The Writers Block

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A weekly post-con-style roundtable romp with some of the most outspoken (yet still employed) creators in comics. Show biz war stories. State of the comic union. Furious debates over ‘80s televisions shows. Great lobster bisque recipes. Something for everybody.

We have voluntarily self-rated this production as PG-13. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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Episode Archive

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    Matt Medney and Catherine Loubier

    Episode Number: 81

    David and Rylend sit down with Heavy Metal CEO Matt Medney and politico/clean energy advocate Catherine Loubier to discuss THE FIFTH FORCE, their ecological time travel comic book extravaganza… all while Matt enthusiastically watches the Brazilian soccer team beat the pants off of South Korea.

    Episode download: TWB081.mp3

    MATT MEDNEY
    Twitter: @matthewmedney
    Instagram: @matthewmedney
    Website: matthewmedney.com

     

     

    CATHERINE LOUBIER
    Twitter: @CLoubier
     

    HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
    Twitter: @HeavyMetalInk
    Instagram: @HeavyMetal
    Website: https://linktr.ee/HeavyMetalMagazine

    Release Date: December 7, 2022

    Run Time: 1:03:24
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    “Pandemic Survival” Panel from LBCC

    Episode Number: 80

    Live from Long Beach Comic Con! David talks with a gaggle of experienced comic pros - Kris Longo, Bobby Timony, and Barbra Dillon - about how they survived the COVID pandemic personally, professionally, psychologically, and spiritually. To an audience of hundreds. As far as you know. 

    Episode download: TWB080.mp3

    BARBRA DILLON
    Twitter: @barbrajdillon
    Instagram: @barbrajdillon

    FANBASE PRESS
    Twitter: @fanbase_press
    Instagram: @fanbasepress
    Website: fanbasepress.com

    KRIS LONGO
    Twitter: @krislongo
    Instagram: @kris_longo
    Website: modernfanatic.com

    BOBBY TIMONY
    Twitter: @BobbyTimony
    Instagram: @bobbytimony
    Website: twincomics.com

     

    Release Date: September 28, 2022

    Run Time: 45:54
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    “It’s a Living” Panel from LBCC

    Episode Number: 79

    Live from Long Beach Comic Con! David and Rylend talk with a gang of experienced comic pros - Scott Koblish, Christie Shinn, and Don Walker - about how they actually making a living doing what they love, staying paid and keeping projects funded.

    Episode download: TWB079.mp3
     

    SCOTT KOBLISH
    Twitter: @Koblish
    Instagram: @scottkoblish
    Website: koblish.blogspot.com

    CHRISTIE SHINN
    Twitter: @HoraToraStudios
    Instagram: @HoraToraStudios
    Website: https://linktr.ee/HoraToraStudios

    DON WALKER
    Instagram: don_spaceknight
    Website: https://dorkempireink.bigcartel.com

     

    Release Date: September 21, 2022

    Run Time: 49:08
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    Kickstarter Panel from LBCC

    Episode Number: 78

    Live from Long Beach Comic Con! David and Rylend talk with an elite gaggle of veteran Kickstarter campaigners - Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Kelly Sue Milano (Hex11), and Steven Prince (Monster Matador) - about the ins and outs of crowdfunding your dream project.

    Episode download: TWB078.mp3
     

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @CharlesStickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomic
    Website: whiteashcomic.com

    KELLY SUE MILANO
    Twitter: @kellysuesays
    Instagram: @kellysuesays
    Website: hexcomix.com

    STEVEN PRINCE
    Twitter: @monstermatador
    Instagram: @monstermatador
    Website: monstermatador.com

    Release Date: September 14, 2022

    Run Time: 47:23
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    Pat “Six Figure” Shand

    Episode Number: 77

    David and Rylend have a “creator’s guide” chat with writer Pat “Six Figure” Shand (CHEEKY) and talk pitching, publisher/producer note implementation, the dos/don’ts of “con schmoozing,” and best social media practices… and Rylend leaves about 3/4 into the show to go get Mr. T’s autograph at the Glendale Galleria. 

