The guests on this episode are two immensely talented artists who are never satisfied to just sit back on their creative laurels. Heck, we don’t even know if they have laurels, let alone what laurels are (sorry, that was really hacky). Jeff Parker is the writer of such titles as Hulk, Thunderbolts, Agents of ATLAS, Dark Avengers, X-Men: First Class, Underground and Mysterius the Unfathomable. Erika Moen is the creator of the self-published autobiographical online comic DAR!, as well as a contributor to such as titles as Best Erotic Comics 2008, True Porn Volume 2, Unsafe for All Ages, and Smut Peddler. Together, the two teamed up to bring readers the hilarious noir-comedy series Bucko, which takes place on the wonderfully weird streets of Portland.
Jeff and Erika joined us to talk about what inspired their collaboration, why Jeff ultimately decided to focus on writing instead of art and how Erika’s “queer rep” was impacted when she dated (and eventually married) a dude. They also share the story of a particularly harrowing car ride from Seattle to Portland.
Subsequent to this episode airing, Jeff’s comic Batman ’66 was released and Erika appeared on Penny Arcade’s reality webseries, Strip Search and launched Oh Joy Sex Toy, featuring her online cartoon reviews of bedroom gadgets.
[Original air date was January 11, 2013]
This episode kicked our asses! But we expected nothing less from Ben Thompson, creator of Badass of the Week.com, the popular website which celebrates the greatest ass kickers from history, the modern world, myth and pop culture. Ben compiled his vast knowledge and very funny insight into such figures as Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Julius Caesar, William the Conqueror and George Washington, as well as lesser-known figures such as Wolf the Quarrelsome and Voytek the Soldier Bear, into the books Badass, Badass: Birth of a Legend, and Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch.
Ben joined us to discuss what made him start the website, what made the “Greatest Generation” so great and he shares with us the most badass thing he’s done in recent memory (hint: you’re looking at it).
Ben also endures our suggestions of some badasses he might have missed on his first go ’round.
And the (funded) Kickstarter for his new project is:
Badass: Spades & Grenades – Playing Cards with Balls.
[Original air date December 7, 2012]
Tonight on Karl Show! (starring Jason), we’re joined by photographer/dancer/writer/creative force Intisar Abioto! We’ll learn all about her project The Black Portlanders and we’ll also be joined by Raishawn Wickwire and Curtis Cook of the Black by Popular Demand podcast!
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Wow, what a way to celebrate our return to the air! This is our first episode in our plush new digs at the Funemployment Radio Network and we were delighted to be joined by the effervescent Carolyn Main! Carolyn is the very funny and talented creator of the web comic Sex Wizards, as well as the Nintendo-themed joke book, The 8-Bit Groan Zone, not to mention the co-lead of the Hall & Oates cover band “Hall & Bunches of Oates”.
After a bit of a bumpy start, we gather enough of our composure to learn all about the effect of Ren & Stimpy and Darkwing Duck on Carolyn’s early drawing style, the influence of mediation on her life and art and why her recent karaoke experiences are all an ode to Billy Joel.
Carolyn also shares with us exactly how she feels about superheroes. It’s pretty definitive.
Note: Our apologies for Karl’s loud mic and loud mouth on this episode. Steps have been taken to insure that it will not happen again.
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Smart! Talented! Vivacious! Funny!
We already knew that these were apt descriptions of our guest Bettina McEntyre, but we had no idea how apt until we turned the mics on. The illustrator and comic book artist joined us to talk about what it was like growing up in Tennessee as a “redneck nerd”, how her discovery of comics and self-tattooing at a young age influenced her to become an artist and why a career in TV/video production wasn’t the path she was ultimately destined to travel down.
We also discuss how she draws inspiration from the world around her: everything from moss, to banana splits, to scarfing down burgers in her car.
Oh, and there was a bit of a discussion about farts. Well, maybe a bit more than a bit.
For more on Bettina’s work, check out her website:
or follow her on Twitter @knotpile.
Batton down the hatches and get ready for a fun episode! OK, so that last line wasn’t our best work, but we think our guest Batton Lash would appreciate it. After all, the Eisner Award-winning and Harvey Award-nominated creator of the comic series Supernatural Law (featuring Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macbre) never met a pun he didn’t like. Batton’s other work includes: The Big Book of Death, The Big Book of Weirdos, The Big Book of Urban Legends, and The Big Book of Thugs for Paradox Press, the Archie Comics / Marvel Comics crossover Archie Meets The Punisher, Radioactive Man for Bongo Comics and his new project Gori Lori, written by Nick Blodgett.
We enjoyed talking with Batton about his time at the School of Visual Arts studying under Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman, his experiences working as an assistant to Howard Chaykin and what inspired him to go back the drawing board to create Wolff & Byrd after some reflective time away from cartooning.
We also talked with Batton about the controversial cartoon “Obama Nation” he created with writer James Hudnall for Breitbart.com and how the critical reaction to it got way too personal.
For more on Batton and his work, check out his website:
and follow him on Twitter @BattonL.
If you’ve ever spent any quality time in Portland, it’s more than likely a good portion of it was spent at Ground Kontrol. The classic arcade (located at 511 NW Couch in Old Town) is one of the coolest places in Portland to hang out, but as if allowing its guests the opportunity to relive their childhood by playing old-school video games and pinball machines wasn’t enough, manager Art Santana takes it up a notch by offering a number of fun events. Take No Pun Intendo for example, the monthly comedy show curated by patron of Portland’s comedy scene Raishawn Wickwire and stand-up comedian Jeff Oliver. No Pun Intendo features some of Portland’s best comedians and welcomes the occasional drop-in from national headliners such as Brent Weinbach, Brendon Walsh and Moshe Kasher.
