Category Archives: Interviews

Ep. 079 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Marc Guggenheim

We’re bringing you a bonus episode this month, and couldn’t be more excited about our guest. Marc Guggenheim is a veteran of both comics and TV writing. His new creator-owned book, Stringers, hits shelves this week and we talk in depth about that book as well as his other comics work.

AMS-574Marc was part of the “Webheads” braintrust that re-launched Amazing Spider-Man in 2008, following “One More Day”. His work on that title was well-received, perhaps none more so than the landmark issue #574, which left an indelible mark on the character of Flash Thompson. He’s currently writing two Secret Wars tie ins at Marvel and the comics adaptation of Arrow for DC. These are just some of Marc’s comics work that we discuss before turning our attention to Television.

ArrowWith dozens of Film and TV credits to his name, Marc is well-established in the cinematic realm. He’s a show-runner on the hit CW show, Arrow and literally joins us from the set to take time for this conversation.  Are Ollie and Felicity meant to be? What are Marc’s favorite Arrow Easter eggs? Can we get Diggle a damn costume?! These questions and more are put to the Arrow scribe on the eve of Season 4. Tune in and enjoy this hour-long conversation with a multi-talented, cross-medium all-star creator.

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Music in this episode by: Dire Straits, Cass Dillon, Blake Neeley, Sam Cooke

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Ep. 077 • NEAR MINTerview w/ James Sturm

The NEAR MINTerview is back! This week, we sit down with cartoonist, professor and entrepreneur, James Sturm. James is an acclaimed graphic novelist, whose works include The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day and the Eisner-Award-winning Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules. He’s been a contributor to Slate and The Onion and co-founded the Seattle alternative weekly, The Stranger. In 2004, he co-founded the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT – a two year institution offering a Masters of Fine Arts degree in comics and cartoon art.CCSLogo-300x156

In this hour-long conversation, we talk to James about his career, his influences and process as a cartoonist. We discuss alternative comics as a medium and find out all about the Center for Cartoon Studies. It’s a fascinating interview that will leave you feeling smarter than when you started listening.

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Music in this episode by: Simon and Garfunkel

Episode 054 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Bill Willingham

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2013 is upon us and we’re kicking off the new year with one of our biggest guests to date. Bill Willingham is the Eisner Award-winning creator of Fables and he joined us for an in-depth conversation about the series and it’s ever-growing universe.

Willingham reveals his secret origin as an MP before breaking into comics as a penciler. Then, we discuss the latest Fables collection (vol. 18, “Cubs in Toyland”) and why you might need an english lit lesson before you read it. We also talk about the spinoff series, Fairest and the recent original graphic novel, Werewolves of the Heartland, and find out what character he couldn’t bear to turn over to another writer.

Later in the conversation we learn about Fabletown and Beyond, a 3-day convention coming to Minnesota, March 22-24 to celebrate Fables and other comics from the “mythic fiction” genre. Willingham gives his perspective on the departure of longtime Vertigo editor, Karen Berger and what it means for the future of the imprint. Finally, we wrap things up with a preview of the 2012 Minty Awards. What is Bill Willingham’s “Oh shit” Moment to the Year? Listen and find out.

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Music in this episode by: Sara Bareilles

Episode 049 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Cullen Bunn

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From his brain to your ears, Ben Peirce steps inside the mad mind of Cullen Bunn in the latest NEAR MINTerview! The Eisner-nominated writer of The Sixth Gun joins us to talk about that, along with a myriad of other projects including Wolverine, Venom, Spider-Man: Season One, Captain America and a few more teases of things to come.

Along the way, we talk about Cullen’s approach to writing, the never-un-changing-forever world of superhero comics, the perils of the continuity trap, and creator-owned comics vs. bucket list characters. It’s an hour+ of awesome with one of the top writers in comics!

