Making / Podcasts

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 65 – Re-Issue #14 (Daniel Lieske, Part 1)

The Making Comics podcast returns this week with another Jason Brubaker re-issue. This episode is the first part of a two part conversation between Jason and sometimes co-host, sometimes guest, but all the time favorite, Daniel Lieske, an artist based in Germany.

In one of the re-issues we released last year, Jason and Daniel were going through some rather successful Kickstarter campaigns. It was hard to not join in their excitement. But as much as we wish it weren’t the case, time moves on and that edge on the excitement begins to soften some. This leads to what can be a very scary question: Now what?

In this re-issue episode, Jason and Daniel attempt to answer that question. The fun thing is we have the ability to see the things they’ve done since this conversation first happened, or in this case the “what” in the big question, and the successes they’ve continued to find. And in a way, they’ve provided somewhat of an educational roadmap into comic creation. It may not be the exact path you or I may take but the experiences they have and share with us become plot-points along our own roadmap.

Before that conversation begins, Adam discusses a few things that came up between Jason and Daniel.

Oh, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the more exciting upcoming events we’re participating in this year, Wondercon 2015. This year, on Saturday, April 4th at 10am in Room 211, Adam will be moderating a panel on storytelling in comics. Check out this list of panelists:

Jason Brubaker: Artist, creator of reMIND and Sithrah

Rachel Beck: Co-founder of Storyforge Productions

Ted Washington: Artist, poet, and founder of Puna Press

Patrick Yurick: Artist, creator of Hipster Picnic, educator, and CEO of Making Comics Worldwide

If you’ll be at Wondercon 2015, make sure you check out our panel and say hi!


Making / Podcasts

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 64 – Stephen McCranie

When it comes to creating art, it’s more than just the process or tools you are using. While those things are major factors in the big picture, pun intended, the philosophies of art are just as important. In this heavy Making Comics Gutter Talk episode, Adam and his co-host Patrick Yurick sit down with Stephen McCranie, artist of “Mal and Chad” and creator of the website Doodle Alley, to discuss everything from Stephen’s beginning in art to separating the individual from the individual’s work. Yeah, we know. Deep, huh?

We pride ourselves in providing creativity-based information, whether it’s through the written word or these podcasts, and Stephen’s work fits that mold. After reading through Stephen’s “Brick by Brick,” a collection of artistic essays that act as a guide to comic creation, it just made sense that Stephen needed to be on the show. When it was all said and done, there was a sense of accomplishing a mission, as if our goal of information dissemination was met in a very successful way. However, Stephen was the perfect guest to make this happen.

If you’re struggling with the mental aspect of being an artist, you’re not alone. Furthermore, you’re not the first and won’t be the last. Consider this a good thing. It means there are people out there like Stephen McCranie who can provide experience-based knowledge and advice to help keep you on your path.


Making / Podcasts

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 63 – Three Questions (w/ Ted Washington)

One of the main goals of the Three Questions format is to allow artists of every level to learn from their peers. It affords one artist a window into the mental and physical process of a fellow artist in order to possibly grow themselves. In doing so, you the listener also benefits. Through these podcasts we learn there is only one way to do things: The way that works best for you, whether it’s the process of others or one you created on your own.

In this particular episode, Gutter Talk alumni Ted Washington and Sam Wallace sit down for a three question conversation touching on topics such as being an artist and homeless to a process suggestion that may surprise you in a “Hey, I never thought of it that way” kinda way. Though if you know Ted, it makes perfect sense.

These are Ted’s three questions.

Question 1: What was the moment that made you say, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”

Question 2: If you could choose one medium of art to work in for the rest of your life, what medium would that be?

Question 3: What do you believe is something everybody should do in their process that you believe most people don’t do?


Making / Podcasts

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 62 – Re-Issue #13 (Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe, Part 2)

Usually the Jason Brubaker re-issues are reserved for the last Friday of each month. However, when there are two parts to the conversation, it really does make more sense to release them concurrently. While Adam said it wouldn’t be until the end of March for Part 2, the backlash (which was wholly internal) was too much for Adam to bear, forcing him to adjust the schedule. It’s hard being a podcast host sometimes.

That said, the Gutter Talk podcast returns with Part 2 of the Jason Brubaker re-issue from last week with Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe. If you missed Part 1, click here. And the return of this week’s podcast also brings the return of Kevin Cullen to Adam’s apartment- uh, studio. Yeah, studio. That’s it. The big difference this week? No caffeine. If you were hoping for Caffeinated Kevin, sorry to disappoint you. We all enjoyed listening to Kevin deal with the rush of energy he was feeling pump through his veins but we here at Making Comics Worldwide feel its best if we ease you into Caffeinated Kevin. You don’t want to build up a tolerance, do you? You’ll thank us later.

In the extended intro, Calm-ish Kevin and Adam talk about the different kinds of music they listen to while on a creative streak and some of the various points of Part 2 of the conversation Jason Brubaker had with Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe. If you thought the first part of this conversation was enjoyable, there are plenty more head-nodding moments to come.


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Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 61 – Re-Issue #13 (Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe, Part 1)

We round out February with Part 1 of a stellar conversation between Jason Brubaker and the creators of Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe. Before that, Adam is joined by Kevin to talk some Making Comics Worldwide shop, as well as a glimpse of what Kevin is like on caffeine.


Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 60 – Sophie Goldstein & Jennifer Jordan

The majority of these Gutter Talk episodes have consisted of one or two hosts and only one guest. While this formula has worked well since we started, in this episode we add a new mix to the fold with two guests and one host. Listen in on Adam’s conversation with Jennifer Jordan and Sophie Goldstein, the creators of the amazing webcomic Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, as they discuss everything from collaborating to hoverboards.


Talking Comics

#TalkingComics with Jared Cullum

Earlier this month, I had an insanely informative chat with the resident gentleman cartoonist, Jarred Cullum. Jared has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to art supplies and using which tools to achieve different effects in your comics. Read on for some great technical talk!


Making / Podcasts

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 59 – Three Questions (w/ Jason Brubaker)

Three Questions returns and brings with it one of Making Comics Worldwide’s favorites, Jason Brubaker. Listen in as Kevin Cullen, editor-in-chief here at Making Comics Worldwide, visits Jason in his studio in Los Angeles to discuss growth, process, and preference.



What is your suggestion for printing on cardstock paper with a home printer?

 What is your suggestion for printing on cardstock paper with a home printer? How will printing at home affect the quality of the prints? (Hadiza)

Making your own prints can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Being able to make your own prints gives you the control of testing out different images on the spot. It also allows you to print on demand rather than placing an order with a print shop or purchase online prints in bulk. However, most standard home printers are not sufficient for creating quality prints. You need to be willing to invest in a printer that will produce a nice image.