In this episode of Off Panel, cartoonist John Allison returns to the show to chat about Wicked Things and his favorite shows to shelter-in-place with. Allison discusses the origins of Wicked Things, the greatness of Lottie Grote, showboating versus reality, working with Max Sarin, finding his ceiling, learning what works for you and what doesn’t, world-building, detective stories, the potential end of the Bobbinsverse, and more, before we dive into John’s five self-quarantining TV recommendations that double as inspirations for him as a creator.
You can find Allison on Twitter, his website, and his work in Wicked Things and Steeple: The Silvery Moon.
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