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NYCC 2019 Interview: Richard P. Clark of Storm King Comics
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Interview Richard P. Clark of Storm King Comics

Storm King Comics was formed in 2012 by Sandy King Carpenter and husband, Horror Master John Carpenter. They’ve been behind majorly successful titles like Asylum 1 – 2 and the annual Tales for a HalloweeNight anthologies. In the last few years they started a new series of monthly anthologies called John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction. Twitch was one of the latest stories in the series and is now available in a paperback trade. Telling the story of an alien signal from outer space that is turning humankind into a collective hive-minded bunch of zombies, Twitch was written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Richard P. Clark and lettering by Janice Chiang. This past weekend at New York Comic-Com at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, I got a chance to sit down with artist Richard P. Clark to talk about Twitch, his creative process, and working for Storm King.

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NYCC 2018 Interview: ‘The Standoff’ Writer David J. Schow of Storm King Comics
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Storm King Comics David J. Schow interview

Booth 2304 at this year’s New York Comic-Con was once again occupied by the fine folks at Storm King Comics. Led by matriarch Sandy King Carpenter, they welcomed writers, artists, collaborators, and more. I was there to interview Mike Sizemore, who contributed an 8-issue story, Vortex, to the John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction comic book anthology. I was introduced to David J. Schow, writer of countless novels, short story collections as well as the noted screenwriter of The Crow and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part III. Schow is currently working with Storm King on The Standoff, the latest in the monthly Tales of Science Fiction line. See below for my interview with Schow.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex #6
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Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #6 review

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #6
Written by Mike Sizemore
Pencils and Inks by Dave Kennedy
Colors by Pete Kennedy
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
Cover Art by Tim Bradstreet
Storm King Comics
Release date: March 28, 2018
Price: $3.99

“Yes, and of some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep, even so, I will endure…” – Homer

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction, the monthly comic anthology series from Storm King Comics rolls on with issue #6 of Vortex. We left our cast of characters on a deep space mining colony where something killed most of the crew and a tentacled beast is loose. Meanwhile there are even more threats looming back on the Benson, a space station across space. No time to fuss around, this issue is all action from jump street.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex #4
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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #4 review

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #4
Written by Mike Sizemore
Pencils and Inks by Dave Kennedy
Colors by Pete Kennedy
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
Cover Art by Tim Bradstreet
Storm King Comics
Release date: January 31, 2018
Price: $3.99

“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there.” – Hughes Mearns

Another historic poetic verse puts in motion issue 4 of Vortex, the second story arc in John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction, a monthly anthology series from Storm King Comics. The verse opens Mearns’ 1899 poem “Antigonish” and has been referenced for everything from ghost stories to Lil Wayne rap songs. Here the “man who wasn’t there” could be the haunting presence on both the deep space mining colony and the Space Station Benson on the other side of the galaxy.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex #3
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John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #3 review

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #3
Written by Mike Sizemore
Pencils and Inks by Dave Kennedy
Colors by Pete Kennedy
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
Cover Art by Tim Bradstreet
Storm King Comics
Release date: January 3, 2018
Price: $3.99

Vortex is the second story from Storm King Comics’ new monthly anthology series, John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction, developed by the Horror Master himself with his wife and collaborator Sandy King Carpenter. Vortex is an 8-issue story harkening back to genre classics like Aliens, dealing with a mining station in space in which the crew disappears forcing Captain Jake Dixon and crew to lead the rescue mission. As is the tradition now, writer Mike Sizemore gives our introduction highlighted by a classical poet, this time William Blake: “In the universe there are things that are known and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex #2
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John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #2 review

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #2
Written by Mike Sizemore
Pencils and Inks by Dave Kennedy
Colors by Pete Kennedy
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
Cover Art by Tim Bradstreet
Storm King Comics
Release date: October 25, 2017
Price: $3.99

Vortex is the second story in Tales of Science Fiction, Storm King Comics’ new monthly anthology series developed by the Horror Master himself, John Carpenter, and his wife and collaborator Sandy King Carpenter. Vortex began last month bookended by quotes from Milton’s Paradise Lost, so obviously it’s a cheery story filled with pure happiness… okay, no. Borrowing from a classic sci-fi premise, Vortex tells of a mining station in space in which the crew disappears forcing Captain Jake Dixon and crew to lead the rescue mission through a rift in space. Vortex is an 8-part story, so writer Mike Sizemore took his time to give our main characters proper introductions and motivations. It’s time to re-enter the Vortex, with issue #2.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1
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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1
Written by Mike Sizemore
Pencils, Inks, and Colors by Dave Kennedy
Lettering by Dave Kennedy
Edited by Sandy King
Cover Art by Tim Bradstreet
Storm King Comics
Release date: October 25, 2017
Price: $3.99

Earlier this year, the Master of Horror John Carpenter and wife Sandy King Carpenter began a new venture with their comics label, Storm King Comics. The project is a monthly anthology series called Tales of Science Fiction. Over the Summer, they released the first story Vault, a 3-part space thriller written by James Ninness. As the seasons change and Halloween approaches, it’s time for a new journey to begin. Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex is written by Mike Sizemore based on a story by the first couple of horror themselves and Sandy King served as editor on the project. The first issue of the 8-part series debuts today.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Vault #3
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John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #3
Created & Written by James Ninness
Pencils & Inks by Andres Esparza
Colored by Sergio Martinez
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
Lettered by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
Published by Storm King Productions
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Price: $3.99

John Carpenter is known as The Master of Horror. His latest venture though brings him back to his roots; a monthly anthology series called Tales of Science Fiction. The series is under the Storm King Comics banner started by Carpenter and his wife Sandy King. The debut story arc is Vault by writer James Ninness with art from Andres Esparza and Sergio Martinez, and lettering by Janice Chiang. It opened with the crew of spaceship Gaia finding a mysterious alien vessel, Vault, and quickly discovering the ship is harboring some kind of alien menace. Soon, the crew is getting picked off and one crew member is going crazy. This week, the final installment of Vault hits stores, and the fate of the four remaining crew members will be decided.

Check out my review of Vault #3 below.

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