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Lizzie 2015 Special

It's a Lizzie Special! It's like a year-end recap, but way cooler. In this episode, I give you updates on past guests from 2015 - they did a TON of amazing stuff - AND I tell you ten people I'd love to interview in 2016.

 

GUYS! Thank you for an wonderful year of podcasting. You're the best. This will be the last episode of 2015. I can't wait to share some new cool people with you next year.

 

HUGS!

Liz

Direct download: Lizzie_2015_Special.mp3
Category:Lizzie Special -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Ep. 64 Abby Howard

Abby Howard is the creator of the webcomics The Last Halloween and Junior Scientist Power Hour. She was also a finalist on Penny Arcade's webseries Strip Search. In this episode we talk about making a career out of webcomics, future plans for The Last Halloween, and running a successful Patreon. You can follow Abby on Twitter and Tumblr

Direct download: Ep64_Abby_Howard.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Ep. 63 Blain Hefner

Blain Hefner is a mixed media artist based in Texas. His work can be seen in gallery shows across the nation, including Hero Complex Gallery and Gallery 1988. In this episode, we talk about the inspiration for his sculptures, connecting with other artists, and the different mediums he uses for his amazing pieces. You can follow Blain on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter

Direct download: Ep63_-_Blain_Hefner.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Ep. 62 Chris Lantinen

Chris is the founder of Modern Vinyl, a website and podcast dedicated to all things vinyl and music. In this episode, we talk about Chris' experience hosting a panel at MondoCon 2015, the weirdest vinyls in his collection, and Modern Vinyl's newest addition to their podcast family, Pilot Study. You can follow Modern Vinyl on Facebook and Twitter and Chris on Twitter (He's private on Twitter but will totally add you. We talk about that too!).

Direct download: Ep62_Chris_Lantinen.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Ep. 61 Esther Kim

Esther is the manager of Fantom Comics in DC. In this episode, we talk about leading and creating the programming for Small Press Expo, women in comics, and how animated Batman films aren't so kid friendly. Follow Esther and the adventures of Fantom Comics on Twitter and Facebook

Direct download: Ep61_Esther_Kim.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

Ep. 60 Darren Smith

Darren is the founder and co-host of the geek and movie podcast ITMODcast, aka In the Mouth of Dorkness. I listen to ITMODcast religiously and had to have Darren on the show. In this episode, we talk about starting a podcast, our love for the Alamo Drafthouse DC, and the time he asked Patton Oswalt to be a guest on ITMOD (there is a good chance it might happen too!). Follow ITMODcast on Facebook and Twitter.

Direct download: Ep60_Darren_Smith.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Ep. 59 Erica Williams

Erica is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. I first met Erica at MondonCon 2015 and was mesmerized by her work. Some of her past clients include The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, and Surly Brewing. In this episode, we talk about her creative process, working long hours, and the need for more female designers. Follow Erica on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep59_Erica_Williams.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 4:26pm EST

Ep. 58 Jonah Matranga

Jonah Matranga (aka onelinedrawing) is a musician based in California. He's fronted bands like Far, Gratitude, and New End Original and contributed to releases by Thursday and Deftones. In this episode, we chat about the importance of being genuine with your work, how creative innovation can lead to sustaining your passion, and the importance of community. You can follow Jonah on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

Direct download: Ep58_Jonah_Matranga.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Ep. 57 Greg Sahadachny

Greg is the host of Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter, a podcast about HBO's The Wire. In this episode, we talk about why it's important to have a creative outlet, landing interviews with big directors, and his comfort with tackling controversial topics. Follow Greg on Twitter @mistergreggles.

