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.
Direct download: GWP_Ep175Goodbye.mp3
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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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep174ThanksRobin.mp3
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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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep173BeatFist.mp3
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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.


Wayne's Twitter
Wayne's Tumblr 

Direct download: GWP_Ep176BeginningOfTheEnd.mp3
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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!

Direct download: GWP_Ep171Monstrosity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

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!
Direct download: GWP_Ep170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

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

Direct download: GWP_Ep169Sorry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

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 

Direct download: GWP_Ep168SmallButera2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep167.mp3
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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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep166Values.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

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!

Direct download: GWP_Ep165TAAFI.mp3
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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!

Direct download: GWP_Ep164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

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!


Direct download: GWP_Ep163.mp3
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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
Direct download: GWPEp_162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep161.mp3
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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

Direct download: GWP_Ep160CC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

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

Direct download: GWP_Ep159NKozak.mp3
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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
Don't forget to check out Michelle's comic that was mentioned
in the opening HERE!
Direct download: GWP_Ep158BOUM.mp3
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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!

Direct download: GWP_Ep157.mp3
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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.

Direct download: GWP_ep156MayersonTheThird.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

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

Direct download: GWP_Ep155CBattle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

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!


Direct download: GWP_Ep153.mp3
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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:

Direct download: GWP_Ep152ArtTheftisBadYall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

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.

Direct download: GWP_Ep150.mp3
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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

Direct download: GWP_Ep148ButcherPrt01.mp3
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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
Direct download: GWP_Ep147BowBeforeZub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

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
Direct download: GWP_Ep146Carla.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

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
Direct download: GWP_Ep145KatMorris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

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. 

Direct download: GWP_Ep144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

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!

Direct download: GWP_Ep1432014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

This week the boys visit the Toronto studio Tinman Creative and talk to one of its founders Brett Jubinville! Brett tells us all about his career and what its like to start and run a studio in today's media climate while still being and artist!

Direct download: GWP_Ep142Tinman.mp3
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This week we spoke with Animatic TO creator Barry A. Sanders! Barry is a local Toronto animator who has been working in the industry over the past 17 years. He has recently created the new monthly animation social get together group, Animatic TO.

Animatic TO is a monthly animation lecture series and social event dedicated to education, inspiration and building community in Toronto's animation scene. It's only in its 3rd session, but the reception has been fantastic!

If you can make it in to Toronto for Wednesday the 18th, come see Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 co-director) do his lecture!

If you would like more info click HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep141Barry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Adam and Andrew were at the Bit Bazaar Winter Market this weekend. It was a great time had by all! If you didnt go, you missed out on one hell of a festival! The Guys had the chance to talk with some previous guests who had been on the podcast before (Rosemary Brennan, Rachel Kahn) But they also got to chat with some new folks, Like Miles Baker (He helps run TCAF!). Adam and Andrew also get to have a sit down with the overly helpful and talented couple Jenny & Henry Faber. Without them there would be no Bit Bazaar.
The Bazaar had a relaxed vibe of comradery that you dont really see at a lot of the bigger expos, So it definitely stood out as one of the best community efforts put together in a long time. Have a listen to the episode

Check out more info about the Bazaar HERE 

Check out Robby Duguay's Christmas album HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep140BitBazaar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

This week the Boys start off with a little recap of the previous work week, talking jobs, events, and overall the atmosphere and where their heads are at for the upcoming month. December can be a really busy time with work, parties, holidays, etc etc. So In this episode they talk about the future opportunities and ideas they both have rolling around inside their heads.
They also received a question regarding Freelance work from a listener, to which they address in this episode.

"...Im looking for advice about commissions on flash puppets. I get people requesting me if I can make puppets for them. How should I price?..."  


If you happen to be in the Toronto Area on Dec 7th - Check out the Bit Bazaar @ Bento Miso! MORE INFO HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

 From the start of this podcast we have always made it a point to be observant of what our effect on the animation industry is. Working as Canadians within this industry we have either been working on content for overseas clients or working on our own ideas and trying to expand the Canadian animation scene at home and abroad.
In this episode, we discuss our own personal thoughts based on the past three years. It revolves around the politics, the finances and the culture that we live in that defines our roles in the Canadian animation scene. 
Direct download: GWP_Ep138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

We got to hang out with the awesome talent behind ASTEROID BASE this week! Asteroid Base is a Toronto based indie game studio headed by Matt Hammill  and Jamie Tucker.
We got to have a long lengthy chat about their early starting points with the company and the trails and tribulations they have encountered doing what they do. It's a great talk and we learned a lot about their process and personal motivations that help them make the awesome games they want to play!

