Supernatural Law now in session, Batton Lash presiding! VIDEO INTERVIEW, ART DEMO

Today’s Guest: Cartoonist Batton Lash, creator of Supernatural Law comics and the author of The Punisher Meets Archie.

 

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Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre by Batton Lash, Supernatural Law cartoonist, Mr. Media Interviews

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Whether you’re an art student or a comics fan, you’ve probably heard the name “Will Eisner” at some point.

Eisner, whose best-known comics creation, “The Spirit” celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, died a decade ago but his influence is felt as much or moreso today than ever before.

BATTON LASH podcast excerpt: “Will Eisner loved comics; he had a vision of comics.”

You can LISTEN to this interview with cartoonish BATTON LASH, creator of SUPERNATURAL LAW comics, by clicking the audio player above!

In celebration of Will Eisner Week (#WillEisnerWeek), a worldwide celebration of the artist and writer’s work held annually from March 1-7, I wanted to do a special show recognizing Eisner’s life and work.

Helping me do this today is cartoonist Batton Lash, who was among Eisner’s very first students at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts in the mid-1970s.

Lash, best known for his comic book Supernatural Law, which began life as a comic strip called “Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre” in the pages of The National Law Journal, was a favorite of Eisner’s… but not because he thought the young man would ever amount to anything as an artist! We’ll talk about that.

The Punisher Meets Archie written by Batton Lash, Mr. Media Interviews

The Punisher Meets Archie written by Batton Lash

BATTON LASH podcast excerpt: “Ann Eisner is so adorable. A couple of years before Will passed away, she said to my wife Jackie Estrada and me, ‘You know, I loved Will. I didn’t care if he was a plumber or a cartoonist. That’s what he did; I just loved him. I never really read anything he did. But just recently, I started reading The Spirit comics. And you know what? They’re really good!”

What was it like to be in Eisner’s class, learning directly from a master of the comic arts? We’ll talk about that, too, as well as Lash’s time studying under the great Harvey Kurtzman and being Howard Chaykin’s assistant.

Incidentally, Lash has another long-running tie to the Eisner name: his wife, Jackie Estrada, is the administrator of the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – the Emmys, Oscars and Tonys of comics – given out annually at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Will Eisner's The Spirit drawn by Batton Lash, Mr. Media Interviews

Will Eisner’s The Spirit drawn by his former School of Visual Arts student Batton Lash

BATTON LASH podcast excerpt: “Art is very subjective. This guy may think you suck, but that one says, ‘Hey, not bad!’ You can’t take it to heart; you just have to keep moving ahead.”

I first interviewed Batton about a dozen years ago for my biography of Eisner, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, which will be published in a new deluxe, illustrated second edition in April. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.com or any Barnes & Noble store.

If you love art and comics in particular, you won’t want to miss this interview, which will include a drawing demonstration by Batton. And did I mention Batton Lash is also the man behind the classic comic book The Punisher Meets Archie?

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The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law by Batton Lash, Mr. Media Interviews

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Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman, Mr. Media Interviews

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About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).