Podcasts And The Torture of Hearing Your Own Voice

podcastsI love podcasts. As someone who works from home and spends endless hours standing at my desk, I find podcasts the best way to get through the day. You can only listen to your iTunes playlists so many time before you start going a little crazy. I’ve been fortunate enough to also appear on a few podcasts. I’m never comfortable talking about myself and hearing my own voice is just about the worst thing in the world. But these kind folks were so generous and enthusiastic about my work that it put me at ease.

Podcasting is a tough job. It is almost always a passion project and requires a lot of work and time without any pay or profit. I salute these dedicated individuals for following their passion to create these shows out of pure love of the process and/or subject matter. To stay focused and produce a show (or more) every week is really a monumental task.

Below is a list of some of the recent podcasts I’ve had the pleasure of being featured on. My heart-felt thanks to each and every one of them.

Creative South Podcast with Jason Frostholm  My thanks to Jason for having me on the show to talk about my work. This is a really wonderful design podcasts that accompanies the popular conference of the same name. Check it out if you are interested in the world of design. (See Episode 37)

Cloud City Cast with Liam DiCosimo, Brittany DiCosimo, Manoah Crane and Leanne Crane –   I’ve enjoyed this podcast since the beginning. In the build up to The Force Awakens, I was listening to all things Star Wars and Cloud City was one of my favorites. Always fun, always positive – if you love the expanded Disney Universe (Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars) you will dig this show.  (See Episode 4, Episode 22 and Episode 99)

Master of One Podcast with Andrew Sale, Patrick Hill and Luke Gaul – These guys are great. This is my go-to podcast for all things creative. Art/Design, Television/Film and Toys/Games serve as a lose guideline to the twice weekly show but it’s so much more than that. It’s a fun, good-spirited show that I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed on as well as sitting in as guest host on occasion. The guest list is mostly centered around Design and Illustration. And if you’re a MONDO fan, you should already be listening.  See episodes 33.2 (Guest host for the Illustrators Panel), 22.2 (Guest Host with Tom Bancroft) and 19.2 (interview).

Living Your Journey with Christopher Swan – Christopher is such a kind soul and a generous interviewer. I was so flattered that he had researched my work and previous interviews. He had some great questions for me and I totally enjoyed the experience. We had a great time talking and appreciate his interest in what I do.

Talk About The Magic  I love talking Disney so it was a pleasure to be a guest on this show. I had a great time discussing my work and my love of Disney. My thanks to Joseph for having me on the show. (Episode #79)




FEB2016_PromoI’ll be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, February 6th with lots of new art and something completely different. “Rags To Wishes” features Cinderella in her most iconic costumes. “Honorable Daughter” shows the many sides of Mulan. “Cafe Hipster” is the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line with a new look to the art. And last but not least, I am excited to debut a Hipster Mickey Vinylmation! This 9″ figure features Hipster Mickey complete with his coffee and cell phone. So, come check out all the new art and merchandise. I’ll be signing along side fellow artists Nidhi Chanani and Eunjung June Kim from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Hope to see you there.

To celebrate this big release, I need you to help me get the word out. Share this blog post with your followers on Instagram and Facebook and you can win a deluxe print of either “Rags To Wishes” or “Honorable Daughter”. Here’s all you have to do.

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #CindyMulan – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #CindyMulan – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.

Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, February 2nd. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 3rd. Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  Good Luck!

PS – If you’d like to win the “Cafe Hipster” deluxe print, head on over to the CLOUD CITY CAST Instagram page. Liam and Manoah will have that Hipster Mickey print up for grabs.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney District® at The Disneyland® Resort

Win A Monorail Mouse Deluxe Print

Print“Monorail Mouse” is the latest Hipster Mickey piece set to debut at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery on September 19th. I’ll be at the gallery along with artists John Coulter and Kristin Tercek on that day from 3:00pm – 5:00 pm.

You can win a deluxe print of this tenth image in the Hipster Mickey series – but we’re doing it a little different this time. I’ve teamed up with my friends at the Cloud City Podcast to help with this giveaway. Head on over to their website to find out how you can enter. You can enter on their Facebook page and Instagram account.

And please make sure to check out their really fun podcast. I had the pleasure of chatting with them recently (See episode #4) and it was a lot of fun. They’re a couple of great guys who love nothing more than talking about all things Disney, Star Wars and Marvel. Give them a listen – the podcast is available on Stitcher and iTunes.

I’ll also be giving away a deluxe print of “Courting Minnie” set to be released on the same day. I will post info on that giveaway on Wednesday, September 9 on this blog.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.