Music in this episode by: Ween, Stereophonics

Episode 041 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Nate Simpson

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Ben Peirce returns with another NEAR MINTerview.  This time, our guest is Nate Simpson, the breakout writer/artist behind the hit new series Nonplayer from Image Comics.  Nonplayer #1 took the comics world by storm selling out across the country and grabbing tons of praise from critics and industry professionals alike.  Series creator, Nate Simpson, is a complete newcomer to comics after working primarily in game design. He’s crafted an exciting story that blends elements of sword & sorcery-style fantasy, distopian future sci-fi and multiplayer online gaming with breathtaking visuals.

Nate was recently honored at the Eisner Awards ceremony with the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and with just one issue to his credit, he now faces down a world of great expectations.  He talks candidly about the challenges he faces as a new creator – honing his craft, meeting deadlines and responding to the pressure of new-found fame.  We discuss his inspirations as an artist and a writer, find out about the inner workings of Image Comics and talk in-depth about the world of Nonplayer. Listen in as we bear witness to a comics star being born.

Editors Note: Nonplayer made news once again this week, when Warner Borthers optioned a film treatment of the series with David Heyman (Harry Potter) attached as producer.  This announcement was made just hours after we spoke so it is not included in our conversation but we’ll be sure to follow up with Nate as the series and the possible film adaptation progress.  If you missed the initial release of Nonplayer, you can pick up a second print copy signed by Nate Simpson for cover price (plus shipping) at the Nonplayer Store.


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Episode 039 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Frank Quitely

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After an action-packed month of May, that maxed out our available bandwidth, the Near Mint Comic Show is back with this much-anticipated NEAR MINTerview. In this episode we call across the pond to talk to superstar artist, Frank Quitely.   Frank’s unique style and gift for storytelling, have propelled him to the top of the industry’s A-list. Frank’s recent collaborations with Grant Morrison have garnered praise from fans, won awards and spawned everything from deluxe hardcover treatments of the work to animated adaptations.

Quitely discusses this early concept sketch for Dick Grayson as Batman

In this conversation, we discuss Frank’s early work for Judge Dredd and the genesis of his partnership with Morrison.  We dive into some of his recent work including the re-establishment of the X-Men in New X-Men, the iconic resonance of All-Star Superman the design of a new Batman in Batman and Robin and the chance to revisit old material in We3. We also discuss the challenge of balancing beautiful illustration with effective storytelling and get some of Frank’s reading recommendations.   We’re very excited to bring you this interview and we think you’ll enjoy it!

Music in this episode by: 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: As you may know, our own Ben Peirce made a short film this past weekend as part of the New Hampshire 48 Hour Film project.  If you haven’t already seen it, head over to pilotgroove.com and check out Just Remember That They’re Dead.  It’s 7 minutes and 12 seconds well-spent!

Episode 038 “Rocked by Granitecon”

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Ben and Josh return with another “Live” episode , this time on location from the floor of the Granite State Comic Con.  We open up this mammoth episode with a recap of Free Comic Book Day and the pre-Granitecon Drink & Draw, which Ben took part in once again.  Then we throw a shameless plug to Josh and PJ Huot’s new MMA show on WGAM– honest-to-goodness real-live radio!

Tony Moore missed the show this year but we don’t let it dampen our spirits, diving into lots of comic talk, including Fear Itself, Osborn, FF, and Kick Ass 2.  Then we welcome listener, Dan Bertwell and con-virgin, Mike SMith to the show.  Mike gives the wide-eyed newbie perspective and agrees to take on a homework assignment.  Later, Ben & Josh give thier thoughts on the Thor movie and Calrton Greene of Eat Sleep Comics stops by to talk comics, sing Kumbaya, and drop a few f-bombs.

Finally, we wrap up the show by interviewing two filmmakers.  First, we sit down with Mike Dogherty, producer/director of Browncoats: Redemption – a Whedon-sanctioned, fan-made sequel to Serenity.  After that, we chat with Pasha Roberts, director of the upcoming animated feature, Silver Circle.

Tuck in the kids and put on a pot of coffee because this is a long one, but it’s Chock Full o’ Near Mint goodness!

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Music in this episode by: Bentframe, Mötley Crüe, Curtis Mayfield, Citizen Cope, Gary Portnoy, Sonny Rhodes, Europe