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Sketchbook Skool

Creative inspiration and advice to help you stop procrastinating and start making stuff. Any kind of stuff. Hosted by best-selling author Danny Gregory. Brought to you by Sketchbook Skool.

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76. Trevor Romain: Healing kids with art
Dec 19 2022
76. Trevor Romain: Healing kids with art
For more than 30 years, Trevor Romain has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring both children and adults with his best-selling books, award-winning animation series, as a keynote speaker, and an incredible storyteller. Being South African born and American by choice, Trevor has written over 50 books that have sold more than a million copies worldwide and published in 24 different languages. Thousands of educators have used Trevor’s materials to help kids that are facing some difficult situations such as bullying, divorce, deployment, grief/trauma, homework to name a few. As the Washington Post has said, “His rapport with kids is a stunning thing to watch.” He has traveled to schools, hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, and military bases worldwide, delivering his unique heartfelt self-messages of resilience, compassion and the ability for kids to safely express themselves.Through Trevor’s humanitarian efforts, he has spent years working with terminally ill children, having served on the board of The American Childhood Cancer Organization and worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UNICEF, The Boys and Girls Club, and the USO. He also developed educational materials for the United Nations for children living in armed-conflict areas. He visited and worked with former child soldiers in the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. Since 2007, Trevor is also the co-founder of 501(c)(3) national non-profit the Comfort Crew for Military Kids and serves as President of the Trevor Romain Company.He has spoken to over 1 million kids in 16 countries on his popular With You All the Way! Tour, helping children deal with the problems they face on a daily basis, including the deployment of a parent, wounded parents of visible and invisible injuries, and coping with the loss of a loved one. Trevor has also served as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and summits including: National Child Traumatic Stress Network Conference, Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference, Innovative Schools Summit, Wounded Warrior Conference, and most recently ACM SIGGRAPH’s Virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit.In his spare time, Trevor enjoys working out, writing, illustrating, and podcasting with a nice cup of tea. However, he will always be committed to work with kids and adults to become happier, healthier and more confident.  Get your free ebook and newsletter at to us at podcast@sketchbookskool.comSubscribe to Danny's weekly Essay at Watch the video of this interview on YouTube: And learn more at
70. Beth Trembley: Comics and trauma
Oct 31 2022
70. Beth Trembley: Comics and trauma
This week, Danny talks to Beth Trembley about her new graphic novel, Look Again and how making art helped her process a traumatic event.About Beth:Beth grew up knowing herself to be a kid who could write but who could not draw. Everyone else in the family created visual art, but she just couldn't make anything that looked good.  In her late thirties, she realized that she could probably become a better draw-er if she approached it the way she approached writing:  daily practice, lots of experimentation, a sense of humor, and teachers!  Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and Danny Gregory's The Creative License were the two most inspirational companions she had on her way.  Beth knew she didn't want to become a fine artist, but someone who used the visual to enhance storytelling.  And, she just wanted to be able to draw fun short comics that captured her adventures with her dogs.In April of 2014, her progress leaped forward when she enrolled in the first klasses offered by Sketchbook Skool and became exposed to so many different teachers and the wonderful community of fun, challenging sketchbook artists.  She began to draw and paint every day.  She created sketches of events and animals and people and trees and buildings and, really, everything.  She combined these with writing into illustrated journals.   She took other classes with teachers she encountered in Sketchbook Skool.  She attended SketchKon in California and loved meeting so many virtual colleagues!In 2017 Beth decided she was finally brave enough to get serious about creating comics, so she began what became several years of in-person and online study at both the Center for Cartoon Studies and the Sequential Artists Workshop.  The wonders of using comics as a medium for telling her own stories opened up possibilities and power she had barely imagined.  In 2019, after thirty years of college teaching, she retired to work more fully in comics.  In addition to creating comics, Beth currently teaches comics and graphic memoir online and in-person.  In particular, she runs the Graphic Memoir + Medicine group and teaches multi-week courses in graphic memoir for the Sequential Artists Workshop.Her graphic memoir, Look Again, is her first published work in comics.Look Again, Street Noise Books, 2022.   Purchase from or or your local bookseller!Website: @elizabeth_trembleyTeaching at Sequential Artists Workshop: Get your free ebook and newsletter at to us at podcast@sketchbookskool.comSubscribe to Danny's weekly Essay at Watch the video of this interview on YouTube: And learn more at