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Candace Patton Q&A Video #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

BookGateway.com Highlights from the Q&A with Candice Patton from CW’s The Flash from Wizard World Comic Con Nashville on 9/27/2015.

Candice Patton (CW’s Iris West, The Flash). Raised in Plano, Texas, Candice continued her childhood dream of becoming an actress by attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Theatre. It was here that she was scouted by The Young and the Restless for a CBS Soap Star Contest and flew out to Los Angeles to briefly join the cast. Candice finished her college education at SMU and moved to Los Angeles shortly after.

Moderator: Jenna Busch is the founder of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, NPR and Al Jazeera America, covers film/TV/gaming/comics. She’s currently a co-host on the entertainment web series Most Craved. She’s been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology and Game of Thrones Psychology, moderates and appears on panels at cons around the country and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony voice overs that give one nightmares.

**Details taken from Wizard World press releases. See http://www.wizardworld.com/nashville2015.html

Firefly w/ Staite & Baldwin Q&A Video #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

BookGateway.com Highlights from the Q&A panel with Firefly’s Jewel Staite and Adam Baldwin from Wizard World Comic Con Nashville on 9/27/2015.

Adam Baldwin is an American actor known for his roles as Animal Mother in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard, Knowle Rohrer in The X-Files, and Marcus Hamilton in Joss Whedon’s Angel. He also established a cult following as Jayne Cobb in the series Firefly, the movie Serenity and for starring as Chad Shelten in Day Break. He starred as John Casey on the NBC comedy-spy series Chuck, was the voice of Breakdown in the animated series Transformers Prime and played Captain Steven Harris in three episodes of Law and Order: SVU.

Jewel Staite most recently starred as ‘Raquel’ in the CW series “The L.A. Complex,” which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate: Atlantis.” Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role’ in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.’ Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures “Serenity,” Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic ‘Kaylee,’ a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Moderator: Jenna Busch is the founder of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, NPR and Al Jazeera America, covers film/TV/gaming/comics. She’s currently a co-host on the entertainment web series Most Craved. She’s been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology and Game of Thrones Psychology, moderates and appears on panels at cons around the country and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony voice overs that give one nightmares.

**Details taken from Wizard World press releases. See http://www.wizardworld.com/nashville2015.html

Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Q&A Video #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

BookGateway.com Highlights from the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Q&A panel from Wizard World Comic Con Nashville on 9/27/2015.

The Duke Family — cousins Bo ( John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat), assisted by their cousin Daisy ( Catherine Bach) and their uncle, Jesse (Denver Pyle)– fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his bumbling brother-in-law-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). The show became an instant hit, never failing to win its time slot during its original run on CBS for seven seasons from 1979-1985. The Duke boys, a pair of ‘Robin Hood’ types complete with bows and Dynamite arrows, are assisted in their adventures by their car, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named ‘The General Lee’. The Dukes of Hazzard is set in Georgia, and the show’s southern influence is felt throughout. Country singing superstar Waylon Jennings performed the famous theme song to the show (Good Ol’ Boys), and acts as The Balladeer, narrating the adventures of each episode. Furthermore, many of the plots revolved around the Dukes’ history as an ex-moon-shining family. The story followed Bo and Luke until season five, because during episodes 87 through 104, their cousins Coy (Byron Cherry)and Vance (Christopher Mayer) replaced the boys while the went on to join NASCAR Circuit. Bo and Luke won, but returned to Hazzard after great season at the NASCAR Circuit. Innocently naive Deputy Enos Strate, though technically a member of the law under Boss Hogg, strives for justice and fairness, while also having a major crush on Daisy. Ace mechanic Cooter Davenport helps the Dukes along the way, and Deputy Cletus Hogg, though not as honest as Enos, subtlety assists the Dukes escape from ‘Hogg justice’. The series had an extremely successful run in syndication beginning in 1996 on TNN, the Nashville Network. This led to a resurgence in the popularity of the “Dukes”. Two reunion movies, featuring the surviving members of the cast, aired in 1997 and 2000. The show currently airs on CMT (Country Music Television) and in the summer of 2005 experienced another huge revival with the film version, starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson. A Prequel was Made in 2007 and shown in 2 weeks on ABC Family in 2008 during the summer.

