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What's Your Story?

Enjoy the personal backstories and career experiences shared by some of your favorite artists and creative talents in this comfortably paced 1:1 interview style podcast. Sit back with host Todd Dolce' as  your favorite illustrators, animators and comic book artists address the question, "What's YOUR Story?" 

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"What's Your Story?" S3 | #001-Bob Weber Jr. Interview
With a worldwide newspaper distribution of 400+, my guest today, none other than the esteemed cartoonist, writer and illustrator, Bob Weber Jr. is likely best known for his award-winning syndicated comic strip and brain puzzler panel ….. "Slylock Fox."Bob's ingenious cast of hilarious characters coupled with his wonderful art style are captured in a daily, panel sized brain puzzler format which continues to attract fans of all different ages!! The comic has an incredibly broad appeal reaching audiences from around the globe. Slylock Fox has also earned the Parent's Choice Approval Commendation by the Parent's Choice Foundation, the first comic strip to receive this honor. Join me in this episode of "What's Your Story?" as I chat with the legendary cartoonist Bob Weber Jr. about his background, his career, the birth of Slylock Fox along with a peak behind his creative process… To Follow Bob:Twitter X: @SlylockfoxInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/slylockfoxcomic/Website: https://www.slylockfox.com/Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/SlylockFox/King Features Syndicate: https://comicskingdom.com/slylock-fox-and-comics-for-kidsPurchase Bob's Books and Merch:https://www.slylockfox.com/store/Amazon To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: togotooner@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: togotooner@gmail.comTo send me your financial support, contact me IMMEDIATELY here:togotooner@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Funny All Ages Comics.Funny or generally silly or sweet genre only, please.  As always, thanks for listening.  Me
83:14 2/11/24
"What's Your Story?" #010-Andy Runton Interview_Season Finale 2-Hour Special Episode
Andy Runton’s cute little Owly character found his way home before my very eyes  while perusing online sometime in the very early 2000’s and I couldn’t help but smile as Owly's deceptively simplistic shape design immediately appealed to all of my senses.  In a sea of overdone and worn-out superhero types littering both print and digital platforms, Owly was a breath of fresh air!  After digging deeper into the book series, I soon realized that the stories behind the cute little bird were indeed as charming as the art. Cuteness and a good story will always prevail in my eyes, but add to it, a good lesson nestled somewhere between the text and the art and now you have my undivided attention.  Andy Runton accomplishes this trifecta with great skill and craftsmanship. His ability to weave charm, kindness, life lessons with an equally wonderful story  into a fun adventure makes it abundantly clear why he has earned countless awards and praises across the children’s book industry. As is the case of many of my legendary and talented creative guests, Runton’s career trajectory was not without its challenges and roadblocks but just like the other successful talents, he persevered and never let anything prevent him from reaching his professional goals. Join me today in this season finale special episode with the Eisner Award winning author/illustrator Andy Runton about the early years, his career path to success and as well… his design process and preferred tools of the trade.To Follow Andy:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/owly/Website: https://www.andyrunton.com/owly/Represented by Barry Goldblatt Purchase Andy's Books: Authored and/or Illustrated:Scholastic Bookshttps://www.amazon.com/ To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: togotooner@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe and appearance, send all complaints here: togotooner@gmail.comI'm always open to future guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Funny All Ages Comics.Funny or generally silly or sweet genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  Me
132:27 11/3/23
"What's Your Story?" #009-Raissa Figueroa Interview
