Webcomics


NOTE: If youre favorites aren’t on here, it’s becuase I couldn’t find ‘em on YouTube.  A lot have been deleted.

“It’s like, people are always putting this guy down and saying that he sucks, but the thing is, he really does suck, and this is one of those times where everybody’s right.”

“Is this Captain Kangaroo?”

“Well, at least he died before they started singing.”

“This butthole keeps saying he can dance, but he can’t dance.”

“YES!  COCHESE!”

“These guys always wear the same clothes. That’s cool. Hey, we always wear the same clothes! I’ve had this shirt on for six months!”

“So it’s like the guy married his son’s daughter, and then his mom married his son, and his son was like…a dork.”

“STOP THAT!  IMPRISONING ME!”

” Dammit. This Nickelodeon crap has gone too far.”

“Hey, remember that time we partied with Anthrax?”

“Why’s that guy eating dinner with those old people?”

“I think even if they had some fire in this video, it would still suck.”

“Is this the Black Crows?”

“DUN-DUN-DUH-NA-DUN!  DUH-NA-NA-NA-NA-DUH-NA-DUN!”

“Now whip it!  Into shape!  Shape it up!  Get straight!”

“These guys understand the importance of a good butt.”

“This guy could kick Iggy Pop’s ass.”

“Is that Snoop Doggy Dogg?”

“Whoah, it’s Crowbar!”  “Oh yeah.  They’re always taking a dump.”

“Damn it, damn it, son of a bitch. Damn it, damn it, son of a bitch.”

“The streets will flow with the blood of the nonbelievers!”

“I bet he just scores with chicks, and then just, like, fights alot.”

“Preach on, Brother Cooper!”

“If she doesn’t get naked the first time, she’s never going to get naked.”

“Stop!  Stop in the name of all that which does not suck!”

“It’s a super SUCK group!”

“I realized it was Michael Bolton, and my bowels let loose.”

“He’s smiling at you, Beavis.”

“SHUT UP, BUTT-HEAD!  BON JOVI RULES!”

“What’s going on?  Why don’t they just play that cool part the whole song?”

“This song is hard to dance to.”

“This is like, behind the scenes at a crappy band recording session.”

“I think the problem with this video is that it is highly derivative of many popular bands within the genre…”

” I’m gonna put the smackdown on yo’ ass, beotch!”

“Yeah!  YEAH!  Sometimes *I* do stuff and it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to!  And…”


“Boh, boh-boh, boh-boh, boh-boh-boh-boh…boh-buh-ba-boh-boh-boh-boh…”

“Butt-Head, I’m only gonna say this once — if you change the channel I’m going to kick your ass.”


“Get up! Get up, stand up straight, and quit acting like a wuss! Quit whining, go out and get a job and some good clothes!”

“Doin’ mah monkey boy…yeah-ahhhhh…rat-tat-tat-tat dat azz…”

“I guess that would make sense as nothing but diarrhea is coming out of his mouth”

“Check it out. Madonna’s always having sex with herself in these videos.”

“Hey Beavis, did you know that this guy is your dad?”

“Woah!  A video!  Haven’t seen one of these in a while!”

At least if this video was a turd, it would like…be kind of cool.”

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“Well, I guess that’s a good thing because like, nobody likes you. And like, you can like, care about yourself, while I’m off scoring with chicks.”

“Hey, it’s that guy from Damn Yankees!”

“Nothing beats a Butt!”

“YEAH, OKAY!! NOW IT’S HURTING MY EYES AND MY EARS!!”

“You treat your stepmother with respect, Pantera! Or you’ll be sleeping in the street!”

“This is so horrible, I can’t even begin to talk about how much this sucks.”

“This song has the best lyrics I’ve ever heard.”

“Ahhhhhhh, SHUT UP, Butt-Head!”

“I think it’s, like, some kind of country music, but it’s, like, country music after you’ve been, like, playing Centipede for, like, twenty four hours.”

“Lying RULES!”

“They should get this guy on the 16 Minutes show instead of that Mickey Rooney dude they got.  He sucks.”

