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Great show! 🎶“Random bits of Knowledge with Patrick!” 🎵

Amazing!

By Bradsmith20 - May 15 2012
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Amazing info! Thanks for spending the time to do this! This is extremely valuable information!

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26: Jason Brubaker & Skottie Young (Classic #4) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We live in an age where proof something was said or done is sometimes just a click away. Apologies to the time capsule fans and their once highly valued level of patience. In our case, though, these flashbacks to when Jason Brubaker was running the show are great mile markers to see how far he, his co-host Daniel Lieske, and guest Skottie Young have come since this conversation occurred several years back.

Today’s flashback discussion hits on the positives of both publishing your work with a publisher and also going it on your own via self-publishing, a palaver typically consisting of negative rants, drastic hand gestures, and sometimes bitter tears. Yes, we’re big fans of sensibility, too, and we’re happy to bring some to you to put a bow on the month of June.

Skottie Young’s site (@skottieyoung)

Skottie Young and Eric Shanower’s adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

More “Oz” and other work for Marvel

Our Important Links:

Intro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transition:

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Jun 27 2014

1hr 34mins

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103: Stephen Bissette – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We may have said this before and if so, we feel it is definitely worth repeating. Wow, it is so darn educational and amazing to speak with someone who has been in the comics industry for so darn long. This is why every Halloween, Adam looks forward to speaking with one of his favorite Making Comics Gutter Talk guests, Stephen Bissette. For the third year in a row, Stephen dispels humor, knowledge, and all around good times.

When Stephen talks about the history of comics, he’s not just talking about what has happened in the past. That side of the timeline has been well-documented and will forever be. In this episode Stephen does talk about the past but he also is sure to talk about the history of comics as both the present and the future. This also includes when he is teaching young, impressionable minds at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. And yet when his students challenge him on a topic, Stephen becomes the student in order to return to being a more effective teacher. In the example he gave, a student challenged him on Native American comics and culture. This caused Stephen to do his own homework, a great example that no matter who we speak with, we can never stop learning.

To open the Gutter Talk episode, just as we have done in previous Halloween episodes, we have a reading of an Edgar Allen Poe story. This year’s story was “The Cask of Amontillado” and was read by a horror master in his own right, Vincent Price. Boy, Poe sure does like burying things in his stories, huh?

Happy Halloween!


Stephen’s Links:

Stephen’s website (@SRBissette)

Center for Cartoon Studies

Our Links:

“The Dracula Files” by Storyforge Productions

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Oct 28 2016

1hr 38mins

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46: Gene Luen Yang – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We are nearing the end of our first year of MakingComics.com and we are not slowing down as we round turn four, especially when it comes to the guests we have on the podcast. This episode’s guest, Gene Luen Yang, is an award winning artist and creator of works that have been and continue to be used in classrooms to educate students. This lies right at the feet of what we do at MakingComics.com so having Gene on the show was almost vital. We were glad we made it happen.

Join Adam and Kevin as they head out on location to Gene’s hotel room in downtown San Diego to discuss using comics to educate, how software coding can be both similar and different from making comics, and also what it’s like to have your name spoken by Alex Trebek.


Gene’s Links:

Website (@geneluenyang)

Amazon page

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Nov 14 2014

46mins

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106: Jessica Abel – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Chaos. What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’.

Well, now that we successfully planted that ear worm, today’s Making Comics Gutter Talk episode with Jessica Abel deals a lot with chaos and the things creative folk like us can do to not only minimize the chaos but (*GULP*) even get things accomplished, too. You know, like that comic you’ve been sitting on and tinkering away at here and there for the last seven years. Or one of the many short-lived attempts at something cool that you think you’ll eventually get back to… even though deep down you know you won’t. Okay, you get the picture. Point is, this podcast and Jessica’s latest book, Growing Gills, can help.

We also take a brief look back at how Jessica became the teacher and artist she is. And if you ask her, which Adam did, if she considers herself an artist or a teacher, she’ll straight up tell you…. Wait, did you really think we’d just tell you what she said? Well, it was worth a shot. Take a listen to the podcast and find out.

Also subscribe on iTunes or whatever podcast app you use. Be sure to rate us, give us a review, or even bake us some cookies. We wouldn’t turn away cookies. But most of all, it’s the rating and review we’re after.


Jessica’s Links:

Jessica’s site (@jccabel)

Growing Gills (book)

Audience building course on 9/10/17

Other books

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Sep 01 2017

1hr 13mins

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109: Jimmy Palmiotti – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We know, it’s a Monday. In the history of the Making Comics Gutter Talk podcast, it has never been released on any day of the week besides Friday. However, in this instance, the timing called for it. While there may be some purists or other creatures of habit who find this to be troublesome, we first offer this advice: take a breath. Everything will be okay. We promise. Then listen to this episode. Trust us, you’ll feel better.

In this Gutter Talk episode, Adam sits down with Jimmy Palmiotti, whose attributes run a marathon but to list a few, he created Painkiller Jane. He’s also one of the co-creators of Marvel Knights, which comes up as a discussion topic in the conversation between Adam and Jimmy. Then there’s Harley Quinn, a character in which he and his wife Amanda Conner helped increase popularity levels to great heights. Oh, and Painkiller Jane… and Deadpool… and the Punisher… Also, Jimmy is the co-founder of PaperFilms, along with (again) Amanda Conner, and has some pretty amazing talent on board, like Justin Gray, Craig Weeden, Frank Tieri, and more. Pretty impressive.

Make sure to also subscribe in iTunes or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Also, please, for the love of all that is podcast holy, give us a rating and review. We won’t hold it against you if you don’t but you’d be our new best friend if you did. And who doesn’t want more best friends?


Jimmy’s Links:

PaperFilms (@jpalmiotti)

Killing Time in America (Kickstarter)

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Apr 09 2018

1hr 14mins

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43: Jason Brubaker, Doug TenNapel & Ethan Nicolle pt.1 (Classic #8) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Even though we on the inside have access to these Jason Brubaker podcasts from a few years ago, it’s still a surprise how jam-packed they are with pure gold. Trust us when we say it’s a struggle to not binge-listen to the entire library. Today’s episode is the first half of a sit down between three fantastic artists: Jason Brubaker, Doug TenNapel, and Ethan Nicolle. Before that, Adam and Patrick discuss a few of the more finer points.


Artist’s Alley:

Doug TenNapel’s site (@TenNapel)

Ethan Nicolle’s site (@enicolle)

Jason Brubaker’s Sithra & reMind (@Jason_Brubaker)

Patrick Yurick’s site (@patrickyurick)

Our Alley:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Oct 24 2014

1hr 21mins

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87: Joe Badon – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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It’s not very often you meet someone that makes it difficult to distinguish if you’re talking to yourself or another person all together. However, in this Making Comics Gutter Talk episode with artist and creator Joe Badon, it seems that’s exactly what happened; Adam has met his soul-twin and he’s a damn fine artist. And not only is he an artist in the drawing sense, but Joe is also an artist in the musical sense. Today’s episode opens with a song called “Monster Zero” from Joe’s band The Band That Wouldn’t Die. It’s a bit experimental but we dig it just the same. It’s perfect to draw or write to, if not both.

This episode is yet another strong example of why being around like-minded peers in a community is an important part of not just becoming an artist but being one, as well. There’s always a certain comfort level during the growing process in knowing not only are you not alone but you’re more alike with others than you may have originally thought. Your ideas, concerns, goals, and sometimes even the same dreams. When you meet someone with these things, you know you’re in for a fantastic conversation.

Download this episode and listen in as Adam is joined by Joe to discuss all things comics. And politics. And other random tangents that seem to happen in Gutter Talk podcasts on a regular basis. By this time, though, you should just be used to it, right?


Joe’s Links:

Joe’s site (@joebadon)

Kickstarter for “The Man With Ten Thousand Eyes”

Our Links:

Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Nov 06 2015

1hr 46mins

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19: Worldbuilding For Comics (Round Table) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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The Get A Grasp! MOOC train rolls on with this amazing Week 2 panel. The topic was Worldbuilding and there was no shortage of wood to stoke the fire as the train sped on down the tracks. Join Patrick Yurick, your very own train conductor for the week (sans the funny hat), and the powerhouse list of passengers for a ride you won’t soon forget.