Check their site HERE!

Direct download: GWP_Ep136AsteroidBase.mp3
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If you have ever enjoyed Calvin & Hobbes we hope this weeks episode will be a treat for you! Just over a week ago a fan made animation was posted online to YouTube that was based off the classic comic strip. And during the time that it was posted it has reached over 500,000 views! If you haven't seen it Check it out HERE!
And this week we were able to sit and chat with the fan who animated this adorable short. Adam Brown! Adam is a freelance animator who works out of Hamilton, Ontario. This episode has a lot of classic newspaper comic talk along with some insight on getting ones foot in the animation door.

Follow Adam Brown HERE

Check out the Bill Watterson Inspired Comic based off a speech he gave, HERE

ALSO as a bonus; Check out the trailer for this new documentary about the impact of Calvin and Hobbes and its reclusive creator Bill Watterson. Check that out HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep136..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

BAMF! It stands for BIG ACTION MEGA FIGHT!!! It's an new mobile game created by Double Stallion! The game is available on your mobile phones in Canada and will soon be available in the US! We got to chat with Eric Angelillo about his role in the creation of it!  It's a classic beat em up fighter game that throws a lot of love and care out to those types of games of yesteryear! If you love these kinds of games, check it out! It's Free too! 
Also, as a bonus, we chat with Eric about his process about creating the game and the amount of work it took for him to develop and get to a point where he wanted to work for himself within the game industry!

Check out Big Action Mega Fight on ITUNES!

Check out Eric's site HERE and download BAMF for your mobile device!

Direct download: GWP_Ep135BAMF.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

So we started talking about how Canadian TV networks are going to have some changes happening with how they allow their customers to view channel packages. It's an interesting topic that we bounce off from and took us to the deepest darkest areas of the internet and how to deal with the discourse that takes place. Then we talk about how we look at shows and games, and how important does the artistic look really come into play in the grand scheme of things?
It's an all over the place kind of episode, but it all comes back to living in a visual world and how Adam loves his Bar Wars (technically known as Bar Rescue).

Check out this link we mentioned in this episode:

A Survivor's Guide to Discourse in the Internet Age


Direct download: GWP_Ep134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

She's one of the first female super heroes, predating Wonder Woman. She is based of the Inuit mythology and folklore. She is one of Canada's earliest Golden Age hero's in comic history! She's NELVANA!! 
Nelvana of the Northern Lights has been brought back to life through the efforts of Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey! They put a Kickstarter together to help re issue her stories to people everywhere.  
We had the opportunity to chat with Hope and Rachel about Nelvana and the role she has within Canadian comic history. If you are a fan of the Golden Age of comics from Canada and want to learn more about Nelvana then have a listen to our interview with her!

Follow Rachel and Hope on Twitter and check out more info on Nelvana HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep133Nelvana.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT


We got to sit down this week with Ricardo Curtis. Ricardo is the co-owner of the Toronto based studio House Of Cool. Known for their pre-production work, HoC has worked for a variety of major motion picture studios. If you have ever wondered what sets themselves apart from the other studios in town, have a listen to what Ricardo says. It's a fantastic talk filled with inspiration all along the way.  

Check out House of Cool throughout the web!

Direct download: GWP_Ep132HoC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

Seen the awesome animated short COIN? It's baller...friggin baller. It's a visual treat and so well done. This week we chat with it's creator CHRIS BURNS of Exit 73 Studios. Along withe Chris is his team member Bob Fox. Both guys runs Exit 73 and worked on COIN. One of the awesome things about this short is how Chris said he focused on animating the energy he had built up and from there he created a story around that. A really awesome way to create a short film if you ask us. Have a listen if you want to get all inspired with animation goodness!

Check out Exit 73 Studios HERE
Exit 73 Studios Twitter
Exit 73 Studios Facebook 

Direct download: GWP_Ep131Coin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Did you ever think you wanted to go back to school for a second career? Maybe you want to try the animation industry? But you're not sure if it's the right choice. Maybe you think you're too old, or that it wont be worth the time and money. Well if you have ever thought about these things you should have a listen to this episode with our friend Rob Finlay.
Rob works in the gaming industry but before that he had a completely different career. When Rob was 30 he took the chance on going back to school following his passion of art and animation. Check out this episode if you want to hear someone who made the choice to go back to school.

Check out Rob's Blog here!

