Author: Dave Gallaher

Mixing it Up: Drew Rausch

Mixing it Up: Drew Rausch

Welcome to Mixing it Up where breakout creators create things, break things, and hang out. Every week, David Gallaher experiences the world beyond comics to discuss the influences, hobbies, and thoughts of your favorite artists and writers. This week, David heads to Baltimore for a quick visit to the grave of Edgar Allan Poe and for drinks at the Inner Harbor with Sullengrey creator and Cthulhu Tales artist, Drew Rausch.

Baltimore gets deceptively chilly during October. Of course, not all the chills come from the strong breeze blowing over Chesapeake Bay … no, this is a chill that tingles your spine … and it’s a chill made real when you visit the grave of Edgar Allan Poe with Drew Rausch.

Drew is used to the chill though. He spends his days drawing all the things that go bump in the night. And, on a day like today, he’s already talking about ways to make the setting even more creepy.

"All we need now is a soundtrack. Something to make this a little more epic. Something from an Italian horror film would do nicely about now. Fulci? Or, maybe Dario Argento?"

With his hair buoyed by the chill of Charm City, Drew’s appearance would bring to mind the appearance of Cure frontman, Robert Smith, or perhaps Edward Scissorhands. And, while some are quick to label his work as gothic, it is a label Rausch rejects.

"I was never much into labeling. It’s just something the powers that be do to try and reach what they feel is the appropriate audience. For what I do, it’s art. Some will like it, others won’t. I try to incorporate a wide variety of influences from the spooky to the mundane. Granted, my everyday occasionally involves giant tentacles and flesh eating zombies."

"When we released the first mini series of Sullengrey, we were pigeon-holed into the whole spooky comic section of the comic store, which may have not been the best marketing, in my opinion. If you weren’t a fan of say Johnny the Homicidal Maniac or Lenore, you may have passed us by. But, we’ve been able to reach a broad audience through conventions just by people coming up and taking a peek at the trade."

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Mixing it Up: Johnny Zito and Tony Trov

Mixing it Up: Johnny Zito and Tony Trov

Welcome to Mixing it Up where breakout creators create things, break things, and hang out. Every week, David Gallaher experiences the world beyond comics to discuss the influences, hobbies, and thoughts of your favorite artists and writers. This week, David heads to Philadelphia for the Zombie Prom with Black Cherry Bombshells creators, Johnny Zito and Tony Trov.
 
In torrential rain, this intrepid writer ventured boldly to the City of Brotherly Love, where he met up with Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, the ever-eclectic writers behind the apocalyptic zombie webcomic, Black Cherry Bombshells . Decked out in the finest horror make-up, the duo was prepared to show their dates the night of their unlives at the Zombie Prom.
 
"Of course, it would rain on Zombie Prom. It rained on zombie homecoming and zombie spring fling too. Man, what is up with this school, it’s like the zombie seniors are cursed," Johnny Zito quips.
 
"This is our first year at Zombie Prom, but we did the Zombie Pub Crawl on Easter last year," Tony Trov adds.
 
The two start playing off of each other like an expertly crafted comedy duo. Even in zombie make-up, it’s the kind of synergy that is refreshing in this day and age. 
 
Zito flashes a ghoulish smile, "In the Spring, we weren’t prepared for how serious people take their zombie make up."
 
Trov nods in agreement, "Yeah, I made a conscious decision then and there that I would be a master of latex in time for prom. This stuff is an old family recipe: Toilet paper, corn flakes and modge podge. Repeat."
 
"My purple velvet tux and Tony’s plaid suit are on the cheap from Philadelphia Aides Thrift. On 5th just off South Street," Zito notes, concluding the pre-prom activities.

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