Study Group Radio: Process Party


Study Group Comics has a podcast! Join cartoonists Zack Soto (Secret Voice, Power Button) & Mike Dawson (Rules For Dating My Daughter, Troop 142) as they discuss their own creative processes, comic art, family life, the nuts & bolts of being a working creative, and a ton of other stuff.Each episode finds a new guest from the world of comic books & graphic novels joining Mike & Zack for an in depth conversation, with occasional guest segments from their pals around the world.


  • Episode 89: Diary Of A Long Distance Podcast

    Episode 89: Diary Of A Long Distance Podcast

    25/08/2020 Duración: 53min

    Hey! We're back! & we're catching up & chatting about what's been happening in our lives and the world in the last few months, self-care, stand up paddle-boarding, pandemic variables across the country, making comics in Clip Studio, the new Adrian Tomine book The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Cartoonist, and the question of the day (culled from twitter) "Are there comics for adults?" (??)

  • Episode 88 - Quarantine, Power Pack, amp You

    Episode 88 - Quarantine, Power Pack, & You

    11/04/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    HEY, WE'RE BACK! This episode is our very first A Special Quarantine Episode! Awwww! So cute, though we suspect it will cease to be cute, like yesterday, and will cease to be special at some point, too. Anyway, many things touched upon in this one: Books touched on in this episode are Girl Town by Casey Nowak, "Wall of Shame" by Noah Van Sciver (from NOW #1), Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann, Master Of Kung Fu by Gulacy & Moench, Batman Universe by Brian Michael Bendis & Nick Derrington, and a big chunk of talkin' bout POWER PACK by Louise Simonson & Jon Bogdanove. Other topics include Quarantine Life, Productivity, Digital Comics apps, Mental Health, Comics Shopping by Mail, and there's a Frankenstein's Comic Swap Haul Report (right at the end). We hope everyone is staying safe and home, and washing their hands, wearing gloves and masks when you leave the house (if you have to!)

  • Ep87: Alienation, Protector, amp Eco-Collapse

    Ep87: Alienation, Protector, & Eco-Collapse

    26/02/2020 Duración: 47min

    Up front we talk Valentine's, Hourly Comics Day, self-promotion, and more. After that we talk about two very different comics that are related to  the impending/ongoing ecological collapse we're currently a part of—the five minutes into the future, Google Brand Dystopia of Ines Estrada's Alienation (Fantagraphics); and the far-flung, epochal timeline  extrapolations of Protector #1 (Image) by Simon Roy, Daniel Bensen, Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Process Party is a podcast about comic books as an art form, industry, and vocation—from the perspective of two working cartoonists.

  • Episode 86: Tom Kaczynski on Silver Surfer (87)

    Episode 86: Tom Kaczynski on Silver Surfer (87)

    21/01/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    2020, here we come! First new pod of the year and first guest in the new format! Hosts Mike Dawson and Zack Soto take stock on the new year before welcoming Tom Kaczynski to talk about the strange wonder of Steve Englehart & Marshall Rogers' Silver Surfer run from 1987. We cover a lot of ground—from plot points to comics history, distribution wars, the intersection of mainstream and indy comics, metaphysics, the cosmology of the Marvel Universe and much much more!

  • Episode 85: Howard Cruse amp TMNT

    Episode 85: Howard Cruse & TMNT

    05/12/2019 Duración: 50min

    Mike Dawson & Zack Soto are back with the final episode of 2019, talking about Howard Cruse, Stuck Rubber Baby, creative constraints, dense pages, classical patronage, Eastman & Laird, TMNT, Tundra & The Xeric Foundation, and people who phase “upwards” out of comics into being rich & busy (instead of quitting in futility like we always assumed we would). Process Party is a podcast about comic books as an art form, industry, and vocation—from the perspective of two working cartoonists.

  • Episode 84 - Year In Review 2019 amp 1986

    Episode 84 - Year In Review 2019 & 1986

    25/11/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    The Dark Knight of Podcasts Returns! What? Yes. Hi! Here we are again, quite randomly. Mike & Zack talk comics, life, editing, auteur theory, productivity, carpal tunnel, digital drawing, early graphic novels, reading comics on the iPad, Frank Miller, The Dark Knight Returns, and Tom Spurgeon's recent passing.

  • Episode 83 - Nate Powell amp Mark Siegel at CXC

    Episode 83 - Nate Powell & Mark Siegel at CXC

    22/10/2018 Duración: 01h25min

    We're back this time with a nice long chat between Zack & First Second head honcho/5 Worlds co-creator Mark Siegel that was recorded at the panel they did on Saturday morning at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus last month, as well as a short but meaty show floor chat with Swallow Me Whole, MARCH, and Come Again cartoonist Nate Powell. PLUS! CXC show report, lots of personal good news and catching up from the Party Boys. Go read Mike's new comic at the Nib, and buy a copy of Zack's new book from him at Short Run, CAB & CALA before he goes into hibernation mode for the winter!

