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Dylan Horrocks and Tom Hart on Silly Daddy by Joe Chiappetta


This episode of TCJ Talkies features Dylan Horrocks and Tom Hart discussing Joe Chiappetta's inventive Silly Daddy. I always liked Silly Daddy, but this re-read and the subsequent discussion with Tom and Dylan has got me loving it.






Dylan Horrocks is the author of Hicksville and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, recently published by Fantagraphics Books.

Tom Hart is the Director of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, and the author of the Hutch Owen books and comics. His memoir, Rosalie Lightning, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2016.

Mike Dawson is the author of Troop 142, and Angie Bongiolatti. Follow him on twitter and Tumblr.



4 Responses to Dylan Horrocks and Tom Hart on Silly Daddy by Joe Chiappetta

  1. cliff t says:


    I really enjoyed your podcast with Dylan and Tom. I was not familiar with Joe Chiappetta’s work. I am a parent and the cover art (which appears to be by another artist?) of Silly Daddy drew me in. Very intelligent, mature comments and dialogue by you and your guests. I guess issues with conflicts of art and family are universal. I spent 12 years in therapy trying to deal with it and even though my son is a senior in high school and I have been with my wife for over 30 years, I still struggle with this balance everyday. I do agree that family does enrich life and can stimulate creativity, but being a very financially successfully artist sadly seems to be the most serous issue in our culture.

    Thank you,

    cliff tisdell

  2. Mike Dawson says:

    Hey, thanks for the nice comment. I’m glad you liked the episode. I agree that there’s no real answer. Every cartoonist I know is perpetually turning the question over and over in their heads. How much time should I be devoting to making comics, how much time should I be giving to my family, how much money do I need? Like Tom says in the show, it’s kind of a three-legged stool. Maybe the problem is that’s it’s impossible to get all of the legs the exact correct length so you can feel comfortable sitting on it.

  3. Dave Hartwell says:

    Thanks Mike. I was picking up Silly Daddy back in the day when it was being published. I don’t think I ever got to reading every issue, and now I’m interested in sitting down and reading some again. I remember that it was a joy to read them, as they always felt genuine and heartfelt, and….interesting! And that’s because, as Tom and Dylan describe so well, the work is so “inventive”. Even though, it was also very challenging to follow and comprehend sometimes. But was always fun.
    I got to meet Joe a couple times at comic shows also, and have a couple pieces of original art.
    And related to one of the topics discussed, I think I remember that somewhere along the way, maybe after Joe “got religion”, but I’m not sure, he made a statement about putting family first – as opposed to art being the most important thing.
    It would appear that he found the balance that worked for him going forward….and still left these great mini masterpieces for us to enjoy!

  4. King Jade says:

    Dear Talkie Hut,
    I loved the episode but not a big fan of Silly Daddy. Sorry Jo Jo, but it was just not for me I fear, I had to picked up the trade on Amazon as my local shop did not have the trade, after hearing the pod cast I gave the book a shot I guess I am just not the target audience.

    King Jade

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