On this week’s episode of Off Panel, the co-creator, writer, and colorist of Image’s Lake of Fire – Nathan Fairbairn – joins the show to talk the book and his experience bringing it to life. Fairbairn discusses how and why he first got into comics, why he didn’t try and tackle more writing work for DC or Marvel, why he wanted to go creator-owned, the development of Lake of Fire, why faith was such an important part of the story for him, what made artist Matt Smith the right fit, why he didn’t release it as a graphic novel, long-tail success, the marketing/PR side of creator-owned, what he learned during the experience, and more.
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Header image is from the cover of Lake of Fire #3, art by Matt Smith and Fairbairn. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.