Comic Book Club: Austin McKinley, Tas Mukanik, And Joe Nicklo

Comic Book Club: Austin McKinley, Tas Mukanik, And Joe Nicklo

On this week’s live show podcast, we’re welcoming guests Austin McKinley (“RIOT Force”) + Tas Mukanik (“Lost Time”) + Joe Nicklo (“Surviving Comics”)!


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Austin McKinley Bio:

Austin McKinley’s work crosses many different forms of media. From comic books and cartooning to short film directing, video production, video games, screenplays, novels and novellas, newspaper, film and television.

He’s currently working on the third volume of his creator-owned series RIOT Force for publisher Source Point Press

He recently illustrated the full-length graphic novel, “Tales of Mr. Rhee Vol. 5: Rockstar Paranoia” written by Dirk Manning and the one-shot comic “Blaze Ya Dead Homie” written by Rob Humphrey and published by Source Point Press.

He produced, shot and appeared in the award-winning feature documentary “The New 8-Bit Heroes” alongside director Joe Granato, and created “By The Numbers,” a feature-length abstract animation representing cinematic structure.

He was the 2011 grand prize winner of the national TVMe television treatment contest, and the Florida Film Network’s 2012 Operation: Logline contest, which facilitated the production of his third short film, “Quicklime.” His short film “Life in a Glass House” took home an honorable mention from the 2013 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival.

He is the author of several works and collections through his company, Flying Car. His comic illustrations have also been published by Image Shadowline, Devil’s Due / 1st Comics, Alias / Blue Water Press, Avatar, Boom!, Blue King Studios, FC9, and Source Point Press. 

He wrote and illustrated “Squareasota,” a weekly cartoon in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for seven years.

He lives and works in Sarasota, Florida.

Tas Mukanik Bio:

Tas Mukanik is a queer artist best known for her YA and adult self-published works, such as The Sanity Circus and Paint the Town Red. She has a keen interest in drawing fun characters with big expressions, as well as a fascination with birds, nature, and prehistoric life. Lost Time is her debut middle grade graphic novel. Originally from Alberta, she now lives in Montreal, where she and her partner jointly run Windy & Wallflower, an online business. You can see more of her work at

Joe Nicklo Bio:

Joe Nicklo is an award-nominated Director & Director of Photography who has had a life-long passion for Comic Books and the world that they foster. He finds inspiration in the medium of Comics each and every day and founded this project out of a desire to share his love & passion for Comics and the people, places and communities that keep Comics alive! Joe is also the owner of the Production Company, Driven Films – the studio behind this Documentary.

Comic Book Club Live Info:

Want to watch Comic Book Club live? We stream every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter/X. Come hang out, and ask questions of our guests (and us!). And you could potentially win a $25 gift card to Midtown Comics, or Long John Silvers. You can check out a current list of upcoming guests and other live appearances on our Shows page.

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