September 1, 2017

1: Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Joe Benitez and I draw comic books.

2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?

I showed my work to publishers, submitted samples to Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant, Extreme, anyone and everyone who at the time would take submissions. And I got rejection letter after rejection letter for over a year.  But any time I got rejected, it just made me feel like working harder and getting better.  I kept working at it and in '93 decided to go to SDCC to show my work. I showed it to whoever would see it. Image liked it and I was hired right there by Top Cow.  A month later I got a call from DC to see if I was interested in working for them but I had already been hired by Top Cow.  At the time though, that's where I wanted to be.  Image was king then, it was my dream to work with Mark and Jim and all the Image guys. There was no other place I wanted to be than at image at that time.  The journey can be difficult, but if you believe in your work, k...

August 25, 2017

Ash Maczko tours the country's comic conventions with Devil's Due/First Comics and is better known for his creator owned series Squarriors! The comic book series has now spawned its own card game as well as a line of merchandise. Get to know Ash compliments of Jesse James Comics!

1: Who are you and what do you do?

Ash Maczko, creator and writer of the Squarriors comic book series, lead game designer at Cold War Inc., and creator and organizer of the Chicagoland pop culture event, Count-i-Con.

2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?

I've been making comic books all of my life, so it has always been a dream of mine to work on a published series. I connected with Ashley Witter 6 years ago; she had just got her first comic gig (Interview with the Vampire). I started helping her manage her projects and business contacts. After working together for 2 years, we decided we would like to work on a side-project together. That project ended up being Squarriors.

3: What was the fir...

August 18, 2017

Matt Frank is a long time artist for IDW on nearly every Godzilla comic series they have produced including the most popular of them all Rulers of Earth! Matt is a regular guest at G-Fest in Chicago and has recently joined Big Dog Ink with their Kaiju Epic! Kickstarter where Matt helped design a couple of the monsters and produced a cover for the series as well!

1: Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Matt Frank, and I'm a comic book artist and illustrator, mostly known for doing work for IDW's Godzilla comics, as well as Transformers, Mars Attacks, and occasionally Transformers!

2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?

I managed get my foot in the door with IDW early on when they were doing a Beast Wars Sourcebook, and that combined with my history of doing tons of Godzilla fan art allowed me to endear myself as a go-to artist for the Godzilla comics.

3: What was the first comic book you ever bought? What attracted you to it?

I think my first comic was actually a C...

August 11, 2017

1: Who are you and what do you do?

Monte M. Moore – professional creative in the comics, gaming and entertainment industries for 25 years.  I received a BFA in design/illustration in 1993 and over the years have worked for most major and indie publishers in the industry and have won the World Fantasy Art Show twice for Best Black and White Art.   I’m also a screenwriter with 8 script options sold and two feature films produced, and I am working on several creator owned comics and game projects for the game company MYNDzei Games which I co-own.

2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?

In 1993 several friends of mine and I self-published our first comic called “LORDS” and took it to SDCC to sell and network.  The book was carried by Diamond Distributors but the industry went through a dramatic downswing, so we never published again.  I then made my concentrated my focus on the freelance side of things and began to market my work to smaller publishers gaining wo...

August 4, 2017


An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a variety of publishers. A comprehensive list of Bobby’s published titles and upcoming releases can be found at Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.

He was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has also been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. Bobby's novel, Alexandra Holzer's Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards. The Bobby Nash penned episode of Starship Farragut "Conspiracy of Innocence" won the Silver Award in the 2015 DC Film Festival.

On occasion, Bobby appears in movies and TV shows.

For more information...

July 29, 2017

Dirk Manning and I go back quite a ways. Back further than his work on The Legend of Oz: the Wicked West Volume 4. Back to the days of website called Digital Webbing, where we both got some semblance of our starts in the comic book creating universe.

Dirk is a horror writer by trade, and is most known for his book Write or Wrong, a guide to creating comics, as well as his tremendous anthology series Nightmare World, which was published by Image Comics for many years before finding its current home at Devil’s Due. Through Nightmare World, Dirk has worked with some amazing artistic talents and has grown a rabid fan base from those many seeds planted through the anthology style storytelling. Dirk showed us that horror is not simply creepy, shadow-filled stories, but rather it is a style that can exist in all genres of storytelling. Romance, comedy, action, and yes even monsters, can be used by a master of horror.

Dirk is such a master.

Dirk has generously taken some time from his schedule to...

March 1, 2016


So insert foot in my mouth! Sorry, If you want this to end. Then the Convention owners or managers need to vet the dealers and table buyers first before they sell them product/tables before the con opens up to the public. This method of selling tables to anybody that has money in hand, has to stop.


It's in their contract, they can't do it? Cool then enforce it.


I'm tired of articles like this. A con, if they really wanted to do this could stop it. We as fans have to be prepared for 30% to 50% less tables to look at.


Some of my closest friends own cons. They have a ton on their plate, so this isn't a primary subject for them. If you want it to be. Then you as a fan or as a dealer need to email them to let them know your concerns.


This isn't going away because of some disgruntle vendors or dealers. If you are from the inside looking out in this industry or the con scene. There is always disgruntle dealers and vendors, if it's not this it's something else.



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February 21, 2016

What is SOOOOO funny about this article is ‪#‎imagepublishers‬ Image Comics is my #1 selling publisher for almost 2 years straight now. I agree with zero, nada nothing the article said or believe that someone should tell me to "STOP" running my business the way it has made us successful. There was no mention of Business 101 practices and everything was worded in Comic book lingo..........


HOWEVER, Image will continue to be our #1 selling publisher regardless of what is read or said. I'm in NO position to tell my customers "NO" on a books if they want it, and if it's in my budget to afford it. So I applaud this article, it reinforces that we can still work together for the common cause of a book in someone's hands. Whether, they are buying it to read it or looking at the cover art.... its not our job to tell the fan how they should enjoy it.



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February 8, 2016

Before I write this.... I want to make sure everybody knows I LOVE JEN!!! I think she is one of the Coolest and Smartest Retailers in this industry.


My concern is the fact that we continue to talk about Variants as a crux to this industry.

Don't order them is the best way I can explain this to retailers. If you can't afford them then Don't Buy them. If you don't have other avenues to sell off your extra Drek then Don't Buy them. If you have to tell a customer "NO" because you will lose money chasing their variant, it’s fine as long as they know. Go online buy it for them, from a retailer who has it and don't waste your money on 75 copies you won't sale.


In our case, our customers love cover art and they love theme covers especially. This notion, that all Variant buyers are Speculators, is a sheer lack of not understanding this part of the market. Yes, there are speculators out there but there are speculators out there for ASM #700 regular cover as well.


20% of our total volume is Varian...

February 4, 2016

There are many ways I could tell you why I love‬ BOOM! Studios. We are ‪‎Boom Innovators‬, they are our 3rd best performing publisher in the store, their diversity in their product is only second to the great product they put out, their team is amazing to work with (daily,yes we bug them daily) and when we are around Ross Richie , Filip Sablik and Sam Kusek we feel like we are at home. They are one of our strongest supporters and partners. Over the next days or so, we are very excited to make some very, very cool announcements. Oh and they have a very cool new book about some color uniformed fighters as well......

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