Tall Tale Radio by Tom Racine

Episode Description

What if the amazingly talented artists from the Disney Animation Studios decided to channel their mighty powers towards making a graphic novel? Wouldn't that be cool? Well it would be…and it is! Joining me today is Jeff Ranjo, Story Artist at Disney with a resume that includes "Hercules," "Tarzan," "The Emperor's New Groove," and the upcoming "Frozen." He inherited the Editor in Chief title for the third graphic novel that the Disney folks have put out; the first was in 2008, then another came in 2009. The idea is simple: choose a purposefully vague title that asks a question, and turn the artists loose and let them do whatever they want. This new volume is "Where is Dead Zero?" and 17 Disney artists with breathtakingly beautiful and varied styles are up to the task of figuring that out. I am also extremely honored that Jeff brought two high-profile guests with him, both of whom contributed stories to "Where Is Dead Zero." Mr. John Musker and Mr. Ron Clements. You know…the guys who directed "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Hercules," "Treasure Planet," and most recently, "The Princess and the Frog." I think they were excited to talk about comics and NOT the same 9 questions they get about Ariel all the time, because we had a great, wide-ranging discussion about their favorite comics, how they enjoyed working on "Dead Zero," and much more. When you find out one of the best Disney directors of all time was originally rejected by Disney and Marvel Comics, it gives you hope and inspiration to keep plugging away! "Where Is Dead Zero?" can be found online at Stuart Ng Books (www.stuartngbooks.com) for a steal at $20! They ship internationally as well. This is a relatively small run, and a seriously beautiful book for fans of comics and art. This ain't your father's Disney, folks…see what happens when talent is allowed to explore freely!

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    information said, almost 4 years ago

    Bite my tongue. Good guests today.

  2. Tom Racine

    Tom Racine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Thanks! With this kind of show, it’s really all over the map in terms of guests. I’m sure some will really fascinate you, and others not so much. I have 156 previous episodes over at www.talltaleradio.com; would love for you to run through the archives and see if any catch your fancy!

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    information said, almost 4 years ago

    Thanks, Tom. And I know this is what works for you but it’s really hard to find the time to give an hour. But i wish you well.

  4. Tom Racine

    Tom Racine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Thanks, amigo! It’s hard to get artists to shut up, really. :)

  5. Phil Judd

    Phil Judd said, almost 4 years ago

    Find an hour? Put it on in the background while you work? You can sit and watch TV? Read a comic and listen. Certainly worth the effort… Don’t shorten them Tom. I haven’t listened to one yet that has had good content right to the end or which I wished would end.

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