Interviews

 

Steve Ekstrom is a writer, editor, letterer, and Indie comic producer. He has successfully Kickstarted projects, worked as a journalist for nerdy news outlets, and started his own indie comics studio, Imminent Press.

NerdBastards.com had a chance to talk with Steve about his career in comics, his love for writing, and his experiences in the indie comic scene, and it is fair to say that we learned a lot. Please enjoy this next installment in our ongoing series of interviews with indie comic creators. (more…)

 

Rick Stafford is a cosplayer with a wide range of charters that he brings to life, but he is most known for his many variations of DC Comics’ heroic defender of the deep, Aquaman. Rick dons the green & gold to attend cons and volunteers to visit sick children in hospitals. He has attended numerous charity events, and conventions to inspire the hero in all of us.

Like any true hero, Rick has had to overcome some extremely difficult obstacles in his life. Some of these obstacles would have broken weaker men, yet Rick continues to preserver, moving forward with the strength and endurance of the indomitable characters he brings to life through his cosplays.

We at NerdBastards had a chance to talk with this real life hero and learn what motivates him to cosplay and volunteer so much of his time to others.
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Mad Cave Studios is an indie comic book company on the rise. With titles like Honor & Curse, Midnight Task Force, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, and their flagship title Battlecats, Mad Cave is making a name for itself and taking its place as a respectable indie brand in the comic community. The company repeatedly creates new and diverse titles to captivate its’ readers. No two titles in the Mad Cave line-up are the same, making their books more accessible to a wider audience.

The MADMAN behind this ambitious indie company and the writer for the majority of its titles is Mark London. His MAD dreams and visions have shaped Mad Cave Studios into a forward-thinking company that prides itself on quality storytelling and beautifully expressive art. We had a chance to talk with Mark about Mad Cave Studios, writing comics, the indie scene, and the future for himself, and his company. (more…)

 

Standing six foot, nine inches, Jake Estrada truly is a giant among men. With his catch phrase, “We can do this!”, and his positive encouragement of indie creators, Jake has made a name for himself in his local community and beyond. This gentle giant is a husband, father, indie comic creator, blogger, teacher, producer, artist, actor, and entrepreneur. He is a producer and host for many cons in his local community, including; The Spacie Awards (an award event celebrating indie creators on the Space Coast of Florida), Space Coast Comic Con, and Indiecon (A talent show that will showcase indie creators in Brevard County, FL).

With his publication, Space Coast Comixx, Jake has been able to share his own content as local talent with his local community, elevating those around him as he chases his own dreams.

We had a chance to talk with Jake recently and learned a lot about the indie community, making a movie, and time management. (more…)


Brian Hawkins is an assistant editor at Mad Cave Studious; the writer and creator of Cornrows; and an educator, teaching English to the next generation of comic book collectors and creators. His editorial skills have helped bring books like Knights of the Golden SunMidnight TaskforceBattlecats, & Honor and Curse to life, and his imaginative writing skills are on full display in Cornrows, an explosive story about a vigilante teacher seeking revenge for the death of a former student, merging his two worlds in an urban fantasy comic book.

Brian sat down with us at NerdBastards to answer a few questions and share some advice in the next installment in our series of interviews with indie comic creators. (more…)

Joel Rodriguez is the creator and owner of Metal Ninja Studios, an indie comic book company. He is also the writer of The Dusk County Chronicles, a 24-page horror mini-anthology that asks the questions; “What if Toy Story was a slasher, or Peter Pan required a sacrifice to get into Neverland?” His interesting take on familiar children’s stories and classic horror films makes this anthology a must read.

The Dusk County Chronicles was a Kickstarter project, and after reading it, we at NerdBastards knew we had to interview the twisted writer behind this intriguing book. Joel agreed to answer some of our questions and give us some insight into his future projects.

So, turn down the lights and light a few candles as NerdBastards continues it’s series of interviews with indie comic creators.
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Travis Gibb is a indie comic book writer and creator who specializes in crime noir stories. He has had four successful Kickstarters so far, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. His latest project, Broke Down & 4 Dead Bodies #2 funded very quickly on Kickstarter, and is now up for a Spacie Award (A award recognizing ton talented creators on the Florida Space Coast).

Travis agreed to an interview with NerdBastards to share his experiences as a self published indie comics creator, his advice for Kickstarting a project, and his current and future projects.   (more…)

 

Anthony Cleveland is a freelance comic book writer who specializes in horror comics. His latest comic is called Show’s End, being released in June from Mad Cave studios. NerdBastards reached out to Anthony for an interview about his upcoming project, past works, and future endeavors and the creepily talented writer was more than happy to shed some light on his dark imagination and creations. (more…)

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Kristian Nairn  is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Fans are still reeling at Hodor’s demise in “The Door” from season 6. There, he perished after holding a door closed against an onslaught of White Walkers feverishly focused on dismantling Bran and Meera apart as they escaped the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. Though his character spoke very little and language reduced to one word “Hodor”, his presence was large. And not just because the actor is a (really) large man (6’10) but because of his sweet, simple, gentle, and fatherly nature. In person, Kristian is just as humble and caring.

We caught up with Kristian at a GoT media event at Boston’s AT&T flagship store ahead of the Season 8 Premier (4/14). We talked World of Warcraft, the culture of Game of Thrones, fan rage and a few other subjects to which he offered insight and humor.

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Over forty years and eight sprawling novels, the Man in Black fled across worlds and the gunslinger followed. They chased from comic books (a prequel series), an animated TV show (in an alternate universe), and now, finally, there’s a big-screen, big-budget adaptation of The Dark Tower that was more than a decade in the making. Less an adaptation proper of Stephen King‘s series than a continuation that begs, borrows, and lifts ideas, concepts, and characters into a hyper-condensed running time (all of 95 minutes, including credits), The Dark Tower won’t (and shouldn’t) win any converts to King’s self-described multiverse-spanning magnum opus (including a planned TV series) or thrill longtime fans who’ll rightly feel cheated by The Dark Tower’s failure to convey the wonder and awe, the scale and spectacle, of King’s work.

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