**Details taken from Wizard World press releases. See http://www.wizardworld.com/nashville2015.html

Strong Female Characters Panel Video #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

BookGateway.com Highlights from the panel on Strong Female Characters: What They Are And What They’re Not from Wizard World Comic Con Nashville on 9/26/2015.

Moderator:
Jenna Busch is the founder of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, NPR and Al Jazeera America, covers film/TV/gaming/comics. She’s currently a co-host on the entertainment web series Most Craved. She’s been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology and Game of Thrones Psychology, moderates and appears on panels at cons around the country and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony voice overs that give one nightmares.

Panelists:
Writer, editor and publisher Renee Witterstaetter is the author of “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,” and “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” among many others. In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more (www.evainkartistgroup.). Renee is also one of the producers of the “Creator Chronicles” DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner and many more.

Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist, and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Her writing expertise expands across various genres including thriller, fantasy, gamer-lit, and new adult, as well as screenplay, playwriting, and video game lore. Davis is an in-demand host, speaker, and moderator for TV, radio, web-series, conventions, academic fairs, publishing workshops, and literary and entertainment expos. Davis is a featured columnist at MMORPG.com, and she is the founder of The Gamer In You. She was awarded the iGR Woman of the Year for her outstanding efforts in debunking stereotypes and for bringing the video game industry the first new adult, gaming-thriller, The Holder’s Dominion.

If you’re not familiar with Jacque, it’s probably a good bet you’re at least familiar with her name, Nodell, as in Martin Nodell. That’s her grandfather. Yup, the story of how Jacque got into comics started way back in 1940, with the creation of the Golden Age Green Lantern. After being toted to countless comic book conventions as a child, it was only natural that Jacque wanted to contribute to the comic book industry. After a brief stint lettering the Ape Entertainment series Super Human Resources, Jacque put her academic training to work by starting the popular site, Sequential Crush — a blog devoted to preserving the memory of romance comic books and the creative teams that published them throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Jacque’s writing has been featured in the new Rosy Press anthology Fresh Romance, and the Oni Press romantic comedy, Ares & Aphrodite: Love Wars. She was also featured on PBS’s History Detectives, and has been called a “must-read for anyone with an interest in American pop culture of the era.” In addition to blogging, Jacque is currently working on her first book about the romance comics that will be out this spring.

Janet Lee (artist, the Return of the Dappermen)

**Details taken from Wizard World press releases. See http://www.wizardworld.com/nashville2015.html

WWE’s Roman Reigns Q&A Video #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

BookGateway.com highlights from WWE’s Roman Reigns Q&A from Wizard World Nashville Comic Con 2015 on 9/26/2015.

A star defensive tackle at Georgia Tech, Roman Reigns wrecked offensive guards for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars before becoming a WWE Superstar. The hulking powerhouse brought his smash-mouth gridiron style to WWE’s developmental system, NXT, where he left a long line of tough opponents in crumpled heaps. But it was at the 2012 Survivor Series that Reigns made his greatest impact.

In the heat of a Triple Threat Match between WWE Champion CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback, Reigns hit the ring alongside fellow WWE NXT competitors Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and unleashed a merciless attack on the mighty Ryback. Tearing at the beast like a pack of hungry jackals, the young competitors ruined Ryback’s opportunity to win the WWE Title and drove him through a ringside table.

Rumors that the group was working in collusion with The Straight Edge Superstar quickly spread, but those ties were strongly denied when Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose sat down with Michael Cole for an interview. Branding themselves “The Shield,” the band of upstarts in black tactical gear claimed that they weren’t in WWE to aid Punk, but to halt injustice. From then on, the group targeted anyone and everyone they saw as an example of said injustice, with Reigns slowly emerging as the trio’s juggernaut. At Extreme Rules 2013, Rollins & Reigns bested Team Hell No to win the WWE Tag Team Titles, later targeting Daniel Bryan on multiple occasions on the orders of WWE COO Triple H and his corporate Authority.

Reigns didn’t even suffer his first pinfall until nearly a year after The Shield debuted when he was eliminated by The Usos in the first-ever 11-on-3 Handicap Elimination Tag Team Match that pitted The Hounds against Bryan and his locker-room supporters. Despite losing the WWE Tag Team Titles to Cody Rhodes & Goldust, The Shield remained a dominant unit until CM Punk attempted to turn the three Superstars against each other and nearly succeeded.

