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Cartooonists Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham take time out to talk shop and discuss topics and issues concerning comics and the small press world. Each podcast is highlighted with New-Comics-Wednesday beat reportage from fellow cartoonist Josh Frankel and topped off with an exclusive interview with some fine cartoonist who is willing to bare their soul to us! (Or at least talk about ink nibs.)
 
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We talk to cartoonist Sophie Yanow about her new book THE CONTRADICTIONS, plus her international comics education, old times in the Bay Area cartoonist scene, hitchhiking tips, Magic: The Gathering, and more! Sophie's new book THE CONTRADICTIONS: https://drawnandquarterly.com/contrad... Sophie Yanow Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophieyanow …
 
The crew chats with Adrian Tomine about his wonderful new book The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, plus finding a life-comics balance, and the late, great Richard Sala. We very much recommend The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist: https://drawnandquarterly.com/loneliness-long-distance-cartoonist Follow Adrian on Instagram: http…
 
We talk to cartoonist Ebony Flowers about her critically-acclaimed debut HOT COMB, what she's working on now, her "old boss" Lynda Barry, the intersection of academia and art, and more. Get HOT COMB: https://drawnandquarterly.com/hot-comb Ebony Flowers's New Yorker comic: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... Ebony Flowers on Twitter: https://tw…
 
FINALLY the Claptrap buddies have ensnared cartoonist T Edward Bak! We talk with him about his new book NO PLACE TO VISIT, his work on 18th century naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, how to condense libraries of info into the perfect set of lines on paper, and when to add a dash of autobio. Get the book from Floating World: https://floatingworldcomi…
 
The Claptrap crew chats with cartoonist Charles Forsman (THE END OF THE FXXXING WORLD, I AM NOT OK WITH THIS, REVENGER, AUTOMA) about comics process, collaboration, Netflix, Patreon, skateboarding, and more. NOTE: We recorded this interview on May 22, 2020. Since then, we have been rocked by disturbing events in our country which have reminded us h…
 
Hey, we're back! In this episode we talk with author Lisa Brown about her new books The Phantom Twin and Long Story Short. We did things a bit different this time, via teleconference, and if you'd like to watch a bunch of beautiful cartoonists chat and snack you can do that at our new Youtube channel (search Comix Claptrap).…
 
It's a complete honor to talk to world-renown Canadian cartoonists, Chester Brown, who is one of the cartoonists who inspired both Thien and Rina to start making comics of their own. They talk to him about his new book, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus (Drawn and Quarterly), about making honest and heartfelt autobiographical comics, and a once-poss…
 
After a 2-year "hiatus", the Comix Claptrap gang is BACK! We kick off the season with a great interview with Tim Hensley about his latest comic "Sir Alfred," a humorous homage to Alfred Hitchcock and a stunning example of the publishing prowess of Alvin Buenaventura who passed away shortly before the release of this book. We talk to Tim about his i…
 
After a 2-year "hiatus", the Comix Claptrap gang is BACK! We kick off the season with a great interview with Tim Hensley about his latest comic "Sir Alfred," a humorous homage to Alfred Hitchcock and a stunning example of the publishing prowess of Alvin Buenaventura who passed away shortly before the release of this book. We talk to Tim about his i…
 
In this episode, Thien and Rina talk to amazing cartoonist and illustrator, Eleanor Davis about her new book How to Be Happy. They discuss her illustration process, her history of painstakingly making mini-comics with die-cut covers, the talented cartoonist Drew Weing, and the inner-workings of social media. It was so much fun! Thien also shares hi…
 
In this episode, Thien and Rina talk to amazing cartoonist and illustrator, Eleanor Davis, about her new book How to Be Happy. They discuss her illustration process, her history of painstakingly making mini-comics with die-cut covers, the talented cartoonist Drew Weing, and the inner-workings of social media. It was so much fun! Thien also shares h…
 
Did you miss us? Well, we missed you! In this episode, Thien and Rina interview Portland cartoonist and children's book illustrator, Aron Nels Steinke. They had a fun time talking about his new book, The Zoo Box that he made with his wife Ariel Cohn, as well as his comic Mr. Wolf, loosely based on his experiences as a grade school teacher. Josh Fra…
 
Did you miss us? Thien and Rina interview Portland cartoonist and childrens book illustrator, Aron Nels Steinke. They had a fun time talking about his new book, The Zoo Box that he created with his wife Ariel Cohn, as well as his comic Mr. Wolf, loosely based on his experiences as a grade school teacher. Josh talks new comics from Jason Shiga, Fare…
 
cover art by Ben Catmull The gang has finally gotten off its lazy butt for a new episode of the Comix Claptrap. The theme of this episode is "Getting Old" as we talk about the recent announcement of the 2013 Ignatz Awards nominees. Surprisingly, Thien is a lot mellower this time around. We also talk new comics with our number one buddy, Josh Franke…
 
