The Drawn Word TV

As an author and expert in comic books and popular culture, I've had the luck to be interviewed a few times, and have been even luckier to interview some of my favorite cartoonists for The Drawn Word, my video interview series. It was produced with Christian Guzman of CSpin Films and Ian Fischer of Fischtic Productions. Music by Glows in the Dark. The four episode series was distributed online to promote my book with photographer Seth Kushner, Leaping Tall Buildings.

Episode 1: Peter Kuper

 Who's one of the nicest people in comics? Peter Kuper, the cartoonist behind Spy vs. Spy for Mad Magazine, and the co-founder of World War III Magazine with Seth Tobocman. Peter swings by the studio to tell us a bit about his career and his new art book, Drawn to New York.

 Episode 2: Larry Hama

The creator of G.I. Joe, both the toy line and comic books, Larry Hama is comics' equivalent of a zen master with a pen. But he's more than just a writer: Larry also honed his cartooning skills with none other than the legendary Wally Wood and Neal Adams, was an editor for Marvel Comics, and has an interesting background as an actor of stage, film, and television. Larry and I chat about the beginnings of Joe, the craft of writing, and just what his acting career entailed.

Episode 3: Chris Claremont

Everyone knows Chris Claremont's work on the X-Men, whether straight from his seventeen year run on the books or through adaptations of them in cartoons and film. As Sinatra would say, Chris is a real gas, and a blast to hang out with--an energetic and passionate creator. Getting to hang out with him for this was yet another fun experience.

The Cartoonist in Comics, a panel at Housing Works in New York City

Housing Works is a non-profit charity in New York, dedicated to fighting homelessness and helping those living with AIDS/HIV. This was a chance for me to discuss varying levels of autobiography in comics, with four of my favorite people: Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Ethan Young (Tails), and Laura Lee Gulledge (Will and Whit). Video courtesy of Trillian Media.

Comic New York Symposium at Columbia University:
New York, Real and Imagined

Karen Green, the graphic novel librarian at Columbia University is a rock star, so when she asked me to be part of the library's first ever symposium on comic books and graphic novels, how could I resist? When she told me that I'd be interviewing a panel that included both legendary Romitas, I couldn't help but feel like a rock star myself. Do, however, forgive that I don't look like one in the screen capture below:

The Artist's Craft

I met Michael Graziano when I was living in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007. We were in a coffee shop and I recognized the Republic Pictures logo on his baseball cap as the movie studio who produced rock 'em sock 'em movie serials in the '40s. We became pals and he invited me to come on a local interview show hosted by his friend and cohort Stacey Cochran. It was a torrentially rainy day when I made it into the studio but luckily, the interview was the complete opposite of the miserable weather, and I still count this as one of my favorites.