Friday, September 26, 2014

CK Radio Ep 6-7, and CKS News Updates.

Thank you Neil and Sarah for giving me topics for episodes 6 and 7 of Charisma Kills Radio!

Charisma Kills Radio Podcast Schedule 

This week: Episode 6: Transmedia (Episode and Link coming soon)
This is the subject that actually motivated me to go back to school for New Media and Animation. 

Lapingaroux: Liam Speaks. Spring 2014 New Media & Animation Class Project
© May 2014, Jessie W Craig

Next week: Episode 7: Comics Inspired by Dreams/Nightmares.
Like Transmedia, this is another subject I happen to be intimately acquainted with! My first webcomic, Sweet Dreams are Made of Worms was heavily inspired by at least 2 decades of reoccurring nightmares.

Except from Sweet Dreams are Made of Worms: Year of the Rabbit-2011
©Feb 2011 Jessie W Craig-Charisma Kills Studios.

If you are, or know of, a comic creator (including webcomics) that shares this connection to their work, e-mail me at I'd love to hear your story. And, if we can arrange it, maybe get a few of you fine folks on as guest for that show.

Charisma Kills Studios News

The Kenshin 1281 print comic gofundme project:
I am proud to announce that the CKS crowd funding project dedicated to printing our first comic has exceeded its goal! I will be personally be thanking everyone in the upcoming CKS Radio episodes. Since we didn't make it in time to use a PoD printer to get the comics in before CONtraflow, we are going to leave the gofundme open until the end of October. This will give folks at CONtraflow and the Halloween Comic Fest 2014 a chance to get in. 

From Now until the end of October, you can still become a backer for Kenshin 1281 at

For those that have already backed the project: Don't worry, The PDFs will be sent in for final print proofing next week. You will not have to wait until the end of October before the first run is sent to print.

Contraflow 4:
Last week I turned in the design for the CONtraflow 4 t-shirt. The colors for the design are being done by Mike Guerber. Since we will not have the Kenshin 1281comic by then, I'm planning to do a Mini-Ashcan comic. We'll be doing the printing and assembling of that in the studio and packaging them with CKS prints. Notice I said planning. I'm not sure if I'll have enough time. I still have to get my pieces for the art show ready and film a stop motion animation for class. Fingers crossed!

Don't forget to check the program schedule for panels. I lucked up and got scheduled to be on three with comics writer, and CK Radio Episode 2 guest, Kurt Amacker. 

You can get more info on CONtraflow 4 at 

Halloween Comic Fest 2014 at Magic Comics and Cards
On October 25th, we will be celebrating Halloween Comic Fest 2014 at Magic Comics and Cards in Slidell. This is the cozy little comic and game store I get together with local artist and associates from the New Orleans Drink Society  to do Magic Minicon every year. If you are in the Slidell area, mark that on your Calendar and stop in. The event is free and good for all ages. In addition to meeting local artist and comic creators, Magic Comics and Cards will be having a 20% off sale and fee comics while they last. 
You can check them out at 

If you are not in the Slidell area, Halloween Comic Fest is nation wide. So be sure to go out to a comic shop near you to celebrate and support your local comics dealers. If you need help locating your nearest comic dealer, you can always find one using

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CK Radio Episode 5, News, and Events

Charisma Kills Radio is back with episode five. With special Don't worry, It will  all be explained.
You can listen the CK Radio Episode 5 here
The show notes and info are below.

"What do you mean smile? I am smiling!"

In this episode, I'm flying solo. I talk about what's new, give some excuses, Sweet Dreams are Made of Worms, our gofundme crowdsourcing project to print our first non-webcomic Kenshin 1281, and the Charisma Kills Studio's October event schedule (CONtraflow 4 and the Hammond Horror Fest). I also give a review of one of my favorite comic reads in the past few months, Bryan Lee O'Malley's latest book Seconds.  I also give thanks to the first four backers that supported our print comic project. Thanks again! This episodes song is "Rabbid" by the COG. you can get more info at 

Show Note Links: 

Kenshin 1281 Print Comic gofundme Project

If you would like to help us out you can go here  . 
 Image from page 8
Image from page 9

CONtraflow IV
Where I will be appearing as an artist guest, drawing stuff, and taking part in several panels on comics, webcomics, and art. Please check the convention out at

Hammond Horror Fest 
It's on my birthday. This leg of the fest will be at Wyatt's Comics and Cards 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

CK Radio Episode 4 Has Been Posted

Some important information before we start:

*If you are looking for the show notes concerning Time Fest 2014, They follow Neil Kapit's info. 

