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Orli Zuravicky (@ozsaidso) is a writer and a senior editor of children's publishing at Scholastic. This episode we dive deep into her charming new middle grade series Happily Ever Afterlife. In this interview, Orli and I explore her writing process, how to create natural sounding dialogue, writing for middle grade, her editing process, and the future of Happily Ever Afterlife. You can follow Orli on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Show Notes

Website

Happily Ever Afterlife Facebook page

Happily Ever Afterlife: Ghostcoming

Happily Ever Afterlife: Crushed

Book activities 

Stories Unbound Interview

Direct download: Ep99_Orli_Zuravicky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Edwardian Taylor is an illustrator, character designer, storyboard and concept artist based in Texas. He's worked with tons of big name brands like Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks TV, and National Geographic. In this episode, we talk about his long journey into landing an illustration agent, his two new picture books Race! and It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, freelance lifeand working with children's author Josh Funk. You can follow Edwardian on Instagram and Twitter (@edwardiantaylor). 

 

Show notes: 

Website

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk

Race!

Blog

His portfolio

His interview on Comics Coast to Coast

 

Direct download: Ep98_Edwardian_Taylor.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Dave is an illustrator and animator based in Chicago with over 25 years of experience. He's animated some of the most beloved shows in TV history, including Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Histeria.  I caught Dave right before his trip to San Diego Comic-Con. In this episode, we talk about working on Animaniacs, his creative process, and the hardest scenes to animate. You can follow Dave on Instagram (@davepryor72), Facebook, and Tumblr

 

Show notes: 

Then and Now Kickstarter

Leftovers (aka Pie Bunnies)

Dave's site

Dave's shop

Dave's Squared Co Podcast interview

Direct download: Ep97_Dave_Pryor.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

 

Josh Funk is a kidlit writer based in New England. He's written multiple top selling picture books including Lady Pancake and Sir French ToastThe Case of the Stinky Stench, and Dear Dragon. In this episode, Josh shares his theory on a new genre of picture books, working in rhyme, the kidlit community, and why using a pseudonym isn't such a great idea. You can follow Josh on Twitter, his blog, Instagram, and Facebook (@joshfunkbooks). 

  

Josh Show notes: 

SCBWI

The Picturebooking Podcast

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk

The Case of the Stinky Stench

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Pirasaurs 

Dear Dragon

 Josh's interview on The Art of Show

Liz Show Notes: 

Awesome Con's Atomic Smash

Writing with Purpose - Awesome Con Panel

Direct download: Ep96_Josh_Funk.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

Susie Ghahremani is the illustrator and designer behind BoyGirlParty. Her illustrated stationary and gift collections are available not only on her popular Etsy shop but also at amazing stores like Mod Cloth, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. In this episode, Susie talks about her new picture book as writer & illustrator Stack the Cats, protecting your art, and the early days of selling art online.

 

You can follow Susie on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram.

 

Shownotes:

Stack the Cats

Stack the Cats Book trailer 

What Will Grow?

What Will Hatch?

 

Direct download: Ep95_Boygirlparty.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Kris PHZ-Sicks is a hip hop artist based in Alexandria, VA. He's released multiple albums including The Laws of PHZ-Sicks, The Moment, and his latest single Hurts. In this episode Kris talks about the early days of online battle rap, opening up through his music, and being a perfectionist. You can follow Kris on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter (@PHZ_Sicks).

 

Shownotes: 

Go vote for Kris on Feedbands.com (let's make this vinyl happen!)

The Moment Mini Doc

People I Think Are Cool ep. 22 Tonedef

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep94_Kris_Phz-sicks.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

William (aka Billy) Dass writes for Film School Rejects and also hosts weekly interviews with indie filmmakers on ITMODcast's CHATCast series. In this episode, we talk about how to introduce classic films you love to your children, the lack of male nudity in film, and what led to him podcasting. You can follow Billy on Twitter (@WBDass), read his work on Film School Rejects, and check out his Chatcasts on ITMODcast Podcast.

Direct download: Ep93_William_Dass.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

 

Emily Sears is a writer based in the DC area. She currently writes for Alamo Drafthouse's site Birth.Movies.Death. and for her blog My Verse (EmilyDawnWrites.com). In this episode, Emily talks about how to write for film beyond just a synopsis, her love of YA, and her ability to share herself in her writing. You can follow Emily on Twitter and Instagram @emily_dawn. 

 

Show Notes: 

Before I Disappear

Emily's Blog

Raw

Birth.Movies.Death

Emily's thoughts on writing

Fantastic Fest

 

Direct download: Ep92_Emily_Sears_Final.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Alex Pearson is the founder of Familytree, a creative design studio based in Nashville, TN. Alex's work has been featured on Design Sponge, OMG Posters, and Apartment Therapy. In this episode, we talk about his vintage inspired print series the 50 States of Beauty, using your talents to give back to your community, and finding your own signature style. You can follow Familytree on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


Show notes: 

Familytree website

50 States of Beauty

Fairy Tales

Direct download: Ep91_Alex_Pearson.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

Fay Robles is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and founder of Mer Docs, a production company and site featuring short documentaries on creative women. In this episode, we talk about discovering new artists, what makes a good documentary, and the future of Mer Docs. You can find all of Mer Docs' short documentaries on Merdocs.tv. Follow Mer Docs on Twitter (@merdocstv). 

 

Show Notes: 

Steff Bomb documentary

Steff Bomb People I Think Are Cool Interview

Carlie Trosclair

BFGF

Lorien Stern

 

Documentary recommendations:

Tarnation

The Cove

Cutie and the Boxer

Billy the Kid

 

Direct download: Ep90_Fay_Robles.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:46am EDT