|12-15-2004, 10:10 PM||#1|
"Mind Over Matter"
Join Date: Aug 2002
I know a lot of you out there read NIGHTMARE WORLD and stop by this forum to "peep the scene" and occassionally post sassy comments, but how about we all get to know each other a little better, eh?
I mean, look at it from my point of view: I see the hit-counter rising and rising day after day and month after month, and I talk to all of you every week, but I don't really know who a lot of you are.
So how about some introductions?
I'm sure you all know who I am, but just in case...
Name: Dirk Manning
Brief History: I've been an active member of www.GoldenGoatStudios.com since sneaking in through an open basement window on August 20, 2002. After finally realizing that I had no intentions of ever leaving, Head Goat #1 (of 2) Ray Dillon began to listen to my wild idea for a online serial anthology that could showcase my love of “EC Comics meets The Twilight Zone”-style horror as well as the artistic talents of the various up-and-coming Golden Goat Studios artists who were looking for short stories in which they could showcase their "mad skills" online to a global audience.
The result was, of course, NIGHTMARE WORLD, a continuing collection of self-contained stories all written by me and illustrated primarily by my Golden Goat brethren and sistas... many of whom I am now forunate enough to call good friends.
Along with writing NIGHTMARE WORLD I'm a freelance comicbook journalist and a Black Belt Tae Kwon Do instructor. Believe it.
Specifically on the comicbook business side of things, I've served as a Comic Reviews writer and/or Editor for such prestigious websites as www.aintitcoolnews.com, Grayhaven Magazine, www.ComicBookGalaxy.com, Zentertainment, and www.Mediasharx.com, among others, and I currently enjoys contributing random comics-related interviews and a regualrly updated column on writing titled "Write or Wrong" to www.Newsarama.com.
I've had reviews quoted by every major comic publisher on the shelves, and I hope to soon take NIGHTMARE WORLD to print through a publisher who shares all our vision of providing eager readers with a comic that offers mature-yet-all-ages-appropriate tales of terror. After all, a lot of us grew to love comics as a result reading some consistently high-quality horror anthologies, right? Well… at least I did, anyway.
All that aside, me and my peeps have some big plans for the NIGHTMARE WORLD “franchise”. Trust me -- the stories we're amassing on the website are just the beginning…
I currently live in parts unknown and am "living the dream" thanks to the dedication, love, and faith of all the talented artists who choose to join me on this crazy adventure of making good sequentially illustrated literature. If you enjoy reading NIGHTMARE WORLD, thank them for making it possible. I just write the stuff.
(Wow. Maybe that wasn't so brief after all. Sorry. :whistling )
Favorite Authors: Alan Moore, Ayn Rand, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, J. K. Rowling, and Harlan Ellison
Favorite Artists: Just about everyone at www.NightmareWorld.com. Seriously. I know that sounds like a butt-kissin' answer, but it's the truth!
Favorite Comics: Everything by Alan Moore as well as, more currently, THE WALKING DEAD (and a lot of the other stuff Kirkman writes), FABLES, PREACHER (and most of the other stuff Garth Ennis writes), 100 BULLETS, THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINTS, STRAY BULLETS (possibly the most criminally overlooked book on the market today -- simply *phenomenal*)
Favorite Bands: Almost anything involving Mike Patton that actually sounds like music, System of a Down, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes, Eminem, Broadzilla, Mad Season, and heavy/passionate-sounding bands with female lead singers
Favorite Movies: Anything by Quentin Tarintino, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid II, Pleasantville, Requiem for a Dream, 12 Monkeys, The Devil's Advocate, Friday the 13th: Part VII
First Comic: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #364 (written by Peter David)
An Interesting Fact About Me: I love reading comics on the toilet.
Naturally your introduction doesn't have to be as verbose as mine... but in all seriousness, we'd all like to get to know ya' a little better. After all, that's what the Internet is for, right?
OK... it's your turn. Go!
NIGHTMARE WORLD can now be read online at Image/Shadowline!!!