“The Seminefrious Tubloidial Buttnoids have left your pants.”

“This video is, um, it’s like it’s causing me to influence my behaviour. I’m gonna leave. I’m gonna go into the kitchen and break something.”


“Beavis, shut up. You’ve never been to Compton, you’re never gonna go to Compton, you’re gonna be here for the rest of your life, you’re stupid, you don’t have any money and you’re never gonna score.”

“That dude would probably break a bunch of bones and stuff, but at least he got some.”

“One chick from L7 alone could kick all of their asses combined.”

“But Beavis, Everything DOES suck.”

“Animation is cool.”

” Whoa check it out, they got some of that Keeyotepcate up there, up above that guy’s hands.”

“The message here is: Vince Neil’s a wuss.”

“Sit your ass down Lars! Play the drums like you’re supposed to!”

“These guys got no future.”

“No way!  He said ‘Devil’s Johnson!'”

“It’s like, him and the band all got together and stuff, and said “OK man, tomorrow, we’re gonna wear some really scary scary makeup tomorrow, and it’s gonna be really cool. We’re gonna kick some ass.” But then this dumbass was the only one stupid enough to do it!”

As I’ve had some articles published all over the place recently, figured it was time to start a new compilation post.

Chris Rousseau sorts through records at Nice Price Books in Carrboro.

Very Sad: Beloved local used bookstore Nice Price Books is closing, and I talked to them and several other used bookstores to get the reasons why.

Jonathan M. Katz - Zach Hetrick

Here’s an interview I did with reporter Jonathan M. Katz about his new book on life in Haiti and the failed policies of relief efforts, THE BIG TRUCK THAT WENT BY.

Madeline Trumble and Con OShea-Creal as Mary Poppins and Bert

Here’s a strangely detailed review I did of the touring production of Disney’s MARY POPPINS, and how it compares to both the original books and the film.

LIzzy Caplan and Geoffrey Arend in SAVE THE DATE

For Valentine’s Day: A look at some anti-romantic movies, SAVE THE DATE, CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, THE HEARTBREAK KID, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN and MARGARET.

Kyle Baker recently put his classic graphic novels including WHY I HATE SATURN and THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW online for free, and here’s my look at why these are worth checking out.

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I interviewed  Brandon Sanderson on his besteselling conclusion to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, A MEMORY OF LIGHT!

Ron Rash - Photo by Mark Haskett

Here’s my interview with SERENA author Ron Rash on his new short story collection NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY!

George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" plays Saturday at 7 p.m.

A look at the films of the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham this weekend, including JOHN DIES AT THE END and a 35-mm print of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD!

My new interview with Ryan Browne of the webcomic GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS on his Kickstarter Campaign!

Here’s my talk with Michel Fiffe on his acclaimed self-published comic COPRA!

My interview with the creators of the webcomic TRIP FANTASTIC!

The creators of HACK/SLASH and HOAX HUNTERS Pay Tribute to Fake 1980s Toys with MINI COMICS INDLUDED on Kickstarter!

The Book of Mormon comes to Durham Feb. 11-23, 2014.

A Look at the Durham Performing Arts Center’s New Broadway Series!

Follow-up to earlier piece: Nice Price Books is having a closing sale that will help raise money for the Chapel Hill Library.

A review of a local production of the play THE LAST FIVE YEARS!

Jeffrey Brown talks the adorable VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS!

A look at the many (many, many…) faces of Superman’s foe General Zod!

NEW TOY BLOGS:
ARCHER ACTION FIGURES ARE COMING!

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My Little Pony Meets Doctor Who with “Doctor Whooves!”

Coming soon: New JURASSIC PARK Toys!

New “Presidential Monsters” with Baracula!

The Many (Toy) Faces of Slyvester Stallone

New Batman “Movie Masters” Trilogy 3-Pack!

The Return of Captain Power Toys?

Some high-end pieces of IRON MAN 3 Merchandise!

Check Out This Chic Han Solo in Carbonite Business Card Case!

Yes, they finally made a figure of Jack Nicholson in THE SHINING

New WALKING DEAD Michonne 3-Pack

New Target “New 52″ Justice League 7-Pack!

