photo credits in banner: Grayden Lang, Mark Mayerson, Caroline Gauthier.
 
Well It's finally come to the end of the Guys With Pencils Podcast.

Thank you all for listening to us over the last 4 years as we have talked about our experiences. Going from fresh green grads to hosting panels at some awesome animation festivals. Learning and sharing with you, our listeners.

A big thank you to all of our guests we have ever had on the show. We hope you've enjoyed recording with us as much as we did with you!

Big thanks!!!!

-Andrew & Adam.
 
 
 
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 It's been one hell of week. A lot of stuff has gone down in the world and now a days we are more of a global community than ever before. So a lot of social issues that happen in one part of the globe and it becomes something that everyone else is witnessing. So there is a lot of stuff they talk about regarding what's been happening lately. Which leads into the topic of well being and taking care of ones self mentally plays a hand with the supportive community you build around yourself.

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We had the good fortune to talk with the talented Kelly Smith! Kelly works for Capybara Games! IF you haven't heard of either her or Capy, then you must have take your head from out of the sand and start getting informed! Start by listening to this podcast where we dive into the really awesome path that took Kelly from being an animation grad working in a box factory to kickass artist working for Capy!

Check out more about Kelly HERE
And don't forget to check out her shop HERE


ALSO! Check out Adam's guest appearance on another podcast CANADALAND! As he talks about the animation business in Canada.

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This week, We're joined with our friend Wayne Michael Lee! Wayne works for Titmouse Vancouver and has been working on setting up a west coast lecture series titled "vAnimatic"
If you're familiar with Animatic TO, the premise is the same but just out on the west coast for the animation community to enjoy!

Have a listen as get a first taste if you will of what vAnimatic will have in store!

For more info on Wayne - check out the links below.

vAnimatic

Wayne's Twitter
Wayne's Tumblr 

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This week we are joined by Brian Evinou. Brian's been busy working on the promotion of the newly announced MONSTROSITY II ! We got to sit down with him and go over the ins and outs of having to create this second installment of the graphic novel. We cover everything from the origins of his career in the animation industry to his work on the first Monstrosity book. Lot's of interesting tidbits to listen to!

With the Kickstarter in it's final days, go help fund this project with the link provided above!

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It's been a busy work week, so the boys are just having a nice conversation about their favorite drink - COFFEE. It's a "let's talk about comics/horror/ and all the different kind of ways you can drink coffee" kinda chat.

So we encourage you to grab a cup of your favorite brew and relax and enjoy the ramblings of to overworked animation dudes.

Thanks for listening!
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Saying you're sorry can be the hardest thing to do. Especially if you are a corporation. What are the implications of public apologies? Are they handled in the best manner?  This week the boys chat about some recent events that make them question these sorts of public relation tactics.


For more information regardin the topics discussed in this episode. Follow this link --> HERE

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We've brought back two of our favorite guests Alex and Lindsay Small-Butera! The creators of BAMAN PIDERMAN! If you havent heard our first episode with these two awesome folks, Check it out HERE! 

Since we last spoke to them they were able to get their Baman Piderman Kickstarter off the ground! Within hours the goal was met and Baman Piderman would be returning with a set amount of episodes! But with 30 days still left to go on the Kickstarter page, the funding continued! Now they have exceeded their original goal, Alex and Lindsay are hard at working getting ready to ramp up on this chapter that will bring the story to a close. 

 

 Have a listen as we talk to them about their experience bringing their project back to life! 

 

 

 

Alex's Twitter

Lindsay's Twitter 

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So here's a question..What will you be doing down the road? Sure you may be a student with the desire to work in the animation industry. Or maybe you're an industry pro who has been working for 20 years or more. But what will you're next job be? If there's anything that has been learned in the last few years doing this podcast is that you need to open to the option of changing careers. This industry has changed drastically and who knows where it will be going. Will there be room for you in the future? Maybe what excites you now, wont be so interesting down the road.

Have a listen as the Boys chat about the long road it's been and the future that lies ahead.

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This week Andrew takes a break while Adam fills his empty seat with Henry Faber. Henry runs Bento Miso with Jennie Faber and has a lot of insight on what its like to help manage projects as well as excellent events and spaces. Henry also has a lot of insight on what it means to work with a focus on your values, and how doing so can be very meaningful to others and help create a less toxic environment in the mediums we work in.

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This weekend was TAAFI! Toronto Animation Arts Festival International! We hosted 3 panels and got to meet up with a lot of friends and colleagues who work in Toronto. Lots of great times were had by all and the TAAFI crew did a phenomenal job putting everything together! This episode is just a taste of what we did at TAAFI. In the weeks to come we will do a follow up episode with the folks behind the event. But for now, Have a listen to the awesome things that we got to witness!

