Creating Pulp Characters with Brad Mengel

10922486_10152686312799200_2167649557505173889_nPro Se Press and Airship 27 author Brad Mengel comes by the Exploding Typewriter to talk about the act of creating pulp characters. Brad discusses his process when he approaches new characters, what qualities he considers necessary for a pulp character, how he avoids the trap of creating characters that are too similar to archetypes, and how he writes existing characters.

An important announcement also accompanies this episode: for the time being, The Exploding Typewriter will not have any new episodes. Focusing more on my writing has made me re-evaluate the investment of time that this show requires and based on the lack of feedback or ratings, it seems that people aren’t getting a lot out of the show. And so the decision has been made to end it, perhaps temporarily or perhaps permanently.

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Percival Constantine

Percival Constantine

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Percival Constantine is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and mass media. In 2005, he began working in the comic book industry as an editor for Making Comics Studios. Since then, he has also worked as a freelance letterer and writer for, among others, AC Comics, Black Glass Press, and Cosmic Times. In 2007, Percival self-published his first novel, Fallen. His second novel, Chasing The Dragon, followed in 2008. With the publication of Love & Bullets in 2010, Percival officially joined the ranks of PulpWork Press. In 2012, he became an editor for Pro Se Productions. He currently resides in southern Japan, where he works as a writer, editor, and teacher. He also hosts a podcast show called The Exploding Typewriter: Pulp Writers on Writing Pulp. For more, visit

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