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Episode 83 - Nate Powell & Mark Siegel at CXC

We're back this time with a nice long chat between Zack & First Second head honcho/5 Worlds co-creator Mark Siegel that was recorded at the panel they did on Saturday morning at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus last month, as well as a short but meaty show floor chat with Swallow Me Whole, MARCH, and Come Again cartoonist Nate Powell. PLUS! CXC show report, lots of personal good news and catching up from the Party Boys. Go read Mike's new comic at the Nib, and buy a copy of Zack's new book from...


Episode 82 - Josh Cotter live at SPX!

It's our first ever PROCESS PARTY LIVE! The kind folks at SPX were nice enough to set us up in conversation with one of our favorite people and cartoonists, Joshua Cotter. Josh first came to everyone's attention with the Skyscrapers of the Midwest series in the early 00's, which he followed up with Driven By Lemons and his current project, the massive (7 book!) series Nod Away. Nod Away is nominally a science fiction book to start, but it's already quite clear that the scope will be much...


Episode 81 - Kickliy!

We're back to talk to Kickliy about his new Western graphic novel PERDY! You may know Kickliy from his series Musnet, or his work that was published under the name Sam Hiti. All of it is great, and we were excited to talk to him. We got into the reason for his name change, his time spent in France recuperating from a serious accident, and his triumphant return to comics. Lots of painting and drawing philosophy, working through blocks small and large, and how he ended up becoming an...


Look At That Dog! Episode 00

It’s a special new podcast from Zack & Shanna. By popular demand, Shanna is back! She and Zack apparently needed a podcast as an excuse to sit around and shoot the breeze, so here it is. We’re going to be talking about all that DISTRACTING MEDIA out there! delicious delicious media. This week, we tackle personally formative science fiction in our lives, venus flytraps, lots of bad jokes, and our patented LATD RECOMMENDATION ROUND! (There’s more Process Party to come, but for now please...


Episode 80 - Shop Talk!

It's another Jibba Jabba episode: Mike returns from Iceland, Zack returns from the wilds of Kickstarter anxiety and printing deadlines, and our Party Floor creaks back into gear! Lots of discussion about what it means to actually finish a big project, transitioning from GO GO GO mode to "what now?" mode, and much more.


Episode 79 - Columbus Scene Report!

It's an all Jibba-Jabba Extravaganza! Mike & Zack have had a few very busy weeks and catch up in this episode. Zack's Kickstarter is over (thank god)! Mike has a new comic coming out soon! That guy Mike was stumping for in New Jersey lost the race! And Zack went to Columbus, OH! A large part of the episode is dedicated to a Columbus scene report of sorts, as it's quietly becoming one of the great American cartooning cities! What's up with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum? Is it...


Episode 78 - Dustin Weaver!

Please welcome Dustin Weaver to the party floor! Dustin is the co-creator of the recent S.H.I.E.L.D. series with writer Jonathan Hickman, and writer/artist on multiple other Marvel comics, as well as some stints on TMNT & Star Wars properties. We definitely talk about all of that stuff, and do a deep dive on his time at Marvel in particular. Mike & Zack have a lot of questions about how the sausage gets made! But the main reason we're here is to talk about his recent one-man anthology at...


Episode 77 - A. Degen!

The one and only Twitter Funny Man Alex Degen has joined us on the party floor! Perhaps you didn't know that in addition to being funny on the internet, he's also a wicked awesome cartoonist with multiple ineffable books and mini comics out there in the world? The author of Area CC, Mighty Star, and his new book Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters talks to us about all kinds of stuff, from his time as a youthful layabout, formative schooling and world travels, connections to the Magic Schoolbus empire,...


Episode 76 - Michael Kupperman!

Welcome the creator of Snake N’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Mark Twain’s Autobiography, & his new memoir All The Answers–Michael Kupperman! Joel Kupperman was an early child star who met wild fame early in life as a “Quiz Kid,” but that fame haunted him much of his life. Michael tells all about his new book, and about growing up with a formerly famous dad. What was it like moving into memoir from absurdist humor strips? And of course plenty of process talk about...


Episode 75 - Josh Simmons!

Cartoonist Josh Simmons (author of Jessica Farm, House, Black River, The Furry Trap, and his new collection of short stories and collaborations Flayed Corpse) is one of our favorite creators of modern horror comics fiction. He stopped by the party floor to discuss things that make us uneasy, societal collapse, personal boundaries, and reassessing older work through the viewpoint of the person you are now. He's been spending a lot of time working with other cartoonists, as collected in...


