Movie Show: Marvel Comics’ Mike Perkins On The State Of The Comic Book Industry

Matthew Sardo of Monkeys Fighting Robots has an in-depth conversation with New York Times bestselling artist Mike Perkins of Marvel Comics. The two discuss the state of the comic book industry, the convention scene, diversity in the industry, and Free Comic Book Day.

Mike will be at Heroes Haven Comics in Tampa for 10am – noon this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.

Bonus: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ review – a bit darker with a few more surprises.

About Mike Perkins:
Mike Perkins believes that he first picked up a comic at the age of two – swiftly followed by a pencil and a piece of paper. There are vivid memories of illustrating a striking full-figure resemblance of the Lone Ranger in nursery class – which must place him at, about, four years old.

Jump ahead eight years and the young Mike Perkins is making his own anthology comics (FutureTense, Warp 10), photocopying them and selling them at school during lunchtime – with a cunningly attached fun-size Mars bar offered as further incentive to the hungry hordes.

Fast forward another three years and, having been nurtured on a steady diet of 2000AD, Captain Britain and Doctor Who monthly, Mike Perkins – now working a Saturday job in a local comic shop – is not only exposed to a wider world of comics but also to the professional side of the industry when attending comic markets around England.

To read Mike’s complete bio go to

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About the Movie Show:

A Gen Xer and a Millennial debate the latest topics in pop culture. One guy is a filmmaker and the other is a journalist, but both are nerds. We make your slowest days at work better. Hosts, Matthew Sardo and EJ Moreno.

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Never heard of Matt Sardo?
For starters, he made the Kessel Run in less than 11 parsecs. Prior to that, he gave Doc Brown the idea for the flux capacitor and led the Resistance to victory over SkyNet – all while sipping a finely crafted IPA. As a radio host, he’s interviewed celebrities, athletes and everyone in between. He’s covered everything from the Super Bowl to Comic-Con.

Who’s EJ Moreno?
Is he a trained physician? No. Is he a former Miss Universe contestant? Possibly. But what we know for sure is he’s a writer, filmmaker, and pop culture enthusiast. Since film school, EJ has written & directed several short films. He’s used his passion of filmmaking to become a movie critic for

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.

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