Justin Shady and Erik Rose Interview (The Roberts)

Justin Shady / Erik Rose Interview

This time we’re joined by Justin Shady and Erik Rose, the creative team behind The Roberts, to talk about the book, what projects they have in the works, and pretty much what it takes to come up with a story about serial killers in a retirement home.

Since this interview is about six times longer than our average ones, it’s a bigger piece to digest, but don’t let that detract you. Listen to the whole thing, all sixty-plus minutes of it, and get to know two of Image Comics’ latest rising stars.

The Breakdown

start – 6:42: Intro/Who’s Wayne Chinsang and how does he know Justin?/And how the guys got their respective starts: First Justin’s.
6:43 – 9:55: Then Eric’s backstory and where does Lloyd Kaufman fit into all of this?
9:56 – 17:26: What is The Roberts and how did the guys come up with it?
17:27 – 27:42: The overwhelming feedback for the book/ The overall tone of the book
27:43 – 38:32: Influences: From Garfield to Animals / The Roberts Theme Song and Musical
38:33 – 42:32: The secret behind the Jorge Garcia and the Richard Ramirez quotes
42:33 – 46:55: Serial killers in general
46:56 – 51:28: Justin’s earlier work: Heaven, LLC and Bad Ideas
51:29 – 53:54: Tales from Image Comics
53:55 – 56:37: Upcoming Convention News (Dallas*Con) and why you should consider painting a comic with human blood
56:38 – 1:03:56: Advice for the aspired / Mainstream stuff the guys might want to work on
1:03:57 – end: Wrap Up/Justin’s latest: Missing The Boat/ More upcomings from Erik/ Release Date of Issue 2 of The Roberts/ and The Good Goodbyes.

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