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Ep. 76 Jennifer Olivarez

People I Think Are Cool

Release Date: 06/24/2016

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Jen Gubicza is an artist and designer best known for her faux taxidermy pieces. I first met Jen years ago at a craft show where she was vending with her shop Zooguu. I’m a huge fan of her work. I talked to Jen in the middle of the pandemic when all the shows were going online. We had a great chat about pivoting during a pandemic, how creators are finding new ways to collaborate online, and her work on the X-Men New Mutants movie.   SHOW NOTES:     @zooguu @zooguu  

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Ep. 153 Jane Friedman show art Ep. 153 Jane Friedman

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Jane Friedman is the author of The Business of Being a Writer. With over 20 years of experience in publishing, she is an expert in business strategies for writers. I discovered Jane's work through her blog years ago when I was about to publish my first book with HarperCollins. Her site was the only place that answered questions on every scope of being a writer, from getting your book sold, what to expect when working with an editor, and the concept of literary citizenship. I often find myself revisiting Jane's books every year as a reminder on what I can do as a writer to push forward when I...

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Jess Guise is the lead singer for the folk-pop band . When I discovered her music, I fell in love with her lyrics, humor, and charm. In our chat, Jess shared her writing process and shifting gears as a creative during the pandemic. Definitely check out her video for   It's one of the most clever music videos I've ever seen, and it truly showcases her eye for storytelling. You can follow Jess on Instagram @jess.guise.   Show Notes  

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Clay McLeod Chapman is one of my favorite writers. His stories are weird, wonderful, and creepy. I first discovered his writing through past guest as I was binging . Clay's episode will make your skin crawl. Clay is a fellow Quirk Books cousin. His new book with Quirk, Whisper Down the Lane, is out April 6. You can it now (which I totally did and can't wait!).   Show Notes

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Ep. 150 Russell Nohelty show art Ep. 150 Russell Nohelty

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Russell Nohelty is a USA Today Best-Selling author, owner of Wannabe Press, and host of The Complete Creative podcast. I discovered Russell through his podcast and was pulled in by his vast knowledge of how to be successful in the world of self publishing. In this episode, Russell and I talk about publishing stats, genres with the biggest audiences, writing, and maintaining readers.   Show Notes

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Ep. 149 Georgia Kriss show art Ep. 149 Georgia Kriss

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Georgia Kriss is an Australian based animator and writer. Similar to past guest , I discovered Georgia's work on the FX show Cake! (seriously, great show and place to find the fun and the weird). Georgia's work spoke to me through its wit, fierce take on femininity, and style. In this episode, we talk pitching shows, giving projects time to breathe, and cats peeing on things. You can follow Georgia on . Show Notes: 

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Ep. 148 Final Girls Part 3: Chloe Rice, Steph C, and Tracie Ching show art Ep. 148 Final Girls Part 3: Chloe Rice, Steph C, and Tracie Ching

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Welcome to part three of three for our Final Girls special! In this episode, Tracie and I chat about our pieces then I talk with artists Chloe Rice and Steph C their art. Draw Me Like One of Your Final Girls is live at Spoke Art's sister gallery, Recess! Tracie Ching and I joined forces to co-curate the show. Final Girls (for short) celebrates horror from a female/femme perspective. The group show includes 60 female and queer artists with wildly different styles, ranging from pure horror to spooky-cute. Follow @Spoke_Art on and for more updates! View the . Chloe Rice Steph C Tracie...

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Ep. 147 Final Girls Part 2: Paige Reynolds, Ellen Surrey, Zi Xu show art Ep. 147 Final Girls Part 2: Paige Reynolds, Ellen Surrey, Zi Xu

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Welcome to part two of three for our Final Girls special! In this episode, Tracie and I chat about curating the show then I talk with artists Paige Reynolds, Ellen Surrey, and Zi Xu about their pieces. Draw Me Like One of Your Final Girls is now live through 10/31 at Spoke Art's sister gallery, Recess! Tracie Ching and I joined forces to co-curate the show. Final Girls (for short) celebrates horror from a female/femme perspective. The group show includes 60 female and queer artists with wildly different styles, ranging from pure horror to spooky-cute.  Follow @Spoke_Art on and for more...

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Ep. 146 Final Girls Part 1: Sara Deck,  Allison Black, & Tracie Ching show art Ep. 146 Final Girls Part 1: Sara Deck, Allison Black, & Tracie Ching

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This episode is part one of a three part special! On October 29th, Draw Me Like One of Your Final Girls opens at Spoke Art's sister gallery Recess! Tracie Ching and I joined forces to co-curate the show. Final Girls (for short) celebrates horror from a female/femme perspective. The group show includes 60 artists with wildly different styles, ranging from pure horror to spooky-cute. In this episode, Tracie and I chat about women in horror then I chat with artists Sara Deck and Allison Black about their pieces. Follow @Spoke_Art on and for more updates! View the . SHOW NOTES SPOKE ART Sara...

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EP. 145 Grant Kolton show art EP. 145 Grant Kolton

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Grant Kolton is an animator, director, writer, and so much more that my fingers might fall off if I type it all out. I discovered  Grant on Instagram while going down the animation hashtag rabbit hole. His animations first caught my eye through their loose yet controlled style. When I dove in deeper, I fell in love with his stories. They are dark, twisted, hilarious, and at times poignant. In this episode, we talk about pitching TV shows, developing shorts for FX's CAKE!, and his new animated short (out now on Vimeo). You can follow Grant on , &   Show Notes / - Draw Me...

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Jennifer Olivarez is the creator of the popular site Squirrel Picnic. Her unique style infuses amigurumi with storytelling. She has a new book out called The Big Acorn Race, which tells the tale of two squirrels named Hodge and Podge. In this episode, we talk about self publishing through Createspace, the art of marketing, and mixing the genres of crafting and kidlit. You can follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram