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 Alex de Campi, co-creator of the brand-new comic NO MERCY with Carla Speed McNeil and Jenn Manley Lee. Alex's passion is movies, particularly the kind that lean violent, but provide a strong moral core, too.
In this episode, Alex talks about finding her voice in comics and the trick to fruitful comics collaborations. In the latter half of the episode, Alex digs deep into why violent films, particularly those of the '70s, often force you to recognize the humanity of their characters before ushering them off the screen in a spray of blood.