    Episode download: TWB077.mp3
     

    PAT SHAND
    Twitter: @PatShand
    Instagram: @PatShand
    Website: linktr.ee/PatShand

    CHECK OUT PAT’S BOOK CHEEKY ON INDIEGOGO: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cheeky-a-nsfw-graphic-novel/x/1947872#/

     

    Release Date: August 10, 2022

    Run Time: 1:41:04
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    Ray Chou

    Episode Number: 76

    David and Rylend sit down with  writer Ray Chou (Skies of Fire) to talk about how he and his team built the Kickstarter publishing juggernaut Mythopoeia… and the guys trade ass-chapping Hollywood horror stories.

    Episode download: TWB076.mp3
     

    RAY CHOU
    Twitter: @mythopoeians
    Instagram: @mythopoeians
    Website: https://www.mythopoeia.us/

    Get the Skies of Fire Collected Edition on Kickstarter:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mythopoeia/skies-of-fire-collected-edition

    Kickstarter How-To Blogs
    www.mythopoeia.us/blog/kickstarter-breakdown-pt-i-continuing-an-ongoing-series

     

    Release Date: August 3, 3022

    Run Time: 1:21:48
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    SDCC 2022 Panel

    Episode Number: 75

    David and Rylend are coming to you LIVE from SDCC 2022 where they hosted a POST-PANDEMIC PUBLISHING LANDSCAPE panel with creators David Booher (CANTO), Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet), and David Pepose (Savage Avengers)… Also, Rylend narrowly defeated Lou Ferrigno in a high stakes game of Chinese checkers and Avallone received the key to the of San Diego city after foiling a plot by Hiroto cosplayers to steal NECA’s Last Ronin action figure prototypes.

    Episode download: TWB075.mp3

     

    DAVID M. BOOHER
    Twitter: @davidbooher
    Instagram: @davidmbooher
    Website: https://davidbooher.com

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @CharlesStickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomic
    Website: https://whiteashcomic.com

    ASHLEY V. ROBINSON
    Twitter: @AshleyVRobinson
    Instagram: @seanlewis6026
    Website: linktr.ee/AshleyVRobinson

    DAVID PEPOSE
    Twitter: @Peposed
    Instagram: Peposed
    Website: linktr.ee/peposed

    Release Date: July 27, 2022

    Run Time: 50:52
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    Drew Edwards and Paulo J Hernandez

    Episode Number: 74

    David and Rylend sit down with Ringo-nominated writer Drew Edwards and artist Paulo J Hernandez to talk about their collaboration on HALLOWEEN MAN MEETS THE LATEX AVENGER… and the group furiously butts head over a very SERIOUS question… which is the superior movie? GHOSTBUSTERS? Or GHOSTBUSTERS 2? “VIGGO!”

    Episode download: TWB074.mp3

    DREW EDWARDS
    Twitter: @halloweenmancom
    Instagram: @drew_halloween
    Website: halloweenman.com

    PAULO J. HERNANDEZ
    Twitter: @paulojhdz
    Instagram: @paulojhdz
    Website: paulojhdz.com

    BACK HALLOWEEN MAN MEETS THE LATEX AVENGER ON INDIEGOGO: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/halloween-man-meets-the-latex-avenger#/

    Release Date: July 20, 2022

    Run Time: 1:35:21
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    Adam Lawson

    Episode Number: 73

    David and Rylend sit down with ESCAPE THE NIGHT showrunner Adam Lawson to discuss his new comic endeavor - an actiony collab with Hollywood legend Wesley Snipes - titled THE EXILED… and the three begin the long and arduous process of integrating for seamless viewing and analysis the post pipeline data coming back from NASA’s James Webb telescope.

    Episode download: TWB073.mp3

     

    ADAM LAWSON
    Twitter: @GiftedRebelsCo
    Instagram: @gongfuman/@giftedrebelsco
    Website: giftedrebels.com

    BACK THE EXILED ON KICKSTARTER: http://bit.ly/theexiled

     

    Release Date: July 13, 2022

    Run Time: 1:12:00
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    James Aquilone

    Episode Number: 72

    David (high on cough syrup) and Rylend (severely jet-lagged) sit down with editor-extraordinaire James Aquilone to discuss his latest and greatest Kickstarter anthology, Shakespeare Unleashed... also, SCOTUS can eat a fat one.