You can also find Dirk Manning on Facebook and Twitter
Last edited by Dirk Manning; 09-05-2007 at 04:28 PM. Reason: How could I forget Marilyn Manson and Eminem?!? or STRAY BULLETS?!?!?
|12-15-2004, 11:24 PM||#2|
Taker of Monkey Pants
Join Date: Mar 2002
Hey, Josh Ross here. Writer and artist of Put Some Pants On
I drink up all the Hennessy ya got on ya shelf
so just let me introduce myself…
My name is Humpty, pronounced with a Umpty.
Yo ladies, oh how I like to hump thee.
And all the rappers in the top ten--please allow me to bump thee…
Oh wait. Hold on there for a moment. Got a little carried away there…
Anyways. You thought Dirk's introduction was verbose… you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
The following is stolen from the archives of my own website…
“Josh’s family and friends knew he would be trouble from the start. It took almost thirteen years from the date of his birth - 2/15/77 - to find a creative outlet for his disturbed behavior consisting of beating upon his younger siblings and riding bikes and beating the neighborhood kids with sticks. Joshua had made plans as a youth to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and play pro baseball, (or Michael Jackson's barber- don't ask) but never managed to go anywhere with such a career path and took up BMX instead.
BMX brought forth many trophies, including 3rd place in the Grand Nationals, and sponsors following the career of a budding BMXer. Unfortunately, a father's untimely decision to move to a city with no track killed any chance of going pro. So, Joshua was stuck in a new city, with few friends and little creative output. A fan of popular kids products such as Transformers, M.a.s.k., and G.I.Joe, (he always had a penchant for war, massive destruction, and large guns) and had always carried a fondness of art and illustration. His grandmother used to break out her paints every time he visited and teach him the various techniques required to be an artist, most which went well over his head being something like five at the time, but planted the seeds of inspiration nevertheless.
So with little life a 10 year old boy began to spend most of his time locked in his room drawing. He drew everyday, but had little focus and desire except he liked cartoons and at that time wanted to be a cartoonist. The means for creating a real cartoon at such a young age was nigh impossible, so it wasn't until a fated day a couple years later that Joshua's life would make a change for the better. That creative outlet came from a couple of X-Men and Wolverine trade paperbacks he borrowed from his brother's friend. Inspired by the visual brutality (such as he'd watched in his favorite cartoons, but now magically drawn onto a sheet of paper) he began to produce his own comic books. His father soon caught onto such an idea and forced to child into slavery.
The father's plans produced two books, David and Goliath in '91, and Joseph in Egypt in '92. To say that neither were best sellers, let alone published cause they sucked, is an understatement. About a year later after another bout with insanity Joshua had a total breakdown and decided that complete and utter control was the only way to go. So, now he currently devotes all his energy and time into his own projects such as his new, "Put Some Pants On ", and tons of Nightmare World stuff with Dirk. Inspired and influenced by the works of creators like David Mack, Geof Darrow, Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, Dave Sim, Jhonen Vasquez, and Roman Dirge among countless others, Josh desires to mold his talents into a force destined to one day to rule the world with a fist of artistic domination.
Born in Kansas, raised in Texas, living in Pennsylvania, Joshua now resides in a fairly nice apartment with his brother, and a ferret named Brody, and occasionally talks to goats and donkeys. Please ignore their playful cries for help.”
Moving on: Taking cue from Dirk…
Favorite Authors: Dirk Manning (brownie points) Brian Michael Bendis, C.S. Lewis, HG Wells, Neil Gaiman, uhm, I don’t read novels all that much anymore, but I read a lot of autobiographies and history books. Stuff on theology, ancient Japan, and various stuff.
Favorite artists: Geof Darrow, Bryan Hitch, Adrian Tomine, Paul Pope, Mike Allred, John Romita Jr…
Favorite comics: Hellboy. Anything Hellboy. Currently B.p.r.d., Daredevil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ultimate Spider-man, Ex Machina, and then pretty much anything Geof Darrow does, and Frank Miller.
