future, and more.