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In all the hullabaloo of the past month-and-change (see more about this next Tuesday!), I’ve fallen out of step with some of my favorite podcasts and sites. I was catching up a bit yesterday, listening while I drew, when I made a happy discovery:

The hosts of The Dish podcast, in their August 12th episode (#86), made reference to the 30 day challenge in which I had embroiled myself. They offered some kind comments about the art of the strip, and it was a real kick to hear them talk about me and Odori Park.

If you catch sight of this, Shane, Reed, and Modesty, thanks for spreading the word about the challenge, and for checking out the comic on-air!

My good friend, illustrator Drew Baker, joined in on the latest episode of the Ninja Mountain podcast (#33). Ninja Mountain is a great podcast for folks interested in the professional and artistic lives of freelance illustrators (especially those working in fantasy and other genres). Drew is, of course, a very talented illustrator, who has worked extensively on the Legends of the Five Rings card game, as well as on Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars products. Please listen!

A little while ago, Brigid Alverson, comics journalist and blogger for the Robot 6 blog at ComicBookResources.com, asked me if I’d be interested in doing an interview with her. Never one to turn down an opportunity for directed navel gazing, I lept at the chance. The interview–which dives a bit into my creative process, my mercenary goals, and the evolution of Odori Park–is now online at:

Please go read! It was a lot of fun, and I’d love to do more for any media outlets so inclined (*unsolicited nudge*).

While thinking about the interview, I realized I’d been remiss in sharing a couple bits of fun buzz from elsewhere on the Web. In a recent episode of their webcomics podcast The Lightbox (which I’ve been enjoying listening to lately, regardless of the plug, honest), creators Chris Flick and Matt Stout made very kind mention of Odori Park. I Tweeted about the nod, but failed to link the podcast. Just check out Episode 40 at the Lightbox site

Also, for those not already in the know, I’m currently working behind the scenes on a SuperFogeys Origins short for Brock Heasley, star-studded creator of The SuperFogeys and Monsterplex. Brock has made a couple posts hinting at the story in recent weeks. It’ll take me a little while to juggle the artwork to completion, but I’m really eager to share this tale with folks. Keep tabs at the SuperFogeys site for updates.


UPDATE: I recorded my interview with the guys at Comics Coast to Coast, mentioned below, last night, and it was a blast. The episode–number 107–will be posted at comicscoasttocoast.com on Monday, Nov. 1st. Please check it out and share your comments!


I’m very excited to let you all know that I’m on the docket to be interviewed by the guys at Comics Coast to Coast, one of the Web’s premier comics podcasts. Brian, Jason and John at CCC have interviewed luminaries like Scott Kurtz, Stephan Pastis, Mark Tatulli, Brock Heasley, Amy Lago, and on, and on… And now they’ve seen fit to sully their good name by including me. Excellent.

I’ll post again soon with info about when to listen in. (Of course, you should go now and listen to archived episodes, anyway, right?)

Also, while I’m on the topic of podcasts, I should throw out two belated thank yous:

  • Thanks, again, to the CCC crew for naming Odori Park their Webcomic Pick of the Week back in August! Listen here.
  • Thanks, also, to Kurt Sasso, host of the TGT Webcomics podcast, and his guest, SuperFogeys creator Brock Heasley, for mentioning me in their chat about upcoming SuperFogeys Origins storylines! Listen here.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to join Chris Flick (creator of Capes & Babes) and Matt Stout (creator of Big Sandy Gilmore) for an episode of The Lightbox Podcast. (That’s the episode for 11/27/2010.) The Lightbox often focuses on the processes of comicking, and in our chat, we talked about my process for writing and drawing Odori Park, creating digitally vs. traditionally, and everything from making books to attending comic conventions. It was a lot of fun talking with Matt and Chris, and I’d be pleased as punch if you gave it a listen: The Lightbox Podcast.

TGT Webcomics PodcastA heads-up, to those who like to hear cartoonists babble about their craft, history, and idiosyncrasies: Kurt Sasso, illustrious host of the TGT Webcomics Podcast, has invited me on to the show for next Sunday, February 13th, at 7pm EST. (Don’t be mistaken: that’s not this coming Sunday, the 6th!) TGT is a live show, so if you’d like to participate in real time, be sure to head over to the show’s TalkShoe page (link) at 7pm EST on the 13th, and join the chat!


Just a reminder that my appearance on the live TGT Webcomics Podcast is scheduled for this Sunday, February 13th, at 7pm EST. If you’d like to participate in the chat, go to the show’s TalkShoe page (link). See you there!

The show on Sunday was a rousing success. It was lots of fun talking to TGT host Kurt Sasso, and surprise guest host Trevor Kent (of takacomics.com) about everything from Valentine’s Day, to the characters of Odori Park, to my deep dark comics past, and beyond. Please have a listen–the recorded show is now available to download through a link on the TGT Webcomics site: http://tgtwebcomics.com/podcast/ep150-odoripark/

Kurt also informed me that Odori Park is now officially entered in the TGT Webcomic Tournament! As I understand it, user votes will determine which of the creators interviewed in the past fifty shows will be brought back for more podcasting fun. (A home version of the game may or may not also be available…) So, please keep your eyes on the TGT site for news about when voting on the new round will begin!

Thanks, Kurt & Trevor, and to the guests in the chatroom. Hope to do it again!

Kurt Sasso, over at the TGT Webcomics Podcast, has unveiled the landing page for his third round [ed.: year, that is] of the TGT Webcomics Tournament. This time around, owing to my interview with Kurt back on episode 150, Odori Park is in the battle. Starting on August 1st, you can head to the landing page and cast your vote for the comics creators you’d most like to hear interviewed on the podcast again. Vote for me and Odori Park, and I might win some fabulous prizes, plus you’ll get to hear me babble on in another podcast with Kurt.

What’s not to like?

TGT Webcomics TournamentI blogged last week about the pending battle for webcomic podcastery about to commence at TGT Webcomics. Well, Kurt has since officially pulled the trigger on the starter’s pistol, and the dogs are off! Please check out the tournament page here: http://tgtwebcomics.com/projects/tournament3/ and place a vote for your favorite comics, including (naturally), Odori Park (right?).

If I win, I promise to figure out a way to share the prizes (there’s quite a growing list at the site) with you all, and of course, you’ll get to hear me stammer away for another hour-long TGT podcast. What could be better?

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