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The Devastator founders Amanda Meadows and Geoffrey Golden

In Podcast, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

We talk with comedy writers Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows, the founders of The Devastator. Formerly a bi-annual humor anthology, The Devastator is now an all-comedy publishing company producing new novels, comics, magazines, and activity books every month. We discuss the genesis of The Devastator, the reasoning behind their move away from anthologies to one-off publications, the challenges facing independent publishers in the Direct market, and much more.

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Daniel H. Wilson, Author and Co-Editor of “Press Start to Play”

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Author Daniel H. Wilson is co-editor of the upcoming video game inspired short story anthology, “Press Start to Play”, available in stores August 18th. Daniel’s career spans books, television, and comics, and includes a PhD in Robotics. He’s the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse, which was optioned by DreamWorks and is being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg.

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Josh Blaylock, Publisher and Founder of Devil’s Due Entertainment

In Comics, Podcast, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

We talk with serial entrepreneur, writer and comics artist Josh Blaylock, founder and publisher of Devil’s Due Entertainment. Devil’s Due currently publishes a number of creator-owned comic book titles, including Squarriors, Plume, Drafted, Solitary and Josh’s own Mercy Sparx. Josh also recently launched Blockhouse – his nerd-trepreneur incubator and umbrella for business endeavors outside and alongside comics.

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Tony Hale and Archibald’s Next Big Thing

In Best of Episodes, Podcast, Podcast Highlights, TV & Film, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

We are super excited for this N4AL podcast, because we had the chance to talk to the co-creators of the new children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, including Emmy-Award winner TONY HALE! Archibald’s Next Big Thing is a collaborative effort with co-writer Tony Biaggne, with artists Misty Manley and Victor Huckabee. We caught up with the two Tonys and Victor before their signing at Happy Up Toys in Edwardsville, IL.

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Andy Schmidt, Founder of Comics Experience

In Comics, Podcast, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

We talk with Andy Schmidt, owner of Comics Experience, the online school for comic creators. Andy is a former Senior Editor for IDW Publishing, and a former editor for Marvel Comics, where he worked on most of their notable properties. We discuss his path to working in comics, the creation of Comics Experience, benefits of a stay-at-home career, juggling different roles and businesses, and the power of having cool nerd jobs on your resume.

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‘How to be a Nerd for a Living’ panel from Wizard World St. Louis 2014

In Art, Gaming, Live Panels, Podcast, TV & Film, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

Recorded at Wizard World St. Louis Comic-Con 2014. This panel of professionals discusses different types of jobs that exist within pop-culture entertainment, gaming, film-making, writing and more. Get tips on finding a way to a new career from those already working in the industry. Moderated by N4AL’s Wendy Buske, panel speakers include: Rachel Rieckenberg (Sass and Slash Creations), Jeremy Corray (Coolfire Studios, Voltron), Amanda Nuckolls (GnomeAcres), Matt Raithel (Graphite Lab), and Genese Davis (author of The Holder’s Dominion).

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Paul Horn (“Cool Jerk”) and Darlene Horn (“Girl with the Donut Tattoo”)

In Art, Comics, Podcast, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

This week we talk with Paul Horn, writer/artist of the long-running webcomic Cool Jerk, and Darlene Horn, food blogger for My Burning Kitchen. Together, this couple also produced the illustrated food comic The Girl with the Donut Tattoo. We talk about comics, blogging, self-publishing and selling online, the wonders and pitfalls of San Diego Comic Con, learning to be a “carnival barker” and much more.