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The i Word: Brian Schirmer on Black Jack Ketchum & Conan the Barbarian

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. This week, we're speaking to Brian Schirmer, a teacher and co-creator of BLACK JACK KETCHUM. Brian enjoys John Milius's Conan the Barbarian, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Brian co-creates BLACK JACK KETCHUM, a wrong-man weird western with its roots based in a family relation. On top of that, he greatly enjoys the classic film Conan the Barbarian, particularly the way it's a little deeper than it appears on the surface.

You can view the podcast on Libsyn, download the mp3 directly here, or subscribe to it on the iTunes store. If you enjoy the show, feel free to tell your friends or give us a review on iTunes!

BLACK JACK KETCHUM #1-4 are available now. The collected edition is on the way in June.


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