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How to Build Your Dragon — Getting Down with Masters of the Universe Classics’ Granamyr!

New Reverse-Flash FUNKO at Dallas Comic-Con!

These ‘Alien” Pint Glasses are Xenomorphically Awesome!

New WALKING DEAD toys from FUNKO!

UPDATED: This is going to be a repository for links to my published stuff for a bit.

I haven’t been posting about toys because I got a paying gig blogging about them for MTV Geek!  Here’s my first few posts:

Power Lords Return

Django Unchained Toys Pulled from Shelves

Django Unchained Toys Now Banned on eBay

Sideshow Toys Unveils Sixth Scale Joker Figure

ADVENTURE TIME Marshall Lee Plush Now in Stores

Thunderbirds are Go(ne): A Tribute to Gerry Anderson

Marvel Select Toys Rhino Figure in Stores

Hasbro’s new STAR WARS BLACK 6-Inch Figure Line

Toys based on 1966 Batman TV Show Coming Soon

New Superman MAN OF STEEL Toys

He-Man Plush Toys

Interview with THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman on New Michonne Statue

Exclusive look at DC/Domo Funko Figures

New Star Wars Jango Fett Statue

Sideshow Toys Black Widow Sixth Scale Figure

Game of Thrones toys coming with PLUSH DIREWOLVES!

Four Horsemen’s New York Toy Fair Party!

SUPER-EXCLUSIVE: Todd McFarlane Reveals THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 Blu-Ray Case, Recreating The Governor’s Fish Tank!

Did a piece recapping one of my favorite 1990s comics, QUANTUM AND WOODY.

I also did a two-part talk with James Kochalka on the end of his web journal AMERICAN ELF and on his web cartoon SUPERF*CKERS.

PART ONE

PART TWO

For ADVENTURE TIME fans – here’s Danielle Corsetto talking the new GN focusing on Flame Princess!

Dreama Walker in Compliance

Did an interview with Craig Zobel, director of the ultra-creepy indy film COMPLIANCE!

I also did some reviews of the short films nominated for Oscars, including Disney’s PAPERMAN.

Ever After Hardcover Cover

Here’s a new interview I did with Kim Harrison on her novel series THE HOLLOWS!

New theater review: BUS STOP at Raleigh Little Theatre!

New theater review: Joe Brack’s one-man show MY PRINCESS BRIDE!

Golden Age Bakery's Fletcher Hanks cookies

And I’ve gotten a lot of response for this interview with the creator of Golden Age Bakery, which puts edible comic book panels on cookies!

I have a few more pieces should hopefully come out by the end of the month, and I’ve been working on some odd projects — including a couple of new comic book one-shots that should come out from MonkeyBrain by year’s end.  My artists are working on spec, so good stuff takes time!

Might try to get some more original posts done in the future.  I’ve had some good feedback on the children’s book pieces and want to do some more.

Here are some things I wrote and things I did in 2012 that I thought were kind of cool and possibly of interest to people

In January, I wrote some more offbeat pieces, such as an interview with literary novelist Michael Malone about his time writing the daytime soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE as that show ended.  I also did a look at the insanity that was the locally-filmed ONE TREE HILL.

I also got to do a pretty funny interview with author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket.

In February, I did an interview with ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendleton Ward for Newsarama around this time, where I had guest-questions from people like Paul Pope, Scott Kurtz, Mike Allred and some others.  Here’s a link to Part Two, which links to Part One.  I also got Tony Millionaire to do an original piece of Lumpy Space Princess for the interview.

In March, I did an interview with Trace Beaulieu from MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and with Jason Mewes of Kevin Smith’s various films.  Later, I went to see Beaulieu and the rest of the MST3K/Cinematic Titanic crew when they performed live at the Carolina Theatre, and got my picture taken with Joel Hodgson.