You should check these out:

Patrick Yurick (instructor), CEO of Making Comics (dotCom) (@patrickyurick)

Mark Waid, creator of Thrillbent, writer for Daredevil, among so, so many (@markwaid)

Ted Washington, creator of Puna Press and author of Un Chili Caliente (@tedwa)

Bizhan Khodabendah, author of The Little Black Fish (@MendedArrow)

And check out Bizhan’s Kickstarter project he’s co-piloting with Making Comics’ very own, Mark Luetke, called OUTDOOR/INDOOR: A New Infinite Canvas Comic System

Lee Cherolis, writer of Little Guardians (@LeeCherolis)

Aaron Conley, creator of The Sabertooth Swordsman (@AaronConley77)

Ulises Farinas, artist for IDW’s Judge Dredd (@ulises_f)

And these, too:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transition:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

May 09 2014

1hr 18mins

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35: Jason Brubaker, David Petersen & Trent Kaniuga (Classic #6) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Even though every day is a day to make comics, we here at MakingComics.com like Fridays best. Ok, maybe just Adam likes Fridays best. Still, if you like making comics AND listening to amazing artists on podcasts, then Fridays are definitely the best day of the week because that’s exactly what you get with Gutter Talk. Today, as we’ve been doing every last Friday of the month, we crank up the time traveling machine and dip back to a time when Jason Brubaker was the host and the guests were just as awesome as the ones we have now.

This episode is a sit-down with not just the creator of Twilight Monk, Trent Kaniuga, but also the mastermind behind Mouse Guard, David Petersen. We open, though, with a brief set-up chat with Adam and Marisa Brenizer to get things warmed up.

Links and Things:

Jason Brubaker (@Jason_Brubaker)

Sithrah on Kickstarter (holy successful campaign, Batman!)

David Petersen (@mouseguard)

Mouse Guard

Trent Kaniuga (@TrentKaniuga)

Twilight Monk

More Things and Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Aug 29 2014

1hr 35mins

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99: #ComicFuel 4 - MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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“…it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” 

Rocky Balboa’s inspirational speech to his son in the 2006 installment into the Rocky franchise is definitely the inspiration for this show. There’re a lot of projects I work on right. Art, design, and educational experiences I am currently slaving away over. I spend a lot of time, and incur a good deal of mental anguish, trying to figure out what the “right” thing to do is as a day job. When Rocky talks about taking hits, in my context that is all about my own personal demons regarding my design process. My own shadow/devil on my shoulder telling me I’m wasting my time.

Last month, I’ll be honest, I almost considered #ComicFuel a waste of my time. Three episodes in and I was ready to give up.

I almost didn’t finish episode 3. Even during the process of doing it, I didn’t want to finish it. I did finish, barely, and then I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to do another episode the same way again (if I did another episode). So I called Adam and asked him to record a quick episode where we powered through a ton of questions. It turned into a longer episode.

As I sat down with Adam Greenfield this week to record the fourth episode of #ComicFuel I was reminded why I do this. Sure, this episode is WAY too long ( cough-2hoursand14minutes-cough ), but who cares? I got to sit down with my friend and answer some student questions and talk about how to practice art. In my ideal retirement scenario I would spend every day doing this.

I was reminded that MakingComics.com is the purely “good” thing that I have in my life. For me this is the one sacred space in this whole universe where everything we do is just good. We aren’t always active, or on time with our products, and they aren’t always produced with the kind of quality I’d like – but at their core they are good. We’ve made decision after decision to not turn this into a project that will go anywhere (i.e we are staying here for good). It isn’t a startup business – it is a public service. That is what makes it “good”. It hasn’t been tainted by the threats of being economically unviable – because it isn’t.

I thought I was done after my 2 hour session with Adam. Then…

…I said to myself – I’m not going to do Audio Fuel this month. Monday I mixed the two hour long episode and then I saw a tweet to me that I missed:

@patrickyurick haven’t listened yet to #ComicFuel 3 but can I just say thank you in advance?

— Heavy Load Comic (@HeavyLoadStory) July 13, 2016

So I responded:

@HeavyLoadStory Did you listen to it? Ep4 drops Friday 🙂

— Patrick Yurick (@patrickyurick) August 9, 2016

@patrickyurick I did. Best so far! It was mostly useful and inspiring. I’d keep the intro a bit shorter! Looking forward to the new one

— Heavy Load Comic (@HeavyLoadStory) August 9, 2016

@patrickyurick that’s probably the best bit of the podcast. So many times we get lost into technicalities and forget about the why’s

— Heavy Load Comic (@HeavyLoadStory) August 9, 2016

So now I have a reason to get back up, despite the obstacles, fight Apollo for the champion belt, and follow through on making an awesome episode of #ComicFuel. So thanks for being my “Paulie” Marco (Adam is my “Mick”).

I got back up.

I did more work.

I may not feel like I took the belt – but I did get a reward. I did something good. Good for myself and, hopefully, good for some others as well.

This month’s episode features answers to questions on creating depth, writing, visual comic vocabulary, drawing for exposure, story vs art, and what to do when art isn’t fun anymore. AudioFuel this week comes from Sylvester Stallone, Martha Wainwright, and the late Joseph Campbell. As always, I encourage you to jump to the section in the show that you fancy the most (times indicated below) and be sure to check out the show notes at comicfuel.wikidot.com/wiki:episode-4.

Jump times to go to different parts of the podcast:

  • (00:00:00) AudioFuel: Rocky Balboa Lead-in to Show
  • (00:02:10) Show Opener
  • (00:02:53) Introduction to Show
  • (00:12:50) Question 1 – Creating Depth
  • (00:35:00) AudioFuel: Joseph Campbell – Myth As A Mirror
  • (00:39:17) Question 2 – Writing
  • (00:55:59) Question 3 – Visual Comic Vocabulary Resources
  • (01:00:00) Question 4 – Drawing for Exposure
  • (01:16:00) Question 5 – Story vs Art
  • (01:27:00) AudioFuel: Martha Wainwright (Employee of the Month)
  • (01:30:36) Question 6 – When Art Isn’t Fun Anymore
  • (02:13:00) Show Outro

Songs Used

Audio Fuel Used

  • “Rocky Balboa: Speech” – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sylvester Stallone / Desaturated from original
  • “Myth As A Mirror For The Ego” – Jospeph Campbell / Desaturated from original
  • Martha Wainwright Employee of the Month Interview – / Desaturated from original

Aug 12 2016

2hr 14mins

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Making Comics at SDCC 2014

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Comic-Con 2014 was a blast! (If you were unable to attend, my sympathies. That’s why we do these wrap-up posts.) Make sure to check out the audio link below.

The local Making Comics crew—Patrick, Adam, Kevin, Devin, Evan—were there to rep the “revolution” and generally brag about our community and future plans. We’re really excited by the enthusiasm readers have shown in response to our “Get A Grasp” MOOC and daily challenges, not to mention my own (hi!) #FAQDevin column and Adam’s (in)famous Gutter Talk podcast. You guys have been awesome, and your creativity sustains us.

We hosted a panel on Saturday called Uniting the Worldwide #makecomics Community. It was, without exaggeration, one of the best panels at the convention (at least amongst those discussing actual comics). The lineup was crazy: we had Rachel Beck representing our friends over at Storyforge, Mark Waid (of Daredevil fame) and Christina Blanch (writer of Damnation of Charlie Wormwood) from Thrillbent, Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience, Jim Zub (writes Skullkickers, Wayward), and Palle Schmidt (artist on Thomas Alsop) from Comics For Beginners. Patrick ran the panel while the rest of us listened intensely.

After a brief rundown of Making Comics (dotCom) participation stats (number of MOOC students, worldwide readership breakdown), Patrick previewed some of the things we’ve been working on for the future. I’ll let him determine what announcements are made public, but suffice it to say some neat stuff is coming. Then the discussion kicked off, and boy, was it glorious.

The Web has enabled one of the biggest paradigm shifts [for] breaking into the industry. Webcomics let me see your work ethic. @MarkWaid

Webcomics are no longer a vanity project for artists. They’ve become a legitimate option for breaking in. @JimZub

Showing you already have an audience lends a kind of gravitas to your work for publishers. @Palle_Schmidt

Much of the discussion concerned the changing landscape for comics in the last decade. Many on the panel have been working in/around comics for a while, and have observed this change firsthand. There used to only be one real way to “break in” to comics, as Andy points out:

The question used to be “How do I write for Marvel or DC?” and now the majority of people want to know how to make their own stuff. – Andy Schmidt @ComicExperience

The internet has democratized this process. Webcomics are a perfectly commercial form of comic that anyone can create and consume. People without access to a physical comic shop can still read comics online, which removes barriers and brings in more readers.

Comic books are now available to everyone regardless of age or race or location. And that for me is the most exciting thing! @JimZub

Many echoed this sentiment. Christy (@christyblanch) talked about the promising increase in the number of women who make comics, as well as the success she’s had in reaching aspiring creators through her (juggernaut) SuperMOOC 2. Rachel discussed the ways in which creators of webcomics can bypass traditional gatekeepers—like publishers—and form mutually beneficial relationships with their audience:

There is now a rise in patronage again, only now the niche market isn’t the wealthy, it is the many. -Rachel Beck @Storyforgers

Old paradigms of distribution no longer apply.

People now trust friends and personal interactions more than blaring advertisements that we’ve learned to ignore. @JimZub 

People are now interested in genuine people, genuine passion, genuine projects. -Andy Schmidt @ComicExperience 

Everything that used to be the non-professional route is now just another option to use. @JimZub

There was a lot of excitement and optimism on the panel, and why not? Access to comics is expanding. The tools for making comics are widely available, so anyone can make whatever type of story they like. The future is bright!

I could continue, but this post is running long as it is. If only we had recorded the audio from the panel…

Thanks again to everyone on the panel, those in the audience, and all of you out there in internet land. Can’t wait for the next one!

The Legal Stuff:

Intro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Akashic (Instrumental)” with permission from Spike & Reggie Music Licensing and Publishing (www.spikeandreggie.com)

Outro Song:

“Come to Me” Texas Musicforge (freesound.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

record_scratch.wav: nixphoeni / www.freesound.org

Aug 05 2014

46mins

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97: #ComicFuel 3 - MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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There is not a place we can turn where current events are not effecting our every day lives. I feel incredibly honored to unveil the first episode of comic fuel to feature Ulises Fariñas and Lucy Bellwood as cohosts. Ulises and I jump right into the questions and geek out on what is important to think about when inking – both digital and traditional. We then go into great depth discussing “style” and how it is actually an incidental occurrence in your art as opposed to a measured goal. Lucy hops in during question three to talk about how to think about drawing background art in your panels.

Ulises and I cap the entire episode off with a very important discussion regarding how race and equity is reflected in the comic industry. In fact, in writing the show notes for that segment, I was delighted to find several amazing articles that dealt specifically with how the comic industry is connecting to these important topics.

This episode also includes some amazing borrow audio clips from Jason Brubaker, Ven. Robina Courtin, and art educator John Spencer. Such an amazing third episode. Easily the hardest I’ve worked on yet. Hopefully I can keep it up!

[Tweet “ComicFuel Episode 3 was awesome!”]

Jump times to go to different parts of the podcast:

  • (00:00) Show Opener
  • (00:43) Introduction to Show
  • (10:10) #ComicFuel Break #1: Not A Delicious Chocolate Cake” by Ven. Robina Courtin
  • (12:40) Question 1: Inking
  • (24:40) #ComicFuel Break #2: “Growing A Tree” by Jason Brubaker
  • (28:17) Question 2 & 3 Style
  • (51:46) Patreon Ad
  • (52:12) Questions 4: Backgrounds
  • (54:58) #ComicFuel Break #3: “Can’t Live Without Art” by John Spencer
  • (1:00:00) Show Closing – Race & Equity in the Comics Industry
  • (01:23:00) How can you, yes you, contribute to the comic fuel cause?
  • (01:26:00) Show Outro

Questions answered in this episode

(jump-to specific question times listed below)

  • Josh: What are some good resources to improve your digital inking? I feel like I know the basics, so beginner books aren’t really teaching me anything new. I’m completely self taught, and would love to learn some subtly with my inks.
  • Maya: How do comic artists deal with improvements in their style while making a comic book? Should a comic artist keep a consistent style? If so, how much should one practice style before starting to make comics?
  • Michael, Poland: What are the elements of style of particular artists if I want to use their style in my own work? I usually think of such elements as: the coloring method used (with computer or water colors), shading, …. but what is it that distinguishes the one from the other? There are general groups of artists (e.g. European, Asian, …) who have similar style – how come they can be grouped – what is the key?
  • Jasmine: How often would you focus on comic backgrounds? Are details like that important?

Thanks to this week’s cohosts!

Ulises Farinas

Lucy Bellwood

Songs Used

Audio Fuel Used

Jul 12 2016

1hr 27mins

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45: Jason Brubaker, Doug TenNapel & Ethan Nicolle pt.2 (Classic #9) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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After a quick break for Halloween and an amazing discussion with one of the masters in the horror genre, we return you to another re-issue of Jason Brubaker’s old podcasts. This week is Part 2 of the fantastic conversation between Jason, Doug TenNapel, and Ethan Nicolle, first with a brief intro with Adam and Patrick. If you missed Part 1, click here.

Best quotes from the ‘cast:

[Tweet “(life) rewards these really bizarre moments of fate and timing and you can’t second guess it. -@TenNapel”]

[Tweet “The best thing you can do is put out something honest that’s really good. -@TenNapel”]

[Tweet “There’s a hunger in my belly. That’s part of being an artist. -@TenNapel”]

[Tweet “.@tenNapel – This is a mass media we’re dealing in. You can be a great artist but if you don’t succeed at drawing in mass, then you’re not a successful mass media artist. You’re not being true to the medium.”]

Artist’s Alley:

Doug TenNapel’s site (@TenNapel)

Ethan Nicolle’s site (@enicolle)

Jason Brubaker’s Sithra & reMind (@Jason_Brubaker)

Patrick Yurick’s site (@patrickyurick)

Our Alley:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Nov 07 2014

55mins

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17: Jason Brubaker, Nate Simpson, & Daniel Lieske (Classic #2) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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It’s the last Friday of the month so we hit the way-back machine and go way back- what? This interview is only a couple years old? Oh. Uh, well, can I say we hit the shortly-back machine? Yeah? Great. Let’s try this again.

It’s the last Friday of the month so we hit the shortly-back machine- hmm, still doesn’t sound right. You know what? Just cue the wavy flashback lines. This is part 1 of the Nate Simpson interview with Jason Brubaker and Daniel Lieske. Maestro!

Intro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transition:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Apr 25 2014

59mins

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24: Ulises Farinas – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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If you think the only kind of luck you’ll find on Friday the 13th is bad, think again. We at Making Comics (dotCom) are here to exorcise that unlucky mojo you may find yourself in today and provide balance with another Gutter Talk podcast. Join Adam and co-host Patrick Yurick as they sit down with the inimitable Ulises Farinas to discuss everything from art schools to dealing with trolls. The conversation may be long but you do not want to miss one precious second. Or the unlucky mojo comes back. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Links:

Ulises Farinas on Facebook (@ulises_f)

Personal site

More Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Fun with Google Hangouts:

Jun 13 2014

1hr 35mins

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12: Shelley Couvillion – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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“Not only does the world have young geniuses but it also has old masters,” says Shelley Couvillion, artist for Storyforge Productions. Subscribe to it or not, that can be one heck of a realization to come to when you’re in the early stages of your art and comic creation career. And that’s not even counting the starving part. Shelley, though, doesn’t seem to be fazed by it. In fact, even though she’s still working on finding her voice, it’s pretty obvious she’s definitely on her way and when she does fully find it, well, let’s just hope she remembers the little people.

Adam is joined in consecutive weeks by Kevin as they sit down with Shelley, another Storyforger, to discuss the good, the bad, and the wow-I-can’t-believe-I-said-that.


Links:

Shelley Couvillion (@shelleyboh) on the Storyforge Productions site

House on Writer’s Block

Shelley’s Tumbler account

Other Details:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Mar 21 2014

1hr 3mins

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107: Dean Haspiel #2 (Part 1) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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When Adam and Dean Haspiel first recorded a Gutter Talk episode, it was September of 2015. In those two years, plenty has happened for both. However, that’s still not the reason why, just as with the first time they spoke, this episode is also two hours long. In fact, it’s so long it had to be separated into two parts. You can find Part 2 here. As for the reasons why their talk went over two hours, well, the reasons vary widely. There’s what Baltimore Comic Con does right but what New York Comic Con does wrong. There’s the positives and negatives of being an artist in the digital world we find ourselves in. There’s also talk of fan entitlement when it comes to comics versus perhaps having a reason for their gripes. And all that’s only part of what Adam and Dean discussed.

Again, this is the first half of the two hour conversation. The second half should already be in your podcast feed, or you can find it here in this separate post. No, we’re not trying to confuse you. Keep you on your toes, maybe. But not confuse you. Definitely not confuse you. In this case it may just be an unfortunate side effect, and for that we apologize. However, we won’t try to stop you if you want to head over to our Patreon page and help us figure out a way to make this not happen again.