Art, Raishawn and Jeff stopped by to talk about how Monty Python, Mr. Show and Upright Citizens Brigade hooked them on comedy at a young age, the other notable comedy performers and venues in Portland and how Jeff’s stand-up addiction couldn’t keep him off stage during even the worst of times.
We also talk with Jeff about how his “Meet a Black Guy” campaign garnered the unlikely attention of Fox News.
Since this episode aired live, Jeff moved on to do this thing in NYC, but No Pun Intendo is still going strong the third Thursday of every month.
For more information, check out their schedule at:
and follow these folks on Twitter:
Ground Kontrol (@GroundKontrol)
and Jeff (@Jeff_Oliver)
It took a little while to get her into the studio, but our talk with Natalie Nourigat was delightfully worth the wait. Natalie is the creator of the comic Between Gears, published by Image Comics, which is a graphic journal chronicling her whirlwind transition from college student to professional artist. Between Gears is quite a showcase for her ability to flow between many different art styles, sometimes within the same panel. Natalie’s other work includes the young adult graphic novel My Boyfriend is a Monster: Wrapped Up in You (written by Dan Jolley and published by Graphic Universe) It Girl and the Atomics (written by former guest Jamie S. Rich and published by Image Comics), A Boy & A Girl (also written by Rich, published by Oni Press) and The Thrilling Adventure Hour graphic novel (published by Archaia Entertainment).
We talked with Natalie about the early influence of manga on her work, the inherent dangers of autobiographical material and how her peers at Periscope Studio have influenced her both as an artist and a businesswoman.
We also chatted with Natalie about her literal brush with the fame in the form of an elevator encounter with Joss Whedon and the blowback from the haterati.
Program note: it may seem like Natalie nearly dies near the end of this episode and neither Karl or Jason rushes to her aid, but that’s not quite the way it went down.
For more on Natalie’s work, check out her website:
and follow her on Twitter (@tallychyck).
Not that we think it would happen, mind you, but if Jen Van Meter ever decides that she needs to get rid of a body, we’ll be right there to help, shovels in hand. That’s how enchanted we were by her in this episode… one that could have gone on forever, as far as we were concerned.
Jen is the creator of the Eisner-nominated comic book series Hopeless Savages, the whirlwind and domestic adventures of a family of winsome punk rock musicians. She has also written for such titles as Dark Horse Presents, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Golden Streets of Gotham, Cinnamon: el Ciclo, JSA: Classified, Captain America, and Amazing Spider-Man.
Find out how comics captured Jen’s imagination as a little girl, why she walked away from the world of academia to pursue writing, why Hopeless Savages won’t be appearing in live-action form anytime soon (at least this writing) and why that doesn’t necessarily matter.
Jen also shares how her time as a tutor changed her perspective on the world of college athletics in a lot of different ways.
You can learn more about Jen Van Meter and her work at www.jenvanmeter.com and follow her on Twitter @hopelessjen.
What kind of weirdo would come up with a love story about a Shakespeare-spewin’, undersea alien fighting the urge to eat human flesh after falling head over heels for a middle-aged mental patient? Not a weirdo at all, as we learned in this episode. In fact, we learned that Jonathan Case, the author and illustrator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Dear Creature is not only super-talented, but super-nice and super-normal as well.
In addition to Dear Creature, Jonathan was also the illustrator on two prestigious projects for Dark Horse Comics: the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Green River Killer, written by Jeff Jensen and the chilling and heartbreaking mini-series The Creep, written by John Arcudi.
Jonathan tells us all about what his life was like growing up on a sailboat, how acting became his first love and how Shakespeare first inspired him to produce Dear Creature in non-print form. Jonathan also shares how his honeymoon turned into a harrowing tale of horror that will curl your hair.
Since this episode first aired live, Jonathan’s work has created even more of a buzz in print and on the web with the release of the wonderful series Batman ’66, written by another former KSSJ guest Jeff Parker.
For more on Jonathan’s work, check out his website:
and follow him on Twitter @jonathancase.
[Episode original air date January 25th 2013]
One of the best Karl Show! guests ever!!! Astrologer Katie Sloan proves in this episode that she is, if nothing else, a very good sport. After all, no amount of astrological charts or tarot cards could have possibly predicted the nonsense she’d have to put up with from Doubting Jason. But Katie manages to hold steadfast and talk about what influence astrology and the tarot have had on her life, how they can help others and what drove her to start practicing the arts herself.
Katie also takes some time from creeping Jason out with her music playlist to read both Karl and Jason’s charts and perform a live tarot reading for Jason that leads to some dramatic results.
Note: If you’re married to, are currently dating or once upon a time dated Karl or Jason, this episode doesn’t prove that you’re right about anything.
To learn more about Katie (and perhaps more about yourself), you can e-mail her at email@example.com.
[Original air date October 26, 2012]
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 2nd anniversary than to have our guest Jennifer Lane on the program. Mostly because we knew we’d be drunk and she’d help walk us through it. Jen is the creator of Portland BarFly.com, the website that’s become essential to helping Portland get its drink on. Its bar locator feature utilizes clever and distinctive icons to guide users to the watering hole, saloon, dive or meat market of their dreams. If you’re a gay, hippie jazz enthusiast looking to sing karaoke at a stripclub that’s air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible, Portland BarFly can help you out.
Jen was kind enough to join us and talk about Portland BarFly’s humble beginnings as a self-published magazine, drop some knowledge about the roots of Oregon’s liquor laws and give us some recommendations of spots in Portland that may not yet be on your radar. Jen also challenges the myth of being “over-severed” and addresses why a segment of Portland’s community is under-served.