  • Episode 82 - Josh Cotter live at SPX!

    Episode 82 - Josh Cotter live at SPX!

    25/09/2018 Duración: 01h17min

     It's our first ever PROCESS PARTY LIVE! The kind folks at SPX were nice enough to set us up in conversation with one of our favorite people and cartoonists, Joshua Cotter. Josh first came to everyone's attention with the Skyscrapers of the Midwest series in the early 00's, which he followed up with Driven By Lemons and his current project, the massive (7 book!) series Nod Away. Nod Away is nominally a science fiction book to start, but it's already quite clear that the scope will be much wider as the book progresses. We cover Josh's whole career up to this point, his writing process, the role of comics as therapy, living in the woods, getting optioned by HBO, and much much more! Plus, Mike & Zack give their personal rundowns of the SPX experience at the top of the show. 

  • Episode 81 - Kickliy!

    Episode 81 - Kickliy!

    11/09/2018 Duración: 01h19min

    We're back to talk to Kickliy about his new Western graphic novel PERDY! You may know Kickliy from his series Musnet, or his work that was published under the name Sam Hiti. All of it is great, and we were excited to talk to him. We got into the reason for his name change, his time spent in France recuperating from a serious accident, and his triumphant return to comics. Lots of painting and drawing philosophy, working through blocks small and large, and how he ended up becoming an American cartoonist with a French Publisher. Behind the scenes process talk about making both PERDY & Musnet, including his thoughts on making all ages comics AND decidedly not all ages comics. This is a good one! PS: We're going to be at SPX this weekend! Come see PROCESS PARTY LIVE with Josh Cotter on Sunday, and pick up Zack's NEW BOOK, The Secret Voice Vol 1 at Tables L-12/L-13!!!

  • Look At That Dog! Episode 00

    Look At That Dog! Episode 00

    07/09/2018 Duración: 28min

    It’s a special new podcast from Zack & Shanna. By popular demand, Shanna is back! She and Zack apparently needed a podcast as an excuse to sit around and shoot the breeze, so here it is. We’re going to be talking about all that DISTRACTING MEDIA out there! delicious delicious media. This week, we tackle personally formative science fiction in our lives, venus flytraps, lots of bad jokes, and our patented LATD RECOMMENDATION ROUND! (There’s more Process Party to come, but for now please accept this malformed podcast baby. Just here to help!)

  • Episode 80 - Shop Talk!

    Episode 80 - Shop Talk!

    16/07/2018 Duración: 36min

    It's another Jibba Jabba episode: Mike returns from Iceland, Zack returns from the wilds of Kickstarter anxiety and printing deadlines, and our Party Floor creaks back into gear! Lots of discussion about what it means to actually finish a big project, transitioning from GO GO GO mode to "what now?" mode, and much more. 

  • Episode 79 - Columbus Scene Report!

    Episode 79 - Columbus Scene Report!

    07/06/2018 Duración: 44min

    It's an all Jibba-Jabba Extravaganza! Mike & Zack have had a few very busy weeks and catch up in this episode. Zack's Kickstarter is over (thank god)! Mike has a new comic coming out soon! That guy Mike was stumping for in New Jersey lost the race!  And Zack went to Columbus, OH! A large part of the episode is dedicated to a Columbus scene report of sorts, as it's quietly becoming one of the great American cartooning cities! What's up with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum? Is it really as mind-blinding as everyone says? Yes, it is! It was amazing. Also: Zack's brush with greatness, in a special patented Embarrassing Story! All that & more.

  • Episode 78 - Dustin Weaver!

    Episode 78 - Dustin Weaver!

    21/05/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Please welcome Dustin Weaver to the party floor! Dustin is the co-creator of the recent S.H.I.E.L.D. series with writer Jonathan Hickman, and writer/artist on multiple other Marvel comics, as well as some stints on TMNT & Star Wars properties. We definitely talk about all of that stuff, and do a deep dive on his time at Marvel in particular. Mike & Zack have a lot of questions about how the sausage gets made! But the main reason we're here is to talk about his recent one-man anthology at Image Comics, Paklis. Standing relatively apart from the mainstream comics world where he made his mark, Weaver took his name recognition to Image to pursue more personal material. Dream comics sit side-by-side with space opera and surrealist experiments, and rough hewn sketchiness gives way to meticulous sci-fi set pieces, often in the space of a single page. What's up with Paklis? Learn about Dustin's first meeting with Jim Lee! Why was SHIELD so damn late? And much much more! Also: Mike Has a new comic on the Nib

  • Episode 77 - A. Degen!

