|Picked up this guy in Hakodate.|
These last few weeks have certainly been interesting in Hokkaido. With the fear of coronavirus leading the governor to issue a state of emergency on the island. Luckily all my weekend plans were already canceled (more on that later), so for me staying home and just chilling was pretty easy! I did get a bit of traveling done mid-to-late February, so I thought I'd kick off this month's blogs by sharing some of that, and also I thought I'd include some podcasts and videos that I've been into lately!
|Cool guest house/music bar I visited.|
|They had cymbals for light-shades! Definitely want some...|
|Selfie in the local burger chain 'Lucky Piero' Just a little scary...|
This past weekend I was supposed to be heading to Osaka with sleepy.ab to kick off their new album's tour, but sadly this month's dates were all cancelled. We may be doing a streaming thing on the 15th if we can find a proper venue, but it's a bit too early to say. I'll post about it if it's going to happen, so keep an eye out for an announcement of some kind. Either way, it was super disappointing not to be able to go on the trip, and as it coincided with the whole state-of-emergency announcement I decided to stay in and binge on a few videos and podcasts. So today I thought I'd share some of my favorite shows!
・3 POINT PERSPECTIVE
I've been a fan of Jake Parker's YouTube channel for a few years, and he kind of took a haitus from video making in 2019 which led to me discovering this incredible podcast. Jake Parker teams up with Will Terry and Lee White and the three of them "talk about illustration - how to do it, how to make a living at it, and how to make an impact in the world with it." They upload a new episode every two weeks, and I always find the info and their banter so informative and entertaining.
If you're a fan of NPR's Car Talk, this is that but by two cartoonists talking about the web comics industry. Every week Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett take on new listener questions about the cartooning industry, and while occasionally specific to artists, as with 3 Point Perspective a large number of questions are applicable to any creative person. I just started listening to them a couple months ago, and I've gotta say, I find the show and their friendship absolutely delightful and a joy to listen to.
・The Dick Cavett Show on YouTube
I had never heard of this show before I stumbled on it during a YouTube dive last year, it's a bit before my time, but I'm so happy they've decided to upload these clips on online! Dick Cavett's humor is absolutely timeless, and he had such a variety of guests on his show. Some guests' names I've known but have never had the chance to see video of before, and there's something about seeing people on video that books and stories just can't ever match. The quality is fantastic, and the content (although occasionally dated) is great. Here's a little taste featuring Dali and his anteater:
If you know me, you know I love musicals. And although I'm a fan of the major Broadway productions, I've also become a huge fan of Team Starkid and their musicals. They originally rose to popularity when they uploaded their musical take on Harry Potter. But they've done many more great shows, and most are available to watch free online! They just released their newest show on February 29th, called Black Friday. It's a bit of a Steven King-esque story about an evil doll. However, if it's your first time watching their stuff, I'd recommend going with their older work first. My personal favorite is their take on Disney's Aladdin, told from Jafar's POV (ala Wicked) called Twisted. (Warning: although hilarious, the lyrics are definitely NSFW)
Also I'll be releasing my March music recommendations soon, you'll be able to find them here once I update. This month is a bit of a mixture of genres, so something for everyone!
Stay creative - E