Storyboard Podcast #1 — Ted Seko

Welcome to the first episode of the Storyboard Podcast. This episode begins a series called “From Comics to Storyboards,” and my guests are all storyboard artists who got their start by drawing comics.

My first guest is Ted Seko — storyboard artist on SpongeBob Squarepants, and creator of the indy comic books Billy Cole and Zombieman Zero.

Storyboard artist and comic book creator Ted Seko

Click on the audio player above to hear the Ted Seko interview.

Make sure to check out Ted Seko’s website: http://paperengine.blogspot.com/
and his terrific podcast, “The Idiot Engine.”

Zombieman Zero Deaths Head transmission by Ted Seko

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27 Responses to “Storyboard Podcast #1 — Ted Seko”

  1. Very interesting and full of great information. You can learn a lot here. Some funny and inspirational segments. Really wonderful to hear the discussions and experiences Ted went through to go from Comics to Storyboard Artist.

    Good tips and ideas that guide you in making transitions from one field to another that you can apply to in more than one area. Thanks for the heads up, I look forward to more pod casts.

    I really enjoyed Steven Silver’s on Character Design, and this just adds to learning the in’s and out’s of the industry.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these ideas and experiences with us…’D

    Kitty

  2. Hi Sherm,

    thanks for posting this great interview with Ted. It’s always cool to learn about professional storyboard artists. Your website is awesome – thanks for providing this for all of us aspiring story artists out there.

  3. Great podcast… really hits close to home, since most of my work is in comics, but I’d really like the experience of working as a “cog,” or rather as part of a team, on an animated production. It’s always a pleasure to hear from Ted, he’s got buckets of hard work and optimism.

  4. Amazing interview, thanks for putting that up, it’s a delight for people that are both into comics and animation!

  5. Hi! I was just wondering if this will have a downloadable form at some point.

  6. Hi Tyler…I’m trying to figure it out! I’m new at the whole podcasting thing 😛
    Thanks for asking, and stay tuned!

  7. Glad you’re getting this going, Sherm!

    If you need any help with submitting/getting listed in iTunes, let me know.

  8. Thanks, Jim — I appreciate the support! Glad to know you guys are diggin’ it 🙂

  9. Excellent podcast Sherm! Really loved it. I had originally worked to be a comic book penciller, but fell into storyboards and concept illustrations. So I dug this even more! Looking forward to the next one!

  10. Love this, love this site, love sherm cohen. This is a brilliant idea! Thanks sherm.

  11. Hi Rommel — you’re very very welcome 🙂 I’m so happy to know that you liked the interview!

  12. Hey Sherm, good stuff! my email is in the reply. Add me again to your contact list
    thanks, Kurt

  13. Thanks, Kurt! …and I just added you to my contact list. Have a great day…and stay tuned for more 🙂

  14. Once again, you’ve started something great, Sherm! It’s enlightening to hear about the various obstacles each respective artist had to overcome to prep for/do the job at hand. It’s also interesting to hear about the present day difficulties industry artists have to overcome in the studios.

    I’m looking forward to the future when all the storyboard tips & information on the internet & blogs converge on this podcast. Thanks again.

  15. Hi Erix — thanks so much! It really means a lot to know that these interviews are encouraging or enlightening 🙂 I promise you’ll like the next ones just as much as this. Thanks again for the kind words… — Sherm

  16. That’s such a great idea. Thanks a whole bunch from France and I’ll be looking for more of those. How’s about someone that would talk about the difference between boarding for features and series, and how do you go from to the other?

  17. Thanks for the suggestion, Jean…I’m going to put that on my list of upcoming topics!

  18. Its great to see that you are starting a podcast on storyboarding – not many of these out there.

    Oh can you please add me to the mailing list?
    Thanks bud,
    Jay

  19. Thanks, Jay — and I just added you to the notification list. Have a great day 🙂 –Sherm

  20. Hey, Sherm! Finally got the chance to listen to this. GREAT job by both you and Ted. Though I don’t work in animation, I found his advice on drawing and discipline spot-on and useful for boarding movies and commercials. As a fellow former “Kubie”, I also related to your stories about JKS.

    I hope you do many more of these for guys like us. Though it’s a sensitive topic, I’d love to know how many guys are actually able to make a living with their comics and board work. For freelancers like me, income is a monthly (and yearly) roller coaster.

    Also, do you and Ted find you have to live in/near LA to get gigs? Those of us up north or in different states would love to know how many studios are “21st century” in regards to working remotely.

    Thanks again…Best of success!

    –Mike

  21. Hi Mike — so glad you liked it! It sure isn’t easy to make a living just from comics, which is why a lot of us have gravitated toward storyboarding.

    Location certainly is important though…not because of the technology (or lack thereof) but mostly because it’s easier for the studios to interact with someone they can easily get in touch with.

    There are already so many qualified locals that there would need to be a compelling reason for the studios to look to out-of-town folks. Exceptions to that would be 1) if the artist has already established a working relationship with the studio in the past, or 2) if the artist is so amazingly fantastic that they’ll work around the artist’s location issues. For someone else’s no-punches-pulled opinion on the matter, see http://www.awn.com/articles/review/mind-your-business-move-it

    BUT…I’m often amazed to find out that there are storyboarding and other cartooning opportunities in the most unusual places. If you can’t move to LA, make sure to REALLY explore all the possibilities in your own particular neck of the woods.

  22. Hey Sherm! I really enjoyed the interview! Lots of good info!

  23. Finally got a chance to listen to this.

    Thanks for doing this podcast, Sherm! It was really good to listen to, I enjoyed it a lot. I’m from the opposite end of things, a storyboard artist who started doing comics to make ends meet because of the Feast or Famine nature of the industry. It was interesting to listen to your takes on the difference between comics and animation.

    Can you please add me to the mailing list? I’d love to hear more. Thanks!

  24. Hi Karine — glad you liked it! I just added you to the list, and I sent you an invitation to join our storyboard artists group on deviantArt ( http://storyboard-artists.deviantart.com/ ) too. Nice work in your gallery!

  25. Hi!

    Thanks for adding me in all places! I added you on DeviantArt too. You might have encouraged me to upload some storyboard pages of mine in my gallery. Hm!

  26. Thank you for this!

  27. Josue Duperon 08. Aug, 2012 at 7:35 am

    That was wonderful. You and Ted first got together working on Hey Arnold! I’d like to see you doing something like this interview in some form with Aaron Springer. He’s one of the few original writers of SpongeBob SquarePants to still work on it as of recently.

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