People I Think Are Cool
A weekly podcast featuring interviews with creatives about pursuing their passion.
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 Twitter (@EricVespe) and Instagram (@ericvespe).
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 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 Instagram (@frenemylife) and Twitter (@frenemylife). Show notes: Website Society6 profile Store Converse Sneaker Design
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) Instagram Pinterest Facebook Website Kidrobot Etsy
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).
info_outline Ep. 110 Brad Gullickson 05/08/2018
Ep. 110 Brad Gullickson Brad Gullickson is a writer, podcaster, and film critic. This is Brad's second visit to the podcast. Our very first chat was on ep. 36 in May 2015! Hopping forward to today, Brad has accomplished so much. We pack a lot into this interview from quitting his day job and writing full time for Film School Rejects to interviewing folks like Vince Vaughn, S. Craig Zahler and Jim Gaffigan. You can follow Brad on Twitter @mouthdork.
info_outline Ep. 109 Aaron Hartline 04/19/2018
Ep. 109 Aaron Hartline Aaron Hartline is an animator at Pixar Animation Studios. He’s been animating for over twenty years and has worked on films like Up!, Inside Out, Toy Story 3 and more. Aaron and I sat down to chat about his debut picture book Box Meets Circle, working for Pixar, and following his dream. You can follow Aaron on Twitter (@boxmeetscircle) and Instagram (@aaron.hartline).
info_outline Ep. 108 Chogrin 03/26/2018
Ep. 108 Chogrin Chogrin is an illustrator, writer, and curator. He’s , we talk about how Chogrin got into curating shows, what he looks for in an artist, working on his book Kid Del Toro, and his latest animation project. You can follow Chogrin on Twitter (@chogrin) an Instagram (@chogrin).
info_outline Ep. 107 Mike Owens 03/05/2018
Ep. 107 Mike Owens Mike Owens is the co-creator of the Amazon show Danger and Eggs. The cartoon is hilarious and heartwarming. It’s received rave reviews and was nominated for a Critics Choice, GLAAD, and Annie Award. I had the pleasure of talking to Mike about his career in animation, the original short Danger and Eggs is based on, and what it’s like to create a show for Amazon. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mowensanimation) and Instagram (@therealmikeowens)
info_outline Ep. 106 Dallas and Leigh Taylor Part 2 02/13/2018
Ep. 106 Dallas and Leigh Taylor Part 2 Welcome to part two of my chat with Dallas & Leigh Taylor of Defacto Sound. This episode focuses on their podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. Dallas and Leigh shared with me how they make the podcast and all the planning that went behind its launch. You can follow Dallas on Twitter @d_llas & Leigh @perfythegreat. Show Notes: Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast Defacto Sound Dallas Taylor website
info_outline Ep. 106 Dallas and Leigh Taylor Part 1 01/29/2018
Ep. 106 Dallas and Leigh Taylor Part 1 Meet Dallas & Leigh Taylor. They are the husband and wife team behind the award winning sound studio Defacto Sound. Defacto Sound works with tons of cool names including Netflix, Discovery, and Bethesda.
info_outline Ep. 103 Deborah Haywood 10/18/2017
Ep. 103 Deborah Haywood Deborah Haywood (@blytheface) is a UK based filmmaker. She is the writer and director of Pin Cushion. In this interview, Deborah shares her experience with personal storytelling, the need for more female narratives, the fashion in Pin Cushion, and audience reactions. You can follow Deborah on Twitter, Letterboxd (@dollipop), and Instagram.
info_outline Ep. 102 Damien James Webb 10/05/2017
Ep. 102 Damien James Webb Damien James Webb (@damienjameswebb) is a model maker & miniature artist based in Canada. His work has been featured in gallery shows across Canada and the US. In this episode, we explore using found objects for art, the techniques behind his mini replica of Monica's apartment from Friends, and making art for fun vs art as a career. You can follow Damien on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Show Notes: Damien's Website Damien's Daily Mini Interview Miniature Replicas: Monica's Apartment Mulder's Office Up! Bluth's Banana Stand
info_outline Ep. 101 Luke Flowers 09/13/2017
Ep. 101 Luke Flowers Luke Flowers is a writer/illustrator based in Colorado. His latest book in the Scholastic series Moby Shinobi: Ninja in a Pet Shop is available now for preorder. In this episode, we talk about writing for level one readers, making deals without a literary agent, and our love of creative communities.
info_outline Ep. 100 Jimmy Reed 09/01/2017
Ep. 100 Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed (@lamarocket) is a writer, illustrator, and musician based in DC. He is also my creative partner, husband, and the co-creator of Cuddles and Rage. I saved my very favorite person in the whole wide world for episode 100! Jimmy is a creative force who inspires me every day. In this episode, we go deep into how we work together and open up on some of the challenges we faced early in our creative partnership.
info_outline Ep. 99 Orli Zuravicky 08/14/2017
Ep. 99 Orli Zuravicky Orli Zuravicky (@ozsaidso) is a writer and a senior editor of children's publishing at Scholastic. This episode we dive deep into her charming new middle grade series Happily Ever Afterlife. In this interview, Orli and I explore her writing process, how to create natural sounding dialogue, writing for middle grade, her editing process, and the future of Happily Ever Afterlife. You can follow Orli on Twitter and Instagram.
info_outline Ep. 98 Edwardian Taylor 07/30/2017
Ep. 98 Edwardian Taylor Edwardian Taylor is an illustrator, character designer, storyboard and concept artist based in Texas. He's worked with tons of big name brands like Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks TV, and National Geographic. In this episode, we talk about his long journey into landing an illustration agent, his two new picture books Race! and It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, freelance life, and working with children's author Josh Funk. You can follow Edwardian on Instagram and Twitter (@edwardiantaylor).
info_outline Ep. 97 Dave Pryor 07/17/2017
Ep. 97 Dave Pryor Dave is an illustrator and animator based in Chicago with over 25 years of experience. He's animated some of the most beloved shows in TV history, including Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Histeria. I caught Dave right before his trip to San Diego Comic-Con. In this episode, we talk about working on Animaniacs, his creative process, and the hardest scenes to animate. You can follow Dave on Instagram (@davepryor72), Facebook, and Tumblr. Show notes: Then and Now Kickstarter Leftovers (aka Pie Bunnies) Dave's site Dave's shop Dave's Squared Co Podcast interview
info_outline Ep. 96 Josh Funk 06/28/2017
Ep. 96 Josh Funk Josh Funk is a kidlit writer based in New England. He's written multiple top selling picture books including Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, The Case of the Stinky Stench, and Dear Dragon. In this episode, Josh shares his theory on a new genre of picture books, working in rhyme, the kidlit community, and why using a pseudonym isn't such a great idea. You can follow Josh on Twitter, his blog, Instagram, and Facebook (@joshfunkbooks). Josh Show notes: SCBWI The Picturebooking Podcast It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk The Case of the Stinky Stench Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast Pirasaurs Dear Dragon Josh's interview on The Art of Show Liz Show Notes: Awesome Con's Atomic Smash Writing with Purpose - Awesome Con Panel