Raissa Figueroa’s beautiful illustrations first caught my attention while perusing online through my usual community outlets and immediately captivated me with her use of organic and luminescent colors weaved beautifully into her water-colored worlds of both land, sky and sea. Her ability to accentuate the environments depicted in her images with her stunning use of color serves as the perfect backdrop for her equally charming subject matter. It did not take long after looking at subsequent illustrations along with her portfolio of work, to fully understand the breadth of her talent.  With illustration credits for such wonderful children’s books like “We Wait for the Sun”,  “Oona”,   “You Will Do Great Things”,   “We are One”,    “Like So” and her own authored and illustrated book, “What My Daddy Loves” it’s no wonder Raissa has gained the worldwide attention she justly deserves.  Join me today as I chat with the Corretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor winner Raissa Figueroa about her early years, career trajectory along with the design process she employs while creating her beautiful art.To Follow Raissa:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rizzyfig/Website: https://rizzyfig,comRepresented by Natascha Morris natascha@thetobiasagency.com / The Tobias Literary AgencyPurchase Raissa's Books: Authored and/or Illustrated:https://www.warwicks.com/search/author/%22Figueroa%2C%20Raissa%22Purchase Raissa's Prints:https://www.etsy.com/shop/rizzyfig?section_id=24764092 To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: togotooner@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: togotooner@gmail.comI'm always open to future guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Funny All Ages Comics.Funny or generally silly or sweet genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  Me
63:58 10/14/23
"What's Your Story?" #008-Paige Keiser Interview
I discovered Paige Keiser’s wonderful children's book/spot illustrations while perusing online through the usual popular community social outlets and I was immediately attracted to the wonderfully “soft and breezy” style of her watercolor strokes and subject matter. She struck such a perfect balance between simplicity and detail which is not as simple as it may seem.  As I looked deeper into her portfolio of work, I was struck by her trademark soft and expressive style… which translated seamlessly into an equally wonderful children’s book entitled, “A Friend for Bently”.   Join me as I talk with Paige about her illustration and book authoring journey and learn precisely what it means to have determination, perseverance and discipline… and how to leverage that to help you get to where you want to be; to where YOUR HEART wants to be.  It is with great excitement that I present to you the latest chapter of "What's Your Story?"  with guest and rising star, Paige Keiser!  To Follow Paige:Twitter X: @PaigeKysrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/paige.keiser/Website: https://www.paigekeiser.com/Represented by Anne Armstrong @annebrightart / Bright Agency @brightagencyusPurchase Paige's Books: Authored and/or Illustrated:https://www.amazon.com/stores/Paige-Keiser/author To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: phillipswys@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: phillipswys@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Funny All Ages Comics.Funny or generally silly or sweet genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  Me
60:11 8/18/23
"What's Your Story?" #007-Rob Renzetti Interview
I first was introduced to Rob Renzetti’s magnificent work through my son Wyatt while preparing him to get in the car and head out to school one morning..... and of course..... struggling to pull him away from a cartoon that would not relinquish its mighty grip from his undivided attention; much to my dismay.  The show turned out to be “My Life as a Teenage Robot”, and soon at had a grip on me and when we finally managed to pull away and get on the road, we begged for a bit of  XJ-9’s super powers to perhaps provide us with the ability to navigate the skies above the streets  and beat the ring of that dreaded morning school bell! Rob’s 2D animated masterpiece was just the beginning for my son and I… as we soon discovered that his personal stamp would appear on several other wonderful animated shows such as “2 Stupid Dogs”, “Mina and the Count”, Gravity Falls and Kid Cosmic. I had the distinct pleasure to talk with Rob back in 2009 (available here) where he shared in detail about his start from a youngster… up through to his established career as a Professional Animator/Creator/Director and Producer.  Although time did not permit us to dive deep into his writing career during that episode, fast forward to 2023 and we are just a couple of weeks removed from his latest authored and published book release, “The Horrible Bag of Terrible Things”. Today we are going to focus on this delightfully twisted horror fantasy as well as his process for transferring such a wonderfully twisted adventure from mind to print and everywhere in-between.To Follow Rob:Twitter: @RobRenzetti Website: https://robrenzetti.com/The Book: The Horrible bag of Terrible ThingsThe Newsletter (Sign Up for Bonus Content and Rob's latest Updates)
55:03 8/3/23
"What's Your Story?" #006-Anna Terreros-Martin Interview
