Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 9 – Daniel Warren Johnson

He may look like he’s got some party to him but Daniel Warren Johnson, creator of Space Mullet and numerous other artistic ventures, knows how to handle his business. Adam, Mark, and Mark’s cat The Outlaw Jesse James are joined by Dan to discuss the tools of the trade, the various processes taken to create his art, and how his Christian faith keeps him balanced. You do not want to miss this amazing episode.


Daniel Warren Johnson’s website and Space Mullet

Dan’s Krampus piece

The Krampus

The Krampus

Notes on tools from Daniel:

Here’s that white out pen:

The felt tip brush pen I like best:

This is the ink I put in my brush pens

And the traditional sable hair brushes I use.  The windsor newton is the most expensive, and the others are a bit more affordable.

This brush is one of my faves, it’s a fantastic price and a great tool, perfect for trying out brush inking without putting too much cash down.

And this is the ink I use when I use my brushes

I’ve noticed that a lot of kolinsky sable hair brushes are out of stock online, I’m pretty some importing issue is happening between countries.  Raphael might be people’s best bet for brushes then.


Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Outro Song Behind Vocals:

“Backed Vibes (clean)” Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


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6 Responses to “Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 9 – Daniel Warren Johnson”

  1. Michael Freely

    Fantastic! I have never heard of Mr. Daniel Warren Johnson before but was very pleasantly surprised by this interview. And by his comics writing! Great flow, great story…

    In retrospect, I’m having trouble summoning up the thoughts i have into words, so I’m going to get a little stream of consciousness here. I really liked that DWJ talked about his faith and how it informs, and doesn’t inform, his stories. I think that any of us with a driving ideal can relate (any ideal held strongly enough will start to become religious). I can’t remember who said it, but there was a comment in the interview about how one doesn’t have to be violent to write or draw violence (listen to the whole conversation, it really was great.). Our world is everything, those horrible elements included, and you cannot tell an honest story without including what must be included.

    Additionally, being a person of faith in the public is not always easy, and it was reassuring to hear someone talk about how they navigate that minefield.

    And as a last point, and just as emphatically said, some really great discussions about the technical aspects of DWJ’s illustration. I really prefer the looser style of his inking, and it was really fun to get to hear how he arrives at some of his final products.

    In the end, another fine podcast. Please don’t ever cut them down just to make them shorter. I would not have wanted to miss any of what i have heard so far.

  2. Michael Freely

    as a note of curiosity, regarding the discussion about the Windsor 7 brushes. My buddy works at an art supply store and he was saying that climate change has caused the decrease in brush quality. Apparently the sable, a relative of the mink, is used to make the brushes and as the weather gets warmer, the sables no longer need to have the same fine, dense fur they used to, and thus the brushes made from them have suffered. This is likely to be a permanent change in quality.


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