Zeff, director of local non-profit, Comicare, joins us to talk about their charity organization, sharing comic books with kids, and the impact on everyone involved.
Zeff from Comicare
Working with Cosplayers
How did Comicare Start?
Finding comic book donations
AZ Tony Stark
The Comicare Crusaders
How do you handle the situations you visit?
“We are not the super heros.”
Radio Active Man #1
How will Comicare grow?
Gaining perspective from donating
“It’s a comicon everyday for us!”
Comicare on Facebook
Drawn to Comics
Comicare Booth at Phoenix Comicon
Author Ryan Dalton sits down with us to talk about working with Phoenix Comicon, the writing process, and selling his first young adult novel series.
A quick note and apology for the sound quality of this episode. There were technical difficulties (read human error) and it turned out our conversation was recorded from the wrong input source.
This was such a great conversation, though, there’s no way we wouldn’t share it. Enjoy!
Phoenix Comicon Moderator Team
Look for writing panels with Ryan
How did you get involved with moderating?
You’re in charge!
Geeks Against Humanity
The Year of Lightning
The keys to being a good moderator
Tell us about being an author
Writing Craigslist ads
Shiny new idea syndrome
Selling the book
Jolly Fish Press
Do you like YA?
Which books did you love when you were young?
“A character’s best weapon should be they’re clever.”
The importance of naming
Will references reveal too much of the story?
What is your biggest challenge?
One last 12 part question.
Designer and world creator, Eric Torres, joins us for a candid conversation about his origin and influences, building the World of Rynaga, cultivating creativity, and building community.
Pokemon needs no introduction
The madness sets in
Ghost shuffle board
Travelling by imagination
Craving immersive experiences
Have you ever dreamt a game?
Meet Eric Torres
My rhymes are bottomless
World of Rynaga
Eric’s nerdy origins
How do you start eating an elephant?
Eric’s mentors and inspiration
“I never relied on my day job to satisfy me creatively.”
“If you don’t have adventures of your own how can you create something?”
What is the World of Rynaga?
Building a following
Daft Punk Tribute
Value in scarcity
Giving creative license while maintaining ownership
Eric on Instagram
Andrea Beesley, who has been doing great things in the valley for going on 10 years, sat down with us to chat about movies, events, and expanding the culture experience, in Phoenix.
International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival – Happening this weekend!
Why horror movies?
Also, it’s evil.
The Horror Show
Cecil Laird (Sorry for saying it wrong)
Twisty the Clown
Klaatu Barada Nikto!
When to introduce your kids to scary stuff
Imagine an entire room full of Bob Beards
“I just want to do interesting stuff.”
How has Phoenix grown and what’s ahead?
“You have to sell them on the experience.”
How to keep the movie going experience exciting.
Film Bar is kid friendly! Just make sure they bring their adults.
The episode has been saved! We have to say a big thank you to Tom at Chandler Data Professionals for all the work to recover the dead hard drive. He was professional, thorough, and we definitely recommend him to anyone in need of drive recovery services.
Clintus joins us to share what it’s been like becoming a full-time YouTuber, how to build an audience, and sharing his family with the world.
“I’m very open with my kids.”
Did we start?
How Clintus got started on YouTube
The Daily Life Genre
Archiving vs Sharing
“Try and do anything for a thousand days in a row.”
What is the drive?
How to diversify
TLC Toddler Bowl
How the schedule has changed since going full-time YouTube
Engagement drives audience growth
Cameron’s awesome story
“How much me, how much my kids.”
The long con
The 3 magic ways to build an audience
The importance of authentic content
Getting the family on camera
Mason Jack and Crissy YouTube
It’s like a real life crossover episode
“Hey guys, I’m quitting my job.”
The importance of data
Local designer and TED fellow, Safwat, joins us to talk Kickstarter, design vs. art, and balancing passion and needs to live.
Thank Safwat for the success of Exploding Kittens
“I guess I’m an artist.”
Reverse engineering success
“I don’t know if I should laugh…”
What would a project made for the Internet look like?
Changing Hands Book Store
“I must go to design school.”
“It’s like the Six Million Dollar Man of design.”
Why design over coding?
The story behind the design
Design work is figuring out how to blend ideas you see.
A Bunch of Crock
Passion projects vs. income projects
“Art should be able to pay your bills.”
Safwat’s mailing list
Phoenix Design Week
We had some audio troubles with the recording so we’re releasing Austin’s story in two parts.
In this episode, Austin shares where he grew up, having surgery at a young age and the perspective he gained from that experience, and some of his more interesting work stories.
Are you from Globe?
Everybody is fap-able.
How Austin ended up in South Africa
“Your proposal was a shining light on the horizon.”
“When adventure knocks, you answer.”
“I was the second person to have this surgery.”
“Can I push on it?”
“You can’t say ‘yolo’ unless you’ve had your head de-gloved.”
Why getting married at 19 made sense.
Creativity and Technology
We’re back! After traveling and holiday scheduling conflicts, we have a brand new episode for you.
Suck it pod-fading!
Nina Miller and Jose Gonzalez joined us to talk improv, comedy, and asking “why not?”
You have awake apnea?
Who is breathing so loud?
Welcome Jose Gonzalez and Nina Miller
ASU Center for Science and Imagination
That was on the table?
Phoenix New Times
No one owns The Torch!
Phoenix Improv Festival
This remote control isn’t going to sell your information.
All of that sweet, sweet cash.
As a racist, I don’t understand.
Barren Mind ASU improv group
Bjork Television Video
5th Ave Cafe
Weird job, guys!
Marco Arment Use This
Customs was a nightmare
Ask “why not?”
#TeamAtticus fund raiser show 12/19
Donate to #TeamAtticus
Jeremy is an illustrator and designer. Through his company, Lederman Studios, he has done work for The Walking Dead, Spawn, MTV, CNN, and many more.
This episode was actually recorded last year while Austin and Chris were co-hosting the Lightning Octopus podcast with our friend, and recent guest, Jonathan Simon.
Jeremie’s NeatoShop t-shrits
“If they don’t need a cartoon ape, then
they won’t call you.”
“Hey, a reference I get!”
“Who’s that guy? It’s Jan Brewer.”
“A wonderful buffet of truth.”
There will be a new octopus soon! (Spoiler: The new octopus is over a year old now)
The turtle! The turtle! The turtle! The turtle!
Sharknado relief fund!
Add a healthy amount of randomness to your life!
Jeremie’s book – Drawing Is Easy
Really, Phoenix is just too hot.
The Art of Video Games
Daniel and Dawna Davis are Steam Crow. They join us to talk about Halloween, the creative business, education, and more!
A very special Halloween Episode
Meet Steam Crow – Daniel & Dawna Davis
Why do you like Halloween?
We had to hunt to find monsters.
I grew up in the burbs.
I’d like to see the Davis house at Halloween
That’s where the magic happens.
I’m into monsters, dad.
Corporate Halloween vs homemade.
Waiting in line for the Disney Store to open.
What are you an alligator?
The origins of the Steam Crow name.
Feeding the creative side.
Monster Commute Comic
Mistakes to learn from.
“Be an engine for good”
Being a teacher and having a creative business
Thoughts on education and art
How does working together work?
How did Steam Crow end up in Phoenix?
Balancing the creative and the business?
Handing out Halloween candy.
Tucson Comic Con
Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest