Thu, 18 June 2015
Hey there fellow tooners! I appreciate your listening to the BOING! podcast and recently I have been slowly working on phasing this out from the confines of Libsyn to a new location. I have also toyed around with a name change to "ZOINKS!" which was my original plan for this webcast back in 2009. Actually I wanted to call it BOING BOING,..but that was taken. Maybe I will go back to BOING BOING but with all caps and that would be different than the unrelated lowercase counterpart. I don't know. Eventually I'll settle on the new name whatever that may be. Maybe BOING BOING Tooncast! Yeah,..that might do it. I do like ZOINKS! too and for now I'll throw that at the top of the new page.
You will see at the new site that the URL will have "BOING" in it, so this name change thing is very recent; like just yesterday!
This site will stay up for awhile, so no hurry if you still have this bookmarked. I was already paying for space on the other site and not using it,...so I decided it was time to do something about that.
I will also host a personal blog about art tools; my favorite pencils, pens, brushes, paper, tablet PC's etc. That will be later.
Also I will begin a page featuring MY ART! Yeah, you heard me! I'm a cartoonist too! Go figure!
Well take care and thanks again for following along with these fun interviews!
As always, your comments are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55am CDT
Thu, 11 June 2015
This past December, the creative community lost a very wonderful person as well as a one of the most talented illustrators of our time; Lowell Hess.
I was privileged to interview Lowell (twice) and meet him in person at his residence along with his wife Nancy. They treated me like family and opened their home up to me while allowing me to peruse through some absolutely amazing art pieces from throughout Lowell’s incredible career. After the memory of such a great guest during one of my earlier interviews (see guest list) was weighing heavy on my mind, I suddenly recalled a shorter encore interview (follow up) that I conducted with Lowell not too long after the original. It was quite casual in nature and I asked him to explain a bit more about his process regarding his gouache illustrations.
In typical Hess fashion, he hesitated not for a second and described to me in detail about working with gouache, how he preferred to work at a smaller scale and how to freshen up a soiled gouache illustration too. The more he shared with me, the more I realized what an amazing talent I was listening to! In a sense, he truly could do it all.
Well, as luck would have it, I located the disc with that encore interview and decided that I should share it with those who might be interested. I will refer to this as the Lowell Hess Encore Interview. So after blowing off the dust from the 6 year old disc, I present to you once again; Lowell Hess.
This encore interview can be accessed here:Lowell Hess Special Encore Interview
The new site for BOING! (now Zoinks!) is here: ZOINKS!
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:36pm CDT
Tue, 2 June 2015
As a young lad on Saturday mornings during the late 60's and early 70's, transfixed in front of our little color TV in the den... watching as many cartoons as possible...., it never once occurred to me that behind all of the wonderful art and hilarious plots, were many talented artists, writers, designers and animators that labored away to produce this fantastic stuff in some studio in sunny California.
The Flintstones, Jetsons, Fang Face, Peter Potamus and the Wacky Races, just to name a few, grabbed my attention at an early age and never let go. I held on to each and every episode about as tightly as I clutched my cereal bowl filled to the brim with Quisp or Kaboom sugar ladened cereal.
Imagine my excitement when I learned that I was going to be interviewing one of the legends; an animation giant....partly responsible for my Saturday morning cartoon over-indulgences.
Jerry Eisenberg may be a stranger to some that have not familiarized themselves with the animation industry, but to those who are and to those that were captivated by the cartoons from the past, you know EXACTLY who he is. So with this knowledge, I give Jerry my 3 spoon salute,...of course...replete with dripping rainbow colored milk sliding from the spoons back into the bowl of Kaboom cereal! It is the highest honor I can give!
So sit back and enjoy this hour and a half interview that will take you down many fantastic roads through the wonderful career of this cartoon legend.
Tue, 28 April 2015
I'm excited to announce that yet again, we have a legend here and this time all one has to do is go back to the glory days of animation where the most memorable shows from the past possessed a common thread; STORY. When you look at an animated cartoon (past or present...Series or Movie production) the common thread to all of the hugely successful productions is that they are all "story driven"! As my guest today, Tony Benedict, will tell you, story doesn't necessarily equate to being dialogue heavy; you can drive a story with action as well.
If the animation is beautiful, but the story is lacking, it WILL be forgotten. It takes a special talent and a creative mind to be able to write these stories thus bringing a cartoon to life. Tony Benedict is one of these talents and with a career that started out at Disney and journeyed through the best studios in the business, his ability to pen a script and accompany it with a storyboard earned him instant respect as well as a strong fan base that still flourishes today.
The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla and The Pink Panther Show left an indelible mark on my youth and I know that I'm not alone. We can thank the many talented people behind the scenes that made it all happen and Tony Benedict is one of those writing legends that is here with me today.
Join me as I interview the genius behind some of the most memorable cartoons to grace the TV sets of yesteryear and yet still today!
Be sure to check out Tony's blog, The Last Cartoonery for more information, fun facts and homage to the hey day of 2D animation and all things Hanna Barbera.
Tue, 10 June 2014
I remember perusing through the paltry animated series offerings in the 90's on my television and just pining for a cartoon that one could enjoy as an adult as well as a child. Where had all of those great animated shows disappeared to? Pink Panther, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flinstones......ahhhhh,..but lo and behold,.....what do my tear filled eyes see? It's The Angry Beavers!!! It came at a time when cartoon programming needed it! It came when everyone needed it! It was a fantastic series that was created by a fantastic creative talent; Mitch Schauer.
One glance at Mitch's body of work in the creative entertainment industry and you will discover a resume that features a wide array of illustration work, comic books, graphic novels and full featured animation with all of the big name studios! With a focus on "family friendly entertainment", we need Mitch; heck, the animation industry needs Mitch!
If it were possible, I could see a little bit of Mitch Schauer in one of his recent character creations, RIP MD. He would look past the scary personna of a monster and dig a bit deeper to understand the psyche of the beast. It's called "heart" and Mitch has a large one at that! You can see it in every one of his projects!
Join me as I interview the incredible Mitch Schauer as he discusses his career, his passion for animation and the career tributaries taken to get to where he is today.
Also you can see more of Mitch's art here: Mitch Schauer
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Tue, 13 May 2014
One look at the comic strip, "Pipe the Pelican", and I was hooked! With a vibe that dates back to the 30's and 40's, the style, the line art and the design aspects all point to an earlier time in cartooning history. There is a certain innocence and sense of boundless imagination in Jason Lethcoe's story and it is difficult to break away from it once you enter into Pipe's world.
There's so much more to Jason than his wonderful comic strip too. One glance at his resume that features a wide array of illustration work, children's books and full featured animation and you know that you are dealing with an industry pro.
Join me as I interview the amazing talent, Jason Lethcoe as he discusses his career, his passion for cartooning and the unconventional path taken to get to where he is today.
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Mon, 1 October 2012
I discovered Mark Siegel purely by accident as I often do with many of my special guests on this webcast. Listening to a friend's webcast, (komicskast.libsyn.com) I heard him talk about this really neat webcomic that will soon be released as a graphic novel (October 5th) entitled, "Sailor Twain or the Mermaid In The Hudson". The fact that Mark employed the use of charcoal for his art throughout the story really entrigued me. After visiting his website (SailorTwain.com) I perused through the first 10 pages of the story that he generously offers in its entirety and immediately fell in love. Siegel's use of charcoal is masterful and a perfect fit for the backdrop of the story. Digging a bit deeper and learning of his diverse background, it's amazing to me how I missed this talented artist's work throughout the years. His portfolio is as vast as his experience and it was a pleasure to interview him and I'm grateful to him for allowing me to take some time out of his busy schedule to share his story with me. Mark is also the Editorial Director at First Second Books.
Wed, 25 January 2012
I recall as if it were yesterday, running over to the magazine rack in the grocery store when I was 10 years old, with the hopes of spotting the latest edition of MAD magazine. I wasn't always permitted to purchase the copy despite its advertised "cheap" price. Carefully I would seek out the "Fold in" and gently turn in the pages to see a transformation that wowed me as well as a million other readers throughout the world. It was interactive eye candy in 1974, and I was all too happy to partake in it! Since its beginnings in 1964, Al Jaffee's MAD magazine fold in gags have delighted us with their quick wit, hilarious satire and wonderful watercolor illustrations! There's more to this MAD man than meets the eye,...and I was fortunate enough to sit down with Al for an in-depth look at the gentleman behind the pages. The creator of Inferior Man, Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal shares with me, the many stories behind the events that lead him to a MAD life. For additional information after the interview, please be sure to check out his biography, "Al Jaffee's MAD Life" published by IT Books and available here.
Thu, 15 December 2011
I recall laying in bed while reading books to my son and picking up an all ages comic book that had been sitting on a stack just within arm's reach on the floor. I had purchased a few books from our local comic shop a week prior and had placed them by my son's bed with the hopes of discovering a series that I could feel good about reading to a then inquisitive 8 year old. It was then that he and I first discovered the marvelous world of Franklin Richards. After a few pages in, I was hooked! The mastermind behind this great series was none other than Chris Eliopoulos and after this discovery, so too came the discovery of his other masterpiece, the online webcomic sensation Misery Loves Sherman. Chris is a lettering phenom as well as a gifted artist, and hand-lettered the first 100 issues of the ongoing Savage Dragon series, even after much of the comic book industry (including Eliopoulos himself, on other titles) had come to rely on computer-generated fonts for dialogue.
He designed the fonts for Marvel Comic's in-house computer lettering unit. He has also contributed lettering work to Valiant Comics, DC Comics, and other publishers. For Dark Horse Comics, Eliopoulos wrote and/or drew some Star Wars stories.
Join me as I interview the amazing artist, Chris Eliopoulos, as he talks about his career, his art and his passion for the All-Ages genre as well as some of the roads that lead him to where he is today.
Wed, 4 November 2009
In my household, its an impossibility to leave for work without at least seeing some excerpts from the cartoon hit, "My Life as a Teenage Robot" created by Rob Renzetti. My son has to watch it on TV before he heads off to school, therefore I must walk past it on my way to the kitchen. There's a reason for this ritual, and it is basically because my son only watches what he considers to be the BEST in cartoons. His list is a short one, but My Life as a Teenage Robot is right at the top!