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May 19, 2015 | 5:06 a.m.

Joe Casey breaks superhero mold with ‘Valhalla Mad’ and ‘Sex’

Joe Casey doesn’t remember a time when comic books weren’t in his life. A writer who has worked on some of the most popular characters in superhero comics, including Superman, the X-Men and the Avengers, Casey grew up as an unabashed fan of the medium, and the works of Jack Kirby were some of the very first books that caught his attention. During his trips to local drugstore spinner racks, Casey discovered Kirby’s work through random issues of “Eternals,” “Devil Dinosaur,” “Black Panther” and “Captain America and the Falcon,” and it made an impression that has significantly influenced Casey’s development as a comics creator. “[Kirby] was a bit out of fashion at that point, as I later learned, but … he was never not great, as far as I’m concerned,” Casey said. “Once I really dove into the medium — […]
Nov. 07, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: Writing group Man of Action recalls Disney movie roots

“Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s latest theatrical feature, is a classic superteam origin story. But what’s interesting is that the characters’ original creators function as a kind of superteam themselves. The writing collective known as Man of Action is credited on screen with the characters of “Big Hero 6,” but in reality the group consists of four individual writers: Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly. They have distinct points of view, but together they share everything: both the glory and the workload. “We have a very socialist business model,” says Seagle, who co-created the “Big Hero 6” characters with Rouleau for Marvel back in 1998. “It shocks and appalls a lot of people. At first we were all skeevy about it, whether that would work in Capitalist America, but it’s really panned out pretty well.” The […]
Sept. 26, 2014 | 10:59 a.m.

Steven T. Seagle returns to comic book superheroes for ‘Imperial’

Steven T. Seagle is getting back to basics for his new four-issue Image series “Imperial,” which follows an everyman named Mark who has been selected against all odds to pick up the crown and role of Earth’s superhero, Imperial. Both parties seem less than thrilled at this latest twist of fate. Mark’s got other things to worry about, like his upcoming wedding. And Imperial isn’t impressed with Mark at all. Seagle, who will appear at the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend with his writing collective, Man of Action — a quartet that also includes Duncan Rouleau, Joe Kelly and Joe Casey, recently chatted with Hero Complex about his aims with “Imperial.” The series’ third issue will be released Oct. 8. Hero Complex: Your last few comic book projects have not been superhero stories. Were you itching to get back […]
Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.

Long Beach Comic Con lineup: Mignola, Man of Action among highlights

Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” will be among the featured programming at Long Beach Comic Con, which rolls into the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 27. In its sixth year, the convention will offer a range of panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year will be redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend. Contributors to our site will moderate the sessions in the auditorium on Sept. 27-28; what follows is a detailed look at the programming for the two days. Hope to see you there. Sept. 27 Adapting Comics for Media: Archie Comics chief creative officer and “Afterlife With Archie” writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be joined […]
July 21, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Sex’: Joe Casey talks salacious Image series, Comic-Con plans

Joe Casey is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. The long heralded scribe of such popular titles as “Uncanny X-Men” and “Adventures of Superman,” Casey began producing his own creator-owned work in 2001 at Image and made a name for himself as a writer unafraid to explore mature themes and taboo subjects. As of late, he’s been making waves with creations like “Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker,” about an all-too-realistic hero coming out of retirement, and “Bounce,” which stars a drug-using slacker-type, Jasper Jenkins, as the costumed protagonist. He’s also been busy with his work as a collaborator with the Man of Action collective of creators, which includes Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, who, as a team, created the wildly popular series “Ben 10,” and serve as producers and story editors on Disney XD’s  “Ultimate Spider-Man” […]
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