On this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer and editor Sebastian Girner joins the show to talk his new books, Shirtless Bear Fighter and Scales & Scoundrels. Girner discusses his path into writing after starting his career as an editor, how editing impacted his writing approach (and vice versa), the development of both of his new books, what they’re all about, the magic of Final Fantasy, what made telling an all-ages story something he wanted to do, how his writing approach depends on his collaborators, the influence of 80s action movies on Shirtless, Paolo Rivera’s incredible cover for Shirtless Bear Fighter #4, the SBF mobile game, why writing comics saved them for him, and more.
You can find Girner on Twitter and his work in the just released Shirtless Bear Fighter and the upcoming Scales & Scoundrels, both at Image Comics.
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Header image is from the cover of Scales & Scoundrels #1, art by Galaad. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.