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It's a complete honor to talk to Canadian cartoonist, Chester Brown, who has inspired Thien and Rina to start making comics of their own. The Claptrap gang talks to him about his new book, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus (Drawn and Quarterly,) about making honest and heartfelt autobiographical comics, and a once possible Batman comic(?!?) Listen to it! Interview starts at the 22:00 minute mark. We also talk about new comics with Josh, brilliant artist Darwyn Cooke, recent comic events such as TCAF and Linework NW and Free Comic Book Day! Enjoy!


After a 2-year "hiatus", the Comix Claptrap gang is BACK! We kick off the season with a great interview with Tim Hensley about his latest comic "Sir Alfred," a humorous homage to Alfred Hitchcock and a stunning example of the publishing prowess of Alvin Buenaventura who passed away shortly before the release of this book. We talk to Tim about his inspirations, his meticulous comics process and working with Alvin. Also Rina, Thien and Josh celebrate the new and exciting comics coming out this year. 


In this episode, Thien and Rina talk to amazing cartoonist and illustrator, Eleanor Davis, about her new book How to Be Happy. They discuss her illustration process, her history of painstakingly making mini-comics with die-cut covers, the talented cartoonist Drew Weing, and the inner-workings of social media. It was so much  fun! Thien also shares his experience being an Ignatz Award judge (?!?) this year and some new comics he discovered through the review process, and Josh Frankel joins in to discuss new comics from Gabrielle BellSam AldenEd Piskor and Tom Scioli. Give it a go! It's great!


Did you miss us? Thien and Rina interview Portland cartoonist and childrens book illustrator, Aron Nels Steinke. They had a fun time talking about his new book, The Zoo Box that he created with his wife Ariel Cohn, as well as his comic Mr. Wolf, loosely based on his experiences as a grade school teacher. Josh talks new comics from Jason Shiga, Farel Dalrymple, Pascal Girard, Zack Cannon and Josh Shalek.


The gang has finally gotten off its lazy butt for a new episode of the Comix Claptrap. The theme of this episode is "Getting Old" as we talk about the recent announcement of the 2013 Ignatz Awards nominees. Surprisingly, Thien is a lot mellower this time around. We also talk new comics with our number one buddy, Josh Frankel. Then we round the 1 hour and a half with a fun discussion with Bay Area cartoonist, Ben Catmull, about his new stunning art book, "Ghosts and Ruins" and tales from the ole Bay Area comics scene in the 90s. 


It's been too long, and the new  year has turned everyone's personalities in the Claptrap studios upside down! Thankfully we have Brit cartoonist's, Nick Abadzis' soothing voice to calm us down (and ease the ringing in your ears from Thien's selection of intro music. He edited the podcast this time!) Nick leads us in an engaging and thoughful conversation about his comic strip, Hugo Tate now collected by Blank Slate Books, thoughts on the rise in popularity of British comics in the U.S., his move to NY, TV sitcoms, and his exciting upcoming project that involved Orson Welles! Also new comics with Josh! What a difference a year makes! We've missed you and we're so happy we're together again!

P.S. Errata Stigmata - Nick's book was released in May 2012, not 2013, HA! And the new season of the claptrap is season 6, not season 7, but who cares! Enjoy!


Thien and Rina were delighted to talk to exciting and innovative cartoonist,printmaking extraordinare and pal, Dan Zettwoch. Dan took time out from watching the Cardinals game to discuss his new book Birdseye Bristoe, his intricate hand-made minicomics, and our favorite -- reality TV programming. We had lots of fun! Also Josh talks new comics such as Gabrielle Bell's latest book, July Diary,while Thien and Rina recap their experiences at the ALA and CAKE shows this past June! Celebrate the July 4th fireworks while listening to this great episode!


Thien and Rina are happy to talk to one of their favorite artist, cartoonist, zinester, Souther Salazar, who talks about his ambitious art and community-inspired traveling project, The Trading Tortoise. If you haven't donated to the project's kickstarter campaign, do it now! His perspective on making art was inspiring to us and I think it will make you go out and start making zines right now too. We also talk to Josh about exciting new comics from Retrofit Comics and crazy stuff from Image Comics. Give it a whirl!


We begin the new year with a thoughtful interview with Tom Hart, creater of Hutch Owen and founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (The SAW!), a new comics school in Gainsville, Floria. Tom talks more about the school, the move to Gainsville and his upcoming projects with a new Hutch Owen collection and Daddy Lightning with Retrofit Comics. We also talk to Josh about comics we are looking forward to in 2012. Welcome back everyone!

Errata Stigmata: Tom wanted to point out that he mistakenly credited Richard Outcault for creating The Happy Hooligan. The author of The Happy Hooligan is actually Frederick Opper while Outcault is the creator of The Yellow Kid. Thanks, Tom. He's so hard on himself.


Just in time for your thanksgiving holiday, we bring you an ever so delightful interview with funny and talented, Lauren Weinstein. We talk about the new comics she's been posting on her blog, exciting upcoming projects, the crazy experiences of parenthood and how that all has affected her comics process, storytelling and her sanity! Also Rina gives us the scoop on her time at the Minneapolis Indie Expo and Josh finds a surprise inside the new Love and Rockets: New Stories #4! A great episode to listen to while traveling to your various turkey/tofurkey dinner parties! Gobble! Gobble!


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