Artist Mike Russell
We knew writer/artist Mike Russell as a multi-talented and much respected member of Portland’s creative community, but we were pleased to discover something else about him in this episode: he’s one funky mother!
Mike is the creator of the cartoon strips Sabertooth Vampire, Mr. Do & Mr. Don’t and Culture Pulp, and is also a longtime journalist and film critic whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, The Oregonian and Ain’t It Cool News.
Mike joined us to talk about the influence of Charles Schulz and Chuck Jones on his work, his approach to interviewing celebrities, the concept of cluster economic theory and why Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut is a deeply misunderstood gem.
Mike also talked with us about his search for his birth parents and why he didn’t have to look very far from home to find them.
And you’re gonna want to see the video of Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition” on Sesame Street that Mike mentions during the show (unless, of course, you don’t enjoy things that are awesome) and because it didn’t originally play properly during the show, check out Bobby Roberts’ Geek Remixed track Fistful of Rupees here.