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 Nick Dragotta, co-creator of the apocalyptic western EAST OF WEST and the educational adventure comic HOWTOONS. Nick's passion is manga, particularly learning new storytelling techniques from artists like Tsutomu Nihei and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko.
In this episode, Nick talks about his path from kid to colorist to full-time artist on a hit comic like EAST OF WEST. We talk about leveling up as an artist, the trick to surviving with a creator-owned book, and measuring fan response against your own feelings. After, we dig deep into manga, Japanese comics, and what makes the storytelling in the best of them so compelling.
From EAST OF WEST #19, examined in detail here:
EAST OF WEST: THE APOCALYPSE, YEAR ONE is available now, a hardcover collecting the first fifteen issues of the series. EAST OF WEST continues as single issues and collected editions. EAST OF WEST #22 arrives 12/2.