BOING! the podcast
Because I'm "Drawn" to the funny stuff!









April 2009
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Boing! #9-Rob Renzetti Interview

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!

After watching it for awhile, I must agree! Jenny (XJ9) is a wonderful character and the stories are excellent! Ahhh but those lab rats!!!! Oh,...and the Silver Shell!!!! The art is well executed, the stories have a plot and the voices are top notch!

Join me as I interview the amazing talent, Rob Renzetti, behind this amazing show that has graced our televisions across the globe.  Rob was generous enough to share an hour with me as we covered his early career slaving away in the smoke clouds in Spain, leading up to the "healthier" atmosphere located in the states, working on cartoons such as Mina and the Count, Two Stupid Dogs, Dexter's Laboratory, My life as a Teenage Robot and countless others!

Most may consider Rob an animation legend already, but one thing is for sure, he is an amazing talent and it was an honor to talk with him.

Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast:

Direct download: RRenzettFinal2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28pm CDT

Boing! #8-Mark Buford Interview

It's spooky, it's creepy, it's absolutely hilarious and it's poised to take the comic strip world by storm! Scary Gary is a comic strip reminiscent of the old Addam's Family style of humor, and after reading just a few strips back when I first discovered it in June, I was hooked! 

Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Mark Buford, the mastermind and artist behind the comic strip Scary Gary as we cover the history behind the strip and his hopes and plans for the future of the retired vampire and his faithful henchman, Leopold. Mark has had previous syndicated comic success with another strip and we will discuss this, as well as his approach toward the development of Scary Gary.

The timing was right for this interview and I hope you enjoy this special "Hallow's Eve" edition of the BOING! podcast.
Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast:

Direct download: MBufordInterviewFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:54pm CDT

Boing! #7-June Foray Interview

I could not have imagined turning on my family's old Admiral TV in the 60's and hearing a different voice coming from the lip-synched lips of Tweety and Sylvester's beloved Granny or from the mouth of that fast gliding Rocket J. Squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.  Equally as important as great art and a great story, a great voice can make a cartoon character last forever in our hearts and become etched in our memory.

Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented and legendary voice actress June Foray and cover a prolific career that spans through an incredibly diverse history in the entertainment world. June has voiced so many characters in the animation world, that it's almost impossible to acknowledge them all. Today I focus primarily on Rocky J. Squirrel mainly because,...well,..he's the one that I WANT to focus on! 

So now without further delay,'s something I hope you'll REALLY like!!

Check out the sister site for additional photos and notes pertaining to this podcast:

The intro music "King of Cool" was produced and used with permission by PONGAMOOSIC at

Direct download: Boing7JuneForay.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm CDT

Boing! #6-Don Bluth Interview

From the dairy farm in Payson, Utah, to an animation studio in Ireland, Don Bluth has done it all! I was fortunate enough to sit down with Don as he talks candidly about his past, his present and the future regarding his work in the animation industry. There are so many great lessons to be learned in this discussion and just talking with Don can be a motivating experience all by itself! Don's amazing career didn't just happen by chance so much as it did by seizing opportunities and taking risks along the way.  His talents and skills as an animator, character designer, and instructor can be seen and experienced firsthand at his website:
Check out more of Don's amazing work at the Boing! sister site:

Direct download: dbboing6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01pm CDT

Boing! #5-Dan Thompson Interview

The Action Adventure strip is BACK!!! (with a twist) Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Dan Thompson as we discuss his action adventure strip Rip Haywire, which is syndicated through United Features and emits a retro feel paying tribute to some of the old classics like Dick Tracy, Johnny Hazard and Rip Kirby. Be sure to check out some examples of Dan's work on the supporting site to this podcast located at:  You can also check out Dan's fantastic Rip Haywire site located at:

Direct download: DTInterviewFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am CDT

Boing! #4-Gene Deitch Interview

It is with great pleasure that once again I present to you another interview with yet another animation legend. Gene Deitch took some time out from his busy schedule and talked to me from his home in Prague (Czech Republic) to share some very insightful stories and lessons that he has learned throughout his amazing career.  Gene's amazing animation career has taken him through so many turns and twists that for anyone to cover it all in one interview would be an arduous task at best; if not impossible. Be sure to check out some of Gene's work on this podcast's supporting site:

Also you can visit Gene's homepage to get so much more detailed information regarding his life and wonderful career experiences.

Direct download: Gene_Interview_Edit_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:16pm CDT

Boing! #3 - Bob Scott Interview

Talking with Bob Scott was both enlightening and inspiring! Bob not only is a fantastic animator with such projects as "The Incredibles" and "Cats Don't Dance" under his belt, (and so many others) his recent work on his "Molly and the Bear" comic strip speaks volumes about his skills and writing ability!
I challenge you to look at his strip and not walk away laughing and wondering why in the world this comic is not yet syndicated!!!
Be sure to check out his art on this podcast's supporting site:

Direct download: Boing3BobScott.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:11am CDT

Boing! #2-Lowell Hess Interview

I'm both honored and excited to share with you my recent telephone interview with the Illustration legend, Lowell Hess. Mr. Hess was kind enough to grant me some time to discuss his amazing career that saw him illustrating wonderful images for Collier's magazine, Boy's Life, Golden books and so many others.
Be sure to check out his art on this podcast's supporting site:  you can also check out Lowell's own site at:

Direct download: LowellHess2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm CDT

Boing! #1- Joe Harris Interview

Look,..It's a bird, it's a it's Joe Harris.

He's right here and I talked with him for an hour about all things UNDERDOG!!!

Keep in mind that it was a "land line" telephone conversation, so I was only able to record the interview at a minimum quality level.  It also picked up my breathing as if I was a 400lb. Sumo struggling for every breath.  Oh well,..I was just very happy to be able to talk with the artist that had such a profound impact on my childhood!

Direct download: BOING1Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26pm CDT

Hey everyone,....

This is the new home of the podcast formerly known as Bluelines. Personally, I never thought that the former name quite captured the essence of what the podcast was all about. The new name "BOING!" is a funny name.....and for good reason. The podcast will cover anything and everything related to funny animal comic books, digital comics, animation, children's books and Illustration.

The podcast will be available monthly or sooner if time permits.

NO SUPERHEROES NEED APPLY! (unless of course the superhero has a long snout, whiskers or a tail)

Stay tooned for BOING!#1 in the coming weeks and to celebrate the new name and new look,....I hope to have a very special guest for a one on one interview!

If you ever watched cartoons in the late 60's, have probably seen this
man's work! You can still see his work (and if you have kids,..they probably have) in DVD collections and on retro cartoon channels.   In my book, he's an animation legend.  Stay TOONED!


Category:Note -- posted at: 8:27pm CDT