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Episode 119 – Media Madness!

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Jon Biegen and Nick Wood slide on over from Stranger Still to talk about children successfully managing a television station. That’s . . . that’s really all that happens in this book, so – so, lesson learned, I guess.

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Episode 118 – Meeting Mike (Part 3)!

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It’s Part 3 of our Mike Berenstain meetup and Brad, Jeremy and I finally hit the archives!

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These boxes contain copies of books from various publishers.

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A photo of Stan and Jan rests atop one bank of art drawers.

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Mike shows examples of the color process and all the work that went into producing a single image.

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Some of Stan and Jan’s early comics work.

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The book that would become “The New Baby.”

The above is pages from an unpublished finished book.

The above is examples of the evolution of “The B Book.”

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The Mama and Papa cutout used for the magazine article.

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Above is a slideshow of Stan and Jan’s early art school work and various studies.

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An unpublished children’s book.

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Mike’s assistant, Maryann.

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Episode 117 – The Freaky Funhouse!

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Brian and Josh – from Predict-O-Cast and . . . another show – actually come INSIDE MY HOUSE and INVADE MY SPACE to talk about “The Berenstain Bears and the Freaky Funhouse!”

Join us as we talk about MURDER! ATTEMPTED MURDER! And . . . Frankenbear’s Monster? Also, the funhouse doesn’t figure into the plot as much as we’d have liked. What’s that chainsaw noise? Just us.

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Episode 116 – The Galloping Ghost!

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I’m alone! I’m scared! I’m surrounded by ghosts! It’s a spooktacular book about TRAUMA. That’s right! The Berenstains wrote a secret book about dealing with trauma and I didn’t figure it out until near the end of the episode. Keep on surprising me, Big Chapter Books!

 

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Episode 115 – The School Scandal Sheet!

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Ollie, my teen and co-host of It’s Del Toro Time! – A Guillermo del Toro Podcast, joins me this week to talk “The Berenstain Bears and the School Scandal Sheet!” In which we discuss the terrible things the cubs accuse a teacher of and also divide the cubs into their Hogwarts Houses. IT’s kind of a discussion that goes all over the place. Also, we talk about the importance of owning up to your terrible terrible mistakes how if you’re a cub, you face no consequences for those terrible terrible mistakes.

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Episode 114 – Meeting Mike (Part 2)

DIBC-EP110We’re back with Part 2 of our big Mike Berenstain meetup! This episode, Brad and Jeremy and I get grilled as to our intentions; we talk about books whose success caught Mike off guard; what books didn’t do so hot; and dish the hot goss. Or, not. I can’t remember.