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Storycraft

Blunt talk about surviving a creative storytelling career! Featuring conversations with creators from comic books, literature, filmmaking, comedy, music, video games, and more. Learn to be a better creator & how to thrive in the story arts, while you laugh, cringe, cry, and bask in the unique stories, powerful minds, and colorful personalities of today's cutting edge creatives. Hosted by illustrator-filmmaker Kraig Rasmussen. New episodes released weekly!
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Aug 24, 2019

Stevie Rae Brown (aka Stevie Spade) returns to talk about breaking into a new stand-up comedy scene after moving to Seattle in the spring, and how its hard to be a human with feelings. We also have a nice heart to heart about the emotional perils of doing conventions when you're down, and have an illegal amount of laughs. (I looked it up.)

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Aug 17, 2019

Seamus Smith & I talk Robert Crumb the man and artist through the lens of "Crumb", the mind-blowing documentary from 1994 by Terry Zwigoff. Even after 25 years, and having built my own art career in the meantime, I was still floored by revisiting this film, and stunned at how much artists are alike at their core, even when they go through hell to grow up like Crumb did.

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Jul 17, 2019

Legendary illustrator & Production Designer William Stout shares captivating tales of his epic career and adventurous life. He's a huge inspiration to me, and throughout this conversation, he exhibits why, while simultaneously revealing all the wisdom you need to see your own creative career from a different perspective, and truly go after what you love. Film fans will also get loads of amazing behind the scenes anecdotes and reveals about huge movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Masters of the Universe, Dinosaurs & more!

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Jul 3, 2019

Self-publishing comic book creator & brilliant designer J. Gonzo (La Mano Del Destino) and I share a blisteringly sharp conversation about the DNA beneath our work, writing deep characters without getting too highbrow, genre, ancient history, banking on yourself, and so very much more.

Find out more about Gonzo and his amazing work at jgonzodesigns.com and make sure to read his terrific comic La Mano del Destino!

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Jun 28, 2019

Mike & Kraig dive back in to finish the second half of Moebius "18 tips to aspiring artists", and the results are a very engaged and nuanced look at the craft of comics, as well as the core of creativity. Moebius has given us a perfect roadmap, although it starts out lofty, to attain  truly captivating, relatable results. This one was yet another delight to record, and left me with a lot to ponder about my own work. Hope it offers you the same!

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Jun 21, 2019

Last week, an old transcribed lecture from master cartoonist Moebius, made it's way around the web once again. Mike Dubisch and I decided to sit down and address all 18 tips, point by point, since Moebius is one of our mutual favorites. The conversation turned out to be illegal levels of fun, hilarious, and thought provoking all at once, even if we lean on Moebius for some of that. Find the Moebius art tips at openculture.com or by searching Xurxo Penalta-moebius-william-stout.

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May 28, 2019

Disclaimer: This is not a campaign endorsement.

Really, the title says it all. Previous guest and friend of the show, comedian Ben Gleib returns to reveal why he's running for the highest office in the land, why he might be a very interesting choice, and just what the hell it's like to do what he's doing.

Go to Gleib2020.com to find out more about the campaign. Follow Ben online @bengleib, listen and subscribe to his podcast Last Week on Earth wherever podcasts are sold for free.

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May 18, 2019

Favorite sometime co-host Mike Dubisch and I talk about working through hardships, the misnomer that art isn't practical, the art market, and it's history. Plus we reveal a number of drawing tips & tricks, and share some truly excellent nerdy laughs.

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May 15, 2019

In a very personal episode, I go solo to share a very big change my life just encountered, and how I am attempting to cope with it while still producing creative work. (WARNING: this is an extremely emotional episode.) Thank you very much to all the friends who have reached out personally. I don't have enough words to express my true gratitude.

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Apr 10, 2019

Prolific self-publishing comic book writer and convention queen Natalie Ngo joins me for a lively, hilarious chat about running a creative business, how to structure your business with the aim of actually making money, the ins and outs of conventions, and the ins and outs (so to speak) of modern dating.

Follow Natalie on the socials @goldenassgwen & @ngobrainer, and follow theadventuresofgoldenass.com.

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Mar 16, 2019

Writer, Retailer (owner, the Comic Bug), and all around one of my favorite people in comics, Mike Wellman joins me to chat about the ins and outs of being in our community. We talk about the realities of life in comics, or simply life AND comics, community, cons, childhood inspiration and much more!

Follow Mike Wellman on Facebook, @atomicbasement1, and visit the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach or Culver City.

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Jan 11, 2019

TJ Storm, Martial Arts Hall of Famer, Performance Capture Pioneer, and all around action film guy, sat down with me to talk about his path into the movies, fighting vs filming, and working with great directors. We also nerd out to a hilarious degree over kung fu, and kung fu movies. This episode is very close to my heart, just for that, and its a terrifically fun time!

Follow TJ @stormzeye on instagram, @tjstorm01 on twitter and on his school's site, mindseyetribe.com.

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Oct 31, 2018

A couple months ago, filmmaker and actress Michal Sinnott blew my mind when she described her incredibly unique and powerful film project, Born That Way. We reenact that so you can join in as we discuss the film, it's personal roots, family influence on creative work, long gestating projects, and the lesson we learn about ourselves on the creative journey. This is one of the most inspiring conversations I've had the honor to share, and I' very proud to say it is equally entertaining!

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Oct 8, 2018

Longtime pal and sometime co-host Mike Dubisch returns after a long stretch to reveal his quarterly art & fiction magazine "Forbidden Futures" in a lively and idea packed episode. We also chat about our comics obsession, whether or not it is responsible, and whether or not we care if it's responsible. Plus, we get really practical about "getting hired" in comics.