I first discovered Anna's work through social media where illustrations shared from  her recent authored illustrated Children's book entitled, "The Friendly Mammoth" first appeared.  My love for the Woolly Mammoth and appreciation for great story telling coupled with the beautiful artwork contained within the pages of the book immediately drew me in!  After reading through the entire book and diving deeper into Anna's other works, it was obvious to me that I needed and WANTED to interview this rising star in the picture book industry.  Her passion for nature, wildlife and the environment for which we all inhabit together is front and center in her work and her soft and silky style of art is as beautiful to look at as it is soothing to the soul.  Anna's skills as a writer/storyteller are stellar. She has a mastery of weaving  an ecological and environmental focus with wonderfully engaging story lines replete with life lessons.  She writes without resorting to pushing overbearing messages that might risk superseding the charm of the story. The balance between a wonderful story and beautiful art is perfection.  The bottom line to what makes a children's book great is how the children respond to it.  The results are in,...Anna Terreros-Martin is a HIT! I'm not surprised one bit,It is with great pleasure that I present to you my latest chapter of "What's Your Story?"  with guest and rising star, Anna Terreros-Martin!  To Follow Anna:Twitter: @anna_terrerosInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/annaterreros/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@annas_doodles.ukWebsite: https://annaterrerosmartin.co.uk/The Reading Zone: Anna Reads "The Friendly Mammoth"YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtXyMl0dmwIDavid Fickling Books: https://www.davidficklingbooks.com/index.phpPurchase Anna's Books: Authored and/or Illustrated:https://www.amazon.com/Books-Anna-Terreros-Martin/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AAnna+Terreros+Martinhttps://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/stock/the-friendly-mammoth-anna-terreros-martinPurchase Original Art and Neat Merch from Anna:Anna's Shop To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: phillipswys@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: phillipswys@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Comics.Funny or generally silly or sweet genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  Me
74:00 5/9/23
"What's Your Story?" #005-Alice McKinley Interview
It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to chat with my recent guest and a rising star in the world of Children's Book Illustration, . . . Alice McKinley!  I may think of her as a rising star but with several illustration credits already to her name, she is quickly reaching star status amongst the Children's book inner circles.  Her wonderfully crafted art and talent for storytelling take center stage with "Nine Lives Newton" and it is a joy to read and consume with each and every page turn. You might think that Newton is an obvious story that revolves around a cat with its nine lives. Well, you would be wrong with that assumption!  Newton just so happens to be a Bassett Hound!  Sounds like crazy fun . . . and trust me when I tell you that it's just the beginning!  With "Nine Lives Newton" already taking the market by storm, Alice is poised to follow that up with a book about a boy and a Dodo Bird; actually lots and lots of Dodo birds! Join me as I talk in-depth about her career thus far as an illustrator and some lessons learned during her successful journey. She also shares her very unique perspective regarding some of the creative challenges and joys that are often associated with the art of illustration. To Follow Alice:Instagram: @mckalice Twitter: @Armckinley1 Pickled Ink Agency:Portfolio: http://www.pickledink.com/alice-mckinley.html Bio: http://www.pickledink.com/alice-mckinley-biography.htmlBooks:House of Clouds: https://www.amazon.com/House-Of-Clouds/dp/1781129061Bones and Biscuits: https://www.amazon.com/Bones-and-Biscuits/dp/1444956124/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=bones+and+biscuits+letters+from+a+dog+named+Bobs&qid=1612453671&sr=8-1Jack's Secret Summer: https://www.amazon.com/Jacks-Secret-Summer/dp/1444952978/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Nine Lives Newton: https://www.amazon.com/Nine-Lives-Newton-Alice-McKinley/dp/1471181189/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Nine+Lives+Newton&qid=1612454232&s=books&sr=1-1To SEE Alice talk about Nine Lives Newton: ("Draw Along with A Lenton" Show)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li8tdRB028c To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: phillipswys@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: phillipswys@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Comics.Funny genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  
62:33 2/15/21
"What's Your Story?" #004-Scott Christian Sava Interview
