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Creator Talks Podcast

Creator Talks Podcast Christopher Calloway

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Creator Talks Podcast

    Dave Baker on Star Trek Voyager Seven's Reckoning

    Dave Baker on Star Trek Voyager Seven's Reckoning

    Dave Baker is a writer living in Los Angels and co-creator of Action Hospital, F*ck Off Squad and contributed one of the stories contained in Star Trek: Waypoint (IDW).
    Dave is a big fan of the Star Trek franchise and is the writer of the forthcoming mini-series in November Star Trek Voyager: Seven's Reckoning (IDW).  
    This is the first Star Trek Voyager series in nearly 10 years and set within Voyager continuity.  Dave's co-collaborator is artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard Countdown and Star Trek /Green Lantern).
    Dave discusses the critical role of his co-collaborators on the titles he writes and his issue with some journalists and publishers placing the all emphasis on the writer of a title.
    We discuss some of Dave's favorite comics, including Jack Kirby's Captain Victory. Learn why of all Kirby's creations, Jack's later work from the mid-80 and early 90s are Dave's favorite. 
    Dave also explains his theory why bad movies are so popular, and it not because people particularly like bad movies.  
    When we get into the mini-series Seven's Reckoning, Dave tells us why Seven of Nine was first introduced into the Voyager television series, what her place is in his comic mini-series and the new alien race Dave created for it.
    When I Kick Back With The Creator, Dave reveals which Star Trek movie was his favorite growing up, and it wasn't The Wrath of Khan! What was it about his pick that had him so obsessed with it? 
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    More about Dave Baker's comics
    More about Star Trek Discovery  Seven's Reckoning
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • 57 min
    Interview with David Currie author of Ditko Shrugged

    Interview with David Currie author of Ditko Shrugged

    Steve Ditko was a legendry artist and storyteller who co-created such characters as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, The Question and The Creeper.
     
    Join me for this special interview with David Currie, author of the upcoming book published through Hermes Press Ditko Shrugged: The Uncompromising Life of The Artist Behind Spider-Man and The Rise of Marvel Comics.
     
    It is the first in depth biography of comics-legend Steve Ditko, in his own words, taken from many years of correspondence with author and endorsed by the Ditko family.
     
    In his book, David Currie tells the stories of Steve Ditko’s contemporaries, from Jack Kirby to Wally Wood, and the struggles they all faced working in the comic industry.
     
    David describes some of the topics he discussed with Steve Ditko in their correspondence as well as some of Ditko’s well-known, and not so well-known, comic work.
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    More about Ditko Shrugged: The Uncompromising Life of The Artist
     
     

    • 36 min
    Leah Moore checks in at the Morrison Hotel

    Leah Moore checks in at the Morrison Hotel

    My guest  Leah Moore is the daughter of Alan Moore who is known for such titles as V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke, Swamp Thing and From Hell.
    Leah has written comic series with her husband John Reppion including The Trial of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes-The Liverpool Demon (Dynamite Entertainment).
    Leah is writing the graphic novel Morrison Hotel, a celebration of The Doors album by the same name. The book is due for released in October. The anthology is written in collaboration with the surviving members of The Doors Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
    Artists from around the world including Colleen Doran, Marguerite Sauvage and more are illustrating the book.
    Leah describes her reaction as a teenager in the early 90s listening to The Doors music she discovered among her parent’s vinyl record collection.
    Co-founding member of The Doors Ray Manzarek once said, “Jim Morrison wasn’t a showman, he was a shaman.” 
    Leah Moore describes what made Jim Morrison and The Doors distinct among rock bands of the 1960s and how they were at the forefront the decade’s a social and cultural revolution.
    We also talk about how the album Morrison Hotel was a departure from their previous album The Soft Parade.
    Morrison Hotel was a return to their earlier roots as a blues rock band playing at clubs such as The Whiskey a Go-Go.
    Leah explains how the Morrison Hotel GN is a concerted effort to go beyond simply translating each track into its own short story. Stories include will also provide historical context for the songs included on Morrison Hotel.
    As we conclude our interview I Kick Back with The Creator and ask Leah about her favorite birthday, beverage of choice and if she could, the one question she would ask Jim Morrison.
     
