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Ep. 76 Jennifer Olivarez

Jennifer Olivarez is the creator of the popular site Squirrel Picnic. Her unique style infuses amigurumi with storytelling. She has a new book out called The Big Acorn Race, which tells the tale of two squirrels named Hodge and Podge. In this episode, we talk about self publishing through Createspace, the art of marketing, and mixing the genres of crafting and kidlit. You can follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep76_Jennifer_Olivarez.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

Ep.75 Andrea Tsurumi

Andrea Tsurumi is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Philly. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Bleeding Cool, and 99U. Andrea has a new book out with Hic & Hoc called Why Would You Do That? It's a hilarious collection of comics that will take your imagination to quirky new places. In this interview, we talk about where she pulls inspiration for comics, working in publishing, and the weird things that go on in community pools. You can follow Andrea on Twitter & Tumblr, and grab a copy of Why Would you Do That? from Hic & Hoc's shop.

Direct download: Ep75_Andrea_Tsurumi.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Ep. 74 Leigh Luna

Leigh Luna is an illustrator/writer based in LA. She is currently working as a colorist for Amazon's animated show Danger & Eggs. Leigh has also done color and lettering for the Steven Universe and Adventure Time comics. In this episode, we talk about life as a freelance artist, how getting hit by a car inspired her to create the comic Canning Season, and what it was like working on Steven Universe with Boom!. You can follow Leigh on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Direct download: Ep74_Leigh_Luna_Rev2.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Ep. 72 Anna Raff

Anna is a picture book illustrator based in NYC. She's illustrated books like World Rat Day, The Wrong Side of the Bed, A Big Surprise for Little Card, and many more. In this episode, we talk about her career change from graphic design into illustration, brainstorming puns for her Birds! project, and what it's like to illustrate a picture book. You can follow Anna on her websiteTwitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.

Direct download: Ep72_Anna_Raff.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Ep. 70 Truck Torrence aka 100% Soft

Truck Torrence, aka 100% Soft, is an LA based artist. He is known for his adorable kawaii inspired style. In this episode, we talk about creating emojis for Star Wars and getting notes from JJ Abrams, his next solo show, and how he creates his adorable characters. You can follow Truck on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep70_100_soft.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Ep. 69 Mister Hope

Mister Hope is an UK based illustrator/writer who's unique style will instantly make you happy. I've been following his work for a long time and own a sweet Sylvestor Stallone Over the Top piece that Jimmy and I commissioned from him. In this episode, we touch on how Mister Hope found his signature style, having a baby at a convention, and how to say thank you on Instagram without sounding dull. 

 

You can follow Mister Hope on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Direct download: Ep69_MisterHope.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Ep. 68 Hugh Crawford (aka Crimes Against Hugh's Manatees)

Hugh creates the daily webcomic Crimes Against Hugh's Manatees. The comic started in 2010 when he was a stay-at-home dad seeking a creative outlet and quickly grew into a Tumblr sensation. In this episode, we talk about following each other for so long on social media, our love of comics, and finding time to make art. You can follow Hugh on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter

Direct download: Ep68_Hugh_Crawford.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

Ep. 64 Abby Howard

Abby Howard is the creator of the webcomics The Last Halloween and Junior Scientist Power Hour. She was also a finalist on Penny Arcade's webseries Strip Search. In this episode we talk about making a career out of webcomics, future plans for The Last Halloween, and running a successful Patreon. You can follow Abby on Twitter and Tumblr

Direct download: Ep64_Abby_Howard.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

Ep. 63 Blain Hefner

Blain Hefner is a mixed media artist based in Texas. His work can be seen in gallery shows across the nation, including Hero Complex Gallery and Gallery 1988. In this episode, we talk about the inspiration for his sculptures, connecting with other artists, and the different mediums he uses for his amazing pieces. You can follow Blain on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter

Direct download: Ep63_-_Blain_Hefner.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Ep. 59 Erica Williams

Erica is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. I first met Erica at MondonCon 2015 and was mesmerized by her work. Some of her past clients include The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, and Surly Brewing. In this episode, we talk about her creative process, working long hours, and the need for more female designers. Follow Erica on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep59_Erica_Williams.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT