In this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Garth Ennis joins the show to talk his love of war comics and his latest series from TKO Studios, Sara. Ennis discusses where his love of war stories came from, why they speak to him as a writer, fitting those types of tales into Marvel and DC, the importance of editorial allies, the origins of Sara, Russia’s secret police, the Eastern Front of World War II in fiction, how Sara thinks about war, the pacing and structure of the story, Steve Epting’s art, why he worked with TKO on this book, why he works with so many different publishers, the importance of realism in his stories, and more, before we close with another segment of Big Clutch’s Beast of the Week.
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Header image is from the cover of Sara #1, art by Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser. Intro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.