Off Panel #374: The Gentle Bus with Chip Zdarsky
Writer and cartoonist Chip Zdarsky joins Off Panel this week to chat about his vast slate of current projects. Zdarsky discusses his Substack’s impact on his promotional approach, the origins of Public Domain, the idea of genres, tackling creator rights…while working for DC and Marvel, blending character and story, getting back to drawing an ongoing series, the power of no, his newsletter, the difference between Batman and Daredevil, finding his own stories with them, Daredevil’s isolated nature, his artistic collaborators, what the future looks like, and more.
You can find Zdarsky on Substack and his work in Public Domain, Batman, Daredevil, Stillwater, Newburn, and The All-Nighter.
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Header art is from Zdarsky’s cover for Public Domain #4. 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!