- Episode 26: Jason Latour, Pt1. Ah, summer. When you have children, summer break becomes a giant puzzle. Life becomes Tetris. The giant brick of “i need a ride to my friends house” is dropping fast while you’re trying to place the “We both have to work today, what are we going to do with the children” block. Oh! OH! Watch out for the dreaded “Stay home with the kids and watch the deadline approach” brick, that one is IMPOSSIBLE to place. Ah. Life is a video game… if only i could hit pause. This episode is the first part of my conversation with Jason Latour Jason and i go WAY back. We’ve spent a lot of time in the trenches together, trying to make sense of this business and our careers. Im not sure we’ve made any sense of it, but we’ve found some peace and happiness.
- Episode 25: Sanford Greene. You’ve been waiting for this one. Well, Sanford has been. Why? Just listen already. You’ll find out. Oh, yeah, Im launching a new Batman title with Gerry Duggan and Dave McCaig. Crazy how life works out when you take a risk. Outta here.
- Episode 24: Juan Doe Pt. 2, The Birth of Juan Doe. I’m RIDDLED with anticipation. Well, it’s anxiety… I’m just tired of saying that.I am awaiting word on a gig that I’ve dreamed about for the past 20 years. This is where I’m at my weakest. Waiting. Not knowing. I cant handle not knowing, its a reminder of my control issues. I’m working on it. I’m working on it. I’ll spend the next few days trying to pretend that I’m good. All the while, checking my emails every 20 minutes and running every rejection scenario through my head. Yeah, i said rejection, because there’s no way I’m getting this job. Or so i’ve convinced myself. But, I’m a Gemini, and it’s June. So, THE JOB IS MINE! See what i did there? Enough about me, lets get into part two of Juan Doe’s interview, where his alter ego is born. Again, it’s June, and I’m a Gemini. Maybe some weed will calm my mind? Xanex? Beer? Fuck it, how about a trifecta.
- Episode 23: Juan Doe Pt 1, The death of Kenneth Martinez. It’s June. Well, it will be when you read this… IF you read this. Does anybody read these? My insecurity drives me nuts, and it seems it drives other people nuts as well. Friends, family, and some loyal listeners. I do receive a healthy amount of emails thanking me for my stories, my honesty, and a look inside my strange mind. So, it seems like my ramblings are helping others, as well as myself. BUT. There are those voices on the inter-web who feel it necessary to tell me to “Stop whining” “Stop complaining” Stop Bitching and Moaning.” If i put myself out there like i do, i should expect this sort of response. I just don’t understand the poison that is internet based criticism. It’s rooted in narcissism, “Look at ME… I have an opinion!” I’ve certainly been guilty of it in the past, but i really try not to piss vinegar these days. We’re all just trying to do our thing, why do we need to aim our keyboards at everyone we can. It doesn’t boost us up. It doesn’t help. It’s a social poison and we need to act more responsibly. There’s a ramble for ya. Didn’t mean for that to happen. This month brings us part 1 of my two part interview with the mysterious bass ass, Juan Doe. Ive always loved his work, and I’m happy to say we’ve become frineds. He’s a good dude with and incredible story. His real name isn’t Juan Doe, it’s Kenneth Martinez. This first part covers his life and career as Kenneth Martinez. Next month, the birth of Juan Doe. This is the juice. Enjoy.
- Episode 22: Zylonol Studios Part 2 with Andrew Robinson. Political Correctness has gone too far. People feel like they’re no longer aloud to have an opinion that doesn’t gel with the herd. Everyone likes to find a cause and take a stand, just to have a voice. It’s irritating and ridiculous. That being said, peoples career can legitimately be hurt by someone looking to complain. Thats why, for the first (and hopefully) only time, this episode has been edited. A small story has been removed because there was some concern about the content coming back to hurt us. NOTHING bad was said, i stand by the story and discussion…BUT, in this day of the 24hour news feed, fact don’t matter. This is the second part of the Zylonol podcast… the drunken one.. the funny one. Andrew Robsinson sat in on this one as well. Enjoy.
- Episode 21: Zylonol Studios Part 1. I don’t know who to feel about awards. Honestly, it’s just a show of industry politics and bullshit, just like EVERY other award show or ceremony. Looking down the roster of nominees for the Eisner awards this year is a real mixed bag. Some of the list is made up of mediocre talent who have become industry dolled based on social networking and industry games. Others on the list are a true representation of the best in the business. When i was trying to break in, i went to an Eisner award ceremony in San Diego. This was a LONG time ago, and the con was MUCH MUCH smaller. The keynote speaker was Frank Miller. He addressed the false nature of awards and award shows, BUT, as he put it “These awards are different… because… it has HIS name on it.” The statement was powerful and it resonated with me. Over the past decade, i have tried to keep that sentiment within myself. It’s hard. When i look at many of the winners over the decade, i feel like Eisner himself would be disappointed. This year, i have many close friends nominated, and i truly believe they are making some of the greatest comics of the past decade. I hope they win. After all, i’d imagine receiving the award feel pretty dan awesome. Congrats Andrew, Sean, and Nick. We’ve been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for a long time. You deserve all the recognition you can get. Even if it is all bullshit. This weeks Episode is an intro to Zylonol studios. We were sober and coherent. We were not for part two. Consider this the set up for the mess to follow.
Episode 20: Lee Loughridge. Im sick. REAL sick. I’ve been in bed for 4 straight days. I can’t remember the last time i was this ill. Lee called me earlier today, to make fun of me because Lee is an asshole… but i love him. He’s a brother to me. You’ll have to listen to this episode to truly understand the walking enigma that is Lee Loughridge.. He also was one of the primary players who ushered digital coloring into the medium of comics. Lee is one of the best storytellers alive. Always entertaining, funny, and rude. What do you expect, He’s from New Jersey. Despite his new SoCal disguise.
Episode 19: Inkpulp Audio Live, Video-cast with Sean Murphy, Eric Canete, Dan Panosian, and Mateo Scalera. This episode is different. I was given the chance to record a live podcast at Heroes Con last year, 2013. Oh! Yeah! We talk about breaking into this crazy business while making fun of each other. You may hate all of us by the end… we’re obnoxious.
Episode 18: Mark Brooks Part 2. I’m letting go people. When i sit down and draw, i need to just let it out. Play. Ive spent much of my career trying to make perfect marks. I’ve learned a lot from doing that, but its time consuming, stale, and i’ve become stagnant. I’ve hit the end of that road. Time to just sit down, and play. BUT, that requires trust un myself. Which, as you know, i have issues with. I have commitment issues with myself. Narcissistic much? My inner voice is telling me to shut up, and he’s a fuckin bully. So, i’ll listen. Here we go with mark Brooks, Part 2, the drive home. It’s pretty exciting. Mainly because we stopped to get fireworks. Have i told you that i’m an overgrown child?
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.