Off Panel #108: War Secrets with Chip Zdarsky

On this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer/artist Chip Zdarsky joins the show to talk about the magic of comics and everything he’s up to. Zdarsky discusses the first comic that attracted him to the medium, the Warren Ellis forums, the Brimper community, how Sex Criminals changed his life, the cyclical nature of comics, why he decided to handle every aspect of Sex Criminals’ art, the human cost of creator-owned, expectations about him and his work because of his public persona, finding the right balance on Spider-Man, collaboration, his recent focus on writing, how much he had to change at Marvel, the unending serials, and a lot more.

You can find Zdarsky on Twitter, his website, and his work in Sex Criminals, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Kaptara, Howard the Duck, Star-Lord, and more.

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Header image is from Howard the Duck #1, art by Joe Quinones and Rico Renzi. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.