Occassionally I get a stand-up comedian to donate some time to do a 20 Questions Tuesday with me. So far I have found that stand-ups are very thoughtful and reflective. When you get a chance to get past the initial surface contact with them, they often surprise you with their candidness and depth. It is interesting to peer behind the performance curtain and see something different.
Chris Macini is one of the heads in the two-headed organism called Comedy Film Nerds. He is a stand-up, a writer (screen plays and comic books), an author, a director, a podcaster, and a bunch of other things. I just put him in Stand-Ups, because I think that is still something he identifies as.
I have had the pleasure of interviewing more than a handful of comic book artists and writers at all levels of the industry. Comic books have been an entertainment medium that I have loved since I was 5 years old. Whether the content is digital or traditional I tend to love it. That's not to say that there is not sequential art out there that I do not like, it is to say that I have a level of appreciation for everyone who is generating stories with sequential art in whatever media at whatever level. .
Eric Palicki is the writer of the comic books No Angel, Orphans, Fake Empire, and Red Angel Dragnet. He is an easy to converse with guy because he is very insightful and gives measured and considered answers to my inane questions. If you see his name on a book, you should get that book and then read that book.
Shawn Pryor is great. He is a comic book writer for all different kinds of books. He is insanely insightful and really down to earth. Both of my kids love reading one of his books and cannot wait for the next issue to come out. I enjoy chatting with him and would love to chat more.
William Grapes is an amazing comic book artist, why he is not on a major book drawing superheros for a living is beyond me. Get on that publishers, the ball is in your court.
Phil Hilliker is a a delightful artist that I was lucky enough to ask 20 questions. His choice between cake and pie is most epic.
Jason Masters is a comic book artist and graphic designer/illustrator from South Africa. He is a genuine delight.
Doug Hills is an internet cartoonist and the author for a how to book for a digital illustration program.
Christopher Hastings is an internet comic book writer and illustrator. His primary work is the delightful online comic, Dr. Mcninja. That should be enough to have you read this interview.
Chris Ring is an independent comic book creator and professional illustrator/graphic designer. Heck, he is the boss for a cadre of illustrator/graphic designers.
Ethan Nicole is the artist for the online comics "Axe Cop" and "Bearmageddon" two of the most inventive mainstream online comics.
Reilly Brown is an artist working for Marvel Comics... yep, that Marvel Comics. He is an amazing talent with a bent sense of humor.
Steve Willhite is a comic book artist... not the inventor of the GIF file format. Steve is one of the best people I have never met.
Aaron Kuder is an up-and-coming comic book artist. His line work is insanely detailed and delightfully easy to read at the same time.
Dave Meyers is an independent comic book creator who has a biting sense of humor and needs to be drawing for a book... most likely Lobo.
Khoi Pham is a comic book artist for Marvel Comics and has graced the books of some of Marvel's marquee books, he was an attorney and gave up litigation to draw for a living... intrigued? You bet you are.
Chris Burnham is an amazing comic book artist. He is best known for his run on Batman
I have a problem... It is an addiction really. I am addicted to podcasts. I listen to about 40 podcasts a week. The line-up switches up a bit from week to week, but the number hovers around 40-ish nonetheless. What I love about podcasts is the creation aspect of the medium. Many of these creators just needed to generate something... they could not help themselves from generating something. This drive to create is what makes them extremely interesting.
Garon Cockrell is one of the personalities on the award winning podcast, Never Not Funny. He is also a writer and screenwriter as well as a really nice man whom everyone should get to know.
JP is a mindfulness guru of the highest caliber. He has strong opinions about how new age philosophies should be looked at by the people who practice them and by those who watch them practice. This one is a bit tongue in cheek, but is all in good fun.
Jeff Cannata is content creator. He is an actor, a TV Host, and is a host or guest on a bajillion podcasts. He is highly engaging and a gem of a man. He is the first person I have talked to who is amazingly enthusiastic about pie. He loves pie.
Per Axbom is one of the hosts of The UX Podcast. He is insightful and delightful. At the time of this conversation he was in the process of moving into more of a coaching role. We chat about everything. The conversation goes from slowing down online processes to when he was stuck underneath his motorcycle.
Jennie Josephson is the producer for an award winning tech news podcast, and she is awesome. She allows me to "publish" a poem for her, and I am the better for it.
Bill Doran of Punished Props
Bill Doran is a costumer and prop designer, but more than that he is an amazingly affable guy who put a smaile on my face every day that I got an email from him.
Break Tomasson is a podcast network maven who is very thoughtful and enjoyable.
Patrick Beja is a blogger from France. He is a delighful soul and you should read these 20 Questions.
Daniel Squizzato is a writer for Major League Soccer and a Canadian Soccer officianado.
Paul Armstrong is/was a podcaster for a podcast called Pixel Recess, but now he is focusing on his wildly popular app, ChoreMonster.
Ryan Connolly is an independent filmmaker and the host of the wildly popular video podcast, Film Riot.
Iyaz Akhtar is an Internet podcast host who is a delightfully nice guy with one of the driest wits I have ever found.
Emily Gordon is t host of a video gaming podcast and deep within the LA comedy crowd. She has quick and fun wit.
Ali Spagnola is a powerhouse of creative energy. A recording artist, a graphic designer, a painter, and an entrepreneur.
Scott Johnson is the person in charge of Frogpants Studios. If you are aware of podcasts you know what Frogpants is.
Janet Varney is the host of The JV Club podcast on the Nerdist network... she is also one of the founders of SF Sketchfest. She is in the entertainment business as an actor and sketch/improvisor and is hilarious, but not a stand-up comedian... ergo, her being in this category instead of the Stand-Up Comedians category.
Brian Brushwood is many things. He is a magician, a podcast host, an entrepreneur, and one of the co-creators of two best selling comedy albums. More than those things, he is a scam artist and will figure out a way to buy him a beer.
Tom Merritt is a podcast host and tech journalist. More than those titles, he is a lover of puns, and that makes him okay in my book.
Pat Francis is a personality. His personality is on the Internet a bunch either as the host of his own podcast "Rock Solid" as well as the goto guest for Jimmy Pardo's "Never Not Funny."
Justin Robert Young
Justin Robert Young is a podcast host of a myriad of podcasts. He has a facile wit and an enjoyable patter. What else do you want to know? Read it.
Andrew Mayne is a magician who also hosts the podcast "Weird Things." He is a generator of magic and not just a practitioner... let that sink in.
I became aware of Duane Rollins through his soccer blog called "The 24th Minute" and a podcast he did called "It's Called Football." Duane is a Toronto FC fan through and through and someone who is a delight to talk some footy.
These interviews do not fit neatly into a single category... maybe as I do more 20 Questions Tuesday interviews some of these will migrate into a new category of greatness. Do not think that their lack of category makes them in any way shape or form "less than." These interviews are all enjoyable and informative, they just have no peers with which to group.
Bob Basiewicz is another person that I work with. He is also a goddamn delight and he makes me laugh. He is a really good man and has on overflowing amount of hockey analysis within him.
Susan McGowan is a coworker and now good friend. She has done everything and been many many places. Her way with words makes me realize that I should not be writing. Read it!
Sammi Grant is an amazing accent coach based out of Chicago, Illinois. She is lovely and gives some really great advice for sighted people to interact with people who have issues with vision.
Bryan Brush is an insightful and delightful person. He was the host of a now on indefinite hiatus podcast and is currently working towards some graduate level degrees in Instructional Design. I really enjoyed this 20 Questions because of how patiently he put up with the jackassery of my questions.
Cobra Commander is an 80's icon. He is surprisingly candid while he says absolutely nothing. But while I was worried that the interview would end in the slaughter of my family and everyone I hold dear, it merely ended with the Commander wanting some more coffee.
Tom Gehrke is a delightful man whom I am very happy to have gotten to know through the Internet. Thanks Tom, you da best.
Ann Marie McCallister
Ann Marie McCallister is the Baklava Fairy... Do I really need to say anything else to get you to read this interview?
Brian Troyan is the commander of the 501st Midwest Garrison.. read all about it
Mike Milloy and I became friend in the blogging boom of 2005/2006. He is the father of three and one of the coordinators for the Movember festivities in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Bill Meeks is a video producer and all around great guy. He is a budding author and you should read this interview before he becomes too big for this interview.
Cuddlah Army was the sole spokesperson for the fan community for the podcast, Walking the Room with Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony. Since the time of this interview, Cuddlah army is more than one person and the shared responsibility of the listeners to that podcast.
Sally Kuzemchak is a nutricionist who focuses primarily on healthy snacks and food for kids. She also just so happens to be my little boy's best friend's mom.
Clark Gregg... that's right, actor/writer/all around swell guy, Clark Gregg.
For this installment of 20 Questions Tuesday I am interviewing the much sought after Riley from All Rileyed Up. I started reading her blog about 3 years ago and have watched it transform a few times. Her irreverence knows few bounds, and her posts and comments smell distinctly of sarcasm. Riley is one of the few denizens of the net that I would really like to get to know more.