Sequential Underground #23 – Unconventional Influences

Sequential Underground

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators gets unconventional!

Today we’re talking unusual influences, from magazines to music to misreadings and more. And we’re joined a special surprise guest: Nils-Petter Norlin a.k.a. Colonel Panic, artist of the Yamagato webcomic and the YIBR podcast title cards… and an upcoming Super Haters Guest Week in September:

Shawn was influenced by a billboard for one of his upcoming stories. Nils is often influenced by science magazines. Nick tends to be inspired by music — he once plotted an entire mini series to Weezer’s Pinkerton. Shawn is influenced by astronomy. Nils likes to listen to soundtracks — Tron Legacy, for example — while drawing action and podcasts (like the AudioShocker!) while drawing comedy.

Then Dan joins in on the call and he discusses an interesting influence — family. His dad introduced him to the tools of the trade at a young age. Nils says that alternate history has been a big influence on him and Nick agrees. Nick was also inspired by Siegfried & Roy to come up with a concept for an unreleased comic called Abracadabra. Dan was inspired by a Rolling Stone article to write his upcoming secret story. And Nick has been recently influenced by Louis Johnson.

After the end theme, Nils mentions how misreading stuff has influenced him… and everyone agrees! Misreading stuff leads to awesome new ideas.

8 Responses to “Sequential Underground #23 – Unconventional Influences”


  1. 1 Link

    haha, what’s funny is I think I was the one who said the word “Hambeast”. Also, Catpain might be a random funny elseworlds comic cover in our YIBR comic (I spawned that idea the first time we had that typo), but feel free to spread the Catpain love/mythos.

    I have a damn knack for being the “typo finder” for creative ideas. It’s happened in a number of comics we’ve written, once Beeslo insulted himself in his own joke when he was attempting to make me the butt of the joke, it was so randomly funny and made so much less sense that we actually used the typo concept instead. :) So, yeah, I guess typos would be a huge part of my creative influence. :)

  2. 2 nick marino

    Hahaha who knew that typos were the most universal source of creative influence?

    Of course, Link, you’ll be credited as the inspiration for Captain Catpain. I’d say I’ll make him look like you, but there’s not a wide range of looks for the Stick Cats… so that’s not an option. In tribute to you, maybe I’ll have him be an evil podcaster when he’s not acting like the feline stick figure equivalent of Sgt. Slaughter.

  3. 3 Indomitus

    Nice topic, very interesting to hear all of yours different sources of inspiration.

    First time I ever heard of Siegfried & Roy referred as super heroes, I think.

    Don’t know why, but I just got an urge for a sandwich.

  4. AudioShocker Shoutouts!

    Wet Moon comics


  5. 4 nick marino

    SANDWICHES FOR ALL!!! Mmmmmm I could go for one right now…

    Siegfried & Roy are like Dr. Strange meets the Ambiguously Gay Duo. It’s fantastic.

  6. 5 Dan

    Hey Nick, I LOVE Pinkerton. If you ever get that project going and want some help, let me know.

  7. 6 nick marino

    I’ve got a pretty detailed outline written. I just need to give it a brush up, and then I’ll send to you to get your opinion and input!!! Thx for your interest in it :)

  8. AudioShocker Shoutouts!

    The Illiterate Badger webcomics


  9. 7 ross

    i dug this episode a lot. i think i’ve had the typo inspiration too, but not so much for ideas but for character names. i’m sure i have some unconventional influences but i can’t think of any off the top of my head.

    i like Shawn’s billboard inspiration, hehheh.

    Nick, you totally have to put Abracadabra together!! that sounds great.

    omg Nemesis

  10. 8 nick marino

    this is the most inspiring billboard I’ve ever seen:
    http://nickmarino.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/satisfies.png

    Abracadabra is maybe 33% through the first issue. and the artist was going to get back to work on it after a three year hiatus… but then I never heard from her again. so I guess not :) I should ask her if it’s okay for me to at least share the art, cause it’s pretty awesome.

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