Reigns’ next and potentially greatest step came in the 2014 Royal Rumble Match when he eliminated a record 12 Superstars from the contest, including a mutinous Ambrose and unsuspecting Rollins, and came in second before he was last eliminated by a returning Batista. The next night, though, The Shield were prevented from earning their way into the Elimination Chamber Match and challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Title when The Wyatt Family interfered in their qualifying bout, handing the DQ victory to Daniel Bryan, John Cena & Sheamus. WWE COO Triple H later granted the enraged Shield a request to face The Wyatts at Elimination Chamber. After a couple of weeks of circling each other, the two factions finally came to blows at the end of the Feb. 17 Raw.

But at Elimination Chamber, The Hounds of Justice fell in a hard-fought battle to The Wyatt Family. Further infighting cost them a rematch eight days later when Rollins abandoned his teammates to make a statement, but once The Authority was revealed to view The Shield as “expendable,” The Hounds turned on their handlers and unleashed hell, destroying WWE Director of Operations Kane and The New Age Outlaws in one of the most dominant showings in WrestleMania history at the 30th Show of Shows – one that saw an unbelievable double-Triple Powerbomb on the Outlaws.

Despite Triple H’s efforts to stop The Shield by re-forming Evolution, The Hounds prevailed again at Extreme Rules in an incredible battle between two of the most dominant factions in WWE history.

So persistent was The Shield’s resistance that The Game re-formed Evolution with Randy Orton & Batista to combat them, but at Extreme Rules, The Shield emerged victorious, thanks in no small part to a gravity-defying effort by Rollins. Even then, however,The Hounds weren’t done with Evoluton, as Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose went on to shut out all three members of legendary faction in a brutal No Holds Barred Elimination Match at WWE Payback. Even though Batista quit WWE the next night, the evening still threw the future of The Shield into question, however, when Rollins attacked Reigns and Ambrose with a steel chair and seemingly allied himself with Evolution.

The next week, Reigns and Ambrose vowed revenge and proved their continued strength by teaming with John Cena to defeat The Wyatt Family, but it was on June 16 that Reigns made his biggest statement yet, maneuvering his way into, and winning, a Battle Royal that entered him into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money in the Bank.

Reigns would come close multiple times to retrieving the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but to the Authority’s delight did not come away with the championship gold. He would, however, get another chance when The Game placed him into a Fatal 4-Way for the title at WWE Battleground, but came up just short when John Cena retained.

**Details taken from Wizard World press releases. See http://www.wizardworld.com/nashville2015.html

Live Blog: Day 2, 2015 #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

Welcome to BookGateway.com’s Wizard World Comic Con Nashville 2015 live blog! Join me (Scott Asher @ashertopia) David Mason (resident comics-know-it-all), and David Warren (photo and videographer) as we blog everything that happens on during Day 2 of Comic Con Nashville 2015! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BookGateway and #WizardWorld! Video will also be posted next day on our YouTube channel. On tap today: Behind the Scenes of CW’s The Flash with Candice Patton, Inside Firefly with Staite and Baldwin, Machete Don’t Text with Danny Trejo, the Dukes of Hazzard reunion, the cosplay contest and a bunch of quick hit interviews with artists and writers. Coverage starts at 9/26 at 12 pm Central. Tune in for updates! (OPEN THIS PAGE TO VIEW BLOG)

Live Blog: Opening Night 2015 #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

Welcome to BookGateway.com’s Wizard World Comic Con Nashville 2015 live blog! Join me (Scott Asher @ashertopia) David Mason (resident comics-know-it-all), and David Warren (photo and videographer) as we blog everything that happens on opening night of Comic Con Nashville 2015! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BookGateway and #WizardWorld! Video will also be posted nightly on our YouTube channel. On tap tonight: Strong Female Characters roundtable, Roman Reigns from WWE, cosplay and a bunch of quick hit interviews with artists and writers. Coverage starts at 9/25 at 6 pm Central. Tune in for updates! (OPEN THIS PAGE TO VIEW BLOG)

Interview: Robert and Shawn Lamb

BookGateway (Scott Asher and David Mason) had a chance at Comic Con Nashville for an interview with the former Filmation storyboard artist and writer/ director Robert Lamb (He-Man Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters, She-Ra, Fat Albert, BraveStarr, Darkwing Duck) and screen writer and author Shawn Lamb (BraveStarr, Allon series). We spoke to them about Shawn’s book series and their history from Filmation to current.

