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Episode 123 – The Berenstain Bear SCOUTS Meet Bigpaw!

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Those Bear Scouts are at it again! What is “it” exactly? Adapting cartoons into chapter books is what it is! That’s right, it’s the 1980 classic special “The Berenstain Bears Meet Bigpaw” rejiggered into a Bear SCOUTS book. Does it work? Eh.

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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The above is pages from an unpublished finished book.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An unpublished children’s book.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 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.

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Episode 113 – The Giddy Grandma!

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Welcome to the world of degraded audio! Please bear with this terrible sounding episode, as I flop around trying to talk about “The Giddy Grandma.” Things didn’t work out according to plan, but I think I get my point across.

Also, I have a Patreon page!

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Episode 110 – Meeting Mike (Part 1)

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Hoo boy! This is it! The first part of our massive trip to the Berenstain Bears studio! It’s so big, I’m not only splitting it up, but I’m sprinkling it throughout upcoming episodes, just so you don’t get burnt out on this one thing. So, I’ll be alternating traditional episodes with Mike episodes. I think that’s fair!

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Mike’s desk at Berenstain Studios

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A look at the production schedule for upcoming books.

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Jeremy and Brad sitting with Mike.

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Mike shows the cover of the upcoming bullying book featuring Skuzz! Pic by Bradley Mariska

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The two alternate covers for “Why Do Good Bears Have BAD Days?” Pic by Bradley Mariska