Hodgson

Also in March, I went to the Mad Monster Party show in Charlotte.  They had a number of horror and B-movie legends there, and I certainly got my money’s worth.  I got to meet Angus Scrimm from PHANTASM, who was even nice enough to record a voice-mail message for me…that unfortunately he couldn’t quite figure out how to speak into my phone, so I just recorded it with my digital recorder, and can’t really figure out how to get the MP3 onto my voice mail.

Scrimm

(He’s sitting down, and extending his arm while I’m leaning against him.  I did not sit on the Tall Man’s lap.)

Soles

I also met the lovely P.J. Soles from ROCK N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL and many other films.  She signed a print based on HIGH SCHOOl that was done on a vinyl record for a recent screening.  I also got the print/record signed by Mary Woronov and Marky Ramone at the show.  It possesses supernatural powers now.

I also met Rutger Hauer at the show, but he was charging a lot for pictures.  I did get an autographed picture for my man Jesse Moynihan, to whom I traded it for a drawing of his ADVENTURE TIME creation the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant.

War Elephant

Toward the end of March, I got to boost my nerd-cred with an interview with Ira Glass of THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

I also talked with Karl Kerschl about one of my favorite webcomics, THE ABOMINABLE CHARLES CHRISTOPHER.

March was quite productive.  No wonder I blocked subsequent chunks of the year out.

I recall April was a bit slower, as this might have been around the time I taught a class on “Great Films and Their Scripts” at an extended learning center.  I do remember I did this fun little piece on Garth Ennis and John McCrea’s HITMAN, with some quotes from older interviews I did with them.

May was also a mite slow, though I did enjoy doing this interview with Mark Waid about the end of his book IRREDEEMABLE.

I also quite liked this piece about the oddball characters from the old DC chestnut DIAL H FOR HERO.

And I did a piece about trying out some anime series.

In June, I got to host a panel with my man Jeffrey Brown at Heroes Con!  I did a whole slideshow and we showed some behind-the-scenes art for his book DARTH VADER AND SON and some footage from SAVE THE DATE, the movie he co-wrote that stars Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan.

As is usual at cons, I got a bunch of artwork, including this watercolor of the 1960s characters the Atomic Knights by Matt Kindt.

Atomic Knights Strange Adventures #144 Cover Homage by Matt Kindt Comic Art

Throughout the year, I got to see a lot of great older movies on the big screen with 35-mm prints at the Carolina Theatre and other local houses.  Some films I saw included: THE JERK; PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES; THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON; the 1979 DRACULA; STUNT ROCK; THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER; E.T. (not-special edition); WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?; GHOSTBUSTERS; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE; THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER; the 1980 FLASH GORDON; ROSEMARY’S BABY; DRAGONSLAYER; a half-dozen Miyazaki films; I’m sure there were others.

I had several very good articles in July, including this look back at Spider-Man’s many strange media adaptations

And a talk with the creators of the Batman villain Bane just in time for his appearance in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

I don’t recall much going on in August, though I did get to interview ADVENTURE TIME writer/artist Tom Herpich and Tom Siddell of GUNERKRIGG COURT.

September was quite busy; I went to the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland, where I met a bunch of artists and got a bunch of drawings.  I got some wonderful pieces at a charity auction, including some Larry Marder BEANWORLD art and this “Space Kid” piece by Farel Dalyrmple.

Space Kid by Farel Dalrymple Comic Art

I also did a fun little retrospective of the Chris Elliott series GET A LIFE.

October was pretty much the busiest month of my professional life!  I did a week of guest-posts for USA TODAY’s Pop Candy blog, and a number of big interviews.

I talked with Chris Ware on his acclaimed new collection BUILDING STORIES…

with ERAGON author Christopher Paolini about life after his blockbuster series…

with guys like Scott Snyder, Joe Hill and Paul Pope about comic books that scared them

…and I had way too much fun with this piece about comic book gimmick covers.

In addition, my first comic was published and got lots of good reviews you can read here.

I did a whole bunch of 1980s toy-themed posts after this, and talked to the guy who wrote BLACKHAWK DOWN about his new Osama Bin Laden book.

In November, I did still more Pop Candy posts, and “endorsed” a classic comic book character for president with quotes from Neil Gaiman and Ed Brubaker.