BookGateway.com: I know you (Shawn Lamb) are in to the book and just started a new series. Is that right?

Shawn Lamb: The most recent series is the children’s books (the King’s Children). An offshoot of [the Allon series.]

Allon1_cover_424x646BG: It’s not an adaptation…

SL: No, no. Because the younger siblings want to know what the older siblings are reading… And I had some of the older siblings say that their younger siblings play Allon. So what I did was take the characters from the series that are teens, starting as teens, in the books and this is when they are children. The same characters…

Robert Lamb: Same places, but stand along stories.

SL: It’s just kid misadventures. They go some place they shouldn’t have. Their parents told them not to. He (Robert Lamb) illustrates them because our daughter left so he had to match her style.

BG: (To Robert Lamb) I think you’re qualified.

SL: He (Robert Lamb) calls these the deleted scenes between books two and three.

RL: Because the oldest Nigel is an infant here (in book 2) and a 16 year old there (book 3).

BG: So there is a skip there between 2 and 3.

SL: Right.

BS_PROMO_01RL: (To Shawn Lamb) Which one of these books is actually referenced?

SL: All these stories are referenced in the series.

RL: “Remember when we were kids and we did this?”

BG: So this was back story…

SL: Yes. These are for 8 to 10 [year olds] – chapter books.

BG: So how many books are going to be in this series?

SL: These three.

BG: The nine of [Allon] and the three of [the King’s Children]. What’s next?

SL: I’ve had some fans ask me about the Guardians. The Guardians are the immortal characters . They represent… they have an angelic type quality. And of course, there was a great battle before this. Of course, they fell. They were banished from Allon. So they go, “how did that happen?” So I’m kinda toying around with a trilogy about the Guardians prior to this because there is like a 500 year gap.

RL: It won’t be called “Allon.” It would be “The Guardians of Allon.” And we would not put them in the numeric series.

SL: Yeah. I’m getting a lot of questions about that. “What happens she-ra-imagewith this Guardian…”

RL: Instead of using the Arabic numbers, I’d use Roman numerals.

BG: So [Robert Lamb] is like, “Let’s make sure this fits my art style!” She will write it but I’m gonna do the covers, k?

SL: [laughter] He does all the covers.

RL: I do all the typesetting. Right now, I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. The film work is done. I’m now doing stuff that pays the bills. Creative work. I still enjoy doing it.

BG: Did you guys both work at Filmation?

SL: I did freelance. I did BraveStarr.

BG: Just BraveStarr?

SL: That was the last series I got in.

RL: In fact, I think I was just finishing up She-Ra when we met…

SL: It’s almost… it’s gonna be 30 years soon!

BG: Congratulations!

RL: Yeah, so I was on staff. I went back from writing to storyboards because I got in to too many technical arguments with the head hemanwriter who said, “Nobody cares. It’s just kids.” Cause I’d say, “We established a character did this in this episode what do you mean they can’t do the same thing in this other episode?” He goes, “Well it ruins the whole thing.” If a person can teleport then you can’t trap him in a ditch. He can teleport out. “No one’s gonna notice.” I kept butting heads too many times.

BG: I think you’ve been proven right at this point with the kids when they grew up and are now taking everything apart.

RL: I tell you I have been inundated with questions over the last ten years, “How come this, this and this and was there a master plan?” I go, “No there wasn’t a master plan.” There was something like eight scripts in production at the same time. Four in house. Four freelance. And the in house writers would talk to each other. “I want to do this with this character. Did you do anything with this character?” And you could do that. The outside guys were just writing, you know, off the cuff.

SL: I was outside. But I also had an insider.

BG: I don’t know if you count as an outsider…

RL: But we tried as much as possible to maintain continuity and establish things and play off…

shapeimage_4BG: What did you do between Filmation and now?

