By Mike Dawson
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TCJ Talkies is a biweekly creator interview podcast hosted by Mike Dawson at The Comics Journal. Cartoonists and other comic book luminaries will stop by the Talkie-Hut and chat about their creative process, motivation, and careers.
||CleanEpisode 26: Rob Kirby LIVE||Comic Book Decalogue, Episode 26: Rob Kirby||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Emil Ferris||Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters) talks superheroes and dada, politics and accessibility, Will Eisner, Ted Leo, and more.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Annie Mok||Annie Mok discusses Carta Monir, Emily Carroll, Satyajit Ray, and more.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Gina Wynbrandt||The creator of Someone Please Have Sex with Me talks Phoebe Gloeckner, Truth Zone, Chewing Gum, and more.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Katie Skelly||The My Pretty Vampire creator speaks on Kyoko Okazak, Dave Cooper, and Nabokov.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Michel Fiffe||Michel Fiffe (Copra, Zegas) talks Hellen Jo, Larry Hama, Ernie Colón, and more.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Matthew Thurber||The Infomaniacs and Art Comic creator discusses comics pedagogy, Rolling Blackouts, Victoria Lomasko, Michael McMillan, Dickens, Fantômas … this one goes everywhere.||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Ben Sears||Ben Sears (Night Air, Volcano Trash) talks John Romita Jr. and Jacques Tati. Plus, the ultimate gag-strip faux pas!||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Maggie Umber||On the eighteenth episode of Comic Book Decalogue, Maggie Umber (Time Capsule, Sound of Snow Falling) discusses Ron Wimberly, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and the comics tastes of Guillermo del Toro.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Eddie Campbell (Part II)||On the seventeenth episode of Comic Book Decalogue, Eddie Campbell talks Jack Kirby's place in the canon, Mary Perkins On Stage, and the hazards of autobiography.||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Eddie Campbell (Part I)||On this episode, Eddie Campbell (Alec, Bacchus, From Hell) discusses the March trilogy, the early sports-page cartoonists, and much more.||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Trungles||Trungles is a comics artist whose work is engaged with folklore, mythology, and vintage illustration, and who is included in the Mirror Mirror 2 anthology. In this episode, he talks Carolyn Nowak, Harry Clarke, Watchmen, and picture books.||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Anders Nilsen||Nilsen (the upcoming A Walk in Eden) discusses Chester Brown, Daniel Higgs, and the art of the live comic reading. Poetry may be useless but this podcast is very good!||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: MariNaomi||The Turning Japanese creator talks Mardou's Sky in Stereo, Bloom County, Cheryl Strayed, and much more. Plus, a fond farewell to a fan-favorite question.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Anna Bongiovanni||Discussing Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls!, Bread and Wine, Kiki Smith, and so much more.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Dean Haspiel||The cartoonist behind The Quitter and Beef with Tomato talks the dual impacts of Jack Kirby and Prince, as well as his new serial, The Red Hook.||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Lane Milburn||Milburn (Twelve Gems) discusses halting his Vice strip Envoy, a 'lazy river' theory of comics-making, the Closed Caption Comics group, and polarizing creators from R. Crumb to Frank Miller.||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLauren Weinstein on 5,000 km Per Second by Manuele Fior||The Girl Stories and Goddess of War artist talks about the newly translated 5,000 km per second, recently published by Fantagraphics.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Anya Davidson||the creator of School Spirits and Band for Life (as well as a Kramers Ergot 9 contributor)--talks Lauren Weinstein, Slug and Lettuce, The Sculptor, and more.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Gabrielle Bell||Bell discusses Ulli Lust, This Dog Barking, and getting good advice from some surprising sources. All this and a cameo from Aidan Koch!||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAustin English and Bill Kartalopoulos on Superboy, Patience, and Peplum||The cartoonist/publisher and the editor/scholar discuss a 1963 issue of Superboy and a recent Blutch reprint—and how they relate to the latest Clowes.||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Inés Estrada||Inés Estrada talks Amanda Vähämäki, Crumb, and Bryan Lee O'Malley. Plus, a brief preview of 2016 in comics.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlex Robinson on Warlock by Jim Starlin||Mike is joined by old podcasting partner Alex Robinson, the Box Office Poison creator, to discuss Jim Starlin's cosmic Warlock.||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Alden and Sophia Foster-Dimino on Two Comics by GG||In this episode, the creator of It Never Happened Again and the creator of Sex Fantasy discuss the work of the cartoonist known only as GG.||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Dylan Horrocks (HOLIDAY SPECIAL)||In this double-sized holiday edition, Dylan Horrocks discusses the magic of Tove Jansson, the problems of late-period Eisner, and the troubled legacy of Dave Sim. All that, and a special guest drops by!||12/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Sammy Harkham||On the fifth installment of Comic Book Decalogue, the Crickets #5 creator talks Edward Hopper and the evolution of Kramers Ergot.||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsaac Cates on Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli||The Cartozia Tales editor talks about Mazzucchelli's ambitious graphic novel.||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Ed Luce, 2DCloud||Talking to the creator of Wuvable Oaf, and the team behind publisher 2D Cloud.||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Yumi Sakugawa||Yumi Sakugawa (I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You, Ikebana) talks meditation, Megahex, and linework as handwriting.||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Zettwoch and Rina Ayuyang on The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry||Two great cartoonists, the creators of Birdseye Bristoe and Whirlwind Wonderland respectively, discuss Lynda Barry's Freddie Stories.||9/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|31||CleanVideoDead Cats at Moonlight – The Art of Clare Victor “Dwig” Dwiggins||A documentary about the forgotten comics of early 20th century childhood.||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaitlin McGurk and John Porcellino on I Never Liked You and Summer of Love||A discussion of two landmark teenage memoirs by Chester Brown and Debbie Dreschler.||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSammy Harkham on Murder by High Tide by Maurice Tillieux||The Crickets artist and Kramers Ergot editor in a conversation about an overlooked European comic, M. Tillieux's Murder by High Tide.||8/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Caitlin Skaalrud||On the second installment of Comic Book Decalogue, cartoonist Caitlin Skaalrud (Houses of the Holy) talks mermaids, art school, and Midwestern border feuds.||7/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDylan Horrocks and Tom Hart on Silly Daddy by Joe Chiappetta||Talking about Joe Chiappetta's inventive Silly Daddy.||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Josh Simmons||On the debut installment of Comic Book Decalogue, cartoonist Josh Simmons (Black River, The Furry Trap) answers ten questions about formative comics, bad decisions, his parents, and more.||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBox Brown on The Cute Manifesto and BORB||Box Brown chats about James Kochalka's The Cute Manifesto and Jason Little's BORB.||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnie Mok and Kris Mukai on Ant Colony and The Hospital Suite||Annie Mok and Kris Mukai discuss recent books by Michael DeForge and John Porcellino.||5/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDustin Harbin on Batman Year One||Dustin Harbin joins me for a conversation about Batman Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Full disclosure, I went into this pick totally wanting to hate on it and hate on Frank Miller, but I have to stay honest (that’s the TCJ [...]||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatie Skelly on The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka||The creator of Nurse Nurse talks about a pivotal book in the manga master's oeuvre.||4/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZack Soto on Kingdom Come||The Study Group publisher and Secret Voice cartoonist talks about Mark Waid and Alex Ross's superhero dystopia. Plus: Isaac Cates.||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaitlin McGurk and Jim Rugg on Ghost World and The Death Ray by Dan Clowes||Chatting about the depictions of teenage friendships in the books of Dan Clowes.||8/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Evenson on Ed the Happy Clown||Fiction writer and academic Brian Evenson joined Mike Dawson for a conversation about Chester Brown's early graphic-novel, Ed the Happy Clown, which was first serialized in the one man anthology, Yummy Fur, and subsequently collected in a variety of[...||8/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulia Wertz on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Spent||A conversation with the Infinite Wait creator about autobiographical graphic novels by Roz Chast and Joe Matt.||7/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah Glidden on Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza||Mike talks to comics journalist Sarah Glidden about Joe Sacco's Footnotes in Gaza.||6/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTCJ Talkies: Tom Hart on Craig Thompson’s Habibi||Mike Dawson returns to comics podcasting with an all-new format. In this episode, he invites guest Tom Hart to discuss a major recent work.||5/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeek Girl Con: Comics and Games Panel||This panel on the relationship between comics and games was recorded at the Geek Girl Con.||11/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTim Kreider||In his final episode, Mike Dawson interviews The Pain cartoonist and essayist Tim Kreider||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraig Thompson||This time around, Mike talks to the creator of Habibi and Blankets.||3/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRenée French||Mike talks to the cartoonist behind such disturbing works as The Ticking and Marbles in My Underpants about style, what's acceptable (and not) in today's comics world, and her second career as a children's book creator.||3/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful and well worth your time.
I'm only going on the basis of the Dorkin interview so far , but Dawson's easygoing confidence on the mic together with his insider insights into the comic making craft really made this a very absorbing listen. Dorkin is a fascinating subject and really opens up. I've got a very short list of Podcasts I have time to listen to and now this one is on it.
A Must Listen for the Independent Cartoonist...
I discovered this podcast after the second or third episode. I've been a subscriber ever since. Mike Dawson has a genuine enthusiasm for the independent comics scene. He knows what he's talking about when interviewing cartoonists. Whether he's championing artists who are new on the scene such as the recent graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont or introducing veteran cartoonists like Howard Cruise to a new audience, Mike's podcast delivers time and again. I frequently que up past episodes while I'm at the drawing table.
My only complain would be that I really preferred the original theme music to the later fogey rock which was added after the third episode. The high energy of the original really set the tone for the snappy banter to follow. Fortunately iTunes let's you set a start and end time for tracks so I just start the podcast 20 seconds in.
I look forward to hearing what Mike has in store in future episodes. He's barely scratched the surface of a little explored subject. I hope there are many more to come.
My favorite comics podcast
TCJ Talkies continues to be one of my favorite podcasts. Really the only one like it as its main competitors, Inkstuds and Comix Claptrap, come at it from really different angles. Good mix of nuts and bolts cartooning stuff (which I love), funny conversation, and great stories.
I'd love to see the following folks on the show: Edie Fake, Sammy Harkham, Eddie Campbell, either Hernandez brother, Josh Bayer, Jordan Crane, Marc Bell, Gary Panter, Gabrielle Bell, Frank Santoro, Brandon Graham, Ryan Cecil Smith, Liz Suburbia. just to name a "few"
Mike, I have to say though, that music at the end drives me nuts. That's my only complaint.