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Here’s a quick list of seven podcasts (in no particular order) dealing with comics.
For the most part I tend to like shows interviewing artists and/or industry professionals (as opposed to simply reviews), so the list tends to lean heavy that way.
Making Comics: Gutter Talk – Hosted by Adam Greenfield.
Every Friday listen in as Adam Greenfield is joined by artists around the globe discussing making comics.
Tall Tale Radio – Hosted by Tom Racine.
A podcast about comic strips, animation, movies, television, comics and cartoons, with interviews with the best artists in print, on the web, on screen, and everywhere.
Panels & Pizza – Hosted by Adam Vermillion.
Comics and pizza, together at last. Adam Vermillion shares a slice or 6 with some of the biggest and best names in comics.
Pop Culture Hound – Hosted by Chris J. Thompson.
Pop-culture website with a focus on comics, video games, film and TV.
Word Balloon – Hosted by John Siuntres.
The Pop Culture podcast featuring in-depth 1 on 1 interviews from the entertainment worlds of comic books, novels, film, video games and more.
Inkstuds – Hosted by Rob McConnell.
Interviews some of today’s top creators, with a focus on underground and indy comix from publishers like Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn and Quarterly and more.
iFanboy – Comics fandom oriented.
Owned and operated by Graphicly.
If there’s a comics oriented podcast you’d like to recommend, please comment and/or email me as I’d like to update this list from time to time.
All for now – back to work…
A few things that I’ve learned over the years that have crystalized through teaching…
• Devote your time to sharpening your art skills AND your business skills – trends, networking, contracts, etcetera all.
• Don’t pigeonhole yourself to one small aspect of the art form, like limiting yourself to just comics. Remember that Michelangelo wanted to devote himself to sculpture when he was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel.
• The people who succeed are generally the people who are working their asses off. Surround yourself with people like this, people who commit themselves fully and are getting their work out into the world. They’ll generally be better than you which is a GOOD thing – that way the bar keeps getting raised.
• Working hard isn’t enough, you have to work smart as well. You have to create work that’s marketable – that will suit the needs of someone who will then pay you.
• Working long hours with no sleep to meet deadlines isn’t the answer. Your career is a marathon, not a fifty yard dash. Eat right, exercise and sleep regularly like your parents told you to.
• Start now (yesterday is even better). Research the jobs you want, look at the submission guidelines (and follow them METICULOUSLY), then work up samples that will blow the competition out of the water. Follow Steve Martin’s advice to those aspiring to enter the entertainment field – “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
• To cap this off… If you treat your skills as a hobby then that’s where they’ll stay, as a hobby – and that’s FINE as long as that’s your conscious decision – but if you want to have it as your career then you need to get on board and on track.
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I started these posts after teaching Comic Art at the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Here’s the biggest thing I learned teaching there.
…and a special thanks to Professor Barb Schulz, head of the department,
for giving me that opportunity.
When a scene in Sally Forth calls for a specific locale (grocery store, movie theater, etcetera) I’ll often use spots around my hometown of Minneapolis for reference. Take the following…
Excerpt from Francesco Marciuliano’s script for 9/22/2016.
Scene: Exterior. Sidewalk. Right Outside Comic Book Store. Hilary and Faye exit the comic book store. Each has a bag showing a comic book purchase.
For the comic book shop I chose Comic Book College.
It holds a little nostalgia for me as it used to be called Comic City back in the day (and was located one store down from where it is now). For those interested in the history, check out the College of Comic Book Knowledge.
The two guys approaching the comic book store in the first panel are fellow Joe Kubert School classmates Brian Bilter and Mark McMurray.
They’ve snuck into the strip before – it usually happens when I’m not paying close enough attention.
Mark even went so far as to crash a Flash Gordon strip I did back in the day (when he had longer hair).
More on that at joikmeister.livejournal.com
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Among the number of emails I’ve received today, some have praised today’s strip with the little girl in the hijab for reflecting “the diversity that is America.” – others have hated it saying “It was wrong and wholly inappropriate!”
I’d like to state, as the artist on Sally Forth, I currently live in an area that is home to a large number of Somali Americans that have been here for generations and wear the traditional hijab. My drawing is just an everyday classroom scene in my neck of the woods.
For those who were offended that it ran the day after 9/11 I’d also like to add that I lived in New York when the attacks happened and watched the towers go down from across the bay. I abhor the terrorists for what they did. They killed close to 3,000 people that day of ALL faiths and religions.
To strike back against that kind of evil I’m reminded of the words of Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who survived a bullet to the head by a Taliban gunman for being an advocate for a girls’ right to go to school. Her message is that the key in fighting global terrorism is education. So maybe the image of a little Somali American girl in a classroom getting an education is exactly what we need to see MORE of, not less.
And that’s my two cents…