Putting the JOY in JOYSTICK ANGELS – An Interview with T.J. Sterling

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

T.J. Sterling, creator of JOYSTICK ANGELS, chats with Comic Book Yeti interviewer Steve Thompson about making a comic with a soundtrack, the feeling of seeing people like yourself in comics, and creating comics for the sake of creating comics, not as a soft pitch to Netflix. Plus, find out what's next for RAE COMICS!

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For folks who want a little more background info, here it is below:

Independent Black-owned publisher Red Arcis Entertainment (RAE), known for the Okemus comic book series, launched a Kickstarter for their brand-new YA comic book series Joystick Angels and funded their full $8000 within the first 24 hours. The proceeds will go towards printing, publishing, marketing, and distributing Joystick Angels #1 and includes an original soundtrack created exclusively for the story.

Joystick Angels is a comic book space opera that takes place post-Earth after an evil alien parasitic empire, the Eukarya, destroy the planet. The last of humanity settled on the satellite space vessel, The Libor Space Station, and now must defeat the alien menace. The story follows a squadron of five teenage space pilots, Fox, Deuce, Tank, Dragonetti, and Legz, called the Angels as they seek retribution.

The series was co-written by RAE Comics President and Founder T.J. Sterling and his brother, music producer Spenser Sterling, who composed the OST. Their collaboration blends their creative skills and serves as a love letter to 90s comics, mech anime, and video games they both were fanatic about as kids. The comic is illustrated by Nats "Shun" Ledesma, with colors by Loris Ravina (Changa, Stronghold) and letters by Deron Bennett (Okemus). Dr. Shamika Mitchell served as the Joystick Angels Editor.

T.J., a comic book industry veteran who has worked on over 50 titles at both Marvel and DC Comics, worked a