    Episode 77 - A. Degen!

    09/05/2018 Duración: 51min

    The one and only Twitter Funny Man Alex Degen has joined us on the party floor! Perhaps you didn't know that in addition to being  funny on the internet, he's also a wicked awesome cartoonist with multiple ineffable books and mini comics out there in the world? The author of Area CC, Mighty Star, and his new book Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters talks to us about all kinds of stuff, from his time as a youthful layabout, formative schooling and world travels, connections to the Magic Schoolbus empire, and a look into the life of a literary translator. Where did the genesis for his new full color book come from, lots of jokes, and more!  Plus: Zack's driving around in a car in the opening, that's weird! Also: The Secret Voice Kickstarter is fully backed and there's still plenty of time to back it! 

  • Episode 76 - Michael Kupperman!

    Episode 76 - Michael Kupperman!

    01/05/2018 Duración: 56min

    Welcome the creator of Snake N’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Mark Twain’s Autobiography, & his new memoir All The Answers–Michael Kupperman! Joel Kupperman was an early child star who met wild fame early in life as a “Quiz Kid,” but that fame haunted him much of his life. Michael tells all about his new book, and about growing up with a formerly famous dad. What was it like moving into memoir from absurdist humor strips? And of course plenty of process talk about the making of the book. PLUS: Big jibba jabba segment, because Mike was Nominated for an Eisner (! Best Webcomic), and Zack’s Kickstarter is LIVE! (and a bit of not super spoilery Infinity War chit chat at the end)

  • Episode 75 - Josh Simmons!

    Episode 75 - Josh Simmons!

    24/04/2018 Duración: 55min

    Cartoonist Josh Simmons (author of Jessica Farm, House, Black River, The Furry Trap, and his new collection of short stories and collaborations Flayed Corpse) is one of our favorite creators of modern horror comics fiction. He stopped by the party floor to discuss things that make us uneasy, societal collapse, personal boundaries, and reassessing older work through the viewpoint of the person you are now. He's been spending a lot of time working with other cartoonists, as collected in Flayed Corpse, but also on the upcoming season of All-Time Comics, which we talk about as well as his general thoughts on collaboration and the specific logistics of working with other cartoonists. Plus: It's Spring in Portland! Zack derails Mike's story by talking about grilling and being excited to launch the Secret Voice Kickstarter (look for it soon).

  • Episode 74 - Keren Katz!

    Episode 74 - Keren Katz!

    17/04/2018 Duración: 55min

    This week we return with a great chat with Israeli cartoonist Keren Katz! Keren has had (and continues to have) a very interesting life and pathway to comics. Her first book The Academic Hour was recently published by Secret Acres. Learn about her early days as a dancer, obsession with flying, being an eternal student, art school days, to her current jet setting life as a cartoonist & performer. Who are: The Katz Sisters?! What is her connection to a deceased/never living metafictional Israeli poet? And much more! Plus: Mike did too much yoga!

  • Ready Process One

    Ready Process One

    11/04/2018 Duración: 45min

    Woo hoo! The Party Boys are back with another full-on jibba-jabba episode. First up: what's the deal with the Patreon? Well, we take just a minute or two to lay out the new status quo there, but it's only a short jump from there to talkin' 'bout trains (real and otherwise), making fun of Ready Player One (spoiler warnings, sort of), nerd culture, Zack is super close to being done inking his book, the two talk about what that feels like, kickstarter nerves, the New Jersey congressional race, our leftist leanings, mammal trivia, and social media coping mechanisms!

  • Episode 72 - Sloane Leong!

    Episode 72 - Sloane Leong!

    03/04/2018 Duración: 55min

    Please welcome creator of the new Image series Prism Stalker and the upcoming :01 book A Map To The Sun, Sloane Leong! Sloane and the boys discuss Prism Stalker at length and in depth. Sci-Fi, colonialism, gender representation, comics creation  workflow, writing and drawing process talk, this one has it all! Plus: Changes are afoot at the Patreon, Mike is continuously getting surprised by his kid's school schedules, and Zack reads a pertinent passage from Tips From Top Cartoonists (1982, Don Christensen) with some advice that both of us wish we'd learned earlier in life.

  • Episode 71 - Box Brown!

    Episode 71 - Box Brown!

    19/03/2018 Duración: 59min

    Please welcome Box Brown, founder of Retrofit Comics and the author of Is This Guy For Real: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Tetris: The Games People Play, Andre The Giant: Life & Legend, & many many more! We talk andy Kaufman, fiction vs biography, childhood heroes, and lots and lots of wrestling talk! Plus: Mike took sleepy pills before they recorded! Cry for help or just bad idea? And: Zack talks reducing clutter, and his own personal JLA.

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