An Interview with Lumberjanes Writer Grace Ellis in a Cabin in the Woods on Top of a California Mountain

An Interview with Lumberjanes Writer Grace Ellis in a Cabin in the Woods on Top of a California Mountain

The minute I finally stepped off my rickety shuttle bus onto solid dirt and into the freezing night air of the California mountain campground after what had been a nearly hour-long ascension up steep mountainous roads, it finally dawned on me how long it had been since I had actually been camping. Like, REALLY camping—deep in the woods, watch out for bears, did it seriously just start snowing kind of camping. Of course this wasn’t…

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Independent Jones: For The Brothers Coker, Outcasts of Jupiter a Family Affair

Independent Jones: For The Brothers Coker, Outcasts of Jupiter a Family Affair

Our latest installment of Independent Jones centers on a Kickstarter project with just 17 days left by two brothers from Lagos, Nigeria. Shofela and Shobowela Coker, more commonly known as Shof and Shobo, are seeking to crowd-fund their upcoming comic book Outcasts of Jupiter. While from the same family, they are now in two very different places. Shof resides in sunny California while Shobo resides in the equally sunny, yet significantly farther away locale of…

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Many Questions With Larime Taylor

Many Questions With Larime Taylor

In the latest installments of our ongoing interview series, “Five Questions with…” I have utterly failed to maintain the format. But in that failure, I was able to gain insights from comic book creators that I might not have otherwise obtained. So in that spirit, when I joined Larime Taylor, creator of A Voice In The Dark on Top Cow / Image Comics for an interview, I allowed things to go a little deeper down the rabbit…

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More Than Five Questions with Chris Roberson

More Than Five Questions with Chris Roberson

Last week I was able to exchange a few emails with author, publisher, and comic book creator, Chris Roberson. We spoke about his new book on Image Comics, Sovereign, how he manages his time, and what his current feelings are on the recent acquisition of ComiXology by Amazon. Be sure to check out issue number two of Sovereign when it hits the shelves on April 23, 2014. The fantasy genre has always had close ties to religion. Whether it be literal…

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More than Five Questions with JC De La Torre

More than Five Questions with JC De La Torre

Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with author and comic book creator JC De La Torre about his upcoming comic book Star Mage. For fans of action and adventure, not to mention parents of would-be or aspiring comic book fans, be on the look out, as the story revolves around a young boy who discovers his hidden past and true calling. The first issue is set to hit shelves on April 16, 2014. Not to…

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ECCC 2014: Five Questions With Mike Kunkel on “Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time”

ECCC 2014: Five Questions With Mike Kunkel on “Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time”

We were lucky enough to catch up with Mike Kunkel, author and illustrator of the Eisner award-winning Herobear and the Kid series, at Emerald City Comicon and ask him a few questions. The first issue of the new arc, “Saving Time,” is available in stores on April 23, 2014. —– To start off, for those unfamiliar or too young last time the comic was around, can you give a description of the series and how the nostalgia factor…

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Narrative-Inspired Fans Serve Their Communities

Narrative-Inspired Fans Serve Their Communities

Tanya R. Cochran, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her interests include composition, rhetoric, narratology, fandom, gender studies, and the intersection of faith and learning. An editorial board member for Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and its undergraduate partner Watcher Junior, she is also the president of the Whedon Studies Association (2012-2014) and one of its founders. Her publications include Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction…

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Mercenary Vision: An Interview With Mathew Reynolds

Mercenary Vision: An Interview With Mathew Reynolds

As part of the massive list of new releases that Image Comics has set for 2014, The Mercenary Sea was a bit of a sleeper when it hit the shelf last month. But in almost no time, sales guaranteed that the first issue would be printed with a brand-new variant cover from artist Matthew Reynolds alongside the second issue, this Tuesday. In anticipation, I reached out to Mathew to have a talk about his current endeavor, how…

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Five Questions With Scott Allie about Abe Sapien

Five Questions With Scott Allie about Abe Sapien

Recently I had a chance to chat with Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie about the work he’s been doing on the B.P.R.D. spin-off title, Abe Sapien. My review of the January issue can be found here, so enjoy the interview! —– Josh Epstein: First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to chat with me. I’m a newcomer to this universe, and your book was my first gateway. Scott Allie: Awesome. Thank…

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Vermin Royalty: Interview with Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch

Vermin Royalty: Interview with Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch

Every once in awhile a comic comes along that feels like it was made just for you; for me, Rat Queens is that comic. It brings back a world of swords and fantasy to a market largely dominated (volume-wise) by capes and superpowers. It’s funny (very funny), action packed, and just all out fun. Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing creators Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch at the “Rat Queens #1” Launch Party…

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