*Charlie Wise and I decied to record a fresh episode to use as part 2 of his interview. A lot has been going on since it was recorded and we'd like to go over them. 

* The sound levels on this episode get a bit wacky at the end. You may find that you will need to adjust your volume at the bottom of the show. I apologize for the inconvenience. 

Charisma Kills Radio Episode 3 Special Guest: Neil Kapit.

At the top of the show, I speak briefly about the NOLA Time Fest 2014 which I attended last weekend. Following that, I speak with webcomic creator, Neil Kapit. Neil is the writer, artist, and creator of the webcomic Ruby Nation. He is also an avid comic reader with a passionate insight on the subject. Born in California, he has an MA in English. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he works with individuals with developmental disabilities. Having been born autistic himself, he not only makes it part of his career, but also works the disorder into his comics.

You can listen to the episode here 

You can read Ruby Nation at

You can follow Ruby Nation on Facebook here 

You can check out Neil's side comic, Poet Kitties at

Neil is a member of the Webcomic Underdogs

 You can follow Charisma Kills Studios on facebook for updates and additional information.

Charisma Kills Radio, webcomics, and addition information can be found at

If you would like to email Jessie W Craig, you can do so at

Here are the Time Fest links mention at the top of the show 

Krewe du Who. The New Orleans Dr. Who fan group and cofounders of Time Fest

The Consortium of Genius (Also know as The C.O.G) band and multimedia entertainers. Also cofounders of Time Fest 

Charisma Kills Studios Time Fest 2014 photo album

Friday, June 6, 2014

CKS News Update: This Week on CK Radio

Charisma Kills Radio episode 3, featuring special guest, Charlie Wise has been posted!

You can listen, or download it here

Charlie Wise is a comic creator from the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career he's been a multitude of things including radio disk jockey, librarian, bookstore owner, writer, penciller, inker, letterer, and cover artist. He's latest project is the webcomic Groovy, Kinda
Charlie's comic creator credits include:

 Blue Moon (1992)
 Blue Moon (1994)
 Genus (1993)
 XXXenophile Presents (1992)

 Blue Moon (1992)
 Blue Moon (1994)
 Genus (1993)
 Shanda the Panda (1993)
 XXXenophile Presents (1992)

 Blue Moon (1992)
 Blue Moon (1994)
 Genus (1993)
 Shanda the Panda (1993)
 XXXenophile Presents (1992)

 Blue Moon (1992)
 Blue Moon (1994)

 Cover Artist:
 Blue Moon (1992)
 Blue Moon (1994)
 Giant Shanda Animal (1996)
 XXXenophile Presents (1992)

You can read the webcomic, Groovy, Kinda  here

You can find the Webcomic Underdogs here

Charlie Can also be found on Facebook here

You can purchase Blue Moon, the Adventures of Lyssa and the Pirates here

You can find XXXenophile Presents #3 , Utopia Unlimited 1 on Amazon here

You can find XXXenophile Presents #5, Utopia Unlimited 2 on Amazon here

And Shanda the Panda #10 here

Please note that Charlie's works fall into the mature audience and  NSFW categories, so they are not for the kiddies!

Friday, May 30, 2014

CK Radio Episode 2 with Kurt Amacker is Now Up!

