Elevate Your Visual Storytelling!

Interview With Claire Keane :: Paper Wings Show #33

Claire Keane is a brilliant illustrator and visual development artist, who has helped to develop numerous immersive worlds, including Tangled and Duet. After leaving Disney, she released her first illustrated children’s book: Once Upon A Cloud. It’s a beautifully rendered, heartwarming story about family and following your dreams. Join us today as we discuss humanizing your fictional characters, the versatile power of line, leaving […]

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Interview With Eric Canete: Animation Storyboard Artist & Co-Creator of “Run Love Kill” (Image Comics) :: Paper Wings Show #32

Eric Canete‘s unique drawing style demonstrates layer upon layer of artistic mastery: Anatomy, character, caricature, composition, storytelling… After 20+ years of trend-setting work in story, games and comics, his style is as distinct and intense as ever. So you might find it hard to believe that such beautiful work was once rejected by industry gatekeepers. In […]

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“Failing Upward” :: Interview With Animation Story Artist Aliki Theofilopoulos Grafft :: Paper Wings Show #31

Aliki Theofilopoulos Grafft describes her career as “failing upward.” She broke-in during the TV animation revolution and saw the beginnings of Cartoon Network, Adventure Time and Frederator. Though she lacked a clear sense of direction early-on, Aliki has since accumulated numerous impressive credits including: animated series creator, director, storyboard artist, writer, emmy-nominated songwriter and voice actor. Join us […]

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From Self-Publishing to Scholastic: An Interview With Jimmy Gownley :: Paper Wings Show #30

Since he was 15 years old, Jimmy Gownley has never stopped breaking the rules of self-publishing. He went from selling self-published comics in the hallways of his high school to huge publishing deals with both Simon & Schuster AND Scholastic. Join us as Jimmy shares what it took to break in with the big publishers. And don’t miss the interview with […]

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Creating Characters From Your Story’s Theme (Part 2) :: with Brian McDonald :: Paper Wings Show #29

Jedi master Brian McDonald is back with more revelatory perspectives that will challenge the way we think about visual storytelling. In part one, Brian showed us how theme creates character and character creates theme. Now, in part two, we discuss when to stop dreaming and start writing, how success can kill creativity, why style isn’t always a good thing, and […]

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Creating Characters From Your Story’s Theme :: with Brian McDonald :: Paper Wings Show #28

Storytelling guru Brian McDonald joins us for another mind-blowing interview. In part one of this two-part interview, Brian discusses writing roadblocks, how theme creates character and why you have to send your characters to Hell…

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Creating A Professional Storyboard Portfolio :: Paper Wings Show #27

Paper Wings is back! Marvel Animation storyboard artist Justin Copeland joins the team as the newest co-host of the Paper Wings Show. In this podcast episode, Justin explains the necessary steps to creating a professional storyboard portfolio and responds to some great listener questions. Lora‘s “Lofty Thought” segment offers a healthier way to compare your work to others […]

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Interview With Edgar Delgado, Marvel Comics Colorist & Creator Of ‘Ultra Duck’ :: PWP #26

“Colors are not dressing. They have to tell the story. And as pretty as a cover might be… It might tell a story, but it might not tell the story that’s inside the book. It might be a lie.” -Edgar Delgado Edgar Delgado is one of the best comic book colorists in the mainstream comics […]

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Interview With Ryan Woodward, Creator Of ‘Bottom Of The Ninth’ (Part 2) :: PWP #25

This is part two of our interview with Ryan Woodward, animator, story artist and creator of the groundbreaking iPad comic, ‘Bottom Of The Ninth.’ Click here for part one.

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Interview With Ryan Woodward, Creator Of ‘Bottom Of The Ninth’ (Part 1) :: PWP #24

“I’ve always been kind of an opportunist. You have to be when you’re an artist.” -Ryan Woodward Ryan Woodward makes his living working as a story board artist on some of the coolest movies of our time (including Whedon’s Avengers and a couple of Spider-man films) while producing personal projects like his tear-jerking animated short Thought […]

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Interview With Marvel Studios Storyboard Artist Justin Copeland: PWP #23

“You’re not a professional because somebody pays you to draw. You have to turn your mind toward professionalism.” In this episode, we interview one of Chris’ best buddies in the industry – Justin Copeland – storyboard artist for Marvel Studios. Justin is working on the new Avengers cartoon for Disney XD. He tells us the […]

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How To Gather Healthy Critique Groups & Collaborators :: PWP #22

The fastest way to an artist’s heart is to criticize their work. That is, if your intent is to break the artist’s heart. We all have baggage from failed collaborations and scars from harsh critiques. But without healthy critiques and collaborators, you’ll never grow – as an artist, as a storyteller or as a person. […]

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Interview With Brian McDonald: Storytelling Guru, Author of ‘Invisible Ink’ & ‘The Golden Theme’ :: PWP #21

“Everybody’s looking for the elevator. There is no elevator. You have to climb the mountain.” -Brian McDonald Brian McDonald wrote the two best books on storytelling that I have ever read.  (I have read a lot of books about storytelling.) ‘Invisible Ink’ will equip you as a storyteller.  ‘The Golden Theme’ will give you a […]

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How To Write Comics That Engage Your Audience :: PWP #19

In this episode, listen to Lora and Chris discuss the biggest problem in comics. More importantly, they provide a series of tips that will help you write comics that engage your audience. …and discover Chris’s favorite writing resource!

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Listener Questions Answered :: PWP #18

In this episode, listen to Lora and Chris announce big news– both in their personal projects and the future of Paper Wings. Then they answer YOUR listener questions. [powerpress] Press PLAY to hear them answer: How do you deal with the fear of rejection? When is too late to start a personal project? How do […]

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Creator Interview With Comfort Love And Adam Withers :: PWP #17

In this episode, listen to Lora and Chris interview 2-time Harvey Award Nominees, Indy Comics creators Comfort Love and Adam Withers. …and discover their favorite resource for saving time coloring comics!

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