• 00:23

    Meet Bob Staake, illustrator, designer, creator and idea guy

    in Podcasting

    [PROGRAM NOTE: We were just informed that Mr. Staake can't make program today!]

    On the Thursday July 24th 2014 broadcast at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastern our special guest is illustrator, designer, creator and idea guy Bob Staake.

    More about Bob:

    'In a recent online interview, Drawn.ca suggested that "to say Bob Staake is just an illustrator is like saying 'The Beatles' were just a bunch of musicians; the title doesn't do the artist justice" and Publisher's Weekly commented that "Bob Staake's modern, crisp illustrations ... practically jump off the page."

    'One of the nation's most successful illustrators, his clients have included The New Yorker, TIME, McDonald's, Vanity Fair, Amtrak, Young & Rubicam, American Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards, Kenner Toys, US News and World Report, Fortune, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg's, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street Journal, AOL/Time Warner, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren and Stimpy Show, MAD, USA Today, Children's Television Workshop, Blockbuster Video, The Walt Disney Company, Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB, and countless others.

    Join us for a fun and informative chat!


  • 00:43

    Children's Illustrator Teaches Children the Fundamentals of Drawing

    in Lifestyle

    A NAPPA, Parents’ Choice and Creative Child Magazine award winner, Drawing with Mark is hosted by Mark Marderosian, a respected professional cartoonist and former Disney illustrator with over 25 years of experience Drawing with Mark teaches children of all ages the fundamentals of drawing.  

    The series discusses shapes, parallel lines, shading, dimension, stick figures and action lines so a budding artist can feel comfortable moving forward and expanding his/her creativity. Each DVD consists of two 30-minute episodes that combine a field trip to a cool destination with two drawing lessons relating to the field trip, colorful animation, fun facts, trivia, and suggested reading books. The Drawing with Mark series is targeted to children ages 5 to 9 years old. 

    Join us on The Shift this week as we talk illustrating and making art fun for everyone with Mark Marderosian. Check out a quick video on drawing Saturn here.


  • 01:30

    Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After- Caroline Travis, Illustrator

    in Books

    Please join us as our very talented, interesting, amazing and inspirational guest, Caroline Degler Travis, shares her Hurricane Katrina story and where she is ten years after. Caroline will tell the story from the perspective of a Baton Rouge vicinity resident....a first in the history of our radio blog show.

    Caroline was born in 1953 to Ruth and Rolland Degler in Oregon City, Oregon. She moved to Louisiana at 5 yrs of age, married right after high school and had three children within six yrs of marriage. Caroline married Jerry Travis with whom she has one child.

    Caroline, a former nurse, and current artist and painter, provided the illustrations for the children's book, "French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl" (by Cary and Gretchen Black).  A book about the value and specialness of friendship through hard times and great moral and geographic lesson for children of all ages.

    Caroline says, "I feel I have accomplished my dreams but there is still more in store for me. I have become an artist after my retirement although I knew throughout my life this talent was always there. I just never put it into action. I have recently bought a pottery wheel. This will be my next accomplishment. I will make pottery!! I am trying to pass some of my talents down to my grandchildren. My oldest grandson loves art also. I love spending time with my grandkids.

    Please join us for an inspirational discussion with Caroline


  • 00:31

    A Moment with Award Winning Writer & Illustrator Ann Grifalconi

    in Entertainment

    Winner of both Jane Addams Awards & the Caldecott Honor Award, Author-Illustrator Ann Grifalconi has illustrated over 75 books for other authors and has also illustrated a dozen or more picture books of her own. She works in many media for publication and has exhibited her drawing, prints and paintings regularly in galleries and traveling shows. After working for a few years in advertising and display, Ms. Grifalconi taught art and design in the NY Public High Schools for several years.  She would leave to produce films and write & illustrate books--all of which meant much research & travel (Africa, The Americas, Pacific), Over the years she has collected thousands of photographs of her extensive trips around the world.


    Jane Addams Awards for “Patrol & Village That Vanished”
    Caldecott Honor Award, for "Village of Round and Square Houses"
    Corretta King Award, for "Everett Anderson’s Goodbye,” by Lucille Clifton
    New York Times Best Illustrated Books, "The Jazz Man", by Mary H. Weik
    American Library Association for "The Jazz Man” & "Village of Round & Square Houses"

    In the 1960s and 70s Ms. Grifalconi was very involved in the womens rights in New York City.  She illustrated works of art which continue to be recognized and identified with the woman's movements.  In addition she was a founding member of the Feminist Credit Union in NYC.

    For more about Ms. Grifalconi visit www.AnnGrifalconi.com. 


  • 00:09

    Children Author and Illustrator, Elisa Kleven, Gets Cozy

    in Moms and Family

    Elisa Kleven, author and illustrator produced over thirty picture books.  She shares her inspiring stories and experiences by visiting schools, libraries and bookstores.

    Her books have received awards and honors from the American Library Association, The New York Times, The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, The American Booksellers Association and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Her pictures from Abuela are part of "Storyland," a traveling, interactive exhibit of seven classic children's books featured at Children's Museums nationwide and her story, The Paper Princess, has been adapted for two theater productions, one at the world's largest arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and the other in Northern California. 

    Join Elisa Kleven and me on Tuesday, December 17, 10-11 A.M. CT US for a conversation about her latest American Booksellers’ Association Best Book for Children titled, Cozy Light, Cozy Night. 

