In-depth interviews with the top creators of comics, graphic novels, movies, animation, all over the nerd spectrum! Special emphasis on comics in the classroom and the joy of reading!
TTR 312 - Laini Taylor and Jim DiBartolo
National Book Award finalist and NY Times Bestselling author Laini Taylor, and her husband, award-winning graphic novelist/illustrator/mixed media fine artist/comic artist Jim DiBartolo, join me to talk about many things! Their young adult graphic novel "Billie Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space" recently debuted, and they are here to talk about how they collaborate, and how their artistic paths led to one another! Laini's YA novel series "Strange the Dreamer," and "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" both have topped many charts and are hugely popular, with their amazing world-building, characters, deep fantasy storylines, and a hearty sprinkling of romance.
Laini and Jim are just a joy to talk to, and any worries I had about interviewing an author and an artist at the same time went away in the first minute of talking with them. Enjoy!
Get a copy of "Billie Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space!"
Laini Taylor's most excellent blog!
Jim DiBartolo's most excellent site!
TTR 311 - Jules Aguimatang
Long time animation pro, Julius Aguimatang joins Tall Tale Radio to talk about his career that involves work at Disney, Sony, ILM, Nickelodeon, and more! Storyboard artist, character layout artist, and now Director at Disney Jr.'s "Firebuds," Jules' discusses his early years as an artist (and high school band nerd), to his first gigs in the industry like storyboard on the amazing Disney feature "Mulan," to the freelance nature of animation. As a life long animation fan, I just adore these behind the scenes talks with big time pros in the industry, and I'm sure you'll learn a lot from Jules like I did!
TTR 310 - Teresa Roberts Logan
The wonderful, talented, and extemely funny Teresa Roberts Logan joins me for a wide-ranging chat about growing up Southern Baptist, the struggles we all face with religion and spirituality, questioning authority, stand-up comedy, comics, art, and the macabre! As you can tell by the laughter that flows throughout the episode, she and I can tackle the most complex and potentially controversial subjects with a smile and understanding! Buckle up and enjoy my chat with The Laughing Redhead herself!
Look for her stuff over at https://www.laughingredhead.com/ and on Instagram as @laughingredhead!
TTR 309 - Lucas Turnbloom
Author and artist Lucas Turnbloom returns to talk about "Steve L. McEvil - The Second Wind," book two in his trilogy of middle grade graphic novels! We get into the nitty gritty of graphic novel production and the challenge of creating the middle story of a planned trilogy! Plus, of course, we go off on nerdy tangents about recent movies, the state of the DC Universe, and more fun!
Steve L. McEvil, The Second Wind drops July 11th and is available everywhere! Follow Lucas over on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lucasturnbloom and look for his amazing comic "How To Cat!"
TTR 308 - Colleen AF Venable
It’s episode 308 of Tall Tale Radio and author Colleen AF Venable is here to talk about so many things! I met Colleen when she was on a panel I moderated up at Emerald City Comic Con in the Before Times of 2019, and I’m thrilled she’s her to talk about the amazing graphic novel “Kiss Number 8,” her latest series called “Katie the Cat Sitter” featuring 217 cats, and all about her process as a writer. Enjoy!
TTR 307 - Tauhid Bondia
Tauhid Bondia's most excellent comic strip "Crabgrass" is about to debut on GoComics AND in newspapers across the country on June 28th! And his first book is coming out this September! I've been a fan of Tauhid's since I came across his earlier strip "A Problem Like Jamal," and it's off the charts exciting to see him hit the world of syndication. We talk about his roots as a cartoonist all the way to his upcoming nationwide exposure. And in "The Five Nerdiest Minutes You'll Waste This Week," Lucas Turnbloom and I discuss how responsible or not Obi Wan Kenobi was in the original "Star Wars," and discuss if Star Wars ships are faster or slower than Star Trek ships...or are their universes just different sizes?