Favorite Bands: Man this list could go on forever. I have a pretty diverse and crazy taste in music. My friends say I’m too indy and elitist… I dunno. Anyways… a top 10ish list in no particular order. Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Tori Amos, Deathcab for Cutie, Mates of State, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Beastie Boys, Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliot, Chemical Brothers, Kool Keith, Pinback, Sonic Youth, any concept album by or with Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gorillaz) Marilyn Manson, Jay-Z, Tricky, right now I’ve been listening to a lot of old western Enio Moricone soundtracks… so yeah…
Movies: Favorite movie ever: City of Lost Children. This list could be just as bad, another random list of some of my favorites… Hellboy, Seven, Fight Club, Amelie, Seven Samurai, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Babe: Pig in the City, 12 Monkeys, Everything by studio Ghilbli: Princess Mononoke, Tanuki Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, ect.; Natural Born Killers, Ran, Farewell My Concubine, Tron, Vanilla Sky….
First Comic: I dunno… man, it was some old Marvel book or something, I remember reading Transformers and G.I.Joe and some Star Wars stuff. The first book I really remember buying was some crappy New Universe Codename: Spitfire book. But I didn’t decide that comics were my love until I read Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure by Mike Mignola when I was about 12. A light turned on and things haven’t been the same since.
So there you go, a full and comprehensive introduction of myself. Be afraid, and humored. And buy my book Put Some Pants On! Dammit!
Last edited by Dirk Manning; 09-05-2007 at 04:29 PM.
|12-16-2004, 08:20 AM||#3|
the funk of 40,000 years
Join Date: Apr 2003
I'll be more verbose when I wake up a little more, but I just had to chime in and say that
|12-16-2004, 07:48 PM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Name: Dana Remian
Brief History: I was born, I kicked around for a while, I drew pretty pictures, rocked the house, wrote some stuff, colored some junk, etc... you know the drill.
Favorite Authors: Alaistair Reynolds, Tim O'Brien, Hunter S. Thompson, Orson Scott Card, Clive Barker, Tennessee Williams.
Favorite Artists: Sam Kieth, Bachallo, the Red Star team, some of Udon's staff, Gustav Klimt, Mucha, Jim Lee.
Favorite Comics: Hopeless X-Fan (New, Uncanny, and Astonishing mostly, but the Cable-Deadpool book has been good, and Wolverine has its moments), Batman, Red Star has been pretty amazing when it actually comes out, The Maxx will always be a favorite, SteamPunk was cool.
Favorite Bands: Smashing Pumpkins, Weakerthans, Mastodon, Lamb of God, the Postal Service, Primus, JOHNNY CASH, Gillian Welch.
Favorite Movies: Fight Club, Pi, American Beauty, Lost in Translation, Kill Bill (especially part one), Amelie.
Favorite Shows: X-Files, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Simpsons, Dawson's Creek (yeah shut up!).
Favorite Games: Chrono Trigger, Megaman Zero, Final Fantasy (especially 6&8), Disgaea, Unreal Tournament
First Comic: Tough to say really, but the first ones I remember buying myself were X-Men #1 (2nd series), X-Force #1, and the Maxx #1.
An Interesting Fact About Me: I've majored in Multimedia Design, Computer Science, and English, but never spent more than a year studying any of em.
Last edited by HaphazardJoy; 12-18-2004 at 12:53 PM.
|12-16-2004, 08:33 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Real Name: Jon Dahl
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 165 Lbs
Shoe Size: 16
Located in: Salina, Kansas
Hobbies: Writing short stories, history, stalking people from a distance, drinking cheap beer, smoking Marlboro light cigarettes, and wasting my life away on DW.
Random Information: I once saw Aaron W. eat the most pizza I have ever seen one man ingest.
I, too, love Mike Patton.
|12-16-2004, 10:53 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: New York City
Name: Jim Reddington
Brief History: I was born.
I'm the guy who letters and creates logos for this stuff.
That's about it. Carry on with the Dirk Manning goodness.
Last edited by Dirk Manning; 09-05-2007 at 04:30 PM.
|12-17-2004, 09:26 AM||#8|
I always finish what I st
Join Date: Feb 2003
Brief History: Born in 1977 in Shreveport, LA. Was wrestling gators by age 3. As soon as I could pick up a pencil, no wall or test paper was safe.
Favorite Authors: Warren Ellis, B.M. Bendis, Mark Miller, Mike Mignola. I don't read many comics. I read mostly biographies and Christian apologetics books.
Favorite Artists: Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, John Cassaday, Art Adams, Lienil Yu, David Mack
Favorite Comics: Planetary, Planetary, and Planetary...Oh yeah Astonishing X-Men, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, HellBoy, Kabuki
Favorite Bands: Depeche Mode, Third Day, Stabbing Westward (even though their last CD sucked monkey balls), Tool, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Prodigy, Juno Reactor, Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold
Favorite Movies: The Matrix, Requiem for a Dream, Boogie Nights, Aliens, Iron Giant, Prince of Egypt, Akira, LOTR series, The Incredibles, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Rocky, Shawshank Redemption.
First Comic: I remember it vividly. It was Classic X-men #16. It had Wolverine and Vindicator on the front drawn by Art Adams. I still think that's a great cover.
Favorite Games: Tony Hawk 2,3, & 4, Ico, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid, GTA 3.
Favorite Sexual Position: Any.
Some (not very) Interesting Facts About Me: I once taught a cartooning class at a local college for a summer course for a whopping $25 an hour. Myself and a close friend self-published our own comic when we were 17. I won $1000 for a design that is featured on a city bus used here in Shreveport. Since having a son, "Cat's in the Cradle" makes me cry...YOU SHUT UP!! I'm a big tough guy!
Last edited by JeffW.; 12-17-2004 at 12:54 PM.
|12-18-2004, 12:16 AM||#9|
Stepping on Giants
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Name's David Miller and I've been binging on Nightmare world for the last Month or so. I love it.
I'm still waiting to see if he'll let me lay down some art for him.
Seems like I've come to the right place for kindred spirits. So on top of what you guys like here's my most recent addictions.
Favorite Book: Reading Steven King's Dark Tower book 5 - I've already bought 7 which calls to me in the night.
Favorite Artists: Silvestri, Mcfarlane, lee, Dillon, Cupullo, Frank Quietly, Mike Whalen, Gustave Dore (The Favorite) and I've been really digging my own stuff lately.
Favorite Comics: (currently) Nightmare world
Favorite Bands: Fiona Apple - When The Pawn, David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Danzig Six - Circle Of Snakes and The Muppets Christmas with John Denver (Go Figure). And I can sing all quite well, especially in the shower.
Favorite Movies: Been watching anything (cowboy) Clint Eastwood on TBS. Anything on History channel (usually while I draw)
First Comic: Walt Disney's The fox and the Hound - First one I actually read anyway. First time I ever read anything too I think.
Favorite Video Games: Thief - Deadly Shadows. I've been greedily eyeing the latest Prince of Persia though.
An Interesting Fact About Me: When I used to work at a comic shop (October Country - New Paltze NY) there was a cardboard cut out of (Simon Bizley's) Lobo taking a dump and reading a comic in the bathroom. Yup! Brings back memmories.
Thanks again Dirk!
Last edited by Dirk Manning; 09-05-2007 at 04:31 PM.
|12-18-2004, 10:25 AM||#10|
the funk of 40,000 years
Join Date: Apr 2003
I have alot of respect for what Dirk and Golden Goat are doing with Nightmare World- and it's even better that it's actually really great stuff!
But enough about Dirk and Co.
NAME: Stacie Ponder
BRIEF HISTORY: It took me a VERY long time to realize that comics are what I want to do. It had been hidden there all along, wayyyy in the back of my mind, and finally one day about 2 years ago I had one of those forehead-slapping moments and here I am. I'm trying to make my way as an inker, but in my secret laboratory I'm also working on my own stories where I handle all the chores. I hope to lay down some black on Nightmare World one of these days.
FIRST COMIC: Tomb of Dracula #69! I was about 8 or so. Bought it at a convenience store. The cover ("Cross of Fire- Cross of FEAR!") and several interior pages scared the CRAP outta me! I owe my love of comics and scary stuff to Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman. The entire Tomb of Dracula series is available in the Marvel Essentials line, so no one has any excuses!
FAVORITE COMICS: WALKING DEAD!, HELLBOY!, 100 Bullets, Gotham Central, the Goon, We3, any Loeb/Sale collaboration, X-Statix (I'm still mourning!)...I read a lot of older stuff, mostly. Just about any Marvel Essential volume, Alan Moore Swamp Thing, old X-Men. And I loves me some Batman.
