In this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Ram V joins the show to talk about his approach to writing, Swamp Thing, and the upcoming The Many Deaths of Laila Starr. Ram discusses his engineering background, how that affects his writing, being beholden to comics, curiosity, the impact of collaborators, why Swamp Thing stands out, freedom of story, how his Swamp Thing story came together, genres, the origins of Laila Starr, Filipe Andrade, the gods from the book, balancing workloads, and more.
You can find Ram on Twitter and his work in Swamp Thing, Catwoman, Justice League Dark, and the upcoming The Many Deaths of Laila Starr.
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Header art is from Filipe Andrade’s cover to The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1. Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!