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From time to time, people say nice things. Here’s a collection of interviews and positive reinforcement. Mom would be so proud.



Dallas Observer Best Of 2006:
Best Local Comic Book Writer



American Library Association:
YALSA 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens


INTERVIEWS

On Writing with David Hopkins (Space-Gun Studios)
Staple Interview (The Daily Texan)
The Staplegator Returns (UWeekly Austin)
Dallas Comic Con (You+Media)
Spirits Episode #3 with David Hopkins (Spirits)
Indy Comic Book Week’s One Night Stand (CBR)
Dallas Comic Con Interview (Fanboy Video)
Astronaut Dad Podcast Interview
(Half Hour Wasted)
Profile: Drawn To It – pdf
(Quick DFW)
On Comic to Film Adaptations
(Quick DFW)
It Came Out On Wednesday
(Comixology)
Interview with David Hopkins
(Jazma Online)
The Making of Karma Incorporated
(Hawk Digital Media)
La Reunion Workshop
(Hawk Digital Media)
Hopkins & His Astronaut Dad
(The Pulse)
Writer takes graphic look at Greek tale
(The Oklahoman)
Propinion: All Families Are Psychotic
(Pop Image)
The Panel’s August 31, 2006 episode
(KJHK’s The Panel)
Interview with Emily Edison
(Stumblebum Studios)
Sweet Emily
(Dallas Observer blog)
Love Ain’t Easy: David Hopkins Talks “Emily Edison”
(CBR)
Meet Emily Edison
(The Pulse)
Casting Light on Edison
(Comic Foundry)
Work That Karma!
(Broken Frontier)
What Goes Around… Hopkins & Kurzanski Talk Karma Inc
(CBR)
Propinion: Sympathy for the Mischief-Makers
(Pop Image)
The Good Karma of Indie Comics
(Comic Foundry)

IN GENERAL

“Hopkins has an eye for character and an ear for dialogue. From the teen superhero Emily Edison to the Greek tragedy Antigone to the darkly humorous Karma Incorporated, he shows an impressive range of ability.” — Matt Price, owner of Speeding Bullet Comics

“I can sell any book with David Hopkins’ name on it.” — Richard Neal, owner of Zeus Toys and Comics

“David is exactly what the comic book industry needs. A competent writer who checks his ego at the door. I deal with a lot of professionals in this business, and none is more deserving of good things than Mr. Hopkins. Respected in local circles, he is well-liked within the comic community, and understandably so. In terms of locally based creators, David is someone I sincerely enjoy adding to the convention guest list. I wish him the best success, for he truly deserves it.” — Mark Walters, Dallas Comic Con Event Manager

“David Hopkins is good people. Tirelessly dedicated to the promotion of this medium we love called comics, he’s also turning out some of the most original work it has seen in a long time. We’re glad to have him here in the Lone Star state.” — Chris Nicholas, Staple Independent Media Expo

ASTRONAUT DAD

“Astronaut Dad is a loving reminder of America’s investment in the space race, and how real people were at the heart of our quest for the stars. Well worth taking a look, and bound to hook you once you do.” — B. Clay Moore, writer of Hawaiian Dick and The Leading Man

“That he makes such tricky storytelling – witness seamless transitions between adults and children conversing at a party – feel so natural indicates how deeply Hopkins has internalized the story. The word for that is artistry.” — Ken Lowery, Pop Syndicate

“For being relatively young in the comics world, these two unassuming creators have definitely set the bar pretty high for what is possible in their careers.” “4.5 out of 5 bullets.” — Chris Murman, Silver Bullet Comic Books

Best graphic novels of 2007” (#9 on the list) — The Oklahoman

“Writer David Hopkins though does not take the easy way out and does not push the readers’ face in the fertile setting. He lets the characters do the talking and through the characters we get a feel for the era.” — Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontier

“It’s a sweet, touching book” — Michael May, Newsarama

“To put it simply – and it should be, given that David Hopkins’s story is simple yet sharp, its focus narrow but highly refined – the script is extremely well written, combining characterization, humor, and even touches of romance deftly and effortlessly.” “4.5 out of 5 bullets.” — Marc N. Kleinhenz, Silver Bullet Comics