Direct download: GWP_Ep130Finlay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Natahsa Allegri is our guest this week. She's the creator of the Cartoon Hangover sensation BEE & PUPPYCAT! She's also responsible for the designs behind FIONA & CAKE of Adventure Time! 
We have a great chat about the developement of BEE & PUPPYCAT and how it came to be along with her developement as an artist too. Also, if you a fan of Garfield, Ice Cream, and talking movies then you'll really enjoy all the other stuff we talk about in this episode!

Check out Natasha's Twitter
Check out Natasha's Tumblr
Check out Bee & PuppyCat 

Direct download: GWP_Ep129Natasha.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

Adam and Andrew head back to school! This week they attened Sheridan College to check out their old stomping grounds. While they were there, they had the joy of running in to a current student, Justin Chan! 

Now Justin isn't your ordinary animation student. His work has already been featured at PAX 2013 and he was also able to secure a job working in the TV animation business. Have a listen because it's a pretty interesting tale to hear the old school talk with the new school. 

Check out Justin's Twitter and his Tumblr

Direct download: GWP_Ep128Justin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

Michelle Tripp is a Toronto based animator. She currently worked on the new show GROJBAND! (airs Thursday nights @ 7pm on TELETOON) Not only is she just an animator, She's an animation lead! She's in charge of making sure the whole production comes together on the animation side. She's been working for a decade in the Canadian TV animation business. Have a Listen as we talk about a variety of things. Starting with her own work to what it's like being a female lead animator in the animation business where there are a lot of males producing the work.

Check out her TUMBLR HERE!
And if you liked that check out her TWITTER!


Direct download: GWP_Ep127Tripp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

The boys catch up on recent going on's including Andrew's first serious experience behind the table at Fan Expo, Adam not going for the first time in 10 years and what it all means to them.

Direct download: GWP_Ep126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

This week we talk with Drew Green. The self taught, no school kick as cartoon illustrated and web comic maker!!

He's the guy with the devilish flare behind his online comic ROSS BOSTON. Drew is primarily a freelance artist and supports himself by taking on a variety of commission work. Have a listen while we chat with Drew. Talking from everything about the how to's when it comes to creating content for on the internet to how to maintane a way of living through your work.

Check out Drew's Tumbrl HERE
Check out Drew's Twitter HERE 

Direct download: GWP_Ep125DrewGreen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

Hey Guy! (slurp) So this week we got to interview someone who was incredibly influential to us during our high school and college years. Pete Williams is the creator of the MTV series Undergrads!!! We had a really awesome talk with Pete about his career in the animation business and how it all happened with Undergrads. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to make a cartoon for a major TV network at the age of 18. Then this is an episode you should really listen too. Hope you all enjoy listening to this episode as much we enjoyed making it.

Follow Pete on TWITTER!! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep124UGPeteWilliams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

Cellar Door Games is an independent video game development company located in Toronto, Ontario. Theyre known for a variety of games but in this episode, the two we're focusing on are "Dont S#$% Your Pants" and "Rogue Legacy"

Have a listen while we dive into the behind the scenes work that goes on a Cellar Door Games! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep123TeddyLee.mp3
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This episode was recorded months ago during a cottage weekend getaway with friends. We thought it had accidently been erased but luckily it was found just recently! So Have a listen to this really interesting group chat, featuring cool animation folks like; Ben Thomas, Kyu Bum Lee, Wayne Michael Lee, Allison Neil, Eric Gauthier and Amanda Martin! 


Direct download: GWP_Ep122LostCottage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

 This week we're going to talk pre school entertainment. Both Adam and Andrew have worked on pre school television shows so what they say about them is taken from those experiences. What makes a good preschool show? What is the goal that is trying to be made when creating a new brandname for preschoolers? How much is too much when it comes to advertising to pr schoolers? Should have those who don't even have children express their opinions on what these kids should be watching?
 These are some of the questions Adam and Andrew put out there in this episode as they try to dig deeper into how this all works within their industry.

Direct download: GWP_Ep121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT


J. Bone returns to talk shop! COMICS! MOVIES! and CARTOONS! In this episode we cover J's new Horror Comic he's working on. Talking about how to adapt to a new style and making it work for him. We also dive in to the summer 2013 movie chat. Star Trek In To Darkness, World War Z, Man of Steel, This Is The End, Pacific Rim! And to top it all off we chat about the new DC Wonder Woman Short being made by Rober Valley. 

Go check out J's site and also his Twitter too! 


