Tim O'Shea, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Creative process: ‘Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom’ #4

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One of the Monkeybrain Comics titles debuting this week on comiXology is the fourth issue of Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom, a series by Kevin Church and Grace Allison about an NYU student who goes on a bender only to awaken the next day in a fantasy realm. To mark the release of the new issue, Allison provided ROBOT 6 with a glimpse into the creative process.

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Runton and Jensen’s sketches from Greenville’s ComicFest

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On Saturday, Greenville, South Carolina, retailer Richards Comics & Collectables hosted an all-ages ComicFest featuring a range of guests, including Andy Runton, Van Jensen, J. Chris Campbell, Gregbo Watson, Duane Ballenger and Tracy Yardley. Judging from the Halloween Costume Contest photos, the event drew a fair number of children.

Afterward, Owly creator Runton and Jensen (DC Comics writer, and author of the Kickstarter-funded Leg) gave ROBOT 6 permission to feature sketches the they drew at the event.

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Creative process: Nguyen, Dagnino & Mena on ‘Captain Midnight’ #16

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Hitting shelves today, Captain Midnight #16 is a special Halloween-themed issue by writer Joshua Williamson, artist Fernando Dagnino and colorist Javier Mena. To mark its release, editor Jim Gibbons provided ROBOT 6 with a glimpse into Dustin Nguyen‘s cover process, as well as the evolution of some of the interior pages.

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Dennis Culver breaks down the characters of ‘Breaking Bad’

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In late 2012, Edison Rex artist Dennis Culver delighted The Wire fans with his illustration gallery of 52 characters in one giant poster. Now Culver has done it again, but this time with 58 Breaking Bad characters in one poster that celebrates the acclaimed Vince Gilligan drama.

The 24-inch by 36-inch poster is available for preorder, and will begin shipping on Nov. 10.

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Seth Kushner returns to hospital, chould use your help

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Late last month, I celebrated Seth Kushner returning home after a bone marrow transplant to combat his April-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. Soon after the article appeared, I corresponded briefly with the photographer and writer, and it was clear he was eager to regain his strength and begin working again.

Unfortunately, as his wife Terra noted last week in a Facebook post, within two weeks doctors informed Kushner that his leukemia had returned:

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Download a collection of Jason Latour’s life drawings for free

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At this stage of his career, Jason Latour is respected equally for his writing (12 Gauge’s Loose Ends; Marvel’s Wolverine and the X-Men and the upcoming Spider-Gwen) and his art (too many to list, but most recently and notably his collaboration with Jason Aaron on Image’s Southern Bastards).

And on Thursday my fellow Southerner revealed a healthy dose of our region’s patented hospitality by offering fans a free download of Erase (Erase), his 42-page collection of life drawings and studies from 2006 to 2011.

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Creative process: Gibbons and Goellner’s ‘Birch Squatch’ #1

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Beginning today, writer Jim Gibbons and artist Caleb Goellner‘s Birch Squatch: The Last Bigfoot #1 (which premiered digitally in mid-September on Gumroad) is available on comiXology for 99 cents. To mark the occasion, Goellner shared with ROBOT 6 a glimpse into the creative process through a series of images.

The comic, about a legendary figure driven out of the woods by rampant development, is definitely worth a read.

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Take a gander at Chris Schweizer’s October monster drawings

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For this month, Chris Schweizer, creator of Crogan Adventures and the upcoming all-ages graphic novel series The Creeps, is entertaining fans as well as himself with October Monster Drawings, which he is sharing on his myriad social media platforms, including Tumblr.

Noticing he’d reached his 17th piece the other day, I reached out to Schweizer to see whether we could share some of them here, and also get his perspective on what prompted him to do them in the first place. While he happily gave ROBOT 6 his approval to run a few, I heartily recommend you go check out the originals — and the entertaining text he provides with several pieces.