The gang has finally gotten off its lazy butt for a new episode of the Comix Claptrap. The theme of this episode is "Getting Old" as we talk about the recent announcement of the 2013 Ignatz Awards nominees. Surprisingly, Thien is a lot mellower this time around. We also talk new comics with our number one buddy, Josh Frankel. Then we round the 1 ho…
 
It's been too long, and the new year has turned everyone's personalities in the Claptrap studios upside down! Thankfully we have Brit cartoonist, Nick Abadzis' soothing voice to calm us down (and ease the ringing in our ears from Thien's selection of intro music. He edited the podcast this time!) Nick leads us in an engaging and thoughful conversat…
 
It's been too long, and the new year has turned everyone's personalities in the Claptrap studios upside down! Thankfully we have Brit cartoonist's, Nick Abadzis' soothing voice to calm us down (and ease the ringing in your ears from Thien's selection of intro music. He edited the podcast this time!) Nick leads us in an engaging and thoughful conver…
 
cover art by Dan Zettwoch Thien and Rina were delighted to talk to exciting and innovative cartoonist, printmaking extraordinare and pal, Dan Zettwoch. Dan took time out from watching the Cardinals game to discuss his new book Birdseye Bristoe, his intricate hand-made minicomics, and our favorite -- reality TV programming. We had lots of fun! Also …
 
Thien and Rina were delighted to talk to exciting and innovative cartoonist,printmaking extraordinare and pal, Dan Zettwoch. Dan took time out from watching the Cardinals game to discuss his new book Birdseye Bristoe, his intricate hand-made minicomics, and our favorite -- reality TV programming. We had lots of fun! Also Josh talks new comics such …
 
Thien and Rina are happy to talk to one of their favorite artists, cartoonists, zinesters, Souther Salazar, who talks about his ambitious art and community-inspired traveling project, The Trading Tortoise. If you haven't donated to the project's kickstarter campaign, do it now! His perspective on making art was inspiring to us and I think it will m…
 
Thien and Rina are happy to talk to one of their favorite artist, cartoonist, zinester, Souther Salazar, who talks about his ambitious art and community-inspired traveling project, The Trading Tortoise. If you haven't donated to the project's kickstarter campaign, do it now! His perspective on making art was inspiring to us and I think it will make…
 
We begin the new year with a thoughtful interview with Tom Hart, creater of Hutch Owen and founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (The SAW!), a new comics school in Gainsville, Floria. Tom talks more about the school, the move to Gainsville and his upcoming projects with a new Hutch Owen collection and Daddy Lightning with Retrofit Comics. We a…
 
a panel from Tom Hart's Daddy Lightning We begin the new year with a thoughtful interview with Tom Hart, creater of Hutch Owen and founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (The SAW!), a new comics school in Gainsville, Floria. Tom talks more about the school, the move to Gainsville and his upcoming projects with a new Hutch Owen collection and Da…
 
Just in time for your thanksgiving holiday, we bring you an ever so delightful interview with funny and talented, Lauren Weinstein. We talk about the new comics she's been posting on her blog, exciting upcoming projects, the crazy experiences of parenthood and how that all has affected her comics process, storytelling and her sanity! Also Rina give…
 
Introducing Miss Ellie! drawn by Lauren Weinstein Just in time for your thanksgiving holiday, we bring you an ever so delightful interview with funny and talented, Lauren Weinstein. We talk about the new comics she's been posting on her blog, exciting upcoming projects, the crazy experiences of parenthood and how that all has affected her comics pr…
 
In this episode, Thien and Rina have the great pleasure of talking to exciting and extremely talented comic artist Michael DeForge. We talk to him about all of the projects he's busy working on these days, his comic "Lose #3" published by Koyama Press, co-editing smutty comic anthology "Thickness #2" with Ryan Sands, and pigging out in Canada. Also…
 
cover of "Lose #3" by Michael DeForge In this episode, Thien and Rina have the great pleasure of talking to exciting and extremely talented comic artist Michael DeForge. We talk to him about all of the projects he's busy working on these days, his comic "Lose #3" published by Koyama Press, co-editing smutty comic anthology "Thickness #2" with Ryan …
 
photo by BasicGeometry Rina, Thien and Josh recorded the Comix Claptrap live at the 2011 Alternative Press Expo (APE). Here is a recording of what ensued. As usual, the sound quality is not the best, but why would we do things differently just because it's live, right? Our guests were Mike Dawson (Troop 142), Scott Campbell (Zombie in Love), Levon …
 
Cover art by Chris Cilla Recorded a couple days before SPX, Thien and Rina discuss Rina's experience of being an Ignatz judge and of course all hell breaks loose. We apologize in advance. (Rina has actually recommended that you just skip that part and start the podcast at the 10:00 minute mark where they crank call one of their favorite Chicago car…
 
Dylan Williams was a talented comic artist, a passionate publisher and above all else our great dear friend. Dylan passed away this weekend. There are not enough words in the world to say how much we will miss him and his enthusiasm for comics, creativity and life in general. Last year at APE, Thien moderated a panel about the Bay Area comics scene…
 
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