Two of the biggest names in both comics AND kids books are here to talk about a very cool event they’re involved with…Drawn Together! This Saturday, June 20th, Stephan Pastis (“Pearls Before Swine,” “Timmy Failure”) and Lincoln Peirce (“Big Nate” comics and books), will join two other giants of the industry, Jeff Kinney (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) and Dav Pilkey (“Captain Underpants”) in Los Angeles to raise money to help inner city school libraries throughout L.A.
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“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!
The man behind the great “Pearls Before Swine” joins me again to talk about a bunch of new stuff coming down the pike. He’s got a new treasury coming out, “Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out,” we do an update on his most excellent iPad app, “Only the Pearls,” and talk extensively about his first novel coming out in February, “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.” There’s always a lot of talk in the industry of diversifying yourself, and Pastis is obviously at the forefront of that. Besides, the episode ends with a bittersweet/hilarious story bound to cement his place as a rock-star cartoonist that involves a limo, late night partying and a midget. No…really.
All that and an informative new “Lemon List” from the ever-amazing Jonathan Lemon of “Rabbits Against Magic.” This week, the best cartoon bands! I never fail to learn something amazing about the history of comics and cartoons from Lemon, and this week is no exception!
Stephan Pastis joins me to talk about his brand spankin’ new app, “Only The Pearls.” In it, he sets the bar very high for the industry, with 250 of his favorite “Pearls Before Swine” comics, 100 audio commentaries on them, and dozens of very funny videos where he gives us insight into how the process works, how good he is at sinking a basketball in his house, and how he has delusions of grandeur about the coffee shop he works in. There’s very funny satire, but also a ton of really valuable insight into the process of making a syndicated strip. The section on his bulletin board alone is stuff every artist should see. He also continues to make fun of my Django Reinhart opening music, so just to shut him up, I make a slight change he suggests.
You can get this amazing app at the iTunes app store.
Also, a new Lemon List from the ever-amazing Jonathan Lemon of “Rabbits Against Magic!” You learn something every time you hear one of these, and today is no exception!
Part the Second of the epic hour and a half interview with Stephan Pastis of “Pearls Before Swine” fame. You can click here for a direct link:
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Due to the urging of my guest today, “Pearls Before Swine” creator Stephan Pastis, we decided to give the video interview thing a whirl. This is my first foray into Skype video recording, and there were a few technical issues…such as the fact the the audio is a separate track and falls out of synch constantly. So, there are a couple of times where it might look like we’re imitating a Japanese monster movie, but hopefully it isn’t too distracting.
We talked for a good hour and a half, so I’ve broken it down into two parts. In Part 1, we talk about his foray into web animation, the idea for a “Pearls” movie, his recent trip to Afghanistan with the USO and several other big time cartoonists, and how the retirement of “Cathy” has affected him. There’s a great story about his “tribute” strips that’s worth the price of admission alone. And there’s Trivial Pursuit questions!
In Part 2, you’ll get to hear us ramble about films, what a geek I am, and other subjects. Once I finish editing it! Enjoy!
Reuben Award Madness continues! Stephan Pastis of the most entertainly excellent “Pearls Before Swine” joins me for a chat. He’s up for two Reubens…Best Comic Strip AND the big enchilada itself, the Reuben. I had originally planned on posting this next Monday, which is AFTER the Reubens this year, but as you’ll hear, Stephan basically threatened my life if I didn’t put it up ASAP, so here it is. I didn’t want a visit from a psychopathic duck or cat.
What do we talk about? Everything. The Reubens, the state of newspapers, his animated film, movies in general, violence, sex, boat parties in San Diego, Comic Con, Justin $%#!@ Thompson, Magellan…you name it. When it started, I thought we had about 20 minutes to talk…we ended up chatting for over an hour. It’s a ton of fun…but I’m still pulling for Coverly.
It’s incredibly cool that I get to talk to artists and writers like I do, so this time, it’s four times as cool! Lucas Turnbloom and I took a little road trip up to Los Angeles to witness the “Drawn Together” event that featured four of the biggest names in kids’ literature, Jeff Kinney (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Dav Pilkey (“Captain Underpants”), Stephan Pastis (“Timmy Failure”), and Lincoln Peirce (“Big Nate”). In front of about 1,500 of their biggest fans, these four guys delivered positive messages about reading and cartooning, and helped Access Books to raise money to get books into inner city Los Angeles schools.
Anne Hambrock, wife of John Hambrock of “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” and colorist for the strip, is deep in the throes of organizing the 2nd Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. She threw this bash last year, and it went so well, the public has demanded another. She’s here to talk about why she loves meeting cartoonists, why it’s important that people DO meet cartoonists, and about how she’s raising money to pay for an amazing group of artists to show up, all while keeping the Festival free to the public!
The scheduled cartoonists are Stephan Pastis, Norm Feuti, Dave Coverly, Greg Cravens and Michael Jantze, with the great Hilary Price on deck and ready to show up if Anne reaches her Kickstarter goal. I am also involved as the panel moderator, so I have no shame in doing a PBS-like plea for money, so click here! Or here! Or here! (Actually, they all go to the same place…just click.) There are tons of great incentives…get moving, people!
It’s an honor to be involved with talent of this magnitude, and these sorts of festival gatherings are truly important in keeping the comics art form out there in front of the public, so thank you for your support!
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How has the world of Social Media affected the creative process? Can you create in a world where people put up pictures of what they’re about to eat every five minutes? How do you best use the internet when you’re starting up a new idea or developing a new strip? These are the questions tackled in this very special Tall Tale Radio episode. I’ve gathered some of the best and brightest, all of whom are currently going through this in one way or another. Joel Duggan of “Starcrossed” has been introducing new characters and developing them as they go. John Sanford of “Chippy and Loopus” and “K and J” is working on a new idea he hopes to launch this summer. And Irma Eriksson of “Imy” fame has recently started to develop her astronomy-based comic called “Cosmicals.”
All three have great things to say about the creative process and how the internet and specifically social networking has affected their approach.
All this, AND a new Lemon List by the ever amazing Jonathan Lemon of “Rabbits Against Magic!” This week, he takes us on a tour of famous cartooning Meccas that should be on every cartoonist’s Travel Bucket List.
Also, a short plug for the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning that’s coming this September. I’ve been asked to be the panel moderator during this amazing festival now in its second year. This September, you’ll be able to see me grill Stephan Pastis, Dave Coverly, Greg Cravens, Norm Feuti and Michael Jantze for free in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Anne Hambrock, colorist of “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” is organizing, and this year, she’s started a Kickstarter campaign to help ensure she can keep the entry fee to ZERO! Help us gather the funds needed to pay the artists for their time, secure the venues and to get some cool surprises as well. Thanks for your support!