KC artist Kevin Mellon featured on Attack of the Show

Comic book artist Kevin Mellon was featured on tonight’s episode of Attack of the Show on the G4 cable channel along with former Kansas City resident and G4 on-air personality Blair Butler.

Mellon and Butler are the creators of the upcoming Image Comics mini-series Heart, which made a sneak preview debut at New York Comic Con this past weekend.

The segment featuring Mellon and Butler starts at about the 3:00 mark.

Steve Lightle visits the Legion of Substitute Podcasters

Steve Lightle
Steve Lightle (Click to Enlarge)

Kansas City comic book creator Steve Lightle recently appeared on the Legion of Substitute Podcasters podcast. As you might imagine, the conversation focused on Lightle’s run as artist on the Legion of Super-Heroes titles in the 1980s.

Lightle spoke with podcast hosts Paul French, Darren Nowell, Matt Kramer, and Scott Coles in a conversation that ran nearly three hours.

The conversation starts with Lightle’s earliest days as a professional comic book artist, including his assignment to Legion, then one of DC’s top-selling titles. Lightle shares the story of how DC transitioned him onto the book as Keith Giffen left the series. The publisher continued to credit Giffen as the layout artist for three issues, even though Giffen’s input gradually declined to the point that his contribution to the third issue was answering a single question.

Lightle also reveals the back-story behind the creation of Legionaires Tellus and Quislet, the first non-humanoid team members. “It bothered me that everyone looked like they were Young Republicans,” Lightle said.

Lightle has recently returned to drawing the Legion of Super-Heroes, contributing an alternate cover for an issue of IDW’s upcoming Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover series.

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Many of Kansas City’s comics creators have made the journey to this weekend’s New York Comic Con, including Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Nathan Fox, Erik Lundy, Kevin Mellon, B. Clay Moore, Andrews McMeel Publishing marketing guru Amy Worley.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1
Wolverine and the X-Men is written by Kansas City's Jason Aaron. (Click to enlarge)
Elite Comics has added a signing by Jason Aaron to the schedule for the Elite Comics Halloween Bash II planned for October 29th.  Aaron’s latest Marvel series are scheduled to debut that week. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 and Incredible Hulk #1 are among the most anticipated new Marvel series of the fall.

Comics writer and novelist Alex Grecian was in New York City earlier in the week meeting with the publishers of his upcoming novel The Yard. “Had a terrific meeting at the Penguin offices yesterday. The Yard is getting much TLC,” Grecian tweeted.

Brian Fyffe has a new full-color edition of Zombie Chuck. On Thursday Fyffe tweeted, “Full color Zombie Chuck is now in-hand. I’ll put them up on the site tonight or tomorrow.”

Nathan Fox is lending his talents to the new arc of Todd McFarlane’s Haunt. Bleeding Cool has a peek at the ashcan preview of Fox’s work on the series that was distributed at New York Comic Con this weekend.

Cartoonists Cathy Guisewite and Kansas City’s Bill Amend were featured in a video by Tom Gammill for this year’s Reuben Award ceremony.