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94 minutes | Nov 9, 2015
Episode 337 :: FINALE
This is the last and final episode of Sidebar. Our unending thanks to every single guest, every single listener and every single person who supported the podcast over the years. You guys and gals rock. We're honored and touched that you chose to hang out with us. Farewell, dear friends. — Dwight, Swain and Adrian On this episode, we played "The Road" by Zero 7.
58 minutes | Nov 3, 2015
Episode 336 :: DWIGHT, SWAIN and ADRIAN on Friendship
As we wind it down to the Sidebar finale, your three hosts decided to do one last one-on-one on the topic of what else? Friendship. What is the definition of a friend? Is there a difference between work friends, social media friends and "real" friends? How much influence do our interests and hobbies have on the friendships we make? And at what point does someone become more than a friend?
62 minutes | Oct 30, 2015
Episode 335 :: LAUREN PANEPINTO on Empathy
In nerd literature, the empath is the character that "feels things deeply." Often to help his or her team figure out what their next move should be. On today's podcast, we dive head first into that topic — empathy. Is empathy something that can be taught or is it instinctual like the moral impulse? In what ways does it benefit a creative person to put themselves in the shoes of a client, or even their audience? And can you develop empathy until it becomes another skill in your skill set? Joining me in "feeling all the feels" is my friend, art director Lauren Panepinto (Orbit Books). Lauren is also a member of the Muddy Colors collective and wrote a recent blog post on the subject of empathy. She is as adept with her words as she is with images!
1 minutes | Oct 28, 2015
All things must conclude at some point, and this podcast is no exception. After almost eight years of conversing with some of the greatest creatives working in visual arts and entertainment, Sidebar will be shutting its doors soon. It is time to move on. Is this ending bittersweet? You bet it is. Sidebar has been a labor of love that has given the three of us as much — if not more — than it has given its listeners. And for that gift, we are eternally grateful. Episode #337 will be our last and final podcast. Until then ... — Dwight, Swain and Adrian
71 minutes | Oct 26, 2015
Podcast Episode 334 :: MARCO NELOR
Our guest today is Marco Nelor, a fantastic concept artist based out of Chicago, Illinois. Marco's work on AAA game titles like Injustice Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat have brought him significant acclaim, but as you'll hear in the interview, he remains a humble student of his craft. In the conversation, Nelor talks about being Chicago-based (food!), his creation D'vorah, developing top notch assets for companies like NetherRealm Studios, and the incredible graphite line work he is so well known for.
62 minutes | Oct 9, 2015
Podcast Episode 333 :: GREG MANCHESS on Talent
My friend, illustrator Greg Manchess, jumps on the mics with me today to tackle one of his favorite topics — talent. What is talent? Does it exist or is it a myth? Is it a word that's misunderstood or simply misapplied? And why does talent get such a bad rap in the creative community, specifically the visual arts? In the conversation, Greg and I do our damnedest to figure out what talent really is — or if it really is. — Swain
84 minutes | Oct 5, 2015
Episode 332 :: JOHN SIUNTRES on Change
Change is inevitable. It's relentless. It's like Wile E. Coyote — it just keeps on comin'. Change is also our topic today, and here to help me chop it up is my guest, John Siuntres. John is a Chicago area radio personality and the host of the mighty Word Balloon podcast, a show I've been a fan of for years In the conversation, we get into all sorts of things: how cell phones are slowly getting bigger, the hip-hop variant cover controversy over at Marvel, tons of pop culture stuff, and just how long should a podcast be. — Swain
66 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
Episode 331 :: BRIAN HABERLIN
Brian Haberlin built a career on diversity. While most people may know Brian as one of the most respected colorists in the comics industry and the co-creator of Witchblade for Top Cow Productions, he is also known as a tireless educator with his Digital Art Tutorials and an innovative spirit of adopting technology to narrative storytelling. On this episode, Adrian speaks with Brian about his new book Faster Than Light debuting this month from Image Comics, moving from television production into comics, his time with Homage Studios at the height of the Image Boom, working with the late Michael Turner, and the often hilarious world of movie options.
74 minutes | Sep 3, 2015
Episode 330 :: DAVID ATCHISON on Masculinity
What is masculinity? Is it just a fancy way of saying macho or is it more than that? Years ago, we used to revere the strong and silent type. These days, not so much. Men are expected to be brave, tough and resolute, as well as sensitive and vulnerable. And while one can certainly be all of those things, the challenge is trying to balance them. Here to assist me in breaking down this topic is my friend, writer David Atchison (12 Gauge Comics, Dynamite Entertainment). David and I discuss early impressions of manliness, superheroic imagery, girls, the emo rapper, and what we think it means to be masculine in the modern era. — Swain
51 minutes | Aug 24, 2015
Episode 329 :: DAN PANOSIAN
Dan Panosian has a few things on his resume. He's worked for every major comic book publisher, drawn every major character, he's done advertising, storyboards, video game and toy design, and he co-founded the original Drink and Draw Social Club. Busy dude! On the today's episode, we chat with Dan about working in comics in the '90s, getting better as an artist, Kung Fu Panda, West Coast livin', and some of the wonderful changes that come along with being a new dad. *Dan is currently working on a creator-owned project that he's writing and drawing for Image. Look for an announcement later this year.
