Jessimae Peluso

Comedienne Jessimae Peluso left me with a sore face from smiling after this blazing (literally), hilarious conversation about social injustices, John Carpenter's "the Thing", organic eating, and history. We also take a ride through her incredible impression skills-- prepare to have you ears fooled! On top of that we cut into a few very current events, discuss how America takes political correctness a little too far, we share some family oddities and quirks from our childhoods, and we also share a few of our more infamous exploits while drunk, stoned or just plain dumb. It's a ride for the books, packed with laughs, and it is not for the timid (or uber-conservative).

Find Jessimae on the road at a comedy club near you!

Follow her on twitter & instagram @JessimaePeluso. Find out more about her at jessimae.com.

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Athena Aktipis

Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor at ASU & co-director of the Human Generosity Project, talks to me about cancer from a very unique perspective. We discuss her study of cooperation across systems, from human generosity to cancer, her focus on specific parallels between cancer and human behavior, how that may be revolutionizing cancer treatment now and into the future. This is a jaw-droppingly intriguing episode for science nerds, people who've been affected by cancer, and those looking for a little ray of sunshine on the future.

Read Athena's article on slate.com "Why Cancer isn't going anywhere".

Follow Athena on twitter @AthenaAktipis. Read more from her and find out about the Human Generosity Project at athenaaktipis.com.

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The Content Trap

Mike & I discuss something that has been nagging at me for some time, examining not just our relationship to the internet and technology, but to the content we all know, love, and voraciously consume. We discuss creative time management, content fatigue, quality vs. quantity, and the beauty of silence. This is a brainy, hopefully not-too-complainy, topical episode that applies to almost everyone, but is dedicated to the makers of free and/or regular content across multiple platforms that we have all grown accustomed to, as well as creators who feel the need to be visible on social media but who would rather just get some work done than constantly posting. I said not-too-complainy, but not completely non-complainy. There are, however, silver linings and surprising benefits that are not even fringe.

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Jon Bogdanove

Jon Bogdanove, (Power Pack, X-Factor, Death of Superman & lots more,) sat with me after Comic Con Palm Springs to share a detailed and nostalgic dive into his history of working for the "Big 2" on some absolutely seminal works. He tells all the behind the scenes hub-bub that spurred the Death of Superman, his magical tale of landing his job at Marvel comics in the 80s, his knack for surrounding himself with the best of the best, and how openness & love got to where he is now. We discuss his diversions into being a stylistic chameleon, doing work that is consciously different from your past work, and embracing the digital in a traditional way. The whole thing is bubbling with anecdotes and wisdom many great masters from the recent history of comics, some of whom put us both firmly where we are. Finally, Jon reveals some tantalizing upcoming work. An episode any comic fan can love, but also one that outsiders can learn a lot from.

Follow Jon Bogdanove on the socials @JonBogdanove, and look for his many great works at you local shop or online.

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Shannon Wheeler part 2

In part 2 of my great talk with Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says, Too Much Coffee Man), we cover the perils of Hollywood, the beauty of teaching art, and being typecast as an artist. We also discuss breaking new creative ground, more stylistic choices, infusing our work with real life, and the importance of constantly considering the long game. This is yet another super insightful and entertaining chat, full of wisdom for anyone running a creative career.

Pick up Shannon's amazing new book, "Sh*t My President Says", from Top Shelf Comics anywhere you buy books.

Follow Shannon on twitter @muchcoffee, on instagram @muchcoffeeman and on Facebook, where he posts tons of cartoons.

Find me this weekend at Comic-Con Palm Springs, where I'll be tabling in artist's alley (table A12), and I will be recording a live podcast as a panel with Death of Superman artist Jon Bogdanove!

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Shannon Wheeler

Cartoonist and longtime con-pal Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President says, Too Much Coffee Man) chats with me about his new book from Top Shelf in which he Illustrates Trump's most insane & inane tweets, the confused state of America, and how this time has been on the horizon for decades. We also talk about the deliberate choice of art style and techniques, pushing to make stuff happen for yourself, Kyle Baker, and a bit about Hollywood... with more about tinsel-town in part 2 next week!

