Monday, March 20, 2017

Image Comics' PLASTIC Preview: Q&A w/ Writer Doug Wagner

Another interesting book I was introduced to at ECCC was the upcoming Image release, Plastic. I had the opportunity to chat with the writer/ creator of Plastic, Doug Wagner. He gave me some info on the story and shared a few sample pages from the book. If you're into horror, crime drama, and have a really weird sense of humor, this book is probably right up your alley. It looks like Image has come through with a killer (pun completely intended) comic once again.

Check out this preview chat with Doug Wagner. I think you'll be intrigued, especially once you see the art samples he shared with us!

TheSteveStrout: Can you give us a summary of Plastic?


Doug Wagner: Plastic is about Edwyn Stoffgrupen, a “retired” serial killer who just happens to be in love with Virginia…a blow-up sex doll. When somebody kidnaps Virginia in an attempt to manipulate Edwyn, a bloody trail of decapitated bodies, plastic sporks, and crème-filled doughnuts follows. Here’s a small piece of advice…it’s probably a bad idea to steal something from a serial killer. Just sayin’.

TheSteveStrout: What inspired such a unique story?

Doug Wagner: A road sign. Yep, you read that correctly. The entire idea of Plastic is based on a road sign. See, I was on a road trip with Eric Layton and Brian Stelfreeze. We had decided to road trip it from Atlanta to Baltimore one year. There was a lot of laughing, eating the unhealthiest of foods, and all manner of general silliness…as you might expect from this crew. At one fateful point when we were crossing the Virginia state line, I read the “Buckle up, Virginia” sign out loud in the most disturbing Southern accent I could muster. The moment I said it the entire story just popped in my head. No, I can’t explain it. Sometimes the Muses speak to you in barely audible whispers and sometimes they just cram an entire story into your brain.

TheSteveStrout: Will Plastic be a mini-series or ongoing?

Doug Wagner: Plastic will be a 5 issue mini-series beginning monthly in April. The good news is Daniel Hillyard, the book’s artist, is just now finishing up the final few pages of the fifth issue. We’re way ahead of schedule, and unless something disastrous happens, every issue will be on time.

TheSteveStrout: I was lucky enough to scope out a few pages at ECCC, and absolutely loved the work as a horror fan, as it was nice and gory. Who did the art, and how much easier did the story come together working with this artist(s) style?

Doug Wagner: Daniel Hillyard is the artist and a longtime collaborator of mine. Daniel and I have been working together on various projects for over 5 years now. I absolutely LOVE working with Daniel, so he was my first choice when it came to putting this project together. When I pitched it to him, he immediately loved it. I didn’t know this until that moment, but apparently Daniel is a horror nut. Figures, right? He knew exactly how he wanted to approach the book. He was also pivotal in helping me figure out just how far we wanted to take the bloodletting, the subject matter, and this quirky love story wrapped in gore.

TheSteveStrout: You mentioned Plastic hits shops in April via Image Comics. Do we have an exact date?

Doug Wagner: Yep. Plastic will terrify the shelves on April 19th.

TheSteveStrout: I feel like Image isn’t afraid to push boundaries with their titles, having more "grownup" comics. Do you feel that being published by Image, gives you a little more creative freedom with a story like Plastic than other imprints might, and did that have any influence on pitching the book to them specifically?

Doug Wagner: I can’t really speak to whether another company or imprint would have given me the latitude that Image Comics has, but I can tell you that the entire staff at Image has been a pleasure to work with and fully supportive of this book. Plastic couldn’t have found a better home. Plus, I started my career at Image back in 2004 and can’t tell you how happy I am to be back. Image is filled with a great group of folks that have helped me at every turn. I love this place!!

TheSteveStrout: Anything else in the works at the moment?

Doug Wagner: Well, Image just announced THE HARD PLACE coming out in August from Nic Rummel and myself. It’s another 5 issue mini-series, but completely different than Plastic. THE HARD PLACE is a straight up action thriller with bank robbers, Russian mobsters, car chases, and lots of bullets and mayhem. Sorry, no blow-up sex dolls in that book. J

TheSteveStrout: What are some other notable works of yours, and where can readers keep up on your latest (social media and the such)?