We’re also joined by our first ever guest, artist Thomas Malcolm Cook, who helped conduct the interview and provided some much-desired refreshments (with his drunk ass).
To find the bar you’re looking for and/or to book the BarFly bus for your next drunken free-for-all, check out:
And to find out more about Tom’s art and photography, go to:
[original air date May 24th 2013]
Why did we have Brian Kirk and Jessica Aceti on the show? Well, our show is about creativity, so let’s see: Brian created FilmWise.com, the movie-focused trivia website with its signature “Invisibles” puzzle, which is one of most popular entertainment websites ever. Jessica is a Cannes Lion-winning broadcast, digital, event, and game producer, whose clients include Starbucks, Microsoft, TBS, Copper Mountain, Wacom, MSNBC Olympics, Swype, Product Red, Brooks Running, Credo Mobile. Together, Brian and Jessica launched BumbleCat Games, a company that specializes in mobile apps and are also the hosts of Seattle’s popular Movie Cat trivia night.
Oh, did we mention that Jessica markets and sells Cap-Sac, the hip fanny pack for your head and was also the co-star of the independent film Tammytown? Yeah, these two are so damn creative, for all we know they might have created our show.
We talk to Brian and Jessica about just where their inspiration comes from, they walk us through how apps are developed and tell us how they got into business with Jason’s hero, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings.
We also turn the tables and put the Movie Cat trivia hosts through their paces with some trivia questions of our own.
For more on Brian and Jessica’s work, check out some of their many websites:
[Original air date November 16, 2012]
“Not in our house.” – Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Seattle basketball fans loudly and proudly blasted that rally song from their radios during the Seattle Supersonics’ 1993 playoff run. The Sonics didn’t win the NBA Championship that year as they did in 1979, but it seemed that the key components to the team’s foundation for the future was well in place:
- Shawn Kemp, the man-child power forward and a crowd favorite, who dunked with equal parts aerial grace and raw rage
- Gary Payton, the loveable loudmouth point guard and defensive wizard, who had just come into his own as deadly offensive threat
- George Karl, the mad genius coach, who talked trash just as much as his players, if not more
No one ever could have suspected that 15 years later, those three would be long gone and the house that Seattle’s NBA fans built with cheers, smiles and love would be left silent. The Sonics were moving to a new house in Oklahoma City and taking a gigantic slice of Seattle’s heart with them. When the NBA turned their back on 41 years of history and deemed Seattle no longer worthy of a franchise, a group of diehard fans refused to let their team go without a fight and decided tell the story of what went wrong.
The result is Sonicsgate: Requiem For a Team, the award-winning documentary directed by Jason Reid and produced by Adam Brown and Colin Baxter. Adam and Colin joined us for a candid talk about why and how they made the film, the validity of “the Citizens For More Important Things” and what fandom truly means to a city.
As much as Sonicsgate is fascinating look into the business of sports and its inherent greed, it’s also a loving tribute to the Sonic fans. Although this interview was recorded prior to venture capitalist Chris Hansen’s recent attempt to bring a team back to Seattle failed to be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors, there remains some hope that someday soon, the Sonics will return to their rightful home.
(I can’t write about this anymore… I’m sad. – Jason.)
Watch the documentary here:
Support the cause here:
To learn more about Adam, Colin and Jason’s other films and projects, please check out:
[Original air date October 19th, 2012]
For three years, Christian and Deborah Curtis Lipski worked the comics beat for the Portland Examiner, keeping readers up to do date on everything going on within the world’s second largest comic book creator community. At this writing, they’ve moved on to focus on music with the band The PDX Broadsides, but are still fixtures on Portland’s comic scene. Find out what drew this South Bay boy and L.A. lady to comics in the first place, listen as we debate the sex appeal of Archie and Jughead and learn what the future may hold for floppies and the retailers that sell them.
Christian and Deborah are also kind enough to give us their recommendations of good comic and graphic novel reads folks should take a look at.
Oh, and this episode’s special guest star: the loud, ambient sound of Portland traffic!
For more on Christian’s band, The PDX Broadsides, please check out their website:
[original air date August 31, 2012]
You just gotta love Benjamin Marra. Mostly because he has the magnificent nerve to call his publishing house Traditional Comics. Fortunately, unlike a lot of “traditional” comics, Benjamin’s comics don’t suck. Instead, the titles Night Business, Lincoln Washington – Free Man, The Naked Heroes, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd, the webcomic Zorion the Swordlord and the outrageously violent and hilarious Gangsta Rap Posse, defy convention, challenge the boundaries of taste and entertain like a sonuvabitch.
Benjamin joins us to talk about his time in Italy studying the masters, how the master David Mazzuchelli became his thesis advisor and how giallo and late-night cable flicks inspired his stories.
Benjamin’s call gets dropped a couple of times during the show, but we managed to fill the gap with some songs that f**king rock.
For more on Benjamin and his Traditional Comics, check out his website and his blog:
[original air date September 21, 2012]
Hey, man… do you like audio problems? If so, well this episode is for you. If not, please listen anyway, because you will learn more about the wonderful art of Sean Dietrich. Sean is best known for his live art, where he creates an original art piece for audiences during an event while musicians and DJs play onstage. Sean has performed at more than 2000 live events, including a 20,000 mile U.S. Live Art Tour in 2011, performing with acts such as Steve Aoki, The Crystal Method, DJ Shadow and DJ Sugar. Sean is also a writer and graphic novel artist and his published works include Industriacide, Fervor, Mess, Catalepsy, The Fruits of Our Labor, I Brought the Gutter and The Nazi and the Rabbit.
We talk to Sean about the influence of Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman on his work, why World War II is often a subject of his paintings and how he synches up his live art with the musicians his performs with on stage.