Direct download: Ep57_Greg.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Ep. 56 Allison Marshall

Allison is the founder of the creative business blog Wonderlass. In this episode, we talk about defining your blog's voice, growing an audience, and how to fully utilize Pinterest to promote your work. You can follow Allison on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Direct download: Ep56_Allison_Marshall.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Ep. 55 Kenny Caperton

Kenny is a filmmaker and major horror fan! He loves horror so much that in 2008 he built a replica of the iconic Myers house from John Carpenter's Halloween. He and wife Emily documented the construction of their dream home and now share life in the Myers house on their site. In this episode, we talk about recreating the blueprint for the Myers house from scratch, finding distribution for his film Honeyspider, and planning a 300+ Halloween party for horror fans. You can follow Kenny on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook

Direct download: Ep55_Kenny_Caperton.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

Ep. 54 Nan Lawson

Nan is an artist based in Los Angeles. She's worked with awesome clients like The Academy Awards, Warner Brothers, Sony, and Harper Collins. In this ep, we talk about leaving a career in TV for art, changing her style over time, and her upcoming solo show at Gallery 1988. You can follow Nan on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._54_Nan_Lawson.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 9:54am EST

Ep. 53 Joe Mochove  & Rusty Rowley

Joe Mochove and Rusty Rowley are Small Press Expo royalty! They've been attending the indie comic show for over 20 years and started hosting their own interviews outside the exhibit hall in 2012. If you attend SPX then you can't miss these guys. In this episode, we talk about the early years of SPX, the importance of creating something and putting yourself out there, and their most awkward interview experience ever

 

In preparation for SPX on September 19 and 20, follow Joe and Rusty on Twitter and watch all of their riveting SPX interviews from the past four years on YouTube.

Direct download: Ep._53_Joe_and_Rusty.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:03am EST

Ep. 52 Tracie Ching

Tracie is a graphic designer based in DC. She's worked with AMC, Sony Pictures, Marvel, Google, and more. In this episode, we talk about the strong female characters, working with Google, and the early days of Kickstarter. You can follow Tracie on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._52_Tracie_Ching.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:07am EST

Ep. 51 Lisa Gullickson

Lisa is a co-host on the movie and geek podcast In The Mouth of Dorkness. In this episode, we talk about her wife-dork nickname, her extreme emetophobia, and owning a snake out of spite for an ex-lover. You can follow Lisa on Twitter and Instagram.

Direct download: Ep._51_Lisa_Gullickson.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:11am EST

Ep. 50 Nick Marinelli

Nick Marinelli is the chief operating officer for the music and gaming festival MagFest. In this episode, we talk about running an event with over 17,000 attendees, gaming culture, and video game music. Stay up to date on all things MagFest on Facebook, YouTube & Twitter

Direct download: Ep._50_Nick_Marinelli.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Ep. 49 Matthew Winner

Matthew Winner is the host of the kidlit podcast Let's Get Busy and the creator of The Busy Librarian blog. He is an actual teacher librarian on top of hosting two of the top resources for authors and illustrators in the children's literature industry. In this episode, we talk about giving a voice to the kidlit industry through podcasting, the increased popularity of graphic novels for children, and controversial children's books. 

 

You can follow Matthew on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Direct download: Ep._49_Matthew_Winner_LetsGetBusyPodcast.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 8:33am EST

Ep. 48 Scott Derby

Scott is an illustrator based in Philadelphia. His work can be seen all across Teefury and galleries across the nation. In this episode, we talk about the upcoming group show at Gallery 1988 for Mattel, finding your own style, and how he got the name NakedDerby. 

 

You can follow Scott on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._48_Scott_Derby.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Ep. 47 Reza Farazmand (aka Poorly Drawn Lines)

Reza is the creator of the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines. In this episode, we talk about his new book, pregnant hamsters, and the webcomic community.

 

You can pre-order his new book, Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories, before its October release!

 

Stay up to date on Reza's latest comics & adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._47_Reza_PDL.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Ep. 46 Scott C

Scott C is a writer and illustrator based in New York. His work ranges from art directing video games like Psychonauts to capturing epic battles in watercolor with Great Showdowns to teaching kids how to embrace everything in the picture book Hug Machine. In this episode, we talk about how food tastes better on airplanes, loving people, and his upcoming Zombie in Love 2 + 1 exhibit at Gallery Nucleus

 

You can follow Scott C and his amazing work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._46_Scott_C.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 8:03am EST

Ep. 45 Aaron Prescott

Aaron is the creative manager at the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, VA. In this episode, we talk about landing a film lover's dream job, creating those hilarious pre-shows, and teaming up with Patton Oswalt for a night of double features. 