RL: Actually I tried to get on at other studios but it just didn’t work out. And the Lord moved us here [to Tennessee]. We sold our house in eight hours! We didn’t have enough money for another mortgage payment. We put it up for sale, went to choir practice, and that night we had an offer on our answering machine.

BG: Very nice!

RL: You know, God speaks in a still small voice. But every once and while he shouts. And it was “Get out!” And he moved us here…

BG: From where?

RL: California. Los Angeles to here.

SL: His family is originally from Middle Tennessee. They’ve been here since like the 1790s.

RL: Our daughter was about a year old and we were kinda wanting to get out of LA but I loved working at Filmation so when that dried up we thought about it again. And when I wasn’t getting anywhere in ReturnGranamyr_SC_03-05LA I said, “OK, maybe it’s time to go here.” We came out here, checked out Nashville and Memphis – liked Nashville better. And I was getting some freelance offers. Well, OK, let’s see if we’re supposed to go. We will try selling our house… And also the reason was that we could live off the equity in our house for about six months in LA or two years here. And we did. It was tough.

SL: When we got here he did some freelance for Disney.

RL: The Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (1992-1993) which was on ABC. A weird western about anthropomorphized cows with slogans like, “To err is human, to forgive bovine.”

BG: You ever try to go into the comic industry at all?

RL: I did not.

BG: What kept you out of that?

RL: I was more of a concept guy. I actually honed my illustration chops in later years by doing graphic design and illustration to the point where I was doing this (Allon book illustrations). At Filmation ReturnGranamyr_SC-0321we did this size (very small drawings of scenes on roughly the size of a third of a piece of standard paper). This is not a reduction. This is the actual size I had to do it on. And so they used to tell us, “If you wanted to draw go in to layout.” Cause then you’re doing full size. I was more interested in the staging and the thinking through process. So I would take a script and interpret it visually. In fact they now call the roll of storyboard, director. Because you’re really calling all the shots. The animation directors at Filmation actually did the timings and would instruct the animator on what they wanted for performances. They would revise the setup… After I moved here I worked for Brentwood Music, a Christian company… They were just making the switch from traditional layout to desktop publishing. It was not a good paying job but I went back to school and learned Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark Express. Which definitely gave me some skill set that I could use in more places than this (Filmation)… This was a limited skill set. Then built on that.

BG: Well whatever you did after this, you still had a part in our childhood so thank you for that… I mean it’s He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe and for me Robotech. And after that it’s everything else.

RL: She was a big Robotech fan! The thing that amazed me was that I had favorite shows as a kid but none of them really held to my adulthood other than fond memories. I was amazed at the way He-Man resonated that generation that as adults they are still big time He-Man fans! Some of them have whole rooms full of the toys!

BG: That’s a little much, but it’s on Netflix now so we can take our kids and watch through it again. It’s pretty fun.

SL: He is interviewed on the DVD, the special edition DVD. On Ghostbusters, She-Ra…

RL: Filmation’s Ghostbusters.

BG: I remember that. It was a little quirky. Is this the Ghostbusters with the monkey? The ape or gorilla?

RL: Yes.

BG: Thank you for your time. It has been great talking to you!

Check out Shawn’s book series website and Robert’s site. Storyboard pics taken from Robert Lamb’s website all rights reserved by him. Book cover pics taken from Shawn Lamb’s website all rights reserved by her.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

David Mason has been a comics aficionado since the late 80s and is passionate about the creators in the industry. David, his wife and six kids live in in Middle Tennessee. He loves Jesus and was wet t-shirt contest winner at Smyrna High School in back to back years (1997, 1998).

Interview: Ron Garney

BookGateway (Scott Asher and David Mason) had a chance at Comic Con Nashville for a quick interview with Ron Garney one of the most iconic artists in comics since the 90s. From Wikipedia: Ron Garney is a comic book writer/artist, known for his work on books such as JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Daredevil and Captain America. Garney has worked on JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Ghost Rider volume 3, Wolverine, Captain America, X-Men, Silver Surfer and Hulk. He has also written for Hulk in collaboration with Jerry Ordway.

BookGateway.com: I’d like to ask you about a couple of your older runs. Captain America with Mark Waid (1995-1996). Did you guys know when it changed over to Heroes Reborn… did you know that was coming?

