‘Sky Captain’ – Kevin Conran Interview, Part 2

Continuing with my lengthy and meandering conversation with Kevin Conran, Production Designer, and Michael Sean Foley, Lighting Designer, reminiscing about the making of ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ and random digressions into wherever the conversation and the Guinness took us.

Why Comics Needs to Be Fixed

From where I sit, as a professional artist, cartoonist, occasional comics journalist, and comics reader of 50+ years, I see four areas in which the comics industry has at various times gone off the rails: Format, Content, Distribution, and Marketing. Each of these areas has been affected by a number of foolish, short-sighted, fear-driven decisions over an extended period of time, the cumulative effect of which has led to the current state of the industry.

The Captains Marvel: A History – Updated

The convoluted history of the various Captains Marvel (and their knockoffs) is probably the subject of more urban legends and misunderstandings than probably any other segment of comics history. Throw in the widespread confusion over the difference between copyright and trademark, and it’s a pretty deep swamp. Let’s go wading!

Tony Isabella on ‘Black Lightning’ and Creator Credit

There was a minor controversy in the comics world after Bleeding Cool picked up an Instagram post from comic artist Trevor Von Eeden; a photo of a check, which Trevor described as his payment from the Black Lightning TV show. Bleeding Cool assumed that this check must also be indicative of Tony Isabella’s proceeds from the show. Naturally, Tony had something to say about that. I reached out to him and recorded an interview. Here’s a transcript of that conversation.

Russ Heath

We lost Russ Heath today. He passed peacefully at age 91. If you don’t know his work, do yourself a favor and look him up. He was one of the best comic artists of his generation, specializing in WWII and western comics. Aside from his enviable talent, Russ was quite the character. He was cranky but in a fun curmudgeonly way, always quick with a (usually off-color) joke, but with pretty strong opinions about comics and a lot of other things. Today we say goodbye.

Atomic Roundtable: Harlan Ellison 1934-2018

One of the most incisive and compelling observers of the human condition, Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep last week at age 84. Everyone who ever met him has a Harlan story, to the point that being in his presence was usually referred to as “witnessing the ‘Harlan Live’ show,” and we here at the Junk Shop are no exceptions. Here are a few.