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So is it good enough? What sets apart someone's work opposed to another? What are the qualities that a production team look for when hiring? Is there more to just being a good drafts person? How does something terrible get green lit and continue to be broadcast? We fumble around these questions as we talk about what makes something good enough to be shown on TV.  It's not really the kind of talk where you can pin point the exact answers, but none the less it's still a good discussion to have.

Remember! This is your LAST WEEK to win tickets to our TAAFI PANELS! Just draw a funny picture of Adam and Andrew then tweet it with the hashtag #gwpcontest to @guyswithpencils & @andrewmurrman

Winners will be informed by email and you'll get 2 tickets to 1 of 3 panels we will be hosting at TAAFI!

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So there have been a lot of stories in the media about the responsibilities creators have over the content they create. Each decade you'll hear things like; " A kid broke his arm while trying to fly like Superman" or "Kids go into sewers looking for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Sometimes these stories end with sad note, where the kids mimicking  these things accidentally die.

This week Adam and Andrew discuss the roles and responsibilities creators have and should have when it comes to these kinds of situations.

NOTE: This episode is a discussion between two friends and their thoughts. Their opinions are on the spot and it's not a debate. So there is no right or wrong answer in the end. But have a listen if you wanna hear them work through their process.

Sincerely, Adam and Andrew!

 

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This week we got to sit down with Rocket 5 creators Cathy Feraday Miller and Tim Miller. These two have tons of experience in the gaming/animation industry. Between the two of them they have worked for Dreamworks feature animation, LucasArts, Nihilistic Software and a variety of animation houses around town. Currently working on their game Phantom P.I.
Have a listen as we geek over all the great stuff they have been involved with and also talk about the journey they took to get their gaming studio off the ground!

Check out more stuff from Rocket 5 HERE
For more on Phantom P.I. click HERE
Tim Miller's Twitter
Cathy Feraday Miller's Twitter
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This week the boys are catching up with eachother. It's been a pretty intense week for them so they decided to just sit back and discuss how things are going. That being said, it's not just you're regular watercooler chit chat. These talks usually lead into a specific topic. And this week, it's writing. Have a listen as they have a few self discovery moments during this episode.

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 This week we are joined by Cheyenne Curtis! She is a French Canadian gal working down at Disney TV as a character designer! We got to catch up with her and talk about her experiences that lead her from the snowy peaks of Montreal to the sunny beaches of California. Her story is not what you would consider to be "traditional", when it comes to landing a job at Disney. Have a listen as she dives in to the pitching process. You get to hear first hand experiences of what it's like pitching to the big wigs!
 Afterwards, listen to Adam and Andrew ask questions about cultural differences between Canada and the US. (They do this because they both lead very sheltered lives)

 

Cheyenne's Twitter
Cheyenne's Blog

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This week we are joined with the talented Nicole Kozak. Nicole is a animator who attended Sheridan College and is now working on a variety of TV projects and personal ones. We brought her in to chat about the personal work she does outside of her 9-5 job. Her personal work revolves around her love for design and clothing. Have a listen as we talk to her about the ins and outs of getting her own line of clothing off the ground while still working her animation job to pay the bills.

*Apologies for the abrupt ending in the episode. Our batteries died before we could wrap it up.*
 

Check out Nicole's Tumblr HERE
Check out Nicole's Hilltop Shop HERE

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Joining us this week is comic artist Boum! Also goes by the name Samantha Leriche-Gionet. Working out of her apartment, she posts her comic 'Boumeries', based on her life, every Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We got the chance to talk about her career and all the aspects involved with making  her web comic. This episode is filled with lots of fun, mispronunciations, and dreams about toilets.

Check out more of Boum's work at her site, HERE
Boum's TWITTER
Boum's FACEBOOK
 
Don't forget to check out Michelle's comic that was mentioned
in the opening HERE!
 
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This week the Guys get to chat about their upcoming jobs. Surprisingly, both start on the same day. Joining them is their friend Eric Gauthier (background painter and Art lead extraordinaire) They chat about the workloads that lie ahead along with the upcoming game that Adam is writing. With deadlines that are looming, They all look for a solution. If only there was a Game Genie for real life!

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This week the Guys got to chat with their former professor Mark Mayerson. Back in March Mark did a lecture at the monthly Animatic TO series. His talk was titled "Don't Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience". If you missed out on his talk, this episode will be sort of an epilogue on the points he had when it comes to pitching your concept.

Here's a link to a MovieBob video Andrew rambled on about regarding Hollywood & Destiny.

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This week we got to talk with Illustrator/Character Designer, Chris Battle!
Chris has been working for over 20 years in the animation business working on such projects as; Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Teen Titans GO! Chris joined us this week to chat about his work as a designer and the advice he shares for newer generations of artists who are looking to get into the same field.
Check out his stuff below!

