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The editors of Boing Boing talk about and interview the creators of comic books, science fiction, videogames, movies, and more.






Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

How did Trump manage to become president of the United States? There's no simple answer. It involves fear, racism, nationalism, populism, hatred, dirty tricks, manipulation, and more. But the one thing I never suspected was that occult beliefs and practices played a part in Trump's surprising victory. In Gary Lachman's new book, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, I learned that occult and esoteric thinking permeates the alt-right, Putin's inner circle, and even Trump...


020: MAD's Al Jaffee

Ruben Bolling and I had a terrific time interviewing one of our heroes, the amazing Al Jaffee, who has been a member of MAD magazine’s usual gang of idiots for 56 years (his work has appeared in every issue, save one). Best known for his MAD Fold-in, which has appeared on the inside back cover of the magazine since 1964, he’s also the creator of a long running column, "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions," and my favorite, his dozens and dozens of whimsical inventions that border on the...


165 - Secret Dad Society

Mike Evans is a musician, teacher, husband, and father from Pennsylvania. He was a founding member of the touring neo-swing band, Big Tubba Mista, and currently performs with The Greatest Funeral Ever, Gumbo Junk Brass Band, and other local bands. When not performing, he recruits his two kids, who are too young to know any better, into doing zany projects and exploring curious new hobbies….Anything from kite aerial photography, geocaching, or remote control seagull-cams, to juggling,...


164: Dr. Monkey

Our guest this week is Steve Denton, AKA Dr. Monkey. Steve Denton is an internet scourge, sometime writer, full time smart aleck, and an unrepentant gadfly in the ointment of life. He runs the blogs Monkey Muck and Dr. Monkey’s Retro Scans, which we’ve mentioned previously on Gweek.


Cool Tools Show 009: Author A.J. Jacobs

This week AJ Jacobs, bestselling author and journalist, shows us how he rids himself of lifeâs common nuisances and hazards like an untied shoe, a noisy environment or a half hour wasted in traffic so he can focus on larger pursuits, like bringing the world together in one great big family reunion. AJ reminds us that we are all cousins and encourages all of us to explore just how we are related by hitting up some of his favorite genealogy resources. Oh, and weâre all officially invited to...


Gadgets 012: Giveaway! Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

In this episode we are giving away one of Jason's favorite kitchen appliances: the Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. See the full post for details. We also review the G-Buzz portable alarm clock and the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor.


Gadgets 11: Paintball Sentry Gun vs Toddlers - no contest

This week in Gadgets, Fark's Drew Curtis joins us to share stories about his awesome non-lethal home weapons arsenal. Brought to you by Pluralsight, the world's largest tech & creative training library.


Gweek 157: Cartoonist Mimi Pond

In the 1980s Mimi Pond was a cartoonist and illustrator for such publications as the National Lampoon, the Village Voice, The New York Times, Seventeen Magazine, Adweek, and too many more to mention, as well as writing and illustrating five humor books, beginning with the national best-seller, The Valley Girlsâ Guide to Life. She wrote the first episode of the animated series, The Simpsons, and has written for other television shows as well. With her husband, the artist Wayne White, she...


Cool Tools Show 007: Lloyd Kahn, Editor-in-Chief of Shelter Publications

Show Notes Here Editor in Chief of Shelter Publications, Lloyd Kahn shares with us many useful and varied tips, ranging from how to get the most out of your camera lenses, to alternative activities for the senior surfer. Above all, Lloyd is committed to researching the best possible tools and products for any purpose and doesn't disappoint with this lineup of excellent picks.


Gweek 156: WARPO Toys' Legends of Cthulhu

Bryan Katzel is a designer, a creative director, a collector and a creator. He has fronted punk rock bands, launched worldwide brands and created the first line of collectible r/c robots (check out Zibits â theyâre rad). Bryan is also the president of WARPO, a collectible toy company that recently launched a highly successful Kickstarter campaign for Legends of Cthulhu, the first retro inspired action figure line based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.


Apps For Kids 058: Geometry Dash

Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool apps and games for kids and parents. My co-host is my 11-year-old daughter, Jane. In this episode, we talked about Geometry Dash, a platform game where you have to jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages and spiky obstacles. Itâs $2 for iOS and Android. This episode of Apps for Kids is brought to you by Shoparoo - start earning for your school today.


Gweek 155: Dan Shapiro: creator of the most-backed game in Kickstarter history

Dan Shapiro is a serial entrepreneur. He founded Photobucket and most recently Sparkbuy, which was acquired by Google. Last summer he invented a board game that teaches programming to preschoolers called Robot Turtles. It became the most-backed game in Kickstarter history and is available now in stores. Dan's now working on a book for O'Reilly about startup CEOs and enjoying the summer with his wife and five year old twins. Many thanks to our sponsors: Bombfell, the glorious clothing...


Gadgets 10: Jamaican earbuds, music for ADHD, & a hammer-proof iPhone screen protector

This week in Gadgets, Gareth Branwyn, author of Borg Like Me, joins Xeni and Mark to discuss Rasta-colored earbuds, a music-based brain app for increasing oneâs attention/focus, a scratch-resistant iPhone protector, and a free reverse phone number lookup site. Photos and links to the stuff we talked about can be found here.


Gweek 154 - IDW comic book publisher Ted Adams

I had a great time talking to Ted Adams, publisher of IDW. They produce high quality comic art books with full-size scans of original comic book art by masters of the genre. They also publish Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker crime novel series. Recently, IDW published the first Parker novel, The Hunter, with all-new illustrations by Darwyn Cooke. Check out the samples here:


Cool Tools Show 006 - author Gareth Branwyn

Author of the new book, Borg Like Me, Gareth Branwyn tells us about the set of household tools he inherited from the former occupants of his house that have proven their usefulness and longevity over the years. In this episode we discuss what makes these tools so special and how we all can prepare to pass on our household's best suited tools to the next generation of homeowners. See show notes:


Cool Tools Show 005 - Tim Jenison, star of Tim's Vermeer

Tim Jenison, Founder of NewTek and star of Tim's Vermeer, a critically acclaimed documentary about his discovery of a possible tool used by hyper-realist painters throughout history, takes us behind the curtain this week to see what tools made this investigation possible. Show notes and links to everything we talked about are here:


Snowball vs Yeti vs AT2020 microphones

Here are three condenser microphones Iâve used and liked for recording podcasts. Any of them will give you great sound, but none of them are perfect. A Blue Snowball ($60) ( is an excellent low-cost choice. (Beware: thereâs $40 âBlue Snowball iCEâ model that looks the same but I have read reports that it has quality issues and should be avoided.) The Snowball has a 3-position switch, which is unhelpfully marked 1, 2, and 3. I always need to go to to look up...


Cool Tools Show 004 - Creative Good Founder & CEO Mark Hurst

CEO and Founder of Creative Good, Mark Hurst brings a laundry list of Cool Tools to our show this week. Our highly productive discussion yields tips on how to properly rinse your text, type most efficiently and how you might casually pick up Mandarin Chinese in your spare time. Shownotes:


Tell Me Something I Don't Know 29

Tell Me Something I Donât Know is Boing Boing's podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the practical side of how they do what they do. The animation project Giant Sloth, starring Paul Giamatti, could be described as Night at the Museum meets Eraserhead. In this episode, we discuss the making of this animated short with its creator, Paul Hornschemeier. He tells us how the cast came together, what the transition from comics...


Cool Tools Show 003: Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, teacher, and artist; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony, virtual communities, digital media and learning, and online co-learning. He joins the Cool Tools podcast this week to discuss how his budding interest in woodworking has enriched his creative projects and led him to amass a whole new arsenal of cool tools. In this episode, Howard shows us a...