LIA Cast 123 - Reading, Watching, Playing

What are we doing when we’re not making stuff and hustling to make stuff?

Whether it’s entertaining, educational, or both - it helps to soak in interesting things to enrich the mine of experience we delve into when we make things.

Join us for a discussion on the things that provide fuel for the things we make--what we're reading, watching, and playing.

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LIA Cast 122 - Creative Work and Business, with Tyler James

Talking about creative work and business on the Lean Into Art Cast!

We all know how much work goes into just making a project. But if you want the project to be sustainable get ready to open up some bandwidth for Marketing, Business Development, and Operations. How do jump back and forth between all of these roles? Is thinking about business puzzles just something that artists kind of stink at?

We're be joined by comics creator, publisher, and instructor Tyler James of ComixTribe, who will help us understand the how the creative thinking you're applying to your project can also be used to develop your business.

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LIA Cast 121 - Visual Novels, with Kasey Van Hise

Talking about interactive storytelling on the LIA Cast!

We've talked about interactive storytelling in the form of games, and we've spent plenty of episodes exploring the storytelling affordances of comics. But this time we're joined by Kasey Van Hise for an exploration of another kind of interactive fiction--the Visual Novel.

How does your writing and design approach change when you're creating something that's meant to be interactive? How does character development work when you have to consider every possible path of development? How does your thinking about plot change when considering reader decision points?

Kasey Van Hise, writer of the Hustle Cat visual novel, helps us navigate these concerns and offer tips on writing a visual novel of your own.

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LIA Cast 120 - Spotting Your Balloons, with Zack Giallongo

Talking about the visual, narrative, and rhythmic nature of comics lettering on the Lean Into Art Cast!

Lettering used to be a specialized position in the comics industry. Thanks to software like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Manga Studio the tools of the professional letterer are now available to anyone. Are the tools enough to make one's lettering look professional, though? How does the work change when we think about lettering as yet another design tool in our visual communication toolbox? How does thinking about the visual, narrative, and rhythmic nature of sound elements lead us to more intentional choices on the page?

We'll be joined by Zack Giallongo, the cartoonist behind Broxo, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review, for a discussion on making more design-oriented choices in lettering our comics.

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LIA Cast 119 - Resolving Your Goals System

Navigating the topic minefield of goal setting on the LIA Cast!

We find lots of advice and articles on setting and meeting goals this time of year. Everyone has a different take on the topic, which suggests just how dicey and complex a subject it is. How do you define your goals, and what's the best way to commit to them? Is it simply a willpower thing? Do you employ a "carrot and stick" approach? Is there a smartphone app that can nag you into making small steps toward your goals?

Rob and Jerzy dig at this topic in traditional Lean Into Art fashion. How does our thinking change when we back up and examine what the motivations are behind the goals we choose? Is there any benefit to looking at goals less as a desired plateau and more of a system or practice?

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