    The Doors Song Clips:
    “People Are Strange”- Strange Days
    “Wishful Sinful” – The Soft Parade
    “You Make Me Real” – Morrison Hotel
    “Peace Frog” – Morrison Hotel
    “Roadhouse Blues” – Morrison Hotel
     
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    About Leah Moore
     
    About the Morrison Hotel GN
     
     
     

    • 50 min
    Fault Lines in the Constitution with Cynthia and Sanford Levinson

    Fault Lines in the Constitution with Cynthia and Sanford Levinson

    In less than 60 days the United States 2020 Election will take place and there could be no better time to present my next two guests.
    Cynthia and Sanford Levinson are the authors of Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and The Flaws That Affect Us Today. 
    Their book will be as part of a line of civics graphic novels from the acclaimed publisher First Second.
    Alley Shwed illustrated the 228-page graphic novel edition of Fault Lines on sale September 22nd.
    Cynthia and Sanford explain how despite the Framers of the Constitution's best intentions, there are faults in the Constitution that still impact and impede our political process today.  
    Among the issues we discuss are the Electoral College system, the disproportionate representation between small and large states and a lack of representation of states' population diversity within the Senate.
    With the current back the drop of the Black Lives Matter movement, I am very fortunate to have Cynthia also discuss two of her other books We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March and The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey  Faye Hendricks. 
    Cynthia explains what compelled her to write these two books and how children made a difference in Black America's fight for equality and civil rights in the 1960s.
    On a lighter note when I Kick Back With the Creator, I learn Cynthia and Sanford's island book and their beverage of choice. Pay attention, there are some great drink recipes I know I'm going to try!
     
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    About Fault Lines In The Constitution
    About Cynthia Levinson
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    • 55 min
    Chris Gooch from Down Under on Under-Earth

    Chris Gooch from Down Under on Under-Earth

    September starts out strong for Creator Talks with another bonus podcast for the Labor Day Holiday. 
    Award-winning Australian writer/artist Chris Gooch joins me to discuss the making of his graphic novel Under-Earth through Top Shelf/IDW on sale October 2020. This is the second of two graphic novels Certified Cool by Diamond Previews I teased on previous shows. 
    Diamond Preview's description of Under-Earth reads:
    "The inmates of an expansive underground prison struggle to build meaningful lives in a broken system, in the most ambitious graphic novel to date from rising indie star Chris Gooch...Equal parts sincerity an violence, Under-Earth explores  humanity's inextinguishable drive to find meaning, connection, and even family-and how fragile such constructions can be"
    Chris' other notable and award-winning work includes Bottled and Deep Breaths. I discuss these works with Chris as well, and how he works on multiple projects in different stages of development, simultaneously, to keep his work fresh as he grinds through the finishing details. 
    We also talk about whom Chris considers his mentors, learning to work digitally and the movie that changed the way he thinks.  
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    About Under-Earth
    More about Chris Gooch
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    • 35 min
    Sean Chen's One Day Wingman Sale and Career in Comics

    Sean Chen's One Day Wingman Sale and Career in Comics

    Sean Chen (artist of X-O, Iron Man, Wolverine and Batman Beyond) joins Creator Talks to discuss the September 1st only 24-hour digital drop of Wingman: Compendium of an Artist's First Writing Experience. 
    The book was inspired by the 1957 classic Swedish art film The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman.
    The digital version of Sean's book is available free and in it's entirety on Nextchapter's Instagram @NextChapterPost. The physical copy will not only contain the story but also a page-by-page look at Sean's creative process.
    Why did Sean decide to post the story on Instagram and partner with NextChapter for the physical edition rather than a launching a Kickstarter campaign?
    Don't worry if you are listening to our interview too late to get a physical copy. There is still a plenty of discussion of Sean's career, from Valiant to Marvel, and the lessons he has learned about making comics.
    We talk about the first time I meet Sean during the Delaware Valley CBRI One Day Tour that was held Saturday February 27, 1993. He was promoting his first comic work for Valiant Rai and The Future Force.
    How did Sean get his first break working for Valiant Comics? 
    Sean learned a great deal at Valiant and tells how his art developed under the guidance of Art Director Barry-Windsor Smith and Editor-In-Chief Bob Layton. 
    When Sean made the jump to Marvel Comics 1998 to illustrate Iron Man for the launch of Marvel's Heroes Return, he had the opportunity to work with writer Kurt Busiek.  Sean explains how writer/artist collaborations back then were different than how they are commonly done today. 
    Kick Back With the Creator to learn how Sean likes to relax, his island book and the oddest job he ever had.  
    Plus: Sean reveals what he considers his missed opportunities that comic artists should take heed.
     
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    Learn about NextChaptersPosts one-day sale!
    Sean Chen's Instagram
     
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    • 44 min

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saltyboi243 ,

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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