For more on Sean and his work, please check out his website:
Jason Zachary Pott just might be the inventor of a new genre of fiction, although we’re still not sure what to call it. Could be “slop gothic” or as he calls it, “backwoods guignol”. Whatever it’s called, one thing’s for sure, you won’t forget it. The publisher of NEOTrash Comix first came to our attention when we discovered his independent comic Pigf*cker Blues (yeah, let’s get that outta the way now), a sublimely titled little tale of incest, depravity and murder. We knew we had to get him into our studio and we had a great talk about censorship, storytelling, button pushing and boundary breaking.
We also talked with Jason about his time in the restaurant business, the influence of underground comix and Heavy Metal on his work and just how he was able to achieve an “aww factor” with his book, Dead Babies with Chainsaws.
For more on Jason and NEOTrash Comix, please check out their website:
Note: no pigs were f*cked during the recording of this interview. We think.
Simply put, Augie Pagan = awesome. From video games, to comics, to concept art, to his work as a painter, Augie’s unique artistic vision never ceases to amaze. Particularly when he sets his sights on icons of the entertainment world; no matter if it’s Steve Martin, George Carlin, Mr. T, the Muppets, Fred G. Sanford or Johnny Cash, we guarantee that once you see Augie’s twist on these famous faces, you’ll never see them in the same way again.
We were extremely pleased to speak with Augie about his life in art: his earliest artistic memories, his time at the Art Institute of Seattle and what influence comedy, 70s cartoons and Van Halen have had on his work.
Augie also shares with us why we should expect to see more comics from him in the future and his insights into Gandalf the Grey’s secret career ambitions.
Bonus: This episode not only features one great guest, but two guest appearances! Only one of them was expected, though… see if you can figure out which one.
For more on Augie’s amazing work, check out:
If you’ve seen Eric Shanower’s long-running series Age of Bronze, a graphic novel retelling of the Trojan War, and/or his numerous adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books (either with cartoonist Skottie Young or Eric as a solo act), you know that he is one of the most underrated talents in the comic industry. And in this episode, Eric proves early on that he might make a heck of a radio producer as well (so watch yourself, Karl).
We talk with the Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best selling writer/artist about his high school years spent on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, how his early introduction to the wonderful world of Oz influenced his art and his time at the party college known as The Kubert School.
We also talk with Eric about how his trip to Troy validated his artistic vision and he gives Jason’s assumptions about Classics Illustrated the stiff-arm.
For more on Eric and his work, check out his website,
and his author page on Amazon.
Even though a ton of music is played on the show, Karl and Jason can’t sing a note or play a lick. That’s why it was great to have an opportunity to talk with real-life musician Nick Krautter. From his time in radio, as a manager of several bands over the years and as a singer/songwriter/guitarist in his own bands such as El Salvador and The Mighty Cascades, Nick’s seen the best and worst the music business has to offer.
We talk to Nick about his affinity for U2 and Neil Diamond, the evolution of digital distribution and its impact on record companies and artists and just who puts the “muse” in his music. Oh, by the way, the higher-than-usual level of quivering you hear in Jason’s voice comes from learning moments before going on the air that Nick’s band The Mighty Cascades had called it quits, thus eliminating a line of potential questions.. What the heck… nothing lasts forever, right? Except the endless entertainment value of the Karl Show!, of course.
For more on Nick and his music, check out:
This episode is a classic good news / bad news situation for Karl. The good news: Greg Rucka, one of his favorite comic book writers, is on the show! The bad news: he doesn’t really get to talk to him much because Jason spends nearly the entire interview picking Greg’s brain about writing comics, creators’ rights and more. But, hey… what would you do if you were a wannabe writer and you had the famed author of the comics Gotham Central, Detective Comics, 52, Wonder Woman, Whiteout, Stumptown and The Punisher, as well as the Queen & Country, Atticus Kodiak and Alpha novels sitting right in front you in a locked room for two hours? (Yes, Greg the door was locked. You’re actually very fortunate that Karl and Jason didn’t keep you in the studio and force you to write comics just for them Misery-style.)
Greg is kind enough to share some of the hard lessons he learned early on in his writing career, why The Punisher still isn’t a hero, how he and co-writer Ed Brubaker “got away” with Gotham Central and what made him turn down Before Watchmen.
For more on Greg’s work, his upcoming appearances, his blog and other great stuff, check out:
And please click below to check out his wonderful webcomic, Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether with artist Rick Burchett.
The 4th Annual 20/20 Awards are going to be held Saturday, Feb. 16th in Seattle and their co-founder Kris Kristensen joins us in the wayback machine to discuss this year’s nominees. The 20/20 Awards look at the films from 20 years ago to determine what’s really withstood the test of time, including Academy Award-winners and nominees and films that may have been initially overlooked by the Academy and critics.
We discuss the films of 1992 in consideration for the 20/20 Awards this year such as The Crying Game, Reservoir Dogs, Malcolm X, Scent of a Woman (pee-yew!), Strictly Ballroom, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Player and, of course, Best Picture winner Unforgiven. We also discuss the iconic performances of the year given by Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Jaye Davidson, Al Pacino (pee-yew!), Marisa Tomei and, of course, Whoopi Goldberg in the cinematic classic Sister Act.
Kris gives us his insight as to who has the edge to take home the Felix. The Oscar is soooo 20 years ago…
Good luck to all of the nominees… again.
For more on the 20/20 Awards, please visit:
It’s one nation under Goth in this episode as Lady Raven, the organizer of the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball, stops by the program. The VMB has become one of Portland’s most gala affairs, drawing attendees from every dark corner of the globe, and has been joined in recent years by the equally elegant New Year’s Eve Vespertine Winter Ball. Once we get past our usual audio issues, we talk to Lady Raven about how and why she puts these events all together, as well as her early years as a “baby bat”, the common misconceptions about goth culture and how to make it as a goth in the corporate world.
If you’d like to get your goth on:
The 2nd Annual Vespertine Winter Ball will be held Monday, December 31st
The 11th Annual Vampire’s Masquerade Ball will be held Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th
Both at Portland’s Melody Ballroom, 615 Southeast Alder Street, Portland, OR 97214
For more on these events, including amazing photos from years past, check out the website:
Karl might be dead, but the show’s heart carries on when Jason is joined by guest co-host Jeff Dodge and Texine of Portland’s Rose City Rollers women’s rollerderby league. Rollerderby has exploded in popularity in recent years and Texine glides into the studio to drop all kinds of knowledge about how the game of brutal beauty works. She also reminisces about her first hit, defines the roles and responsibilities of a “derby wife”, blows the lid off of Jason’s racial identity and offers her thoughts on what famous women might have what it takes to make it as a rollergirl (or not… A word of warning to Nicki Minaj: don’t come to Portland wearing roller skates). Shout-outs aplenty are dished out to her comrades Hurricane Skatrina, Intensive Scare, Wreck Deckard, Mia Feral, Micro Bruiser, White Flight and more, and Texine blesses Jason and Jeff with their very own rollerderby nicknames. One more flattering than the other.
For more on the Rose City Rollers, their game schedule, how to get tickets, as well as the documentary about the Rollers, “Brutal Beauty”, check out the following websites:
Karl is dead… long live Karl!
It’s our shortest episode ever (hold your applause), but it’s jam-packed with information and fun. Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk stops by the program to talk about her 10-volume, mini-comic series Oregon History Comics. Published by the Dill Pickle Club and illustrated by ten talented Oregon artists (including the author herself) this fascinating series tells little-known stories from Portland and Oregon history.
From Oregon’s suffragist movement, to Portland’s chapter of the Black Panthers, to the life and death of Portland’s all-ages music venue, the X-Ray Café, Oregon History Comics offers readers some uniquely-told tales from Oregon’s good ol’ days, not-so-good ol’ days and some of its weird ol’ days.
The collection includes:
Faces of Lone Fir Cemetery (illustrated by Sarah Mirk)
Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe (illustrated by John Isaacson)
Dead Freeways (illustrated by Don Barkhouse)
Portland’s Black Panthers (illustrated by Khris Soden)
The Streets of Chinatown (illustrated by Harry Lau)
Voices of Celilo Falls (illustrated by T. Edward Bak)
The Vanport Flood (illustrated by Nicole Georges)
The Lives of Loggers (illustrated by BT Livermore)
Votes for Women (illustrated by Suzette Smith)
Oregon Bikes (illustrated by Shawn Granton)
We also talk to Sarah about why she’s such a “history nerd”, her love for pie and her next project on sex and relationships. Jason also tries (unsuccessfully) to prevent the ever-intrepid reporter from turning the tables and interviewing him.
To find more of Sarah’s work (and to offer her some pie), check out:
And the winner is… not as good as what should have won. That thought has likely crossed the minds of movie lovers who have watched in shock and horror over the years as films such as Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan and Brokeback Mountain got the cold, cruel stiff-arm from the Academy Awards. What if those filmmakers could get a second chance at Best Picture glory? Thanks to the 20/20 Awards, now they can. Our guest filmmaker Kris Kristensen (director of the film Inheritance and former writer for A&E’s Hoarders) is the co-founder of the 20/20 Awards, which look back at the Academy Award-winners and nominees from 20 years ago and the films that may have been initially overlooked to determine what’s really withstood the test of time. Silence of the Lambs won Best Picture in 1992… does it hold up as well in 2012? (JFK sure does, dammit!)
We also talk with Kris about his own journey through the film industry inside and outside of Hollywood, his encounter with Tim Burton and the future of film. We were very pleased to be joined in the studio by former guest and future guest host, filmmaker/musician Jeff Dodge and Ryan Worsley (hello), co-curator of the Museum of Ordinary Things, the found art “museum” which puts the beauty of the everyday world around us on display. In hindsight, it was a really fun episode!
For more on the 20/20 Awards, please visit
For more on Kris’ work, check out
or his IMDB page
And check out Ryan at
Well, we always felt like interviewing a dancer would make for a great show, but we certainly never anticipated what would occur during this episode. No spoilers, but let’s just say our guest provides overwhelming evidence that her 35 years of dance training is no joke. Kristen has studied and performed styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African, Salsa and Swing, competed nationally amongst top Tap dancers for the National Tap Challenge and was the youngest performer to win the coveted title at National Dance Convention, winning in two consecutive years.
Kristen has also choreographed productions of musicals such as West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, Newsies, to name a few, and she is currently the director of the dance program at Portland’s da Vinci Arts Middle School.
We talk to Kristen about the dark side of dancing, how she approaches choreographing new routines for classic works and why the JFK assassination and interpretive dance don’t necessarily mix as well as you might think.
For more on Kristen and the dance program at da Vinci Arts Middle School, check out their website, davincidance.weebly.com
Kristen is such a great instructor, she can probably teach anyone to dance. Well, almost anyone… Thanks again to our silent guest Julie Eggers for introducing Kristen to us!
Photo: Julie Keefe, Dancer: Lucinda Klicker
Derek Thompson is an absolute monster. Well, his talent is anyway, and it’s been roaming the countryside of popular entertainment for 20 years now, leaving some amazing artwork its wake for the world to enjoy. Derek has worked as a storyboard artist and creature designer in the film and video game industries for studios such as Rhythm & Hues, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts and he has contributed artwork to such films as Men in Black, The Mummy series, Unbreakable, Star Wars: Episode III and John Carter. As a comic book artist, his art roars off the pages of such titles as Predator, Abe Sapien and Planet of the Apes. Derek is currently a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on such films as WALL-E, Cars 2, and their highly-anticipated summer release Brave.
We were lucky enough to have Derek on the show to share his experiences working with the likes of George Lucas, Tim Burton and Andrew Stanton, what influence of Ray Harryhausen, Richard Corben and King Kong had on him as a young man and what happens when good art ends up in bad movies. We also find out why taking a gig setting up chairs at an event can turn out to be a brilliant career move and the three of us acknowledge the loss of a dear friend we never met.
If you want a peek inside the inner workings of Pixar, check your head into this episode and we also highly encourage you to check out Derek’s website, derekmonster.com and his blog derekmonster.blogspot.com. (See, told ya!)
On a scale of 1 to fun, this week’s guest rates a rocket ship! So, strap yourselves in for a ride to the heavens. The Eisner award-winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man stops by the show to talk about his latest project with writer Mark Russell, God is Disappointed in You, which aims to strip the Bible down to its bare essence. Shannon listened to some fun and inspirational songs about Jesus while drafting the cartoons for the book and he shares some of those songs with us.
We also talk with Shannon about the origin of Too Much Coffee Man, why the TMCM opera soared and the TV series never left ground, and what it’s like being a cartoonist for The New Yorker. (His collection of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker called I Thought You Would Be Funnier also won an Eisner Award and was nominated for a Harvey Award, by the way.) And just between us, we haven’t been able to get the Too Much Coffee Man theme song out of our heads. Much like Shannon’s art, it rules.
Wow, what a BIG show. Somehow we were able to stretch the confines of the studio to accommodate three guests for a friendly and interesting discussion about art, although it sounds like we’re each speaking into a Pringles can. We begin our conversation with Shannon Larson and Richard Mavis, the co-owners and curators of Gigantic Gallery, the little art gallery in NW Portland with work by huge talent adorning its walls. Shannon and Richard are not only passionate about running their shop, but creating their own art (Shannon’s fun pen and ink images of animals and vegetables and Richard’s collage work stand out, in particular).
The latest show at Gigantic is “Silver Age” by artist Ian Seniff, which features pieces inspired by the comic-book artists that made the glory days of Marvel and DC Comics glorious. Ian’s love of comics has been with him since his childhood in South Bend, IN and it’s culminated beautifully into a show with paintings of superheroes fused with cultural icons and people from his own life. Ian also talks with us about how the show came to be.
In this episode, we learn how Shannon and Richard’s first date was unlike any other, how Batman was the last straw for Ian’s art school experience and how the death of Spider-Man’s girlfriend made Ian’s muse “snap” to attention. Also, there’s some talk about why the people cluttering up Portland’s sidewalks with A-boards are such A-holes.
For more on his work, check out Ian’s website.
And if you’re headed to Portland anytime soon, be sure to visit Gigantic Gallery, located at 1720 NW Lovejoy #103.
“Silver Age” runs there from April 5th through 29th.
Artist Leland Purvis’ history is full of history. Sure, that statement is dumb, but it doesn’t make it any less true, as you’ll find out in this episode. We talk to the self-taught (!) comic book artist and writer about what inspired his creator-owned series Pubo, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, and the anthology series Vóx, for which he was awarded a grant from the prestigious Xeric Foundation to self-publish. Leland was also the artist for Suspended in Language, a graphic biography about the life of physicist Niehls Bohr written by Jim Ottoviani and Resistance, the story of two children who secretly assist the French Resistance during WWII, written by Carla Jablonski.
We also learn about the Purvis family’s deep roots in Oregon, Leland’s time in Brooklyn as a member of the Deep-Six studio, his presence at the birth of comic website act-i-vate.com and how he and Jason have a li’l bit of history of their own.
Some people believe that business and friendship don’t mix well. In a lot of cases, that’s true (take Karl Show!, for example), but not for the guests in this episode. Jamie S. Rich, the former editor-in-chief at Oni Press and member of the editorial staff at Dark Horse Comics, is the author of the novels Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, The Everlasting, and Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, as well as the comics series Love the Way You Love, illustrated by Marc Ellerby. Joëlle Jones is a comic book artist who, quite frankly, has drawn her umlaut off for such titles as Fables, Madame Xanadu, Ultimate Spider-Man, the young-adult graphic novel Token, the Dr. Horrible comic written by Zack Whedon, Shojo Beat and Sexy Chix. As a team, they have collaborated on the critically-acclaimed 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, the noir graphic novel, You Have Killed Me and the super-fun, supernatural series Spell Checkers, with artist Nicolas Hitori de.
Listen and find out how a preacher’s son and picked-on little sister found each other and joined forces to create some great comic book stories. You’ll also find out what the “S” in Jamie S. Rich stands for, why Jamie’s identity as “the king of rock n’ roll romance” just might be a myth and how Jason’s definition of “hustle” may not exactly jibe with Joëlle’s. Oh, and Karl gives Jason the finger a lot… but he was asking for it.
For more on their work, check out:
PS – Jason, the co-host of a show about art and music, fails to ask the guests about how a Morrissey song may have contributed to the title of their book, cover image to your right. Maybe next time…
One of the reasons why we do this show is to draw creative inspiration from our guests… people who clearly love what they do. The guest in this episode is a prime example. Author and illustrator of the graphic novel series The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli, and the creator of Sea Ghost #1: The Sea Ghost in the Machine published by Nemo Publishing, Jay is a one-man Silver-Age, whose many different drawing styles instantly take readers, young and old, back to the glory days of FUN comics. Jay also has a background as an art director for educational CD-ROMs, including the award-winning Fizz and Martina’s Math Adventures, and as an animator for the ABC Saturday Morning show Squigglevision. He also co-created the internationally distributed comic book series, The Scrap City Pack Rats, featuring the world’s first disabled superheroes.
We talk to Jay about the genius and influence of Alex Toth, Wally Wood and others, how Capt’n Eli was born from soda pop and why merchandising may not be as difficult or costly as you think. (He may have even inspired us to create our own Karl Show! merch.) Be on the lookout for some great stuff coming from in Jay in 2012 and beyond, including a crossover comic featuring his character Commander X and Moonstone Books’ Golden-Age character Captain Midnight. For more on Jay’s amazing art and comics, check out his websites:
Funny, talented and charming… Three words that have never been used to describe Karl or Jason, but fit our guest Billie Worley to a tee. As a young actor, Billie appeared in such films as Space Cowboys, I Love Trouble and Hear No Evil and on TV series such as ER, Murphy Brown and Early Edition. Now his main focus is music and the stuff he and his band The Candy Company are turning out down in Memphis is pretty damn sweet. Billie shared with us some great music, as well as some of his experiences in Hollywood pissing off, not one, but two Academy Award-winning actresses, being directed by Clint Eastwood and how actors often can’t resist self-sabotage and sabotaging their peers.
Be sure to listen for the grab bag of pronunciations Jason comes up with for Billie’s last name (Whirley, Whorley, Wor-a-lee and more).
Also, check out the documentary about the golden era of pro wrestling in Memphis he produced called Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ at www.memphisheatthemovie.com.
Well, things ran more smoothly after Karl left the studio. Unfortunately, he returned to create the audio problems that you know and don’t love. Nevertheless, we had an awesome time talking to Player 1 (Anthony) and Player 2 (Art) about video games and found out very quickly that Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade (located at 511 NW Couch in Portland’s Old Town) isn’t just a business venture or a job for these guys; it’s a labor of love.
Featuring 60 classic video games such as Donkey Kong, Defender, Centipede and Robotron: 2084 and 27 pinball machines, Ground Kontrol is a cherished spot for nostalgia buffs, celebrities and kids of all ages to wade deeply into electronic nirvana at 25 cents a pop. We talk to Anthony and Art about how the arcade got started, learn some video game history and find out why Pac-Man’s back and better than ever.
Listen to this episode 10 times and earn an extra life! (Offer not valid in the US, Canada, the world or anywhere else in the known universe.)
And the winner is… certainly not Karl or Jason. This is the first of two shows featuring Karl in a very altered state. And by that we mean he attempts to wrest control of the program from Jason and the guest by lobbing in an unhealthy dose of rants, diatribes, and pontification. As for Jason, well, he didn’t really see any of the films nominated in the major categories, but that doesn’t stop him from chiming in with his “humble” opinion. Fortunately, film critic Erik Lundegaard is on the scene to offer his keen insights into this year’s Academy Awards nominees.
Erik has written film reviews for the Seattle Times, MSNBC.com, as well as articles for the Huffington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Film Quarterly and The Believer. Check out Erik’s film reviews on his site eriklundegaard.com. Congratulations in advance to all of this year’s winners and to those who fail to take home Oscar gold, remember that it’s an honor just to be… blah, blah, blah.
Sarah and David are married. In case you’re wondering, this is the reason why we interviewed them together. This is a fact pointed out on the show by David, one of the interviewEEs, and not by Jason, the lame interviewER. Be that as it may, we were lucky enough to have Sarah and David on the show to talk about their careers and Sarah’s ability to predict the future. Also, we avoid talking about politics at all. Well, maybe that is overstating things.
In addition to her work on such titles as Black Canary, Elfquest, Captain Atom, What If? and Aliens, Sarah is the writer of the popular graphic novel series Billi 99, which was listed in Gene Kannenberg’s 500 Essential Graphic Novels and 20 years ago gave readers a chilling peek into America’s economic nightmare to come. (All we’re missing these days is the girl with the sword.) Billi 99 is slated for re-release later this year with a film in the works as well. For more or Sarah’s work, please visit sarahbyam.com.
David is an extremely gifted artist, whose comic Misspent Youths is a fun chronicle of the life and times of a group of street kids and their encounters with love, drugs and sewer monsters. David is also now the artist on Steve Ahlquist’s Oz Squad, the adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion re-imagined as secret agents taking on Nazis who’ve seized control of the Emerald City (oh, hell yeah). Check out more of David’s great work at his website skookworks.com.
If you are a fan of Jason, start listening at 0:00, if you are a fan of our guests, tune in at 4:45 Oh, if you want to see something cool, check out this link to Patrick O’ Hearn’s animated version of the show!
We start off 2012, well, kind of the same way we ended 2011: with a whole passel of audio issues and a low-talking, inarticulate co-host threatening to derail the whole program. Fortunately, our special guests were undeterred by the usual Karl Show! shenanigans and were able to share with us the inspiration and technical secrets behind their amazing books Heartbreakers and Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. Boilerplate is not only a stunning achievement in illustration and design, but a compelling story that allows its audience to walk through American history holding hands with a robot… that’s about as cool as it gets!
Paul and Anina also give us the lowdown on the Boilerplate film project (which has been optioned by Paramount Pictures and is being developed by J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot), their days at Dark Horse Comics (as artist and editor respectively), and the connection between Jeremy Piven and Uncle Ben’s Rice. Paul and Anina will be appearing at a number of comic book stores in Portland throughout February, promoting their new book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. For more info, we encourage you to check out their website bigredhair.com.
We couldn’t think of a better way to close out 2011 than to talk with artist / writer Chris Moreno about his new horror/comedy comic book series Zombie Dickheads. We loved this book and appreciated Chris sharing his insight into its creation with us. We also chat with Chris about his early influences, if/how freelance artists prepare for their financial future and why all zombies are not necessarily created equal. Oh, and Karl attempts to recruit Chris to join his revolutionary “Unionize Comics” movement.
Chris’ other credits include the comics Disney’s Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, The Minions of Ka from Arcana, and Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick and Popgun from Image Comics, Alien Inventor, World War Hulk: Frontline, Dracula vs. King Arthur and the popular webcomic Super Frat. His own podcast, the very funny Gymkommentary (co-hosted by IFC’s Matt Singer), is also available on iTunes.
I’m pretty sure writer / filmmaker David Walker has been cloned. I mean, there’s no way one person could drive as many creative endeavors in as many media formats as he has in recent years. He’s been a film director (Damaged Goods, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered & Shafted, Black Santa’s Revenge), novelist (Darius Logan: Super Justice Force), comic-book writer (Dark Horse Presents’ Number 13) and screenwriter (the popular YouTube short Blackstar Warrior). He’s also been the film editor of Portland’s Willamette Week, a film critic for msn.com and publisher of the magazine Bad Azz Mofo. David takes a break from kicking pop culture’s ass to sit down with us and talk about his (really) brief time at the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, what makes Jesus Christ Superstar shine, what sucks about Star Wars and why documenting the work of blaxploitation filmmakers is so important.
Tom and Kate are f’n amazing people, who are passionate about wine, music and each other. It was a joy to have them in the studio to talk about all their loves, to school Jason on what wine is, and as I recall, do a bit of ball bustin’? But we had a really great time.
It didn’t hurt that they brought some bottles in for us to sample. Nope, didn’t hurt one bit.
As always, there were plenty of technical
problems that Karl encountered (caused)
along the way, so this episode is going up
Cheers to Tom and Kate.
Well, what can I say about Ron? Not only is he a talented comic book penciller and inker who’s been in the business for twenty or so years (on such titles as Wolverine, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Adventures of Superman, Daredevil, Deadworld and others), I’m proud to say he’s one of my best friends. We talk to Ron about his influences, his experiences at ComiCon and what young artists need to know if they want to break in to comics. And we also share stories about the artist who greatly influenced our lives: the oft-mentioned, late Scott Tolson.
Ron’s got a number of projects coming out in 2012, including the graphic novel Going Down, the series Blueshift, Dallas McCoy, Z and another project you’ll be hearing a lot more about, particularly from one mealy-mouthed source… trust me. – Jason.
“Seen any good movies lately?” These days, it’s becoming more and more difficult to answer that question in the affirmative. So, we decided to bring in film critic Erik Lundegaard to help us out. Erik has written film reviews for the Seattle Times, MSNBC.com, as well as articles for the Huffington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Film Quarterly and The Believer. We’ll talk to Erik about recent movies such as Ides of March and Tree of Life (with Spoiler Alerts!), what’s up with the Academy Awards (Spoiler Alert – The Hurt Locker won Best Picture in 2009!) and whether or not film criticism is itself an art of form. We encourage you to check out Erik’s film reviews on his site eriklundegaard.com . PS – remember those technical difficulties that used to make our show so charming? Theeeeeey’re baaaaaack…
Not only has he appeared in such TV series as Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, Weeds, CSI:NY and 24, he’s also voiced many, many characters for video games and animation. His original web series The Booth at the End is available on hulu.com and he can be seen in the upcoming major motion pictures Medallion and Argo.
We talk to Matt about how he got his start in acting, how he’s maintained his long career, the hazards of driving strippers around and his near-miss with Mickey Mouse. For Matt’s crazy long list of credits, please check out his website and his IMDB page.
Jim drops by the show to talk about some of the latest titles from Marion Street Press, as well as to discuss the current state of book publishing and its future. Marion Street’s catalog includes everything from books on writing and journalism to the genres of humor, children’s and mystery.
Jim also co-manages Acorn Guild Press and Harpy Books, two imprints that feature books on alternative spirituality and folklore. A writer himself, Jim’s short fiction has been published in The Lavender Network, Velvet Mafia, and The Harrow.
For more info on Marion Street Press, check out their website: http://www.marionstreetpress.com/home/
Great guest, great stories, great tunes. What more could we ask for?
I guess Jason deciding that this isn’t our last show.
Show Format Change: Since I’m pretty sure it isn’t our last show, from now on if you want to hear the full songs that the guests play, you’re going to have to listen live.
Thanks so much to our wonderful guest artist / designer Bunny Huggins for joining us. For more info on her art and fashion designs, please check out Bunny’s website. Bunny’s website
So, I didn’t edit this, didn’t actually listen to it before I posted it. But from what I can remember, there was a lot of drinking, a lot of arguing, some boasting and a bit of talk about the upcoming NFL season…
Now that the lockout is behind them, the players, coaches and management of all 32 NFL teams are finally able to focus their efforts on achieving the single most glorious goal of all: being mentioned on Karl Show! (starring Jason). We can’t wait for the pro football season to start and we’re bringing in two of the biggest football fans we know to discuss what the future holds for each and every team. Artist Thomas Malcolm Cook makes his triumphant return to the show and is joined by actor Johnny Useldinger. Together, they will be dropping their knowledge about America’s REAL favorite pastime. Also, we’ll hold the first in a series of round table discussions about hip-hop music. All four of us are huge fans, but Jason really needs to understand why… particularly why the absolutely deplorable things some rappers say can be made to sound so, so good.