Episode 33 – Wiley Miller Interview Part Deux

 Yes, the second part of the inteview with THE Wiley Miller of Non Sequitur is here!

Wiley’s new book, “Attack Of The Volcano Monkeys “, features the continuing adventures of Ordinary Basil.

 On this half of this fascinating interview, Wiley talks about the absurdity of online polling for comics, his writing process, and just what he really thinks of web comics. So listen and learn from a true master of the artform.

Hey! We want to know what you think abour your comics page in your newspaper. Give us a call and let us know what you like on your comics page, what you don’t like on your comics page, and what comics you wish were on your comics page. Call us at 206-350-1494 and leave a message. And don’t forget to tell us whicjh paper you are reading.

We’ll most likely play your recording, unless it is lewd.

Webcomic picks of the week:

Captain Excelsior by Zack Weiner and Chris Jones

NobbyNobody’s Odd-Fish by Phillip Blackmon

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Episode 32 – The Wiley Miller Interview

 Yes, THE Wiley Miller of Non Sequitur graced us with a wonderfully informative and entertaining interview.

 In part one of this eye-opening conversation, Wiley tells us what is wrong and right with everything cartoony. The artists’ approach, the point of view one should have as a commercial entity, and most interestingly- how to think like an editor.

Wiley has spent many years working at newspapers and he knows how newspapers think and how they approach comic strips. He also tells us how he broke barriers in working for new approaches in coloring the Sunday pages.

Wiley is good enough to open this treasure chest to us and we are all the better for it. Get ready to scrap all that you think you know.

Wiley’s new book, “Attack Of The Volcano Monkeys “, features the continuing adventures of Ordinary Basil.

After the interview, Brian and Justin talk about the mechanics of illustrating the LAST FRAME of your comic. Do you make it huge and spastic- thereby directing the reader’s eye to it before they read it and therefore spoiling the joke, or do you make the first frame have the most visual impact to lead the reader? Or does an explosion at the end leave the reader wanting more? Hmmmmmmm….

We also plug the webcomic Kevin and Kell by Bill Holbrook. Check that out, it’s great.

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Episode 31 – The Chad Carpenter interview

ImageIn this episode, we talk to "Tundra " creator, Chad Carpenter.  He's self-syndicated in over 150 papers, and is expanding out internationally as well!  He and his marketing guru, Bill Kellogg, take the time to talk to us about how they got where they are and all about the mysterious world of self-syndication.  It's another way to get your work out there for the more industrious and motivated among us, so get your pencils ready to take notes!

Justin and Tom also ramble on about upcoming summer movies, more ideas about niche marketing your strip, and general wackiness.

Our webcomic of the week is "The Barons ," by Ian Culley, and our Comic Strip Theatre comes to us from "Chicken Wings ," by Stefan and Michael Strasser!

This weeks intro/outtro music is 'Until The Road Ends' by Chris McKay and The Critical Darlings


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Episode 30 – Mutts. Yesh!

On this very special episode, Tom and Justin interview the Mutts’ best friend, Patrick McDonnell.

 Patrick discusses his wonderful comic strip Mutts , his enlightened point of view on life and living, and his work with the Humane Society and other important animal rescue efforts.

 

Patrick is a very warm and generous guy who gave us our longest interview ever. He’s also very soft-spoken, so if when you are listening to this you are wondering why Tom and I sound so loud, please understand that it’s not because we wanted to sort of ‘sit a little bit higher than our guest’, it’s just that that is how the recording went.

We hope you enjoy this interview and find it as helpful and inspiring as I do. After I listened to it, I couldn’t wait to get behind my drawing table again.

If you have comments, please let us know here or on our web board .

Thanksh!

 


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Episode 29 – Just The Guys

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We interview "O" in this show for a while. Proudly, he's the first South American cartoonist we've had on the show, and the writer artist of Commissioned Comic.com. "O" tells us all about the wackyness of celebrating the New Year down in Columbia. Commissioned Comic is celebrating it's 1000th comic, so we congratulate "O" and we hope to have him on again soon.

Other than that, it's just us three idiots talking. We talk about drawing under pressure, being a cartoonist parent, and what we have in store for 2008.

