“Pants Optional” is a new Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community and get the low-down from the waist up! It’s a way to see/hear what creators have been doing during a quarantine, projects which may be in motion during this downtime, and noteworthy events and happenings taking place in lieu of conventions, appearances, and the weekly NCBD grind.
For Episode XI, I spoke with George Hage. George is the lead singer & guitarist for the band Jack the Radio. He is also the creator of the anthology JACK THE RADIO: Creatures, which debuted this summer from A Wave Blue World. The book is actually partnered with an album released by the band, also entitled Creatures. Hage made it a point for the titles of the track listings are the same as the titles for each chapter in the anthology. The music acts as a companion for an immersive, dual-media experience that’s pretty frickin’ sweet!
Take a look at the synopsis, preview pages, creators attached to the project, and the trailer for George’s country-fried, sci-fi collection of short stories!
56 Pages, Full Color
The Intergalactic Premiere! This anthology is a collection of cosmic-country-fried sci-fi short stories cataloging the adventures of the ever resilient character, Jack the Radio, based on the band Jack the Radio’s new album Creatures to release this June. The book includes comics and pinups from artists from around the world.
Creators involved with the anthology:
PopCultHQ had the privilege in chatting with George about his anthology, the companion LP from his band, and about working with A Wave Blue World.
Special thanks to George Hage for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to follow George, Jack the Radio, and A Wave Blue World online (links below).
Be sure to snag yourself a copy of the JACK THE RADIO: Creatures anthology, as well as the “Creatures” album from Jack the Radio, for the full, immersive experience in blending original music and visual storytelling!
Here’s a look at the trailer for JACK THE RADIO: Creatures:
If you are an industry professional and are interested in being featured in our “Pants Optional” segment, drop me a line at email@example.com and let’s see what we can put together!
Writer – George Hage
Jack the Radio
Publisher – A Wave Blue World
Founded in 2005 by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner, A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with the rally cry, “Making Stories Matter.” AWBW connects people through storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. By using comics and graphic novels as a medium for change, A Wave Blue World imagines a better world and builds a brighter future as seen in The New York Times highlighted anthology, All We Ever Wanted.