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The Storycraft Podcast

The how-to podcast for storytellers! Storycraft explores the business, process and personal experience of storytelling professionals, hosted by comic book illustrator Kraig Rasmussen. Learn how to survive & thrive in the story arts with firsthand insights from working storytellers in comic books, film, comedy, music, video games, literature, journalism, criticism and more! While you learn stuff, laugh, cringe, and bask in the unique stories, powerful minds, and colorful personalities of today's cutting edge creatives. New episodes released weekly!
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Dec 31, 2016

In a companion to the last episode, but not a continuation, my epic recording session with Mike Dubisch took a turn into hypothetical territory, where we engaged in some epic brainstorming on his behalf. It turned into a de facto business strategy planning session (and almost squarespace add,) while diving deep into how to build a comic once you have the art, how to print it, present it to publishers or self publish it, market it and sell it. Truly a practical episode if I ever heard one. On top of all that the whole thing has the energy of a resolution, not just for the New Year, but for one's whole career. A perfect closer for 2016!

Happy New Year to all of you listening. Enter code "pod" when you shop at monkeygong.com/shop until January 3rd.

Thanks for your continued ear-time!

Follow Mike Dubisch on social media @mikedubisch, and Facebook. Get art and comics from him at mikedubisch.com and mysterymeatcomix.com.

Follow me @kraigcomx on twitter and instagram, stay up to date and shop at monkeygong.com and redbubble.com/kraigcomx.

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Dec 28, 2016

Mike Dubisch and I sparred with each other as we dissected our approach to process... not a talk so much about art process as our actual thought process about that process, more engaging than you'd think, since we happen to be a couple of passionate weirdos when it comes to making art, and that lead to a rousing good time. So much of a good time, that this is one of two episodes recorded that day. Not part one, just the first of two very separate conversations. Join us as we cleave away the old pretenses and myths we used to tell ourselves about art, and listen up for several very practical thoughts and details about managing your time, your life and long term career as a creator.

(This is me siphoning Mike's longer experience in comics and professional illustration, as I continue to learn tips of how to live like a pro from him, not just make money as an artist. Sure to have takeaways for many of you.)

Follow Mike Dubisch on the socials @mikedubisch, and get art and comics from him at mikedubisch.com and mysterymeatcomix.com.

Follow me @kraigcomx on twitter and instagram, stay up to date and shop at monkeygong.com and redbubble.com/kraigcomx.

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Dec 18, 2016

Comic Book artist Jeff Johnson (Wonder Man, Way of the Rat, Bornehome) sat with me to breakdown the life impact of making comics, especially on relationships, how using "art as an emotional escape is great training, but bad business [and life] planning", the value of practice, long term career stability, staying healthy and a whole heckuva lot more! It is a terrifically connected and insightful episode, and makes clear why Jeff's work is always inspiring to behold. A must listen for comics amateurs and pros alike, as well as for those who are driven to pursue a passion or craft of any kind.

Follow Jeff Johnson instagram @johnsonverse, as well as on Facebook to see a ton of great art. Buy his books Bornehome & How to Draw Fight Scenes Like a Pro, and watch the animated Transformers dag nabbit!

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Dec 10, 2016

Mike Dubisch joins me on this solid three-peat of our co-hosting adventure, in which we peel away the layer of distraction and concern caused by current events and our reactions/overreactions to them. In addition, we get very specific about time management, time perception, following the muse/flow, and putting in the extra effort to do work that grows you as an artist, to find the maximized version of you and your work. It's a terrific look into our weird (but productive) heads, and a very personal glimpse at a little of our respective craziness. Another one I'm proud to present!

Follow Mike on twitter and instagram @Dubisch, go to http://dubisch.com & http://mystermeatcomix.com to find his work.

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx, find my work at http://monkeygong.com and The Crossing on the Stela Unlimited comics app.

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Dec 2, 2016

Brian Hibbs, owner of Comix Experience in San Francisco breaks down the retailer-creator relationship as we navigate a multi-layered chat about comic books and retail in the digital age. The talk takes some surprising turns and was far more creator-centric than I ever expected, proving that Brian has a keen grasp of everything that goes into comics, and passion for the medium that rivals the most fervent creators. This is another episode to take notes on for future use. We also delve deep into his monthly Graphic Novel Club (graphicnovelclub.com) as we explore the nature of the comic book store going forward. It's a tremendous and rich conversation.

Follow Brian on twitter @savagecritic, read his regular contributions to cbr.com (comic book resources) and comicsbeat.com. Find out more about his stores at www.comixexperience.com.

Subscribe to and participate in the amazing Graphic Novel Club at www.graphicnovelclub.com.

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx.

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