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In this bittersweet episode, I fill you in on why the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast is ending. You'll hear what this amazing journey has taught me and you'll get a small taste of what my next adventure will be.
A huge thank you to all my amazing listeners. Without your support, this show would have never happened. I will miss you!
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I'm joined by John T. Reynolds. John is an accomplished TV writer and the creator of the darkly funny comic, A Fistful of Babies.
In this episode, you’ll hear how John got started cartooning, his thoughts on how cartooning is unlike any other medium, and how he got a letter from “Calvin and Hobbes” creator, Bill Watterson.
You'll gain a lot cartooning insights through my conversation with John. It's a blast!
One program note--John and I drop a couple of swear words in this episode. Just letting you know in case there are any youngsters in the audience.
Today I'm joined by syndicated cartoonist and comedian, Teresa Roberts Logan.
In this wide-ranging, fun-filled conversation, the Laughing Redhead creator tells us about her love of zombies, what her writing process is like, and how she lost her sense of smell. You're going to like this one...no foolin'!
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I'm joined by humorous illustrator, character designer, and cartoonist, Robb Mommaerts.
Robb fills us in on how he got started in illustration, what his studio looks like, and the kinds of comic books his grandfather would bring home to him.
There were some gremlins in the recording equipment on this episode, so there's a wee bit of background noise. I tried to reduce it as much as possible. So apologies in advance.
No matter what, it's an awesome conversation I know you'll enjoy.
Find Robb on Instagram: @robbmommaerts
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I'm joined by Mark Parisi, the creator of the hugely popular syndicated comic "Off the Mark."
Mark let's us know what it's like being a syndicated cartoonist, how he finds inspiration for his work, and all about his awesome "Marty Pants" book series.
Settle in and get ready for some fun cartoon talk!
Joining me on this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast is Joe Wos. Joe is a cartoonist and the creator of the popular Maze Toons. He tells us how he got started doing mazes, how he created a wold-record size maze, and what it's like being a syndicated cartoonist. Enjoy!
Daryll Collins joins me on this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast. Daryll is a successful cartoonist and humorous illustrator who's work has appeared around the world. He tells us about how he got started in cartooning, how the industry has changed over the years, and how his Saturday morning cartoon ritual influenced his work.
It's been one year since the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast started! Join me as I highlight some outrageous mess ups, great guest advice, and fill you in on a fun way to listen to the podcast.
It's been a special year, so it deserved this special episode. Enjoy!
In this special episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I head over to the New York Comic Con. You'll hear about some of the sites I saw, plus I head over to New York AnimeFest for a bit. Unfortunately, my own awkwardness prevented me from getting any in-person interviews. I think you'll still enjoy this episode and I promise to do a better job next year. :)
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I have a chat with Buck Jones. Buck is a humorous illustrator and cartoonist living in Des Moines, Iowa. You'll hear how he got started in cartooning, what his studio is like, and all about his new puppy. And, as an extra bonus, you'll get to hear me mispronounce "Des Moines." Nifty.
Des Moines, Iowa
Find Buck on Instagram: @BuckyJonesIllustration
Dip pens have been around for a long time. In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I fill you in on the old-timey pen nibs I use for my cartooning. You'll learn a bit of history, what my favorite pen nibs are, and some tips for using them. If you’re a cartoonist who likes to produce their work by hand, you’ll find this interesting. No foolin’.
This episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast features my conversation with cartoonist Frank Hansen. Frank is based in Los Angeles, California and lets us in on his life growing up in Reno, Nevada, what inspires him for his work, and his favorite celebrity encounter. It's another fascinating peek into the world of an awesome cartoonist and I know you'll enjoy this one!
Find Frank Hansen on Instagram: @fmhansen
One of my favorite things in the world is dumplings! In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I let you know about a wonderful restaurant in New York called Hangawi. You'll learn why sometimes dumplings are more than just dumplings and how I really feel about Penn Station. Enjoy!
One link. Yeah. Just one.
Hangawi Restaurant NYC
Maria Scrivan, syndicated cartoonist and creator of "Half Full" -- Episode 029
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, Maria Scrivan stops by for a chat. Maria is a syndicated cartoonist and the creator of "Half Full".
You'll learn how Maria got started in cartooning, how her miniature dachshund, Toby, is an inspiration for her work, and how Siri mistranslated what she said once and provided her with perhaps the all-time best cartoon character name ever. Maria even gives us a "virtual" tour of her studio. Nifty!
I think you'll agree, this episode has a lot of great advice and is a ton of fun.
Find Maria on Instagram: @mariascrivan
International artist and creator of "The Book of Bare Bones", Will Blood joins me from Brighton, England. Will's a talented artist and designer who's work has appeared around the world. He also knows about a kick-ass dumpling place in London.
Insects, art, and anger are the themes of this epic episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast. (Among other things.) Sit back and enjoy.
