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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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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

My blazing fast and fun talk with writer Cody Goodfellow, (Mystery Meat, Rapture of the Deep, & the upcoming Snake Handler w/J. David Osborne,) is the perfect example of his unique mind and the type of playful energy he brings to everything. We cover a ton of ground in this engaging and hilarious Part 1, discussing Hollywood myth vs. reality, making something fresh in a rehash soaked era, buying what we are sold growing up and the vast unknowable mysteries/frustrations of being an indie creator. But naturally we also get down to why we can't give that up, as well as pushing ourselves to do good work in the classical sense, defending good grammar and editing ourselves until our eyes bleed, or something like that. Listen to know all!!

Plus, I grabbed a few minutes with our pal Mike Dubisch to setup their creative relationship, which plays nicely into Cody's thoughts on the matter later in the episode.

It's a different mix and a deeper story than usual, and without a doubt a great listen!

Just a few days until the LIVE Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church in San Francisco. Grab your tickets now before they are gone:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-storycraft-live-san-francisco/

Get a copy of the awesome Mystery Meat anthology at mysterymeatcomics.com & mikedubisch.com.

Follow this podcast on twitter @storycraftpod, and support the show at patreon.com/monkeygong, monkeygong.com/shop (they're the same basic thing,) and by subscribing, rating reviewing or sharing it.

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx & follow Mike @mikedubisch.

Thanks for listening!

May 26, 2017

Black Jack Ketchum and Ultrasylvania writer/creator Brian Schirmer returns with an amazing breakdown of how he built a 3-peat success on kickstarter, as well as how each campaign evolved and how he survived them. We also get into his great work behind the scenes and in the classroom as a leading figure in the comic book curriculum at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, our habits that keep us creatively fresh, what we watch or read while we are on a project, and some very literal keys to the gates of a comic book career. It is a massively insightful episode that gets better with time, since it was recorded as a part of the original show, but is still one of the most informative episodes I've ever recorded- and now the editing doesn't suck!

Speaking of San Francisco, The Storycraft Podcast and Bitch Talk are performing a LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church on Capp St, SF, NEXT FRIDAY June 2nd, featuring two incredible Bay Area specific guests! Listen to this episode to find out who!!

Get tickets now at ticketfly.com. $15 early bird tickets are going fast. After tht it's $20 and $20 at the door. Join us SF!

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-storycraft-live-san-francisco/

Follow Brian Schirmer on twitter @brianschirmer, and on his site brianschirmer.com. Get his latest book Black Jack Ketchum, from Image Comics (beautifully drawn by Claudia Balboni), at your local comic shop or on Amazon.

Follow this podcast on twitter @storycraftpod, and support the show by subscribing, sharing, rating & reviewing on iTunes, and by visiting patreon.com/monkeygong or monkeygong.com/shop.

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx.

May 20, 2017

In a slightly unconventional episode, Mike Dubisch and I use a handful of segments to garner our art-hustle-scattered minds and make sure we talked about something specific. We discuss particular breakthroughs we've recently had in storytelling, discuss who we are stealing from, get deeper into comics history while equating it to media being created now, and close out on surprise inspirations and a small shout out. Somewhere in there, Mike talks about some low level anxiety/hustle he is feeling about upcoming travel, and he reveals an interesting way he is going to experience his trip. A very practical episode, full of particulars about art and story, with plenty of us being dorks along the way!

Don't forget that the LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team is happening in San Francisco on Friday, June 2nd at the Lost Church on Capp Street. Please come out and join us for deep talks and lots of silly! Get $15 early-bird tix now at ticketfly.com:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/

Follow Mike on instagram & twitter @mikedubisch but since he hates twitter you should just also follow him on Facebook where he posts a lot of art daily!!

Follow this show on twitter @storycraftpod and support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/monkeygong or by visiting and shopping at monkeygong.com.

Please subscribe, rate & review on iTunes, and share with your community to help spread the word!

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx.

 

May 18, 2017

Or: How to make a micro budget film into a masterpiece! Producer of the superb film Electric Heart, and also very longtime friend, Scott Little talks about the long road bringing this film to life, his incredible army of talented collaborators, why this film is so unique in the way it uses an emotionally & pumping powerful EDM soundtrack, and why it is the first of it's kind. We also detail the ins & outs of almost every facet of production on the feature, including both pre & post production talk, and some downright exciting news about the near future of the project. Scott also gets into the future of his FilmDM/LifeFlip Empire and what is next on the horizon. This is a lexicon of what it takes to build your film once you have the story, and it delivers a boatload of specifics that left me miles more inspired to jump into directing than I already was. I'm very proud to be in the extended family of this excellent project, and equally proud of the detail and laughs this episode provides!

