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The Indie Index - Interview with Jess Cate & Jana Hoffmann

The Indie Index - Interview with Jess Cate & Jana Hoffmann
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The Indie Index has interviewed a handful of creators and we're looking to interview asmany female comic creators as possible. People started recommending extremely talented female creators by the masses. Here's an interview with the creative team behind Heart of Millyera, consisting of Jess Cate and Jana Hoffmann. Dig in!   Introduce yourselves. Jess: We are an Adelaide based comic creator duo. Our ongoing webcomic Heart of Millyera is an all-ages steampunk adventure, featuring a cast of misfit geniuses and a cosmic sea creature. I am the writer of the Heart of Millyera, along with a few other mini-comics that we have worked on together. Jana: I’m the artist of our duo, doing the the pencilling, inking, lettering, book design, web design etc. I do the colouring for the majority of our work too though we’ve recently taken on some great local help in that department. I’m also a big webcomic...
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The Indie Index: Interview with Madeleine Holly-Rosing

The Indie Index: Interview with Madeleine Holly-Rosing
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The Indie Index has interviewed a handful of creators and it's came to our attention that we've not interviewed many female comic creators as of yet (some interviews pending). People started recommending extremely talented female creators by the masses. Here's an interview that many people asked for with the esteemed Madeleine Holly-Rosing. Enjoy!   What are you currently working on? I’m currently running a Kickstarter for my comic Boston Metaphysical Society: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men. For those not familiar with it, the original six issue series was about an ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who battle supernatural forces in late 1800s Boston. The Scourge of the Mechanical Men is a 34 page standalone continuation of the series featuring Granville Woods and Tesla.  We are wrapping up production. It’s with my letterer and should be in the hands of my pre-press guy shortly. I also wrapped...
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Interview with INFIDEL Creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell

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March 2018 sees the release of the hugely anticipated horror story INFIDEL published by Image Comics. We caught up with creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell to discuss love, race, Islamophobia and things that go bump in the night! GG: Before we talk about your latest project, can you tell us about your backgrounds? How did you guys break into comic books? Pornsak: I pretty much fell ass-backwards into comics. At the time, I was a writer / filmmaker freelancing on NYC indy film sets with no intention of working a 9-to-5 when I heard about an opening at Vertigo Comics, working as Karen Berger’s assistant editor. I only took the interview so I could say I met Karen, since I was such a big fan of hers and Vertigo. I honestly wasn’t really interested in the job. I just wanted to keep freelancing on film sets and eventually become a...
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The Indie Index - Indie Character Showcase

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I've been thinking a lot about the blood, sweat and tears that creators put into the creative projects and why people enjoy them as much as they do. Characters are often what people relate to and helps keep them fully invested in a story. So, I put the question out into the wide, wide world and asked: What is your favourite indie comic book character and why?       Kevin Joseph: I just met Tim Stiles' Knockaround Guy today and he was badass. I also really dig Icicle from Josh Dahl & Shawn Langley’s Rapid City: Below Zero. Knockaround Guy works because the absurdity of a talking gorilla working with a mime is juxtaposed by pretty straight noir narration. Icicle works because she’s had everything taken away from her and she has no interest in getting what she lost back. She’s only interested in making the person who did it pay....
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Rok of The Reds - Interview With John Wagner

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Geek Genie caught up with legendary comic book creator John Wagner to talk about the 2018 slated sequal to "Rok of The Reds". Get ready for aliens, action and football!    GG : For those who didn’t pick up the first series, can you tell our audience a bit about Rok of the Reds? JW: To escape galactic assassins, mighty alien shape-changer Rok of the Arkadii flees to the far reaches of the galaxy – the planet Earth - where to conceal himself he assumes the identity of the first human he encounters – bad boy footballer Kyle Dixon.   In this identity Rok develops a deep fascination with the game – a fascination that may end in death as his pursuers are hot on his tail. GG: There’s a long tradition of football themed comic books that came out of the UK. Do you see this as a continuation of that tradition?...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Chris Gooch

