“Pants Optional” is PopCultHQ’s Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community. 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 XVII, we have a Kickstarter Spotlight Edition! I spoke with creators Clay Adams & David Schrader about their collaboration, which is currently live on Kickstarter. NIGHTMARE THEATER is a 225+ page trade paperback anthology collecting horror stories by some of the biggest names in indie comics.
Over thirty-five incredible comic teams bring you frightful tales steeped in all manner of morbid mayhem. Creators include David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, The O.Z.), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Let’s All Die!) Jessica Maison (Plastic Girl), Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Dave Dwonch (Prom of the Dead), Newton Lilavois (Crescent City Monsters), Karla Nappi (Duplicant), Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus), David Avallone (Drawing Blood, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter), Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), Don Nguyen (Pablo the Gorilla), James Powell (House of Fear), Kayden Phoenix (Jalisco), Peter Murrieta (Rafael Garcia: Henchman), Tony Fabro (Three Panel Crimes), M.L. Miller (Gravetrancers), Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), Steven Prince (Monster Matador) and artists like Mick Beyers, Fabio Alves, Silvia Califano, Gian Carlo Bernal, Kyle Roberts, Leeahd Goldberg, Orlando “Mexifunk” Arocena, Carlos Granda, and Sorah Suhng.
PopCultHQ had the privilege in sitting down with David & Clay about their campaign, the horror genre, and all things NIGHTMARE THEATER!
Special thanks to David Schrader & Clay Adams for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to follow David and Clay online (links below). And be sure to check out the NIGHTMARE THEATER – A Cinematic Horror Comic Anthology on Kickstarter, now through November 19th!
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Writer – David Schrader
Feature credits include the 90’s slacker comedy NoHo, the horror film Bloodline (Lionsgate), and the upcoming movie/deconstructed web series, Mary Tyler, Millennial. He has created a wide range of short subjects, such as the Spike Jonze-endorsed parody, Being Ozzy Osbourne (with Christy Stratton Mann), the L.A. Indie Film Festival Winner Come and Knock: The Other Ray Charles and many more.
Schrader’s first comic book work, Baby Badass, published by Action Lab Danger Zone in 2018, quickly became a cult hit, with Volume 2 set to be released in 2021. He is also the co-writer of Rafael Garcia: Henchman, which recently funded on Kickstarter.
Writer – Clay Adams
CLAY ADAMS has acted in two feature-length horror movies, BLOODLINE and THE SHADOW WALKERS, both released by LionsGate. When he’s not sitting in the makeup chair getting covered in gore, he co-writes Red Xmas from Scout Comics and is best known as a voice actor, with numerous credits including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward and several seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh. He also has funded and fulfilled eight projects on Kickstarter with FRIED Comics. His feature script, THE ECLIPSE, placed second in the horror category of the FADEIn Awards, and ELECTRIC YOUTH, co-written with Kyle Roberts, was recently featured in the LA Times. He has written and directed for television and holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.