Guests: Comic Books

Dylan Andrews

Dylan Andrews

Dylan Andrews is a designer, artist and comic book creator. He has been working professionally for almost 20 years in the field of publishing. He has done four successfully funded kickstarter campaigns for his comic book series ARCHIVE The WarHood Odyssey. http://www.batlanticstudios.com

Joseph Schmalke

Joseph Schmalke

Joseph Schmalke is a comics creator, writer, and illustrator residing in Westbrook, Maine. Joe is the author/artist on several successfully crowdfunded horror comics— including THE CALAMITOUS BLACK DEVILS, THE INFERNAL PACT, and the upcoming Cherry Blackbird.

Jeff Marsik

Jeff Marsik, A Cleveland boy who has read and collected comics ever since the cover prices were a quarter, Jeff’s been around life’s block a few times as a Coast Guard officer, a chiropractor, and a financial analyst. Through it all, though, he’s been a screenwriter and aspiring novelist, as well as co-creator and writer of the independently produced comic books, Z-GIRL AND THE 4 TIGERS and DEAD MAN’S PARTY. The winner of Darby Pop’s inaugural “Breaking Into Comics” script contest, INDESTRUCTIBLE: STINGRAY is his first—of many, hopefully—mainstream published book.

Writer:  Z-GIRL AND THE 4 TIGERS (http://www.ZGirl.org)

              DEAD MAN’S PARTY (http://www.DeadMansParty.org)

Host: Biters (Walking Dead Podcast)

           Fast Talkers (The Flash Podcast)

           Disturbed (American Horror Story Podcast)

Comic Reviewer:  Best Shots Team (http://www.Newsarama.com)

Twitter:  @jmarsick

Jeff Marsik

Jeff Marsik, A Cleveland boy who has read and collected comics ever since the cover prices were a quarter, Jeff’s been around life’s block a few times as a Coast Guard officer, a chiropractor, and a financial analyst. Through it all, though, he’s been a screenwriter and aspiring novelist, as well as co-creator and writer of the independently produced comic books, Z-GIRL AND THE 4 TIGERS and DEAD MAN’S PARTY. The winner of Darby Pop’s inaugural “Breaking Into Comics” script contest, INDESTRUCTIBLE: STINGRAY is his first—of many, hopefully—mainstream published book.

Writer:  Z-GIRL AND THE 4 TIGERS (http://www.ZGirl.org)

              DEAD MAN’S PARTY (http://www.DeadMansParty.org)

Host: Biters (Walking Dead Podcast)

           Fast Talkers (The Flash Podcast)

           Disturbed (American Horror Story Podcast)

Comic Reviewer:  Best Shots Team (http://www.Newsarama.com)

Twitter:  @jmarsick

Russell Brettholtz

Russell Brettholtz started reading comic books at the age of eight, when his grandmother gave him an Archie. At twelve he graduated to the X-Men which he collected for over twenty years. Russell’s road to writing comics began with X-Men fan-fiction in high school and college, and finally a story submission to Marvel (it was not published). When he realized that finding an artist and self-publishing were realistic possibilities thanks to the Internet, Russell put serious effort into creating his own comic book. Side-kicked is his first full length comic book with original characters. Russell lives in New York’s capital region with his wife and two daughters.

Jeff Kline

For nearly three decades, Jeff Kline has been one of the fortunate few “genre nerds” able to move freely between primetime and daytime television, motion pictures and the Web; the boardroom and the bullpen; and the east and west coasts. He’s written/produced more than 1,000 episodes of programming to-date. And, most recently, formed Darby Pop Publishing expressly so he could play in the comic book “sandbox” with some of his most creative pals.

To date, Darby Pop has released 15 trade paperbacks (incl. two volumes of INDESTRUCTIBLE (created by Kline), CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE, THE 7TH SWORD, DOBERMAN, DEAD SQUAD, SIDE-KICKED, DEAD MAN’S PARTY, FAKE EMPIRE, THE LIVING FINGER, SWEET LULLABY, THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T REMEMBER, BASTARD’S WALTZ, and SANTA CLAUS: PRIVATE EYE). A wildly-successful series co-written by Kline and Shannon Lee – BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES – debuted in 2015. A brand new Bruce Lee one-shot: BRUCE LEE: THE WALK OF THE DRAGON debuts in Spring ’18.

As both a writer and showrunner, Kline has been responsible for more than 40 animated and live-action series, specials, and pilots. Most recently, he was the executive producer and co-developer of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (Cartoon Network) – a follow-up to his multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning CG series, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME (The Hub).