“Equal parts tender and thrilling, Astronaut Dad is the perfect marriage of story and art.” — Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of Elk’s Run and Punks the Comic

“Astronaut Dad is a refreshingly clear-eyed look at how America’s dreams for the stars impacted and interfered with the very earthbound needs of those charged with making those dreams a reality and their families. A wittily observed slice of Space Age life, thanks to Hopkins’ crisp dialogue and the elegant minimalist lines of Schoonover’s drawings.” — Fred Van Lente, writer of Action Philosophers and Marvel Adventures

“A great comic, a comic that truly leaves you wanting more, is a rare thing. Astronaut Dad is one of those comics.” — Sergio Lopez, The Comic Book Gazette

KARMA INCORPORATED

“Entertaining premise with an equally engaging cast of characters” -– Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Pop Culture Shock

“Karma Incorporated has rich plotting and vivid characterization and it’s hilarious fun!” –- Paul Dale Roberts, Jazma Online

“Terrific story. Terrific dialogue. Terrific idea.” –- Marc Mason, Movie Poop Shoot

“One of the funniest comics I have ever read. Readers should read with care as this is a certifiable gut buster!” — Raven Gregory, writer for The Gift

“Very funny and over the top. I had a good time reading this issue, it went fast and was really enjoyable.” — Indy Comic Reviews

“I plowed thru Karma Incorporated and loved every second of it. The concept is great and the characters are solid.” — Dave Crosland, Hiredmeat.com

Best Independent Limited Series” — Fanboy Radio “Fannie” Awards, episode #300

“What works here is the ensemble cast that Hopkins has created. This book is essentially a group of people in a room arguing. The characters needed to be likable (and flawed) and their voices needed to be separate and distinct. Hopkins was able to deliver on both counts. The sequences at the offices of Karma Inc. were a big highlight. Hopkins’ dialogue just pops in these sequences.” — Matt DeWoskin, Comixtreme.com

“We’re enjoying the hell out of this book: it’s funny, it’s got a nice trace of bitterness, and we have no idea where the hell it’s going.” –- NeedCoffee.com

ANTIGONE

“The comic does in 32 pages (all story) what most adaptations of such plays don’t manage in far lengthier productions: tell the story adeptly. Not only does it cover the main points and convey the themes, it also maintains a pleasant and page-turning pace — and it does all of this while keeping the entertainment goodness. As someone who has studied and taught Sophocles (including Antigone), I give serious kudos to the creative team here, especially writer David Hopkins.” — Ray Sidman, Comics Buyer’s Guide

“Silent Devil’s Antigone is a great adaptation of an ancient play that is both entertaining and powerful, making for a morality play that resonates centuries after the original was penned.” — Matthew McLean, The Comics Review

“A compelling mashup unlike anything else on the stands. It’s always a comfort to see a creator like David Hopkins trying new things with the form.” — Miles Gunter, writer for NYC Mech, Zombee, and Bastard Samurai

“Plot-wise, nothing is altered from the source material, yet what Hopkins has altered is just this side of brilliant.” “Antigone is a superior work that bridges the gap between comic books and literature.” — Dave Baxter, Broken Frontier

“Antigone is a classicist’s dream, a great example of how relevant and exciting these stories really are. It’s a comic fan’s delight, as it’s got a nice fresh look, a great sense of design and a witty and refreshing writing style. Whether you’re into Aeschylus or Action Comics, you’ll love it.” — Leah Moore, writer for Wild Girl, Albion, Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales

EMILY EDISON

Great Graphic Novels for Teens” — Young Adult Library Services Association

“David Hopkins fills this comic book with snappy dialogue and funny bits that had me giggling throughout.” “This comic has a sweet spirit to it that is missing from so many current comic books, yet it is thoroughly modern in its style and presentation. Once again, Viper has a winner.” — Ain’t It Cool News

“The story’s first-rate, and the art’s equally impressive.” — Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer

“The creators’ enthusiasm for the character is infectious. The tone swings from the cool of a standard teen webcomic to a Ren-and-Stimpy pitch of feverishness while bringing a surprising level of realistic teenage Americana to the character.” “Highly recommended for all libraries.” — Erika Bennett, The Library Journal

Best graphic novels of 2006” (#6 on the list) — The Oklahoman

“David Hopkins (who wrote the similarly off-kilter Karma Incorporated) does a solid job of balancing the fighting with some character development, doing a particularly good job of grounding Emily’s character as a believable teenage girl with believable teenage issues.” — Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Comic Book Commentary

“This is the best of what you remember from cartoons and comics of your childhood. I cannot recommend this any higher for younger teens all the way up.” — Scott Tingley, Comics in the Classroom

“Emily Edison is a fun read. Hopkins and Rizy get laughs from the larger-than-life action scenes and also from the book’s more down-to-Earth moments.” “Writer Hopkins has a way of throwing character and story curves at the reader without violating the characterization or the internal logic in doing so.” — Tony Isabella, World Famous Comics

“The book is very entertaining and smart.” — Marc Mason, ComicsWaitingRoom.com

“The writing was good. Solid characterization throughout, smooth and natural dialogue. Most importantly, I think, writer David Hopkins let Brock Rizy’s art stand on its own when it came to telling the story.” — Sean Kleefeld, Kleefeld on Comics blog

“I loved Emily Edison.” — Rebecca Buchanan, Sequential Tart

“With Emily Edison, Hopkins and Rizy have created an action-packed story (one that actually delivers on the action it promises) while mixing in some wholly heartfelt lessons about family, friendship and responsibility that never feel forced or heavy handed.” — Paul Milligan, Stumblebum Studios

“Reading the book is almost like going to matinee to see an animated summertime popcorn movie. It’s fun, solid read.” — Britt Schramm, Quick Stop Entertainment

“This is inherently fun stuff, and creators David Hopkins and Brock Rizy have a lot of it.” — Ken Lowery, Pop Syndicate

SOUVENIR OF DALLAS

“Prepare to laugh like an unstable hyena over this mighty hilarious D Magazine comic strip [Souvenir of Dallas] by David Hopkins and Paul Milligan.” –- Dave Levinthal, Dallas Morning News

WESTERN TALES OF TERROR #2

“David Hopkins and the Halls present a mood piece called ‘The Stranger Waits For Me’ that works largely because of psychological identification with the lead character” — Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail

DEAD@17: ROUGH CUT, VOL. 1

“Fight to Live by David Hopkins and Sean Stephens is a cool manga-esque story that has a touch of emotional impact.” — PaperBackReader.com

“Hopkins did a fantastic job with Fight to Live and managed to squeeze a full book’s worth of action in just a few pages.” — simplyjd.com/reviews.shtml

DARK HORRORS ANTHOLOGY

“The stories are reminiscent of Tales of The Crypt, Twilight Zone and Creepshow. Especially
‘Siren Song’ written by David Hopkins, which brought to mind Creepshow’s ‘Something To Tide You Over’ probably because of the beach theme, but the two stories couldn’t be any different.” — OpenBookSociety.com

SOME OTHER DAY

“It creeps up on you, but it’s quite good. This is the level of quality all mini-comics should aspire to.” — Steven Grant, CBR’s Permanent Damage column

“I really thought this was very enthralling, and once I started reading it I had to finish, which, in all honesty, doesn’t happen with a lot of books I get sent these days.” — Paul Hornschemeier, Forlorn Funnies

“This is a story told in spaces and silences, in glances and glares. Instead of telling you every last detail of every last aspect of every last character, as so many comic storytellers are wont to do, Hopkins uses the page for what it’s worth, and what it’s there for, and shows us like a good writer should.” — Roxanne Bielskis, Poverty Comics

“It’s a lot of story to bite off in this small package, and most of the stories come to something of an abrupt end, but there are some very true, effective moments in each one as well.” “I see promising futures for both of these guys.” — Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail

Contact

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