Well, Drawing Funny has made it to 50! Yep, that’s 49 episodes more than I thought I was going to make it to with the pandemic inspired podcast.
You can listen to Episode 50 at www.drawingfunny.com, on Apple, Spotify, or any podcasting platform you like to use.
You can also click on the player above.
Show notes: For this 50th episode of Drawing Funny I was joined by MSCA president Kevin L. Williams as we interview his longtime friend Steve Troop.
Steve has worked as an animator, cartoonist and graphic designer for around 30 years now. He’s the creator of Mayberry Melonpool, an online comic strip series since 1996.
In the late-2000s, Steve’s puppet versions of Melonpool were featured in the online web series Quickcast by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy). He has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – The Animated Series, and the CGI animated feature Ping Pong Rabbit.
Steve co-owns Puppet Design Studio in Valencia, CA where he’s designed and built puppets for Nike, American Greetings, Glee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Teen Titans, and The Big Bang Theory. Steve’s credits include working with Mike Johnson (director – Corpse Bride), Phil Nibbelink (animator – Roger Rabbit), Kid Cudi, Pharell, live puppetry performance in Trace Adkins’ music video “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow” as well as Ed Sheeran’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video, “Sing.”
Steve and Melonpool made a cameo in Comic Book: The Movie, and is also the co-creator of the off-off-Broadway FRINGE production, Alien VS Musical.
Steve will be the instructor at a puppetry design/build workshop at The Land Schools in Las Vegas this March 24-26, 2023. He’ll teach you everything he learned in the first ten years of building puppets – in three days! If you are serious about puppetry, you should attend this class. Use code Prcy30 at checkout for 30% off ANY workshop. More info at www.thelandschools.com.
We’ll have video segments from this interview on the MSCA’s YouTube channel soon.
Oh. don’t forget that our next MSCA monthly dinner meet-up will be this coming Tuesday, February 7th from 6-8pm at Garibaldi’s Pizza in the U of M area. We’ll be talking about the recent Drink-N-Draw and Sketchy Saturday events at 901 Comics East, the dates for future events at the comic shop, and discudssing our next art show- “Spamalittle: Knights Of The Drawing Table” at Germantown Community Theatre in March.
Deadline for submitting art for the show will be at this dinner meeting, and we’ll have art show invites and flyers for anyone who’d like some to help spread the word about the show.
Hope you can join us for it.