71 minutes | Aug 7, 2015
Episode 328 :: JASON SCHACHTER of Essential Sequential
The job of an art rep/dealer is one that has certainly evolved in the modern era. For episode #328, we chat with Jason Schachter of Essential Sequential, an art collective that boasts some of the biggest names in comic art. In the conversation, Jason talks about conventions and commissions, the things he's learned while building the Essential Sequential brand, challenges along the way, and why he's still a fan at heart. *ES will be exhibiting at Baltimore Comic-Con September 25-27 and New York Comic-Con October 8-11. Check their website for specific artist attendees.
72 minutes | Aug 3, 2015
Episode 327 :: TANNA TUCKER on Individuality
"Just be yourself." A simple admonishment, yet how do you do it when so much of who we are is shaped by outside influences? Where we're born, our culture, our parents, and everything we're exposed to, all play a part in who we become. On today's podcast, we discuss individuality and how a multitude of factors can make the road to self-discovery a bumpy one. Here to help me sort out the topic is my friend, San Francisco-based artist Tanna Tucker. My thanks to her for bringing much verve and depth to the discussion. — Swain
61 minutes | Jul 22, 2015
Podcast Episode 326 :: TRADD MOORE
SCAD graduate and Atlanta homie Tradd Moore is our in-studio guest today. With his dynamic art making mad waves out there, we chat with Tradd about fans coloring his work, anime influences like Berserk and Dragon Ball Z, and using sports imagery for reference. He also talks about leaving All-New Ghost Rider, why he likes working into the wee hours, and being happily committed to drawing his creator-owned book. *The Legacy of Luther Strode is written by Justin Jordan, drawn by Moore, and colored by Felipe Sobreiro. Issue #2 is in stores now. *Apologies for the sound quality on this one. My mic did not sound nice! — Swain
78 minutes | Jul 17, 2015
Episode 325 :: DUSTIN JOHNSON on Geek Pride
On today's episode, we chat with a good friend about geek pride, or what it's like being gay in the geek community. Is there a difference in experiences? Considering fandom is full of people who don't quite fit in, should there be more acceptance amongst geeks? And is there pressure on gay creators to tell stories with specific kinds of themes? Special thanks to our pal, artist and fan Dustin Johnson, who kindly agreed to come on and share his perspective as a very out geek guy. — Swain
41 minutes | Jul 10, 2015
Episode 324 :: BRITT SNYDER
Joining us on the show today is Boston-based artist and painter Britt Snyder. I became aware of Britt's work when he was selected as one of the Muddy Colors' Rising Stars of 2014. All four stars were showcased at the Muddy Colors booth at Spectrum Live and I was really moved by Britt's paintings. When I got home, I jumped on his site and became a bonafide fan. In our chat, Britt and I cover some background (he studied guitar and came to art later), his commercial work for companies like Sony, Blizzard Entertainment, and Liquid Entertainment, and being dubbed a "rising star" some 14 years into his career. — Swain
58 minutes | Jul 4, 2015
Episode 323 :: Patriotic Superheroes
Patriotic-themed heroes have been a staple in American comics since World War II. And while national pride isn't what it was seventy years ago, many of those characters remain published and fairly popular. Today's podcast is all about them: Those super-powered gals and guys who rep their country (and in some cases, their people) in a big way. Lots of familiar names pop up in the discussion: Captain America, the Shield, Miss Victory, Wonder Woman, Star-Spangled Kid, Union Jack, Captain Canuck, Captain Britain, Truth, Patriot, American Eagle, Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, Free Spirit, Sabra, Fighting American, the Comedian, etc.. And yes, we get into the recent flag controversy with some inspiration from an old Epic comic called Captain Confederacy. (I know, really?)
73 minutes | Jun 30, 2015
Podcast Episode 322 :: CHUCK MOULTON on Good and Evil
Not unlike yin and yang, good and evil are two words often mentioned together like interdependent twins joined at the hip. But as concepts, do they really pass muster? Can any person's actions be exclusively motivated by sheer benevolence or sheer malevolence? My buddy, graphic and web designer Chuck Moulton, joins me today to discuss the topics of good and evil. Chuck and I go deep and have a lot of fun on this one. — Swain
63 minutes | Jun 19, 2015
Podcast Episode 321 :: MITCH GERADS
From Marvel's All New: The Punisher, Mitch Gerads joins us on the show today. We chat with Mitch about being a military buff, the soldiers who are fans of his work, collaborating with writer Nathan Edmondson (The Activity, Dancer), and some of his favorite spy/espionage movies. Before breaking into comics, Mitch did commercial art (lots of breakfast cereals). We find out what's cooler: Walking into a comic shop and seeing your work, or walking down a grocery store aisle and seeing your work. Ha!
72 minutes | Jun 8, 2015
Podcast Episode 320 :: The Golden Age
A golden age is considered a period in a field of endeavor where great things were accomplished. A magical time or a better time, if you will. Today's podcast is all about the different golden ages in comics: The thirties, Marvel in the sixties, the Speculator Boom/Image Revolution, and even right now with comic book movies and comics culture becoming so mainstream. Plus, our own personal golden ages. You know, that year in our youths when the medium hit us at the right time and we became lifelong fans. (Aw, yeah!) *A special thanks to our friend and sponsor John Robinson of Graham Crackers Comics. John is a retailer of 25 years and a true-blue comics fan. He brings a lot of love and perspective to this discussion.
76 minutes | May 29, 2015
Podcast Episode 319 :: AMY REEDER on Anxiety
The terrific artist behind the Image comic Rocket Girl, Amy Reeder, joins me today and we talk about anxiety. Amy and I delve into how anxiety can affect you both creatively and personally, and how last year on social media, she began openly discussing her own challenges with it. Check out Reeder's book, Rocket Girl. Issue #6 is out right now! — Swain
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