Here’s what he had to say about the Monster Drawings:

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Haunt the Fantagraphics Halloween sale for bargains

Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires by Richard Sala

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In the spirit of the Halloween season, Fantagraphics has compiled a weeklong sale on more than 25 of its horror titles discounted from 25 percent to 30 percent.

As with all of the Fantagraphics holdings, it’s an eclectic mix with a variety of gems for folks to consider. Consider the Jacob Covey-curated Beasts! Book 1, with work from more than 80 artists. As ROBOT 6’s Michael May noted in his 2010 review, “He [Covey] didn’t edit the book; he curated it like a museum exhibition. The book’s Introduction further reinforces that notion. It reads like a program, with a definition of cryptozoology and notes about the artists, the creatures they selected, and the approach the curator took in putting the collection together. It also shares interesting facts, points out easily missed elements of the book’s design, and even suggests the best way for ‘the enthusiastic reader’ to experience what’s to come. In other words, it’s not only a program; it’s a tour guide.”

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Welcome back to Priest & Bright’s Quantum & Woody

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Really I toyed with the idea of merely posting: “Christopher J. Priest and M.D. Bright are together again: what more needs to be written?” But the return of these two creators to comics in particular deserves more discussion than just one sentence. This week marked the release of the first installment in the five-issue miniseries, Q2: The Return of Quantum & Woody #1.

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Eleanor Davis holds 17-hour fundraiser for friend’s wheelchair van

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On Friday, How to Be Happy creator Eleanor Davis embarked on a 17-hour drawing marathon to raise money for her friend Kyle Coldwell (“a 23-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, resident with a severe congenital condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy [SMA]“), who is the midst of a $10,000 GoFundMe campaign for funds to repair or replace his wheelchair van.

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Talking Comics with Tim | Steve Ekstrom on ‘Cannibal Island’

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I consider myself fairly well-versed in large-scale atrocities. So I was surprised to discover I was unaware of 1933’s Nazino affair until last week, when writer Steve Ekstrom launched his webcomic Cannibal Island.

To learn more about his new collaboration with artist Dionysios, I reached out to him with a few questions. The webcomic gave readers seven pages last week and will return with new installments on Oct. 15, 22 and 29 (along with a bonus surprise on Oct. 31).

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GENERATE: 24 hours of comics at SCAD Atlanta

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This past Friday, Pat Quinn, SCAD Atlanta Associate Chair of Sequential Art, invited me to observe GENERATE, the school’s version of 24-hour comic day. (SCAD calls it GENERATE to allow any other of the school’s departments that wants to participate can do their own 24-hour challenge). The event kicked off at 10 AM on Friday. Students participating in GENERATE are challenged to create a 24 page black and white print ready comic in 24 hours from a blank slate. This year, they introduced an option for students to form a team to produce the book, those who chose that option had to also color the comic.

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Talking Comics with Tim | Neil Kleid on ‘Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt’

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One of the most memorable Spider-Man storylines of the 1980s remains J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck’s “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” which featured the ultimate battle between Kraven the Hunter and Spider-Man. Now, nearly three decades later, Marvel has enlisted Neil Kleid to author a prose adaptation, Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt.

To mark the novel’s release today in comic stores, Kleid talked with me about the nuances of the adaptation. He’ll appear today at 6 p.m. for a book signing at JHU Comic Books in New York City.

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Talking Comics with Tim | Ted Naifeh on ‘Princess Ugg’

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With the release last week of Princess Ugg #4, writer/artist Ted Naifeh cleared some time in his schedule to discuss the ongoing Oni Press series. After years spent with Courtney Crumrin, the creator moves into new territory by combining barbarian adventure with a princess finishing school to create a social satire/adventure tale.

While I had read the first few issues in preparation for our discussion, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to learn Naifeh created the character out of a desire to “play with Frazetta-style barbarian fantasy.” That turns out to be just one aspect of his work I was delighted to learn about, has his candor about the creator/editor dynamics also proved informative.

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