The Indie Index - Interview with Chris Gooch
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Hey there, loyal readers! I'm deeply sorry that The Indie Index has been quiet for the past month. Christmas, holidays, work and all of the other usual things got in the way of publishing more pieces for you to read. Never fear though, we're back with an interview with none other than, Chris Gooch! Please introduce yourself to the readers who may not know who you are yet. Hello, my name is Chris Gooch and I live in Melbourne and spend most of my life drawing and writing comics.  Where do you draw your inspiration from?  Movies are my favourite thing so they’re probably the biggest influence on my work - particularly when it comes to pacing, framing and story structure. My favourite films in the past couple of years have been ones that fall apart as they go on, sort of collapsing under the weight of all the great...
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Monolith Comics Announces AMA - Comic Creation A-Z!

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On February 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm EST Monolith Comics is going to be running an AMA about everything on how create a comic from conception, to creating, to the printed piece and then marketing your product. Monolith Comics is running an AMA, which stands for "Ask Me Anything". It is entitled the following: "This AMA is about how to write, layout, pencil, ink print and distribute, and market a comic book by Monolith Comics' Theodore Riddle." In this dynamic AMA you will have the opportunity to get answers to you questions about every aspect of creating a comic book from the conception all the way to the printed piece and then how to effectively market your product. You will have the opportunity to draw upon my 20 years of experinece in self publishing graphic novels through demos and illustrations as well as links to other professionals websites and tutitorials...
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Monolith Comics is now reprinting its graphic novels in full color!

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Monolith Comics' creator Theodore Raymond Riddle has published 27 Black and White graphic novels entitled Compu-M.E.C.H., Mechanically Engineered and Computerized Hero® since 1998. Each novel has at least 120 pages each. In November of 2017 Monolith Comics has begun to reprint their novels in full color. The Compu-M.E.C.H. Program was invented by Dr. Green and the robot hero, The M.E.C.H. Unit, is operated by Tommy Chase. Together they fight the evils in the world with Truth, Honor, and Justice. They are our protectors. They are Compu-M.E.C.H.! You can view and purchase these dynamic novels at www.monolithcomics.com   
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The Indie Index - Interview with Bruno Oliveira

The Indie Index - Interview with Bruno Oliveira
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Bruno Oliveira is a professional comic book artist from Brazil. Having worked for several publishers like IDW (Drones), Arcana, Oliveira has most recently donework for Marvel (Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Gwenpool Holiday Special, Mosaic). Bruno has been trying to find the right time to do this story for a long time. A story about working as a comic book artist and juggling all the important things in life...in an entertaining way. It's a realisation of how an artist's tragedies are only tragedies until he writes them down, and suddenly they're funny! It's Bruno Oliveira reduced to 64-pages!  What Now, Bruno? is currently on Kickstarter, what made you decide on using crowdfunding to make this project come to life? It's mostly because you can get a better understanding of your audience, you can get in touch with them and build a sort of relationship during the time of the campaign (and hopefully after as...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Campbell Whyte

The Indie Index - Interview with Campbell Whyte
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For those who aren’t aware of you or your work, please introduce yourself. My name is Campbell Whyte, I'm a Perth [ Australia -- Mike ] based comics maker. I've been making work for a long time, small mini-comics, card games, picture books, exhibitions and all kinds of other things. Home Time is my first, large scale comics work. When I'm not making comics, I work at the Western Australian Museum where I develop visitor engagement activities. I also run the children's art school Milktooth with my wife Elizabeth Marruffo where I teach comics making. My work is often about the intersection between personal memory, popular culture and place based history. I try to make works that are fun, playful and ask a lot of the reader.   You’ve had solo and group art exhibitions all over the world and received various grants and awards. In your artistic career, thus...
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INTERVIEW WITH RAM V AS IMAGE COMICS "PARADISO" LAUNCHES