It is with great excitement that I have the opportunity to share with you my recent interview with the very talented Scott Christian Sava.  Scott has donned many hats thus far in his diverse and quite exciting career in the creative arts industry which encompasses that of Producer, Writer, Illustrator, Animator, Director, and many more; not to mention the cool Fedoras he likes to wear as part of his daily wardrobe.  Scott has many credits to his portfolio of magic and is most associated with his wonderfully crafted webcomic/book series entitled, “The Dreamland Chronicles” and more recently his work with the Netflix feature release, “Animal Crackers” which has captured so many hearts of youngsters and adults like worldwide. Just as many other successful and super talented artist professionals seem to possess, Sava has the drive, perseverance and passion that keeps him going from project to project and it’s a trait that has done well with him as he so generously attests.  I have conducted many interviews with a wide gamut of skill-sets and Scott stands out as one where I really enjoyed the conversation and immediately felt as though I was just chatting with an old friend.  His kindness, honesty, and generosity shine through as he talks about his youth, career, and experiences regarding his career and life in general. Join me as I talk in-depth with Scott to uncover “his story!” To keep up with Scott:TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ssavaart?lang=enInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ssavaart/?hl=enEtsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScottChristianSavaDreamland Chronicles: http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/BlueDream Studios: https://bluedreamstudios.com/To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: phillipswys@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: phillipswys@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Comics.Funny genre only, please.  Thanks for listening.  
88:14 1/22/21
"What's Your Story?" #003-Charles Brubaker Interview
When I think of Charles Brubaker, I immediately think of some of the old Terrytoons styles of cartoons, namely Tom Terrific, as well as a combination of works from Jay Ward Productions (60's Rocky and Bullwinkle fame), Total Television (60's Underdog fame) and an added sprinkling of Harveytoons and UPA styles thrown in for good measure.  Charles has his hands in many facets of cartoons, including webcomics, traditional comics, magazines, storyboards, and more recently,…. independent animation.Born in Nagasaki Japan, Charles was exposed to a myriad of cartoons and styles and those influences are evident as they seem to seep through the ink from his pen to paper (or digital screen depending on his application on a given day).  His sparkling wit and affinity for a "loose" design style make for a fun read and enjoyable experience at every turn of the comic page. I caught up with Brubaker from his home studio in Martin, Tennessee, and talked with him about his many projects from “Ask a Cat,” “The Funny Princess” “A Witch named Koko” to his recently released animated works.I dug a little deeper too since EVERYONE has a story,….and here is Charles Brubaker’s. To keep up with Charles Brubaker please visit: http://www.bakertoons.com/More from Charles:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/smallbugTwitter: https://twitter.com/bakertoonsFuzzy Princess: http://fuzzy-princess.com/Store: https://smallbug.storenvy.com/To share any comments or hate mail please feel free to reach me here: phillipswys@gmail.comTo comment about my sloppy wardrobe, send all complaints here: phillipswys@gmail.comI'm always open to guest suggestions. Send me their web address or links to their work.I love all art but especially have a fondness for Children's books, 2D animation and Comics.Funny genre only, please.  Thanks for listening. 
34:22 11/1/20
"What's Your Story?" #002-Floyd Norman Interview
Today it is such a great honor to have a special guest who is a legend in the animation industry whose works date back to the early days of that MAGICAL, MYSTICAL studio located in California that was proudly named after its namesake and creator, The Walt Disney Studios.Floyd Norman, a name synonymous with animation magic, was and continues to be an integral part of Disney's success and worked on many of the great titles such as "SLEEPING BEAUTY, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood and many more.At age 85, Floyd shows no sign of slowing down and continues to do what he loves to do; CREATE.  He continues to be very relevant in the industry and it's NOT by accident. Floyd stays current with the latest technology and trends and never stops seeking knowledge when it relates to his industry.  WE, as consumers continue to be the beneficiaries of his labor of love and for that, I know that I am forever grateful!
