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 I'm back from New York comic con...partially. My mind is still trying to process the weekend. In some ways, it was the best con ever, with Arkham Manor coming out next week, it felt like this may be the eve of my success. The quiet before the storm. A lot of friends pulled me aside to say they were proud of me, happy for me, excited. Some friends seemed to pulling away from me. Maybe, I was pulling away from them? I doubt it, that doesn't seem like me. Like I said, I'm trying to figure it all out. Jeremy is a good friend, and I'm glad we got to sit and chat here. I know he's been wanting to do it, but was nervous. Jeremy doesn't like to talk about the hard stuff, but I do. So, we wrestled our way through this... cage match style.

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I love people like Andrew-Ross-MacLean . People who will not take no for an answer. People who have a vision that they cannot be returned from. People who find a way to make it happen for themselves. People who embody the spirit of punk rock. Andrew decided he wanted to make comics, so he did. Sound simple? Well... Just listen to this episode dammit!

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HEALTH INSURANCE!!! Thats what I'm doing, buying health insurance because I'm now a full time freelancer. I don’t want to get involved with the media fueled toxic debate over government health care, but i will say this… For me and my family, it looks EXTREMELY affordable and has solid coverage. We’ll see where it goes from here. Im busy drawing and really enjoying where i’m heading. Im working on myself, and i feel like I'm making progress. Tomorrow i may feel different. Next month i may feel VERY different. Im fucked. I realized recently, I'm Charlie brown trying to kick the football, BUT, there’s no Lucy pulling it out from under me. Im doing it to myself. Im my own worst enemy. Ugh. In this episode I talked to Andrew Robinson. He’s an extremely impt figure in my development as a cartoonist and a very close friend. Andrew doesn't open to many people. What you’ll hear in the episode is rare in depth and personal conversation with one of the best artists to ever make comics. 

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Life goes on. I'm past the madness of summer cons and travel, my children are back in school, and I'm going through the final transition of one career to the next. My contract at school is almost up and I'm in full swing on Arkham Manor. I'm not good with transitions. My need to control everything is threatened by chaos. I'm trying to just ride the wave of life. I'm trying to simply "be." Trying. I'm a work in progress. Ugh. I'm Charlie Brown, except there's no one pulling the football from me... I'm doing it to myself. No one can be worse to me than I am to myself. Honestly though, that's only one part of me. I can be quite good to myself as well. I don't know where I'm going with this, I'm simply illustrating how transition can send my mind into flux. I know this transition is a great one, AND it's one I chose. So, I'm going to try and ride this wave and let everything happen without trying to control it. The funny thing about control is, it's an illusion. There is no controlling life, it just is. I'm going to chew on that for a while. For now, enjoy this Episode of Inkpulp Audio. I'm joined by Cully Hamner. He drops a bomb on me. THIS is a captivating listen. 

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I'm heading to to San Diego comic con right now, on the Amtrak surf liner. It's really a gorgeous ride, and reminder for me to enjoy the "now." I've be in California for a week already, with my wife and two kids, and my parents. We've been visiting my brother. I was stressed coming out because I had to ink two pages while in this trip. No big deal. Two pages over 10 days. The problem is, I just sit and stress about not having the time to do it, not being able to enjoy myself because I have to work on it later, etc... The reality is, I get to draw for an about here an there with the pacific breeze blowing down my back. We'll go to the beach, take a boat ride to the Channel Islands, etc. All I need to do is put in some time each day doing what I love. I'm not healthy enough to keep that in perspective. I had a few small mental freak outs, but for the most part, I've been enjoying it. Speaking of which, there is a Pacific Ocean off to my right. I think I'll go be in the "now" and enjoy the view. Oh, yeah, this episode is really special to me. A friendship was healed because of it. 

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Ah, summer. When you have children, summer break becomes a giant puzzle. Life becomes Tetris. The giant brick of “i need a ride to my friends house” is dropping fast while you’re trying to place the “We both have to work today, what are we going to do with the children” block. Oh! OH! Watch out for the dreaded “Stay home with the kids and watch the deadline approach” brick, that one is IMPOSSIBLE to place. Ah. Life is a video game… if only i could hit pause. This episode is the first part of my conversation with Jason Latour Jason and i go WAY back. We’ve spent a lot of time in the trenches together, trying to make sense of this business and our careers. Im not sure we’ve made any sense of it, but we’ve found some peace and happiness. 