    Episode download: TWB072.mp3

     

    JAMES AQUILONE
    Twitter: @jamesaquilone/@MonstrousBooks
    Instagram: @james_aquilone
    Website: linktr.ee/jamesaquilone

    BACK SHAKESPEARE UNLEASHED ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/manbomb/shakespeare-unleashed?ref=8syg49

    Release Date: July 6, 2022

    Run Time: 1:32:39
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    David Accampo

    Episode Number: 71

    David and Rylend sit down with writer David Accampo (Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery) for a thematics deep dive and to discuss his new horror anthology series SPECTRAL... and the show quickly and confidently mutates into conversational street fight re: the dos and don’ts of fine prequeling.

    Episode download: TWB071.mp3

     

    DAVID ACCAMPO
    Twitter: @daccampo
    Instagram: @daccampo
    Website: davidaccampo.com

    BACK SPECTRAL ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisandersoncomics/spectral

    BACK SHAKESPEARE UNLEASHED ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/manbomb/shakespeare-unleashed

    Release Date: June 29, 2022

    Run Time: 1:36:18
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    Jordan Hart and Barbra Dillon

    Episode Number: 70

    David and Rylend sit down with Eisner-nominated Fanbase Press EIC Barbra Dillon and writer Jordan Hart to talk about their collaboration on RIPPLE EFFECTS, a comic series that explores life as a superhero with a disability… and Rylend talks candidly about all of the mildly-evil things he’d do if he somehow lucked into superpowers.

    Episode download: TWB070.mp3

    JORDAN HART
    Twitter: @ripplefxcomic
    Instagram: @jordyjordith
    Website: www.fanbasepress.ecrater.com/p/39178444/ripple-effects-pre-order

    BARBRA DILLON
    Twitter: @barbrajdillon
    Instagram: @barbrajdillon

    FANBASE PRESS
    Twitter: @Fanbase_Press
    Instagram: @fanbasepress
    Website: fanbasepress.com

     

    Release Date: June 15, 2022

    Run Time: 1:11:30
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    Brian Hawkins

    Episode Number: 69

    David and Rylend have a delightful “career building” chat with writer/editor Brian Hawkins (Aftershock’s THE VINEYARD)… and amid a tense conversational digression re: New York real estate, Rylend makes the rash decision to buy a three bedroom Townhouse in Jersey City that needs a bit too much work.

    Episode download: TWB069.mp3

     

    BRIAN HAWKINS
    Twitter: @BrianLHawkins
    Instagram: @brianhawkinswrites
    Website: brianhawkinswrites.com

     

    Release Date: June 8, 2022

    Run Time: 1:20:54
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    Eddie DeAngelini

    Episode Number: 68

    David and Rylend chat with comic shop owner/cartoonist Eddie DeAngelini (THE COLLECTORS) about the power of Kickstarter and the ever-mutating comic retailer landscape… and the pod evolves (or devolves), eventually, into a cutting disquisition on responsible and affecting film scoring. 

    Episode download: TWB068.mp3

     

    EDDIE DEANGELINI
    Twitter: @DeangeliniEddie
    Instagram: @collectorscomic
    Website: https://collectorscomic.com

    LINK TO THE COLLECTORS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN: collectorsonkickstarter.com

     

    Release Date: June 1, 2022

    Run Time: 1:16:46
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    Shelly Bond

    Episode Number: 67

    David and Rylend chat with Hall of Fame editor Shelly Bond about her past at Vertigo and Black Crown and her present running revolutionary Kickstarter campaigns and teaching classes to inspire the next wave of great comic creators… and the broadcast is interrupted briefly when the kindly Armenian Grandmother living next door to David brings over some freshly baked nazook.

