Back in April, we were joined on the show by exciting, young newcomer to mainstream comics, artist Amy Reeder Hadley. She's collaborating with critically acclaimed writer and artist himself, Matt Wagner, on Vertigo's upcoming Madame Xanadu re-launch. This native Coloradoan graciously took some time out one sunny afternoon to chat with us about past, present and future.
Amy got her professional start in comics by winning Tokyopop's "Rising Stars in Manga" competition in 2002. Shortly thereafter, she wrote and drew an OEL manga series for them called Fool's Gold. Gold is the story of an artsy high school student named Penny and her social revolution against jerky boys and conformity.
One of Hadley's champions while at Tokyopop was Brandon Montclare, an editor working on staff. He eventually left the company and took a job up at DC with Group Editor, Bob Schreck. When Schreck moved over to Vertigo and the Madame Xanadu opportunity arose, Brandon reached out to his former T'pop creator. The rest is...well, you know.
Our conversation with Amy covers much of the above and a whole lot more, so do check it out. She's a super person with a very different story to tell.
Oh yeah, and she can SING too!
Madame Xanadu hits stores June 25th.
**For this episode, we played a small portion of Ryan Adams' Amy for obvious reasons.
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