I also co-hosted three panels at the NC Comicon, including a one-on-one session with HELLBOY artist Duncan Fegredo about his life and career.  He did this nice piece of the Lich from ADVENTURE TIME for my sketchbook.

The Lich King (Adventure Time) by Duncan Fegredo Comic Art

This also led to a strange adventure where I helped reunite Mark Waid with the first-ever drawing of a character he co-created, Impulse.

Anyway, December is still going on and I think I have a few good pieces left in me before the year’s out.  But that certainly was a lot of stuff, wasn’t it?

On to 2013!  I’ll try to have fewer slack months next year.

 

“Here is the quintessential New York survivor’s story, told with warmth, humor and vibrancy.  And there’s even a chase scene.”

-Junot Díaz (Drown, This is How You Lose Her, Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)

Hey readers — my first published comic, THE STARS BELOW with artist Rich Ellis, is now out from Monkeybrain Comics!

You can buy it here for just 99 cents!

Buy it during the month of November, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Hero Initiative!

Here’s an interview with me and Rich on the ComiXologist Podcast!

And here’s what people are saying…

“This is terrific! It’s like the best wordless picture books I used to love as a kid!  The artwork…is amazingly good.”

-David Small (Caldecott Medal Winner; National Book Award Finalist, Stitches)

“THE STARS BELOW is the best single-issue comic I’ve read in months. REALLY great. Check it out!”

-Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Thrillbent.com)

“Read Zack Smith’s beautiful comic story THE STARS BELOW. You’ll get warm fuzzies. And love a bird.”

-Brad Meltzer (The Tenth Justice, Identity Crisis, History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s DECODED)

“‘The Stars Below’ by Zack Smith and Rich Ellis – simply lovely. Favorite book of the week.”

-Bryan Q. MIller (Batgirl, Smallville)

“You did a GREAT job. A++

-Kevin Church (The Loneliest Astronauts)

“Great job, guys!”

-Gabriel Hardman (Thunderbolts, Planet of the Apes)

“A wonderfully little story about birds, the world, and seeking new heights & new discoveries. I loved this, the art is great. Cheap, fun, totally worth it.
“Rating: BUY
IT

-Aaron Meyers, Two-Headed Geek Comicast

“It’s well-done. I’m impressed with creators that can do wordless stories without confusing or boring the audience, and I’m particularly taken with the panels where the bird gets stars in its eyes. There’s even a chase scene!”

-Johanna Draper-Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

“I had a feeling that I would really enjoy this comic. I was not wrong, as this wordless story from Zack Smith and Rich Ellis was at times a fun little adventure and other times very poignant, and a nice little story about how even the littlest of guys can strive for more, and how sometimes there is a little wonder just around the corner for each of us. Ellis’ art fit perfect for the story, as his cast was very emotive (very necessary for a wordless story) and he did a really great job of selling some of the points that readers needed to reach for a bit more.

“Altogether, this is about as much as you could possibly want from a $0.99 comic, and something that I’d be glad to share with audiences both young and old. Highly recommended from yours truly, and it’s a lovely little tale that is better experienced than written about.

“Final Verdict: 9.0 – Buy”

-David Harper at Multiversity Comics

“I want to thank Zack Smith, Rich Ellis, and Monkeybrain Comics for making this available. It is charming from cover to cover and a feast for the eyes and imagination [...].

“The artist, Rich Ellis, is the artist on Chris Roberson’s MEMORIAL for IDW. According to writer, Zack Smith, Ellis knocked this thing out as a fresh graduate from art school and before working on MEMORIAL. It is an impressive early effort by a strong talent. Smith, himself, has crafted a unique vision here that stands strong as an independent work in a crowded marketplace of super-heroes.

Monkeybrain is making this comic available digitally for only 99¢ at this link. At that price, everyone out there should buy a copy. And, hey, why not buy one for your nephew and niece as well. This is good for all ages and is excellent.”

