TTYL Podcast #16 – Abby Howard!

Abby Howard Podcast Interview

That Thing You Like has never been afraid to throw down for #TeamTangent. And, wouldn’t you know it, this week we’re happy to be joined by the cat-loving, kickstarter-crushing, webcomics prodigy Abby Howard!

Give her a round of applause, ladies and gentlemen!


If you’re looking for more Abby Howard off-the-cuff hilarity, this is 100% the podcast for you! In our longest episode to date, That Thing You Like delivers the definitive Abby Howard interview. Strap yourselves in and listen as we delve into Abby’s influences, her love of horror, and get some EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES STRIP SEARCH JUICE. Plus, some clutch, up to date info on her upcoming comic, “The Last Halloween.”

The interview wound up being incredibly warm and enjoyable, which we should have expected from the moment Chris and Abby both raced to make the same Clone High reference. Abby shares some great stories about realizing she could support herself on art, how her ‘sadness period’ on Junior Scientist Power Hour was born out of waiting to wrap up Strip Search, and what it was like to smash through her Kickstarter goal in 10 minutes.

Throughout it all, Abby is consistently honest and charming, and That Thing You Like wishes her the MOST success imaginable!

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TTYL Podcast #15 – Strip Search ANALYZED (w/ Dre Alvarez)

Strip Search stats podcast

That Thing You Like has tried, folks. We have TRIED to stop podcasting about Strip Search. But with such a memorable finale, and an overall great show, there’s still more to say!

To close out finale week, we were joined by sports analytics writer and fellow Strip Search fan Dre Alvarez (of WagesofWins and TheNBAgeek) to talk some of the finer details of the show. Topics include the psychological shortcuts that may have formed people’s first opinions of Amy and Abby, the value of winning a competitive challenge, and potential guest judges for Strip Search season two.

It’s a great interview, and Dre’s passion for the show and intense level of smarts made for a great conversation. You can read more of his thoughts on the show in his great article, “Strip Search Advanced Stats.” Enjoy!

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Guest: Dre Alvarez – @NerdNumbers

Also, you can now follow the show itself! To put this in Pokemon terms, That Thing You Like learned “Show Twitter”!

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TTYL Podcast #14 – Strip Search Finale (2 of 2)

Strip Search - Penny Arcade and the Final Three

And lo, Strip Search did come to this. It was a gripping finale, pitting the insanely talented Maki Naro, Katie Rice and Abby Howard against each other in a battle of original comic pitches and on-the-spot strip creation. It was a finale that let a lot of personality shine through, and provided a perfect way for Penny Arcade to deliver on the “America’s Next Top Webcomic” premise.

That Thing You Like was lucky enough to attend the live screening of the finale, and we’ve got our FINAL STRIP SEARCH FINALE PODCAST ABOUT THE FINALE for your enjoyment. Having watched the finale in a room with 400 others and attended the official after party, we are able to provide never-before-heard levels of insight into the slice of reality show gold that was Strip Search season one! Next level podcasting!

In this episode, we spend some time discussing the events of the last two episodes, the winner, and what the future holds for each of the final three. Plus, the pros and cons of each artist’s strip pitch. Then, after showering praise upon a deserving champion, your fearless hosts talk about the show as a whole: What did we love? What would we change? Who would we want back for season two?

All of these questions are answered. And, if you can believe it, we discuss even more questions than I’m mentioning in this post! It’s a tremendous “questions-answered-per-podcast” value! We do this for you, dear listener.

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We loved the show. If you came to our podcast for Strip Search coverage, we appreciate your listenership! Hopefully you stick around to hear us talk about other things. Things that you like. Please share the show if you’ve enjoyed it, and get involved in that there comment-section!

TTYL Podcast #13 – Strip Search Finale (1 of 2)

Strip Search Finale - Maki, Abby and Katie

The Strip Search finale draws nigh! That Thing You Like has put together a little something to prepare you. To whet your whistle, so to speak. To stoke that fire, if I may.