Keep up with Electric Heart on Instagram @electricheart, on twitter @_electric_heart, get involved and help bring, or find out about a screening in your city by visiting Electric Heart Movie Facebook. You can also see the terrific trailer there or on YouTube.

Follow this show on twitter @storycraftpod and support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/monkeygong or by visiting and shopping at monkeygong.com.

Please subscribe, rate & review on iTunes, and share with your community to help spread the word!

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx.

Join us!! Get your tickets now for the LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team w the Bitch Talk Podcast and the Storycraft Podcast, on Friday, June 2nd at the Lost Church in San Francisco:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/

May 12, 2017

The Black Monday Murders illustrator Tomm Coker chats with me in a familiar and somewhat noisy Hollywood motel room, about following your heart as an artist, navigating an idiosyncratic career, the flaw of superhero soap operas, and some strange perspectives on our work. Tomm shares an awesome story about a high profile portfolio gut punch that even I felt as he recounted it, along with some excellent inside peaks into early Image Comics as a company. We also talk around a strange connection we share from Sacramento, our mutual tendency toward Destructive Perfectionism (I'm soaking in it), tips about cover design, building your creative confidence, and how drawing comics makes you be the best version of yourself because drawing like someone else makes the job a lot harder. We also take a deep dive through Tomm's long career while we check off the list of his many, and mostly shared, influences. I think we manage to make the comic nerd talk fit into our larger chat about our work and the fundamentals of design.

Follow Tomm Coker on Instagram @tommcoker or on Facebook. The first trade of Black Monday Murders, written by Jonathan Hickman and gorgeous art by Tomm, as well as issue 5+, are available now at your local comic shop or online.

Go to http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/ to get your $15 early bird tickets for the LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team at the Lost Church in San Francisco, Friday, June 2nd, 7:30pm.

Follow this podcast on twitter @storycraftpod and help support the show at patreon.com/monkeygong. You can also support the show by subscribing, rating and reviewing on iTunes, as well as by sharing with your friends.

Follow me on twitter & instagram @kraigcomx.

May 5, 2017

Tickets for the LIVE! Podcast Tag-Team with Storycraft and Bitchtalk at

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/

Last episode's guest, curator and art historian Tierney Hamilton returns for a short chat about what she's up to now at the Marin Cultural Association and how things have shifted, or rather been reinforced by national events. We kept things much more SFW this time, focusing on the absolute importance of communicating the importance of culture in times like these, parallels between now and the Summer of Love in 1967, some great insight about the psychedelic poster art of that time, a few historical tidbits, news about the related show she's building for the Marin County Fair (from June 30-July 4th), and we bring our talk of a certain photographer full circle. As rowdy as we got last episode, we get equally socio-political in this one. And the parallels in art history with modern times are endless.

Follow the Marin Cultural Center/Association on twitter & instagram @marincultural, on Facebook at Marin Cultural Association, and on their snazzy new site marinccultural.org.

Follow Tierney on twitter @tiernoodle and expect her to return in the future to discuss specific artists in much greater detail!

Get $15 early bird pre-sale ticket for the POdcast Tag-Team now at

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1483305-bitch-talk-story-craft-live-san-francisco/

Follow this show on twitter @storycraftpod and help support the show at petreon.com/monkeygong, but also by subscribing, rating and reviewing it on iTunes. Then please share with your friends!

Follow me on twitter & instagram @kraigcomx and keep up with me at the above patreon or my site monkeygong.com

May 3, 2017

Art curator and art historian Tierney Hamilton sat with me for a deep, silly, and possibly naughty episode that went to some very surprising places. We chat about the story of art in society, how that story is presented in museums both in the U.S. and abroad, the value of art in modern times, how our connection to it has changed in the last century or so, and the destruction of Palmyra by ISIS being a sign of the times. We also delve into Bay Area changes, the mysteries of porn (yep), then (naturally) plastic surgery, before we take a hard turn into political correctness, satire, dating and stories about making fools of ourselves. It's an eye opening look at art from the daily perspective, which has more value to us as creators every day.

This episode was such a blast to record and I hope to make more like it.

Follow Tierney Hamilton on twitter @tiernoodle and visit her hard work at the Marin Cultural Center.

Follow this podcast on twitter @storycraftpod and help support the show at patreon.com/monkeygong or by subscribing on iTunes (or wherever you listen), then rating and reviewing the show to help increase the reach. Your ears are appreciated!

Follow me on twitter and instagram @kraigcomx. Support me at the above patreon, or by visiting and shopping at monkeygong.com.

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