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You’ve been waiting for this one. Well, Sanford has been. Why? Just listen already. You’ll find out. Oh, yeah, Im launching a new Batman title with Gerry Duggan and Dave McCaig. Crazy how life works out when you take a risk. Outta here.

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It’s June. Well, it will be when you read this… IF you read this. Does anybody read these? My insecurity drives me nuts, and it seems it drives other people nuts as well. Friends, family, and some loyal listeners. I do receive a healthy amount of emails thanking me for my stories, my honesty, and a look inside my strange mind. So, it seems like my ramblings are helping others, as well as myself. BUT. There are those voices on the inter-web who feel it necessary to tell me to “Stop whining” “Stop complaining” Stop Bitching and Moaning.” If i put myself out there like i do, i should expect this sort of response. I just don't understand the poison that is internet based criticism. It’s rooted in narcissism, “Look at ME… I have an opinion!” I’ve certainly been guilty of it in the past, but i really try not to piss vinegar these days. We’re all just trying to do our thing, why do we need to aim our keyboards at everyone we can. It doesn't boost us up. It doesn't help. It’s a social poison and we need to act more responsibly. There’s a ramble for ya. Didn't mean for that to happen. This month brings us part 1 of my two part interview with the mysterious bass ass, Juan Doe. Ive always loved his work, and I'm happy to say we’ve become friends. He’s a good dude with and incredible story. His real name isn’t Juan Doe, it’s Kenneth Martinez.  This first part covers his life and career as Kenneth Martinez. Next month, the birth of Juan Doe. This is the juice. Enjoy.

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 Political Correctness has gone too far. People feel like they’re no longer aloud to have an opinion that doesn't gel with the herd. Everyone likes to find a cause and take a stand, just to have a voice. It’s irritating and ridiculous. That being said, peoples career can legitimately be hurt by someone looking to complain. Thats why, for the first (and hopefully) only time, this episode has been edited. A small story has been removed because there was some concern about the content coming back to hurt us. NOTHING bad was said, i stand by the story and discussion…BUT, in this day of the 24hour news feed, fact don’t matter. This is the second part of the Zylonol podcast… the drunken one.. the funny one. Andrew Robsinson sat in on this one as well. Enjoy.

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I don’t know who to feel about awards. Honestly, it’s just a show of industry politics and bullshit, just like EVERY other award show or ceremony. Looking down the roster of nominees for the Eisner awards this year is a real mixed bag. Some of the list is made up of mediocre talent who have become industry dolled based on social networking and industry games. Others on the list are a true representation of the best in the business. When i was trying to break in, i went to an Eisner award ceremony in San Diego. This was a LONG time ago, and the con was MUCH MUCH smaller. The keynote speaker was Frank Miller. He addressed the false nature of awards and award shows, BUT, as he put it “These awards are different… because… it has HIS name on it.” The statement was powerful and it resonated with me. Over the past decade, i have tried to keep that sentiment within myself. It’s hard. When i look at many of the winners over the decade, i feel like Eisner himself would be disappointed. This year, i have many close friends nominated, and i truly believe they are making some of the greatest comics of the past decade. I hope they win. After all, i’d imagine receiving the award feel pretty dan awesome. Congrats Andrew, Sean, and Nick. We’ve been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for a long time. You deserve all the recognition you can get. Even if it is all bullshit. This weeks Episode is an intro to Zylonol studios. We were sober and coherent. We were not for part two. Consider this the set up for the mess to follow.

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Im sick. REAL sick. I’ve been in bed for 4 straight days. I can’t remember the last time i was this ill. Lee called me earlier today, to make fun of me because Lee is an asshole… but i love him. He’s a brother to me. You’ll have to listen to this episode to truly understand the walking enigma that is Lee Loughridge.. He also was one of the primary players who ushered digital coloring into the medium of comics. Lee is one of the best storytellers alive. Always entertaining, funny, and rude. What do you expect, He’s from New Jersey. Despite his new SoCal disguise

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Inkpulp Audio 19: Heroes Con Panel with :iconurban-barbarian:, :iconericcanete: ,  :iconmatteoscalera: and :iconseangordonmurphy:

This episode is different. I was given the chance to record a live podcast at Heroes Con last year, 2013. We talk about breaking into this crazy business while making fun of each other. You may hate all of us by the end… we’re obnoxious.

We recorded video to go along with this, as you’ll hear me explain, BUT, in the end, the Video was too much to pull off. So, ignore what i say… there’s no video.

