Off Panel #401: The Next Thing with Ram V

Writer Ram V returns to the show to talk about his approach to writing on titles like The Vigil, Detective Comics, and more. Ram discusses a sneak attack reveal, the Paris Fan Festival experience, balancing his workload, idea creation, his pursuit of the new, the idea of success, the origins of Rare Flavours, his Detective Comics run, Evan Cagle’s covers, the artists he works with, contrasting Batman stories, the hook of The Vigil, the value of the big swing, the appeal of DSTLRY, what has him most excited about comics, and more.

You can find Ram on Twitter and Instagram as well as his work in Detective Comics, The Vigil, and the upcoming Rare Flavours.

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Thanks to the sponsor of this week’s podcast: Zoop! May is lining up to be one of the biggest months ever for Zoop! It will feature campaign launches for the Stardust Anthology spearheaded by Van Jensen, Jason Copland’s powerhouse Full Tilt, Shaennon K. Garrity’s Skin Horse, Luciano Vecchio’s Sereno and an art book by the one and only Jorge Molina! Not only that, but you still have time to support Mark Nelson’s Thunder Hunters and rising superstar, Marco Fontanilli! Head to Zoop’s website to support the live campaigns and sign up for launch alerts for what’s next. Also, Zoop is taking submissions! So creators, reach out at to learn more!

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Header photo is from Evan Cagle’s cover to Detective Comics #1068. Off Panel’s opening theme music is Vulfpeck’s “Outro,” used with permission from the band (and thanks for me for them doing so!), with the rest of the music being 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!