Comic Book Entrepreneur
This week we shine the spotlight on a young and talented entrepreneur who turned his passion into a business. New York artist, Ian Miller, is the co-owner of Triple Threat Comics and creator of the Codename Hunter comic series.
Miller began drawing comics at the age of seven. He was introduced to comic books by his godfather, who used them to help Ian with his reading.
Regarding his early reading Miller says,
“My favorite comic was Batman. Always Batman. Then I got into Superman comics, Green Lantern and The Flash.”
He fell in love with the art form and eventually earned a degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
He counts among his influences Bruce Timm (Batman: the Animated Series), Frank Miller, and Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of Shield). Sterankos’s take on the spy genre inspired Miller to pursue his own secret agent comic.
Last year, Miller released his first comic, Codename Hunter, through his indie comic company, Triple Threat Comics.
The sci-fi thriller follows the adventures of Sean Wade, an intergalactic spy charged with protecting the allied planets from internal and alien threats in the year 3039.
Issue one finds Wade pursuing an arms dealer who is selling more than just weapons.
Batman Meets Godzilla
Miller says that he was a fan of Adam West's Batman before he became a fan of Godzilla.
“I first saw Batman '66 when I saw the movie,” says Miller. “Then they started showing episodes of the TV Show on TV Land. I wanted to drive the Batmobile. I did get a chance to sit in the driver's seat but that was later in life. I saw the first Godzilla film on TV one night and never looked back.”
Miller is a regular at local comic conventions like Eternal Con and Wintercon. He loves meeting fans and drawing sketches. You can follow Miller on twitter or pick up the latest issue of Codename Hunter here.
Call Him Young Gun
This week we shine the Spotlight on a young artist we’ve come to love and appreciate, Josue Cubero.
Growing up in Costa Rica, Josue Cubero, loved drawing. As long as he can remember, he wanted to be an artist. He eventually set his sights on being a graphic designer.
But Cubero never considered a career in comics until he attended a local comic book convention. There he met Marvel comics artist and fellow Costa Rican, Dan Mora. Mora inspired Josue to try his hand at comics, leading to Cubero’s first comic series, Zyrk.
It wasn’t long before Cubero’s talent was recognized in Costa Rica and the comic conventions started inviting Josue as a guest artist himself.
Cubero is also an experienced writer, penning his own stories. In his upcoming book, Blackbird, Cubero delivers his own take on the urban crime fighter.
Blackbird features Cubero’s hyper-kinetic style.
Batman Meets Godzilla
Cubero’s Deviant Art page tells the story of an artist who is intimately familiar with American comic books. Thanks to his Grandfather, Josue was steeped in American culture as a chitold.
“My childhood, I spent a lot of time looking at those series that my Grandfather watched and he was very big fan [of the Batman TV series],” says Cubero.
Regarding the Batman Meets Godzilla project, the artist says, “This is my first project with this kind of team and idea. To bring back this idea of the crossover of Batman and Godzilla is amazing.”
For more of Cubero’s work, follow him on Twitter.
The Monster Mashup
Today we take a look behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla artist, the wise, the awe-inspiring, Stephen Schilling.
Schilling’s credits are as varied as they are unique. He has storyboarded for Jack Films, illustrated charity graphic novels, self-published his own graphic novel, and recently relaunched Red Panther for Lucky Comics.
Schilling counts John Byrne, Arthur Adams, George Perez, and Jack Kirby among his influences. But just one look at the artist’s Deviant Art page, and you know he is perfect for this project.
Schilling resides in Hollywood and can be seen at local conventions like Wondercon and Comic Fest where he sells art and performs commissions. He is currently working on the relaunch of Crom the Barbarian for Lucky Comics.
Schilling has a fondness for Mash-ups. In fact, he worked on his own version of the Batman-Godzilla mashup.
“Basically its a noir-ish take on Batman having to take out Godzilla because Clark is off planet. And he ends up getting assisted by a very surprise cameo,” says Schilling.
Batman Meets Godzilla
The artist also grew up on the Batman TV series.
“I loved the Batman TV show as a kid...and I have been a Godzilla fan since the 60s,” says Schilling. “My favorite Godzilla is the less humorous take. basically I like it all...but the Godzilla that speaks to me is Gojira and Shin Godzilla and anything with that kind of tone.”
When he’s not drawing, Schilling is teaching Shakespeare and Martial Arts. In fact, we like to think of Schilling as our own Batman. He holds 2 blacks-belts and practices Wing Chun, Bujinkan, Tai Chi, and Aikido. He has worked as a stunt fighter and choreographer, and knows his way around most weapons. Hello Batarang!
Schilling’s talents will be on full display when he kicks off the first four pages of issue one.
Project Batzilla is a group of fans dedicated to resurrecting the lost Batman Meets Godzilla movie.