All of these fools are represented by Essential Sequential So, if you’d like some awesome originals, contact Jason. 

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Home Base

I’m letting go, people. When i sit down and draw, i need to just let it out. Play. Ive spent much of my career trying to make perfect marks. I’ve learned a lot from doing that, but its time consuming, stale, and i’ve become stagnant. I’ve hit the end of that road. Time to just sit down, and play. BUT, that requires trust un myself. Which, as you know, i have issues with. I have commitment issues with myself. Narcissistic much? My inner voice is telling me to shut up, and he’s a fuckin bully. So, i’ll listen. Here we go with mark Brooks, Part 2, the drive home. It’s pretty exciting. Mainly because we stopped to get fireworks. Have i told you that i’m an overgrown child?

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I’m learning a lot these days. I’m learning that i need to trust myself and that i may actually… wait for it… have some talent. I can’t believe i said it. Why is that so hard to say? I’m supposed to have gotten my balls back. Im supposed to say that i’m a kick as cartoonist. I’m supposed… ah fuck it. I’m just a weak little boy at heart. Im man enough to admit it. Does that make me strong? This month starts a two part interview, with Mark Brooks. Mark and i spend about 8 hours in a car together, every year, on our way to heroes con. It’s always a fun ride. What  perfect time to spend podcasting, thanks to Mark and his magic little microphone. This episode was recorded was on our way to the show. The next episode will be on our way home. Good times. 

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No one weaves a story as well as an Irishman. No one. Being part Irish, i know this to be fact. In case you couldn't tell by his name, Declan is from Ireland and displays the magic art of Irish storytelling in this episode. Its all true, gripping, and emotional. This is Inkpulp Audio at it’s best. Thanks, Declan, for being so open and revealing. Also, did i ever tell about my days working for the mob? There were a few times in my life where i found myself working on the fringes of organized crime. Let me assure you, i’m no bad ass, i’m no criminal… butt,this did happen… a few times. Coincidentally. I’ll tell you one of those stories during my intro. Here we go again on Inkpulp Audio.

Here's a little sneak peak at Jason Aaron's last issue of Wolveirne and the X Men. There's a bunch of artists contributing to this issue, including myself. Check it. One of the preview pages is mine...

 Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot from Ramon. Ramon seems to have it all figure out. He’s an amazing cartoonist who’s at peace inside. Knowing Ramon has helped me find some inner peace as well. I’ve also learned to enjoy the journey of drawing, and not focus solely on the destination. For me, the destination is usually something like a favela, with all of it’s glitz and glamour. So, it’s impt to enjoy the journey, because that destination ghetto may just be your last trip. Join me on this one as i try to crack life’s great riddle with a cartoonist who seems to know the answer.

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I recorded this episode a year ago. Chris was leaving his teaching job. I was angry, i was jealous, i was a child. You’ll hear all about it, just listen. I’ve recently decided to take the plunge myself. Leave the security of my teaching job and jump head first into the shark infested waters of the freelance lifestyle. I realize how Important it is to take risks in life. It comes down to a simple choice. You have to get busy living or get busy dying. Right? Thats what Andy said to Red in Shawshank. It’s easy for us to become stuck in the prison of our jobs or our lives. Time to take a chance. Time to live.

This issue comes out tomorrow. It's the last issue of my Fantomex MAX mini series. Pick it up!

:iconericcanete: flips the script. One year ago today i launched this here podcast. I didn’t know what to expect form it. I didn’t really know why i was doing it. I hoped for an outlet to express my struggles, i hoped to reach a larger audience, i hoped to connect with listeners, i hoped to have some deep introspective conversations with fellow creators.  Most of all, i hoped for something honest and real. I didn’t expect the reception this podcast received and i certainly didn't expect how revealing my guests would be. My first guest was Eric Canete. Eric is one of my absolute favorite artists, and i’m lucky enough to know him as a friend. This podcast wouldn't exist without his (and others) support. Eric seemed to love what i was doing. He asked to interview me for an episode. I wasn't sure what it would be like to turn the mic on myself, but i thought it would only be fair. We recorded that episode around 10 months ago. It just seemed fitting that we release that episode on the first birthday of Inkpulp Audio. So here i am, one year later, again with Eric Canete. Thanks, my man.
The success of the first episode make me realize that i had to release more than one a month. This year, I'm going to two episodes per month. I’ll release them on the first and the 15th, just like welfare checks. You know how we do.…

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