Direct download: GWP_Ep120Bone03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

We took a visit to the province of British Columbia this week to attend the wedding of our good friends, Braden Poirer and Jennifer Tisdale! The wedding was amazing along with the awesome time we had spent with all our old and new friends. 
 In this episode we talk to the newly weds about the challenges about moving long distances and maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and with your partner. It takes a lot of dedication and if anyone can speak!

Thanks again to the Bride and Groom for letting us record with them. It's been something we've been looking forward to for a long time! Also Thanks to our pal Jamie Metzger for the awesome photo she took of us while we recorded the episode on a dock!

Direct download: GWP_Ep119BC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

What is best in life you ask? Well the answer is of course it's Rachel Kahn! A concept artist with a flare for the unusual. One of her most recent triumphs is that she made a book! YEAH! I FREAKIN BOOK! How many of you can take that to the bank? 
Her book is titled Conan The Barbarian is my Spirit Guide: By Crom! Have a listen and check out her book as we dive more in to the world of awesome fantasy art and what makes Rachel an awesome person doing her thing!

Check out her Twitter HERE

and her site HERE 

Direct download: GWP_Ep118Kahn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

So this week we ended up recording from our respected dwellings due to the fact that we both had to work this weekend. So as we talk about the work we end up on the topic of what it's like to work from home and what you need to make it work. There are a variety of things you need to take in to consideration. Such as comfort, discipline, proper hardware and software too. These are all things that we address as we talk about the importance of managing your time and your overall health.

Direct download: GWP_Ep117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

This week we chat with Damian Sommer. If you've been to a Game Jam in Toronto in the past little while you have probably heard of Mr. Sommer. He has currently finished working on his latest co creation with Emily Carroll titled, The Yawhg! 
Have you ever wondered how someone gets in to the gaming community?  What's the process one takes to get to know the people who make really cool games?  Have a listen as we chat with Damian's personal journey as he went from political science student to indie gamer guru.

Follow Damian on his TWITTER


Direct download: GWP_Ep116Sommer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

That's Rachel Wolfe! She's a character designer and vis. development artist currently working in mobile gaming and lives in the States. We found Rachel's work by accident and we really liked her stuff! She has some amazing bird sketches that will put your bird drawing skills to shame. Have a listen as we hear her tale of going to school then having to leave after one year! This is a tale for those who are finding art school to be a bit much when it comes to financing. Rachel's story has some great points on things you can do to help continue on your path to becoming a professional artist in the industry.

Check out her Daily Bird site HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE!

Direct download: GWP_Ep115Rachel.mp3
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After losing an episode to the ravages of technology and whiskey, the boys talk about taking breaks and how easy it is to be

up to your neck in work after taking one.

Direct download: GWP_Ep114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

Steve Stark has returned to Guys With PEncils! And this time, He made a full length animated feature!! CRAZY! Steve did this out of his home in Toronto! What a crazy guy. But if you think that's crazy then get ready for this..... The movie he made is an official JAY AND SILENT BOB movie! From the universe that brought you CLERKS, MALLRATS, CHASING AMY, DOGMA, JAY & BOB: STRIKE BACK, and CLERKS II and now an anmated feature featuring the two lovelable stoners. JAY AND SILENT BOB'S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE!

Have a listen as we probe Steve ( in more ways than one *wink wink*) about how he was able to make this feature film a reality!


Direct download: GWP_Ep113Stark2.mp3
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This week we talk about a really wonderful comic that came our way. We found it through tumblr and it's been a really nice gesture that someone has made for us. But not only that, we have an amazing episode filled with ups and downs of emotional termoil! From plane crashes to recaps of our panels during TCAF 2013, it's a wild one! hope you all enjoy this week!

Dont forget to check out the awesome comic we mentioned above! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

It's Podcast Time with our special guest ANDY RISTAINO! He's currently working on the ever so popular television smash hit ADVENTURE TIME! Have you ever wondered what it's like to work on Adventure Time? What's the process like? How do they write their scripts? What's it like to design on that show? Well you're in luck because we ask Andy all these questions and many more!
Check out Andy's awesome site along with his newly funded Kickstarter comic, Night Of The Living Vidiots! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep111Skronked.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

This week we are joined with Lee Ann Dufour. A Toronto Local but a Quebec native. She graduated from Sheridan in 2010 but instead of going to work in the studio system she took a different path. It's a road less traveled with fresh graduates but Lee Ann was able to make it work for her situation. Lee Ann has established herself as an successful and accomplished artist and business woman. 
Have a listen if you want to know the juicy details on how she was able to make this freelance career work for her.

Facebook Page

ALSO! Check out some excellent resource books Lee Ann suggests to the Freelance Artist. You can find these links at our Guys With Pencils FACEBOOK PAGE


Direct download: GWP_Ep110LeeAnn.mp3
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This week we sat down with the boys from DRINKBOX STUDIOS to talk about their recent release GUACAMELEE!!! 
If you haven't heard about this amazing game, shame on you! The only way to redeem yourself is to go buy it now! DO IT NOW! .....
Did you buy it? Good. Now you can hear the awesomeness from Steph Goulet (Art Director) Ben Thomas (Animator) Cuxo Quikano (Concept Artist/Animator and Creator of Guacamelee). These guys were kind enough to bring us in to their work space to talk all kinds of awesome things that wound up making this awesome game! Hope you all enjoy!!

Warning: Small story spoilers


Direct download: GWP_Ep109Drinkbox.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

Out guest this week is Ryan Creighton of Untold Entertainment. Ryan has been working on his game SPELLIRIUM for over the last 13 years. This is a great episode that covers the side of what it's like of managing a team of artists and what an employer must do when it comes to the hiring and firing of the people who make his content come true.  Ryan provides a look into the world where a lot of new graduates don't often get to see. It's a long process with a lot of factors to take in to consideration when you're dealing with real money and not a school grade.

Check out more Spellirium HERE!

And you can also follow Ryan on his TWITTER 

Direct download: GWP_Ep108Untold.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

Robin Joseph is a freelance artist who was one of the graduates from Sheridan's diploma program before it turned over into a four year degree program. Since the mid 00's he has been working as a designer one a variety of projects for major motion picture studios. Have a listen to Robin's soft soothing voice as he recalls the trails and tribulations he faced when he just started out working in this competitive business.

Check out Robin's Site HERE 

Direct download: GWP_Ep107Robin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Frank Macchia is currently animating down in LA. How does a Canadian make their way from the Great White North all the way down to Hollywood to make some of that sweet, sweet cartoon money? Well look no further my friends, Frank is here to tell us his story about the trials he faced getting to work down in the States. 

Lots to learn from Frank's story and he's also a fantastic artist and animator! Check out his work HERE!!!


If you're a fan for the art of COLIN JACK, then check out the new book series he's currently working on, GALAXY ZACK!

 Watch Next EstroGen HERE!

Direct download: GWP_Ep106Sideburns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

So this week we are trying something a little different. We're joined with Troy and Ryan from DARC PRODUCTIONS. They both work on a variety of projects that involve everything from post audio services to custom sound designs. Not only do they offer their services with audio ambiance but Both Tony and Ryan are working on a documentary about the global phenomenon of Game Jamming! Have a listen as they talk about the endless amount of hours they have put in to developing this project! And to find out more information about DARC, head on over to their website!

*NOTE: Andrew drops some Les Miserables spoilers in this ep*

Direct download: GWP_Ep105DARC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

Steve Lambe is our guest this week. A designer from the East Coast of Canada, Steve has been working for the past years in the animation business. Originally started studying to be a teacher, Steve changed his path and has never looked back. Working on such shows El Tigre, Fanboy & Chum-Chum and currently he is boarding on Craig McCracken's new animated series, Wonder Over Yonder. 
Check out his awesome Blog and Tumblr and enjoy the episode! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep104EpicBeard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

This week we chat with the lovely, adorable couple, Lindsay & Alex Small-Butera. They are the creators of the sensational animated series, BAMAN/PIDERMAN! We get to have a lovely talk about what it's like making content for the internet. Check out their shorts HERE if you haven't already heard about the show. Alex and Lindsay are probably two of the nicest people we've ever come across in this business. It's really wonderful to talk about creative content with such down earth people. Have a listen as we dive in to a ton of laughs and good times with these two!

Alex's Twitter
Lindsay's Twitter 

Direct download: GWP_Ep103Small-Butera.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

How do you get your work out there? Well there's the internet obviously. But which is the best way to go about showcasing your talents? You have; Twitter, Deviant Art, Facebook, Blogger, Tumblr, the list goes on. But what are the pros and cons between these sites? Well that's what we talk about this episode. Have a listen as the Boys try to figure things out!

Thanks crypticink for the show idea!


Direct download: GWP_Ep102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Lisa Bell is a good friend of ours who we have seen time and time again at all the local conventions. She is the creator and owner of Nerdbiskit, plush and print treats for geeks! We have Lisa on as our guest this week because she is a super talented lady who has been able to create her own business. Have you ever sat around saying to yourself, "Gee, I wish I could have my own business. How do people do it?" Well look no further because we're going to prey these secrets out of Lisa's head and in to your ears for your learning and listening pleasure!

Follow Lisa on Twitter  

Direct download: GWP_Ep101Nerdbiskit.mp3
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WHOA! We reached 100 episodes? This is crazy! Crazy good that is! So for this very special episode, we've had the tables turned on us. Instead of interviewing a guest or just talking amongst ourselves. We've invited some of our previous guests and mentors to a sit down dinner where they get to be the hosts of the episode and interviews the Guys With Pencils.

Special Thanks to our Guest hosts: Mark Mayerson, Paul Teolis, Scott Caple and Jim Caswell (AKA The Guys With Glasses)

Hope you all enjoy! Thanks for listening and sticking with us! We have the best audience that we could ever hope for! 


Direct download: GWP_Ep100.mp3
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This week we're chatting with Scott C! Scott is a painter/comic artist/illustrator/Kid's book illustrator and art director for video games. He's worked for LucasArts and Double Fine Productions on such titles as PSYCHONAUTS and BRUTAL LEGEND. Not only is Scott an inredible force of talent with his professional work he is also the creator of the wildly successful series "GREAT SHOWDOWNS". Have a listen as we dive in to the thought process and delightful style of Scott C!!!!! 

Check out Scott's Website HERE! 
Scott's Twitter

Direct download: GWP_Ep099ScottC.mp3
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This week we are joined with Cartoonist extraordinaire, Stephen Silver!

Recently Stephen has posted a series of videos where he talks about the importance of protecting the rights of an artist. We followed up with Stephen to go more in depth about the issues that affect artists all over the world. Specifically when it comes to being exploited by clients from hell. If you have ever been contacted to work for someone providing your art, this is a very important episode to listen too. There's great advice Stephen has to offer and it will help you to learn about  your rights as an artist. 

Stephen's Twitter
Stephen's Facebook 

Direct download: GWP_Ep098Silver.mp3
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A few months ago, four friends with experience making games got together to talk about the medium
in depth, then made a podcast about it. We then put the fate of the podcast in your hands, if you liked it we would make more and if not we would end it after the first one. We are happy to say you liked us so we are happy to give you the second episode
and this time we have a name! This month on Team 4x we talk about Stealth Bastard, what makes a stealthy game
stealthy and rant about Far Cry 3! This episode was recorded in December but more are on the way, so expect a site
and a separate Itunes feed soon!

Talk to us at,

Henry Faber - @henryfaber
Miguel Sternberg - @spookysquid
Alex Bethke - @MrAlexBethke
Adam Hines - @guyswithpencils

Direct download: Team4x01.mp3
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Geneieve FT is our guest this week and we got to sit down over a cup of tea to talk while she was visiting Toronto. She's studied animation for 6 years, creating and producing no less than seven short films. During those years. she discovered a passion for concept art and illustration. Have a listen as she tells us how she went about establishing herself, managing her business affairs and maintains her professionalism in every endeavor she takes on.

Check out more of her work HERE

Direct download: GWP_96Genevieve.mp3
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So this week we're talking with Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers Director, KRIS PEARN! We're going to chat about Cloudy 1 and its upcoming sequel. Along with some extra tidbits about Kris's work throughout his career. Hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Kris has some excellent points to share about what it means to be an artist and how to manage yourself when it comes to focusing your energy on a given task. If the task is for a client, or if it's for your own personal satisfaction, Kris gives some good points to think about when tackling these things.

Check out more at Kris's blog HERE

Hope you enjoy!


Direct download: GWP_EP95CloudyKris.mp3
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Few words can describe the awesomness that is Paul Watling. But if you had to choose one it would most likely be, Superfuckingtalentedamazingniceguy! That's right it's a world. Look it up! And when you do, you'll see Paul's face next to it.
Paul is a Canadian board artist and designer based out of Toronto. He's been working on a variety of TV projects over the past decade. His work is so tight that he makes other board artists pee their pants just from one glance at his panels. 
Turn up the volume and prepare for the awesomeness of this Epic beard and sleeve tattoo artist - PAUL WATLING!!!!

Direct download: GWP_Ep94Paul.mp3
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This week we chat it up with our former professor of layout, Scott Caple! Scott's resume include some of the following, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Warth of Khan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, and The Incredibles to name a few. He is an accomplished draftsman and has a wealth of information to share from his career as a professional freelancer and as an instructor in the animation field. 

