“Pearls Before Swine” mastermind Stephan Pastis is off on another world tour to give talks, meet the fans, and to sign the new “Pearls” book “Pearls Falls Fast,” and his latest Timmy Failure book, “Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done.” We talk about life on the road, how NOT to endear yourself to theme-park patrons, and other assorted ramblings!
Well, it’s not exactly “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish,” but it IS time for a break.
After nearly six years and 197 episodes, and two previous years and 70 episodes of “Comics Coast to Coast,” I’m taking some time off from podcasting. There are myriad reasons, of course…some personal, some professional, some just “overwhelmed” related. In a nutshell, as anyone with kids and a full time job will tell you, life gets in the way of creative endeavors. I’ve managed to work the podcast into my life, but I find I need those 10-15 hours a week back for myself. I’m trying to get a voice over career launched, trying to put together a fund-raising project for my stroke-stricken brother Don, and a couple of other creative endeavors as well. Something had to give.
I’ve loved my time with this podcast, and I’m not closing the door completely. The Reuben Awards are in San Diego at the end of May, and there’s always San Diego Comic Con to cover. Both of those will probably be mostly video in nature, but I’ll be keeping my hand in the game that way. And I’ll be at the great Kenosha Festival of Cartooning in September. And of course, comics have always been a huge part of my life as a fan and as a pro, so they ain’t going anywhere, either. I’ll still be out there pimpin’ my friends and colleagues and spreading the word.
Tall Tale Radio has opened all sorts of doors for me and as with all good things, it’s the people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve forged that will be the most lasting thing. If and when I return, I’d like to expand the scope of TTR, or even start up a new, broader podcast. Maybe this fall…stay tuned.
I thank you all for listening, I thank GoComics and the amazing John Glynn for his unwavering support in my little slice of the podcast universe, and I thank all my guests for putting up with nerdy questions about paper and ink nibs.
In the meantime, remember for your podcasting/comics/geek fix, there’s the great Comics Coast to Coast, TGT Media with Kurt Sasso, the Webcomics Alliance, and my buds over at The Geek League of America. I wouldn’t be surprised if I showed up on some of those podcasts maybe in the future…it’s SOOO much easier to be a guest and just spout off without the hours of research! And thanks to the great Jonathan Lemon of “Rabbits Against Magic” for his amazing “Lemon Lists” that classed up my podcast! And, as always, a huge thanks to the invaluable and amazing Irma Eriksson of “Imy.” Without her, there’s no site, among other things. Be sure to read her comic!
See ya out there in the funny pages/websites/iPads.
Let the bells ring, let the children sing, let proclamations be read in boisterous voices, and let there be feasts of the finest meats and cheeses in all the land! Tall Tale Radio is officially launching on Universal/Uclick’s GoComics site! I am thrilled and honored to be syndicated by them, and with any luck, my little slice of the podcast world will garner a few more listeners. (Considering GoComics is one of the best-trafficked comic sites out there, I’m fairly confident one or two more people will stumble on the show!)
I wish I could more eloquently state how excited I am about this. It’s honestly been a dream of mine to be syndicated as an artist since I was probably 9 years old. I never dreamed that it would occur on the podcasting path rather than the cartooning one, but life takes you down interesting paths. I was a good writer and fair to middlin’ artist, but that’s not enough to crack the big time world of cartooning. “Tall Tale Radio,” and before that with my time on “Comics Coast to Coast,” has been a labor of love, getting to talk to great artists, share their stories and do something I’m pretty good at…and it seems to have paid off. I hope that those of you who have been so amazingly loyal and supportive over the years will spread the word and join me as the next phase of Tall Tale Radio gets going on Monday, January 7th. I am deeply indebted to John Glynn, Super High Muckity Muck at Universal, who has always been über-supportive of the show and immediately was on-board when I suggested the GoComics idea. Next round of single malt is on me, John!
As for the future, the goal is to have a new podcast every Monday as scheduling allows. The fine folks of GoComics made it utterly clear that I am to just continue doing what I do with Tall Tale Radio…there are no restraints on who I talk to, what syndicate they’re with, or anything like that. I’m sure many of my guests will be GoComics folks, but that’s mostly because they have such a huge stable of artists. But my friends at other syndicates and all the amazing webcartoonists out there are going to be featured on the show as usual. (My process for getting guests is pretty pathetic…it’s usually me saying “hey, I’d love to talk to that artist” and sending out random emails. I’m going to try to tighten that up a little!)
Let the Grand Experiment begin! First up, the talented and amazing Mark Tatulli of “Heart of the City” and “Lio” joins me to start the party!
Tall Tale Radio-ites! Just a quick blog to let you in on what’s up in my slice of the podcasting world. Been a busy several months, starting with a great trip to NYCC in October, going to the San Diego Comics Fest, and running a successful Indiegogo campaign to get some new stuff (laptop, iPad).
Podcasts have been scarce due to those commitments and my impending launch on GoComics. Those folks are workin’ hard on the GoComics site, and launch a comic a week. They’ve never hosted a podcast, so I have thrown them a few technical curves, and they’re pretty swamped, so launch date keeps getting pushed back. I don’t have a firm date, but early 2013 is looking good. I was holding off on booking new guests until I knew what was up with them, as I didn’t want to schedule a guest and then unexpectedly launch the next week into a much larger audience pool. But I’m going to proceed pretty much as normal starting in 2013.
I just posted a great interview with alt-weekly goddess Jen Sorensen, and with some luck, I’ll be interviewing some Disney animator types about a really cool non-Disney project before the end of the year. Then we hit the wonderful madness of Christmas, and I’ll be taking a brief break then. But the plan is to get up and running quickly in January, and as soon as GoComics happens, you’ll be the first to know!
Hope you all have a wonderful December, and stay tuned. Big things a-comin’ down the pike!
The most crass, commercial, and quite frankly scary time of year is upon us…the impending cloud of “Black Friday.” Now, as the father of two wonderful little girls whom I want to shower with gifts and fun stuff, I fully understand the desire to save some money and get your shopping done. But let’s remember something; it seems every year more and more people are injured or literally trampled to death in the name of saving $100 on a 36″ HDTV. Can you think of a more depressing way to leave this planet than to die just inside the doors of Wal-Mart because some idiots behind you couldn’t wait to get the $25 Blu-ray player that they could get online or next week for about the same place?
I also don’t want to get too political, but seriously, folks, spend your money LOCALLY, and even better, spend it on artists and creators who work hard to give you your daily entertainment. As I have done a mostly comics-related podcast for over five years, I naturally have my finger on the pulse of that world, and have made many friends in it. These are hard-working artists and writers, and if you’re going to spend your money this holiday season, why not support the arts? Get comics for yourself and your kids, get them for your friends and family. If you’re getting a Kindle or an iPad, go out and get some $0.99 ebooks and apps from cartoonists and writers you know or have heard about. And at the very least, don’t do all your shopping at Target and Wal-Mart. Every city has great “mom and pop” independent stores that need your help, and there are tons of craft fairs and public markets this time of year. Wanna stimulate the economy? Then spread the wealth around to the small businesses that make up the foundation of this country.
Here’s a list of books and things to buy from some of my favorite comic artists and writers. Many of them are friends, but they’re here because I truly love their work and want them to be successful so as to keep making all this great stuff to read. Remember, too, that most of your favorite webcartoonists and writers have “Donate” buttons on their sites, and $5 or $10 would be a huge help for them to keep going. So, Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!
(And if I’ve missed someone or a book YOU recommend, put it in the comments!)
• Irma Eriksson of “Imy” has her THIRD book out! You can get all three, or various combos! Buy here!
• Lex Fajardo is trying to get Kickstarter funds to publish his third book! Give him some love and get a GREAT book!
• Krishna Sadasivam does consistently amazing work on “P.C. Weenies.” Go get some of his cool stuff!
• Dawn Griffin of “Zorphbert and Fred” has more stuff to get than you can imagine! GREAT for kids to get into comics!
• Justin Thompson, one of my favorite co-hosts and the artist I always wanted to be, sells his “Mythtickle” book here! Gorgeous!