Doug Wagner: I’ve been fortunate enough to work with several companies over the past decade – DC Comics, Image Comics, 12-Gauge Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Top Cow Productions, and Table Taffy Studios. Probably my most recognizable works would include the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BLOODSWORN OGN, a stint on LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, and the BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS graphic novel. If you’d like to keep up on my work, travel, and general silliness, you can follow me on Facebook at Doug.Wagner13, on Twitter @Doug_Wagner, or keep tabs on my website at www.shocknoggin.com.


Don't forget, Plastic hits comic shops April 19th! Be on the lookout!

I'm also still looking for contributors to the site. If you're interested in covering any conventions you attend, or reviewing comics, tv, or movies or anything nerdy or involving pop culture (unpaid, but I still occasionally come up with goodies and swag), get in touch!

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Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout
          

Monday, March 13, 2017

ECCC 2017 Recap

Another year at Emerald City Comic Con has come and gone, and this year I decided to take a more laid back approach to the show coverage, but still share a ton of fun pictures with my people (That's you guys!).  I also connected with a few comic creators that have some really cool projects out or in the works that we'll post about in the coming weeks. Stay tuned 


The weekend pretty much started in the Funko booth line to snag a few exclusives! 

I always dig the giant POP figure at the Funko booth. This year brought a big Eleven, from Stranger Things.
Awesome Jelly Belly art!!

Busy Busy
 My favorite part of ECCC is the stellar Cosplay!





New best friend?


Loved this horror group!





This Battle Armor Sally costume is done by my friends/crew at PNWSFX...Go to www.pnwsfx.com to see the steps in the build.
Had to go back to Eleven and get some of her Eggos
The Lego area is always a favorite! I brought my young sidekick a couple days of con, and I think this was here favoite part!




















One doesn't NOT take a selfie with Lego Batman!







We saw a lot of this last year, but there was a ton more new Lego displays!!












More wonderful cosplays! 




Hanging with our friend, Batman/TMNT colorist, Jeremy Colwell. We did an interview with him a little while back. If interested, Click HERE to check it out.
Our hotel room was under attack by dinosaurs too!




And even more awesome cosplays!

Go follow my friends at Black Opal Cosplay!


One of my favorite writers, Scott Snyder signing his latest book, AD After Death, which we should post about soonish.
The Star Wars area is bigger than ever! 
















Cosplays


Goofy Caca Cosplay's "Cowboy Wonder Woman was pretty creative! Go check him out at Goofy Caca Cosplay on Facebook
My highlight of the weekend! Meeting the one and only, 16 time World Champion, the Nature Boy Ric Flair! Yes, he was indeed stylin and profilin! Whoooooooooooo!!! Flair was one of my bucket list to meet people!
Also ran into Dennis Hopeless, who was at the Boom Studios booth promoting his WWE comic. You all know I'm a wrestling fan, so I had to check it out.

These covers are awesome!!!!


Another highlight, was meeting the super talented youngster, Millie Bobby Brown, who portrayed Eleven on the hit series, Stranger Things! She was a really enthusiastic and sweet kid.

Valiant really brought their A game this year, with a ton of great books to promote and even a surprise guest....


Jason David Frank! The Green Power Ranger. He was on hand supporting his Bloodshot cover, and the upcoming Bloodshot live action movie. He was really cool dude. I will post about this book soon too!


Last but not least...I couldn't go to a con without the mandatory Jerikanda and thestevestrout selfie! We were fortunate enough to be joined by the lovely Abi Sue Cosplay too! Click on their names and follow them both!! Tell them I sent you!!

Overall a great weekend. As mentioned, I should be posting about a few comics soon. I'm always looking for contributors to this site too. If you wanna review comics (or other media) or report on conventions you attend, get in touch.

My next couple conventions will be Supernatural Celebration in Seattle, and Crypticon. Crypticon wil be huge for me as a fan, because I will finally get to meet George A Romero. Romero did the original Night Of The Living Dead, my favorite horror film of all time, and has been on my bucket list of people to meet! It's going down.


Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout