People I Think Are Cool
A weekly podcast featuring interviews with creatives about pursuing their passion.
info_outline Ep. 138 Brett Story 06/09/2020
Ep. 138 Brett Story Brett Story is the documentarian behind . Her film explores climate change through unfiltered interviews with New Yorkers during the hot August heat of 2017. The film toured film festivals and aired on PBS. You can check it out now through . Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 137 Mary Kay McBrayer 05/18/2020
Ep. 137 Mary Kay McBrayer Mary Kay McBrayer is a writer, podcaster, and horror enthusiast. Her new book hits stores everywhere tomorrow (May 19, 2020). Mary Kay's telling of Jane Toppan's life goes deeper than dissecting a murderer, it also explores the conservative Victorian culture that may have created this monster. My chat with Mary Kay was a fascinating dive into history, horror, and feminism. You can follow Mary Kay on , , and explore her take on hot new releases and horror on Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 136 Stephanie Crawford 05/04/2020
Ep. 136 Stephanie Crawford Stephanie Crawford is a freelance writer and podcaster based in Las Vegas. She loves all things physical media, John Waters, and horror. In this episode, we chat about her latest piece in Fangoria, blu-ray extras, and living with lupus. Follow Stephanie on . Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 135 David Allen 04/14/2020
Ep. 135 David Allen David Allen is the creator behind He is the go-to-guy for all modern productivity methodologies. His work is life changing, and I wanted to share that experience with you guys. As a creative, I often get distracted and GTD helped get through major projects like writing a l and currently every day tasks that are really hard to do while we are all in quarantine. Check out our convo and get inspired. You can follow David on Twitter @gtdguy. Show Notes
info_outline Ep. 134 Alex Pardee 04/03/2020
Ep. 134 Alex Pardee is an artist, writer, and designer from California. His work is dark, twisted, and beautifully bright. In this episode, we talk about Brightmares, pitching TV shows, and growing from past experiences. You can follow Alex on & . Show Notes
info_outline Ep. 133 Cory Kilduff 03/04/2020
Ep. 133 Cory Kilduff Cory Kilduff is a musician based in Dallas, TX. I first came across his work when Burning Witches Records released his album When It All Gets To Be Too Much. After meeting Cory in person at Fantastic Fest this past year, I immediately wanted to know more about his creative journey into art and music. In this episode, we discuss his approach to writing new music, his LV426 rescore of Alien and its premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse, and what success really means. You can follow Cory on (@the_neverending_cory), , and (@corykilduff). Show Notes: (LV426)
info_outline Ep. 132 Glenn McQuaid 02/17/2020
Ep. 132 Glenn McQuaid Glenn McQuaid is a writer, director, producer, and musician. He is the co-creator of the popular horror audio play & anthology series Tales from Beyond the Pale. He's also the writer and director of the film I Sell the Dead, starring Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan. I discovered Glenn through his music created under the name Witchboard. Glenn is incredibly talented. In this episode, we talk about working in different mediums, creating stories with Larry Fessenden, the music that inspires him, and using sound to tell scary tales. You can follow Glenn on & instagram (). Show Notes:
info_outline Top Five Horror Soundtracks for Writing Bites of Terror 01/29/2020
Top Five Horror Soundtracks for Writing Bites of Terror It's a Lizzie Special! This episode I sit down with my co-creator Jimmy Reed to share the soundtracks we listened to while writing , our new graphic novel with . It was hard narrowing our list down to just five movies each. Although we wanted to have Romero, Carpenter, and John Harrison in every slot, we also wanted to bring some new, strange sounds to your ears for writing inspiration. Check out our show notes for Bites of Terror playlists on YouTube & Spotify and more fun links behind our horror graphic novel. SHOW NOTES:
info_outline Ep. 131 Michelle Gish 01/27/2020
Ep. 131 Michelle Gish Michelle Gish is the creator of a webcomic about an adorable apocalypse where purple creatures explore the world we left behind. Quirk Books recently released a with all new stories. In this episode, we chat Small Press Expo, indie comics landing book deals, and hints to how Michelle's sweet saga will end. You can follow Michelle on (@MichelleGish) and (@michellegish). Story Notes:
info_outline Ep. 130 David Plunkert 01/16/2020
Ep. 130 David Plunkert is an illustrator, poster artist, graphic designer, and co-founder of Spur Design in Baltimore. He's created tons of iconic images for over 500 companies, including The New Yorker and Criterion. In this episode, Dave and I discuss the evolution of graphic design plus where it is going, working with Criterion, and advice for new artists. You can follow Dave on & . Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 129 Meredith Borders 01/07/2020
Ep. 129 Meredith Borders Meredith Borders is the managing editor for Fangoria magazine and a freelance film critic. I first met Meredith at Fantastic Fest a few years ago. As an avid reader of Fangoria, her articles always speak to me. In this episode we explore why she loves managing creatives, hot editing & writing tips, the craft beer industry, and best reads for artists (full book list in show notes). You can follow Meredith on Show Notes: BOOK Recommendations
info_outline Ep. 128 Faye Guerra 12/16/2019
Ep. 128 Faye Guerra Faye Guerra is the host of the genre film group Psycho Cinema. The club may take place at the , but don't let that deter you from joining the fun genre talk on the Psycho Cinema group and ). In this episode, Faye and I talk exploitation films, the fine line between offensive vs fascinating, and hanging out with Shudder's Joe Bob Briggs. Show notes:
info_outline Ep. 127 Leonard and Jessie Maltin 12/03/2019
Ep. 127 Leonard and Jessie Maltin and Jessie Maltin are the father/daughter duo behind the . The Maltin movie empire started over fifty years ago when Leonard wrote his first article at fifteen and has grown into a family business. In this episode, we chat growing up Maltin, movies that could scar your children for life, film curation, and selling books in a world where bookstores are fading. You can follow and on Twitter. Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 126 April Wolfe 11/19/2019
Ep. 126 April Wolfe April Wolfe is the host of , a podcast featuring female creators examining their favorite genre flicks, and the co-writer of the new Black Christmas in theaters Dec. 13. In this episode, we talk about reimaging Black Christmas, women in film, and the logistics behind every episode of Switchblade Sisters. You can follow April on Twitter (). Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 125 Emily Whitten 11/04/2019
Ep. 125 Emily Whitten Emily S. Whitten is back with her new graphic novel . You might remember Emily from where we chatted about writing for the popular site . The Underfoot is a magical book full of science, friendship, and hamsters. In this episode, Emily and I cover her writing process, hamster expertise, and upcoming plans for the series. Show Notes:
info_outline Ep. 124 Andrea Tsurumi 10/22/2019
Ep. 124 Andrea Tsurumi Andrea Tsurumi is back with her new picture book Crab Cake! The last time we had Andrea on the show (), this book was top secret. Now that the book is out, we can officially talk about Andrea's masterful skills at using her humor and illustrations to bring awareness to some serious and urgent environmental issues. This isn't your average book about the ocean or your average talk about picture books! Follow Andrea on Twitter (@AndreaTsurumi) & Instagram(@atsurumi). Show Notes
info_outline EP. 123 Eric Vespe 07/12/2019
EP. 123 Eric Vespe Eric Vespe is an entertainment writer based in Austin, TX. He started writing professionally at sixteen for Ain't It Cool News under the name "Quint." Since then, he's gone on to write for other major online publications, including Rooster Teeth, SlashFilm, Collider, and more. In this interview we talk about how film criticism has changed over the past two decades, interviewing George Carlin, and the best way to jumpstart your way into a creative career. You can follow Eric on and .
info_outline Ep. 122 Gina DeDomenico Flanagan 05/16/2019
Ep. 122 Gina DeDomenico Flanagan Gina DeDomenico Flanagan is an award-winning costume concept artist. She's worked on tons of blockbuster films, including Django Unchained, Malcom X, and The Hateful Eight. In this episode, we talk about working with Quentin Tarantino, new technology, and being female in a male dominated industry. You can follow Gina on Instagram @illustratedbygina.
info_outline Ep. 121 Kristopher Kotcher aka Frenemy 05/03/2019
Ep. 121 Kristopher Kotcher aka Frenemy is a freelance illustrator and graffiti/street artist from Austin, Texas currently based in Kuala Lumpur. In this episode, we talk about how different countries view street art, connecting with other artists, and his journey into becoming a self-taught, full-time artist. You can follow Frenemy on and . Show notes:
info_outline Ep. 120 Cat Rabbit 12/20/2018
Ep. 120 Cat Rabbit Cat Rabbit is a textile artist and designer based in Melbourne. In this episode, we talk about her stop motion collaborations with artist Isobel Knowles, leaning into what you love, and how research can actually hinder your creative process at times. You can follow Cat on Instagram and Twitter (@cat_rabbit).
info_outline Ep. 119 Sunna Wehrmeijer 11/26/2018
Ep. 119 Sunna Wehrmeijer Sunna Wehrmeijer is an Emmy-nominated composer based in Los Angeles. Her music credits include Prometheus, Nightcrawler, The Hunger Games and most recently Netflix's She-Ra and the Princess of Power. In this episode, Sunna talks about creating She-Ra's transformation theme, mixing synths with live instruments, and working with some of the best composers in the world.
info_outline Ep. 118 Lindsey Phillips 11/11/2018
Ep. 118 Lindsey Phillips Lindsey Phillips is a documentarian based in New York. I first came across her work this past year at Fantastic Fest and fell in love with her short documentary My Name is Marc. Her 13-minute documentary profiles the legendary owner of Cleveland's Norton Furniture and his wacky and often infamous commercials. In this episode, Lindsey and I chat about the history behind Marc's commercials, covering controversy, and her upcoming projects. She is a talent to watch! You can follow Lindsey on Facebook.
info_outline Ep. 117 Jessica Leski 10/25/2018
Ep. 117 Jessica Leski Jessica Leski is the director of I Used to Be Normal, a documentary following four women who are obsessed with their boyband of choice. I Used to Be Normal was my number one film at Fantastic Fest. Leski and her producer Rita Walsh take you deep into the world of boyband fandom, and they don't stop there!
info_outline Ep. 116 Anna Hrachovec (aka Mochimochiland) 10/09/2018
Ep. 116 Anna Hrachovec (aka Mochimochiland) Anna Hrachovec is the creator of Mochimochiland, a miniature knitted world full of cuteness. Not only does Anna knit beautiful miniatures, she also brings them to life through animated gifts. Anna's innovation with the craft has led to some major collaborations, including Nickelodeon and Penguin Random House.
info_outline Ep. 115 Michelle Romo aka Crowded Teeth 10/01/2018
Ep. 115 Michelle Romo aka Crowded Teeth Michelle Romo is the creative genius behind Crowded Teeth. She's collaborated with a wide variety of artists and companies, including The Flaming Lips, Disney, Abrams Kids, and Sanrio. Michelle also has a successful product line at Crate and Barrel through Land of Nod. In this episode, we chat about getting into licensing, her upcoming gallery show, and learning how to tell stories for kids. You can follow Michelle on Instagram (@monstromo).
info_outline Lizzie Special: Confessions of a Workaholic 09/05/2018
Lizzie Special: Confessions of a Workaholic In this Lizzie Special, I talk about dealing with being a workaholic. It's something I've been address since the start of 2018. I'm finally at a spot where I feel like I've grown enough to share my story. I'd love to hear your take on workaholics—being one, living with one or all of the above! Send me a note on Twitter @cuddlesandrage.
info_outline Ep. 114 Josie Rhodes 08/17/2018
Ep. 114 Josie Rhodes Josie Rhodes is the co-owner of the Red Canoe Cafe & Children's Bookstore located in Baltimore. Josie has a sharp eye for art and storytelling. When you browse her highly curated offering of children's literature at Red Canoe, you can feel her passion for books leap off the shelf. In this episode, we talk about wild, sexist kid books from the fifties, what draws her to specific books, and her take on the future of brick and mortar bookstores. I
info_outline Ep. 113 Horrible Adorables 08/03/2018
Ep. 113 Horrible Adorables Jordan Perme and Christopher Lees are the husband and wife team behind Horrible Adorables. Their strange and beautiful creations can be seen at galleries, boutiques, and indie craft fairs across the globe. In this episode we cover their new toyline with Kidrobot, their first DesignerCon, and growing a small business together. Show Notes: (@horrible_adorables)
info_outline Ep. 112 DERU (aka Benjamin Wynn) 07/10/2018
Ep. 112 DERU (aka Benjamin Wynn) Benjamin Wynn, aka Deru, is an Emmy Award winning composer, sound designer, and music producer. In this episode, we discuss writing music for YouTube Red’s new series Impulse, composing the Marvel podcast Wolverine: The Long Night, spectral music, and his next album. (@_deru)
info_outline Ep. 111 Kate Unver 06/15/2018
Ep. 111 Kate Unver Kate Unver is the founder of The Daily Mini, a website and wildly popular instagram featuring all things miniature. When Kate isn't riding her motorcycle or working her day job, she dedicates her time to featuring artists and collectors of miniatures, ranging from the adorable to the unique and rare. In this episode, we talk about promoting artists, the mini community, and the importance of having multiple passions. You can follow Kate on Twitter (@thedailymini), Facebook and Instagram (@dailymini).