243 episodes

Creator Talks Podcast

Creator Talks Podcast Christopher Calloway

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Creator Talks Podcast

    Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover on Bandette

    Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover on Bandette

    Creator Talks proudly presents the husband and wife team of writer Paul Tobin and artist Colleen Coover.  Together they created the costumed teen cat burglar Bandette.
    Bandette began as a digital publication in 2012 on Comixology through Monkeybrain Comics. It was nominated for four Eisner’s Awards in 2013.  
    Not long after, Dark Horse Comics collected the single issues into soft and hard cover editions.
    The next Bandette hard cover collection will be released by Dark Horse Comics on July 7th 2021 is Volume 4: The Six Finger Secret.
    I discuss with Colleen how she illustrates Bandette and the reason for her bold primary color choices.
    It would not be Creator Talks if I did not get personal with my guests so I ask the happy couple how they met. Did Cupid’s arrow strike and was it love at first sight?
    Paul and Colleen once managed a comic book store in Iowa. Paul shares how he managed to build his comic book collection while he worked there as an employee and how comic shops have changed since the 1980s.
    He is also an avid comic art collector. Paul talks about some of his favorite pieces of art and why he considers himself lucky to have them. What is it about these artists’ work that appeals to Paul? Which ones tuned him off as a youth but now from whom he has great admiration. His answers may surprise you.
    How has collecting art become an education itself for Paul and Colleen as creators?
    Paul and Colleen made several trips to France, which is the setting of Bandette’s adventures. They share some of their special memories of France and later their decision to move from Iowa to Portland, Oregon for the sake of their careers.
    In closing I ask Paul and Colleen my Final Nine Questions including what they like to do for recreation, beverage of choice, pet peeve, missed opportunities and when they took a risk.
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    More about Bandette: The Six Finger Secret
    About Paul Tobin
    About Colleen Coover

    • 1 hr
    Samuel George London on The S-Factor

    Samuel George London on The S-Factor

    Samuel George London is a comic book writer and podcast host based in the U.K.
    We discuss why he developed his relatively recent interest in comic books and how he conceived and launched his popular Victorian space adventure series Milford Greene.
    The focus of our conversation though will be his latest work being published through Action Lab Comics, The S-Factor.
    It is a four-part series launching in June about an under-appreciated super hero sidekick, Greyfox, who decides to re-brand him self through a new reality TV series for super heroes called The S-Factor.  Twelve super heroine contestants must fight for his affection.
    Samuel shares which show inspired The S-Factor as well as his own personal experience taking part in a reality TV show. 
    His insight into the machinations and manipulations by associate producers to heighten emotions and tensions among contestants was fertile ground for the development of The S-Factor.
    Samuel also goes behind the scenes of the making of The S-Factor: the good fortune that lead to the book deal with Action Lab Comics and the artist of the series Chris Panda. Samuel reveals the series rags to riches story and why he selected Chris to illustrate it.
    Samuel is also the host of Comics for the Apocalypse.  We talk about his imaginative interview podcast, one which ye old host has even made an appearance.  Don’t let that stop you though; it is well worth you time to give his podcast a listen.
    As we conclude our discussion I ask Samuel my Final Nine Questions, which include when he took a risk, his island book, recommended reading for comic book newbies and all about that missed opportunity.
    Creator Talks Theme Song: "Jazz Relax" from LoopsLab 
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    Music Sample: "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" by The Cheeky Girls
    "Spanish Flea"  by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass 
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    More about The S-Factor
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    About Samuel George London

    • 41 min
    Ibrahim Mustafa - Count

    Ibrahim Mustafa - Count

    Ibrahim Mustafa joins Creator Talks to discuss his latest graphic novel Count being published through Humanoids. 
    This sci-fi revenge story is based on the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.  
    The original is not the swashbuckling tale those who have not read it may think it is.
    Why did Ibrahim decide to make this story the foundation for his graphic novel? 
    Why does the coloring and lettering fit so well with Ibrahim’s art style?
    And why is this graphic novel more satisfying for Ibrahim than a comic series or fill-in issue he has drawn?
    Growing up Ibrahim’s favorite superhero was Superman, and he talks about how seeing Alex Ross’ Man of Steel influenced his own art style.
    Ibrahim reveals his favorite to comic art tutorial books, and why he has decided not to launch a how-to YouTube Channel.
    We also talk about his work on James Bond: Origin and Solstice for Dynamite comics, and why he thinks Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond.
    Why does Ibrahim think Dalton’s James Bond was initially unjustly maligned by audiences but grew to be more appreciated as Agent 007.
    We touch upon his 2017 Eisner Nominated digital comic Jaeger, the story of a World War II allied spy bent on revenge against his Nazi captors. The book is only available in print from Ibrahim’s website. 
    Ibrahim is also the Art Director for Colorcubic, consulting on job ranging from art designs to video games.  What has been his greatest challenge working as Art Director?
    I conclude our interview with my Final 9 Questions, in which we learn about his hobby of making amazing custom action figures, his favorite once-in-a-lifetime birthday experience, and one of his pet peeves that involves smartphones.
    Creator Talks Theme Song: "Jazz Relax" from LoopsLab 
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    Audio Clip - "Mustapha" by Queen from the album "Jazz" 
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    More about Ibrahim Mustafa

