Process Party – Episode 37 – Josh Bayer!

Crime Destroyer art by Das Pastoras


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This episode: Josh Bayer!

Please welcome Josh Bayer, the creator of Theth, Raw Power 1 & 2, editor of the Suspect Device anthologies, and Editor-In-Chief and co-creator of the new All-Time Comics line currently being distributed by Fantagraphics Books.

Bullwhip art by Ben Marra, Al Milgrom & Matt Rota, letters by Rick Parker

Josh came on the show in part to talk about the All Time Comics series he and his brother Sam have been working on in collaboration with both old and new talents like Noah Van Sciver, Al Milgrom, Benjamin Marra, Herb Trimpe, Rick Parker, Matt Rota & more! Unusually for a project affiliated with the Fantagraphics brand, the creators involved are expressly interested in working in the “bullpen method” of 70’s-90’s Marvel comics. We talk about how the project came together and why it was important for Josh and company to work in this way.

Josh’s own work

But it’s not all about ATC here – we get into Josh’s personal work, career path, teaching philosophies, and more! Plus: the return of the long lost Formative Works segment! We haven’t had one of those in a while! Agony, American Splendor, and Mark Grunewald’s Captain America are all discussed in detail.


BUT FIRST! A big infomercial! We’ve finally launched our super cool Process Party Patreon! If you enjoy the pod and want to help support us in what we do, now is your chance to kick in. There’s a few reward tiers available, including the low low $1/month, but if you subscribe at the $3/month level, you will get access to an exclusive Patreon-only weekly podcast feed! That’s a whole extra podcast for less than 1$/episode of the main feed!

If the main Process Party podcast is like being in the mix chatting with cartoonists at a convention party, Process Party: Real Talk is the afterparty, when the walls come down and the real talk, advice and gossip flow freely!  Every week we ask our guests to impart a little *extra* bit of wisdom, some nuts & bolts how-to info or philosophy, and of course a heavy dose of every cartoonist’s number one concern: GETTING PAID IN COMICS! These minisodes contain exclusive content not included in the regular podcast!

Our guests come from a variety of backgrounds and places in their careers, and they all have advice for you. From how to mentally balance comics and day-jobs, to nuts and bolts advice about turning comics panels into cold hard cash. Hear exclusive tidbits about the industry, insider stuff that’s 🔥 too hot🔥 to include in the public podcast, and more.


If you really love the pod, you can sign up for the $5/month level and get everything in the lower tiers, but we’ll also do one extra-special minisode a month where Mike & Zack will review the stuff they are reading or watching at the moment! What did they think of that one movie about the people or places? What cool old/new comics are they digging on this month? If you like the Teenaged Memedream episode, this tier is for you! This is a mainline fix of our patented “jibba-jabba.”

Our first Real Talk will feature words of wisdom from Tom Spurgeon, who’s epic interview is one of our favorites, and a favorite of listeners as well! Get in on the ground floor of the Process Party Patreon and make sure you don’t miss an episode of Real Talk!

Episode 37 – Josh Bayer! – We talk to the cartoonist of Theth & Raw Power (Retrofit) who is also the driving force behind All Time Comics (Fantagraphics), a wild and wooly throwback to the heady days of 1970-80’s mainstream comics made by some of the top talents in modern art comics. We get into the ATC books, Josh’s personal work, career path, teaching philosophies, and more! Plus: Josh gets down with a Formative Works segment! Agony, American Splendor, and Mark Grunewald’s Captain America are all discussed in detail. AND: We launched our Patreon! So we talk about that.



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