Charisma Kills Radio Episode 2 with comic writer, promoter, and vampire enthusiast, Kurt Amacker, is up. Kurt talks about his latest works: Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid, the Cradle of Filth: The Curse of Venus Aversa comic, Dead Souls, and The 69 Eyes: The Helsinki Vampires trilogy. Kurt also talks about his annual vampire ball, Fangtasia. This is a great episode with a little bit of something for comic creators, goth and extreme metal music lovers, and fans of vampire literature and lore. Hang out to the end of the episode were I give updates on some of the subjects Kurt and I discussed.

You can listen to the episode here

You can find out more on Kurt and the bands, people, places, and events talked about at the following links:

Kurts website 

Comic Writer Kurt Amacker on Facebook

Kurt’s publishing imprint Dark Notes Press

The 69 Eyes

Seraphemera Books and Music

Wyatt’s Comics and Cards

BSI Comics

The music for this episode, Bite Me, was provided by The Consortium of Genius 

Be sure to follow us, Charisma Kills Studios on facebook for additional news, info, and updates of CKS webcomics and projects

You can also find us and read the webcomics at 

If you have any ideas for guest or topics for future episodes of CK Radio, perhaps be a guest yourself, email me here: 

Monday, May 26, 2014

CKS News Update: CK Radio Up and Running, 2014 Event Schedule, and SDMW Returns

Charisma Kills Radio Up and Running!
After way too long, the CKS podcast, Charisma Kills Radio, has become reality! Episode One is up. It features an interview with Marius Hjelseth, creator of the October 20th webcomic. Episode 2 will be posted this weekend with special guest, Kurt Amacker. Kurt's works include titles such as the much anticipated Cradle of Filth comic, The 69 Eyes comic trilogy, Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid, and Immortals.

You can listen to episode one with Marius Hjelseth here.

We just received word from iTunes that the podcast is under review. If it gets approval, listeners will be able to access it there as well. 

In the next few weeks we'll be looking for guest for the new episodes. You can email me at 

Charisma Kills Studios 2014 Events
Here are the conventions and special events we will be at 2014. This is the current list. More will be added as they are confirmed. 

NOLA Time Fest 2: June 7th, 2014

CONtraflow 4: October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2014

24 Hour Comic Day 2014 October 4th: This one is tentative. It takes place at the same time as CONtraflow 4. Maybe we can make it special event at the convention. 

Sweet Dreams are Made of Worms Returns!
We are frantically try to get this comic back in production. Two months of Updates are ready for scan. I wanted to have it back running for Wednesday, but It may not be ready until the following week. Fingers crossed.

If you would like to revisit the prior issue from 2011 you you can do so here. Just scroll down to the navigation bar and click FIRST to start from the beginning. 

Thank you for your time, and enjoy your Memorial Day!
Jessie W Craig 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CKS News Update: October 20th Audio Drama, Who is Shields McKloskey?

October 20th. A webcomic created, written, and drawn by Marius Hjelseth. You can read it at 

In Chapter Two, Someone Wicked. Someone Who Kills, we encounter several new characters. Among them, Marina Rossi. On page 124, Ivanov, Rai and Catherine are discussing a poor guy named, Ivanov,  that got wrapped up in the mystery of Shields, lost his mind, and met with an unfortunate end. 

In sticking with Marius's talent for keeping people in disparaging suspense, that's all you get other than I provide the voice for Ivanov, and Kodi Killgore portrays Rossi. 

It's been sometime since Marius contacted me about taking part in the project. Production has been in the works ever since. The show is now in post production and it looks (Fingers and toes crossed!) the first edit will be done by the end of next week. I'm not sure what Marius's plans are for the when and where of it's release. When that Information becomes available, I'll let you know here!

I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to be apart of this. I'm a huge fan of October 20th, and to be apart of it is... I have no words for it. I can't thank Marius enough. This type of project falls in step with the transmedia/multimedia direction I've been trying to steer the studio. I look forward to doing more audio dramas in the future. 

Recently, Marius has given me another opportunity to be apart of his comic. The details of that are under lock and key too. But, when I get the green light to talk about it,  I'll spill all of the details!

So, A big thank you to Marius, and to Kodi as well. 

The Image below is not and official image. Just something I was playing around with.