-Keith Howell, AICN Comics

“The Stars Below (link)
“This one-shot written by Zack Smith and drawn by Rich Ellis (of IDW’s Memorial) is probably the strangest of the bunch this week. Not that it’s particularly gruesome or preposterous, but the story it tells is something not often seen in the realm of comics. The Stars Below follows a pigeon (not a Disney-esque talking pigeon, just a normal pigeon) who gets kicked into a planetarium where it sees the stars for the first time. Since the urban canopy of New York prevents him from seeing the stars, he sets out to perch on the tallest building he can find to get a glimpse of the real thing.

In a medium of capes, guns, boobs, gore and spells, finding a comic that’s simply about a bird trying to fly to the top of a building may seem ‘quaint,’ but the story really picks up when a falcon attempts to make the pigeon his lunch. Smith’s story is some classic story-telling fun and Ellis is able to capture a great deal of emotion in a pigeon’s face, even without spoken dialogue or a single thought balloon.”

-Andrew Leslie, Freakin’ Awesome Network

” A beautifully illustrated fable that is sure to a spark a sense of wonder in children and adults alike,The Stars Below is a brief but worthy chapter in the annuls of Great Animal Comics and undoubtedly the first (maybe the last?) to make a hero out of a Pigeon.

Grade: A.”

-Matt Sargeson, Weekly Comic Book Review

Once again, you can buy the book here!

Yes, a new post!  I’ve been up to a lot, and haven’t been cataloging articles very much.  But the site’s about to get a lot of hits, and I want to make sure my best work is available…

I recently interviewed ERAGON author Christopher Paolini.

Talked with Hugo and Nebula winner Kij Johnson, an NCSU graduate, about returning to town with her new short story collection!

Discussed PEARLS BEFORE SWINE with the strip’s creator, Stephan Pastis!

Jawed with Emma Straub about LAURA LAMONT”S LIFE IN PICTURES

Expressed my deep and abiding love for GET A LIFE with Chris Elliott, now on DVD at long last

Did a hypnotically awesome interview with The Amazing Kreskin

Talked Steampunk with BONESHAKER author Cherie Priest

Looked at some series that might represent the best way to get into Japanese anime

Chatted with Ira Glass when he came to town

Talked to former MST3K/Current Cinematic Titanic funnyman Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Smith’s muse/Mewes, Jason “Jay” Mewes

Did a look at the many weird media adaptations of Spider-Man

Talked to Chris Ware about his new book (or is it?) BUILDING STORIES

Did a two-part talk with the creators of Batman villain Bane as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES came out

Did many webcomic interviews; one of my favorites was this one with Karl Kerschl of THE ABOMINABLE CHARLES CHRISTOPHER

I looked at some of the weirdest characters in DC Comics’ old book DIAL H FOR HERO, now revived by China Mieville

And I also looked at Gimmick Comic Book Covers of the 1990s.

Did a two-part look at the end of IRREDEEMABLE with Mark Waid

There were lots of other pieces, but these were the best!  Check ‘em out, along with the other stuff on my site!

Yes, I haven’t updated this site in forever.  I was busy.  And sick.  And busy again.  And disorganized. Well, new year, new opportunities, and here is some of the stuff I wrote that is worth archiving.

Pop Cultural and Nerd Icon John Hodgman came through town, so I talked to him about moustaches and the “Occupy” movement…

Read That Interview Here

…and for Newsarama, where he expressed his thoughts on DC Comics’ “New 52″ relaunch (he doesn’t like it).

Read THAT Interview Here

Continuing my brush with the highbrow, I talked with NPR’s lovely, funny and smart Brooke Gladstone about her excellent graphic novel THE INFLUENCING MACHINE with Josh Neufeld.

Read Part One of the Interview Here

Read Part Two of the Interview Here 

And Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket came through town to promtoe his book WHY WE BROKE UP, and we chatted about a bunch of odd stuff.

Read Our Witty Reparte Here

I talked to many webcomic creators, including Zach Weiner of SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST CEREAL, who even shared the script to an unused strip!