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  With the forthcoming release of Image Comics' "Paradiso", Geek Genie caught up with rising creative star Ram Venkatesan to get the low down on this eagerly anticipated release.   Can you introduce yourself and the rest of your creative team? Sure! I'm Ram Venkatesan. I've been writing comics as 'Ram V' since 2012. I started off by writing an ongoing series called Aghori, back in India. I self-published a graphic novel called Black Mumba in 2015 after moving to the UK. I also occasionally write prose short stories which have appeared in anthologies and e-publications. My most recent projects are the upciming Grafity's Wall with Unbound and PARADISO of course, with Image Comics. Dev's a long time collaborator of mine. He's a self taught artist from India who's been in love with the medium as long as he can remember. Dev's work has appeared in comics by Graphic India,...
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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #1 - Action Comics #1

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Geek Genie kicks off its new regular series looking at the Greatest Comic Book Covers with the one that started it all...Action Comics #1!.   It's an iconic image for an iconic figure. Superman crashed through the front cover of Action Comics #1 in June 1938 and forever changed the comic book landscape. It ushered in the age of the superhero and laid the foundations of a pop-culture war between DC Comics and eventual rival Marvel Comics .  Joe Schuster's iconic cover captured the sense of wonder, awe and terror as a yet unknown Superman delivers a fantastic display of power. The sheer rawness of the cover, with no words or text other than the cover title, added to its power. Even the title, Action Comics , leaped from the page in a new, bold and exciting style that has now become synonomous with the character.        ...
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RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP! Preview

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  Santa Must Die. Join the Execution.     Like dark humor? RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP! is a 56-page, perfect bound comic book collecting the first two issues of the series Starburst Magazine calls, "Brilliant reading whatever the time of year."      "When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa sets out to make all those little brats pay. Now, a Santa-skeptic FBI agent must team up with her wannabe-elf ex-husband to save their son--and Christmas!"   Enjoy this five page preview, watch our video, and then head over to the campaign and pledge at:   friedcomics.com/redxmas !     The book is live on Kickstarter until December 1st, 2017. Get a print copy, or a host of other rewards--like a cameo in the book or variant covers--over at the campaign: friedcomics.com/redxmas    
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The Indie Index - Interview with Stephen Kok

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Introduce yourself. My name is Stephen Kok and I'm a Sydney based graphic novel creator!   You've just had your fourth graphic novel, Word Smith, successfully funded on Kickstarter. You make it look easy! What's your secret? Lots of coffee and late nights! There's a lot of planning and work that goes into Kickstarter and I'm always thankful of everyone who supports my creative endeavours.   Your first graphic novel Tabby is about a family of cats with nearly no dialogue. Can you discuss the challenges you faced writing this and finding the right artist to bring it to life. After I finished the script for Tabby (and lots of lots of editing), I was ready to find an artist to collobrate. The artist who did the initial design (Canadian Eric Gravel) was unfortunately not available at the time. I posted on Freelanced.com and it was over a 2 month selection...
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RYAN O'SULLIVAN AND PLAID KLAUS READY FOR VOID TRIP

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With the highly anticipated release of Void Trip imminent, Geek Genie caught up with the creative team behind the series, Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus.   GG: Can you tell us a bit about your background, how did you guys break into the comics industry and what other work have you done?   RYAN Plaid Klaus and I broke in together as it happens, working on the webcomic-cum-graphic-novel TURNCOAT. That was back in 2016. Was so much fun working on that one together. We broke all the rules with it. They always say make your first comic a small thing, you know, just a little thing to show you can do it. We made it 164 pages. Plus it was superheroes. It was glorious. Since then I’ve mostly done licensed comic work, such as Eisenhorn for Games workshop, and Warhammer 40,000 and The Evil Within for Titan Comics. I’ve not...
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TWILIGHT HOTEL

