In today’s Cross Country ComX, Issue 3 has the Beard Squad of Shane, Dustin, and Leigh chatting with Jim E. Noble of Totally Rad Comics. Jesse Dracman of Freek Productions was scheduled to be with the boys today but unforeseen circumstances made the metalman unavailable.
Regardless, Jim is here to talk shop, naughty art, and his process with his comics. With six Kickstarters and one indiegogo, Jim found his success with an adult reader base. His sexy and borderline risque works offer a good look into a different niche of indie comic books.
With that said, let’s get into it.
Jim Talks Navy, Killer Toasters and Supanova Weekend
The talk starts with the boys joking around, eventually learning that Jim tried clown school, only to fail when he revealed he can’t juggle. He then opted to join the Navy, becoming a mariner on submarines.
“Of the 170 sailors I was with in the graduating class with, only 70 of them has graduated, only 40 of us made into a submarine,” said Noble, with those who make it considered as “Special Forces” within the Navy.
As the boys continue the banter, some of our favourite indie creators show up from the floor of Supanova, including Rob Lisle and Haydn Spurrell. Kieran Jack of Halftone Productions also had a surprise appearance, together with greats like Gary Dellar and Gerald Carr.
As they discuss chooks and toilet jokes, all coming back to Rob, Dustin segues to a killer toaster comic book that Jim made.
“In February, it was National Toast Day, which was the last Thursday of February. I decided to create a killer toaster comic book because why not,” notes Noble, naming it Toasty the Killer Toaster and reveals that he is pushing for a Deadpool-style kills the universe story.
Toasty kills the Totally Rad Universe will combine naughty and comedy, with the toaster trying its best to kill off all characters, which total to 18 babes. It’s sounds like it’s not for the weak of heart.
A Quick Look Into The Totally Rad Universe
Dustin starts talking about his first foray into the Totally Rad world, which in his case is the Totally Rad Life of Violet. According to Jim, it’s a story about a girl who is on a mission to clean up the streets of their 80s town and get off all the drugs in town. The distance she’s willing to go is almost infinite too.
Jim notes how it’s an adult story with good plot, rather than simple raunchiness. He also talks about his “Totally Rad Universe”, which includes sexy clowns, and a lot of naughty stuff in them.
Dustin notes how they’re totally fun books, that the books are “so much more than meets the eye.” Jim talks up clowns, saying that his clowns “just wanna have fun.”
“How can you not have fun with clowns?” said Jim. “People are always terrified of clowns and I’m like, ‘c’mon’. If you saw a clown with big t*ts, you’ll be having a good time.”
Leigh: What Was The First Comic Book That Blew Your Mind?
“X-Men #129 is the first comic book I ever read,” answered Jim. “It was my dad’s comic book and he went ‘here you go, have some comics’.” He details that he loves the X-Men so much that he owned every issue of it.
He notes how much he enjoyed X-Men, so much so that Jim had his X-Men #129 signed by almost every big name in Marvel, including Stan Lee and John Byrne.
The boys also enjoyed the presence of each other thoroughly, going on further tangents. They discussed their favourite TV shows as kids, with Dustin growing up with He-Man and TMNT. Leigh, on the other hand, countered with weird British shows in their childhood, including Worzel Gummidge and Mr. Squiggle.
Jim also reminisces how his adoration of clowns started. From what he remembers, he was very much into the Mcdonald’s cartoon in the ‘90s, likely referencing The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald.
He then remembers how weird was it, as many of the characters were defunct by the time they were featured. Dustin also showed off some sketches for Land Before Time.
Leigh: Here’s One For You, Jim. I Have A Granny Flat That Is My Little Studio. What Do You Got, Mate? Do You Just Fold Out A Table, Camp Chair, Cup Of Tea, Laptop – Boom!
“What I do is very unorthodox,” says Jim, giggle after his lengthy banter with the other guys. “I have a cellphone and that’s as good as it gets.” He notes that all his art and files are in his phone, writing his scripts in the notepad app.
He notes that he does quality control on his laptop, using Gemini [flash mailers], two sharpies, and all the addresses. He does all the background stuff for his comics, together with everything needed for his logistics.
CCCX issue 3 is more than meet’s the eye. For viewers enjoying the banter of our Beard Squad, this edition is specifically thick with jokes, banter, and tangents about cupcakes and sexy clowns. Give the video a look and see why.