Podcast: From Fanart to Full-Time With “The Adventure Zone” Artist, Carey Pietsch!

Roll for creative initiative! On this episode of The Threadless Podcast, we’re joined by cartoonist Carey Pietsch! For many of us, fanart is just a fun way to draw our favorite characters while beefing up our artistic skills. But for this badass artist, it led to a job illustrating the very story she had been creating fanart for; “The Adventure Zone“. This graphic novel based on the Dungeons & Dragons podcast of the same name by podcast rockstars Justin, Travis, Griffin, and Clint McElroy topped the New York Times’ Trade Fiction Best-Seller list the month of its release.  

While Carey’s most recent project has taken her deep into the world of The Adventure Zone, Carey made a name for herself long before this project. She’s also illustrated Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift, several issues of Lumberjanes, her own titles Rift and The Witches’ Daughters, and much more. 

This is a can’t-miss episode for anyone in the creative and artistic world. Join us as we talk about the importance of creatives fitting in time to practice their craft for fun, about how Carey co-adapted this DnD game turned podcast turned graphic novel, and much, much more!

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We can all learn something from fellow creatives, even when their craft is from a seemingly opposite corner of the creative world from our own artistic niche. In fact, that’s why we record our podcast over at Flashpoint Chicago! While we know nothing about audio and editing, our friends over at Tribeca know exactly how to make us sound dang good, and we love them for it.

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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.