What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

Enjoy the many backstories and life lessons experienced from some of your favorite artists/illustrators/animators in a casual paced interview format with your host Todd Phillips. We ask the question, "What's YOUR Story?" Seasoned veterans, as well as future stars, are all welcome in this laid back and fun interview show.... Show More

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July 13, 2020 71 min

Today it is such a great honor to have a special guest who is a legend in the animation industry whose works date back to the early days of that MAGICAL, MYSTICAL studio located in California that was proudly named after its namesake and creator, The Walt Disney Studios.

Floyd Norman, a name synonymous with animation magic, was and continues to be an integral part of Disney's success and worked on many of the great titles such a...

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I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with today’s guest, Fred Blunt and chat about his background, family roots along with his art process(s) behind the creation of his many whimsical characters that grace the pages of so many children’s books available in the marketplace today. His books have a worldwide reach that attracts both children and adults alike.
 
 Fred was generous enough to share some time out of his bu...

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June 2, 2015 118 min

As a young lad on Saturday mornings during the late 60's and early 70's, transfixed in front of our little color TV in the den... watching as many cartoons as possible...., it never once occurred to me that behind all of the wonderful art and hilarious plots, were many talented artists, writers, designers and animators that labored away to produce this fantastic stuff in some studio in sunny California.

The Flintstones, Jets...

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April 28, 2015 68 min

I'm excited to announce that yet again, we have a legend here and this time all one has to do is go back to the glory days of animation where the most memorable shows from the past possessed a common thread; STORY.  When you look at an animated cartoon (past or present...Series or Movie production) the common thread to all of the hugely successful productions is that they are all "story driven"! As my guest today, Tony ...

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June 10, 2014 70 min

I remember perusing through the paltry animated series offerings in the 90's on my television and just pining for a cartoon that one could enjoy as an adult as well as a child. Where had all of those great animated shows disappeared to? Pink Panther, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flinstones......ahhhhh,..but lo and behold,.....what do my tear filled eyes see? It's The Angry Beavers!!! It came at a time when cartoon programming ...

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May 13, 2014 71 min

One look at the comic strip, "Pipe the Pelican", and I was hooked! With a vibe that dates back to the 30's and 40's, the style, the line art and the design aspects all point to an earlier time in cartooning history. There is a certain innocence and sense of boundless imagination in Jason Lethcoe's story and it is difficult to break away from it once you enter into Pipe's world.

There's so much more to Jas...

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October 1, 2012 48 min

I discovered Mark Siegel purely by accident as I often do with many of my special guests on this webcast. Listening to a friend's webcast, (komicskast.libsyn.com) I heard him talk about this really neat webcomic that will soon be released as a graphic novel (October 5th) entitled, "Sailor Twain or the Mermaid In The Hudson".  The fact that Mark employed the use of charcoal for his art throughout the story really entrigu...

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January 25, 2012 83 min

I recall as if it were yesterday, running over to the magazine rack in the grocery store when I was 10 years old, with the hopes of spotting the latest edition of MAD magazine.  I wasn't always permitted to purchase the copy despite its advertised "cheap" price. Carefully I would seek out the "Fold in" and gently turn in the pages to see a transformation that wowed me as well as a million other readers throughou...

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December 15, 2011 94 min

I recall laying in bed while reading books to my son and picking up an all ages comic book that had been sitting on a stack just within arm's reach on the floor.  I had purchased a few books from our local comic shop a week prior and had placed them by my son's bed with the hopes of discovering a series that I could feel good about reading to a then inquisitive 8 year old. It was then that he and I first discovered the marv...

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November 4, 2009 54 min

In my household, its an impossibility to leave for work without at least seeing some excerpts from the cartoon hit, "My Life as a Teenage Robot" created by Rob Renzetti. My son has to watch it on TV before he heads off to school, therefore I must walk past it on my way to the kitchen. There's a reason for this ritual, and it is basically because my son only watches what he considers to be the BEST in cartoons.  His list...

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October 2, 2009 68 min

It's spooky, it's creepy, it's absolutely hilarious and it's poised to take the comic strip world by storm! Scary Gary is a comic strip reminiscent of the old Addam's Family style of humor, and after reading just a few strips back when I first discovered it in June, I was hooked! 

Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Mark Buford, the mastermind and artist behind the comic strip Scary Gary as we cover ...

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August 15, 2009 39 min

I could not have imagined turning on my family's old Admiral TV in the 60's and hearing a different voice coming from the lip-synched lips of Tweety and Sylvester's beloved Granny or from the mouth of that fast gliding Rocket J. Squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.  Equally as important as great art and a great story, a great voice can make a cartoon character last forever in our hearts and become etched in our ...

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July 27, 2009 111 min

From the dairy farm in Payson, Utah, to an animation studio in Ireland, Don Bluth has done it all! I was fortunate enough to sit down with Don as he talks candidly about his past, his present and the future regarding his work in the animation industry. There are so many great lessons to be learned in this discussion and just talking with Don can be a motivating experience all by itself! Don's amazing career didn't just happ...

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June 30, 2009 71 min

The Action Adventure strip is BACK!!! (with a twist) Join me as I interview the wonderfully talented Dan Thompson as we discuss his action adventure strip Rip Haywire, which is syndicated through United Features and emits a retro feel paying tribute to some of the old classics like Dick Tracy, Johnny Hazard and Rip Kirby. Be sure to check out some examples of Dan's work on the supporting site to this podcast located at: http://...

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June 9, 2009 60 min

It is with great pleasure that once again I present to you another interview with yet another animation legend. Gene Deitch took some time out from his busy schedule and talked to me from his home in Prague (Czech Republic) to share some very insightful stories and lessons that he has learned throughout his amazing career.  Gene's amazing animation career has taken him through so many turns and twists that for anyone to cover i...

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May 26, 2009 82 min

Talking with Bob Scott was both enlightening and inspiring! Bob not only is a fantastic animator with such projects as "The Incredibles" and "Cats Don't Dance" under his belt, (and so many others) his recent work on his "Molly and the Bear" comic strip speaks volumes about his skills and writing ability!
I challenge you to look at his strip and not walk away laughing and wondering why in the world this co...

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April 21, 2009 34 min

I'm both honored and excited to share with you my recent telephone interview with the Illustration legend, Lowell Hess. Mr. Hess was kind enough to grant me some time to discuss his amazing career that saw him illustrating wonderful images for Collier's magazine, Boy's Life, Golden books and so many others.
Be sure to check out his art on this podcast's supporting site: http://behindthelinespodcast.blogspot.com/  you...

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March 7, 2009 84 min

Look,..It's a bird, it's a plane....no it's Joe Harris. 

He's right here and I talked with him for an hour about all things UNDERDOG!!!

Keep in mind that it was a "land line" telephone conversation, so I was only able to record the interview at a minimum quality level.  It also picked up my breathing as if I was a 400lb. Sumo struggling for every breath.  Oh well,..I was just very happy to be able to talk with...

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