 The web comic pick of the week is Jenny The Military Spouse by Julie Negron.  A wonderful strip about the life of a devoted military couple maintaining their marriage through the ultimate long-distance relationship. Go to her website and visit Julie's MySpace page and blog.

 Comic Strip Theater this week puts Mingo on the stage. Mingo, by Mike Sieber, is a very funny comic strip over on Comics Sherpa and we perform the December 25th strip.


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Episode 28 – The Norm Feuti Interview

ImageTom flies solo for the Holidays and interviews Norm Feuti, the former wage-slave behind the excellent syndicated strip "Retail ." 

We talk about writing what you know, inspiration that comes from those horrible jobs we've all held, and especially about Norm's new book, "Pretending You Care, The Retail Employee Handbook."  This ain't no compilation, folks…this is a real live book!  Enjoy!


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Episode 27 – The Andrew Pepoy Interview

 ImageDue to crap beyond our control we now present Episode 27 – The Andrew Pepoy Interview aka THE LOST CHRISTMAS EPISODE

This week we have the honor of picking Andrew Pepoy's brain for how to be a class act when drawing comics for the 2000's. 

Check out his many  works at :

Simon and Ajax – comicmix.com

 Andrew Pepoy's Personal Site – pepoy.com

 Simone and Ajax – simoneandajax.com

Jack of Fables –  Wikipedia on Jack Of Fables

 We also talk for a while to Lex Fajardo, author of the tremendous Kid Beowulf graphic novels, to get his well-versed take on the new Beowulf movie.

 Justin makes a Comic Pick of The Week: Mordant Orange by Mike Bannon

 


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Episode 26 – The Night Owls!

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JT and Tom take time to talk to the terrific, titanic, twisted, Timony twins of Twin Comics.com. They just got syndicated YESTERDAY, a few hours before this interview, with ZUDAcomics.com! Their comic is named Night Owls and it's a real winner. Well, it didn't actually win, the thing was so bloody good that Zuda just opened the front door nice and wide and let 'em stroll in without the nuisance of entering the contest!

 We unpeel the many layers of Bobby and Peter Timony, and reveal their past as movie stars, improv comedians, and "Mud-Monkeys"! (Ya' gota hear this one)

Samples of their comedy short films, The Mook Brothers can be found on You Tube here

Also on Jay Leno's 'Pitch To America'. Click here.  

They are amazingly talented guys and promise to be good friends of the show. We'll be hearing a lot from the Timony twins, and so will you. Night Owls is a wonderful piece of work. 

Brian's webcomic pick of the week: Beaver and Steve by James Turner 


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Episode 25 – Jerry Van Amerongen: The Ballard Street Interview

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Justin Thompson had a chance to sit down and spend a little one on one time with the very talented Jerry Van Amerongen creator of Ballard Street .

Due to the our crazy holiday schedules we recorded this on a Wednesday night and Tom was unable to attend so it’s just me (Brian) and Justin this week.

Our webcomic pick of the week is Winsor and Albert  by Matthew Thompson (not related to Justin.)

Image This is the cover to Jerry’s latest book, “Practicing Human Skills. It’s available through Amazon.com or from Jerry’s own website, http://www.ballardstreet.com/.

 

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Episode 24 – Dave Coverly: The Speed Bump Interview

 

This week we slow down for Speed Bump creator and genius Dave Coverly, who joins us in yet another nightmare SKYPE-fest. I don’t know what it is about the two single-panel cartoonists we have had on this show, but like the Dan Piraro interview, we had major technical problems with the SKYPE network yet again. But, after we adjust to the time-lag and get back on our feet, the interview really lightens up. Full credit goes to Dave Coverly and his open, friendy, and generous nature, which kept him from hanging up.

Dave discusses his early career as an editorial cartoonist for the Herald-Times in Bloomington Indiana, and what is different about creating a single panel strip versus a multi-panel one. He also takes part in our new 5 Questions in 5 Minutes segment.

So give it a listen and please be forewarned about or time-lag and volume problems. They really are out of our hands and well, the show is free.

Our web comic theater is from the November 15th, ExtraLife by fellow cartoonist and podcaster Scott Johnson .

 

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