    Episode download: TWB067.mp3

     

    SHELLY BOND
    Twitter: @sxbond
    Instagram: @sxbondimprimatur
    Website: offregister.press

     

    Release Date: May 25, 2022

    Run Time: 1:29:01
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    Don Walker

    Episode Number: 66

    David and Rylend do a process deep dive with comic creator Don Walker (AGENT WILD and REAPER CORPS)… and then they get matching, wildly-inappropriate tattoos to celebrate the podcast’s Communicator Awards victory.

    Episode download: TWB066.mp3

     

    DON WALKER
    Instagram: @don_spaceknight
    Website: https://dorkempireink.bigcartel.com

     

    Release Date: May 18, 2022

    Run Time: 1:14:16
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    Soulstream’s Saida Woolf

    Episode Number: 65

    David and Rylend sit down with 18-year-old wunderkind Saida Woolf, who started writing and drawing Scout Comics’ SOULSTREAM when she was just 15. Many Doogie Howser jokes are made and Rylend and David remember what they were like at 15… slamming Jolt Cola and burning G.I. Joe figures in Rylend’s case… debating which suit to wear to meet Mr. Chekov at the Mall in David’s case. 

    Episode download: TWB065.mp3

     

    SAIDA WOOLF
    Twitter: @saidawoolf
    Instagram: @saidawoolf/@soulstreamcomic
    Website: saidawoolf.com

    Release Date: May 11, 2022

    Run Time: 1:12:54
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    First Book Stories with Adam Rose

    Episode Number: 64

    David and Rylend sit down with Adam Rose to talk the ins and outs of releasing his first book in comic shops (COROLLARY from Source Point Press)… and Rylend presents David with an exciting new business opportunity he enthusiastically describes as "decidedly NOT a pyramid scheme."

    Episode download: TWB064.mp3

     

    ADAM ROSE
    Twitter: @adamrose74
    Instagram: @shazamcap

    CHECK OUT ADAM AT GOLDEN APPLE COMICS ON MAY 7th: https://goldenapplecomics.com/pages/events

    CHECK OUT FA SHENG: ORIGINS ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theadept2/1281297143

     

    Release Date: May 4, 2022

    Run Time: 1:23:35
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    Jess Silvetti and Ethan Kogan

    Episode Number: 63

    David and Rylend sit down with accomplished filmmakers Jess Silvetti and Ethan Kogan to talk about their first foray into comics, SHOCKHEADED PETER (available now via Kickstarter)… and Ethan and Rylend - who’ve known each other for 20+ years - swap stories about the INSANE 45-minute-long musical they filmed while in college. 

    Episode download: TWB063.mp3

     

    JESS SILVETTI
    Twitter: @Jesilvetti
    Instagram: @jess_silvetti
    Website: www.jessicasilvetti.com

    ETHAN KOGAN
    Twitter: @EBKfromLA
    Instagram: @EBKfromLA

    CHECK OUT THE SHOCKHEADED PETER KICKSTARTER: shockheadedpetercomic.com

    Release Date: March 30, 2022

    Run Time: 1:17:21
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    Christie Shinn and Don Nguyen

    Episode Number: 62

    A catch up session with old friends Christie Shinn (DEMON BITCH) and Don Nguyen (PABLO THE GORILLA) morphs slowly-but-surely into a very serious, poignant, and often quite hilarious chat about representation, censorship, and other hot buttons… and also Klingons, Battlestar, and Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone movies.

    Episode download: TWB062.mp3

    CHRISTIE SHINN
    Twitter: @HoraToraStudios
    Instagram: @HoraToraStudios
    Website: https://linktr.ee/HoraToraStudios

    CHECK OUT THE DEMOMN BITCH KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/horatorastudios/demon-bitch-you-all-suck
    SUPPORT DEMON BITCH AND OTHER STUPID THINGS: www.Patreon.com/HoraToraStudios
    WHERE TO FOLLOW DEMON BITCH: Demon B!tch

     

    DON NGUYEN
    Twitter: @nguyeningit
    Instagram: @nguyeningit
    Website: NguyeningIt.com

     

    Release Date: March 23, 2022

    Run Time: 1:40:09
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    Karate’s Bad Boy Sean Kanan

    Episode Number: 61

    David and Rylend talk with Emmy-winning writer/producer (STUDIO CITY) Sean Kanan about his journey from actor to best-selling author. Rylend gleefully turns the last 15 minutes of the broadcast into an enthusiastic Karate Kid III deep dive (Kanan played the film’s villain) and he and Sean strike a deal to pitch a Mike Barnes Cobra Kai comic at IDW.

