David Schrader and Clay Adams come on Episode 99 of the Hall H Show to talk about their cinematic horror comic anthology, Nightmare Theater! This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Spotify. The Hall H Show is hosted by Aaron Nabus and Alex Benedicto and is the “Voice of Independent Creators.”
Like a ghost, David Schrader has continued to haunt our show as a multiple guest. We last had him on episode 92 with Peter Murrieta where they talked about their comic book, Rafael Garcia: Henchman.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting that David has appeared again, this time with Clay Adams to talk to host, Aaron Nabus, about their cinematic horror comic anthology, Nightmare Theater, which is currently available on Kickstarter until Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Welcome to the show, David and Clay!
A Few of the Topics Discussed:
- Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Clay was attracted to the Batman TV show and Superfriends (which eventually led him to super hero comic books like Batman: Year One and then to horror comics books like Hellblazer and Swamp Thing). He became a fan of slasher movies such as Psycho and Child’s Play.
- David’s introduction into the horror genre (through the TV show, Salem’s Lot – which terrified him).
- Clay’s creative journey:
- Comic book creator: Co-founder of Fried Comics and creator of the comic books, Dead Skins and Red X-Mas.
- Actor: Booked his first acting gig at 8 years old, did commercials while in high school. He also had re-occuring role on the soap operas, One Life to Live, All My Children, and As the World Turns!
- Voice actor: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon cartoons.
- While on the set of As the World Turns, Clay was asked by one of the actresses to audition for the lead in a horror film called Bloodline. Bloodline, released by Lionsgate, was where he first met David Schrader, who was the movie’s co-writer, co-producer, and co-director.
- Orlando Arocena’s incredible vector art cover for the Nightmare Theater anthology. David has asked Orlando to do a cover for some of his other comic books (Baby Badass and Rafael Garcia: Henchman).
- How David and Clay were able to stay organized while tackling a 225 page anthology and over 35 creative teams.
- Not only did David and Clay project manage the anthology, but they both co-wrote a story for it called Knightmare (an homage to 1980’s slasher films) and features art by Ismael Canales. They describe Ismael’s art work for this story as reminiscent of the late 1980’s style of George Perez.
- Some helpful tips that allow both David and Clay to be disciplined and productive.
- Clay likes to consistently work on something a little bit every day since he feels that breaking up something into smaller, more manageable steps will help it seem less overwhelming and give you a better chance of finishing it.
- David finds that taking time out for self-care helps him stay on track.
About Nightmare Theater:
Synopsis (from the Kickstarter page):
Nightmare Theater is a 225+ page trade paperback anthology collecting horror stories by some of the biggest names in indie comics. Over thirty-five incredible comic teams bring you frightful tales steeped in all manner of morbid mayhem. Creators include David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, The O.Z.), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Let’s All Die!) Jessica Maison (Plastic Girl), Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Dave Dwonch (Prom of the Dead), Newton Lilavois (Crescent City Monsters), Karla Nappi (Duplicant), Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus), David Avallone (Drawing Blood, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter), Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), Don Nguyen (Pablo the Gorilla), James Powell (House of Fear), Kayden Phoenix (Jalisco), Peter Murrieta (Rafael Garcia: Henchman), Tony Fabro (Three Panel Crimes), M.L. Miller (Gravetrancers), Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), Steven Prince (Monster Matador) and artists like Mick Beyers, Fabio Alves, Silvia Califano, Gian Carlo Bernal, Kyle Roberts, Leeahd Goldberg, Orlando “Mexifunk” Arocena, Carlos Granda, and Sorah Suhng…and many, many more!
Check Out a Few of the Cool Covers:
Thunder Round Questions:
- Describe your perfect hamburger.
- In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
- You’re going on a long road trip…what songs would you put on your playlist?
- Do you believe that garlic actually works at warding off vampires?
- What’s one thing your fans would be surprised to know about you?
- If Freddie from Nightmare on Elm Street invaded your sleep…what kind of nightmares would he torment you with?
- What would you do with one million dollars? How about $100?
- In the promo video for your Kickstarter campaign, you did a homage to horror film legend, Vincent Price. If we connected with him by performing a seance, what would you ask him?
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Thank you so much for tuning into the Hall H Show podcast, where we love showcasing independent comic book creators like David Schrader and Clay Adams. Please check out the Nightmare Theater Kickstarter campaign which ends on November 19, 2020. Hopefully, you’ll be able to crack open its spine and read it sometime in June of 2021.
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