Pick up Sh*t My President Says from Top Shelf, anywhere you buy comics or books. Shannon has crafted an incredible piece of art.

Follow Shannon on twitter @muchcoffee, on instagram @muchcoffeeman and on Facebook, where he posts tons of cartoons.

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Tony Guaraldi-Brown

Illustrator Tony Guaraldi-Brown (The Cone-Nose Saga, Always) and I escaped the madness of San Diego Comic-Con, [and the crazy-busy Artist's Alley], to talk studying art outside of comics, the pleasure of working within limits, major psychological elements that forge artists, family, and writing characters from the internal perspective. We also discuss the lack of great internal superhero stories, because we feel superheroes are often internally misunderstood by their creators, and Tony delves deep into his powerful ongoing web-comic the Cone-Nose Saga. We also cover how lots of characters are defined by the loss or lack of family (even our own selves as characters), as well as how we feel driven to one-up and change our approach constantly, both to grow and to say different things. We wrap with discussion of Tony's gorgeous new art book ALWAYS. For a talk between two artists, this one is truly all about story- writing, structuring, and executing story- it is by far the most complete look at how I make comics, and it was a delight to discover Tony makes them in almost exactly the same way, internally speaking.

The episode closes out with Celestial Lagoon from Solar Team by DJ Roshay.

Visit Tony's site tgbart.com and read his excellent ongoing web-comic the Cone-Nose Saga. Pick up always at bigcartel.com.

Follow Tony Guarldi-Brown on twitter @tgbart and on instagram @tony_guaraldi_brown.

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DJ Roshay

All around music making machine DJ Roshay (Aloe, Solar Team talks with me about community, incorporating diverse influences, owning your brand, and standing out in noisy LA as an indie talent. We also talk about processing the current state of American politics, cool 80s stuff we love, practical science fiction effects, and our work together on his album Solar Team, for which I did the art-- NOW AVAILABLE for pre-sale at monkeygong.com!

I round off the episode with a special announcement about the above pre-sale, as well as a bunch of cool monkeygong related tidbits.

After the close, stay tuned for the track "VOYAGER" from Solar Team by DJ Roshay.

Follow DJ Roshay on twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook @djroshay, and listen to his music on iTunes and Spotify.

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The gang goes to Comic-Con/Seamus Smith

In true late night podcasting form, Seamus Smith, Pheobe Dubisch, Mike Dubisch and I share a bunch of laughs and "con-brain" moments as we recount the way our experience at San Diego Comic Con has changed over years in attendance, and how the con has changed as well. It's a love letter to "Nerding Man" that we attend yearly, but also a glimpse at creators in intake and networking mode, thinking less about story on the page, and more about story in the moment between people.

Then I sat down with Seamus Smith one-on-one to talk about his new portfolio site seamussmithart.com, where you can find his brilliant surrealist illustrations, his uniquely powerful photography, and his excellent debut short film, SLUMMING.

Follow Seamus on instagram @seamussmithart, twitter @allthingsseamus, and on facebook... but only after you visit seamussmithart.com.

Follow Mike on twitter, instagram & Facebook @mikedubisch.

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Stephan Franck

Comic book creator & animator Stephan Franck (Silver, The Iron Giant, The upcoming Playmobile Movie) sat with me in his graphic novel packed art studio to discuss the different history of comics in Europe and how that shaped his mind, the "Spirited" results of his young fervor for animation, his tandem love for multiple crafts, and a bonkers revelation about the childhood influence that led him to later create his comic SILVER. We get in depth about his work with Brad Bird on the Iron Giant, the things he brought to that, the things he took away from it, and the way he sees the power of story and how to wield it. And never fear, we cover all kinds of fan service in between, for a very entertaining and insight packed conversation. In particular, if you are interested in getting deep on controlling your stories and images, which should be the whole audience for this show, you will find loads of wisdom to takeaway from this one.