• Robin Dempsey is a vibrant voice for long-form web-graphic novels, and you can get her “Leylines” books here!
• Jonathan Mahood’s “Bleeker The Rechargeable Dog” is funny and utterly perfect for kids! Get it here!
• Francesco Marciuliano has a huge hit on his hands with “I Could Pee On This, And Other Poems By Cats.” If you have a cat, or know a cat owner, just trust me…get it!
• Tim Rickard does consistently hilarious work on “Brewster Rockit.” Go get on board this hilarious space comic!
• Mary Varn of “NPC” always makes me giggle with her work, and now you can get her 2013 calendar here!
• Steve Ogden is a Renaissance Man of the highest degree; animator, artist and writer. His ghoulish collection of short stories “Headstones and Monuments” is GREAT.
• Lucas Turnbloom’s “Imagine This” has been a favorite for many years. Go get his books NOW!
• If you’re a fan of “Tom the Dancing Bug” by Ruben Bolling (and shame on you if you’re not), then join his INNER HIVE, and get the comics early with very cool insightful commentary from the man himself.
• Chris Sparks put together the most beautiful and amazing book to help raise money for Parkinson’s research in the name of “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson. Artists from all over put in their homages to Richard’s work, and the result is simply stunning. And part of the money goes to Parkinson’s research…talk about win-win! Get it here!
• Suzie Plakson, actress, singer, writer, artist, has completed her newest work “King Lillian.” Read the book, listen to her amazing audiobook!
• Keith Knight is impossibly funny and insightful...get his books and more here!
• Brian Anderson of “Dog Eat Doug” is a great cartoonist, but wait until you see his kids books! Get his beautiful artistry here!
• Brad Diller does the really funny single panel, “Funday Morning.” Book 2 is available now!
• Dave Coverly is a personal fave, and he needs to put out more books! Buy the ones he does have out right here!
• Mark Tatulli enters the world of comics aimed at kids. No words, great sense of humor, and stuff kids love like zombies and monsters! Can’t go wrong with “There’s a Monster in My Socks!”
• Tom Richmond is offering only 120 Artist Editions of his “Mad Art of Caricature” book, where he’ll draw YOU inside! Seriously, people…this doesn’t happen much! Get it now!
• Greg Cravens does “The Buckets” and his new comic “Hubris.” His mighty facial hair commands you to buy a very funny book!
• John Hambrock of “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” is funny and his line work is to be envied with the passion of a thousand suns! Get his book here!
• And finally, you can get books, framed art, and much more from your favorite strips by simply going to the GoComics store. It’s a great place to make it simple to get a print of your favorite artist’s work! Check it out here!
Hear me, O Loyal Podcast followers! I have started an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise money for me to buy a sparkly new MacBook laptop so I can keep up with the fast-paced and cutthroat world of comics podcasting! You can watch my fun video and learn all the details here:
At least watch the video. Those things take time! Let me explain…no, there’s no time for that…let me sum up. My wonderfully loyal and amazing 2006 MacBook Pro is just not able to perform like it used to…hey, it happens to the best of us, ok? I’m not even able to access the iCloud on it because it’s processor is one-generation too old! As much of a Mac fan-boy that I am, they ain’t cheap, so I’m turning to y’all to see if you can chip in to help me out. I have some very cool incentives up that are being snatched up fast, and I’m adding more all the time.
Mostly, what makes these things work in the long run is word of mouth. If you can’t afford to help (and trust me, I empathize completely!), just spread the word as best you can via Twitter, Facebook, or wear one of those sandwich boards you see guys wearing on the corner. Ooo! Maybe one of those cool spinning arrow signs! That’d be cool!
The main reason I’m doing this is to be sure I’m up to date technologically speaking as I launch this fall on GoComics! I’ll be the only podcast on there, and it’s the single biggest comics site on the web, getting nearly a million unique views a month! That should increase my read JUST a tad. Big things are coming down the pike, and with your help, I’ll be ready for the challenge. Thanks so much! I’ve said it before, but darn it, I have the best listeners in the Podverse!