Ron Garney: No. It was a… it was a surprise to both of us. We were um in the middle of a run and it was going really well and we both got a call from the editor and he told us that the book was leaving house to Rob Liefeld. So we were pretty shocked.

cap445BG: After that run, you guys came back for a few more for Heroes Return (1998).

RG: Yep.

BG: That lasted like 4 or 5 issues with you.

RG: Yeah that lasted like 4 or 5 issues then they wanted to start the new book Sentinel of Liberty (1998).

BG: You wrote that and drew that, right?

RG: I helped. It was [a collaboration.] But um, yeah, after that I went from Cap to Silver Surfer (#123 cover) to Heroes Return. Then to Sentinel of Liberty. I can’t remember what I did after that. It’s been a long career.

BG: That sorta segues to another question. You’ve had a very long career – right now it’s Uncanny X-Force (2013), I believe –

thorRG: I did Uncanny X-Force then I did Thor, God of Thunder (2012). Now I’m working on a creator owned with Jason Aaron, Men of Wrath (2014).

BG: Through Icon?

RG: Through Icon. It’s the first book they’ve put out in a while. So we’re excited about it. It comes out in October.

BG: What would you credit to your longevity in the business. You don’t see guys in the business like that. You’ve been on some big books throughout your career.

RG: That’s a great question. Um, You know just persevering and grinding it out you know? I think you get a reputation for being pretty dependable. Within reason. It’s a hard industry to be dependable in.

BG: You seeing that more and more? Not meeting deadlines?

Uncanny_X-Force_Vol_2_1_Garney_VariantRG: You know, I mean, to be really excellent like a lot of these guys are it takes time. God bless John Buscema, you know. For a guy like that who can draw as well as he can. No, it’s much more developed sensibility now than it was back in the 70s. Or the 60s. So I think artists are artists and they tend to do their thing. There is a certain type. I am fortunate that I’m a… can be a workhorse if I have to be. So that’s probably why. And I’ve also been successful, like with Cap. You have a successful run like that, you know, it lasts a career. People remember you for that. They appreciate it so they give you other opportunities that other people might not necessarily get.

BG: Another run you did with J. Michael Straczynski on was on Spider-Man (2006). That also happened to be right before they made a big change. Is that something you knew was coming? With One More Day (2007-2008) and all the changes?

RG: As far as changing the marriage and the Mephisto thing? I didn’t know about that either.

mofwBG: How was that working with J. Michael Straczynski?

RG: Honestly, to be perfectly frank, I couldn’t tell you because I didn’t speak to him once. I have my personal opinions about that that I’ll keep off record. We’ve never spoken.

BG: So what’s Men of Wrath about?

RG: It follows a lineage of hit men back to this old farmer, sheep farmer, who ends up accidentally mixing his sheep with another farmer and they get in an argument about it and this guy Wrath stabs the other farmer in the neck. Just over the argument. His little kid is watching, his son, and it starts a succession of violence through the generations and it ends up where we end up with this hit man in the mafia in modern day is sick and ultimately contracts a hit on his own son. So the story goes from there. We learn the history fo all this and all the incidences that led to this being just a complete bastard and wanting to kill his own kid.

BG: Limited run or a series?

RG: Five issues. It was a story Jason wanted to tell and he asked me if I’d be interested. When he told me the story it appealed to me because it wasn’t superhero. It’s more real. I’ve been doing superheroes for so long I felt like I wanted to do a real movie in a comic book, you know? Not just the superhero thing. Something like Road to Perdition (1998)…

BG: Image Skybound has a whole mess of books that are not superheroes, like Thief of Thieves and so on where it’s basically like a movie. I think they’re going for that…

RG: That’s kinda what we’re doing. I’m enjoying it.

BG: It’s exciting. Aaron’s on a big roll right now.

RG: It’s a good time to be friends with Jason Aaron.

BG: Thank you for your time!

RG: I appreciate it.


RAW audio of Ron Garney interview with BookGateway.com (Scott Asher, David Mason) 9/27/14. (c) BookGateway.com / Scott Asher. Attribution Required.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

David Mason has been a comics aficionado since the late 80s and is passionate about the creators in the industry. David, his wife and six kids live in in Middle Tennessee. He loves Jesus and was wet t-shirt contest winner at Smyrna High School in back to back years (1997, 1998).