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Charles Burns: Cartoonist and Illustrator Interview Live in Philadelphia on The Sound of Young America

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Charles Burns is a cartoonist and illustrator whose best-known work is the graphic novel Black Hole. His illustrations have been featured in The New Yorker, and his graphic art has promoted products like Altoids and Coca-Cola's short-lived hip spinoff, OK Cola. We spoke with him at the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia.

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Interview with Comics Writer Brian Michael Bendis

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Brian Michael Bendis is an acclaimed comics writer. His work has ranged from independent crime comics to the artist-controlled superhero imprint Image to helming some of the most important characters in superhero comics for Marvel. Several years ago, he re-created Spider Man for the 21st century with Ultimate Spider Man. He now steers Marvel's most important superteam, The Avengers. We spoke with Brian at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon.

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Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America in Portland

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Our second video from our trip to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Shot and edited by Brian Brewer.

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Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick on "Coraline", an interview on The Sound of Young America

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Neil Gaiman is an award-winning writer in a number of forms. He broke ground in the world of comics with his 1980s series Sandman, which followed the god of sleep through a series of beautiful and sometimes terrifying adventures in the world of dreams. His books of prose include the acclaimed adult novel American Gods and the recent Newbury Medal-winning young adult book The Graveyard Book.

Gaiman's 2002 novel Coraline is the basis of Henry Selick's film of the same name. Selick is the master of stop motion animation behind the films The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, as well as the animated sequences in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He filmed Coraline in 3D, and talks about creating the movie's immersively beautiful visuals, and about adapting the book for the screen.

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Scott McCloud on Understanding Comics at TED

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Recent TSOYA guest Scott McCloud tells the folks at TED about how to understand comics.

Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics" and "Zot!": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Scott McCloud is both an accomplished comics creator and critic. His books of comics criticism, "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics" are classics of the form, and are standard-issue in hip literature classes around the country. His newest book is a compilation of his 1980s superhero series Zot!. He talks with us about how to read comics and how he incorporated the influences of the comics of other cultures into his own work in the '80s.

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David Malki ! Creator of "Wondermark" Interview on The Sound of Young America

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David Malki ! (who really spells his name with an exclamation mark) is the creator of the comic strip Wondermark. He isolates woodcuts and engravings from 19th century periodicals, then alters them to create a surreal and hilarious gag strip. His first collection of the strip is called "Beards of Our Forefathers," and features extensive context for the strips, including faux advertisements and more.

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Chris Onstad, Creator of Achewood: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Chris Onstad is the creator of the web comic Achewood, which chronicles the lives of a group of 20-something stuffed animals. It's a surreal and hilarious strip, once named the best graphic novel of the year by Time Magazine, despite not being a graphic novel. Onstad has just published his first book collection of the strip with a major press, called "The Great Outdoor Fight."

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The Last Christmas: an interview with Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, plus holiday comedy from Elephant Larry on The Sound of Young America

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Comedian Brian Posehn and television writer Gerry Duggan were looking for a project to write together. Duggan was fixated on the idea of Santa Claus with a gun in his hand when Posehn posed a provocative question: "What does Santa do after the apocalypse?" The comic that grew from that question is The Last Christmas.

PLUS: a bonus holiday sketch from our pals at Elephant Larry.

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Podcast: Adrian Tomine, creator of Optic Nerve and author of Shortcomings

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Adrian Tomine is one of the world's most acclaimed comics artists. He began publishing his own work at the age of 15, and his series Optic Nerve has run continuously since he was a teenager. His work often focuses on subtle, shifting relationships between young people, and his clean, striking art is broadly regarded as among the best in the field. He also regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and other publications. His most recent book-length work is Shortcomings.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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