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Comics Are Great! 98 – The Performance Cartoonist, with Mark Mariano

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September 19, 2014 at Netcasting Studio

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We all know that making the work is only half of the battle facing an author or cartoonist these days. Once the work is done you have to market the work, and for many of us this means posting to social media, email lists, making YouTube trailers, and hitting the convention circuits. For many of us this can be an unpleasant part of the deal that comes with being an author.
But how might our thinking change if we think of ourselves as an author/performer? On this episode I’m joined by Mark Mariano, kids’ author of The Other Side of Hugless Hill, and member of the rock band The O>Matics, for a discussion on how advocacy can be a fun way to reach out to potential fans and spread awareness of your work.
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1:18:08
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Bill Morris

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August 13, 2014

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Martin talks to Bill Morris about his long-in-the-works new book Motor City Burning.

From the critically acclaimed author of Motor City, Detroit comes alive in a powerful and thrilling novel set amidst the chaos of the race riots and the serenity of Opening Day.

Bill Morris is currently a staff writer with the online literary magazine The Millions, and his writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Bill grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.

The interview was recorded on August 13, 2014.

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17:29
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Comics Are Great! 97 – What’s so Great about Batman?

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September 3, 2014 at Netcasting Studio

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p>You may have heard that 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman. So for this episode of the Comics Are Great! show we had a roundtable discussion on why the Caped Crusader remains such an enduring character.
I’m joined by Dean Trippe, author of the powerful comic Something Terrible, and Kohl Glass, film maker behind Orc Wars, and Rachel Polk, cartoonist behind Melvin the Fat Bird, who help us explore how Batman became such an iconic character whose appeal spans generations.
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1:27:36
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Comics Are Great! 96 – The Positive Pro is Pro-Positive, with Jim Lujan

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August 29, 2014 at Netcasting Studio

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Talking about independent animation, working with what you got, and keeping on!

In CAG 92 I talked with Ben Hatke about the importance of giving our heroes a reason to quit. Why? Because it’s so, so satisfying to see them not quit when all evidence suggests that quitting is the sensible solution. Why is that satisfying? Because creative people encounter this on a regular basis. You sacrifice time, money, and relationships in order to pursue your craft, and you’re not even sure if it’s any good at first. Often when you’re starting out you don’t have the resources or the skill to create work at the quality level you hope to. So how do you overcome these reasons to quit?

I’m glad to be joined by Jim Lujan, the creator of many, many animated films, and the writer/animator of the new animated feature Kounterclockwise in Forever-Land. Jim is very nearly the living embodiment of the hero who looks those “reasons to quit” in the eye and answers it by pushing on and making wonderful things. Together we’ll discuss how he worked with what he had to leverage a career for himself as an award-winning independent animator.

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1:12:53
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Comics Are Great! 95 – Puzzling out Your Comic’s Destiny, with Jason Shiga

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August 23, 2014

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Find a publisher, POD, Webcomic, or all three? Figuring out your comic’s destiny!

Whether your hope to get your comic published in the Direct Market or by one of the major book publishers, or self-publish through a Kickstarter or print-on-demand service like Ka-Blam, or publish directly to the web (as either a webcomic or a series of ebooks), you have to decide which choice is the best for your story. How do you decide what destiny is best for your beloved comic?

This episode we’re joined by Jason Shiga, the cartoonist behind the celebrated multi-path comic Meanwhile, Empire State, and the recently launched webcomic Demon. Together we’ll look at his career, spanning from Xeric Grant-funded comics to working with publishers like Abrams ComicArts to updating his own webcomic, and explore how a cartoonist navigates what method works best for your comic.

We’re also joined by David Carter of the University of Michigan Video Game Archive to talk briefly about this year’s Mini-Comics Day in Ann Arbor, which happened Saturday, March 22!

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1:29:17
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: David Giffels

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July 30, 2014

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Martin talks to award-winning author and journalist David Giffels about his new book The Hard Wary on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt. For David, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Ohio has always been home. He was born in Akron in the 1960s and has seen the once-thriving rubber and tire industry in his part of the country crumble. As a kid, he watched adults lose their jobs. As an adult, he's watched friends leave one by one. Yet a devoted tract of the population, David included, remains in the Rust Belt, committed to celebrating their singular Midwest culture and carrying it forward. David's insights ring true to us Michigan residents as well.

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00:23:16
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

AADL Talks To Ruta Sepetys

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January 21, 2014

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In this episode, we talk with author of 2014 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title Between Shades of Gray, the story of a Lithuanian family's persecution at the hands of Soviet Russia in the midst of World War II.

Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. The nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia disappeared from maps in 1941 and did not reappear until 1990. As this is a story seldom told, Ruta wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers, Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. Between Shades of Gray, her first novel, was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries.

Between Shades Of Gray, her the 2011 debut novel, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Carnegie Medal Nominee, and the winner of the Golden Kite Award, as well as the recipient of a multitude of national and international awards. Based on survivor stories of the genocide of Baltic people, it has become an international bestseller and translated into more than 27 languages.

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AADL Talks to Daniel Jones

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May 18, 2014

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In this episode, columnist and author Daniel Jones talks with us about his book, Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject; his ten years as editor of the New York Times' Modern Love series; and love in the modern world.

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00:40:04
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Ann Arbor Tales: The History of Beer in Ann Arbor

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June 23, 2014 at Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown

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Host Rich Retyi and local beer historian David Bardallis delve into the history of beer in and around Ann Arbor. From Ann Arbor's German roots to tales of haunted breweries, the two wind their way through a "hoppy history" of our town, including some stories that didn't make it into Bardallis's book, Ann Arbor Beer.

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38:40
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Comics Are Great! 100 – Getting Your Comic Into Libraries

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June 22, 2014 at Downtown Library

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It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration!

I’m joined by guest co-host Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said Show, librarian Laura Given, and librarian Erin Helmrich. Together we discuss the growing importance of libraries in the world of comics, and how cartoonists can better connect with libraries to promote the medium.

We also spend a bit of time talking about Gregg’s new comic, PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, which is available for pre-order in Previews now! Item #DEC141546

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Length: 
00:42:17
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Ann Arbor District Library
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