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Sep 15, 2018

Actress Karina Wolfe talks with me about her recent, wonderful short film Thirsty Girl, Acting in LA vs SF, marketing yourself, and the skinny on LA auditions. We also cover her upcoming projects, her early film and stage work, including the brilliant Desdemona by Paula Vogel, and writing scripts for yourself. Plus, we discuss using your resources well, having proper representation, and how to maintain the hustle over time.

Follow Karina's excellent work, and stay up-to-date at karinawolfe.com!

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Sep 6, 2018

I have now had the absolute pleasure of talking with Fred Williamson on two occasions. The first was at a con in Palm Springs, when fortune happened to place our tables next to each other, and I was blessed with a weekend of his high energy anecdotes. The second is this amazing conversation-- a glimpse into 50 plus years of Hollywood and America, complete with all the details you'd want to know. We discuss director Robert Altman on M.A.S.H., co-stars Pam Grier, Franco Nero, and Jim Brown, Star Trek, football, martial arts, and more. This one is easily in my top 5!

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Aug 29, 2018

Illustrator and Painter Alexis Lopez joins me to promote her gallery show in Phoenix, "Hustle & Flow", and to generally break down the life of making art. We discuss community, voice, splitting focus and allowing a project to arise from playing with ideas on the side.

Please follow Alexis Lopez on Instagram @heavymetalalo, as well as on esty, and join us for the opening of her show at Megaphone PHX on August 31st.

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Aug 21, 2018

Hosts of the Bigfoot Collector's Club Podcast-- stars of True Blood and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, & Willow Creek and Misfits & Monsters, respectively, join me to talk all things paranormal, podcast and professional creative career. It's a high energy, high concept dive into many facets of imagination, reality, and everything in between. Fans of True Blood, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and many Bobcat Goldthwait projects, will get a lot from this, along with the usual goodies about surviving and thriving in your creative pursuits.

Follow @bigfootcollectorsclub, @McMillzz, @MrBryceJohnson, @adventurevancomic & @ryancody on instagram, as well as @McMillzz and @BryceOJohnson on twitter.

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Jun 14, 2018

Musician, actor, all around maker, Malek Houlihan & I talk pitch meeting hacks, personal hacks and global hacks. This is a terrifically insightful, deeply practical, powerful episode, for everyone who makes anything, or wants to make anything out of their lives. Malek accompanies the podcast with his acoustic guitar to give a deceptively laid back ambience to one of the most incisively philosophical episodes I've ever done. I learned something big, and so may you. Buckle up!

Follow Malek Houlihan on Facebook, @MalekHoulihan on twitter & @malek_houlihan on Instagram.

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May 9, 2018

I take to the mic in a brief mini to talk about an upcoming event on May 10th in Sacramento, and some insanity from my recent online AND personal experience. The insanity comes in the form of 2 Fake News stories that affect me directly (mostly) and the fact that even exists. Plus, I talk about writing my stories with pictures as I go, and share 2 graphic novels I just read.

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Apr 20, 2018

Seamus Smith & I tackle Steven Spielberg's "virtually" epic new film, complete with (mostly spoiler free) book to screen comparisons. After weeks of mixed headlines and a bravura box office take, we look at Ready Player One as filmmakers, artists, and fans of the book by Ernest Cline. We talk about the way the IP is handled, the deft script by Zak Penn & Cline, the terrific performances by the incredible cast, dig into the strong social commentary, and Spielberg as a filmmaker.

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Apr 13, 2018

What I learned making stories this week was further wisdom from Seth Godin, for ask the doc I claim writer's block is fake, and I share what I'm reading. Hear the tale of my birth, 40 years before the date of this episode, then hear me gush about Seth Godin, how I love his new podcast Akimbo, and some of the great thoughts from his first episode that apply directly to storycraft as a show AND discipline. Also, I talk about a couple things I'm reading, one by Andy Diggle & Victor Ibanez, the other by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.

Plus, "Ask the Doc!" Send me your queries on story making, your thought process, or particular conundrum: @storycraftpod, @kraigcomx, Storycraft on Facebook and kraig@monkeygong.com. Let's talk it out!

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Apr 6, 2018

It's a strange return to the original format of Storycraft, where I discuss things about my own work, share things I learn from making stories, and specifics from the freelance struggle, all by myself on the mic-- or, Kraig goes solo! (No relation. Zero wookies are involved in this episode, unfortunately...) My first one-man show since the earliest episodes of the show, now lost to time and my old harddrive. I take some time to welcome you to "what I learned making stories this week", and the companion segment, "Ask the doc!", in which I solicit your problems or need for feedback on one of your projects. Join me!

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Mar 22, 2018

Mike and I talk about a couple of hidden pitfalls in art freelance that affect everything in our lives, and how to get out of them, while (maybe) also making a little extra cash. This is a sometimes rowdy debate about wrangling your time management, and taking back some of your agency with clients, to ensure you get paid for all the work you do, not just what you turn in.

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Mar 3, 2018

DJ Roshay, Seamus Smith and I discuss the first Marvel film of 2018, Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler. We break down the vast social commentary, high level costume design, brilliantly lived in environments, and all the stellar characters played by a terrific cast.

Also, ANNOUNCEMENT of the final delivery of the Solar Team vinyl from DJ Roshay. We have them in our hot hands! Available now from monkeygong.com/shop. $30 for the vinyl alone, $40 with a sketch.

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