Bounded Enthusiasm #9: Jennifer Holm and The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish - Jennifer Holm

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Jennifer Holm about her latest book, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Holm has written several books for kids, both novels and comics, and has won three Newbery Honors and an Eisner Award. In the podcast, we talk about Holm’s inspiration for The Fourteenth Goldfish, what it’s like being a parent and a writer, and why Jonas Salk was so cool. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #8: Elissa Brent Weissman Takes Us Back to Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp, Elissa Brent Weissman

In today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm, I interview Elissa Brent Weissman, author of several middle-grade books about smart kids. Her latest is Nerd Camp 2.0, a sequel to her 2011 book Nerd Camp. Listen in as we talk about her inspiration for the books and parenting little nerds-in-training. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #7: Tony DiTerlizzi, Ralph McQuarrie, & Star Wars

Tony DiTerlizzi, Star Wars cover

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi. He’s an author and illustrator of many books for kids, including one of my family’s favorites, the WondLa series, and I’ve actually interviewed him a couple of times before. Today we’re talking about his new book, a picture book about Star Wars featuring paintings by the late great Ralph McQuarrie. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #6: Paul Pope, Battling Boy, and The Rise of Aurora West

Battling Boy, Paul Pope, The Rise of Aurora West

Today’s episode is an interview with Paul Pope about his latest comic book series, Battling Boy. Paul Pope is a prolific cartoonist and illustrator, perhaps best known for Batman: Year 100, for which he won two Eisner awards. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #5: B.J. Novak and The Book With No Pictures

BJ Novak - Book With No Pictures

Between a trip for my high school reunion and Gen Con, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to conduct any interviews, but Bounded Enthusiasm is back! Today’s episode is an interview with B.J. Novak about his brand-new picture book … with no pictures. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #4: Gene Yang and Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero

SonnyLiew GeneYang

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is a double interview with Gene Yang and Sonny Liew, author and illustrator (respectively) of The Shadow Hero, a new comic book just out this month from First Second Books. It’s a new origin story for an obscure WWII-era superhero named the Green Turtle, created by a Chinese-American artist. If the rumors are true, the Green Turtle is the first Asian-American superhero. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #3: Daniel H. Wilson Thinks Like a Machine

Robogenesis, Daniel H. Wilson

Today’s episode of the Bounded Enthusiasm podcast is an interview with Daniel H. Wilson, author of several books including Robopocalypse and its sequel, Robogenesis (published this week). We only had time for a short conversation, but I asked him about what it means to have a Ph.D. in robotics, the plausibility of various robot scenarios like Terminator and Short Circuit, and the awesome spaceship simulator he built for his kids. Continue reading

Mac Power Users Podcast Episode 193 — Now With Bonus GeekDad!

Mac Power Users

I go back and forth on podcasts… I’ll listen to a few like crazy during vacation or when I’m wanting to dive deep into a topic and then I’ll leave them for a while. Not so with the Mac Power Users podcast from David Sparks and Katie Floyd; since I discovered this podcast a few years back, I’ve been struggling to find time to go back and listen to the ones I’ve missed. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #2: Jonathan Auxier and the Spud Cannon

Bounded Enthusiasm Podcast Logo

Bounded Enthusiasm is a new podcast I’ve started to talk about books and games and whatever else comes to mind. Today’s episode is an interview with author Jonathan Auxier, the author of an upcoming book The Night Gardener. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #1: Tony DiTerlizzi Talks About WondLa, Dungeons & Dragons, and Star Wars

Tony DiTerlizzi - Battle for WondLa

Tony DiTerlizzi is one of my favorite author-illustrators, and his WondLa series is a family favorite. The final book of the trilogy, The Battle for WondLa, is out this month, and I got a chance to speak with DiTerlizzi before he heads out for his book tour. We talked about all things WondLa, his upcoming Star Wars book, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. Continue reading