Dean’s Links:

Dean’s site (@deanhaspiel)

The Red Hook on Webtoons (The Red Hook)

Harakiri Kane play

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Nov 13 2017

1hr 11mins

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41: Elaine Tipping – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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There’s nothing we at MakingComics.com like more than when an artist shares their creative process. In fact, that’s really what’s at the heart of these podcasts. So when an artist is willing to give others a backstage pass into their creative process and not just talk about the process but provide pictures of it, too,  we get excited because of how much of a visual educational tool that is for others. Plus, it’s just really cool of the artist to be that open. So when Elaine Tipping, artist and co-creator of Dubious Company and others, sent over the images of her process, we weren’t sure if we could wait long enough to share the podcast and pictures. Join Adam and Marisa as they sit down with Elaine to discuss everything from kotatsu to her current Kickstarter project.

Elaine’s Links: (@TriaElf9)

Deviant Art site

Peter Pan

Princess Retribution

Tiny Blue Dragon Studio

Dubious Company Kickstarter

Tales of Gaijin

Kotatsu

Elaine’s process pics:

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Oct 10 2014

1hr 16mins

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14: Jules Rivera – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Have you ever had the sense when talking to some people that whatever endeavor they are on, it is simply going to work out for them? That’s the feeling you get when talking to Jules Rivera, creator of the successful ventures of Misfortune High and Valkyrie Squadron. Adam, Patrick, and Jules cannonball into the ocean of webcomics and crowdfunding, sharks be damned, and discuss what it’s like to swim with both the whales and the bottom feeders.

Show notes:

Twitter: @julesrivera
Instagram: julesriveraart
Website

Kickstarter project for Misfortune High 2 (deadline 4/11/14)

Valkyrie Squadron

Bleeding Cool article

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Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Apr 04 2014

1hr 17mins

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107: Dean Haspiel #2 (Part 2) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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If you’re reading this but haven’t yet listened to the first half of the conversation between Adam Greenfield and Dean Haspiel, well, what you’re about to listen to probably won’t make sense. Therefore we highly suggest going here and listening to that first. Trust us, this episode will make more sense if you listen to the previous half first. If you’re one of those weirdos that reads the last chapter or page of a book before you read everything else, well, do your thing but we don’t trust you. Just sayin’.

If you’ve listened to the first half and are ready to go, enjoy. Again, if you’re a weirdo and haven’t listened to the first half yet, you’ve been warned.

Nov 13 2017

1hr 12mins

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119: Palle Schmidt (#2) MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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The Making Comics Gutter Talk podcast goes international. Again. In this episode, Adam is joined by Denmark’s own, Palle Schmidt. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s at least one of two things. Either you have heard the previous Gutter Talk episodes Palle was on, as well as the Comic Con panel back in 2014 moderated by Patrick Yurick, or it’s the amazing work he’s done in Thomas Alsop or Comics for Beginners, a site dedicated to educating those with the dream of creating comics.

In this episode, Adam and Palle discuss a wide range of topics. Whether it’s the inside scoop on Palle’s techniques as an artist or the various ways and differences artists are treated and respected between Denmark and the United States. They even touch on taxes. Taxes! We know, what do taxes have to do with comics? Well, directly, not much. But in the overall grand scheme of things, no one can escape them. Even underpaid artists.

Make sure you give the Gutter Talk podcast a rating and review on iTunes and check out the MakingComics.com site for all your comic creating needs.


Palle’s Links:

Palle’s site (@Palle_Schmidt)

Stiletto

Thomas Alsop

Comics For Beginners

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

Old Fashion Radio Jingle 2.wav: club sound / www.freesound.org

Mar 29 2019

1hr 27mins

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118: Graham Annable (#2) MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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For many folks, our esteemed Making Comics Gutter Talk host included, winter is a difficult time of year. Time changes, cold weather, having to constantly correct yourself on the year because it changed and it’s hard to get in the new habit of writing the new year. We get it. But Spring is about to… well, spring, and it’s time to wake up the sleeping beast that is this podcast. And what better way to rub the sleep out of our eyes than with one of the podcast’s favorite past guests.

In this first episode of 2019, which was admittedly recorded in 2018, Adam is joined by writer, artist, director, and overall swell guy, Graham Annable. If the name sounds familiar, it could be because he was a guest on the podcast a few years back. However, there’s a pretty sizable chance you know the name from his wonderful work, such as the Laika production, The Boxtrolls, which he co-directed. It could also be from the hilarious and sometimes poignant sketches and comics, Grickle. Or maybe it’s from his more recent graphic novels, Peter & Ernesto, in which he is both artist and writer. And as you’ll see, most recently, part-time editor.


Graham’s Links:

Graham’s site (@grickle)

Graham’s books, including Peter & Ernesto

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Mar 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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6: GOLDEN RATIO WORKSHOP (#COMICFUEL 8) MAKINGCOMICS.COM GUTTER TALK PODCAST (S01E06) (117)

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We have bold new experiment ready for you to enjoy this week – the very first ComicFuel Workshop podcast! Bizhan Khodabendeh’sPanel Layout: The Golden Ratio” from 2014 is our most popular article ever posted on our website. So, for season 1 of Gutter Talk we’ve decided to revisit the article in the form of a FREE WORKSHOP.

That’s right! We said FREE WORKSHOP!!!

I hear you asking:

“But, Patrick… This is just a podcast. How is a podcast a FREE WORKSHOP?”

Great question! The idea is super simple:

  1. If you haven’t yet, read through Bizhan’s Article “Panel Layout: The Golden Ratio”
  2. Come back to this post at MakingComics.com/guttertalkpod
  3. Start playing the podcast and follow along with the tutorial below
  4. Skip ahead to the future and you will have 1 full page of comic art completed that utilizes Bizhan’s Golden Ratio theory.

I told you it was simple. (I know, that last step is a doozy).

This is a crazy experiment for MakingComics.com and the Gutter Talk ComicFuel series. We want to know if you liked it, if you hated it, something was confusing, or even if you just want to say hi. All of the feedback is welcome and encouraged. To give us feedback, comment below or email us at patrick@makingcomics.com.

Oh, and hey, if you like this episode please let us know by signing up to be a Patreon patron, giving us a one-time donation, or giving us a tip on the RadioPublic app.

For your convenience we’ve broken the podcast down into chapters:*

  • 00:00:00 – Pre-Roll Ad
  • 00:01:30 – *NEW* ComicFuel Theme Song
  • 00:02:17 – Patreon Updates
  • 00:04:10 – Show Intro
  • 00:06:14 – Bizhan Introduction
  • 00:10:55 – Workshop Agenda, Goals, & Deliverables
  • 00:12:28 – Materials Overview
  • 00:19:04 – Step 1: Thumbnailing
  • 00:27:07 – Steps 2 & 3: Page Layout 1
  • 00:33:54 – Steps 4 & 5: Page Layout 2
  • 00:42:53 – Step 6: Penciling
  • 00:52:44 – Step 7: Refining Pencils
  • 01:01:00 – Step 8: Inking
  • 01:14:03 – Steps 9-11: Refining Inks
  • 01:25:25 – End of Lesson & Next Steps
  • 01:27:31 – “Flats” Definition
  • 01:32:31 – Closing The Loop: Golden Ratio
  • 01:36:51 – Closing Credits

*If you are versed at all with “enhanced” podcasts, we’ve also included chapter markers directly in the episode so you should be able to jump to sections fairly easily from within your podcast player. If none of that makes any sense – ignore me.

Credits

Lesson & Photos by Bizhan Khodabendeh (@mendedarrow). Support him and his work by visiting MendedArrow.com.

All music was graciously provided by our friends “Another Dead Clown” from the instrumentals of “This May Not Work.” Support Another Dead Clown by purchasing their albums at: https://anotherdeadclown.bandcamp.com/

Music Tracks, in order of perception:

  • Pre Roll Ad – Fuzzy Analog
  • New Show Intro – Akashic Fields
  • Transitions – “Space Demons” by Christopher O’Keeffe
  • Step 1 Break – For the Aeroplane & 27 Second Kiss
  • Step 2 – Evas Guitar
  • Step 4 & 5 – Akashic Fields & Holy Fuck
  • Step 6 – Penny Proposition & Eight Miles To Ludlow
  • Step 7 – Pyramids
  • Step 8 – Guns & Currency & Frank O
  • Step 9-11 – Drinking Song & Spencer’s Bad News

The Golden Ratio Workshop

Audio Walkthrough

The Objective

To complete a full page of comic art utilizing Bizhan’s application of the Golden Ration compositional theory.

