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64 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Episode 300 – Justin Thompson and Chant MacLeod
THREE HUNDRED! Who’da thunk it? I am pleased as punch that this milestone episode includes Justin Thompson of the comic “Mythtickle,” who was there with me at the dawn of my podcast journey, way back with Comics Coast to Coast, which we did around 79 episodes together! Justin has a been a great friend since then, and has been on many a Tall Tale Radio. So it was a thrill to have him on this episode, along with one of his old actor/writer/singer/musician friends, Chant MacLeod! They go way back to Justin’s Renaissance Faire days, and we have a great talk about creativity, acting, inspiration, and comics! It’s been a heck of a ride to 300, and here’s hoping there are many more to come! This is a good time to thank people like Mike Witmer, artist of “Pinkerton,” and original driving force behind “Tall Tale Features,” the comics site that spawned “Tall Tale Radio.” Also, Irma Beck of “Imy,” webmistress, invaluable tech support, and source of inspiration. And of course Lucas Turnbloom of “How To Cat,” co-host for many of my episodes in recent years. This whole virus thing kept him from being involved in this recent blitz, but the episodes we do are always my favorites!
43 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Episode 299 – Dee Parson
The multi-talented cartoonist, writer, and animator Dee Parson joins me today for a great talk about his life, his influences, his love of comics, and what inspires him! Dee is one of those rare young creators with great drive, a deep love of the art, and obvious respect for the history and people involved in it. We talk about how mentors like Dave Reddick and Jim Davis helped him along his path, and his comics “Life with Kurami” and “Pen and Ink.” Come take a listen to the next generation of cartoonists…from the sound of it, we’re in good hands!
52 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 298 – Frank Jordan
The mad genius behind the comic “Company Man,” Frank Jordan, is here to talk about how he got into comics, why it’s so fun (and necessary) to skewer pop culture, sports and politics, and how it took a comment from his young grandchild to make him realize there are no black people on “The Jetsons.” A great, inspiring talk from one of my favorite cartoonists and writers!
41 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Episode 297 – Rick Schmitz
Video game Art Director, amazing character designer, and Marketing artist, Rick Schmitz joins me to talk about his move five years ago to Germany with his family to pursue jobs over there. It’s inspiring to hear about their travels and experiences, and living overseas is one of those romantic dreams that many of us have had. Rick has always been an inspiring artist, but even more so now with his experiences in Germany and around Europe. Take a listen!
54 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Episode 296 – Georgia Dunn “Breaking Cat News”
Georgia Dunn, illustrator, painter, cartoonist, and writer, does the sweet and funny comic “Breaking Cat News.” It’s beautifully watercolored, really funny, and obviously inspired by her deep love of her cats Elvis, Lupin, and Puck. Georgia is a fantastic artist, and we talk about her journey from a career in the banking world to making the leap into full time freelance art, and how “Breaking Cat News” came from a goofy tweet about one of her cats getting into trouble. Her story is wonderfully inspiring, and a testament to how you just never know where things are going to end up until you start walking the path. Georgia has several books out there, including “Take It Away, Tommy!” which literally came this week! Go forth and find it!
51 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Episode 295 – Dan Santat
Dan Santat, incredibly talented and prolific author and illustrator, joins me for a great talk about his career, art and illustration in general, the power of memoir writing, and how parenting changes us as artists. In every interview I’ve read with Dan doing this research, he’s so honest and thoughtful in his approach to life, and this conversation is no exception. Inspirational stuff, and an honor to talk to a Caldecott Award winning creator. Follow Dan on Instagram for great updates (especially his recent stuff on the Covid-19 situation calling on his microbiology degree to demystify what’s going on and help parents and kids talk about it all constructively). You can find his books here, many of them signed through Vroman’s books!
40 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Episode 294 – Rob Harrell
Rob Harrell, artist and writer of the comic strip “Adam @ Home,” the graphic novel “Monster on the Hill,” and the illustrated novel series, “Life of Zarf,” is here to talk with me about his brand new book, “Wink” which comes out this week! “Wink” is a fictionalized version of the very real and very rare eye cancer that Rob went through some 13 years ago. It’s an intense but very inspirational book that follows the story of young Ross Moloy who has to deal with the very real cancer in his life, navigate the strange waters of middle school, and how to deal with friends who just don’t know what to say in this situation. Rob balances humor, music, relationships, and the uncertainty of fear with such a diagnosis with expert grace, and “Wink” is a wonderful and powerful read that kids and adults will love. We also talk about the 2021 movie “Rumble,” which is, shall we say, loosely based on his great graphic novel, “The Monster on the Hill.” It’s a fascinating process how it went from the original book to the world wrestling-inspired film that’s coming out!
46 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Episode 293 – Jeff Ranjo and John Sanford
It’s animation time again on Tall Tale Radio! Netflix animation’s Jeff Ranjo (Head of story on “Maya and the Three”) and Disney’s John Sanford (Story/Direction “Monsters At Work”) join me for a discussion of how the animation industry has changed over the years, some fun behind the scenes stories about voice work they’ve done, and the joy of the iPad Pro! In keeping with the weird times we live in, John had to use some of our time to go out for groceries, so it’s a cinema verité episode of Tall Tale Radio! Always a blast to talk to these two!
38 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 292 – Maria Scrivan
Maria Scrivan, syndicated cartoonist of the wonderful “Half Full” comic (you can find on GoComics right here), joins me to talk about her work, her TWO new graphic novels coming out this year, “Nat Enough,” and “Forget Me Nat,” her love of watercolor and painting, and we talk about the things we love! “Nat Enough” comes out on April 7th, and “Forget Me Nat” in September, and you can find them here! Follow Maria on Instagram to see more of her amazing work, @mariascrivan.
61 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Episode 291 – Teresa Roberts Logan
Artist, cartoonist, horror-movie enthusiast, and working stand-up comic for many years, Teresa Roberts Logan joins me to talk about her career and life! From a childhood in a huge, boisterous, and funny family, to school, working at Hallmark Cards, and then into the worlds of stand-up comedy and cartoons, Teresa is always a delight to talk to, and another in my series of seriously inspirational people! You can read “The Laughing Redhead” over on GoComics, and you can check out her site LaughingRedhead.com for so much more right here! She’s also made some very cool adult coloring books that sooth and relax…perfect for the times we live in! Check them out here!
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