I think books are one of the most precious resources on the planet. As soon as you open a novel, you’re transported to a brand new world. A good author makes their characters stand out. A great author makes their stories resonate for years to come. That is how I feel about The Greatcoats quartet, a collection that has turned into my favourite book series of all time. So, what could be better than reading them, you ask? Getting to talk to the guy that created the books!
Sebastien De Castell was awesome enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about The Greatcoats and his writing process. In the interview, Sebastien reveals how he created the characters of Falcio, Kest and Brasti and who he’d pick for Falcio to duel in another fantasy novel. Oh, and something about a new Greatcoats series coming out in the future. Continue reading “Fantasy Author Sebastien De Castell Reveals New Details About The Greatcoats”
Japan attracts visitors from all over the world, with many being drawn to the country because of the samurai. Japanese history is entwined with warriors who followed a strict code of honour, devoting their lives to duty. There were many proud samurai and one of the most famous was Toyotomi Hideyoshi. A capable general and politician, Hideyoshi was considered the second ‘great unifer’ of Japan. He rose to prominence during the 1500s and founded the Hashiba samurai line.
I’m fascinated by samurai history, so I couldn’t help but be excited to interview a descendent of Hideyoshi. I’m pleased to present a conversation with Michiko Hashiba about what it means to come from a family of samurai. Continue reading “Growing Up In A Family Of Samurai: An Interview With Michiko Hashiba”
If there’s one thing I enjoy about pop culture, it’s the idea that it can connect people from different walks of life. Comics, gaming, anime and cosplaying are all part of the same phenomenon. Anime has experienced a huge increase in popularity and it’s writers like Helen McCarthy who’ve championed it as a legitimate field of study. Helen has written 13 books, which have been translated into seven languages, on anime, manga, art and Japanese pop culture. They include 500 Essential Anime Movies, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and Anime! A Beginner’s Guide To Japanese Animation.
I’m pleased to present an interview with Helen about her writing experiences and her connection to pop culture. Read on to find out about what it was like meeting Jonathan Ross in a comic book store and how she braved a snow storm to see her favourite Japanese shrine. Continue reading “Helen McCarthy Talks About What It Means To Be An Anime Writer”
In the pop culture world, there are a variety of avenues to explore, ranging from writing comics to selling graphic novels. An emerging trend is geek fashion, especially with cosplay and people looking to represent their favourite characters on a t-shirt. Pop culture entrepreneur Tony B Kim has set out to provide a market for geek fashion with his Hero Within clothing brand.
It was a pleasure to interview Tony about how he set up his brand, how he got into comics and what it felt like to host panels at San Diego Comic Con. Continue reading “Hero Within’s Tony Kim Speaks On The Evolution Of Geek Fashion”
Luke Cage is the kind of down to earth hero that a lot of people can relate to. His indestructible skin gives him an edge when protecting the community of Harlem. But what happens when an unbreakable man becomes vulnerable? Anthony Del Col invites comic fans to find out in his Luke Cage: Everyman miniseries. Luke has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussive disease that’s common in contact sport athletes.
It was great to check in with Anthony and interview him about the series, his thoughts on CTE and what he thinks of mental health in comics. Continue reading “Luke Cage: Everyman Writer Anthony Del Col Talks About CTE And Mental Health In Comics”
In the modern world, digital marketing has become one of most popular methods of branding and business building. There are so many different avenues within the industry and having worked as a copywriter, I’m always on the lookout for new techniques. GeekSmash is an example of a digital marketing agency that’s doing something different because they’re catering to people who work in the pop culture industry.
It was fun to talk to GeekSmash CEO, Joe Delbridge about the message behind the agency and how it helps professional geeks. Joe talks about starting off as a blogger, growing his passion from comics and what the current status of influencer marketing is like in his opinion. Continue reading “GeekSmash Director Joe Delbridge On Combining Digital Marketing And Comics”
Ever since DC: Rebirth, one of best titles has been Red Hood and The Outlaws because of the story quality, characters and art. Jason Todd, Artemis and Bizarro have all received amazing development, courtesy of writer Scott Lobdell and artist Dexter Soy. The Philippines born artist has created some incredible panels. After an epic two year run, Dexter recently finished up on the series with Red Hood and The Outlaws #25.
But before he signed off, I couldn’t resist interviewing him about his time on the series and how he got into the comic industry. Continue reading “Red Hood And The Outlaws Artist Dexter Soy Talks Comics, Collaboration And Rooftop Fights”
For a writer, history is a playground, with one of the most popular topics being World War II. A lot of stories have focused on the atrocities that Hitler and the Nazis committed. Being original in an oversaturated market is tough, but Anthony Del Col and Geoff Moore were able to accomplish that with Son Of Hitler. The graphic novel contains a variety of twists and turns that shape the outcome of World War II.
Being a fan of the story, I wanted to get Geoff’s thoughts on the writing process behind Son Of Hitler. In this informative interview, Geoff goes into detail about the kind of research that was involved and the importance of collaborating with such a big project. Continue reading “Geoff Moore Gets Candid With The Nature Of Violence And Collaboration For Son Of Hitler”
Music has the power to transform lives, whether through connecting with a song or being transported to another place. Nirvana was the kind of band that touched many people, with Kurt Cobain being an inspiration. But Cobain’s life was also complicated by depression, drug abuse and a distafisaction with the celebrity lifestyle. Cobain and his band were happiest when they were making music, which is what Jeremy Holt decided to explore in his graphic novel Skip To The End.
I’m happy to present an interview with Holt about the nature of his graphic novel and his thoughts on what it means to be transformed through music. He spoke candidly on his opinion of mental health, male suicide and the independent comic scene. Continue reading “Skip To The End Creator Jeremy Holt Talks Nirvana, Mental Health And Musical Time Travel”
When it comes to the wrestling industry, you have all kinds of people who are into the phenomenon of wrestlers busting their asses in the ring to entertain fans around the world. The WWE is the biggest game in town, but the independent wrestling scene is thriving as well. Much of this is thanks to the efforts of various indie wrestling promotions, like the Millennium Wrestling Federation.
I was lucky enough to attend Wrestlemania 34 and met MWF founder Dan Maride, who was sitting next to me in the crowd. Dan was extremely knowledgeable about the business and I couldn’t resist interviewing him for The Comic Vault. Read on to hear his thoughts about the indie wrestling scene, his relationship with the WWE and why it’s hell on earth being a wrestling promoter.
Continue reading “Millenium Wrestling Federation Founder Dan Mirade Gives His Thoughts On Why He Loves Wrestling”