GBBP 88: Jeff Smith

If you’re a fan of comics or graphic novels at all, or if you have a kid of reading age, you know who Jeff Smith is. On this episode, we chat about self-publishing, having one story dominate your career, the effect of awards and acclaim, what an “all-ages” label really means, why ‘Bone’ mostly escapes the persistent “boy’s/girl’s book” stigma, and McDonald’s in India.

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GBBP 86: Nate Powell & Andrew Aydin

On this episode, we talk to (illustrator) Nate Powell and (coauthor) Andrew Aydin–the creative forces behind ‘March’–about the books, working with Lewis, the research they each did to prepare, the pressure associated with creating books that are immediately being taught in schools across the country, and their careers away from ‘March.’

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GBBP 84: Bill Morrison

This week, we welcome Bill Morrison to the show. Bill is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders–with ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening–of Bongo Comics, which has been the one and only home of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ comics for almost 25 years.

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GBBP 81: Paul Salopek

I first heard about Paul Salopek back in 2013 when he began the Out of Eden Walk. As someone who traveled around the world overland, his plan spoke to me in a big way. However, whereas I traveled around the globe using a combination of trains, buses, boats, and other forms of mechanized locomotion, Paul is covering some 22,000 miles the old-fashioned way – on foot.

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GBBP 80: Benjamin Frisch + Giveaway

This week, we welcome Benjamin Frisch on the show to talk about his new book (his first!) with Top Shelf Productions: ‘The Fun Family.’ We chat about the book, the road Frisch took to get it made with Top Shelf, our memories of ‘The Family Circus,’ and Frisch’s own adventures in podcasting with Out on the Wire.

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GBBP 77: ‘Life, Animated’

This week, we talk about the new ‘Life, Animated’ documentary, which tells the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who showed signs of regressive autism at age 3 when he suddenly stopped speaking. We chat with parents Ron and Cornelia about their decision to share Owen’s story with the world, Owen’s role in making both the book and film, and their advice for parents.

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GBBP 73: Reiner Knizia

This week, we get our game on with none other than Reiner Knizia. We chat about his games, the importance of awards (he was just nominated yet again for the children’s version of the Spiel des Jahres), the balance of theme vs mechanics, whether playing games is essential to human nature, and what he thinks epitomizes a Reiner Knizia game.

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GBBP 68: Marc Thompson

This week, we welcome voice actor and audiobook narrator extraordinaire, Marc Thompson, to the show. Marc has not only voiced hundreds of characters across an impressive variety of animated shows and films, he’s also narrated more than 40 ‘Star Wars’ audiobooks.

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GBBP 65: Aaron Blaise

On this episode, we chat with Aaron Blaise about his years with Walt Disney Feature Animation, the legacy of ‘Brother Bear,’ his move toward illustration and teaching, what drives him creatively, working digitally, and where he’s going next.

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GBBP 64: Jymn Magon

This week, we’re thrilled to have Jymn Magon on the show. Jymn was in on the ground floor for the birth of Disney’s television animation department, and he went on to become co-creator of ‘Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers,’ ‘TaleSpin,’ ‘Gummi Bears,’ and ‘Goof Troop.’

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