 

You can check out the latest events for the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, VA on Twitter and Facebook, AND you can check out Aaron's amazing adventures on Twitter and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._45_Aaron_Prescott.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Ep. 44 Kristin Tercek

Kristin, aka Cuddly Rigor Mortis, creates adorable happy food and animal paintings. In this episode, we talk about her past career in animation, what it's like to prep for a solo gallery show, and her lifelong battles with depression. 

 

Follow Kristin's super cute creations on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep._44_Kris.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Ep. 43 Steve Anderson

Steve is the founder of Third Eye Comics, a comic book store based in Maryland. In this episode, we talk about the evolution of comics, creating Awesome Con DC with Ben Penrod, and what makes a great comic store.

 

You can follow Third Eye on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook

Direct download: Ep._43_Steve_Anderson.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Ep. 42 Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of the children's book One Big Pair of Underwear. In this episode, we talk about how to get into children's literature, writers' relationships with their illustrators, and the complications behind writing a book that rhymes. 

 

Follow Laura's adventures in literature on her site and Facebook

Direct download: Ep._42_Laura_Gehl.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

Ep. 41 Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

Jennifer is the host of the popular crafting podcast Craftsanity. She and a few of her journalism students recently created a documentary following the stories of two people in hospice care. Their short documentary gives audiences an intimate look on how we reflect on life and its meaning during our final moments with loved ones. 

 

Watch the documentary for the "Live Your Best Life" project here

 

You can also check out Jennifer's crafting adventures on her podcast Craftsanity and follow her on Twitter and Instagram

 

As promised, here is a link to my guest appearance on Jennifer's Craftsanity podcast. 

Direct download: Ep._41_Jennifer_Ackerman_Haywood.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Ep. 40 Rich Vreeland

Rich, aka Disasterpeace, is a composer and musician based in California. He recently scored the film It Follows directed by David Robert Mitchell. In this episode, we talk about how his music on the game Fez led to working on It Follows, being a minimalist, and how many plays it actually takes for musicians to get paid from streaming sites like Spotify and Rdio.

 

You can follow Rich on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. He also has a really great blog where he talks music and life. You can stream and own all of Disasterpeace's amazing music from Bandcamp.

Direct download: Ep._40_DisasterPeace.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:44am EST

Ep. 39 Erin Gleeson

Erin is the NY Times Best Selling Author of The Forest Feast, a cookbook based on beautifully simple healthy eating. The Forest Feast started as a blog for Erin to share her photography work and grew into an internet sensation. In this episode, we talk about her two new books coming out in 2016, living out in the woods, and thrifting for unique set props. 

 

You can follow Erin on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook

Direct download: Ep._39_Erin_Gleeson.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Ep. 38 Kim Welling

Kim is an illustrator based near Amsterdam. Her tiny comfort boxes caught my attention on Etsy, and I had to talk with her! In this episode, we discuss paying it forward through art, balancing everyday life while blocking out time for creativity, and people getting tattoos of your art. 

 

You can follow Kim on Facebook and Pinterest

Direct download: Ep38__Kim_Welling.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 8:16am EST

Ep. 37 Stephen Graham & Seth Casana

Stephen Graham & Seth Casana are the co-founders of WHURK, a free montly magazine dedicated to the creative communities in Virginia. In this epiosde, we talk about their creative partnership, asking strangers for money, and The Hard Whurk Challenge (seriously, it's super hard). 

 

Follow WHURK on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, WHRUK is always looking for new comics, photography, poetry, short fiction and more. Check out their contribute page for details. 

Direct download: Ep37__whurk.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 8:42am EST

Ep. 36 Brad Gullickson

Brad is the co-host of the popular all things geek podcast In the Mouth of Dorkness. He is a walking encylopedia for film. Seriously. Name a movie and he will tell you the director, the year it was made, and the lead actors. 

 

In this episode, we talk about interivewing The Blair Witch director, Eduardo Sanchez, the importance of watching movies made before your generation, and how Twitter landed ITMOD Podcast an interview with one of their favorite screenwriters. 

 

Follow Brad's adventures into geekdom on Twitter and Instagram

 

 

You can also listen to ITMOD podcast on iTunes or stream it directly form their blog. Follow the geeks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest geek trends. 

Direct download: Ep36__Mouthdork.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:08am EST

Ep. 35 Drew Brockington

Drew is an illustrator and writer based in Minneapolis. He is currently working on his first graphic novel, Cat-Stronauts, which is set to release in 2017. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to work with a publisher, the science behind Cat-Stronauts, and his writing process. 

 

 

You can follow Drew on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr

Direct download: Ep35__Drew_Brockington.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:50am EST

Ep. 34 Biju Sukumaran

Biju Sukumaran is a freelance travel writer and photographer. His stories have been featured on Esquire, CNN, National Geographic, and Vogue. I've know Biju for years and was so excited to catch up with him on his travels. In this episode, we talk about how traveling became his passion, exotic food, and how to order a pizza in Korea.

 

You can follow Biju's travels on Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat (nagavanshi). 

 

Direct download: Ep34__Biju_Sukumaran.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

Ep. 33 Hannah Benbow

Hannah is an animator and illustrator based in DC. She is best known for her project 365 Days of Cats! In this episode, we talk about different types of animation, drawing cat commissions, and keeping your illustration game sharp! 

 

You can follow Hannah on Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter

Direct download: Ep33__Hannah.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Ep. 32 Christiann MacAuley

Christiann MacAuley is the creator of Sticky Comics and a cartoonist for Cosmopolitan. In this episode, we talk about creating edgy content geared towards women, how to pronounce her name, and women in comics. 

 
You can follow Christiann on Twitter and Facebook
Direct download: Ep32__Stickycomics.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Ep. 31 Kio Reed (April Fool's Day Special)

Kio Reed is someone I've known for over 13 years. Her fierce independence and work ethic are what inspired me to sit down and interview her. Her answers are concise and to the point, which I think is a common goal amongst all professionals. She is also a master at work/life balance. If you are interested in reaching out to Kio, send her an emailHappy April Fool's Day!

Direct download: Kio_Reed_2015.mp3
Category:Lizzie Special -- posted at: 6:09am EST

Ep. 30 Jannie Ho

Jannie Ho is the creative force behind ChickenGirl Design. She is a product designer and illustrator from Boston. She's worked with HarperCollins, Target, Scholastic, Toys R Us and so many other companies (seriously the list is long!). In this episode, we talk about the author-illustrator relationship when making a book, how she got her name, and the future of illustration. 

 

You can follow Jannie on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Direct download: Ep30__Jannie_Ho.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 8:40am EST

Ep. 29 AwwSam (aka Sam Ushiro)
Sam is a product designer based in Brooklyn. She is working on a book all about decorating donuts as other foods. Check out her Instagram to see some of her awesomely delicious designs. 
 
In this episode, we chat about branding yourself, photography, and internet friends. You can follow Sam on Instagram and Facebook
Direct download: Ep29__AwwSam.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 6:26am EST

Ep. 28 Carolyn Belefski

Carolyn Belefski is a writer and illustrator. She runs her own comic, Curls, and has created illustrations for the White House and BOOM! Studios (specifically an amazing comic cover for Carton Network's Adventure Time). She is a huge part of the DC comic community through her work with comics newspaper, Magic Bullet, and Cartoonists Draw Blood. She also runs the podcast The Carolyn and Joe Show with her partner Joe. 

 

Carolyn is currently running a Kickstarter to create one big anthology of all her awesome comics. In this episode, I talk with her about how to plan for a Kickstarter, designing characters, and her love for Siamese fighting fish.

