Episode 17: Mark Brooks Part 1. I’m learning a lot these days. I’m learning that i need to trust myself and that i may actually… wait for it… have some talent. I can’t believe i said it. Why is that so hard to say? I’m supposed to have gotten my balls back. Im supposed to say that i’m a kick as cartoonist. I’m supposed… ah fuck it. I’m just a weak little boy at heart. Im man enough to admit it. Does that make me strong? This month starts a two part interview, with Mark Brooks. Mark and i spend about 8 hours in a car together, every year, on our way to heroes con. It’s always a fun ride. What perfect time to spend podcasting, thanks to Mark and his magic little microphone. This episode was recorded was on our way to the show. The next episode will be on our way home. Good times.
Episode 14: Chris Schweizer. I recorded this episode a year ago. Chris was leaving his teaching job. I was angry, i was jealous, i was a child. You’ll hear all about it, just listen. I’ve recently decided to take the plunge myself. Leave the security of my teaching job and jump head first into the shark infested waters of the freelance lifestyle. I realize how Important it is to take risks in life. It comes down to a simple choice. You have to get busy living or get busy dying. Right? Thats what Andy said to Red in Shawshank. It’s easy for us to become stuck in the prison of our jobs or our lives. Time to take a chance. Time to live.
Episode 13: Eric Canete Flips the script. One year ago today i launched this here podcast. I didn’t know what to expect form it. I didn’t really know why i was doing it. I hoped for an outlet to express my struggles, i hoped to reach a larger audience, i hoped to connect with listeners, i hoped to have some deep introspective conversations with fellow creators. Most of all, i hoped for something honest and real. I didn’t expect the reception this podcast received and i certainly didn’t expect how revealing my guests would be. My first guest was Eric Canete. Eric is one of my absolute favorite artists, and i’m lucky enough to know him as a friend. This podcast wouldn’t exist without his (and others) support. Eric seemed to love what i was doing. He asked to interview me for an episode. I wasn’t sure what it would be like to turn the mic on myself, but i thought it would only be fair. We recorded that episode around 10 months ago. It just seemed fitting that we release that episode on the first birthday of Inkpulp Audio. So here i am, one year later, again with Eric Canete. Thanks, my man.
The success of the first episode make me realize that i had to release more than one a month. This year, I’m going to two episodes per month. I’ll release them on the first and the 15th, just like welfare checks. You know how we do.
I’m finally finished with Fantomex Max, and I’m on my first vacation, alone with my wife, in over 6 years. You know the drill. Download. Listen. Enjoy. We’ll kick off 2014 with a bang. I’ve got a lot planned. So, for now, enjoy the brevity of this write up.
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Life is messy. One side of my brain tells me “Shawn, life is cold and relentless.” The other side, the rare optimist, says “Life is organic and ever changing.” Either way, life is challenging. The relationships we form are the support systems for our life’s journey. This is why friendships are so impt. It’s hard to find … I’m high when writing this. I’ll get back on track. Friendships are impt. Close friendships are rare. The month is part 1 of a two part interview with Chris Brunner. He’s the Han Solo of comics. He’ll appreciate I said that. Chris is an old friend.
- Fall is in the air, which means school is back in session, which means my Anxiety is back with a vengeance. It’s an ongoing war, but i am making headway. I’ve fought many battles, winning quite a few more recently. The battle of Slef doubt at Heroes con was bloody, but i came out victorious. This summer’s epic battle of “my wife’s ACL replacement” wasn’t so favorable for me. I lost a lot of key soldiers, but my army is gaining in strength. I am secretly planning a giant nuclear assault on my enemy, anxiety. That should end it with one final blow. We’ll see. More on that later. This months Episode is with Kelly-DeConnick. She’s a force to be reckoned with. She was also an open book, talking about everything from her dark days of addiction to launching as writing career in porn. It’s a wild episode. Enjoy.
Khary Randolph. I get cranky. It happens. Those who know me, who are close to me, know all about it. I’m trying to be better to those near and dear to me, i’m a work in progress. Patience. I’ll get there… I think. I hope. What does that have to do with Khary Randolph? Nothing, really. I wasn’t cranky on this episode. In fact, i was on. I hadn’t spoken with Khary that much before this interview. I’m glad for that. I went in cold, and we had a great conversation. It’s better that way, unfamiliar, unplanned. Not knowing where it will go. And, if i’m cranky, they won’t know… because i save that for those who care deeply about me. Enjoy this one, it’s a lesson in Art, fatherhood, and the dawn of the crack era. Also, Inkpulp Hip Hop 101 is back in session. Get busy y’all.
Episode 8: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. Life is fuckin crazy. CRAZY! Sure, i talk about my anxiety a lot, but lately i’m thinking there’s another bend to it. Excitement. They come on the same way… Shaky, Nervous, Dizzy, Sweaty… you know, Jewy. But excitement is a good thing, it’s positive. Anxiety, not so much. So, my life is exciting. There. I said it. Now, the challenge is to believe it.
This episode was particularly exciting. I got to sit down with DMC. Yes, D mutha fuckin M to tha C. The King of rock himself. He got me into Hip Hop as a kid, when i was getting into comics. We talk about the origin of hsi music and how much of a role comics played in his life and art. It’s actually mind blowing. I learned a lot about myself in this interview, and a lot about him. It was truly amazing and driven by anxiet— I mean Excitement. Fuck. I need to calm down.