Off Panel #158: Vassalovka Propaganda with Greg Rucka

In this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Greg Rucka joins the show to talk Lazarus and its big format and schedule change. Rucka discusses why that change was necessary, the varying ways you can handle delays, how he figured out solutions, how it changes his job, artist Michael Lark’s subtle skills, the impact the format change will have, Eric Trautmann’s low-key MVP nature on the title, whether today’s market is more conducive to atypical comic approaches, balancing workloads, his relationships with characters from his past, the World Cup, and more.

You can find Rucka on Twitter and in his current Image Comics series Lazarus and Black Magick.

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Header image is from Lazarus #25, art by Lark. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.