 

You can follow Carolyn on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Direct download: Ep28__Curls.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:01am EST

Ep. 27 Sean Weber

Sean runs the food blog Snack Fixation where he reviews snacks, creates new recipes, and inspires people to try new things. In this interview, we talk about food photography, how to get a recipe just right, and his favorite places to eat. You can follow Sean's food adventures on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Facebook

Direct download: Ep27__Snackfixation.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Ep. 26 Lee Hardcastle

Lee Hardcastle is a writer, director, and animator. He is best known for his awesomely gory claymation shorts. I first saw his work in Alamo Drafthouse's ABC's of Death. His short films are the perfect mix of blood, guts, and humor. In this episode, we talk about his career, film festivals, and his bad a** name. You can follow Lee on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Direct download: Ep26__Lee_Hardcastle.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:13am EST

Ep. 25 Mike Bromage

Mike is the mastermind behind the webcomic Dustpiggies. He is best known for his wickedly dark humor and unique style.

In this ep, we talk about making comics (of course), how dark is too dark with humor, and what our families think about this weird comic thing we call a career. You can follow Mike on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Oh, and if you need to kill an afternoon then check out his awesome YouTube channel. I could watch him draw for hours. 

Direct download: Ep25__Dustpiggies_.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 8:14am EST

Ep. 24 Taylor Barnes

Taylor Barnes is the co-founder of Denizens Brewing Co located in Silver Spring, MD. In this episode, we talk about making beer, being a female based business, and her career change from politics to beer. You can follow Denizens beer making journey on Twitter and Facebook

Direct download: Ep24_Taylor_Barnes.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Ep. 23 Michael David Thomas

Michael David Thomas is the assistant director for the Small Press Expo. SPX is one of the best indie comic fests in the nation! SPX 2015 is September 19-20 in Bethesda, MD. The show is so big that they have a lotto system for tables. Lotto registration is going on now until Feb. 15.

 

If you are a fan of SPX or are thinking of signing up then this is a must listen. We talk indie comics, the history of SPX, the lotto system, and the awesome people who make up this amazing event!

 

You can follow the latest updates for SPX on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr AND you can check out what Michael David Thomas is up to when he's not running one of the best shows of the year on Instagram and Tumblr

Direct download: Ep23_MDT.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Ep. 22 Tonedeff

Tonedeff is a rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter based in New York. He is also the founder of the hip hop label QN5. We sit down and talk cats, rap battles, gaming, and Andy Warhol. He's a deep dude, and I love that about him. You can check out his latest album Polymer on QN5's site and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @tonedeff. 

Direct download: Ep22_Tonedeff.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:15am EST

Ep. 21 Jess Petyo

This week I chill with Octopus Tree House co-founder, Jess Petyo. She started her own print making company with her husband Paul a few years ago. Jess is seriously my little lady-geek soulmate. We talk about so many amazing things like 3D printing, vinyl toys, comic cons, and being lazy about showering every day (when you work from home these things happen!). You can check out all of Jess's awesomeness on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Direct download: Ep21_Jess_Petyo.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Ep. 20 Rachael Berkey

This week I chat with writer Rachael Berkey. She's written for sites like Nerdist, Playboy, Huffington Post, and HelloGiggles. She also has a long running love affair with all things books. I've known Rachael for a few years now from our days at Hellogiggles. She tells her story about transitioning from writing articles for free to building up her resume and making it as a paid contirubuting journalist for Nerdist and Playboy. You can pretty much find Rachael on every corner of the internet. Check her out on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram as @bookoisseur.

Direct download: Ep20_Rachael_Berkey.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:46am EST

Ep. 19 Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee is a DC craft legend. She's co-created multiple craft communities including Hello Craft and the Fenton Street Market. She is also one of Crafty Bastards elite jurors. In this episode, she takes us behind the scenes on what it's like to select vendors for a major indie craft show and talks about her experience working with talent like Doctor Who's Billie Piper for Awesome Con DC. You can follow Debbie on Instagram @rocknromp.

Direct download: Ep19_Debbie_Lee.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 10:05am EST

Most Influential People According to Liz Part 2!

Part 2 of 2! We know you've been biting your nails to hear the top 10 most influential people according to Liz. The list is full of some of our favorite, most inspirational people. Enjoy! 

Direct download: 2014_Part_2.mp3
Category:Lizzie Special -- posted at: 10:12am EST

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