Head to Kickstarter now to get in early on Stephan's next volume of SILVER:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkplanetcomics/silver-volume-3

And grab the first two volumes at dark-planet-comics.com or on Amazon.

Follow Stephan on Twitter @stephan_franck & on instagram @stephanfranck.

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Carolyn Watson-Dubisch

Children's book artist and papier mache master, Carolyn Watson-Dubisch joins me for a deep dive into art entrepreneurship, working for the long haul, the inner workings of the children's literary market, and how the residuals from one good project should be the goal, and could be a game changer for anyone's career in the arts. We also break down her recent art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, and discuss the incredible installation she built there, the experience of Ramadan as an American, living abroad for life exploration, how healthcare works (better) when you're in other countries, and challenging yourself, both by living elsewhere, but also by taking on projects before you know how you can execute them. On top of everything, this is "an artist's guide to Etsy, or, the art of tenacity." Truly a practical takeaway packed conversation, with terrific cultural insight along the way.

Follow Carolyn Watson-Dubisch on Facebook, her Etsy store "Artisanmasks" and on Amazon, where you can find her available children's books.

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Alex Schumacher part 2

Alex Schumacher (Decades of (in)Experience, Mr. Butterchips) and I wrap up our career survival training talk with harsh truths about brutal honesty, pushing yourself to get your best, but only in a nice way, and intentionally working to make something outside of the "industry norm" whatever the industry. We also cover placing the right limits on yourself, tailoring your world to support you, finding the right relationships to provide that support, and that basically, though Murphy's Law may rule the day, Occam's Razor is the rule in the land of the creative-story arts: the simplest answer, (in this case most efficient and healthiest too,) is often the right answer. It's another hilarious riff fest surrounding and binding a deeply insightful look at maintaining your career and self over the long haul.

Find the great, painfully true work of Alex Schumacher on Decades of (in)Experience at decadesofinexperience.com and find the scathing, hilarious "Mr. Butterchips" at drunkmonkeys.com. You can also find the whimsical and gorgeous "The world's crummiest umbrella" at wanderinginthewordspress.com, and the darkly funny "Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung" at arcana.com or on comixology. Follow Alex an twitter and instagram @ajschumacherart.

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Alex Schumacher Part 1

Illustrator Alex Schumacher (Decades of (in)Experience, Mr. Butterchips) and I shared libations and laughs a plenty as we discussed the hidden difficulties of an art career, losing and regaining your confidence after going "pro", and the seemingly thankless moments of making art. We also talk autobiographical work, subverting the usual comic book formats, growing (mostly) out of superhero comics, and making something personal. Then things get personal as we foray into managing the highs and lows of the job, integrating experiences into our work, and being patient with ourselves. This is one helluva fun time at the podcast, and it's also a straight up therapy session... but with laughs! If you have ever struggled to keep going, or to regain your focus in tough times, we are talking to/with you in this one. Stay tuned for part 2 in just a couple short days!

Find the great, painfully true work of Alex Schumacher on Decades of (in)Experience at decadesofinexperience.com and find the scathing, hilarious "Mr. Butterchips" at drunkmonkeys.com. Follow Alex an twitter and instagram @ajschumacherart.

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Jake Pushinsky

Film Editor and friend Jake Pushinsky (Man Down, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) invited me to record with him in his editing office on the Sony lot. Getting to visit a place so packed with film history was the cherry on top of an excellent talk about the mechanics of film storytelling, naturalism, and his longtime collaboration with Dito Montiel that hasalready yielded 7 unique & powerful films. We get technical on the amazing scene in Fighting, which squares off Channing Tatum and real-life badass Kung Le, how that very experimental fight harnessed the power of Kung Le without relying solely on a master shot, as well as how that film is proof Channing Tatum is both nuts and amazing. As a couple of San Francisco kids, we get candid about Robin Williams and what it was like for Jake to edit one of his final films, and his two-part, epic, upcoming Muhammad Ali documentary for HBO Films. There is also a very direct and intriguing formula revealed for how to avoid exposition! This is one for all storytellers, but most assuredly for serious cinephiles and those looking to up their game in crafting solid, naturalistic stories.

