The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 202: Dav Pilkey
This week, we chat with Dav Pilkey about Dog Men, Captains Underpants, and more! That’s right; the author/artist/creator behind the Captain Underpants phenomenon swings by our little corner of the Internet.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants burst onto the scene way back in 1997. Since then, the series has spawned 11 sequels, several spin-offs, a feature film adaptation, an animated series on Netflix, and a genuine worldwide phenomenon. And one of those spin-off series has itself become a runaway success. The Dog Man series is now five books strong and showing no signs of slowing down. And in my house? The kids are obsessed with them.
On this episode, I talk to Dav about the artistic choices he makes in his books, his own struggles with becoming a reader as a kid, “boys books” versus “girls books,” why graphic novels still have a stigma attached to them, and how he and Raina Telgemeier have exploded the mainstream success of the medium beyond all expectations.