71:17 7/14/20
"What's Your Story?" #001-Fred Blunt Interview
I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with today’s guest, Fred Blunt and chat about his background, family roots along with his art process(s) behind the creation of his many whimsical characters that grace the pages of so many children’s books available in the marketplace today. His books have a worldwide reach that attracts both children and adults alike.  Fred was generous enough to share some time out of his busy schedule and within just a few minutes of talking with him, I felt as though I was talking with an old chum.We also talk about the recent solo book that he both penned and illustrated…and to the joys of so many people and fans,..including yours truly. The book is titled “Gnome” and this very rude little man has only one answer to everything,…and that’s NO!!! (Or shall we say GNO!!?)All I can say is I’m so happy that Fred isn’t as unobliging as his leading character …….and he accepted my invitation to appear on this podcast to answer the prevailing question, . . .“Fred,…Tell me,…What’s Your Story?”You can purchase "GNOME" as well as Fred's many other children's books that he has illustrated at these fine online book retailers:Amazon UK: Amazon UK_Fred Blunt's Books GNOME: Where to get your copy of GnomeAmazon US: Fred Blunt's BooksGNOME: Where to get your copy of Gnome in the USBarnes & Noble: Fred's BooksFollow Fred on Twitter: @FredBluntFred's Website: https://fredbluntillustration.com/
60:33 5/20/20
Boing! #16-Jerry Eisenberg Interview
As a young lad on Saturday mornings during the late 60's and early 70's, transfixed in front of our little color TV in the den... watching as many cartoons as possible...., it never once occurred to me that behind all of the wonderful art and hilarious plots, were many talented artists, writers, designers and animators that labored away to produce this fantastic stuff in some studio in sunny California.The Flintstones, Jetsons, Fang Face, Peter Potamus and the Wacky Races, just to name a few, grabbed my attention at an early age and never let go. I held on to each and every episode about as tightly as I clutched my cereal bowl filled to the brim with Quisp or Kaboom sugar ladened cereal.Imagine my excitement when I learned that I was going to be interviewing one of the legends; an animation giant....partly responsible for my Saturday morning cartoon over-indulgences.Jerry Eisenberg may be a stranger to some that have not familiarized themselves with the animation industry, but to those who are and to those that were captivated by the cartoons from the past, you know EXACTLY who he is.  So with this knowledge, I give Jerry my 3 spoon salute,...of course...replete with dripping rainbow colored milk sliding from the spoons back into the bowl of Kaboom cereal! It is the highest honor I can give!So sit back and enjoy this hour and a half interview that will take you down many fantastic roads through the wonderful career of this cartoon legend.  
118:28 6/3/15
Boing! #15-Tony Benedict Interview
I'm excited to announce that yet again, we have a legend here and this time all one has to do is go back to the glory days of animation where the most memorable shows from the past possessed a common thread; STORY.  When you look at an animated cartoon (past or present...Series or Movie production) the common thread to all of the hugely successful productions is that they are all "story driven"! As my guest today, Tony Benedict, will tell you, story doesn't necessarily equate to being dialogue heavy; you can drive a story with action as well.If the animation is beautiful, but the story is lacking, it WILL be forgotten. It takes a special talent and a creative mind to be able to write these stories thus bringing a cartoon to life. Tony Benedict is one of these talents and with a career that started out at Disney and journeyed through the best studios in the business, his ability to pen a script and accompany it with a storyboard earned him instant respect as well as a strong fan base that still flourishes today.The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla and The Pink Panther Show left an indelible mark on my youth and I know that I'm not alone.  We can thank the many talented people behind the scenes that made it all happen and Tony Benedict is one of those writing legends that is here with me today.Join me as I interview the genius behind some of the most memorable cartoons to grace the TV sets of yesteryear and yet still today!Be sure to check out Tony's blog, The Last Cartoonery for more information, fun facts and homage to the hey day of 2D animation and all things Hanna Barbera.
68:20 4/28/15
Boing! #14-Mitch Schauer Interview
I remember perusing through the paltry animated series offerings in the 90's on my television and just pining for a cartoon that one could enjoy as an adult as well as a child. Where had all of those great animated shows disappeared to? Pink Panther, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flinstones......ahhhhh,..but lo and behold,.....what do my tear filled eyes see? It's The Angry Beavers!!! It came at a time when cartoon programming needed it! It came when everyone needed it! It was a fantastic series that was created by a fantastic creative talent; Mitch Schauer. One glance at Mitch's body of work in the creative entertainment industry and you will discover a resume that features a wide array of illustration work, comic books, graphic novels and full featured animation with all of the big name studios! With a focus on "family friendly entertainment", we need Mitch; heck, the animation industry needs Mitch!If it were possible, I could see a little bit of Mitch Schauer in one of his recent character creations, RIP MD. He would look past the scary personna of a monster and dig a bit deeper to understand the psyche of the beast. It's called "heart" and Mitch has a large one at that! You can see it in every one of his projects! Join me as I interview the incredible Mitch Schauer as he discusses his career, his passion for animation and the career tributaries taken to get to where he is today. You can check out RIP MD. here:RIP, M.D. or The Angry Beavers Complete Series on DVD: The-Angry-Beavers-Complete-Series and Hulk and the Agents of SMASH:hulk_and_the_agents_of_smash.Also you can see more of Mitch's art here: Mitch SchauerI can be reached here: togotooner@gmail.com 
70:38 6/11/14
Boing! #13-Jason Lethcoe Interview
One look at the comic strip, "Pipe the Pelican", and I was hooked! With a vibe that dates back to the 30's and 40's, the style, the line art and the design aspects all point to an earlier time in cartooning history. There is a certain innocence and sense of boundless imagination in Jason Lethcoe's story and it is difficult to break away from it once you enter into Pipe's world.There's so much more to Jason than his wonderful comic strip too. One glance at his resume that features a wide array of illustration work, children's books and full featured animation and you know that you are dealing with an industry pro.Join me as I interview the amazing talent, Jason Lethcoe as he discusses his career, his passion for cartooning and the unconventional path taken to get to where he is today.Check out Pipe the Pelican here: Pipe the Pelican or here:Go Comics _Pipe the PelicanCheck out Wizard Tree Animation Studios
71:56 5/14/14
Boing! #12-Mark Siegel Interview
I discovered Mark Siegel purely by accident as I often do with many of my special guests on this webcast. Listening to a friend's webcast, (komicskast.libsyn.com) I heard him talk about this really neat webcomic that will soon be released as a graphic novel (October 5th) entitled, "Sailor Twain or the Mermaid In The Hudson".  The fact that Mark employed the use of charcoal for his art throughout the story really entrigued me. After visiting his website (SailorTwain.com) I perused through the first 10 pages of the story that he generously offers in its entirety and immediately fell in love. Siegel's use of charcoal is masterful and a perfect fit for the backdrop of the story. Digging a bit deeper and learning of his diverse background, it's amazing to me how I missed this talented artist's work throughout the years. His portfolio is as vast as his experience and it was a pleasure to interview him and I'm grateful to him for allowing me to take some time out of his busy schedule to share his story with me. Mark is also the Editorial Director at First Second Books.
48:47 10/1/12
Boing! #11-Al Jaffee Interview
I recall as if it were yesterday, running over to the magazine rack in the grocery store when I was 10 years old, with the hopes of spotting the latest edition of MAD magazine.  I wasn't always permitted to purchase the copy despite its advertised "cheap" price. Carefully I would seek out the "Fold in" and gently turn in the pages to see a transformation that wowed me as well as a million other readers throughout the world. It was interactive eye candy in 1974, and I was all too happy to partake in it! Since its beginnings in 1964, Al Jaffee's MAD magazine fold in gags have delighted us with their quick wit, hilarious satire and wonderful watercolor illustrations! There's more to this MAD man than meets the eye,...and I was fortunate enough to sit down with Al for an in-depth look at the gentleman behind the pages. The creator of Inferior Man, Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal shares with me, the many stories behind the events that lead him to a MAD life. For additional information after the interview, please be sure to check out his biography, "Al Jaffee's MAD Life" published by IT Books and available here. 
