It’s been quite a month for me with Inkstuds. I posted my 500th inkstuds episode, which is pretty impressive marker to hit for a podcast. I have been doing inkstuds 8 and a half years and it’s been a blast. My ability to get shows done, goes up and down. Sometimes my energy lags and I just want to take a break, and sometimes I want to do 5 interviews in a week.
When David Brothers and I talked about him doing some content for the studs, I was happy to have him in any capacity possible. He’s a smart thinker on comics and puts an amazing amount of work into what he does. I wish I had a fraction of the gusto that he does. David and I also have very different taste in comics. While I am excited when anything Chris Ware appears, David is more entranced by a massive manga about basketball. That’s what makes having David provide a month of Inkstuds so special. He asks different questions, talks to different people and of course, is a different person. Only David could bring together Inkstuds and Comics Alliance, two very different comics journalism outlets. Please take the time to read David’s thoughts on taking part and of course, listen to the podcasts.
The last thing to make this month exciting, is the kickstarter I have launched with Brandon Graham. The idea came up when Brandon and I were shooting the shit and Brandon brought up us going to a city and doing a ton of interviews. I like doing interviews with Brandon, as a working and active cartoonist, he brings a perspective that I never will to the interviews. He thinks about comics in a really interesting way, as a creative process. So after a whole bunch of a back and forth, we decided to launch the kickstarter to go to Los Angeles.
LA has an amazing comic scene right now. From guys like Jordan Crane and Mike Mignola to the unlimited pool of stellar folks at Cartoon Network, it seems like you could toss a loonie in any direction and hit someone fantastic. While in LA, we will be hosting a a live Inkstuds recording with a bunch of special guests at Meltdown comics. So far, we have Jaime Hernandez and Bryan Lee O’malley announced as guests. We launched the campaign on Monday morning and then hit our goal by Tuesday afternoon!
Since we still have over 3 weeks to go in the campaign, we have created a strech goal to go to New York city. Our goal for that is $7500. I am really appreciative for all the support we have experienced so far, and can’t wait to do awesome stuff for the rewards!
Special guests Frank Santoro and Brandon Graham help me bring in the 500th episode of inkstuds. 8 and a half years of podcasting and still going strong. I had those two gents on because both of them have been on several times in the past and I always enjoy talking to them.
During the show, Brandon and I announce our upcoming kickstarter campaign for an inkstuds tour/roadtrip. expect that to be launching in the next week.
We were also joined by David Brothers, who has a special Inkstuds project to announce. I am really excited to have David joining in. He’s an important writer on comics.
I have been a big fan of Hellen Jo‘s work since first coming across her amazing Jin and Jamcomic that Sparkplug published. Since then, her work has focused producing paintings that capture a variety of subjects in a really compelling way. I am super happy to have a copy of her new book, Frontier 2, the second in a series of small art books published byhttp://www.youthindecline.com/product/frontier-2-hellen-jo. Enjoy this interview I did with her. It’s been a long time coming and I was happy we were able to talk.
Joann Sfar; cartoonist, film maker, novelist and much more, joined me to talk about his work. His latest film, an adaptation of his book series, The Rabbi’s Cat, can be found on Netflix for those inclined. His other film is a biography of Serge Gainsbourg, Vie Heroique. Other books by Sfar available in english include The Professors Daughter, The Dungeon series of books, Vampire Loves and the Little Vampire series and Klezmer. Be sure to also check out his amazing instagram feed.
Thanks to Joann for taking the time out of his busy schedule to join me.