In this episode we sit down with the creators of Stoned Ninja at the lovely 409 South Main building in Memphis. Gabriel DeRanzo (writer) and Greg Cravens (artist) have come together to bring life to “a new strain of hero.” We get an education in the world of comic creation and what it takes to make an idea into a reality.
1:50 “Right out of the gate” we talk about the origins of this new Ninjalante character. We quickly get into the nitty gritty of teasing out a viable story.
10:00 The meeting of the Stoned Ninja creators, 901 Comics, Chris Davis.
12:35 Wow. This is your first attempt at publishing? Managing “time suckage” and phone observations…damn phones.
17:30 Greg Cravens: illustrator and comic strip creator. Find him at hubriscomics.com.
21:10 Physical product in the digital age and brick and mortar comic dealers. Future issues. Cannabis culture…and the Devil’s Lettuce stereotypes.
34:14 What should new writers expect from the world of comic book publishing. Give it time, we get there…Copyrighting and trademarks. Being your own advocate.
43:45 “you’re like Tony Robbins with a gallon of whiskey.” Good momentum all positive so far people asking about 2nd issues.
47:50 Finding your inner Hemingway for efficiency. Comic books can be like pop songs. Weapons research.
55:00 Holy smokes Diamond Distribution handles all the English language comics in the US, Canada, and Europe…and they are right here in Memphis!
Here is an article from Fly on the Wall by previous Memphis Machine guest, Chris Davis.