83:29 1/25/12
Boing! #10-Chris Eliopoulos Interview
I recall laying in bed while reading books to my son and picking up an all ages comic book that had been sitting on a stack just within arm's reach on the floor.  I had purchased a few books from our local comic shop a week prior and had placed them by my son's bed with the hopes of discovering a series that I could feel good about reading to a then inquisitive 8 year old. It was then that he and I first discovered the marvelous world of Franklin Richards.  After a few pages in, I was hooked!  The mastermind behind this great series was none other than Chris Eliopoulos and after this discovery, so too came the discovery of his other masterpiece, the online webcomic sensation Misery Loves Sherman.  Chris is a lettering phenom as well as a gifted artist, and hand-lettered the first 100 issues of the ongoing Savage Dragon series, even after much of the comic book industry (including Eliopoulos himself, on other titles) had come to rely on computer-generated fonts for dialogue.He designed the fonts for Marvel Comic's in-house computer lettering unit. He has also contributed lettering work to Valiant Comics, DC Comics, and other publishers. For Dark Horse Comics, Eliopoulos wrote and/or drew some Star Wars stories.Join me as I interview the amazing artist, Chris Eliopoulos, as he talks about his career, his art and his passion for the All-Ages genre as well as some of the roads that lead him to where he is today.
94:10 12/15/11
Boing! #9-Rob Renzetti Interview
In my household, its an impossibility to leave for work without at least seeing some excerpts from the cartoon hit, "My Life as a Teenage Robot" created by Rob Renzetti. My son has to watch it on TV before he heads off to school, therefore I must walk past it on my way to the kitchen. There's a reason for this ritual, and it is basically because my son only watches what he considers to be the BEST in cartoons.  His list is a short one, but My Life as a Teenage Robot is right at the top! After watching it for awhile, I must agree! Jenny (XJ9) is a wonderful character and the stories are excellent! Ahhh but those lab rats!!!! Oh,...and the Silver Shell!!!! The art is well executed, the stories have a plot and the voices are top notch! Join me as I interview the amazing talent, Rob Renzetti, behind this amazing show that has graced our televisions across the globe.  Rob was generous enough to share an hour with me as we covered his early career slaving away in the smoke clouds in Spain, leading up to the "healthier" atmosphere located in the states, working on cartoons such as Mina and the Count, Two Stupid Dogs, Dexter's Laboratory, My life as a Teenage Robot and countless others!Most may consider Rob an animation legend already, but one thing is for sure, he is an amazing talent and it was an honor to talk with him. Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/
54:02 11/4/09
Boing! #8-Mark Buford Interview
It's spooky, it's creepy, it's absolutely hilarious and it's poised to take the comic strip world by storm! Scary Gary is a comic strip reminiscent of the old Addam's Family style of humor, and after reading just a few strips back when I first discovered it in June, I was hooked!  Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Mark Buford, the mastermind and artist behind the comic strip Scary Gary as we cover the history behind the strip and his hopes and plans for the future of the retired vampire and his faithful henchman, Leopold. Mark has had previous syndicated comic success with another strip and we will discuss this, as well as his approach toward the development of Scary Gary.The timing was right for this interview and I hope you enjoy this special "Hallow's Eve" edition of the BOING! podcast.Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/
68:31 10/2/09
Boing! #7-June Foray Interview
I could not have imagined turning on my family's old Admiral TV in the 60's and hearing a different voice coming from the lip-synched lips of Tweety and Sylvester's beloved Granny or from the mouth of that fast gliding Rocket J. Squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.  Equally as important as great art and a great story, a great voice can make a cartoon character last forever in our hearts and become etched in our memory. Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented and legendary voice actress June Foray and cover a prolific career that spans through an incredibly diverse history in the entertainment world. June has voiced so many characters in the animation world, that it's almost impossible to acknowledge them all. Today I focus primarily on Rocky J. Squirrel mainly because,...well,..he's the one that I WANT to focus on!  So now without further delay,....here's something I hope you'll REALLY like!!Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/The intro music "King of Cool" was produced and used with permission by PONGAMOOSIC athttp://www.pongamoosic.com/ 
