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John McCrea

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CAKE (John McCrea)

The Show On The Road with Z. Lupetin

This week, a rare career-spanning interview with the ever-curious frontman, activist and rock hitmaker John McCrea, who founded one of the most beloved and yet misunderstood bands of our time - CAKE - in Sacramento in 1992. Despite putting out unlikely ubiquitous radio hits like “The Distance,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and “Never There” featuring the signature combo of dry speak-singing, spaghetti western brass, muscular guitars and spacey synths, and becoming one of the best selling groups of the 1990s and early 2000s, John and an ever-changing group of collaborators have always operated more like a DIY garage band. They produce and record everything themselves and exist outside the music industry spotlight - only putting out their oddball genre-defying work when it’s ready. While you may have forgotten some of their danceable favorites that burned through college and indie-rock radio - with further study, songs like “No Phone” which tackled our toxic relationship to technology (even before smartphones came out) now seem both deeply of, and way ahead of, their time. Critics were often confused by their lyrically dense, subversively political records like 'Motorcade Of Generosity,' 'Prolonging The Magic' and 'Comfort Eagle' - and with their obtuse album art, strange homemade videos, McCrea’s conspiratorial slam-poet frontman delivery and his shaggy Sacramento-based bandmates, it was all quite atypical in the era of shiny studio-created MTV and radio-ready rock. And yet their legions of fans, including our host Z. Lupetin, ate it up and continue to anxiously wait for what’s coming next from the group. After a decade of home recording and environmental activism (with a recent emphasis on combating deforestation) McCrea hints that a new album and a return to playing may finally be in the works.


3 Jun 2021

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Dead Eyes Artbook Kickstarter Spotlight with John McCrea

The Comic Source Podcast

Jace welcomes veteran comic creator John McCrea back to the show. The boys chat about John's current Kickstarter for The Dead Eyes artbook. This is a must-have for process junkies as you not only get John's amazing artwork, but you get the scripts from Gerry Duggan that John is working from. Ton's of notes from John about why and what decision he made, what works and what doesn't. So much great information in this book! Plus John talks about his upcoming issue of Swamp Thing coming in June from DC guest-starring Constantine. It's always a really fun time when John comes on the show so join us and be sure to go check out the campaign and share it on social media!

1hr 8mins

12 May 2021

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A Chat with John McCrea - Friday Spotlight

The Comic Source Podcast

Jace has a good, long chat with comic artist John McCrea about his Kickstarter project The Mighty World of McCrea. Plus some Hero Initiative talk as well as a mention of John's next project with Gerry Duggan, Rocket Station Charlie.


14 Aug 2020

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52. John McCrea (The Mighty World of McCrea)


Comics artist John McCrea has a layered career in comics, working at most comics publishers one can imagine. He is known for his work on 2000AD, Hitman, Dead Eyes, The Demon & many more. He’s taking the work from his 30-year career and collecting it in a Kickstarter project called The Mighty World of McCrea. John is funding the first of four volumes. The first book will be filled with art, articles, interviews, extras and more collected in a snazzy looking hardcover or softcover volume. During the conversation, John talks to Wits’ End host Shah Emami about growing up reading comics in Belfast, the punk scene in Belfast, favorite Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko comics, working on art commissions during the pandemic, his first Kickstarter (The Mighty World of McCrea) & a lot more. John's media: Instagram: @mccreaman1 Twitter: @mccreaman Support Mighty World of McCrea Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnmccrea/the-mighty-world-of-mccrea Follow Shah & the Wits’ End Podcast: Twitter: @_shahcomics Wits’ End Twitter: @witsendpod YouTube: Wits’ End YouTube Instagram: @shah_comics Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/witsendpodcastwithshahemami

1hr 2mins

12 Aug 2020

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OMEN TO THAT - The Art of John McCrea

