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May 102011

Holy smokes! Has it been 50 episodes already?!

This calls for a drink! Cheers!
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I’ve had a blast producing the show. I’ve learned so much about art, artists, and about myself. Since day one, I decided to produce my show to a higher standard of quality than most others in terms of production value, editing, writing, music, comedy, and honesty in the content.

From Studio Raul it’s Man vs. Art!

The inherent difficulty and comedic irony of  producing a show about Visual Arts  in audio.

Why on Earth would I choose to produce an audio podcast about visual art?  What am I stupid?!

If I may borrow from the great JFK, I shall explain why.

But why, some say, an audio podcast about the Visual Arts??  Why choose this as  your goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 84 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Wolverine fight the Hulk?

I choose to produce an audio podcast about visual art. (interrupted by applause) I choose to produce an audio podcast about visual art in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of my Artistic energies and skills, because that challenge is one that I am willing to accept, one I am unwilling to postpone, and one which I intend to win, and the others, too.

I’ve busted my butt and am damned proud of what I have created. It takes a lot of hard work and time to produce each and every episode and I’m always looking for ways to raise the bar and give The Minions the best show possible.

What are you saying?

Man vs Art is about the struggle it is to be an artist in this day and age. There are many obstacles in your way. I don’t try to sell everyone on art being all warm and fuzzy and that success is just one pencil stroke away. On the contrary, I try to put it bluntly and tell you how tough art can be.  Not to discourage you of course,  but to get you to work that much harder and be prepared when you hit a snag. It would be irresponsible for me to paint this ideal picture of being an artist, full of romance, fun, money, and fame  only to leave you to be taken advantage of.

Being an artist is tough. But if you stick with it and do your best, no matter how rich or famous or poor and unknown you end up, you will have a BODY of work that is your own, and in the end on your deathbed that’s all that should matter to an artist. Did I leave a body of work that is worth conserving? Worth studying? That’s the ultimate reward. Money comes and goes and fame, well someone once asked Homer Simpson what being famous was like and  his response said it all. “Being famous is great. People know your name and you don’t know theirs.”
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Then and now.

Man vs. Art started with me just experimenting with podcasting and it took about a dozen shows before it clicked. The show has really come together nicely with it’s standard features like Interviews, Personal Rants, The Minion Mailbag, the Pantheon of Awesomeness, Minion Voice mail, The Art Joke Minute, Project Jose and more! Then there are the recurring characters, some more recurring than others. There’s  my drunk midget announcer and sidekick Che, Jim Lujan, Jose Gonzalez, Sheila from West Hollywood, Chibi fan Noodles, and Sebastian Snotpockets from Saskatchewan!

To my Guests.

I’d like to thank all of my past guests for all of their valuable input and time.  I’m pretty selective about who I bring on as a guest.  I only bring passionate, fun, creative, and hard working people to the show.  People who can talk up a storm about art and have the body of work to back up their words are  requirements.  No matter how talented an artist may be, no one wants to listen to an inarticulate bore with the personality of  a log.


The Man vs. Art  Minions RAWK!

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I would especially like to thank all of the Minions.  Those of you who listen to the show and follow the blog, you rule!  You folks are the heart and soul of the show. Without the Minions Man vs. Art would be some lone nut talking to himself about cartoons. Instead it’s some lone nut talking about cartoons to thousands of lone nuts who listen to him while drawing  cartoons. Beautiful isn’t it?

Today’s podcast is a “Greatest Hits” collection of some of my best informative rants, interviews, and some shout outs from true Minions!


  1. Episode 14  “So you wanna be an Artist?” I share a story about the time I was in Europe and helped launch a young Artist’s career.
  2. Episode 15  “Jim Lujan  Plus A Man vs. Art look at the mindset of the artist.” I explain about the two types of negative people artists have to deal with. Douche Nozzles, and Dumb asses.
  3. Episode 16  “The essence of Drawing.” I give advice on archiving your work and learning good studio habits.
  4. Episode 21 “The  differences between Bad, Good, and Great Art.” A great bit I did on the 3 types of art.
  5. Episode 36 “Pitching your stories and Ideas.” My suggestions on how to pitch a story well and organize your thoughts to tell a story.
  6. Episode 45 “For the love of Drawing” My love letter to drawing and how drawing has shaped human history.


  1. First up is Don Bluth from episode 28. He’s the highly prolific animation director who’s vast body of work that includes some of the greatest animated films of all time like An American Tail, The Land Before Time,  and my personal favorite The Secret of NIMH.
  2. From Episode 31 Some cartoon wisdom from Animator Writer Director Tom Sito who was trained by some notable animation artists of Hollywood’s Golden Age as well as cartoonist legends like Harvey Kurtzman and Shamus Culhane. He has worked in almost all sides animation production- Feature films, television, titles, industrials and commercial advertising.
  3. Then from Episode 40 is the exceptionally talented Artist, Animator, Director, Professor, and Writer Nancy Beiman who has worked with Chuck Jones, Bill Melendez, Gerhard Hahn, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Feature Animation, the Disney Channel, Disney television movies, and Warner Bros.
  4. Lastly from Episode 34 is my unforgettable chat with the King of Independent animation, the one and only  Bill Plympton whose signature technique and dazzling visuals have been tickling your animation cockles for over 25 years. Here Bill shares with us some behind the scenes fun on his latest feature THE MOVIE THE NEW YORK TIMES IS CALLING “RELENTLESS AND BRILLIANT”! Idiots and Angels.


Special thanks to the folks that took time to call ed in on The Man vs. Art Minion Hotline  and give a nickel’s worth of their two cents for this episode!


Jim Lujan


Kevin Cross


Jose Gonzalez


Mike Garvey


Luis Escobar


Peter Palmiotti


Henrik Paasgard

Ruben Kaae


Neil Segura

Enjoy the show and here’s to fifty more!











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  6 Responses to “Man vs. Art Episode 50! Greatest Hits 50th Show Celebration.”

  1. Hey Raul, liking the new blog layout! Also, CONGRATS on 50 podcasts! Am about to listen to the 50th now…. Keep up the great work!!!

    • Hey Voxie! Thanks a lot! The new layout was a bit of a challenge to implement but well worth it. I’m totally jazzed about the new look. I certainly hope you enjoy episode 50, I made it with lots of love!

  2. Congrats on the Anniversary! Great idea to date & box up drawings, I never do it, I will now. I love the podcast!

    • Thanks! It is important to save and date all of your work. Great way to chart your progress. Seeing your improvement will also pump you up to keep drawing.

  3. Not sure if my comments are going thru, but happy Anniversary and great idea to date & box up your drawings, I never do but I will now! Love the podcast. Very inspiring!

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