Read That Very Disturbing Interview Here

Brian K. Vaughan of Y: THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS and EX MACHINA talked with me briefly about his new Image comic SAGA…

Get Down With BKV At This Link

…and with that book’s artist, the very cool Fiona Staples

Check Out Some Sweet Preview Art Here

I did a two-part interview with author Brian Selznick on his new prose/graphic novel hybrid WODNERSTRUCK — and talked about Martin Scorsese’s film of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, HUGO (now up for 11 Oscars)

Read Part One Here

Read Part Two Here

And I discussed some cult comics, like John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke’s MAJOR BUMMER….

Read This One, it has a Nazi Dinosaur Named Tyrannosaurus Reich

…and a three-part series on comics that need to be reprinted (a few of which have in the ensuing months)

Part One is Here

Part Two is Here

Part Three is Here

And this essay on the cult 1980s’ show CAPTAIN POWER AND TEH SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE coming out on DVD, which proved strangely popular online.

Power On Wtih Captain Power Here

Toward the end of 2011, I became obsessed with Cartoon Network’s cult hit ADVENTURE TIME.

First, I chatted briefly with creator Pen Ward and voice actors Tom Kenny and Jeremy Shada at a press junket at New York Comic-Con…

Experience The Insanity Here

Later, BOOM! Studios announced an ADVENTURE TIME comic, and I talked with that book’s writer, Ryan North of the amazing DINOSAUR COMICS

More Strangeness Here

And for the coupe-de-gras, I talked with ADVENTURE TIME creator Pen Ward at length, with guest-questions from Mike Allred, Joe Hill, Scott Kurtz, Lev Grossman, Nicholas Gurewitch, and even a guest-art piece by Tony Millionaire!

Part One is Here

Part Two is Here

In January, the daytime soap opera ONE LIFE TO LIVE ended, so I talked to local author Michael Malone, a former headwriter of the show, for a piece that included many clips from his era

It’s a Daytime To Remember Here

And for some reason, I wrote about the weirdly compelling awfulness of ONE TREE HILL, with clips.  Including one where a dog eats a heart.

Read This Very Strange Essay Here

Well, that’s most of the best stuff.  I’m pretty awesome, aren’t I?

Since 2000, Richard “R” Stevens has brought us the pixilated human-cyber relations of Diesel Sweeties, the tale of Clango Cyclotron, a robot who is as confounded about relations with the opposite sex as most flesh-and-blood males. It doesn’t help that he’s in an on-and-off thing with the equally-complicated Maura (“on-and-off” meaning they broke up, then got back together when his memory got reset), and that his friends include the likes of the ultra-elitest Indie Rock Pete and the ultra-Goth Pale Suzie. It’s fun, it’s honest, and more than not contains a few R-rated punchlines.

Read the full interview with Stevens here!

Today, we head over to merry old England for a chat with the creator of the one of the longest-lived and most popular comics online.

John Allison has had one of the longest careers of any webcartoonist, starting in 1998 with the first of his comics set in the fictional English town of Tackleford, Bobbins. In 2002, he moved his characters over to the long-running Scary Go Round, which concluded in late 2009. Now, he’s focused on the new generation in Tackleford with Bad Machinery, the oft-hilarious tale of a group of teens who love to solve mysteries…even when they let their own petty conflicts get in the way, which is often.

Read the full interview here!

Newsarama readers, we would like to warn you – no matter who you are, this next interview is going to make you feel terribly, terribly inadequate.

Emma Capps is a relatively new entry to the world of online comics, but she’s already earned high praise from the likes of Scholastic Books and Scott McCloud – and she hasn’t even started high school yet.

The 14-year-old is the creator of Chapel Chronicles, a lighthearted series of strips, greeting cards and more featuring the zany, hat-loving 11-year-old Chapel Smith. Whether it’s dealing with a babysitter, cleaning her room or discovering an unexpected love of current pop music, Chapel’s adventures are, well, adorable.

We arranged a conversation with Capps through her parents, shortly before she went to NYC to received a gold medal from Scholastic for her short comic Jam Days. On the phone, she was more articulate and enthusiastic than most cartoonists twice her age – and, as you’re read, just as ambitious. Just imagine what she’ll be able to do when she’s old enough to drive.

Read the full interview here! 

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