Karla Nappi on Creativity, Screenwriting, Comics, Marketing, and Motherhood

Karla Nappi on Creativity, Screenwriting, Comics, Marketing, and Motherhood

 

Karla talked to Eva about her exciting new book Duplicant, published by Second Sight Publishing. As well as some of her experiences around the creative process, storytelling, and marketing — as well as being the mother of a rambunctious creative three-year-old. This one goes to some thoughtful and interesting places.

Bio: A Disney|ABC Writing Program semi-finalist, Karla Nappi has worked in writer rooms and on film/tv sets in both New York City and Los Angeles. She’s collaborated with Tony Gilroy on “Michael Clayton,” Adam Brooks on “Definitely, Maybe,” Aaron Korsh on “Suits,” Carlton Cuse, and Kerry Ehrin on “Bates Motel,” and Robert & Michelle King on “The Good Wife” and “BrainDead.” Her writing credits include Episode 206 “All In” of Suits, and the Suits Webisode “Mini Mike.”

Karla developed a comic book series based on her pilot script “Duplicate.” She’s run three successful Kickstarters for the first four issues of the series and recently signed with Second Sight Publishing.

Currently, Karla is pitching the animated supernatural suspense series, “Nabarang,” which was created with Filipino-American animator and paranormal expert Sapphire Sandalo.

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Tom Brevoort on the creative decision making process at Marvel, Mantles, and casting a comic

Tom Brevoort on the creative decision making process at Marvel, Mantles, and casting a comic

Comics legend Tom Brevoort sits down with Eva to share his experience working as a long-time editor on Marvel comics. He talked about the decision-making process, the nature of ideas, and things associate editors learn on the job. It’s a thought-provoking look behind the curtain at Marvel by one of its premier senior editors.

Bio: Bio: Tom Brevoort is the code name for America’s daring, highly-trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

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Rachael Smith on Comics, mental health, and surviving Quarantine

Rachael Smith on Comics, mental health, and surviving Quarantine

Rachael Smith joins Eva to talk about mental health, comics, and the response to her incredibly relatable and personal memoir, Quarantine Comix. We covered the beginnings of her career, her artistic inspirations, and what it felt like to be cooped up for a year in her flat.

Bio: Rachael Smith is a comic artist and writer. She’s created many critically acclaimed graphic novels including Wired Up Wrong, Stand in Your Power, Artificial Flowers and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent. Rachael’s worked on Titan’s Doctor Who comic series and is currently working on Isabella & Blodwen as well as continuing making her #QuarantineComix series inspired by the lockdown. Quarantine Comix is the winner of Comicon.com’s Best Digital/Webcomic of 2020 and Pipedream Comics’ Winner of Best Indie/Small Press Comic of 2020, among other awards.

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Joe Aubrey on comics, collaboration, capitalism, and the gig economy

Joe Aubrey on comics, collaboration, capitalism, and the gig economy

Eva and Joe talked about Space Bastards, an exciting comic published by Humanoids, as well as the intricacies of comics production, good collaborations, and how to be taken seriously as a new comics creator. Joe provides insights from his own experiences. Get the inside scoop on Space Bastards, world-building, and how the project evolved.

Bio: Joe Aubrey is the co-writer and co-creator of Space Bastards. When not thinking of new ways to kill futuristic postal workers, he can be found eating, paying bills, and wondering how his life became almost unmanageable. Before he had kids he read comics, enjoyed sci-fi movies, and played first-person shooters. He and his wife live in Arizona with a lifetime collection of alcohol and two increasingly entitled children.

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Abigail Harding on comics, creativity, collaborations, and quality tea

Abigail Harding on comics, creativity, collaborations, and quality tea

 

The incredible Abigail Harding joins Eva to talk about her experience working in comics art, and the makings of high-quality collaborations. They talked about her work doing covers for Elephantmen and Titan Comics, Yorkshire tea, and her unusually sneaky, but sort of awesome superpower. Abigail is currently working on Cry for Mercy on Comixology Originals.

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Abigail Jill Harding is a Comic-book Artist and Illustrator based in York, UK. Co-creator and Artist of Comixology Originals’ ‘ASK FOR MERCY’.

Tea addict and supreme hoarder of books. Drawing monsters and fantastical creatures started from a young age. Spending much of her time going through the dinosaur encyclopedias and drawing from them.

Working in both digital and traditional art styles, Abigail uses and experiments with a wide range of mediums including Ink, Watercolours, gouache, Acrylics and Photoshop.

Abigail’s core style and narrative are inspired by the horror and macabre, transformation, symbolism, folklore and mythology.

Her artist influences and inspirations include Dali, Yoshitaka Amano, Gustav Klimt, Toppi, Mike Mignola and H.R Giger.

Her work has been in publications such as Imagine FX, 3Dtotal Publishing and Printed In Blood. Abigail has also worked with comic publishers including Image, IDW, TITAN comics.

Abigail’s first comic book series ‘Ask For Mercy’ first released in 2018. Teaming up with writer Richard Starkings in co-creating the Horror Fantasy comic under the Comixology Originals line. She had previously worked with Starkings as a guest artist for his Sci-Fi series ELEPHANTMEN.

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Erica Schultz on working professionally in comics, teaching, breaking in, and taking the medium seriously

Erica Schultz on working professionally in comics, teaching, breaking in, and taking the medium seriously

Legendary comics writer Erica Schultz sits down with Eva to talk about the realities of working in comics, teaching comics, the mechanics of storytelling, and how to break into the industry. Erica provides her years of first-hand experience and technical insights as sort of a roadmap for new creators. Join us for one of the most interesting and inspiring episodes of Titular Characters to date!

Host Notes: If you’re interested in breaking into the comics, creating a new comic, or surviving in the industry, this is the best interview we’ve ever done. Erica is amazing, and she gives us a lot of new information.

Bio: Erica Schultz is a comic book writer and graphic novelist who has written for Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, 2000AD, and other publishers in the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent work is the five-time Ringo Nominated series Forgotten Home for comiXology Originals and Legacy of Mandrake from Red 5 and Stonebot Comics. She’s currently an editor at Mad Cave Studios and the in-person writing instructor at The Kubert School.

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