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Twilight Hotel tells the story of a 100-year-old West Florida hotel that has a very sinister secret. Built on land that was once the home of the most notorious plantation in all of North America, where thousands of African slaves and Seminole Indians were murdered in ritualistic ceremonies. It is also home to an ANCIENT EVIL DEITY named... “SHE”. With a supernatural ability to attract and influence people, she lures unwitting individuals to the Twilight where they are subjected to many horrible things including, MAN-EATING BED BUGS, PSYCHOTIC GANGSTERS, ZOMBIES, SERIAL KILLERS and worst of all… themselves. A Kickstarter campaign in support of the comic book has already launched and the project’s creators hope to hit their fundraising goal by Nov 19th. Copies of the completed first volume and other very cool backer rewards are available so, anyone interested in lending their support can go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/…/twilight-hotel…/twilight-hotel
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The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan

The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan
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Who are you and if you were to have any super power what would it be, and why? I'm Cy Dethan - writer of comics, freelance nihilist and recovering professional magician. As for picking a superpower (assuming that immortality and total invulnerability to all forms of physical harm are off the table), in order of preference: 1) The Midnighter's ability to analyse and predict the outcome of any situation. 2) Karnak's ability to find the flaw in any object, concept or strategy. 3) Uh... something awesome with lasers, I guess?Or Satanic Sex Powers, maybe. Either's good.   Your first break was with Starship Troopers in 2006, how did that  come about? Arse-backwards. I was playtesting a miniatures wargame for Mongoose Publishing, based on the Roughnecks TV show (a spin-off from Starship Troopers). The company, as it turned out, also had the licence to produce Troopers comics, so I threw in...
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The Indie Index - Review - Tart #6

The Indie Index - Review - Tart #6
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Sweet with just enough sass. I must confess, I was a newbie to the epic adventures of Tart Acid, before yesterday that is. Written by Kevin Joseph, the quick paced action in Tart starts on panel one and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  The first five issues are an excellent combination of the telvision show Quantum Leap meeting Kill Bill and tossing in a little Dr. Who .  Tart, the recently deceased demon hunter, has the unfortunate time traveling side effect of temporary memory loss. This leaves Tart in the same place as the reader, never knowing what could be coming around the next corner.  Catching up with the first five issues as I did, couldn't be easier with the current Kickstarter campaign already fully backed for issue 6.  One reward has all past issues available for $8.00 in digital PDF format or physical copies for only...
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The Indie Index - Review - Hail #6-7

The Indie Index - Review - Hail #6-7
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Hail issue 6 & 7 has successfully been funded on Kickstarter. And they have delivered. If you’re not familiar with Hail, do yourself a favour and go buy the previous issues. Hail follows Lena, an aspiring lawyer who turns to glass when anxiety strikes. She learns to work through her anxieties and turn it into a strength to help those in need.  With so many superhero comics being released, it’s easier for readers to get superhero fatigue. That’s why Hail is so refreshing. It’s a story that has an honest insight into someone dealing with anxieties and depression. Lena is high functioning; she is successful at her work as an aspiring lawyer and is learning to control her powers. However, she is still overwhelmed by the daily aspects of life and battles her depression internally while battling the villains in the streets and on the rooftops. Issues 6 and 7...
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The Indie Index is expanding

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The Indie Index has been swamped with reviews, interviews and Kickstarter campaigns since the very first day of the announcement. Up until now, The Indie Index was a one-person project headed by myself, Mike Speakman. It's time to expand the ranks as I don't have the time available for all of the incoming requests that I've been receiving. That being said, The Indie Index will move forward with the assistance of various contributors along the way.  The first of the new contributors are Aaron Magnuson and Steven Randall. They are each reviewing projects and will be published here through The Indie Index. Keep an eye out for their articles over the next few days.  I look forward to bringing more and more contributors onboard as time progresses. 
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