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Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.


Upcoming Projects

Yesterday, I told you about upcoming classes and appearances.

Today, we’ll look at upcoming projects from Mike the art guy!

First up, May 1st will see the first installment a new webcomic project that I’m starting. I’ve been threatening to do a webcomic for years now. After several failed attempts, I’ve finally picked an arbitrary date and said this is it! I won’t go into a lot of detail here, lest someone feel compelled to steal an idea or two, but the comic should be a lot fun for both the reader and for yours truly.

This extra secret comic should run either 2 or 3 days a week. I need to produce some pages first, to see how I can work it.

Next, I will be producing a second podcast. Yesterday, I was listening to Logan’s Run podcast on Talkshoe.com, and apparently this version of it is an encore. Encore meaning re-run. I loved the idea so much that I stole it, but with some modifications. Instead of re-running whole episodes of Open Mike, Insert Foot, I’ll be doing a “best of/worst of” (your milage may vary) format. That will spare the listeners from having to live or re-live the dated material and other embarrassing dreck from the past. And if I can wing it, I will stick in additional commentary myself and from other people who may have been involved in the show. DVD extras!

I haven’t pinned down a launch date yet, but I’d like to get that going before May 15.

And last, but not least, some time this week, the new Sandstone Summer Theater site should be going up. I don’t do much website work anymore, but I wanted to contribute something to my favorite theater group. Hopefully it will be a smashing success.

And of course, I’m always working on new artwork, notecards, prints, commission work and other projects. More about those projects later.

Upcoming Guests on Open Mike, Insert Foot

Open Mike, Insert Foot is my twice-a-week podcast on Talkshoe.com. Lately we’ve been promoting the upcoming SPACE comics show in Columbus coming up on the weekend of April 18th and 19th. I’ve interviewed show organizer Bob Corby and frequent participants Matt Kish and Allen Freeman.

I’ll be interviewing Tim Fischer, another small press cartoonist and podcaster on Tax Day. Tim hosts Breaking the Panel on Talkshoe.com.

After that, on Sunday the 19th, I’ll be talking with Sheila R. Augustine about theatrical costuming and the upcoming production of Grease that she’s working on.

On Wednesday April 22nd, we’ll be talking to online auctioneer expert Wally Kolenda, who hosts Brainstorming Bonanzle on Talkshoe.com.

Sunday, April 26th will feature Dr. Hillaire Tavener, ex-nun, writer, and all around interesting individual.

And don’t forget to download last night’s episode, featuring Jerimiah Witkowski’s adventures at New England Webcomics Weekend.

If you go to the show page, there’s a follow button in the top of the right hand column. Click that to be informed about upcoming shows and other podcastery goodness.

Show Notes for Episode 133, Interview with Lord Vile, Posted

Had a great interview last night with the one and only Lord Vile on Open Mike, Insert Foot.

Lord Vile is a modern day, real-life supervillain, who runs an entire network of henchmen, and he even has a Twitter feed.

You can listen to show, or down load it, and read the show notes here.

Let me know what you think.



Tonight on Open Mike, Insert Foot

…I will be interviewing Internet Supervillain Lord Vile on the show.

You can listen to the live recording by going to http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/10038 at 8:30 pm EDT. If you decide to go into the chatroom, that will be open 15 minutes prior and sometimes the pre-show set up is as interesting as the show itself.

Remember that you can call in and ask questions by dialing 724-444-7444 (Pittsburgh, home of the Talkshoe Servers), or you can VoiP (Voice-over Internet Protocol) at

If you’ve never been to Talkshoe, before the show starts, like right now, go check it out and take a few minutes to maybe set up a free account. It’s fun and you may find a bunch of other shows worth listening to.

If you can’t make it and just want to ask a question or have a comment to read on the air, simply post it in the comments section of this post.

Questions for Tonight’s Show

Hey, if you have a minute, cut and paste the following questions into an email and send them to me (mike.leuszler@gmail.com), with answers of course. I will read some of the answers on the show tonight. And I will gladly plug whatever project or comic you’d like plugged (see last question).

*Define webcomic.

*What are the (up to 3) benefits of webcomics over regular comic books? Over regular comic strips?

*Where are webcomics lacking in comparison to regular comic books or comic strips (up to 3)?

*What are your favorite (up to 3) webcomics?

*What kinds (up to 3) of webcomics do you seek out?

*What kinds (up to 3) of webcomics do you avoid?

*What webcomic (that you do not own or work on) do you wish you had a piece of?

*Do you do a webcomic? If yes, is it a hobby or in a professional (you get paid) capacity.

*If you don’t do webcomics, would you consider yourself a webcomics fan, journalist, or wannabe?

*What website or project of yours (including a brief description and URL) do you want me to mention? Include your name, email, or whatever here.

Thank you for your help! Tonight’s show is at 8:30 pm eastern, 1:30 am GMT.


Tonight on Open Mike, Insert Foot, (my weekly podcast about all things that pique my interest) we will be talking about webcomics. We may also discuss the decline of the newspaper and whether or not that’s a good thing. And, of course, we’ll take some time to remember radio stalwart Paul Harvey. Good day!

The show starts at 8:30 pm Eastern, and the chatroom opens fifteen minutes prior to that. The url is http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/10038.

If you are a webcomic creator, please stop by and take an opportunity to promote.


Proxy Problem Pauses Podcast

I had some kind of problem connecting to the Internet tonight. While I was out dropping my son off at home, my proxy settings reset themselves.

Don’t ask me.

None of my browsers worked, but my Twitterfox was able to send out Twitter messages. Twitterfox is the Firefox Twitter Gadget. When Firefox is on, it kicks on, and it was working when my browser, or any of my browsers, didn’t.

So anyway, I went ahead and canceled the show, contacted special guest JT Shea about it, and hopefully we can try again another day.

Apologies to anyone who actually made it into the chatroom.

J.T. Shea on Open Mike, Insert Foot Tonight!

Tonight I will be interviewing J. T. Shea on Open Mike, Insert Foot, my wacky weekly podcast. J. T. is one of the hosts of The Gigcast and is also a ukulele aficionado. There’s a deadly combo.

Other topics may include the Razzies, the Oscars, MiketheArtGuy.com business, The Dark Knight makes a billion dollars, Gary Conduit and Chandra Levy, and the end of OpenMikeInsertFoot.com.

The show starts at 8:30 pm Eastern on Talkshoe.com. The chatroom opens fifteen minutes before that. If you’ve not listened to a show recently, or ever, I suggest popping in tonight.

If you have any questions for J. T., you can leave them in the comments sections, or send them to me via e-mail. Try to get them in before 8 pm Eastern though, since I never read my email during the show.

Open Mike, Insert Foot Podcast Earlier Time


My podcast, Open Mike, Insert Foot is recording live on Sunday, February 1 (Superbowl Sunday) at a special earlier time, 3 pm Eastern. Go to http://www.talkshoe.com/10038 to find out topics and details.

You can join the show by calling 724-444-7444 or you can VoIP in by dialing

Hope you can join us.

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