Oh! By the way, there's some occasional salty language. Nothing too sailor-like. Parental discretion is advised, though. Just sayin’.
Find Will on Instagram: @thebookofbarebones, @willbloodartist
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I sit down with Tom Richmond. Tom is one of the "usual gang of idiots" at MAD Magazine.
You'll hear how Tom got started in his career, what he thinks it takes to be a successful cartoonist, and about the Hollywood star he finds the most difficult to caricature.
Find Tom on Instagram: @art4mad
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I'm joined by Jason Chatfield, the internationally-syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip, "Ginger Meggs." His cartoon work regularly appears in the New Yorker and MAD Magazine. He's also a stand-up comedian in New York City.
A native Australian, Jason let's us know how he got started in cartooning, who he thinks would win in a cage match between the funnel web spider and the pizza rat, and his never-before-revealed secret for staying on schedule with his comic strip deadline. This is an epic episode, indeed. Enjoy!
Jason on Instagram: @jasonchatfield
"Ginger Meggs" on Instagram: @gingermeggs1921
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, cartoonist Johnny Sampson sits down to discuss his craft. Johnny has worked for the New York Times, Mad Magazine, and VICE, to name a few.
You'll hear about his days as a storyboard artist in Los Angeles, what his teachers thought about his paintings in art school, and the value of a stupid idea jotted down in a sketchbook. You'll learn about his technique for creating cartoons and what it was like to be nominated for not one, but two, Reuben Awards this year. You're going to enjoy this fun-filled conversation.
One program note -- there is some salty language in this episode. Not much. Just a bit. Keep those kiddies out of earshot is all I'm sayin’.
Johnny on Instagram: @johnnysampson
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I dive into the Ames Lettering Guide. I am a huge fan of hand lettering and this little tool makes it easier. You'll learn about who invented it, why it's called the "Ames Guide", and what all the little holes on the guide are used for. If you're interested in the craft of cartooning, this short episode is sure to please. Enjoy!
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, you'll listen in on my chat with Duane Abel, creator of the comic strip "Zed." Duane has a real passion for the art and craft of cartooning and it shines through in our chat. You'll hear a wonderful story about his Grandma, learn about one of his favorite comic strips that some people hate, and hear why his roll-top desk has a bullet hole in it. Buckle up and enjoy the show!
Duane on Instagram: @corkeycomics
On this episoode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast I sit down with Tim Jones, cartoonist and creator of the syndicated comic strip "Sour Grapes." You'll learn how he went about getting syndicated, what inspires him, and who he shares his studio space with. It's an informative and fun conversation. Enjoy!
Another international episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast! This time I chat with Nick Prodromou from England. Nick's work is influenced by street art, cartoons, and pop culture. It's also super rad! You'll learn about his technique for producing his work, how he started his own brand in 2017, and his favorite cartoon of all time. This is a totally chill conversation I know you'll enjoy.
Links to Nick Prodromou:
Ink of Mind
Nick on Instagram: @by_nick
On this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, you'll hear from Elliot Lobell. Elliot is a stop-motion animator and monster maker. You'll learn about his time working on Anomalisa, what his biggest disaster in stop-motion animation has been to date, and what makes stop-motion animation so difficult, yet so rewarding. It's a fun discussion that even touches on another favorite topic of mine—dumplings!
Mad Magazine artist and Reuben Award-winning illustrator Ed Steckley joins me on this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast. Ed is an ultra-talented caricature artist and illustrator. You'll learn how he started his career, what his studio is like, and where his favorite dumplings are served. Ed is a helluva guy and I had a blast chatting with him. Enjoy!
Shelly Shenoy is a voice-over actor who has brought tons of cartoon characters to life. In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, Shelly joins me via Skype to discusses how she got started in the business, how she finds the "voice" of a character, and her favorite character she's worked on. You'll also learn what it's like when a character is no longer part of her world. It's an interesting and fun conversation I know you'll enjoy.
Where to find Shelly Shenoy:
Instagram and Twitter: @shellyshenoy
Shelly Shenoy for voice coaching:
In this episode of Cartoon Dumpling, I have a conversation with Lance Inkwell, a cartoonist based in Denver, Colorado. Lance is a former punk band member who had his own "punk rebellion" in cartooning by establishing a thoroughly modern, retro-cartoon style. Lance is a self-taught cartoonist with a huge Instagram following. He may not leave the house much, but he's certainly well on his way to conquering the world with his art. In our conversation, you'll learn some practical advice for being a better cartoonist, the name of his cats, and where he used to get the best Mexican food in Prescott, AZ. Sit back and enjoy!
On this international episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, I chat with cartoonist Amber Marfatia. You'll learn how he uses technology to produce his cartoons, what inspires his creativity, and why his city is known as the "Oxford of the East." The conversation is lively, informative, and a whole lot of fun. Enjoy!