Materials

If you are interested in downloading all photos used below in high resolution, the script below, comic page templates (in both 11×17 & 8.5×11 – multiple formats), and more then we got you covered! Go check out our Patreon page where a donation of $2 a month will get you a download of all the materials for the workshophttps://www.patreon.com/makingcomics

Required Materials:

  1. Pencil & Eraser
  2. Pen (Specific ones outlined below, but any will do)
  3. Paper (11×17 suggested, but copy paper can be made to work) 
  4. A ruler

Suggested Materials:

  1. Mechanical pencil
  2. Bristol paper
  3. Printed template
  4. Light box
  5. Staedtler 01
  6. Staedtler 03
  7. Pentel brush pen
  8. Uniball white gel pen
  9. Eraser

00:19:04 – Step 1: Thumbnailing

1.) Sketching thumbnails of page: I usually sketch multiple thumbnails per page because my first solution often isn’t a very strong solution. It’s also better to figure out a concrete solution before hand so that you aren’t constantly adjusting to make a better page.

00:27:07 – Steps 2 & 3: Page Layout 1

2.) This can be done beforehand, but you need to transfer your printed copy of my template to the paper. To do this we use a light box which makes it easier the trace an image. Sandwich the template between the box and a sheet of bristol paper.

3.) Now turn the box on and trace it using a pencil and ruler.

00:33:54 – Steps 4 & 5: Page Layout 2

4.) This is what it should look like. Notice how I don’t trace the circular shapes. I just have a general idea of where they go.

5.) Pencil panel borders laid out in the sketch using the notches surrounding the template.

00:42:53 – Step 6: Penciling

6.) Next sketch your environments and characters with pencil. I use basic shapes to build them – knowing that I will add a lot of detail during the inking process. While penciling I am considering both my thumbnail and the overall grid system. I often make adjustments to my initial idea while doing the pencil drawing.

00:52:44 – Step 7: Refining Pencils

7.) This is approximately what my final pencils would look like for my page. Not a lot of detail, but enough to remind me what my plans were for these drawings and to nail down the composition. For example, all of these fish will be covered in scales, but it would be a waste of time for me to pencil every scale since I will be inking them anyways. It’s like making myself draw it twice for no reason. It’s more important for me to nail down the overall gesture of the fish.

01:01:00 – Step 8: Inking

8.) Next we start inking. I first start with the 01 Staedtler pen. I like these because they tend to take awhile to dry so I can ink for long periods of time.

01:14:03 – Steps 9-11: Refining Inks

9) Next I use the 03 Staedtler pen to fill in smaller shadowed areas and draw a thick outer line. This helps separate the character from the background – after I ink the background also with an 01 pen.

10) The larger black areas and the “alligator teeth” shadows are both often illustrated with a Pentel brush pen. To fill in the black areas with a bit of texture I turn my pen sideways almost against the page and drag it perpendicular to itself. Areas that can’t be filled in this way I use the brush as I would any writing tool.

To get the  “alligator teeth” I turn my pen sideways and press gradually harder as I pull my hand away from the tip of the pen. When these are stacked close to each other, the affect is a jagged edge.

11) I’ll now use my white gel pen to either cut into some of the black areas with highlights OR to clean up a mistake with my inking. I will also use white out tape or white out to do this.

01:25:25 – End of Lesson & Next Steps

12.) Finally I erase the pencils and this is what it looks like.

To show how it gets wrapped up which I won’t go into detail because that should be left for yet another tutorial.

13.)  I scan the inks, clean them up and add panels. You might notice that I added some dock pilings in the background. After a bit of drawing. I’ll often use parts of previously drawn pages to save time or add complexity to a panel. This is more useful with the backgrounds than the characters. Sometimes repeating a character drawing can make the comic feel stale so I avoid it unless it contributes to the narrative.

14.) Then I color the page.

15.) Finally I add the type and word. bubbles digitally.

Dec 07 2018

1hr 37mins

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5: Norm Harper – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast (116)

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We hope your ears are ready for more comic candy, because Gutter Talk has returned!

With Gutter Talk’s mid-season intermission behind us, Adam Greenfield is back at it with another incredible interview – this time with Eisner Award Nominated writer and publisher Norm Harper!

This week’s episode is filled with engaging conversation surrounding Norm’s breakout comic, Rikki, and what it means to take an old, well-known tale and spin it with a fresh, comic-style twist! Adam and Norm’s conversation also finds itself exploring the ideas behind belonging to a clan and finding oneself, walking between film and comics, jumping into the world of indie comics, fighting off imposter syndrome, and starting an incredible publishing company!

Also, for those of you who love listening to the sultry voice of our host and the plethora if diverse guests on the regular, please consider helping us make more episodes by donating at least $1 to the show on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/makingcomics. Hitting our goals means more episodes, which means more tips, tricks, and insight into the comic world for you!

The Sequels Info

Website:  www.TheSequelsComic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSequelsComic/
Twitter: @TheSequelsComic

Intro & Outro Song

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Songs Behind Ads

“Elmore Heights” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. (http://freemusicarchive.org)

“Dirty Wallpaper” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. (http://freemusicarchive.org)

Nov 09 2018

1hr 21mins

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[Recast] Graham Annable Book Club! – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Though our Season 1 Intermission might have arrived, that doesn’t mean anybody around here gets to rest – and that means you! That’s right, while we scurry about, finishing up the last couple of interviews and other such surprises, we’ve got some homework for you. But don’t worry, it’s nothing too difficult. In order to make sure you’re prepared for our super secret upcoming book club episode, we decided to re-release one of our most popular episodes from the past – the Graham Annable interview – just in case you missed it last time!

For those about to listen in for the first time, here’s a little episode information: Our hero Adam Greenfield is joined today by Graham Annable, the co-director of the Academy Award nominated movie, The Boxtrolls, as well as the amazing animator and artist behind Grickle. One of the more gracious guests we’ve had on the Gutter Talk podcast, the conversations were open windows into Graham’s thought processes as not just the great artist he is but also what it takes to be a director, even if a co-director, on a major stop-motion picture. Give it a listen, Tweet out some of your favorite moments, and let us know what you think!

The Original Episode

91: Graham Annable

Book Club Book

Oct 26 2018

1hr 27mins

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4: Patrick Yurick (#ComicFuel 7) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast (S01E04) (115)

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How in the world could we do our first season of the MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast without bringing back the #ComicFuel podcast? The #ComicFuel podcast was launched as a question/answer show by our leader Patrick Yurick for the massively popular “How To Make A Comic Book” course on Coursera. Students from around the world submit questions and the seemingly endless fountain of facts bubbling inside of the brain of Patrick does its best to link them with the answers needed. On this seventh installment of #ComicFuel we cover questions like “Am I too old to make a living off of comics?”, “How do you manage a long-form comic project?”, “How do you learn to draw?”, and more. So pop on your headphones, get out a paper and pen, and draw while listening to Patrick traverse the world answering comic-making quandaries.

Jump-To Sections

  • [00:00:00] Support MakingComics.com Ad
  • [00:00:25] Show Theme
  • [00:01:10] Introduction
  • [00:04:10] Graham Annable Book Club Announcement
  • [00:06:10] Season Intermission Announcement
  • [00:08:00] Season Patreon Campaign Announcement
  • [00:12:50] What happened to the ComicFuel podcast?
  • [00:20:15] Question #1: Am I too old to make a living off of comic books?
  • [00:25:15] Question #2: How do you start outlining a big comic idea that you have?
  • [00:29:27] Question #3: How do you manage a long-form comic project?
  • [00:31:34] Ad Break
  • [00:33:35] Question #4: How do you learn how to draw?
  • [00:43:20] Question #5: Who makes comics? Only aspiring comic creators?
  • [00:47:35] Question #6: How do you collaborate with a team making comics together?
  • [01:01:00] Closing Statements
  • [01:03:00] Show Outro

Show Notes

[00:00:25] Show Theme

[00:01:10] Introduction

— Gutter Talk Season 1 Episode 4 (115)
— ComicFuel #7
— What is ComicFuel?
— ComicFuel was a podcast started on May 14, 2016 by MakingComics.com leader, and teacher, Patrick Yurick. The podcast is a Q&A show with questions supplied from students within the “How To Make A Comic Book” MOOC on Coursera (which has over 27,000 enrolled students from all over the world). The show sometimes includes inspirational audio clips referred to as “AudioFuel”.  As defined within the first episode of the course, Comic Fuel is defined as: Any kind of inspirational piece of wisdom that directly results in the encouragement of artistry. Aka – psychological fuel, like coffee, designed to conquer your demons and keep going.

[00:04:10] Graham Annable Book Club Announcement

Announcing Our First Season Book Club Book: Graham Annable’s “Peter & Ernesto – A Tale of Two Sloths”
– More news to come
– Graham on a future episode
Buy the book on Amazon
– Keep an eye on
— the Gutter Talk newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dGp7c9
MakingComics.com Facebook page
— Instagram
— Twitter
— The podcast feed itself…

[00:06:10] Season Intermission Announcement

Apologies for the brevity of this episode
– Teaching animation to some of my students who are sailing around the world in a yacht.
— Not returning until the 30th
— No internet
– Mid-season break

[00:08:00] Season Patreon Campaign Announcement

– Patreon Readthrough
— Patrons: 32
— 1-5 Monica Sampler
— Pledged: $46
— Current Cost of MakingComics.com
—- Per Year: $2,100
—- Per Month: $175
– RadioPublic
— Week 1 RP earnings:
— 13 Listens
— $3.00 – New Listener Bonus
—- Total = $3.26
— Tips are live!
— Download The RadioPublic App and search for MakingComics.com Gutter Talk
— Listen to 3 episodes
MakingComics.com
— Paypal One Time Donation
— Go to MakingComics.com
— Scroll to the bottom of the page
— Click on the link that says “One-Time Donations”

[00:12:50] What happened to the ComicFuel podcast?

– Where has ComicFuel been? (aka – updates)
— Milestones in my life
—- June 2017 – Cambridge back to San Diego
—- April 2018 – Baby due (Calvin) in January 4 2019
—- June 2018 – Podcation & Jupiter Saloon
—- August 2018 – Finished at MIT (gradx.mit.edu)
MakingComics.com
— What is the site for?
— Is it working?
— What is the next level for the site?
— ComicFuel a little lost in that shuffle
— Season 1 of Gutter Talk Is a Great fit.
– The Wiki – comicfuel.wikidot.com
— The wiki isn’t up to date exactly
— Should the show still have a wiki? Contact me at patrick@makingcomics.com if you’d like to help curate the ComicFuel wiki.
– Past Episodes of ComicFuel
108: Patrick Yurick & Adam Greenfield (ComicFuel 6)
101: Patrick Yurick & Rachel Beck (ComicFuel 5)
99: Patrick Yurick & Adam Greenfield (ComicFuel 4)
97: Patrick Yurick, Ulises Farinas, & Lucy Bellwood (ComicFuel 3)
96: Patrick Yurick (ComicFuel 2)
95: Patrick Yurick (ComicFuel 1)
– Old Show Notes
ComicFuel.WikiDot.com
Old Soundcloud Stream

[00:20:15] Question #1: Am I too old to make a living off of comic books?

“I’m about to turn 43, I’m too old to start to draw comics and turn it into my work?” – Papayrus, 42, Spain

— Notes
— No
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (10,000 Hours) or, Alec Longstreth = 2,000 pages
— Honesty – it is hard to make a living off of comics alone

[00:25:15] Question #2: How do you start outlining a big comic idea that you have?

“I have an idea that spans many angles – it’s kind of a comic that deals with journalism/psychology/therapy – how on earth do you start to conjure up an outline when the idea is so fuzzy?” – Emma, Hamilton, New Zealand

— Notes
—- Up to you. I’d probably start with trying to format the project into a pitch packet
—— “Here Comes The Pitch” series by Jim Zub
—— Remnants from “Get A Grasp!” Course
——— How to Start Making Comics
——— Worldbuilding
——— Project Management
——— Pitching Your Project
——— My Punisher Pitch Packet

[00:29:27] Question #3: How do you manage a long-form comic project?

“How can we make long comic novels?” – Dhyaan, 11, India

Notes:
– Planning
— My Article Series on This:
Ability Calibration
Defining Scope
Project Management
Spreadsheet Tutorial
Establishing A Schedule

[00:31:34] Ad Break

[00:33:35] Question #4: How do you learn how to draw?

“What advice would you give someone who would like to start a webcomic but has no experience in drawing, illustrating etc. as I’ve only been a reader and trying to navigate helpful articles online has been tricky.” Angus, 19, Western Australia

“How can I get started with drawing – something I’ve always wanted to do – as I have no experience in doing so?” – Frank, 30, New York

Notes:
— Just start
— Practice A Lot
– workbooks are great
— Zen Tangles
10 Books to Explore
– Principles & Elements of Art
Video Explainer
PDF breakdown
—– Elements – Color, Form, Line, Shape, Space, Texture, & Value
—– Principles – Rhythm, Balance, Emphasis/Contrast, Proportion, Gradation, Harmony, Variety, & Movement

[00:43:20] Question #5: Who makes comics? Only aspiring comic creators?

“Are there any comic artists who have backgrounds in fields other than art, graphic design, or other non-visual areas of study (literature, science, philosophy, etc…)?” – Cameron, 31, California

Notes:

My MIT Comic
Nick Sousanis
XKCD & Randall Munroe
— Comics are a communication medium.
— Often the mistake is made that what we’ve commercially seen popular is what comics are (superheroes).

[00:47:35] Question #6: How do you collaborate with a team making comics together?

“What’s your advice: should we do it all from A to Z or find a more collaborative approach, say one does the script, another the environments,  the characters, and so on? If so are there any collaborative forums?” – Nuno, 33, Portugal

“How can an aspiring writer begin to collaborate with an aspiring illustrator to create a comic or graphic novel? What is the relationship like between writer and illustrator in the comic world?” – Cameron, 31, California

Notes:

– Start by knowing, as an individual, the entire process
– Collaboration requires new time in the process spent communicating
— MIT comic
— Assess your weaknesses and decide how to address them
—- Evaluate your goals
—— Commercially viable?
—— Specifically reflective of your own vision?
——— In narrative? Art? Or both?
—— Budget
—— Time

– Collaborative Forums
Digital Webbing
MakingComics.com Underdog community
—- Facebook group
—- Reddit
MakingComics.com Slack
— Reddit
—- #makecomics
— Potentially Andy Schmidt’s “Comics Experience”

[01:01:00] Closing Statements

[01:03:00] Show Outro

Songs Used

Oct 19 2018

1hr 3mins

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3: Glynnes Pruett – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast (S01E03) (114)

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We hope you enjoyed the show last week! This week, we’re switching gears and truly getting into the nitty-gritty world of comics.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to see your comic book on the shelves at your local comic book store! Do you know what it takes to get your comics through those sacred doors and into the pulls? Besides hard work (and a healthy dose of tears), there are some fine intricacies that go into understanding what makes a comic sell. Which is why this week, Adam sat down with Glynnes Pruett, owner and operator of one of America’s (and definitely L.A.’s) finest comic shops, The Comic Hideout.

Sporting her blue hair and kick-ass attitude, Glynnes dove deep with Adam into the trends that she sees comics heading. From women’s involvement in kicking down age-old gender stereotypes and embracing comics, to building offline communities around comic books and friends, Glynnes proves that sometimes it’s best to be weird and crazy and silly as she channels that energy into fun, creative projects that make her Eisner-nominated business one of the hottest spots around and a place you definitely want your comic to call home!

Please consider supporting us so that more episodes of the show can be released by donating at $1+ to the show on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/makingcomics

Oct 12 2018

1hr 13mins

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2: “The Sidewinder Mutiny” by Jupiter Saloon Presented by Gutter Talk Theatre (S01E02) (113)

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The wait for Gutter Talk Episode 2 is finally over and things are about to get intergalactic!

You see, one of the most-heard bits of feedback we get from our beloved listeners is that they love listening to Gutter Talk while doodling or sketching or inking. They love the inspiration it brings as they push onward with their often tedious work. It’s sort of a way to give the brain something to focus on while the hands do all the heavy lifting.

Well, we took this feedback and we thought, “Hmm, what can we do to really up the ante in terms of entertainment and inspiration?” Suddenly the answer struck! “We’ll take our listeners to the theatre!” Adam joyously proclaimed. And thus Gutter Talk Theatre was born!

Not long after, we decided to team up with Podcation, (another project from the inimitable mind of our fearless leader, Patrick Yurick), to take you, our loyal listeners, away from your studios and drawing pads and send you deep into the furthest reaches of the galaxy, on an epic adventure filled with love, loss, and a maybe a stiff drink or two.

It is with great pleasure that Gutter Talk Theatre presents: Jupiter Saloon!

Please consider supporting us so that more episodes of the show can be released by donating at $1+ to the show on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/makingcomics

About Jupiter Saloon

This sci-fi comedy audio drama centers on The Jupiter Saloon — a dive bar in space. It’s a place where weird characters from all over the galaxy come for a heavily poured drink, interesting conversation, and the possibility of adventure. Plus, patrons who are short on credits can settle their tab by telling a good story.

Sort of like Cheers meets Tales from the Crypt. In space!

Full credits for the Jupiter Saloon podcast are available here.

To learn more about Jupiter Saloon visit JupiterSaloon.com

Intro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Ad Songs:

“Abracadabra” Silent Partner
https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

“Elle va au Japon” Nic Bommarito
Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
http://freemusicarchive.org

“Upbeat” Jon Luc Hefferman
Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License
http://freemusicarchive.org

Transition:

“InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav”Herbert Boland
www.freesound.org

Oct 05 2018

46mins

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1: Scott Marcano - Gutter Talk Podcast (S01E01)(112)

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It’s finally here! It’s finally happening! The oh-so official first episode of the new “Gutter Talk Season 1” has arrived and it’s got all of us here at Making Comics more excited than we honestly have any right to be.

In case you haven’t heard (how that’s possible at this point, we’re not entirely sure), Gutter Talk is releasing in a new seasonal format. This season, we’re releasing 8 episodes each Friday – all filled to the brim with invaluable insights, terrific tools, and a little dash of Adam’s signature wit on the side. Okay, maybe a little more than a dash. You can even sign up here if you’re in the mood to get email updates (and possible behind-the-scenes goodies) from each episode on the day they drop. Because in this fast-paced day and age, a little reminder here and there never hurt anyone.

Anyhow, moving on to Episode 1! Esteemed host Adam Greenfield sits down in an unexpectedly pleasant park with artist, writer, and director Scott Marcano. Known the world around as the writer of the inimitable 90’s hit movie “Bio-Dome” and head of the Diablo Comics publisher, Scott’s enthusiasm for all things media is unstoppably contagious. Adam and Scott’s conversation jumps naturally between topics that range from video games and film rights for comics books to censorship and profanity to even the merits of print versus digital comics. This episode is brimming with deep industry knowledge that even the most battle-hardened comic creators will find enlightening. But don’t take our word for it. Give Episode 1 a listen and tell us what you think! And while you’re at it, drop us a little love on iTunes (or wherever you find your favorite podcasts) with a quick rating and maybe a review if you’re feeling especially happy to hear us back on the air!

Please consider supporting us so that more episodes of the show can be released by donating at $1+ to the show on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/makingcomics

Scott’s Links:

Diablo Comics (@mister_diablo77)

“The Void Divine” by Corey Snowden

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Songs Behind Ads:

“Plant Food”  Nic Bommarito

Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

http://freemusicarchive.org

“Please Listen Carefully” Jahzzar

Licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License

http://freemusicarchive.org

Transitions:

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Sep 28 2018

1hr 20mins

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0: Season 1 Teaser Trailer

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Just a quick message from Adam on upcoming Making Comics Gutter Talk all new Season 1. Okay, maybe also a message to become a subscriber at our Patreon page, too. Fine! Also a call for any sponsors or advertisers. But when it’s all said and done, really, it’s still a quick message from Adam.

Ad Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Sep 25 2018

1min

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111: David Accampo & Amanda Donahue – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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San Diego Comic Con is a great place to meet and talk to comic artists and writers from all over the world. This year, Adam had the opportunity to talk to creators from Fanbase Press for Making Comics Gutter Talk episodes. In this week’s episode, two of them, David Accampo and Amanda Donahue join Adam on the back terrace of the San Diego Convention Center, out where you can hear everything from the medieval knights battling it out to the military helicopters flying by to the seagulls on the bay behind us.

The conversation began with a discussion on their latest collaboration, The Margins, and what it meant to them as creators. After their history was dredged up, but in a good way, the talk turned to the comic creating process, from the David’s writing to Amanda’s first foray into the world of comics.

If you enjoy these podcasts and want to hear more of them, please visit our Patreon page and help us make that happen. We at Making Comics would very much like to get back to our roots and put out podcast content on a regular, weekly basis. But in order to do that, we need your help. Also visit us on iTunes and give us a rating and review. This increases the podcast visibility and more listeners means more opportunity for more content. See the big, beautiful circle we’re drawing?


David & Amanda’s Links:

David’s site  (@daccampo)
Amanda’s site (IG page)
THE MARGINS Resources:
Website:   www.TheMarginsComic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMarginsComic/
Twitter:    @TheMarginsComics
Purchase Link:  https://fanboycomics.ecrater.com/p/30006833/the-margins

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Ad Song:

“Caprese” by Blue Dot Sessions
Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License
(http://freemusicarchive.org)

Transitions:

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Aug 04 2018

57mins

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110: Sebastian Kadlecik – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Earlier this year, while at Wondercon 2018 in Anaheim, CA, Adam met some of the fine folks at Fanbase Press and knew right away the artists and writers for the comics they put out needed to be on the Making Comics Gutter Talk podcast. Yes, needed. And it really started when Adam spotted the banner for the comic Penguins Vs Possums. We could talk about the art all day but the story and title are fantastic attention grabbers. Within the first few panels, you’re hooked.

Because of this, Adam was eager to have co-creator of that series, Sebastian Kadlecik, on the show. As Comic Con 2018 neared, the well-deserved hype for his latest creation, Quince, was growing so getting to record a conversation at the convention just seemed both the wise thing to do and fate. You know, if you believe in that stuff. The conversation ranged everywhere from Sebastian’s background and growth in writing, comics, and even acting, to the necessary decisions when determining the artistic layout of scenes within a comic. And don’t mind the group of people behind them having their own good time outside of the convention. Speaking of….

Before that chat with Sebastian, you’ll hear a portion of a conversation during a Comic Con after-party about the vagueness and even capitalistic aspect of what can and can’t be released in a podcast when it comes to background noise. Participants included Gutter Talk alumni Dean Haspiel and Chris Miskiewicz, as well as Glynnes Pruett, owner/operator of Comic Book Hideout in Fullerton, CA. As stated in the podcast, no one makes a claim to be any kind of legal expert on this stuff. It just seemed applicable. And some of it was just plain silliness that needed to be shared.

And finally, please find us on iTunes and give us a rating and review. It really helps get the visibility and word out about this podcast, and in the end, more listeners and support means more content for you. Please also check out our Patreon page by clicking here.


Sebastian’s Links:

QUINCE Resources:
Website:  www.QuinceComic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quincecomic/
Twitter:    @QuinceComic
ComiXology:  https://www.comixology.com/Quince/comics-series/86597?ref=cHVibGlzaGVyL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9saXN0L3Nlcmllc0xpc3Q
TPB Purchase Link: https://fanboycomics.ecrater.com/p/25558197/quince-trade-paperback

Instagram
Twitter

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Jul 27 2018

50mins

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109: Jimmy Palmiotti – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We know, it’s a Monday. In the history of the Making Comics Gutter Talk podcast, it has never been released on any day of the week besides Friday. However, in this instance, the timing called for it. While there may be some purists or other creatures of habit who find this to be troublesome, we first offer this advice: take a breath. Everything will be okay. We promise. Then listen to this episode. Trust us, you’ll feel better.

In this Gutter Talk episode, Adam sits down with Jimmy Palmiotti, whose attributes run a marathon but to list a few, he created Painkiller Jane. He’s also one of the co-creators of Marvel Knights, which comes up as a discussion topic in the conversation between Adam and Jimmy. Then there’s Harley Quinn, a character in which he and his wife Amanda Conner helped increase popularity levels to great heights. Oh, and Painkiller Jane… and Deadpool… and the Punisher… Also, Jimmy is the co-founder of PaperFilms, along with (again) Amanda Conner, and has some pretty amazing talent on board, like Justin Gray, Craig Weeden, Frank Tieri, and more. Pretty impressive.

Make sure to also subscribe in iTunes or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Also, please, for the love of all that is podcast holy, give us a rating and review. We won’t hold it against you if you don’t but you’d be our new best friend if you did. And who doesn’t want more best friends?


