Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Tony Harris Part 1

Show Notes

On this episode of Word Balloon  we begin a 2 part talk with artist Tony Harris. Tony and Brian K. Vaughn have just wrapped up their Wildstorm comic Ex Machina. We talk about what it’s like to live with drawing the same book month after month for a long period of time.

Tony also takes us through his comic career, from co-founding Gajin Studios, to hooking up with James Robinson  to do 40 issues of Starman . Tony fondly reflects on working with Starman editor Archie Goodwin, and how Goodwin’s adaptation of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back with artist Al Williamson was  responsible Tony’s first attempt at drawing comics.

We discuss Ex Machina, from Tony’s first discussions with Vaughn, and the early designs for The Great Machine’s costume, to the very last issue. Tony talks about the careful attention detail he put into designing the art to make their fictional New York feel right for the NYC locals.  He also discusses the life-like process of casting his friends at a local Christmas party to pose for modeling as the characters in Ex Machina. Tony would hand the Robinson script to his models and they would “act” out the poses like a stage play.

Next week in part 2, we discuss Tony’s attempts at getting a comics creators guild organized, and what’s in his future, now that Ex Machina has wrapped up?

Note: This interview took place before the DC Entertainment announcement of Wildstorm’s demise as an imprint. Attempts at a direct comment from Tony are still in process. 


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  1. Always love these.  Thanks, John.

  2. I love you john, you the man.

  3. Man, this was interesting. I’d love to be able to grab a beer with Tony and just shoot the breeze.

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