FAV COMIC ARTISTS: MIKE MIGNOLA!, BERNIE WRIGHTSON!, Tony Moore, Jae Lee, Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Guy Davis, Eduardo Risso, Neal Adams, Gene Colan, Frank Quitely (although his faces have a strange, doughy look that makes me feel weird).
REGULAR OL' BOOKS + WRITERS: East of Eden, Franny + Zooey, 1984, The Corrections, The Executioner's Song, Stephen King, Carson McCullers, Shirley Jackson, John Steinbeck, Dostoevsky. I love non-fiction as well.
MOVIES: Annie Hall, Harold + Maude, Waiting For Guffman, Life is Beautiful, Requiem for a Dream, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Alien trilogy, and yes, Star Wars trilogy...I love bad action movies, like Roadhouse, Cobra, and China O'Brien. My favorite genre, above all, is horror. I love the good ones, I love the bad ones. I can find something appealing in the mediocre ones. Good: Romero's Dead trilogy, The Ring, Event Horizon, Black Christmas, Friday the 13th part IV, In the Mouth of Madness, Candyman, Halloween, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead (new). Good bad/ok ones: Wrong Turn, The Convent, Sleepaway Camp 2, Killer Workout...I'll stop now because I could talk about horror all day.
MUSIC: I like it all, pretty much, with the exception of contemporary country. I love Sleater-Kinney.
CURRENT OBSESSIONS: Super Mario Brothers, Columbo, coffee, the Spice Girls, Adrienne Barbeau, getting a scooter, Andy Kaufman, having time to drink beer.
How ya like me now?
Last edited by Dirk Manning; 09-05-2007 at 04:32 PM.
|12-18-2004, 05:13 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2004
NW is just getting better and better - but I can't deal with the suspense... I always wait till the last week and read it all in one go!
Name: James Cooke
Cartoons: I LOVE CARTOONS - and even take breaks from work to watch my faves... I was trying to narrow this down to a list of my best five, but I can't, so how about some sort of cronological order?
- Darkwing duck
- Rocco's Modern Life
- Ren and Stimpy
- Fairly Odd Parents
Games: Mario Kart, Sonic 2 and 3, Bubble bobble, SSX3, Tekken 1 and 2, Soul Calibre, Total Annihilation.
Film: La Haine, Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction, Taxi, Fight Club, This is Spinal Tap, ...all Monty Python..., Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Trainspotting, Day of the Jackal.
Last edited by JamesCooke; 06-13-2006 at 07:22 AM.
|12-21-2004, 11:29 PM||#12|
Golden Goat Studios
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Could someone else do mine for me? I'm too tired.
(Totally setting myself up here... ah, scrooge it.)
|01-06-2005, 02:54 AM||#13|
comfortably caving in
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Dead lifeboats in the sun
Oh what the heck..I'll jump in here too.
My name is Beth
Hmmm, well, I was born a really really long time ago and I have had time to do a really really lot of stuff. I've lived in Alaska for most of my life. I can hunt and fish with the best of them and I am a hell of a shot, but I don't like to kill things so I don't. Moose have eaten out of my hand and when I was 9 I was camping out behind my house when a bear tore the side off of my tent, I don't know what would have happened if the nieghbors dog hadent shown up. I love scary movies, well all movies really. I have met Smokey the Bear. I once got into a fist fight with a guy who tried to push me over the gaurd rail into the dark, I got my nose broke but in the end HE was the one who ran away.
My first comic was Casper the Friendly Ghost, but the minute Mom turned her back on me I found Tales from the Crypt and The Werewolf and Vampires..I have never looked back.
I love cartoons and always have. My favorites are Drawn Together, South Park, Fairley odd Parents and Family Guy.
I like puzzle games but mostly I'm a reader, Heavy metal, NightMare World, Mad magazine, oh yeah and Preacher and Route 666 and Bone and..........well I'm always checking out new stuff.
Oh, Sequential? Could you please hurry up and get to The Dark Tower 7? Theres a reason it calls to you and I have already read it and I don't have anyone to talk about it to and the end is just so (this last part deleted so as not to give anything away)!!!!
|01-06-2005, 02:58 AM||#14|
comfortably caving in
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Dead lifeboats in the sun
My name is Ray, I am a totally cool dude and I have a goat head.
|01-06-2005, 11:30 AM||#15|
Golden Goat Studios
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine