Word Balloon Podcast A Tribute To Al Williamson With Mark Schultz and Steve Bryant

Today's Word balloon podcast was going to feature an interview with Mark Schultz recorded last Thursday, talking about his current projects , like writing The Spirit for DC with art by Moritat. Their three issue run ends this week.

We also talk about his work, as the 3rd writer in comics history to pen the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip for King Features, with artist Gary Gianni, and the storied history of the Hal Foster comic. Schultz also discusses future work like his upcoming Storms At Sea illustrated novel, and a new collected edition of Mark's Xenozoic Tales

Then we learned of the death of artist Al Williamson Sunday.  Schultz was good friends with Al and his wife Cori, and a frequent collaborator with Williamson on books for Dark Horse, Epic and Marvel Comics.

The good news is that Mark and I spent part of conversation talking about Al’s seminal work on Flash Gordon. Last Year Mark wrote an essay for the Flesk publication collection Al Williamson's Flash Gordon, which collected 90% of the artist's work on the character.

In addition I wanted another guest to talk about more of Willaimson’s incredible art, so I roped Athena Voltaire creator Steve Bryant into a short interview about Al, and a discussion of forgotten collections of Williamson stories.

The result? A history lesson on Williamson, The past present and future of newspaper comic strips, and the current works of Mark Schultz., all part of today's Word Balloon podcast.

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  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Perfect lineup! Can’t wait to listen to this one! 

    Thanks for doing this one, John.  

  2. Learn more about legendary comics artist Al Williamson in <a href=http://www.mrmedia.com/2009/10/mark-schultz-al-williamsons-flash.html>this Mr. Media interview with his friend and artist Mark Schultz</a>, in which he discusses the book <I>Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic</I>.

  3. Have Mark Schultz back for more discussions if possible.