  • 01:00

    Phoenix Rising And Ms.P Chat With Antares Nikki Davinci

    in Art

    Antares Nikki Davinci is the collective summation of New Orleans blood being bred in New York.   Author, poet and illustrator, her writing will spell you in a way that you begin to volunteer for and yet promises to keep you up all night. Like her raw breathing poetry it never sleeps.  A discreet and almost painfully tight weaver of metaphor she writes loopholes within the imagination that make it seize and rebuild again and again.  Her upcoming collection The Gloaming is her second book  and joint collection with Essence Renata of science fiction, erotica and poetry following her debut The Nikki DaVinci Code. She brings forth the same rawness to this sophomore effort that leaves mouths agape and spirits full and satisfied.   

  • 00:52

    Illustrator Mark Wayne Adams joins Behind the Scenes on Behind the Words

    in Books

    Week three of Behind the Scenes on Behind the Words brings you an exciting and talented illustrator of children’s books. Join us for this exciting conversation on Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 EST.

    Born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, Mark Wayne Adams graduated college with a BFA in Drawing from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He then moved to Central Florida, and has called Florida home for over twenty years. His work experience includes Walt Disney World Company, SeaWorld Orlando, Art Director for GSI Architectural Sign Company, and store manager for Sprint Print, Inc. Mark is now CEO of Mark Wayne Adams, Inc. and serves as President Elect for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. 

    Mark has illustrated over thirty children's books in six years winning numerous children's book awards. An unexpected reward in his publishing journey has been public speaking. Whether at professional organizations or elementary schools, Mark offers valuable insight, inspiring presentations, and a voice that reaches audiences across the United States.

    Mark Wayne Adams can be reached at www.markwayneadams.com or via email at mwa_Inc@icloud.com. Follow him on Twitter: @markwayneadams 

    For more information on the network, please visit www.authorsontheair.com

    This is a copyrighted broadcast of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, LLC owned and produced by Pam Stack.

  • 00:39

    Interview with Rhani D' Chae for Shadow of the Drill

    in Books

    Shadow of the Drill: Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge. (The Drill Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]
    Rhani D'Chae (Author), 4 Wills Publishing (Illustrator)

    A brutal experience transforms an unproven young tough into a ruthless killing machine. For fifteen years he waited, building his body into an unstoppable weapon so that vengeance would be had through the strength of his will and the power of his hands. 

    On the bloodstained streets of a northwestern city the enforcer known as the Drill stalks his prey. Judge, jury, and executioner; he seeks out those who target the weak and the vulnerable, condemning them to the kind of justice that has made him a legend.


  • 01:58

    Episode Forty-two... Who is Anthony Marques?

    in Hobbies


    If you have read any of the new 52 from DC comics in the last year or so then you may have already read a book that tonight's guest had his hands in.  Anthony Marques had been the assitant editor at DC comics working on such flagship titles as Superman, World's Finest, Teen Titans and many others. Then in July of last year he made a major decision to leave DC and head out on his own to work as a freelance artist and recently his first book was just released with Dynamite Comics titled, "Agents of the Shadow."  This talented illustrator has graciously agreed to put fatherhood, drawing and all the other things life throws at you on the back burner for about a half an hour or so to share some of his great comic book stories with you our listeners.

    After that the boys at the Den are going to discuss the idea of collecting vs investing and how both can be rewarding in their own way and if that's not enough, we hope to introduce to you a new voice and perspective at the Den.  Jess, a new co-host will be joining us to talk about geek girls, transformers and perhaps if we're lucky even a little bit of Star Wars.  So what are you waiting for?  Oh, right Tuesday night...see you then.

  • 00:30

    Staying "Positively Present" with Dani DiPirro

    in Self Help

    Victor welcomes back Dani DiPirro of PositivelyPresent.com to talk about her new book, The Positively Present Guide to Life. We'll talk about her thoughts on what being "positively present" in her own life has meant to her, and her thoughts on how others can follow a similar path to find more positivity, more living in the present moment, and better coping with negativity.

    If you haven't visited Dani's site, PositivelyPresent.com, you'll want to make sure you check it out.  On it you'll be pleased to find fantastic articles, interviews, and resources for creating a positively present life, along with inspiring and uplifting illustrations and images.

    As an inspiring author and empowering online presence, Dani has been mentioned on influential sites around the web, including Glamour, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Happiness Project. She is the founder of PositivelyPresent.com as well as the author of The Positively Present Guide to Life, Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present, and a variety of well-received e-books. She also works as a designer and illustrator for her design studio, Twenty3.

    If you're ready to start living life more in the moment, you won't want to miss this interview!

  • 00:29

    The Author/illustrator team, the Hobsons, joins the Back Porch

    in Books

    About the Author:

    Mr. Hobbs (Mark Hobson) is from Lincoln, NE, where he competed on the University of Nebraska men's gymnastics team. Following graduation, he coached club level children's gymnastics, where he discovered their love for stories. The name "Mr. Hobbs" comes from a stuffed frog that Mr. Hobson played with as a child at his grandmother's hosue. Mr. Hobbs now resides in a place of honor in the author's home. Mr. Hobson currently lives in Omaha, NE. with his wife Ann and their youngest daughter, Sarah, who paints beautiful pictures with her music. He enjoys continuing to share his love of stories with all ages.

    About the Illustrator:

    Molly Hobson studied art education at the University of Nebraska where she developed her talent for interpreting children's stories through her illustrations. This is her second book collaboration with her dad, Mark Hobson, and she is currently working on her own writing projects. Ms. Hobson enjoys creating beautiful images that encourage children to both follow and never give up on their dreams.

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