Jimmy’s Links:

PaperFilms (@jpalmiotti)

Killing Time in America (Kickstarter)

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Apr 09 2018

1hr 14mins

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108: Patrick Yurick & Adam Greenfield (ComicFuel 6) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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It’s time to dust off the microphones, plug in the earbuds, and see if the equipment still works. Yes, both Gutter Talk and Comic Fuel podcasts return, and in mashup fashion. In this episode, Adam Greenfield, host of Making Comics Gutter Talk, sits down with Patrick Yurick, host of Comic Fuel, to answer some questions that have sat around much longer than they deserved. All they wanted was a little attention. That’s all. Well, now they get it.

Because there are many questions to get to, not all of them will be answered in this episode. But if you are one of the ones that sent in a question and didn’t hear yours in the next hour and twenty or so minutes, have no fear. Adam and Patrick are planning on sitting down and recording another episode and, if needed, will record yet another until all questions are answered. It is the least we in the podcast department here at Making Comics can do.

In this episode you’ll also hear Adam provide a little reasoning behind why it’s almost April and this is the first episode of 2018, as well as Patrick talking about future plans with the Making Comics site. Oh, and “The Man from Kurosawa,” which… well, just listen. It’s better that way.


Our info:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Mar 23 2018

1hr 24mins

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107: Dean Haspiel #2 (Part 2) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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If you’re reading this but haven’t yet listened to the first half of the conversation between Adam Greenfield and Dean Haspiel, well, what you’re about to listen to probably won’t make sense. Therefore we highly suggest going here and listening to that first. Trust us, this episode will make more sense if you listen to the previous half first. If you’re one of those weirdos that reads the last chapter or page of a book before you read everything else, well, do your thing but we don’t trust you. Just sayin’.

If you’ve listened to the first half and are ready to go, enjoy. Again, if you’re a weirdo and haven’t listened to the first half yet, you’ve been warned.

Nov 13 2017

1hr 12mins

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107: Dean Haspiel #2 (Part 1) – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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When Adam and Dean Haspiel first recorded a Gutter Talk episode, it was September of 2015. In those two years, plenty has happened for both. However, that’s still not the reason why, just as with the first time they spoke, this episode is also two hours long. In fact, it’s so long it had to be separated into two parts. You can find Part 2 here. As for the reasons why their talk went over two hours, well, the reasons vary widely. There’s what Baltimore Comic Con does right but what New York Comic Con does wrong. There’s the positives and negatives of being an artist in the digital world we find ourselves in. There’s also talk of fan entitlement when it comes to comics versus perhaps having a reason for their gripes. And all that’s only part of what Adam and Dean discussed.

Again, this is the first half of the two hour conversation. The second half should already be in your podcast feed, or you can find it here in this separate post. No, we’re not trying to confuse you. Keep you on your toes, maybe. But not confuse you. Definitely not confuse you. In this case it may just be an unfortunate side effect, and for that we apologize. However, we won’t try to stop you if you want to head over to our Patreon page and help us figure out a way to make this not happen again.


Dean’s Links:

Dean’s site (@deanhaspiel)

The Red Hook on Webtoons (The Red Hook)

Harakiri Kane play

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Nov 13 2017

1hr 11mins

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106: Jessica Abel – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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Chaos. What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’.

Well, now that we successfully planted that ear worm, today’s Making Comics Gutter Talk episode with Jessica Abel deals a lot with chaos and the things creative folk like us can do to not only minimize the chaos but (*GULP*) even get things accomplished, too. You know, like that comic you’ve been sitting on and tinkering away at here and there for the last seven years. Or one of the many short-lived attempts at something cool that you think you’ll eventually get back to… even though deep down you know you won’t. Okay, you get the picture. Point is, this podcast and Jessica’s latest book, Growing Gills, can help.

We also take a brief look back at how Jessica became the teacher and artist she is. And if you ask her, which Adam did, if she considers herself an artist or a teacher, she’ll straight up tell you…. Wait, did you really think we’d just tell you what she said? Well, it was worth a shot. Take a listen to the podcast and find out.

Also subscribe on iTunes or whatever podcast app you use. Be sure to rate us, give us a review, or even bake us some cookies. We wouldn’t turn away cookies. But most of all, it’s the rating and review we’re after.


Jessica’s Links:

Jessica’s site (@jccabel)

Growing Gills (book)

Audience building course on 9/10/17

Other books

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Sep 01 2017

1hr 13mins

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105: Lucy Bellwood #2 – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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In hopes of kickstarting some energy into the Making Comics Gutter Talk podcast, it was decided that a return to old guests will help. So this is the first episode in a new Gutter Talk venture, an alumni “Where Are They Now” series. In this first episode, Adam is re-joined by the amazing Lucy Bellwood, an artist, a writer, and even a sailor, based out of Portland, OR.

The last time Adam and Lucy spoke was way, way back in January of 2015, nearly two and a half years prior to this talk, and at the time, Lucy was just starting to toss around the idea of doing a Kickstarter project for a Baggywrinkles book. Well, since that time, not only did she start and fund that project, she’s just finishing up yet another Kickstarter project that was also funded, and this time in about 24 hours. Yes, that sound was your jaw hitting the floor. We’ll wait for you to pick it up….

Listen in as Adam and Lucy discuss her pride and joy and struggles and fears with not just her current endeavor, the 100 Demon Dialogues, but also with being an artist on an overall level. From self-care to the financial burdens and planning as a freelance and independent artist, all of it is in play.

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Lucy’s links:

Lucy’s site (@lubellwoo)

100 Demon Dialogues Kickstarter project

Crowdcast “Demons and Monsters” talk with Jessica Abel

Conosaurus (not Lucy’s site but discussed in the show)

Light Grey Art Lab residency (discussed in the show)

Emily Cheeseman’s diagram (discussed in the show)

Our links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jul 28 2017

1hr 23mins

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104: Megan James – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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The last time you heard from us in the Making Comics Gutter Talk headquarters, it was Halloween and we were having a lively discussion with Stephen Bissette. Well, it’s now Earth Day, six months later, and we’re finally putting out another episode. We know, we missed you all, too. But the hope is we’re now back to at least one episode per month and if more time can be unearthed, we’ll bump things back up to two episodes a month. But all in due time, friends. All in due time. We promise.

As for this episode, Adam sits down for a second recording with artist and creator Megan James. She is the mind and skill behind Innsmouth, a magical story that is part Lovecraft, part Book of Mormon, and has fish people. That’s definitely on you if you don’t find that exciting. Adam and Megan actually spoke late last year but life has a funny way of becoming an obstacle to things and the conversation was shelved. However, Adam made sure when he returned to the scene, Megan had to be the first guest and a new conversation was to be had. The topics in this episode range from figuring how to lay out a page for maximum effect, comedy or otherwise, to finding a ton of usefulness in taking a scriptwriting class.

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Megan’s Links:

Megan’s site (@meg_emmy_james)

Innsmouth (Sink/Swim Press store)

Our Links:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

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Apr 21 2017

51mins

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103: Stephen Bissette – MakingComics.com Gutter Talk Podcast

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We may have said this before and if so, we feel it is definitely worth repeating. Wow, it is so darn educational and amazing to speak with someone who has been in the comics industry for so darn long. This is why every Halloween, Adam looks forward to speaking with one of his favorite Making Comics Gutter Talk guests, Stephen Bissette. For the third year in a row, Stephen dispels humor, knowledge, and all around good times.

When Stephen talks about the history of comics, he’s not just talking about what has happened in the past. That side of the timeline has been well-documented and will forever be. In this episode Stephen does talk about the past but he also is sure to talk about the history of comics as both the present and the future. This also includes when he is teaching young, impressionable minds at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. And yet when his students challenge him on a topic, Stephen becomes the student in order to return to being a more effective teacher. In the example he gave, a student challenged him on Native American comics and culture. This caused Stephen to do his own homework, a great example that no matter who we speak with, we can never stop learning.

To open the Gutter Talk episode, just as we have done in previous Halloween episodes, we have a reading of an Edgar Allen Poe story. This year’s story was “The Cask of Amontillado” and was read by a horror master in his own right, Vincent Price. Boy, Poe sure does like burying things in his stories, huh?

Happy Halloween!


Stephen’s Links:

Stephen’s website (@SRBissette)

Center for Cartoon Studies

Our Links:

“The Dracula Files” by Storyforge Productions

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Transitions:

InceptionBrassHitMedium.wav: Herbert Boland / www.freesound.org

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Oct 28 2016

1hr 38mins

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