39:48 8/16/09
Boing! #6-Don Bluth Interview
From the dairy farm in Payson, Utah, to an animation studio in Ireland, Don Bluth has done it all! I was fortunate enough to sit down with Don as he talks candidly about his past, his present and the future regarding his work in the animation industry. There are so many great lessons to be learned in this discussion and just talking with Don can be a motivating experience all by itself! Don's amazing career didn't just happen by chance so much as it did by seizing opportunities and taking risks along the way.  His talents and skills as an animator, character designer, and instructor can be seen and experienced firsthand at his website: http://www.donbluthanimation.comCheck out more of Don's amazing work at the Boing! sister site: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com
111:52 7/27/09
Boing! #5-Dan Thompson Interview
The Action Adventure strip is BACK!!! (with a twist) Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Dan Thompson as we discuss his action adventure strip Rip Haywire, which is syndicated through United Features and emits a retro feel paying tribute to some of the old classics like Dick Tracy, Johnny Hazard and Rip Kirby. Be sure to check out some examples of Dan's work on the supporting site to this podcast located at: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/  You can also check out Dan's fantastic Rip Haywire site located at: http://riphaywire.com/
71:38 6/30/09
Boing! #4-Gene Deitch Interview
It is with great pleasure that once again I present to you another interview with yet another animation legend. Gene Deitch took some time out from his busy schedule and talked to me from his home in Prague (Czech Republic) to share some very insightful stories and lessons that he has learned throughout his amazing career.  Gene's amazing animation career has taken him through so many turns and twists that for anyone to cover it all in one interview would be an arduous task at best; if not impossible. Be sure to check out some of Gene's work on this podcast's supporting site: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/ Also you can visit Gene's homepage to get so much more detailed information regarding his life and wonderful career experiences.http://www.genedeitch.com
60:32 6/9/09
Boing! #3 - Bob Scott Interview
Talking with Bob Scott was both enlightening and inspiring! Bob not only is a fantastic animator with such projects as "The Incredibles" and "Cats Don't Dance" under his belt, (and so many others) his recent work on his "Molly and the Bear" comic strip speaks volumes about his skills and writing ability!I challenge you to look at his strip and not walk away laughing and wondering why in the world this comic is not yet syndicated!!! Be sure to check out his art on this podcast's supporting site: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/
82:23 5/26/09
Boing! #2-Lowell Hess Interview
I'm both honored and excited to share with you my recent telephone interview with the Illustration legend, Lowell Hess. Mr. Hess was kind enough to grant me some time to discuss his amazing career that saw him illustrating wonderful images for Collier's magazine, Boy's Life, Golden books and so many others.Be sure to check out his art on this podcast's supporting site: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/  you can also check out Lowell's own site at: http://lowellhess.com/
34:32 4/21/09
Boing! #1- Joe Harris Interview
Look,..It's a bird, it's a plane....no it's Joe Harris. He's right here and I talked with him for an hour about all things UNDERDOG!!!Keep in mind that it was a "land line" telephone conversation, so I was only able to record the interview at a minimum quality level.  It also picked up my breathing as if I was a 400lb. Sumo struggling for every breath.  Oh well,..I was just very happy to be able to talk with the artist that had such a profound impact on my childhood!
84:10 3/7/09