In this shorter episode, we talk about the fantastic final challenge that seems to deliver on the show’s original premise, the Strip Search house liquor shelf, and Abby Howard, Katie J. Rice and Maki Naro’s individual chances of winning the whole damn thing.

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Also, we’re going to be at the June 18th Strip Search finale! So, that’s cool. If you’re going, hit us up in the comments or on Twitter!

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TTYL Podcast #12 – Strip Search Day 9

Strip Search Day 9 Maki Lexxy

#StripSearch! Man, what a week for #StripSearch. The show got narrowed down to its #FinalThree, and the lead up to the show’s #conclusion brought a #truly #exciting #twist. Hashtag. With all this excitement, you might think That Thing You Like had abandoned its sworn duty to provide coverage of the show via the podcast medium; We are happy to report that, had you assumed that, you would be wrong!

Day 9 of the show was one of my (Brian!) personal favourites,with a heavy focus on unadulterated webcomic business in the elimination challenge. Maybe an episode about contract parsing isn’t for everyone. It is, however, definitely for me. Plus, Day 9 culminated in a contest of art-willpower between the talented, beardwall-ed Maki Naro and famed commenter-on-this-website / dino-roller Lexxy Douglass.

In this episode of That Thing You Like, your intrepid hosts talk about the negotiation styles displayed by the final four artists, Robert Khoo’s struggle against his brother’s early entry into the lunchbox market, and what exactly makes Lexxy Douglass an apparent internet lightning rod. Seriously, what is it about people believing in themselves that the internet hates so god damn much?

In the words of Khoo himself, this episode will move that tin.

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TTYL Podcast #10 – Strip Search Day 8

Abby Howard, Tavis Maiden - Strip Search Day 8 podcast

Strip Search continues to get the deluxe podcast treatment on That Thing You Like. Day 8 delivered a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat elimination matchup: The talented, hat-and-beard wearing Tavis Maiden versus the dinosaur enthusiast / young gun Abby Howard. It was a battle of two talents, as each artist aimed to prove their dominance by showing off their D*.

(*delightful comics.)

Day 8 was a day of foot racing. A day of Presidential signature forging. And ultimately, a day of laughing. Pee-your-pants, bust yo’ gut, cat-fuelled laughter. One of the elimcomics is the talk of the interwebs, and we go next level on what it means for the competition.

Sadly, because of the nature of the show, it was also a day where somebody bade their Strip Search compatriots a sincere goodbye. With this week’s elimination, we’re down to the FINAL FOUR. IN ALL CAPS. BECAUSE SERIOUS BUSINESS. Listen as we break down all of the moments and challenges of day 8, including our love of Loading Ready Run’s newly-pointed interview questions.

Plus, as That Thing You Like is wont to do, we predict the future of each artist in our official Strip Search POWER RANKINGS. We rank, and we do it with power.

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#TeamTangent. Although everyone on the show is SO talented and SO nice and SO great, it may as well be #TeamEveryone. Have your own Strip Search thoughts? Leave a comment below, or shout at us on Twitter.


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Brian Shirlaw – @brian_rs

BONUS: We got to meet #TeamAmErika at Vancouver Comics and Arts Fest this weekend! If you ever meet them, a warning: Amy and Erika are the nicest human beings. Prepare yourself for their NICENESS.

Amy T. Falcone, Erika Moen - #TeamAmErika

TTYL #5 – Strip Search (Day Six)

Strip Search - Abby Howard and Erika MoenThat Thing You Like is ALL ABOUT Penny Arcade’s Strip Search! #StripSearch, you guys. Day #6 saw a showdown between the tangential-one, Abby Howard, and the webcomics badass / normative-definition-of-virginity-defier, Erika Moen.

And it was a doozy. A barnburner. A brouhaha, even.

Abby and Erika are both uniquely awesome, and their trial-by-art made for the hands-down best episode of Strip Search to date. But day six brought us a metric tonne of things to discuss: Why does the internet hate go-karting? Why is seeing people deal with the business-side of art so compelling? Is Tavis a bad person now? We answer all these questions, plus pitch the KHOO & SUNTER POWER HOUR.

And also Kris Straub. We heart you, Kris Straub.

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