Though I’ve had a number of big pieces the last few months, I haven’t taken the time to update them here!  Let’s rectify that.

Here’s some of my best pieces from the last few months.

Here is a two-part interview with Jim Starlin on his run on Marvel’s WARLOCK — including his creations Drax, Gamora and Thanos, who appear in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film.

Part One
Part Two


Here’s an interview I did with screenwriter John Ridley just before he won the Academy Award for scripting this year’s Best PIcture, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, discussing his work on the film and his background writing in comics and animation.

Part One

Part Two

Going Their Own Way: The Creator-Owned Comic Book Renaissance

Here’s an extensive piece I wrote for PASTE about how more comic creators are going the route of creator-owned comics, featuring interviews with Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Kieron Gillen, Cullen Bunn and others.



Here’s an interview I did with Siblings Scott and Sage Stossel (editor of THE ATLANTIC and major cartoonist for it, respectively) about their books on anxiety — of which Sage’s is a graphic novel on an anxious superhero called STARLING.

When I read my friend Tom Scioli would be doing a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic, I called him up to talk about those old shows.  Good call — it’s now one of the year’s most acclaimed books!

Another two-parter: I talk with the creators of the internet’s top podcast, WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE, about their show, their favorite comics, and more.

Part One

Part Two

I also talked to Ben Acker of THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR about their show’s NIGHT VALE crossover.

Here’s a talk I did with Minty Lewis, who writes for REGULAR SHOW and voices Eileen, about doing an issue of the REGULAR SHOW comic.

And on a stranger note, I did an “interview” with the character of Lumpy Space Princess from ADVENTURE TIME.

Did a great talk with acclaimed creator Gene Luen Yang on his new graphic novel THE SHADOW HERO.

Paperhand Puppets rehearse in<br /><br /><br />
the troupe’s Saxapahaw studio.

Here’s a retrospective on Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a local theatrical troupe that does wondrous shows year after year.


PHOTO BY JUSTIN COOK - Film projection is moving from rollers and reels to cables and hard drives.

And here’s a look at how traditional film prints are being replaced with digital packages.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out my ADVENTURE TIME podcast, here’s a link to the episodes to date, which include interviews with show actors Olivia Olson and Hynden Walch, and co-hosts including Lev Grossman, Maria Bustillos and more super-smart people!

And a LOT more stuff is coming — did a whole bunch of interviews lately that are now going online.

Cheers!  Will try to update more.



Scioli’s Ultimate 80s Team-Up: TRANSFORMERS / G.I. JOE

by Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor
Date: 09 January 2014 Time: 11:00 AM ET

We’ll be blunt: We love ‘80s cartoons. We love the insane Kirby-style riffs of writer/artist Tom Scioli (Gødland, American Barbarian). So when we found out Scioli was going to be doing a new ongoing Transformers/G.I. Joe series at IDW (co-written with John Barber) starting with a Free Comic Book Day issue that will be in stores in April, we were…enthusiastic, to say the least.

Details on the book are hush-hush and Scioli is finalizing the artwork on everything, but we got him on the line to talk about his love of these characters, from the classic toys to the classic cartoons to the classic comics.

Here now are excerpts from our long, long geek-out session with Scioli on these great characters and how they warped our childhoods, and a look at some of the behind-the-scenes drawing for the upcoming series. If anything, we did learn this: Scioli is bringing a real passion and love for the characters to this book, and you can get a glimpse of it here.

Read the full interview here!

In 1991, Duke Nukem blew video game fans away with the first in a series of increasingly-politically-incorrect shoot-em-ups that pitted the viewer against the likes of Octobrains, Pigcops, and the limits of good taste. Now he’s set to return in the long-delayed sequel Duke Nukem Forever which will come out this summer, really, honestly, we mean it this time. On an unrelated note, so will the latest George R.R. Martin novel. The end times might be upon us.

What better way to celebrate Duke’s return than with a comic book? Sure enough, IDW is on the case with Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard a four-issue miniseries with 400 issues worth of violence from the team of writer Tom Waltz and artist Xermanico and variant covers by John K. Snyder; the creative team will also be doing a one-shot Duke Nukem Forever comic packaged with the video game. With all this hardcore Duke action, we got up with Waltz to get to the bottom of this book. As it happens, here is a writer who takes his source material very seriously…

Read the full interview here!

Oh no, there goes Tokyo!  Yes, the King of the Monsters has returned to comics with IDW’s all-new Godzilla: Monster World series in March 2011.  And they’ve got an all-star crew bringing death and destruction – Eric Powell  of The Goon co-writing with Tracy Marsh and doing covers,  Phil Hester on the art, and Alex Ross doing a special incentive cover.

We got up with Powell and Marsh to talk about their reign of terror – and why this is going to be a Godzilla comic worth reading. He even brought some exclusive Phil Hester art along for the ride. Warning – there might be some saucy language in here.

Read the full interview here!

Fans of Joe Hill’s IDW series Locke & Key with artist Gabriel Rodriguez know that this tale of a family discovering supernatural keys – and terrible evil – is filled with chills, great characters and surreal twists (i.e. a key that literally gets inside your head).  

But now, a wider audience is about to discover the Heart-Shaped Box and Horns author’s vision of Lovecraft, Massachusetts.  Fox recently picked up a new TV series version of Locke & Key produced by a dream team – Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks TV co-producing, Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci developing, and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles’ Josh Friedman as head writer.

 Read our full, exclusive interview with Hill on LOCKE & KEY here!

He May Write TV, but JOHN ROGERS is Really Just a D&D Nerd

By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor
posted: 16 September 2010 03:07 pm ET

Dungeons & Dragons comics have been around since the 1980s, but IDW’s new take on the classic role-playing game looks to take the series to a whole new level with tales that will appeal to both hardcore fans and those who’ve never picked up a 20-sided die.

In November, IDW premieres a new ongoing D&D series written by star screenwriter John Rogers, creator of the hit TNT series Leverage and co-creator of Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes at DC Comics.  Fans have already seen a preview of Rogers’ “Fell’s Five” in the special $1 Dungeons & Dragons #0 issue that came out in August, which has earned raves for its breezy dialogue and action-packed art by Andrea DeVito (Marvel’s Annihilation).  

We decided to find out more about this new series…and test Rogers on his D&D-fu.  We warn you – this gets hardcore.  That’s right – this is an advanced Dungeons & Dragons interview.

Read the full story here!

IDW Adds KING AROO To Its Library of American Comics

By Zack Smith

 Though it’s not one of the best-known American comic strips, Jack Kent’s King Aroo is regarded as a classic by those who’ve had a chance to read it. Now, a comprehensive collection of the strip is finally available after almost six decades as part of IDW’s Library of American Comics. We talked with editor Dean Mullaney about the collection, creator Jack Kent, and why this may be the best comic strip you’ve never read. But don’t take our word for it – check out the strips spread throughout this article.

Read the full interview here!