    Episode download: TWB061.mp3

     

    SEAN KANAN
    Twitter: @seankanan
    Instagram: @sean.kanan

    CHECK OUT SEAN’S NEW BOOK “WAY OF THE COBRA”: WayOfTheCobra.com

     

    Release Date: March 16, 2022

    Run Time: 1:00:54
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    Skylar Patridge and Rich Douek

    Episode Number: 60

    David and Rylend talk with Wonder Woman: Trial of the Amazons artist Skylar Patridge and Superman/Wastelanders: Star-Lord writer Rich Douek about making the jump from indie books to Marvel/DC… and Rylend goes on a Charlie Sheen-esque rant about all of the earthworms, gnarly gnarlingtons, and Vatican Assassin Warlocks jealous of his tendency to #win. 

    Episode download: TWB060.mp3

     

    SKYLAR PATRIDGE
    Twitter: @SkyePatridge
    Instagram: @SkyePatridge
    Website: skylarpatridge.com

     

    RICH DOUEK
    Twitter: @rdouek
    Instagram: @rdouek
    Website: rdouek.com

     

    Release Date: March 9, 2022

    Run Time: 1:34:45
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    David Booher

    Episode Number: 59

    Avallone and Rylend talk with writer David Booher (CANTO, KILLER QUEENS) about the gut wrenching leap of faith that is quitting your day job and committing to full time creative work. They also touch on pitching, meeting editors, and Rylend’s predilection with punching readers in the face.

    Episode download: TWB059.mp3

     

    DAVID M. BOOHER
    Twitter: @davidbooher
    Instagram: @davidmbooher
    Website: https://davidbooher.com

    Release Date: March 2, 2022

    Run Time: 1:31:49
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    Jason Inman

    Episode Number: 58

    David and Rylend talk with writer/podcaster Jason Inman about small screen Walking Dead, big screen Batman, and the unequivocal wonder that is AC/DC. Oh, yeah… and we also touch on Jason’s comic book - SUPER BEST FRIEND - available now via Kickstarter.

    CHECK OUT MY SUPER BEST FRIEND ON KICKSTARTER NOW: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jawiin/super-best-friend-1-2-a-superhero-adventure-comic

    Episode download: TWB058.mp3

    JASON INMAN
    Twitter: @jawiin
    Instagram: @jawiin
    Website: https://solo.to/jasoninman
    Geek History Lesson: https://www.geekhistorylesson.com

    Release Date: February 23, 2022

    Run Time: 53:14
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    PROJECT MK-ULTRA

    Episode Number: 57

    David and Rylend talk with cartoonist Stewart Kenneth Moore and writers Brandon Beckner and Scott Sampila about their Clover Press comic book PROJECT MK-ULTRA: SEX, DRUGS and THE CIA… and Avallone finally opens up about the decade he spent as an agency stooge, trading blue jeans and New Coke for state secrets in Moscow Metro stations.

    CHECK OUT MK ULTRA VIA THE CLOVER PRESS WEBSITE NOW: https://cloverpress.us/collections/newly-added/products/project-mk-ultra-sex-drugs-the-cia-vol-1

    Episode download: TWB057.mp3

    STEWART KENNETH MOORE
    Twitter: @opipop
    Instagram: @booda_von_boodstein
    Website: www.stewartkmoore.com

    BRANDON BECKNER
    Twitter: @parrotpoet1
    Instagram: @parrotpoet1
    Website: https://www.brandonbeckner.com

    SCOTT SAMPILA
    Instagram: @sampila
    Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1399100/

     

    Release Date: February 16, 2022

    Run Time: 1:24:26

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