Over the past few years, Kline also co-developed and executive produced both TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS and G.I. JOE: RENEGADES for Hasbro Studios and The Hub as part of an exclusive multi-year pact.

Previously, Kline was executive producer of a slew of fan-favorite series including THAT WAS THEN (ABC), MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH (Disney Playhouse), JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES (Kids WB), MEN IN BLACK: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Kids WB), EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS (BKN), DRAGON TALES (PBS), and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON (HBO Family).

Darby Pop

Darby Pop

Darby Pop Publishing was founded in 2013 by multiple Emmy Award winning writer/producer Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS: PRIME, G.I. JOE RENEGADES, JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES) as an outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling.  Kline recruited talent from a small circle of friends — writers and artists with whom he’d worked in both live-action and animation — by asking: “Have you ever had an idea you were convinced would make a killer comic book?”

Darby Pop began as IDW’s first creator-owned imprint. Fourteen original series and 80+ issues/TPs have been published to date.  Creators have included Eric Garcia (CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE), John Raffo (THE 7TH SWORD), Scott Marder/Rob Rosell/Jack Lambert (DOBERMAN), Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (DEAD SQUAD), and Kline himself (INDESTRUCTIBLE).

In July 2015, Darby Pop partnered with Magnetic Press and released SIDE-KICKED by Russell Brettholtz, DEAD MAN’S PARTY by Jeff Marsick, FAKE EMPIRE by Eric Palicki, THE LIVING FINGER by Garth Matthams, and SWEET LULLABY by A.J. Scherkenbach. In 2017, Darby Pop Publishing went independent and released THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T REMEMBER by Luis Roldan, BASTARD’S WALTZ by Mark Bertolini, and SANTA CLAUS: PRIVATE EYE by Jeremy Bernstein.

In October 2015, Darby Pop announced a collaboration with Bruce Lee Entertainment to produce BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES, which chronicles the return of the beloved actor, philosopher, teacher, and — of course — martial artist in a present-day, all-ages comedy/action/adventure. In January 2018, Darby Pop announced another collaboration with Bruce Lee Entertainment: BRUCE LEE: THE WALK OF THE DRAGON by Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars: Rebels, My Little Pony, Transformers: Rescue Bots).

Comics legend Howard Chaykin, Eisner Award winner Andrew Robinson, Emmy Award winners Jose Lopez, David Hartman, and Walter Gatus, Bernard Chang, Tony Fleecs and many others have delivered cover art.  And interiors have been laid out and/or drawn by a number of TRANSFORMERS series veterans (among many other talented artists) including Brandon McKinney, Kirk Van Wormer, Kevin Altieri, and Matthew Humphreys.

Former Marvel and Top Cow editor David Wohl helped with the company’s start-up; industry veteran Renae Geerlings is Darby Pop Publishing’s current Managing Editor.

As Kline has been quoted as saying:  “It seems like a lot of people currently working in the comic book industry are hoping to use the experience as a stepping stone to movies or television.   At Darby Pop Publishing, most of our talent is already well-established in those fields; they desperately WANT to be making comics!”

Star Power

Star Power

Garth Graham and Michael Terracciano are the creators of the sci-fi superhero space
adventure, STAR POWER! After working on their previous webcomics, "Finder's
Keepers" and "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire," they teamed up to create a superhero
story with more action than violence and more adventure than angst. STAR POWER
continues to impress readers with out-of-this-world characters and stellar artwork.
Garth and Michael have been making independent comics for over fifteen years, and
they hope you find the world they've created a place you want to escape to, not from.
Follow the ongoing adventures of STAR POWER at http://www.starpowercomic.com!

Christopher Khayman Lee

Christopher Khayman Lee

Christopher Khayman Lee was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, however as a young child he grew up primarily in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He lived there up until he was 17 years old, at which time he moved to Miami, Florida to begin a modeling/acting career. For a couple years he booked numerous modeling jobs and had small roles in commercials and smaller films being made in the Miami/Dade area. His first major role in a film was as the character Danny in Kickboxing Academy. The difficulty of playing a leading role in the film was eased by the fact that he was starring along side his sister, Chyler. Not long after filming Kickboxing Academy, Chris had an audition in Hollywood, Florida for Power Rangers. He didn't know it at the time, but the Saban Company was doing a nation-wide search for their next Red Ranger. Nine months after his initial audition, he heard back from Sabban for a callback. It wasn't long before he was signing a contract, and getting ready to move out to Los Angeles to play Andros in Power Rangers in Space. Currently Chris is the head writer/owner of his own comic book company, West Coast Comics. The lead title he is working on is LA Crazy Town, which appears on his website at http://www.westcoastcomics.net, however there are other titles in the works.