Chris Battle Blog

Chris Battle Tumblr

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Talking movies is what's happening this week. The new animated feature version of 'PEANUTS' was debuted and there is a lot of talk back about it. So of course, you're two favorite cartoon nerds weigh in with their thoughts. It's a discussion starting from the basics of the comic strip to the styles that were chosen with this new feature film.

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As the seasons change, so do the jobs. It's a fact of life having to work in this type of business. This week the Guys talk about the transitions that need to be made when adapting to a new job. Sometimes their are risks that have to be taken which can cause a lot of uncertainty. Other times there are periods where one job will end and another will start up and not a bit of effort was used to look elsewhere. It's just the way it goes...But it's not all serious business..Adam goes on a joyous recap of the film JASON X!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

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WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MORE HORSE BALLS THAN USUAL.
 
Katie Shanahan and J. Bone have joined us this week to talk about THEFT! specifically, Art Theft. Why Katie and J. you ask? Well because they are victims of having their own pieces of artwork stolen, traced and displayed without having any source credit to the original works or creators! This is a really interesting topic and we were very lucky to have such wonderful artists who can give their accounts as to what steps they took once they realized their work had been stolen.

To find out more about Katie and J. Follow the links below:

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This week the Guys are talking about the future! With some contracts coming to a close and new job possibilities on the horizon, They have a little discussion about the work that is to come. But it's not all about work! They also take the time to reflect upon the personal impact that creative people have in their lives.

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You’ve never heard of Jason Reeves? … He  made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. duh! Well that's actually a lie..but Jason did work for George Lucas. Which is pretty damn cool. We got to talk with Jason recently about what it was like working for Lucas Arts in its final years before being bought by Disney. One of the really interesting aspects about his job was that Jason had already been working in the Toronto Animation scene for over a decade. So this was a pretty big move to uproot his family from Toronto to LA for a job. Have a listen as we dive into the aspects of what it took to make this move possible and the experiences he gained while working for Lucas Arts.

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In this episode you can expect more! More TCAF, more comics and more Chris Butcher!

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This week we finally got to chat with the creator of the Toronto Comics Art Festival (or TCAF as it's known) Chris Butcher!
Chris manages at the Beguiling Comic shop in Toronto and has now been running TCAF for over ten years! Chris is an overly nice guy and he was a fantastic guest to talk to. In this first part of a two part episode, we go on to discuss the festival origins along with the work that was involved into setting it up and making it one of the premiere comic art festivals in the world.

Tune in next week for Part 2 of this episode!

Chris Butcher's Twitter
The Beguiling
TCAF

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We got everyone's favorite comic book guru JIM ZUB back in the chair this week! For those of you who are unfamiliar, We spoke with Jim Zub before in a two part episode a few years ago. We brought Jim back to talk about his work on his series SKULLKICKERS and his most recent work for IDW on the new SAMURAI JACK comic!
Grab a coffee, plug in your headphones and get ready to be motivated by the overly talented incredible nice guy, Jim Zub!

Check out these links;
Jim's previous episode on GWP - CLICK HERE
Jim's Twitter - CLICK HERE
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We're chatting with Carla Veldman this week! She's a friend of ours who we went to Sheridan with back in the day. Her grad film "The Scarf" is a stop motion short that touches on the aspects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. We got chatting with Carla, not only because she's a super nice person who we really enjoy being around, but she is going to be doing a puppet building workshop for TAIS (Toronto Animated Image Society) If you really enjoy stop motion and puppet making you should check it out! Have a listen this week as we talk about all the aspects of artistry behind stop motion animation!

For Carla's Blog CLICK HERE
For Carla's film "The Scarf" CLICK HERE
For TAIS Workshop info CLICK HERE
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This week we got to chat with KAT MORRIS! She's worked on such series as; SUPERJAIL!, THE REGULAR SHOW and her most recent work can be seen on Cartoon Network's STEVEN UNIVERSE, where she works her magic as the Story Supervisor! Have a listen as we chat with her about the things that influence her. This episode is pretty rad, talking about everything from The Simpsons to Roller Derby. Kat Morris is one really awesome lady making some great stories for you fine folks!

Follow her on TWITTER
Check out her BLOG
Check out her TUMBLR
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Since the conception of this podcast, both Adam and Andrew have been very fortunate to have been working from project to project with very few breaks in between. And since the beginning, they have said that you will get to hear about the high points and the low points. This weeks episode focuses on some of the not so easy aspects of working as a freelance artist. The reality of a job ending abruptly can occur. Have a listen and hear how they deal with this unfamiliar territory. 

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Another year has begun, new resolutions have been made, and some more podcasting is underway. This week Adam and Andrew talk about the new year and the new things that will be going on for the both of them, 2014 looks like it will be a great time! Have a listen as they look back on 2013 with all the ups and downs that it had to offer!

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