Off Panel #454: Merrily We Roll Along with James Tynion IV

Writer James Tynion IV joins the show to talk about his busy dance card of late on books like The Department of Truth and The Nice House by the Sea. Tynion discusses Stephen Sondheim’s influence, learning from other creators, finding power in old forms, how adaptations shift his view of his work, balancing everything, what exactly the new Tiny Onion is, maintaining momentum, the importance of availability, w0rldtr33’s surprises, the new direction in The Nice House by the Sea, what he learned from his recent Kickstarter, crowdfunding’s power, how far his plans go out, and more.

You can find Tynion on Instagram and his work in Something is Killing the Children, w0rldtr33, The Department of Truth, The Deviant, Spectregraph, Blue Book, and the upcoming The Nice House by the Sea.

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Big thanks to Deanna Chapman for stepping in to edit this episode. If it sounds better than usual, it’s because of her.

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Thanks to the sponsor of this week’s podcast: Zoop! The upcoming slate at the crowdfunding platform includes a special project for the 20th Anniversary of the Eisner Nominated Hack/Slash, which is the first ever Zoop Games project, as they are transforming the comic into a deckbuilding card game. If you’re a fan of comics, horror, or tabletop games, don’t miss out! June is also headlined by the legendary Jim Starlin and the release of an omnibus for his classic series, Breed, as well as Babylon 5’s Claudia Christian new release, “Dark Legacies.” Also, if you ever wanted to own a piece of Zoop, now you can! They are wrapping up an equity crowdfunding campaign where your contribution earns you shares in the company, as well as other perks! For creators looking to crowdfund your project, or have your books for sale in Zoop’s brand new e-commerce marketplace, e-mail them at to learn more!

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Header photo is from Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Jordie Bellaire’s art from The Nice House by the Sea. Artists unfortunately unknown. Off Panel’s opening theme music is Vulfpeck’s “Outro,” used with permission from the band (and thanks from 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!