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I have been playing tabletop games for a handful of years at most. Despite my limited experience, the impact it has had on my life has been substantial to say the least. It has provided me forms of live entertainment both in person and digital, it has introduced me to people and friends whom I otherwise probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet, and it has also provided me an outlet to escape in times of stress and uncertainty. It is safe to say that tabletop gaming has changed my life.

But enough about me and my sappy introductions.

This week we're here to talk about an organization called Game to Grow. For those unfamiliar, Game to Grow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. They can also be found at various conventions throughout the country, most recently at PAX East a few months back where they had a variety of panels as well as a presence within the tabletop area.

We were joined by two representatives of Game to Grow this week: Adam Davis, MA Ed and Jared Kilmer, PhD and they gave us a complete rundown of the history of their organization, the challenges and rewards of the work they do, and how they've had to adapt their processes in these times of social distancing and public safety.

We owe a huge thank you to Adam, Jared, and the rest of Game to Grow not only for giving us the chance to talk with them, but also for the service they provide. If you want to know more or you are interested in trainings and consultations, be sure to visit their website at www.gametogrow.org for more info.



Direct download: 4.18.2020_Episode_402.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

The social distancing continues this week and I have to say; recording at home in my pajamas isn't the worst thing in the world. At first, it was giving me a bit of anxiety. Alex and I have been doing the same thing the same way for 8 years with only a few variations here and there when needed. There's a level of comfort involved in doing something a certain way for that long, but it seems that, for the time being, distance is the new normal. And so far it's working out.

With that said, we have a great episode for you today. Mike Norton, the artist of Image Comics' Revival and the creator of the Eisner award winning web comic Battlepug, joined us via the Skype machine. We talked about creating a multi-award winning web comic from the ground up, his experiences in his Chicago studio "Four Star Studios" and why the Revival/Chew crossover wasn't exactly an easy sell for him.

Massive thanks to Mike for giving us the opportunity to talk with him during these strange times. Check out his website along with the Battlepug site for more info on his work and where you can throw some support.



Direct download: 4.2.2020_Episode_401.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT