Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chester Brown - Season 8, Episode 2

It's a complete honor to talk to world-renown Canadian cartoonists, Chester Brown, who is one of the cartoonists who inspired both Thien and Rina to start making comics of their own. They talk to him about his new book, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus (Drawn and Quarterly), about making honest and heartfelt autobiographical comics, and a once-possible Chester Brown Batman comic(?!?) Listen to it! Interview starts at the 22:00 minute mark. It's a great hour and a half talking to one of our comic artist heroes. We also talk about new comics with Josh, brilliant artist Darwyn Cooke, recent comic events such as TCAF and Linework NW and Free Comic Book Day! Enjoy!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Tim Hensley - Season 8 - Episode 1

After a 2-year "hiatus", the Comix Claptrap gang is BACK! We kick off the season with a great interview with Tim Hensley about his latest comic "Sir Alfred," a humorous homage to Alfred Hitchcock and a stunning example of the publishing prowess of Alvin Buenaventura who passed away shortly before the release of this book. We talk to Tim about his inspirations, his meticulous comics process and working with Alvin. Also Rina, Thien and Josh celebrate the new and exciting comics coming out this year.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eleanor Davis - Season 7, Episode 2

In this episode, Thien and Rina talk to amazing cartoonist and illustrator, Eleanor Davis about her new book How to Be Happy. They discuss her illustration process, her history of painstakingly making mini-comics with die-cut covers, the talented cartoonist Drew Weing, and the inner-workings of social media. It was so much fun! Thien also shares his experience being an Ignatz Award judge (?!?) this year and some new comics he discovered through the review process, and Josh Frankel joins in to discuss new comics from Gabrielle Bell, Sam Alden, Ed Piskor and Tom Scioli. Give it a go! It's great!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Aron Nels Steinke - Season 7, Episode 1

Did you miss us? Well, we missed you! In this episode, Thien and Rina interview Portland cartoonist and children's book illustrator, Aron Nels Steinke. They had a fun time talking about his new book, The Zoo Box that he made with his wife Ariel Cohn, as well as his comic Mr. Wolf, loosely based on his experiences as a grade school teacher. Josh Frankel joins them to talk about new comics from Jason Shiga, Farel DalrymplePascal Girard, Zander Cannon and Josh Shalek.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Catmull, Season 6 - Episode 2

cover art by Ben Catmull

The gang has finally gotten off its lazy butt for a new episode of the Comix Claptrap. The theme of this episode is "Getting Old" as we talk about the recent announcement of the 2013 Ignatz Awards nominees. Surprisingly, Thien is a lot mellower this time around. We also talk new comics with our number one buddy, Josh Frankel. Then we round the 1 hour and a half with a fun discussion with Bay Area cartoonist, Ben Catmull, about his new stunning art book, "Ghosts and Ruins" and tales from the ole Bay
Area comics scene in the 90s.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Nick Abadzis - Season 6, Episode 1

It's been too long, and the new year has turned everyone's personalities in the Claptrap studios upside down! Thankfully we have Brit cartoonist, Nick Abadzis' soothing voice to calm us down (and ease the ringing in our ears from Thien's selection of intro music. He edited the podcast this time!) Nick leads us in an engaging and thoughful conversation about his comic strip, Hugo Tate now collected by Blank Slate Books, thoughts on the rise in popularity of British comics in the U.S., his move to NY, TV sitcoms, and his exciting upcoming project that involves Orson Welles! Also new comics with Josh! What a difference a year makes! We've missed you and we're so happy we're together again!

P.S. Errata Stigmata - Nick's book was released in May 2012, not 2013, HA! And the new season of the Comix Claptrap is season 6, not season 7, but who cares! Enjoy!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Dan Zettwoch - Season 5, Episode 3

cover art by Dan Zettwoch

Thien and Rina were delighted to talk to exciting and innovative cartoonist, printmaking extraordinare and pal, Dan Zettwoch. Dan took time out from watching the Cardinals game to discuss his new book Birdseye Bristoe, his intricate hand-made minicomics, and our favorite -- reality TV programming. We had lots of fun! Also Josh talks new comics like Gabrielle Bell's latest book, July Diary, while Thien and Rina recap their experiences at the ALA and CAKE shows this past June! Celebrate the July 4th fireworks while listening to this great episode!

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