Check out Jake's work on Netflix, Fighting and Silicon Cowboys, and find the rest of his work on Amazon Instant Video: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Son of No One, Empire State, Boulevard, Man Down, Howl, Chops, 10 Years, The Making of a Father's Dream, and We Don't Belong Here. That's your homework, but you'll thanks me later!

Follow Jake on twitter @pushinsky and go see the Clapper when it comes out dag nabbit! Follow director Dito Monitel on twitter @ditomontiel.

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Ben Gleib

Comedian Ben Gleib (Neurotic Gangster on Showtime, The Idiotest on GSN) talks with me about the addictive nature of podcasting, technology's affects on society, clarifying the narratives in political & social debates, not needing to be right, valuing being wrong, and that the other side always has their own good reasons for feeling the way they do. We also talk about his recent travels to Israel and Palestine, the way he integrated that into his great podcast Last Week on Earth, starting conversations, and building communities. We share a ton of laughs, along with many large & small revelations, unique philosophies, our fears and hopes about the world, but did I mention the laughs? They are ample and various!! Strap in for one of my favorite comedians who also happens to be one of my favorite thinkers in podcasting-- we had a blast making this excellent episode!

Watch Ben Gleibs's fantastic stand-up special "Neurotic Gangster" on SHOWTIME (available as part of HULU). Watch the Idiotest Wednesdays on the Gameshow Network (GSN) or online at https://www.gsntv.com/idiotest. Follow Ben's upcoming tour dates and numerous projects at bengleib.com & on twitter @bengleib. Subscribe to his podcast Last Week on Earth on iTunes!

Support this show by subscribing on iTunes, rating, reviewing, and by sharing it. You can also support the show and my comics work at patreon.com/monkeygong or monkeygong.com/shop.

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Paul Madonna/LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team @TheLostChurch

The amazing Paul Madonna (All over Coffee, Small Potatoes, On to the Next Dream) joined me, along with my teammates Erin Lim, Ange- aka Captain Party, and producer Char from Bitch Talk, LIVE on stage at the Lost Church in San Francisco to discuss the changing experience of a long term career and life as a working artist in the city. We also get into his unique approach to narrative subject, his deft use of emotional tone, his HUGE upcoming museum show opening in JUNE 2018, and the power of control we have in the stories we tell ourselves. There is also a strong undercurrent of learning to enjoy the art experience, and of showing yourself some care and understanding in times of wandering and exploration, when maybe not the most tangible amount of work is getting done. Unexpectedly, (though surprising due to my unbelievable lack of sleep on stage,) this is an excellent episode, encapsulating everything I like to share from great artists, and stacked with some amazing reveals. The entire experience was an epic adventure that I cannot wait to repeat, only next time with more zzzzzzzzzz.....

A very big thank you to Paul, his hilarious wife Joen (sp?), The Lost Church & our host Phil, my Bitch Talkin' friends Erin, Ange & Char, my sister Kristen, filmmakers/pals Chadrick, Sean & Dexter, and Johnny the bartender for all kicking ass to make this night incredibly cool! Also, thank you to our rad and very engaged audience, some of whom are good friends already. You are the one's who made the night on top of it all. We cannot wait to bring you another show soon!!

Visit paulmadonna.com to find all of Paul's incredible books, and to keep up with his numerous Bay Area appearances and activities. Follow him on twitter @pmadonna.

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Cody Goodfellow Part 2

Cody Goodfellow and I round out our talk about wearing many storytelling hats and loving film, books and comics all the same, switching gears to grow creatively, and more. We also cover his great short film Stay At Home Dad, which is gooey awesome sauce, and his upcoming work. More fun times and lots of juicy takeaways... and sounds... Expect Cody back, due to all the fun we had, and a some cool things he has on the horizon.

Find Mystery Meat Comics at mysterymeatcomics.com or mikedubisch.com, and get Rapture of the Deep from Hippocampus Press online or wherever you buy books! Look out for Cody's upcoming book the Snake Handler, co-authored by J. David Osborne, from Broken River Books.

Less than a day until the LIVE Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church in San Francisco. Grab your tickets now before they are gone:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-storycraft-live-san-francisco/

Hope to see you there!

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Thanks for listening!

Cody Goodfellow Part 1

My blazing fast and fun talk with writer Cody Goodfellow, (Mystery Meat, Rapture of the Deep, & the upcoming Snake Handler w/J. David Osborne,) is the perfect example of his unique mind and the type of playful energy he brings to everything. We cover a ton of ground in this engaging and hilarious Part 1, discussing Hollywood myth vs. reality, making something fresh in a rehash soaked era, buying what we are sold growing up and the vast unknowable mysteries/frustrations of being an indie creator. But naturally we also get down to why we can't give that up, as well as pushing ourselves to do good work in the classical sense, defending good grammar and editing ourselves until our eyes bleed, or something like that. Listen to know all!!

Plus, I grabbed a few minutes with our pal Mike Dubisch to setup their creative relationship, which plays nicely into Cody's thoughts on the matter later in the episode.

It's a different mix and a deeper story than usual, and without a doubt a great listen!

Just a few days until the LIVE Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church in San Francisco. Grab your tickets now before they are gone:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-storycraft-live-san-francisco/

Get a copy of the awesome Mystery Meat anthology at mysterymeatcomics.com & mikedubisch.com.

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Thanks for listening!

Brian Schirmer - LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team Guest Announcement

Black Jack Ketchum and Ultrasylvania writer/creator Brian Schirmer returns with an amazing breakdown of how he built a 3-peat success on kickstarter, as well as how each campaign evolved and how he survived them. We also get into his great work behind the scenes and in the classroom as a leading figure in the comic book curriculum at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, our habits that keep us creatively fresh, what we watch or read while we are on a project, and some very literal keys to the gates of a comic book career. It is a massively insightful episode that gets better with time, since it was recorded as a part of the original show, but is still one of the most informative episodes I've ever recorded- and now the editing doesn't suck!

Speaking of San Francisco, The Storycraft Podcast and Bitch Talk are performing a LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church on Capp St, SF, NEXT FRIDAY June 2nd, featuring two incredible Bay Area specific guests! Listen to this episode to find out who!!

Get tickets now at ticketfly.com. $15 early bird tickets are going fast. After tht it's $20 and $20 at the door. Join us SF!

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-storycraft-live-san-francisco/

Follow Brian Schirmer on twitter @brianschirmer, and on his site brianschirmer.com. Get his latest book Black Jack Ketchum, from Image Comics (beautifully drawn by Claudia Balboni), at your local comic shop or on Amazon.

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Mike & Kraig find Structure

In a slightly unconventional episode, Mike Dubisch and I use a handful of segments to garner our art-hustle-scattered minds and make sure we talked about something specific. We discuss particular breakthroughs we've recently had in storytelling, discuss who we are stealing from, get deeper into comics history while equating it to media being created now, and close out on surprise inspirations and a small shout out. Somewhere in there, Mike talks about some low level anxiety/hustle he is feeling about upcoming travel, and he reveals an interesting way he is going to experience his trip. A very practical episode, full of particulars about art and story, with plenty of us being dorks along the way!

Don't forget that the LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team is happening in San Francisco on Friday, June 2nd at the Lost Church on Capp Street. Please come out and join us for deep talks and lots of silly! Get $15 early-bird tix now at ticketfly.com:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/

Follow Mike on instagram & twitter @mikedubisch but since he hates twitter you should just also follow him on Facebook where he posts a lot of art daily!!

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