[Video Interview] “Pants Optional” – Episode XII: Michael Calero of SBI Press

“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 XII, I spoke with Michael Calero. The Sacramento-based artist is the Publisher at Starburns Industries Press. The indie publisher, home of such titles as HELLICIOUS, ODDWELL, the COMIC COMICS anthology, and INVASION FROM PLANET WRESTLETOPIA, continues to deliver fun and expressive projects like their current crowdfunding campaign for RAFAEL GARCIA: Henchman #1. If you’re new to SBI Press, there’s no better time than now to check out their library of work. They are even hooking you up with FREE digital-firsts of their titles so you can find your new favorite comic book!

This past weekend, I had the privilege in chatting with Michael about Starburns Industries Press, their catalog of titles, their latest Kickstarter campaign, and more! Give it a look, give it a listen, and see all the things you may have been missing!

Special thanks to Michael Calero for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to follow Michael and Starburns Industries Press online (links below)!

If you are a comic book industry professional and are interested in being featured in our “Pants Optional” segment, drop me a line at tahoejbennett@popculthq.com and let’s see what we can put together!


Artist – Michael Calero

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Publisher – SBI Press

Founded by Simon Oré in 2017, Starburns Industries Press serves as a creator-focused independent publisher, bringing a unique blend of unusual art, high concepts, humor, and experimental storytelling to markets through books, comics, games, and even cassette tapes. Their debut efforts range from on-going comic book series like “Hellicious” and “Oddwell”, the musical graphic novels “Trent” , successful Kickstarter-based projects like “The Crawling King” and “Comics Comics” and a subscription-based cassette tape club on Kickstarter’s Drip featuring albums from comedians, wrestlers, rappers, writers, motivational speakers, and more.

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Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's chief editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. One with the Force. Browncoats Unite! So say we all! Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett

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