Check out Scott's Blog HERE! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep93Caple.mp3
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The final episode of 2012 for GWP. We look back on the memories and adventures we shared through the past 12 months. Sprinkled throughout this episode are moments of inspirations and hints to what's in store for 2013! Hope you enjoy and keep listening this upcoming year! 

Happy New Year! 

Direct download: GWP_Ep922013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

This Holiday season we celebrate with our close friends. We look back on the holidays of yesteryear. The Holidays mean Christmas specials, and Christmas specials mean animation. You're going to hear from a dozen animators talk about their favorite Christmas animation moments.  So grab some hot cocoa, a plate of cookies and your sketchbook. Take some time this season to chill out and spend the Next hour with us shooting the shit.

Also! Check out this link to our upcoming guest for 2013 Geneviève FT!!

Direct download: GWP_Ep91XMAS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

We have returned to the lovely Bento Miso facility to cover the DMG (Dames Making Games) Toronto event this week.
This event was a follow up of the awesome work that was done at the No Jam event. The No Jame event was held for 20 women to make games during DMG Toronto's first-ever game jam for new game makers.
At the DMG event we got to meet and greet all the game makers and talk to them on why this event is so important to the participants.

Click here for more info on DMG

Alex Bethke:

Pina Visconti:

Leisha Marie-Riddel:

Damian Sommers:

Jen Harrison: @jennofour

Jennie Faber @jennie

Cecily Carver: @cecilycarver

Direct download: GWP_Ep90DMG.mp3
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Former classmate and all around nice guy Kevin Parry joins us this week around the mic to discuss his career within the past 2 years. What's really interesting about Kevin's work to date is his ability to utilize social media to share his work with people from all around the globe. This episode goes into talk about his thoughts on digital distribution and the pros and cons of festival submissions. This is a great episode especially for any of our student listeners if you are looking to maximize your films potential once you graduate.

Check out Kevin's blog HERE

Direct download: GWP_Ep89Kevin.mp3
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Just Adam and Andrew this week for GWP. The boys are winding down after a crazy work week. So for this episode it's a lot of talk about what they've learned doing the podcast and where things are going for the new year. They also touch on what goals they are looking into working on for 2013. And to wrap it all up, Andrew contemplates the ordeal of head/body lice and Adam hints at "maybe" doing stand up comedy one day.

Our sweet fan art banner was done by The Flying Tacoz!! Check out more of their stuff here!

Direct download: GWP_Ep88.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

This week is a big recap of the things that went on during this past and busy week. A lot of work has kept the boys up to all hours of the night. Adam has been working on learning a new software while Andrew has been stretching his efforts across the board with helping out on a variety of projects. Joining the lads this week is Co Host Wayne Michael Lee. Have a listen as they dive into the never ending questions from Old Man Murray.

Direct download: GWP_Ep87.mp3
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 Jason Groh is our guest this week. A passionate directer & designer who has worked for more than 20 years in the industry. If you're looking for a burst of inspiration and desire to have an uplifting heart to heart talk, then look no further! With this episode you won't be hearing much from us. Only because Jason knows have to carry a conversation so well and really makes what he's talking about so fun and entertaining.

Hope you enjoy this episode and if you're not careful you might actually learn something!

Direct download: GWP_Ep86Groh.mp3
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Mike Holmes is an East Coast based Cartoonist/Illustrator. He's currently been working on such titles as the Adventure Time Comics and Bravest Warriors. Mike has done a variety of posters for comedian Patton Oswald and is an active member in the East Coast comic book scene with his own series titled True Story.
Mike chats with us and talks about his personal experiences and what lead him down the road as from a stand up coming to a sit down cartoonist. Check out Mike's work at the links below.

Mike Holmes Tumblr
Mike Holmes Twitter

Direct download: GWP_Ep85Mikeness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Today we get experimental! Adam has brought together a group of smart people, who all have
experience with game development, to talk about video games! Henry Faber, Miguel Sternberg, Alex Bethke and Adam explore
specific topics within the medium, and because it was just Halloween they talk about horror games! What makes a game scary,
how to they work, why do they work, what can ruin them and what games do they think are scary.

Why is this an experiment? Because what happens next is up to you! If you fine folks like what you hear let us know
and share, if the response is good and people want more it will happen! This will become its own separate podcast from Guys With
Pencils with its own update schedule, topics, itunes feed, name etc!