    • 45 min
    Garth Ennis on The Tankies

    Garth Ennis on The Tankies

    This episode is being released on Memorial Day.  In honor all service men and women who gave their lives in defense of their country, I am very pleased to welcome my special guest writer Garth Ennis.
    Garth Ennis’ body of work includes Judge Dredd stories for 2000 AD, The Punisher and Hitman.  His comic book series Preacher and The Boys were both adapted for television.
    He has been an avid reader of military comics and history since a young age. He has written several war-based comics including Battlefields, Johnny Red, War Stories, and Dreaming Eagles.
    His latest collection now available is The Tankies. The book is published through Dead Reckoning which is an imprint of The Navel Institute Press.  
    The Tankies is the story of British armored forces that fought during World War II and Koren War.  The connection among the three stories contained within this graphic novel is the British tank crews lead by Corporal Stiles.
    Many of the sequences in the book were taken from actual historical events.
    I ask Garth why both the British and American tanks were at a disadvantage against the German King Tiger Tanks.
    Why were tanks crews prohibited from clearing out tanks that fell in battle?
    I discuss with Garth his favorite Battle comics he grew up reading and as a professional getting the chance to work with one of his favorite artists, Carlos Ezquerra. The co-creator of Judge Dread and Strontium Dog, Carlos also penciled the gritty art for The Tankies. 
    Carols Ezquerra died in 2018. Garth shares his memories of Carols and the special contribution his art style made to The Tankies. 
    I conclude my interview asking Garth my Final 9 Questions including about that missed opportunity and the time he took a risk.
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    About The Tankies

    • 44 min
    Eric Grissom on Goblin, D&D and The Old Doctor Who Show

    Eric Grissom on Goblin, D&D and The Old Doctor Who Show

    There is much banter and merriment when Eric Grissom joins Creator Talks!
    Eric is a comic book author and co-host of The Old Doctor Who Show podcast.
    Eric has a new middle grade graphic novel titled Goblin coming soon through Dark Horse Comics. The art is by Will Perkins who also collaborated on Eric's Gregory Suicide. 
    Goblin will be available through comic shops May 26 and June 8th wherever fine books are sold.
    How did Valiant editor and former guest Heather Antos help Eric with his story pitch?  
    And when did The Wonder Twins Paige and Claire Connelly, also former guests of this show, work with Eric?
    Eric relates the story of finding the person whose work inspired his fantasy writing and why that discovery meant so much to him.
    He has also developed companion game for the book The Realm of Goblin: Beware the Dark Sisterhood.
    This is Eric first time ever attempting to create a game.  
    How did he make sure the game would meet the high standard of frequent gamers?
    Eric resides in Red Bank, New Jersey, which coincidently is also the location of The Secret Stash seen in AMCs The Comic Book Men.
    Eric shares his thoughts about the cast and ye old host describes his appearance on the show (-eh hem Home Town Heroes, Season 5 Episode 13 now available through Amazon Prime :)
    I discuss with Eric his podcast The Old Doctor Who Show and we share our thoughts on our favorite classic Doctor Who episodes.
    To wrap up our interview I ask Eric the Final 9 Questions I ask my guests, including when Eric took a risk. Warning: this is hilarious! Don't drink milk while listening or it will shoot out of your nose!
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    About the Author
    To order Goblin
    Listen to The Old Doctor Who Show on Apple Podcasts

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Alan Cowsill: The Way of the Warrior and Marvel U.K.

    Alan Cowsill: The Way of the Warrior and Marvel U.K.

    Creator Talks proudly presents: Alan Cowsill who worked as both a writer and editor for Marvel U.K. / Panini and Eagle Moss publishing.  
    We begin our discussion with how Alan started in the business as a young comic book dealer. 
    What did valuable experience did he gain dealing in comics? What were some of his most profitable acquisitions?
    Would he become a comic retailer in current state of today's market?
    The breaking news, however, is Alan's latest work The Martial Way: Marvel's Mightiest Martial Artists.
    In this hardcover book chock full of art from the comic books, discover the fighting styles, training techniques, and secret disciplines of Marvel Comics' mighty martial artists.  The book is slated for release on May 4, 2021.
    How did Alan decide which iconic art work included in the book and how did he make every effort to ensure the content was up to date with current Marvel continuity?
    Alan also wrote a handy reference guide DC Comics Year by Year.
    What is the underlying benefit of this book for the new or lapsed DC comic reader?
    We also talk about Alan's writing of the Spider-Man strip included in Spider-Man Adventures magazine.
    Why did Alan offer to write the script and why was the strip needed for the book in the first place? 
    Alan is a podcast host and I ask about the status of his show The Last Geek in Space and discuss some of his previous guests. 
    We discuss the  martial arts since Alan is a practitioner. We both share experience about the art of fighting without fighting, martial arts philosophy and health benefits. 
    As we conclude our interview, I ask Alan my Final 9 Questions including his guilty pleasure, a missed opportunity and when he took a risk. 
    Audio Clip: "Kung Fu Fighting" (1974) - Carl Douglas
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    About the Guest
    More about The Way of the Warrior
    More about DC Year By Year
    The Last Geek in Space Podcast

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

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Great Series of Creator Interviews

Chris makes the most of these interviews. Well researched and pointed questions uncovering a balanced deep dive into process and personalities. Of all the interviews I participated in, Chris’ was the most professional.

LAcomicsfan ,

Great interviewer with great guests

Chris is a fantastic interviewer who naturally gets guests to go deep into their creative process. This show makes me get more excited about comics and I didn't think that was possible!

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Must Listen Comic Creator Interview Show

There are a lot of podcasts centering on interviewing comic book professionals. Unfortunately, the majority of the hosts can’t help but make the show about them rather than their guests. Christopher Calloway has a knack for speaking to his guests in a conversational way without turning the spotlight on himself. His questions are thoughtful and fun yielding entertaining answers and insight into the worlds of his guests.
This is a must-listen, top-of-the-playlist show and I suggest you subscribe. You may discover your next favorite comic, graphic novel, and/or creator without even realizing it. Five stars all the way.

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