Episode 74 - Keren Katz!

This week we return with a great chat with Israeli cartoonist Keren Katz! Keren has had (and continues to have) a very interesting life and pathway to comics. Her first book The Academic Hour was recently published by Secret Acres. Learn about her early days as a dancer, obsession with flying, being an eternal student, art school days, to her current jet setting life as a cartoonist & performer. Who are: The Katz Sisters?! What is her connection to a deceased/never living metafictional...


Ready Process One

Woo hoo! The Party Boys are back with another full-on jibba-jabba episode. First up: what's the deal with the Patreon? Well, we take just a minute or two to lay out the new status quo there, but it's only a short jump from there to talkin' 'bout trains (real and otherwise), making fun of Ready Player One (spoiler warnings, sort of), nerd culture, Zack is super close to being done inking his book, the two talk about what that feels like, kickstarter nerves, the New Jersey congressional...


Episode 72 - Sloane Leong!

Please welcome creator of the new Image series Prism Stalker and the upcoming :01 book A Map To The Sun, Sloane Leong! Sloane and the boys discuss Prism Stalker at length and in depth. Sci-Fi, colonialism, gender representation, comics creation workflow, writing and drawing process talk, this one has it all! Plus: Changes are afoot at the Patreon, Mike is continuously getting surprised by his kid's school schedules, and Zack reads a pertinent passage from Tips From Top Cartoonists (1982,...


Episode 71 - Box Brown!

Please welcome Box Brown, founder of Retrofit Comics and the author of Is This Guy For Real: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Tetris: The Games People Play, Andre The Giant: Life & Legend, & many many more! We talk andy Kaufman, fiction vs biography, childhood heroes, and lots and lots of wrestling talk! Plus: Mike took sleepy pills before they recorded! Cry for help or just bad idea? And: Zack talks reducing clutter, and his own personal JLA.



We're back (again)! Mike went to Hawaii, got crazy jetlag, and Zack went to Emerald City Comicon, and got con-lag. But now we're more or less back to normal. First up, the boys talk about their various adventures and generally knock the rust and dust off their talking machines. ECCC turned out to be a bit of a roller coaster, and Mike may not have wanted to come back from his island paradise, but here we are, none the worse for wear. Happily, we also return with ECCC interviews with Doc...


Episode 69 - Lauren Weinstein!

Please welcome very normel person Lauren Weinstein to the party floor! That's Normel Person, the incisive, hilarious, and often haunting weekly strip that's been running in The Village Voice, not a horrible typo. Lauren is also the author of Goddess of War, Girl Stories, & Inside Vineyland. We talk about transforming our modern existential malaise into art, parenting tips, and more! Plus: Mike & Zack are very very tired.


Episode 68 - Listener Questions!

Never let it be said that the Party Boys aren't giving back to our faithful Party Animals- you had questions you needed answered, and we did our best! This episode, we opened up the mailbag and answered a plethora of listener queries. Embarrassing things we grew out of, Moving on, Circling back, Favorite fictional Zack & Mikes, Thumbnailing theory, Dream collaborators, has Mike ever seen an Anime, the difference between manga & comics, and much much more! This one is for fans of questions...


Episode 67 - Michel Fiffe!

This episode we welcome COPRA mastermind Michel Fiffe! His self-published comic quickly caught the indy-comics world on fire, capturing the minds of the Wednesday Warriors who mainline superhero comics, as well as the artcomix wonks, panel flow fiends and mark-making fetishists from the "other" side of the tracks. Bergen Street Comics stepped in to produce the collections and get the word out past the limited reach of the issues, and the rest is history. Michel's currently working in full on...


Episode 66 - The Ink Panthers LIVE!

That's right-It's a blast from the past when Mike's old podcast, Ink Panthers gets together to yuk it up live on stage at DiNK Denver! Alex Robinson & the Desert Panther Tony Consiglio join Mike to talk comics and other stuff in the far off world of Denver CO, 2014! Plus, in the modern world, learn about Mike's exciting trip to Scotland (hint: HAGGIS!)


Episode 65 - Whit Taylor!

We welcome cartoonist, public health educator, and Comics For Choice Co-Editor Whit Taylor to the party floor! We get into the themes of her new collection Ghost Stories right off the bat, talking about trauma, comics as therapy, and switching up your approach between stories. Whit delves in to the Chicago scene, what it's like to work (& pitch) for the New Yorker, the sustainability of comics fest culture, and more! PLUS: Mike has Cintiq troubles: He forgot how to draw on paper! And Zack...