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.
||Episode 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|
||Box 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|
||Annie 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|
||Dustin 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|
||Katie 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|
||Zack 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|
||Caitlin 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|
||Brian 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|
||Julia 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|
||Sarah 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|
||TCJ 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|
||Geek 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|
||Tim Kreider||In his final episode, Mike Dawson interviews The Pain cartoonist and essayist Tim Kreider||4/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Craig Thompson||This time around, Mike talks to the creator of Habibi and Blankets.||3/28/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Renée 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|
||Box Brown||The cartoonist and publisher behind Retrofit.||2/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dylan Horrocks||An interview with the creator of Hicksville and The Magic Pen.||2/15/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Zak Sally||Mike talks to Zak Sally, creator of Sammy the Mouse and publisher of La Mano.||1/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Glidden||Talking process and comics journalism with the creator of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.||12/7/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||MariNaomi & Noah Van Sciver: Live at MIX||Recorded live at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo, a conversation with the cartoonists behind Kiss & Tell and Blammo.||11/16/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Julia Wertz||An interview with the creator of Drinking at the Movies and Fart Party.||11/2/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kurt Wolfgang||This episode's guest: Kurt Wolfgang, the creator behind Nothing Eve, Where Hats Go, and Pinokio.||10/19/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alex Robinson & Ten Years of Box Office Poison||A conversation with the cartoonist and podcaster Alex Robinson, recorded at SPX 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.||9/14/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tom Kaczynski||Publisher and cartoonist Tom Kaczynski is the guest in the TCJ Talkie Hutt this week.||8/31/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lisa Hanawalt||Lisa Hanawalt, creator of I Want You, talks about comics, performance, and drawing at parties.||8/17/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nick Abadzis||Mike talks with the creator of LAIKA and Hugo Tate.||8/3/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jason Lutes||The author of Berlin and Jar of Fools enters the studio.||7/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bob Fingerman||In this episode, Mike speaks to the creator of Minimum Wage.||7/6/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Center for Cartoon Studies Graduates||A Center for Cartoon Studies special, featuring school graduates Lucy Knisley, Melissa Mendes, Joe Lambert, and Steve Seck.||6/22/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Howard Cruse||Mike Dawson talks with the pioneering creator of Stuck Rubber Baby.||6/8/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jessica Abel||The author of La Perdida, among other books, joins us this week.||5/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Josh Cotter||A podcast interview with Skyscrapers of the Midwest and Driven by Lemons creator Josh Cotter.||5/11/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEvan Dorkin||The first episode of a new biweekly podcast. The special guest: Milk & Cheese creator Evan Dorkin.||4/28/2011||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.