VOC logo AMBER LOVE 03-FEB-2020 My work is supported by the generous backers at who appreciate my reviews and my stories; and they also get first access to what’s happening with my books and podcast. Download this episode of Vodka O’Clock on iTunes, Stitcher, or listen here. Older shows have been archived and are available only on Mario Candelaria

Making Comics:

Maria Candelaria has been making indie comics for years through great small press publishers like 215ink, Red Stylo Media, Grayhaven Comics, Alterna, Action Lab: Danger Zone, and others. To make up for lost time, Mario and I talked for a good 90 minutes about making comics and what’s going on the industry. Learn why we don’t use the word “aspiring” to describe our writing careers. Hillary Duff

Staying Healthy:

Both Mario and I agree that the key to good health is work/life balance. There are some scary tweets out there about people — usually artists — having to work for 16 hours a day or staying up all night to meet a deadline. First of all, writers, DON’T do this to your creative team. We’re talking about putting the penciller/inker, color artist, letterer, and production staff at DEFCON 1 in order to meet deadlines. Frankly, it’s a shitty thing to do. And Publishers, if you have to miss a deadline, it’s much better to apologize for a delay than to lead your under-insured teams into medical crises.   @jhickman tweet   Mental health and how abusers come back into the industry without apology — or technically, they don’t even disappear like a latent virus. On this we discussed Roc (now going by John) Upchurch, Eric Esquivel, and Eddie Berganza.

Comic Reading Recommendations:

  • Oblivion Song by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo de Felici (Image Comics)
  • Killadelphia by Jason Shawn Alexander and Rodney Barnes (Image Comics)
  • X-Men — Mario’s favorite long-running series and franchise.
  • Forgotten Home by Erica Schultz with artwork by Marika Cresta, coloring by Matt Emmons and Jackie Von Spanks, lettering by Cardinal Rae and Natasha Alterici covers.
  • On the Stump by Chuck Brown, Prenzy, and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • I Can Sell You a Body by Ryan Ferrier and George Kambadais (IDW)
Mario admits basically any story that relates to his hometown of Philadelphia will pique his interest.

Links: Twitter

Theme music:

“Between the Bookshelves” published by: Mike Genato Music, ASCAP (50%) and Freeplaynjj, ASCAP (50%)

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