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The i Word: Sloane Leong on From Under Mountains & People of Color in Fiction [Podcast]

Welcome to The i Word, the official podcast of Image Comics, hosted by David Brothers. In creator-owned comics, the creator is the real star, and the goal of the podcast is to not just talk comics with one creator at a time, but to give you a chance to see what influences them, too. For the first half of the show, we'll talk about their comics work. We'll discuss their process, collaborators, upcoming work, and other things related to their books. After that's done, we'll switch gears and talk about something they're passionate about, be it sports, video games, movies, or obscure b-sides from an ultra-specific microgenre of music. My guest this week is Sloane Leong, co-creator of FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS with Marian Churchland and Claire Gibson.



This episode is focused on Leong's work with Churchland and Gibson on FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS. In this all-new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate. At the center of the series are three people—a knight, a thief, and royalty—who will be forced to confront this conflict in a variety of ways. Leong took her inspiration for the look of the series from a variety of cultures, and works closely with the co-writing team of Churchland and Gibson to create a fantasy story that is a breath of fresh air. We close the show with a discussion of Sloane's interest in exploring the movies, books, and music created specifically by people of color, particularly those of Polynesian descent or focus.

FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #1 is on-sale now. FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #2 releases 10/28.


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