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Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha

It was back in 1998 that I decided to do a big all-X-Files issue of Meanwhile… to coincide with, and celebrate, the release of the first X-Files feature film, Fight the Future. I struggle to remember what other X-File-related material I compiled and published at the time but this interview with comic book writer and novelist, Stefan Petrucha, as well as a conversation with the show’s location scouts, was certainly the main draw.

My first introduction to Petrucha’s writing was within the pages of the Topps Comics adaptation of the show that I loved so dearly. He seemed able to effortlessly capture the voices of the characters and he really just nailed the structure of the show, only in comic book form. Although it is much more common today for a licensed product to mirror the show or film it is based on, sometimes even being written or ‘executive produced’ by the show’s creator and writers, back in 1998 that was not a thing.

And sales for the book reflected that. I am sure that those early issues benefited a bit from the speculator boom of the ’90s but I think the fact that it stayed a best-seller for as long as it did had more to do with the quality of the work being produced than sheer momentum derived from the worldwide popularity of the series. Continue reading “Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha”

Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn

Back in 1998, pretty early on in the life of my online magazine, Meanwhile…, I was contacted by an artist by the name of Ed Flynn. Ed was promoting a comic book he was working on that was being written by a young filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky. Darren had a movie he had been working on and, as part of the process of putting the film together, he wanted to launch a four-part comic book story to act as a companion piece to the film. The film was his first feature entitled, Pi, and the comic book would be called, fittingly, Pi: The Book of Ants. Continue reading “Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn”

A Goon For All Seasons: Interviewing Eric Powell

This is an interview I conducted with writer/artist, Eric Powell (creator of The Goon, Chimichanga, and Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities) back in October of 2004. I no longer remember why it wasn’t published on any of the sites I was contributing to at the time and, based on the intro I wrote below, that reason is likely lost to posterity. It only ever saw the light of day when I eventually threw it up on Blogger just to get it out into the world. I don’t know if anybody really saw it there, but it’s pretty doubtful.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker

I interviewed writer/artist Jeff Parker in April of 2004 for my Buffy Post Mortem project as he was the illustrator for a Jane Espenson penned story from the Tales Of The Vampires mini-series that was running at that time. I was a big fan of Jeff’s since I had read and enjoyed his Interman original graphic novel and had the pleasure of interviewing him after the release of that book for Silver Bullet Comicbooks. He was a collaborative subject and one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with as a comics jouorno.

Although a skilled draftsman, Jeff is much better known as a writer these days having done amazing work on several books for Marvel and DC including Agents of Atlas, Thunderbolts, and Future Quest. He has a great writer’s voice but I’ve always loved and appreciated his artwork and do miss seeing it from time to time. His work on “Dust Bowl” was exceptional and I was very happy to spotlight it, and Jeff, on the website at the time. Continue reading “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker”

A Conversation with Paul Chadwick

In May of 2003 I launched a series of conversations with creators involved in the Star Wars line of books being published by Dark Horse Comics. Star Wars Saturdays at Silver Bullet Comicbooks featured such talents as Haden Blackman, John Ostrander & Jan Duursema, and the subject of this interview, Paul Chadwick. Continue reading “A Conversation with Paul Chadwick”

Will Eisner: The Godfather of Comics

One of the singular pleasures of my time interviewing creative people was the opportunity to speak with one of my favourite cartoonists and a legend in his time, Will Eisner. I had the chance to interview Will – who spoke to me by phone from his home in Florida – in March of 2000. We talked about his seminal creation, The Spirit, his work as an educator, and his relentless spirit of innovation [no pun intended].

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David Silverman: You Can Take The Man Out Of Springfield…

Late in 1999 I was tasked by my editor at The Sheaf to go and cover the Eric Malling Commemorative Lecture being held on campus in the Place Riel Theatre. Not a hard pill to swallow as the speaker was none other than Simpsons director, David Silverman, in his only lecture appearance that year. He was no longer on staff with The Simpsons at that time but he came down, talked about his time on the show, did some voices, sketched characters for the audience, and then sat down with me for a tête-à-tête after the show.

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Brett Matthews: Finding Serenity

This was a short interviewed I did with Brett Matthews in June of 2005. At that time I had a really good relationship with Dark Horse Comics and had done a number of interviews with their talent pool and organized a couple of events on Silver Bullet Comicbooks through them. Brett used to be Joss Whedon’s assistant during the Buffy, Angel, and Firefly periods so it’s entirely possible that I originally conducted this interview hoping to include it as part of the ongoing Buffy Post Mortem but it ran instead as its own standalone piece to promote the new Serenity prequel comic that DHC, Joss, Brett, and Will Conrad were about to unleash on fandom.

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Dave Gibbons: In High Spirits

In early 1998 I was thrilled to snag Dave Gibbons to be the feature interview for Meanwhile…‘s second issue. It was only a quick conversation by email but I was still elated to have the co-creator of Watchmen appearing so early in the life of my little web ‘zine. It was also pretty cool that Dave was working with Will Eisner and Kitchen Sink Press to bring back one of my favourite comic strip characters of all time, The Spirit. And, boy, did they bring him back!

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