Capes on Capes - 10 Questions w/ Chad Cavanaugh

April 27, 2017

Hey dude!  So it's weird how fast time flies. It feels like just yesterday you and I were sitting in your kitchen discussing merchandise possibilities for your "Blam!" logo from your comic The Map.  Flash forward it feels like yesterday we started this Capes on Capes podcast and wanted you to be one of our first guests.  Then San Diego Comic Con last year and you got featured on the local news in Small Press!  So cool.  And here we are almost a year later and it takes our good mutual friend Jane Asher who said to me in the halls, "Hey you know Chad Cavanaugh?  You know he writes comic books?"

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You recently did an interview with Jane on her podcast and you had a chance to talk about your singer songwriter days, being a father and an artist, your days in the Army and being a former Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and more.  Wow.

You kicked off your comic book career with The Map, since then you have expanded your roster of titles and can add Bedlam in Troubletown, Radgod, and Dead Oro Live.

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Chad let's kick off with guest question from Alonso Nunez from Little Fish Comic Studio guest hosting our Capes on Capes podcast with me this week. - Hamby

(Alonso)  There's a lot of genre-hopping between projects. Is that a deliberate way to stay fresh and not get in a rut, or is it more a case of just following inspiration where it leads?

(Chad) A little bit of both! I really enjoy hopping from the post apocalypse desert southwest to the gritty, crime riddled streets of Troubletown and then taking a trip to the Isle of Yar and Viking times and then transporting back to the desert, but in the past, to Dead Oro Live! It does take away any monotony that can come from working the same story every day. 

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(Hamby) You recently inspired a question I had with Rob Liefeld creator of Deadpool when I was interviewing him. You and I had a conversation years ago about Robert Kirkman and creator owned properties.  So thank you for that!  What does owning your comic book creations mean for you?

(Chad)  Being the owner of my own intellectual property is like having the keys to what could potentially be a Ferrari! Also, being the owner/editor/guy who makes every single decision without needing permission from anyone else, I can change things up at any time as long as I objectively feel like it will enhance the story and the experience for the reader.

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(H) Do you have plans to expand your work to other mediums? TV?  Movies? Novels?

(C) Yes. Yes and yes! We're seeing how it can succeed across so many different platforms. Even venturing into the realm of gaming. You know any gamers? Just kidding. You ARE the gamer, Hamby! With networks and streaming services popping up all over and their need for content, owning intellectual property can become a very lucrative and life changing prospect. If you know anyone at Hulu or Netflix, let's set up a meeting!

(H) I have a ton of Comic Con questions for you.  You attend or have, I know you have had health problems this past year, but you attend Comic Con's all throughout the Southwest Region to promote your work and do art commissions.  What is that like?  Are you able to sometimes bring the family?

(C)  Being a vendor at a con is great. It's an excellent way to grow the brand and meet new fans as well as existing fans I may have only known through social media.  I typically bring my wife with me. I've brought my daughters as well, depending on the event. It's fun for them because they go looking at all the toy vendor booths and want me to buy them EVERYTHING!

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(H)  You attended San Diego Comic Con last year and the local media was great to feature you as a local boy makes the big leagues type story.  Could you walk us through deciding to apply to be at SDCC?

(C)  It's the super bowl of pop culture. I knew I wanted to be in small press, not artist alley, as I am a publisher, have no interest in selling fan art prints and am not looking to get hired to collaborate on anyone's idea. It's just a big expense and is somewhat daunting as most people in attendance are there for exclusive toys and panels/celebrity meet and greets. And that's understandable. So I have to be on my toes the entire time, constantly seeking out the people who are there for the discovery of indie comics. I like those people. A lot!

(H)  What happened that you got "upgraded"?  

(C)  I'm not sure I was upgraded, I was on a wait list and the person who had the table originally backed out and so the committee called me up a week before the show and asked if I was interested. Everyone else gets 8 months to prep. I got a week. And I crushed it! Grunt 1B Comics style!!!

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(H) How did the resulting coverage and visibilty help your career?

(C)  It was fantastic. People came by because they saw the news coverage or heard you or AJ talk about me or they saw Raoul Martinez' FB live video that we did together. The fan base grew for sure. 

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(H) Yeah I'm cheating on the 10 questions.  How has social media affected your career?  

(C)  My use of Instagram has aided in getting Grunt 1B Comics in to four continents so far. A few days ago I was speaking with a BLAMily member in Norway! IG and Facebook have been very useful tools for me to grow my business. 

(H)  You use Facebook daily to give diary updates on your life, family, and health as well as "BLAMily" updates with folks wearing shirts, hoodies, or the comics.  That's super cool!

I have to admit, I recently got a Fire tablet and have been reading TONS of comics digitally.  You and I normally trade "trade paperbacks" once a year or so.  The old school sharing of comics to your friends.  What would you currently "share" if we traded?

(C)  Rumble from Image comics. Such a rad story!!! 

(H)  Odd question but where do you see the "heart" of Comic Book culture right now?  Is it the books themselves, movies, tv shows like the Arrow/Flash family of shows, cartoons?  All of the above?

(C) I think if we see the heart as what is giving it life and really fueling the culture, I'd have to say the shows and movies. Netflix has done an awesome job with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist etc and Marvel studios are crushing the box office. Even the D.C. Movies are fun to watch. So I fee they have helped the resurgence of comic BOOKS which will in turn feed more content for movies and tv. 

(H) What's the weirdest thing you've experienced at a Convention?

(C) You're asking about weirdness on Planet Weird? Haha. The entire idea that we, as grown ups, can go out, in the daylight and in public, dressed as whoever we want and talk for hours about who could beat who in a fight is just one gigantic victory for the weird. I think the weirdest thing I've seen are the people in attendance who think the whole thing is weird. 

(H) What's next?  Free Comic Book Day?  You have something going on?    

(C) YES!!! May 6th at Southern California Comics 8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd suite 124 from 10- question mark? It's a fantastic event. I'm hoping to unveil The Map #9 and Dead Oro Live #2 as a double issue that day! And I'll be hanging out with D.C. Comics legend Richard Friend for the third year in a row. Which is a fantastic time had by all!