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Now that Uncanny Adventures has debuted, we’re going to take a few minutes to continue speaking with some of the great creators in our anthology to give you a taste of what you can expect.  Dino Caruso and Shane Aden have put together a very cool murder mystery for our readers.  It’s got a great twist and is based on a true story (as all the best murder stories are).  This is far from Dino’s first comics work, having had stories published by Markosia, Ape Entertainment, Reading With Pictures, New Reliable Press, Crystal Fractal Comics and 215 Ink. Shane is a public defender by day and artist by night.  Together they…well, you’ll see.

Tell us a bit about Who You Are And How You Came To Be.

Dino Caruso – How I came to be is a mystery. I think it’s got something to do with a dying planet, a spaceship and kindly farmers. There are so many gaps in my memory of those days. Hopefully there’s a crystal or something lying around that’ll give me some holographic feedback. I’ll keep you updated.

But as for who I am, I’d say I’m a man of many contradictions… Barton PREVIEW 3

  • I’m Canadian but I love those two staples of American culture-baseball and comic books.
  • I’m a grown-up, but I can’t seem to shake a lot of the hobbies and interests of my youth.
  • I know that apple skins are good for me, but I peel them anyway.
  • The only way to get better at the guitar is to practice, but I don’t do it enough.
  • And lastly, I know it’s 2013, but I still have no idea how to purchase a digital comic.

Shane Aden – Well, that is the eternal question, isn’t it? I’m an attorney, live in extreme Southern Illinois, have been happily married for 16 years, with two very young children. I have been drawing since I was able to first grasp a pencil. I am blessed enough to be able to work part-time, and take care of my kids part-time.

How did you find yourself making comics?

Shane – I’ve been drawing comics and/or creating characters since I was in 6th grade. When I turned 40 last year, I decided it was time to either get serious about pursuing this as a career or give it up altogether. With some encouragement from my beautiful wife and my best friend Ryan, I put together a portfolio for the first time and took it up to Chicago Wizard Con. When the people I was showing my portfolio to did not vomit and throw things at me, I took it as an encouraging sign and kept drawing.

Dino – I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing stories, and comics have been my preferred means of doing so since I was a kid. Around 2006 I decided to take a chance and look for an illustrator for a story I’d written. I haven’t been able to stop since then. I’ve been in a bunch of cool anthologies, I’ve had a few solo projects and I’m always plugging away at more creator-owned stuff.

Without giving too much away, tell us about your story “The Barton Murder” and how you approached it.

Shane – Ah, the story? Dino I’ll let you handle that one. As far as the art goes, I did a ridiculous amount of research. The I found a picture of the police station back in the early 1900’s, looked up fashion, including the hats that young boys would wear at that time, looked at geographical maps of Hamilton, Ontario, found some pictures of Anna Eva Faye, and even some posters advertising her shows. I probably drove Dino crazy because I kept emailing him with my sketches begging and groveling for his approval.

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Dino – It’s the story of an unsolved crime from my city’s past. It was lots of fun to research it, and it was a very rewarding experience to collaborate with Shane and see it come to life. As for how I approached it…I stuck to the facts, but I tried to add a few winks or question marks along the way.

What are you reading right now, comics or otherwise?

Dino – I just finished reading a non-fiction book about Roger Clemens and the steroid scandal in baseball. Before that, I read The Maltese Falcon. Just yesterday I read the first issue of IDW’s X-Files books. I think next up for me is going to be The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Shane – Right now I’m reading a lot of police reports — I’m a public defender. Comic-wise, I recently finished the trade of No Man’s Land.

How did you meet up, and what’s your creative process like?

Dino – We met up on a forum. It was either Penciljack or Digital Webbing. Hopefully Shane’s memory is sharper than mine. Our creative process was pretty smooth. I already had the script written, but Shane made some awesome and elevating contributions. That’s my favourite part of making comics…the contributions that all of the team-members make to help improve the finished product

Shane – Like most great romances, I met Dino on the internet. Just kidding. I did answer an ad he had placed on one of those “Writer looking for artist” websites. He emailed me, and I tricked him into letting me have the job. Only after I started the project did I find out that this guy had been published a bazillion times.

Barton PREVIEW 2I was also surprised that Dino wanted me to use this weird style of art I was experimenting with at the time. I had worked so many years to be able to draw realistically, and this guy wanted my first published work to be in an art style I just started playing with. I had never inked anything before, had never used grayscale markers before — I was a nervous wreck.

Creatively, I just try to sit down and get into the story, to feel the characters out. Music is incredibly important to me, so I look to see if I can find some songs that would work as a soundtrack for what I’m working on while I draw. Some stories are acoustic alt-folk rock, some stories are Viking metal.

What else is in the works for you, and where can readers find your work next?

