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Episode 213: Skottie Young

Episode 213: Skottie Young

This week, we’re geeking out with one of our very favorite artists working in comics/graphic novels today: Skottie Young!

Episode 212: Hena Khan

Episode 212: Hena Khan

We talk to author Hena Khan about her books and telling diverse stories where the characters aren’t being marginalized or overcoming dramatic adversity – they’re just being kids.

Episode 211: Rhett Miller

Episode 211: Rhett Miller

This week, we’re talking children’s poetry through the lens of rock and roll, baby! We welcome Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s, to the show to talk about his new book of, yep, children’s poetry!

Episode 210: Robin Cook

Episode 210: Robin Cook

We’re gettin’ nerdy this week, people! We’re donning our lab coats and venturing into a scientific conversation we have no business discussing: CRISPR/Cas9. Which is why we brought in the brain trust – i.e., Kishore Hari, science guru over at Tested.com and host of the […]

Episode 209: Gary Whitta & Darick Robertson

Episode 209: Gary Whitta & Darick Robertson

This week, we’re marking the release of Oliver #1 with the creative team responsible for bringing this hopeful dystopia to life. Gary Whitta first wrote the story as a screenplay nearly a decade ago, and together with artist Darick Robertson, they’ve finally brought the story […]

Episode 208: J.C. Cervantes

Episode 208: J.C. Cervantes

This week, we’re entering the world of myth. The mythological world of the Maya gods through the lens of J.C. Cervantes, to be exact.

Episode 207: Chuck Wendig

Episode 207: Chuck Wendig

Prolific on the page, vocal online, and just a damn fine gentleman, I can think of no better way to kick of 2019. Enjoy! And Happy New Year!

Episode 206: Jarrett Krosoczka

Episode 206: Jarrett Krosoczka

We talk to Jarrett Krosoczka about HEY, KIDDO, sharing such an intensely personal story with the world, the reception the book has gotten, and why the world needs compassion and empathy now more than ever before.

Episode 205: S.A. Chakraborty

Episode 205: S.A. Chakraborty

We’re traveling to Daevabad and the realm of the djinn this week with S.A. Chakraborty, author of the phenomenally great The City of Brass (and its forthcoming sequel, The Kingdom of Copper).

Episode 204: Christine Toy Johnson

Episode 204: Christine Toy Johnson

We talk to Christine Toy Johnson about the rigors of a touring musical’s schedule, the secrecy surrounding Iron Fist, whether Marvel should have rethought the Danny Rand character, and how Come From Away¬†makes the events of 9/11 relevant for younger audiences and brings a new understanding of the day to those of us who lived through it.

Episode 203: Greg Weisman

Episode 203: Greg Weisman

On this episode, I talk to Greg Weisman for more than an hour of Gargoyles greatness. Call it an early end-of-the-year present. You’re welcome.

Episode 202: Dav Pilkey

Episode 202: Dav Pilkey

This week, we chat with Dav Pilkey about Dog Men, Captains Underpants, and more! That’s right; the author/artist/creator behind the Captain Underpants phenomenon swings by our little corner of the Internet.

Episode 201: Peter Beagle

Episode 201: Peter Beagle

On this episode, Shiri and I talk to Peter Beagle about his early career, writing and selling A Fine and Private Place, the legacy of The Last Unicorn, why unicorns are so compelling, why he’s returned to the story numerous times over the years, and his other recent work.

Episode 200: Dominique Tipper

Episode 200: Dominique Tipper

Welcome, ladies and gents, to Episode 200! Happy anniversary to us! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with Dominique Tipper from THE EXPANSE! You’re welcome.

Extra Episode 17: Halloween

Extra Episode 17: Halloween

Welcome to the Big Dumb Thing. On this episode, Shiri, Preston, and I recap the entire HALLOWEEN franchise, gab about the new film, rank all 11 films, and share our lists of Top 10 Lessons Learned. And trust me, you’ll want to stick around to the end when I act out various lines of dialogue from the films for Shiri and Preston to guess the character and film. We’re going to win awards for this one, folks.

Episode 199: Matt Forbeck

Episode 199: Matt Forbeck

On this episode, I talk to Matt Forbeck about his history with game books, how writing a branching storyline with multiple pathways presents unusual creative challenges, and what the new (and upcoming) Endless Quest books have in store for us.

Episode 198: Eric Shanower

Episode 198: Eric Shanower

This week, we’re traveling to Ancient Greece with Eric Shanower’s epic Age of Bronze series. Shanower first began his story way back in the Dark Ages of 1998. And yes, he’s still working on the series 20 years later.

Episode 197: Victoria Schwab

Episode 197: Victoria Schwab

This week, we’re talking ghosts, magic, and the macabre with Victoria Schwab. Writing as both Victoria (for YA) and V.E. (for “adult”), Schwab has a deep and compelling catalog of amazing books.

Episode 196: Star Wars Resistance

Episode 196: Star Wars Resistance

Welcome back to everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away. This week, we take an advance peek at the newest incarnation of Star Wars to grace television screens: Star Wars Resistance.

Episode 195: R.A. Salvatore

Episode 195: R.A. Salvatore

On this episode, we talk with R.A. Salvatore about his many years playing in the Forgotten Realms sandbox, the freedom he had to develop the world and characters, returning to Drizzt with Timeless, playing EverQuest, novelizing Star Wars with Attack of the Clones, and killing Chewbacca.