Let us know if you want more video game podcastery!

Henry Faber - @henryfaber
Miguel Sternberg - @spookysquid
Alex Bethke - @MrAlexBethke
Adam Hines - @guyswithpencils

Direct download: GWP_Ep84Play.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am EDT

This week we take a little trip back down memory lane. After working for almost 3 years now in TV production, the boys take a moment to recap their experiences. They go as far back as their last year in school and discuss the process of making a short film for the first time. It's a really interesting perspective to have after working professionally for someone else. Going back and analyzing the student films allowed them to make calls they never would have made as students.

Direct download: GWP_Ep83.mp3
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That is the question this week on Guys With Pencils. The boys talk about the pros and cons of how today's cinema seems to be driven by "the reboot" Sometimes you get a fresh take on a property (ie Star Trek 2009) but then again there are those which puzzle the mind and leave the audience scratching their heads (ie Tim Burton's Planet Of the Apes). This whole conversation leads up to the recent news that the cult comic "The GOON" is developing a reel through kickstarter. Have a listen as we come full circle on what turns out to be a really interesting discussion.

Direct download: GWP_ep82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

Joining us for lunch this week is Mr. Colin Jack. Character Designer and Children's Book illustrator extraordinaire! We've had Colin on the show before (EP 35 - Finding Your Voice). This time Colin is leaving on a trip of feature length proportions and GWP has the exclusive talk on his whirl wind tale. Colin talks about his trip which takes us from Toronto to Pixar to Paris and then to Dreamworks. Have a listen to this really great follow up talk!


(Note: This episode was recorded at a restaurant, so there is background noise.)

Direct download: GWP_EP81ColinJack2.mp3
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Do you like comics? Do you like Canadians? Those are trick questions because the answer to both is YES! And with that we are proud to introduce to you, an episode featuring J. Bone and J. Torres! Both work in the Comic industry and have put together a project featuring Canadian Superheroes called TRUE PATRIOT!! Sounds awesome right? You might be asking "Where can I get this awesome sauce that is True Patriot?" Well if you like to support the independent comic artists and writers, you should head over to their indiegogo page and watch the video and donate! Have a listen this week as we dive into the world of TRUE PATRIOT!


Direct download: GWP_EP80TruePatriot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42am EDT

This week is a special episode of Guys With Pencils.
It took 8 months but Andrew and Adam share their
experiences learning about the challenges women face
in comics and games, both as creators and consumers
of the mediums. Then learn about what women are
doing to make it better.

Special thanks to our guests for taking the time to talk to us and being patient with production.
Music in this episode taken from the Directionless EP by Broke for Free.
If you liked the music, check him out and be sure to tip and repay his generosity for sharing
his music.

Tell us what you thought of this episode on twitter @guyswithpencils

Kate Leth:
Samantha and Rosemary: Professional Game Artists
Jody Houser:, Womanthology
Adriana Blake: Fall On Me, Womanthology
Zoe Quinn: Its Not Ok Cupid, Dames Making Games
Jennie Faber: DMG Toronto
Cecily Carver: DMG Toronto

Direct download: GWP_79GalsWithPencils.mp3
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Andrew had to take care of business so I grabbed three of our friends to take his place. We talk about being in between jobs, things we like and why Gobelins animation school is so awesome!

Direct download: GWP_78DeepEnd.mp3
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This week, Adam and Andrew (mostly Andrew) speak with Dapper Dan Schoening! Dan is a freelance comic artist from Canada who is currently working on the IDW ongoing Ghostbusters series. The Ghostbusters comic is based off the 1984 cult classic film. For over 25 years there has been little to nothing when it comes to licensed Ghostbuster material and this IDW comic has hit it out of the ballpark with their talented crew working on this series. Have a listen as the boys dive into the development of this comic and how it came to be.

Direct download: GWP77Dan.mp3
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We were lucky enough to chat with the super talented & all around nice guy, ROSS STEWART! Ross works out of Kilkenny, Ireland and has worked on such features as Cartoon Saloon's Oscar nominated "The Secret Of Kells" as the Art Director, and he just recently finished work on Laika's  "PARANORMAN". Have a Listen as Ross goes though his process of coming up with the world for Paranorman and also talks about his developement process when making his work.

Direct download: GWP_Ep76Ross.mp3
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This week the boys play catch up as they talk about the work that has been creeping up on them.

Special thanks to Braden Poirier for the fantastic banner art! Click here to check out more work by this insanely talented guy!

Direct download: GWP_Ep75.mp3
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