In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, I review dumplings from Beyond Sushi in New York City. You'll also learn what led me to finding these little gems of deliciosity.
Where to find all the goodness:
Beyond Sushi NYC
In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I let you in on some techniques for creating memorable characters. I'll also give you the lowdown on how to structure your story to keep your audience engaged and interested. Neato!
Oh the links you'll click:
Four Eyes! Episodes
There are 12 episodes there now. As time goes on, I'll rotate in the other 40 episodes.
This time on the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, I'll cover a topic near and dear to every cartoonist's heart: sketchbooks. I've used a lot of different sketchbooks over the years, including one kind some people actually hate. (I know, right?) Learn which three types have been most useful for me. You'll also hear about the tiny tragedy concerning my 20+ year collection of sketchbooks. It's another tasty episode for your brain belly.
For this episode of Cartoon Dumpling, I chow down on some frozen dumplings. Find out how my first experience cooking these turned out and how I found a way to embrace this chilly world of dumpling goodness. Enjoy!
A link. Yes. Just one.
In this episode of the Cartoon Dumpling Podcast, I sit down with Vincent Stall, the indie-comic icon known as King Mini. In our wide-ranging conversation, you'll hear how a former football player influenced his art, how the death of Phoenix made him feel, and why he draws in a basement. It's a chat I think you'll find fascinating. But be warned, there's a bit of salty language, so cover the little folks' ears.
In this episode of Cartoon Dumpling I'll fill you in on what it took to get my hit animated series "Four Eyes!" into production. If you're thinking about creating your own series or just wonder how these things get done, I think you'll find this interesting. Enjoy!
This episode of Cartoon Dumpling features a discussion with Michael Patterson--animator, director, and music visualizer. Mike has had a profound influence on my cartooning work. He joins me for a chat about his career as an artist. You'll learn about Mike's famous music video work for the band a-ha and Paula Abdul. You'll also learn what Don Henley thinks about animation, what Genndy Tartakovsky thinks about his drawing style, and how Fred Seibert likes to have shows pitched to him. Mike also gives some practical advice about getting into the industry.
Mighty links to explore:
"Commuter" by Michael Patterson
USC Gala Projection — Designed and Directed by Patterson + Reckinger
a-ha, "Take on Me" video
Paula Abdul, "Opposites Attract" video
"Opposites Attract" Rehearsal Video
In this holiday episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast, I talk about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, my favorite holiday special. Watching this over the years has taught me how Santa is a jerk and it's okay to be a misfit.
A link para ustedes:
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Video
This episode of Cartoon Dumpling podcast is about Bristol board. What are the different surfaces? Is it the same as illustration board? Why is it called Bristol board? This subject may be too basic for the pros out there, but for those just starting out, I think you'll find it helpful. Really. I do.
Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Board
This episode of Cartoon Dumpling is about an obscure cartoon, Tobor, the 8th Man. Tobor (a cartoon favorite of mine) was a shape-shifting, monster-wrestling, crime-fighiting android who's unique rejuvination power eventually led to the show being banned from television in the United States.
In this episode of Cartoon Dumpling, you'll learn how to avoid "B.D.E.", what the "dumpling scale" is and why you have no say in it. Plus, you'll hear a shout out to a cartoon show I'm sure you've watched, but if you haven't, you must. It's a tiny episode but, just like a dumpling, it's tasty.
I use traditional pen and ink and digital apps to produce my comics. I'll discuss the pros and cons of each in this Cartoon Dumpling podcast.
I'm not sponsored by any of the following companies. But to save you time, I've included some links to things discussed in the episode:
Speedball Lettering Nibs
Hunt School Nib
Hunt 107 Crowquill Nib
Apple iPad Pro
In this episode of Cartoon Dumpling, I'll talk about pencils. Yes. Pencils. It's not as boring as you think.
You'll learn about the ubiquitous yellow #2 pencil, mechanical pencils, and my favorite type of pencil to draw with today.
In this Cartoon Dumpling podcast, I'll talk discuss three books that have inspired my cartooning career.
From "Animation" by Preston Blair to "Cartooning the Head & Figure" by Jack Hamm to "Drawing Words & Writing Pictures" by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, all three are cram-packed with useful information for cartoonists of all levels.
Am I sponsored by any of the following folks? Naw. Doesn't mean I can't make it easy for you to look up things discussed in the show:
Animation by Preston Blair (with a new cover)
Cartooning the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm
Drawing Words & Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
Woot! It's the very first episode of the Cartoon Dumpling podcast. In this episode, you'll learn a little about why and how I got started in cartooning.
The Cartoon Dumpling podcast is the world's best podcast about cartooning, cartoonists, and the occasional dumpling review. Hosted by Darryl Kluskowski, the creator of the hit animated series "Four Eyes!"