Omen To That

In another creator spotlight episode I am thrilled to chat to one of my personal comic heroes and a true comic book legend - John McCrea An Eisner award winner who for over 30 years John has been producing work for the likes of Marvel, DC, Rebellion, and Image. Drawing characters from my personal favourite, Hitman (Tommy Monaghan) to the recent Dead Eyes, he’s collaborated with writing legends such as Alan Grant, Gerry Duggan, and most famously Garth Ennis who he won the aforementioned Eisner with Hitman #34 - Of Thee I Sing. We discuss his career in comics, the art of commissions and teaching. In addition we learn about his Kickstarter campaign for 'The Mighty World of McCrea' which is shaping up to be an absolute blast! I had a great time chatting with John and I'm sure (like me) you'll really enjoy this episode especially hearing about the strangest commission he ever did! Show Links: John McCrea: https://www.johnmccrea.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/mccreaman/ https://www.instagram.com/mccreaman1/ https://www.facebook.com/cromity KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnmccrea/the-mighty-world-of-mccrea Damian Edwardson: https://artninetwo.com www.facebook.com/artninetwo https://twitter.com/artninetwo https://instagram.com/artninetwo

1hr 27mins

25 Jul 2020

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Comics John McCrea on his Kickstarter, Dead Eyes Marvel UK , Hitman and more

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1hr 29mins

20 Jul 2020

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The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast Lockdown Tapes - John McCrea

The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast

Listen at 2000AD.com - https://2000ad.com/podcastListen on Spotify - http://bit.do/thrillcastspotifySubscribe on iTunes - http://bit.do/thrillcastitunesWelcome to the thirteenth of The Lockdown Tapes as The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast continues to broadcast the joys of Thrill-power during the COVID-19 pandemic! Got a theme or interview you'd like to hear? Let us know at thrillcast@2000AD.comFrom the war-torn communities of Northern Ireland in Troubled Souls to the mean streets of Mega-City One, artist John McCrea has a fascinating career defined by its variety. A frequent collaborator with writer Garth Ennis, McCrea went from running his own comic book store to working for IPC, DC, and Marvel, but the journey has not always been an easy one and he speaks candidly to the Thrill-Cast about his work, the people he has worked with, and some of the challenges he has faced. From Hitman to The Simpsons, from Middenface McNulty to Judge Dredd, McCrea discusses how his career has evolved over the past 30 years.The Thrill-Cast is increasing its broadcasts during this difficult time, so make sure you're keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe - and stay tuned for more from the Galaxy's Greatest Podcast!The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast is the award-winning podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic! As well as interviewing top creators and famous fans, we bring you announcements, competitions, and much more! You can subscribe to the Thrill-Cast on your favourite podcast app, iTunes and Spotify, you can listen now at 2000AD.com/podcast or you can watch at youtube.com/2000ADonline

1hr 58mins

5 May 2020

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The Works of John McCrea

Back Issue Bloodbath | Geek Hard

This week on Back Issue Bloodbath, Andrew and Petula look back on the works of John McCrea! If you like talkin' comics, you come to the right place! The post Back Issue Bloodbath Episode 233: The Works of John McCrea appeared first on Geek Hard.


15 Apr 2020

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Back Issue Bloodbath Episode 233: The Works of John McCrea

Podcasts | Geek Hard

This week on Back Issue Bloodbath, Andrew and Petula look back on the works of John McCrea! If you like talkin' comics, you come to the right place! The post Back Issue Bloodbath Episode 233: The Works of John McCrea appeared first on Geek Hard.


15 Apr 2020

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008 - John McCrea: Founder, Lead Singer, and Songwriter for the band Cake

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

John McCrea is the founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the band Cake. He’s also an activist and the Vice President of the Content Creators Coalition, an artist-run advocacy organization for musicians dedicated to working with songwriters, performers, and musicians for equity in the digital world. John sits down with Rhett to talk about the mathematics of mixing, new music from Cake, and how he keeps his creativity going after years of being an active musician. Rhett asks what advice he’d give his 21-year old self and John determines that he believes you’re supposed to have problems. The two talk about how that applies to parenting, and why it’s important to just figure things out for yourself.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Apr 2019