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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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Mar 28, 2017

UCLA scholar and Professor Ramesh Srinivasan joined me to discuss the future of the internet, humankind's relationship to technology, globalism vs. global community, and a lot more, as our first foray into his research and his book "Who's Global Village", (available now wherever you get your books!) Ramesh also shares very eye opening insights gathered in his ample time among indigenous and developing people's, from which our country could learn a thing or two, as well as perspectives we may want to adopt to have a healthy future interaction with both technology, and each other. This is a incredibly relevant episode, full of even handed commentary on our current political climate, how we got here, and how we might dig ourselves out, plus, how creators might do their part.

Follow Ramesh of twitter @rameshmedia and support his work at rameshsrinivasan.org, where you can buy his book!

Follow me on twitter and instgram @kraigcomx. Follow this show @storycraftpod, and support it by heading to patreon.com/monkeygong, or buying merch at monkeygong.com/shop.

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Mar 18, 2017

Stop-motion animator Neil McLean is building an amazing little empire in his rigorously crafted world of Dungeon, sure to impress a lot of people when the series debuts a little later this year! I sat down with Neil, accompanied by my pal, artist Seamus Smith, to talk about Dungeon the morning after I got a chance to be blown away by the first short, (watch it now at neilmclean.net.) We got way under the skin of the project, discussing how he came to be making such an arduous project and why he couldn't help but to do. As we recorded with his sets and characters all around, the conversation got deep behind the scenes, revealing secrets of the big reaches imagination will make to solve problems, where specific secrets in design can come from, British upbringing vs American upbringing, and the different yet similar inspirations those contained. Doctor Who, MST3K, Rankin & Bass... no stone is left un-turned. The whole thing has an underpinning of solid humor, nerdy art references and some very keen political/social commentary. It's a packed episode that doesn't drop the beat for a second. We had a terrific time recording it! The amount of takeaways, laughs and sheer level of inspiration is surefire proof.

Watch the progress of Dungeon at neilmclean.net, and follow Neil McLean on twitter and instagram @remdiavideo.

Follow Seamus Smith on twitter and instagram @seamussmithart, and Seamus Smith Art on YouTube.

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx. Support this show by shopping on my site, monkeygong.com/shop, or by becoming a patron at patreon.com/monkeygong.

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Mar 11, 2017

Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western, Hype), Brian Schirmer (Ultrasylvania, Blackjack Ketchum), and I, moderated by Chris Brandt (Hero a Day, Independents), did a panel at Wondercon in 2013, in which we breakdown the mysteries of running a kickstarter and being an effective creator in the new entrepreneurial age. Both Jimmy and Brian bring incredible wisdom to the conversation, straight from their multiple kickstarter successes. So, if you're thinking of running a campaign, this episode has you covered. From planning and preparing, through the day-in-day-out of managing, marketing and succeeding at your fundraising goal. Throughout, Chris Brandt helps keep the whole thing relevant and focused, making sure everything sticks to the message that you CAN make your own thing, while providing numerous ways to go about that.

Literally the most takeaway packed episode of this show so far. Wall-to-wall wisdom (and wisecracks)!

Thanks very much to Jimmy, Brian and Chris for letting me record this as a podcast. It's twice as pertinent now as in 2013!

Follow Jimmy Palmiotti on twitter & instagram @jimmypalmiotti. Check out his group site paperfilms.com to keep up with Jimmy, Amanda Connor, Justin Gray, Paul Mounts & Frank Tieri. Pick up Jimmy's books All-Star Western and Hype wherever you buy comics.

Follow Brian Schirmer on twitter @brianschirmer and keep up with him at brianschirmer.com. Buy his books Ultrasylvania and Blackjack Ketchum.

Follow Chirs Brandt on instagram @heroaday and keep up with his site bainst.com. Look for Independents the documentary there!

Follow me on twitter & instagram @kraigcomx and support this show at monkeygong.com or patreon.com/monkeygong.

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Mar 3, 2017

Film director John Hyams sat with me in a noisy Hollywood motel room to discuss his solid career as a director, from his terrific documentary start, to his great work with Jean Claude Van Damme, especially the bravura surprise that is Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and his unique childhood that, along with art school and some illustration chops, helped prepare him to become the powerful filmmaker he is today. We get into the difference between directing for TV and feature films, how TV and movies have switched narrative places, the future of cinema, and some incredibly tangible mental tools that allow you to make better films (or really any project.) In addition to dozens of great takeaways for creators, this episode is chock-a-block with behind the scenes wisdom and anecdotes from some very notable projects and moments in time, including the Universal Soldier films, Z Nation, his secret doc that I don't want to spoil here, and it's incredibly timed connection to the world of MMA/UFC, to some projects he didn't direct, but rather observed being made... Why am I being vague?

Listen to find out!

Follow John Hyams on twitter @jrhyams. Keep watching Z Nation, the Originals & Chicago PD to support John's TV work, and watch out for his upcoming projects Bullets for Breakfast and the (serious) remake of Maniac Cop (written by Ed Brubaker!!)

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx and keep up with the show and my comics work at monkeygong.com.

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