Shane – I just finished up a four page story written by Dan Melnick from Nod Comics. It’s hopefully going to be in an anthology soon. I’m also working on project with [CENSORED DUE TO NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT] for his comic [CENSORED DUE TO NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT]. I designed the [CENSORED DUE TO NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT]. It should be out before the end of the year.

Other than that, I’m just waiting for Dino to email me with another project.

Dino – I’m working on a few pitches for creator-owned projects, and also some short anthology stories. I post all of my updates in two places: and

Thanks guys!

Dino – Thanks alot for having me Jesse. This was lots of fun!

Now that zigzag2-previewUncanny Adventures has debuted, we’re going to take a few minutes to continue speaking with some of the great creators in our anthology to give you a taste of what you can expect.  Drezz Rodriguez is a Canadian cartoonist whose pages with Andrez Bergen  are dark, moody, and visceral.  His work for Uncanny Adventures — “Zig Zag” — set a dark noir tone by matching static illustrations  with the text.

Tell us a bit about Who You Are And How You Came To Be.
My name is Drezz Rodriguez, and I’m a creative director by day and an illustrator by night. Born and raised in Sudbury, Canada (about 3 hrs north of Toronto) I’ve been authoring comics since I was a teenager but didn’t really get into the webcomics game until 2010 with the release of my neo-noir online graphic novel, El Cuervo. I’m also a contributor and a podcast personality over at the Webcomic Alliance.

How did you find yourself making comics?
It’s an odd story, but it basically started off with a kid who lived across the street from me. He was a master swindler who would con younger kids out of their toys and sell them on the schoolyard. He ripped me off, his mom found out, and as compensation, I got a half-full longbox of comics – most notably, the Frank Miller run of Daredevil comics featuring the death of Elektra. That opened up my eyes to what comics ‘could’ be instead of the standard Archies and Richie Rich comics I was reading at the time. I felt it was something I wanted to do to – but struggled to find the resources to do it.

I was always more into alternative comics outside of the superhero mold, so I read a lot of Heavy Metal, Love and Rockets and Hate Magazine. They helped to influence my style and tell stories that showed the rotten side of humanity rather than following the formulaic ‘good guy wins out’ method.

Without giving too much away, tell us about your story Zig Zag and how you approached it.
Simple really – it’s a short story that takes place in one room, so I focused more on dramatic lighting to keep that sinister feeling. My style lends itself well for a story with this type of exposition.

What are you reading right now, comics or otherwise?
For comics, I’m actually diving back into my collection just to keep the gears oiled up. I finished reading Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp, and I’m currently reading Garth Ennis’ Preacher – the ‘Gone to Texas’ trade. It’s been years since I read it and wanted to get reacquainted with it.

For regular reading, I’m actually juggling two books. The first is Stephen King’s 11/22/63 about the JFK assassination, and the other is an e-book version of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. I have the entire collection on my iPad and wanted to see how it holds up in the modern era. I actually have a little James Bond comic project I’d love to work on in the future, but that’s for another time.

How did you meet up, and what’s your creative process like?
Andrez actually gave me some good praise on my webcomic, and I’ve given a read to some early drafts of his work. We’ve struck up a friendship over e-mail since our tastes in literature and visual styles are similar. He asked me if I wanted to contribute some visuals for Zig Zag, and I happily obliged. I’m looking forward to future collaborations.

What else is in the works for you, and where can readers find your work next?
Right now, I’m opening up a digital portrait commission site called Avatar Noir (, working on the second and third acts of my latest story arc for El Cuervo (, and I have a few other comic projects I’d like to get off the ground conceptually before year’s end. I’m also in the midst of working on an online based crime-noir game set in the 80s called ‘The Fix’ with no scheduled release date as of yet.

We’ve been teasing our upcoming anthology Uncanny Adventures for some time, and now it’s finally time to get reveal some specifics.  Uncanny Adventures brings together 30 comic creators from around the world to bring you 21 genre-spanning short stories.  From cartoonists just getting their Uncanny Adventures Front Coverstart to established artists presenting their latest works, this collection provides something for every taste. From Victorian horror to science fiction, from autobiographical stories to murder mysteries, Uncanny Adventures showcases the breadth of comics by bringing you tales that will make you think, laugh, and shiver.

Topping it all off, we’re thrilled beyond belief to let you know that our cover artist is Ethan Nicolle.  Ethan, as you should know, draws the amazing comic Axe Cop, which is written by his little brother Malachai and soon to be an animated TV show. He’s also the creator of Bearmaggedon, which is about bears and is incredible.

We have a lot of talented creators working on this book, and we can’t wait to get it into your hands.  To give you a sample we’ve been posting interviews with the creators involved every Saturday, and have several more lined up for the next few weeks.

Uncanny Adventures will premiere at Denver Comic Con May 31 – June 2, and then through our website,  For purchasing information, contact