1. Jerzy Drozd

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    Jerzy Drozd, the cartoonist and teaching artist, not the “creative bass guitar company with unique design” is the guiding force behind possibly my favourite podcast, Lean Into Art (LIA). He, along with co-host Rob Stenzinger, have consistently thought-provoking topics and discussion. Drozd is also responsible for Comics Are Great!, which among many things, runs regular workshops and events for children and teenagers. With the aim of encouraging them to read more and, of course, learn how to make comics.

    As his tagline suggests, Drozd is not only a teaching artist, he spends much of his time as a professional cartoonist. He has worked on graphic novels, The Front: Rebirth an all-ages action/adventure, and most recently, The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination, which the title helpfully removes the need for a synopsis. It was written by Dan Mishkin and Drozd collaborated with Illustrator Ernie Colón on the artwork.

    Drozd has also started a webcomic called Boulder and Fleet. A new page is released each week and it centers around a bear and a bird, with a host of other animals, whom go on 80s-cartoon-inspired adventures. There’s lots of lasers. Exactly. I will give you a minute to go and bookmark it.

    You can find all of Jerzy Drozd’s podcasts on his YouTube channel and keep up-to-date with all of his endeavours on his website.