Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
Episode 21: Alice in Woodwardland

Episode 21: Alice in Woodwardland

November 30, 2022

It's time for episode 21, and it's a special one. Instead of our usual format, we've skipped the interview this week to take our time to talk about one of our oldest, most special and most cherished palaeoart books yet. After all, what Vintage Dinosaur Art is more worthy of an in-depth look than Alice B. Woodward's Golden Age illustrations in Henry Knipe's Evolution in the Past, all the way from 1912? The fact that two-thirds of us have come down with a brutal cold has nothing to do with it, I promise.

What's all this talk about a Golden Age of illustration? What, if anything, is a rhabodontid? Is Natee secretly a total T. rex stan? Are we all going to break into a Gilbert & Sullivan song and dance number? (No.) And what did the scientists of the 1910s make of the infamous butt-brain hypothesis? Find out in this riveting episode.

 

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Episode 20: All John’s Yesterdays (featuring John Conway)

Episode 20: All John’s Yesterdays (featuring John Conway)

November 3, 2022

A big one for our twentieth, as today we discuss what is, so far, probably the most influential palaeoart book of the 21st centruy: the seminal All Yesterdays, by John Conway, Memo Kosemen and Darren Naish, which came out ten years ago (insert obligatory reference to how old we are).

The book is famously full of outlandish and speculative takes on dinosaurs andotherprehistoricanimals and shook up the palaeoart world like a whirlwind... but does it hold up now? In anticipation of the book's ten year anniversary event at the upcoming TetZooCon, Marc, Niels and Natee discuss the not-quite-vintage dinosaur art title and its many unique illustrations.

For the interview, illustrator John Conway himself reveals how the book came to be, his opinions on the book's legacy and the surprising way All Yesterdays has set the course for his own subsequent work. Has the All Yesterdays movement become boring? Is there going to be a new edition? Are the authors ever even going to be in the same room together in the first place? What new works has John got up his sleeve? Is Marc allowed to come to John's birthday anymore? Stay tuned for John announcing the launch event to his latest book!

 

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Episode 19: Sweet Stebbing and Naughty Zubin (Featuring Zubin Erik Dutta)

Episode 19: Sweet Stebbing and Naughty Zubin (Featuring Zubin Erik Dutta)

September 18, 2022

Greetings, one and all! Today's episode features quite a contrast: the naïve, childish creatures illustrated by Hillary Stebbing in her 1946 children's book Extinct Animals, contrasted against the gnarly, outlandish modern work of Zubin Erik Dutta, a true up-and-comer in de palaeoart world. How do horror and pin-ups influence dinosaur art? Does every ceratopsian scrap gets its own genus name? What on earth is a Jakapil? And how did we end up with a dinosaur book with no T. rex in? All this and more in today's wonderful episode.

 

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Episode 18: Prehistoric Planet Special! (Featuring Gabriel Ugueto)

Episode 18: Prehistoric Planet Special! (Featuring Gabriel Ugueto)

July 12, 2022

Slightly later than planned, thanks to the vagaries of existence (ah, yes), Episode 18 is something of a Prehistoric Planet special, as Niels, Marc, and Natee take a brief sojourn away from Vintage Dinosaur Art to wax lyrical about the much lauded Apple TV+ documentary series. Could we possibly heap yet more praise onto it amid the universal acclaim? Palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto was among the over 1,500-strong team of creatives and scientists who lent their powers to the series, and though he’s still contractually not permited to talk about his role in it, we still get to hear about some of the many projects he has recently completed and is currently working on, including the Extinct book series written by Professor Ben Garrod, and Gabriel’s own title on Triassic tetrapods.

 

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Episode 17: Crystal Palace Concrete and Russell’s Brushstrokes (Featuring Mark Witton)

Episode 17: Crystal Palace Concrete and Russell’s Brushstrokes (Featuring Mark Witton)

May 31, 2022

Due to illness, we missed an episode of the podcast, but we are back on track with the episode recorded in April! This time, Dr. Mark Witton takes us back to what might be the first large-scale expression of palaeoart in 3D: The dinosaurs at the Geological Court at Crystal Palace Park! Tying in with his new book with Ellinor Michel, he tells us all about their history, their surprising influence and their uncertain future. Also, a lot of unashamed bashing of Evil Bastard Richard Owen! The Vintage Dinosaur Art segment takes us back to the 1950s, as we discuss an odd but charming oddity full of interesting art. How can we save what’s left of the Geological Court for future generations? Is pre-renaissance dinosaur art more experimental? Why is naming dinosaurs after other dinosaurs still a thing? Does Marc sound like Darth Vader? And why are we suddenly listening to Franz Schubert? Listen to find out!

 

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Episode 16: Bernard’s Beginnings and Riley’s Apocalypse (Featuring Riley Black)

Episode 16: Bernard’s Beginnings and Riley’s Apocalypse (Featuring Riley Black)

March 30, 2022

There's a new episode of the LITC podcast! In this one, Marc, Niels and Natee tackle one of Britain's most well-liked childhood heroes of palaeoart, the late Bernard Robinson. From this innocuous children's book, we then discuss the worst day in the history of the world with Riley Black, wirter of the upcoming The Last Days of the Dinosaurs. It turns out to be a surprisingly personal yet universal book. We discuss the metaphoric resonance of the story of how the Earth witnessed its most rapid mass extinction event and how life managed to move on from catastrophe. Plus: Are there dinosaurs and/or dinosaur fans in Thailand? Is Marc throwing away all his old Amargasaurus toys? Just how nasty was the heat pulse that followed the Chixchulub impact? Have we secretly become witches? That and much more in this wonderful episode.

 

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Episode 15: Russian Railleries and the Life of Levi (Featuring Levi Hastings)

Episode 15: Russian Railleries and the Life of Levi (Featuring Levi Hastings)

March 5, 2022

In the fifteenth episode of the LITC podcast, Niels, Natee and Marc tackle some controversial subjects. We start with the end of the world, and things go downhill from there. Today's palaeoart subject is the inimitable and insufferable genius of Konstantin Flyorov, and Natee interviews the wonderful Levi Hastings. Did we really have to choose this month to be talking about Russian palaeoart? Which dinosaur can bite your hand off? Are Natee and Levi kindred spirits? What does Niels mean when he calls someone "a character"? And can we get one of Bex Groom's new Dearc plushies, pretty please?

The episode was recorded before Greg Paul's most recent paper came out, so expect no tyrannosaur three-ways.

 

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Episode 14: Greer’s Kaleidoscope and the Zallinger Dynasty (Featuring Greer Stothers)

Episode 14: Greer’s Kaleidoscope and the Zallinger Dynasty (Featuring Greer Stothers)

February 4, 2022

Slightly late but sure as rain comes the fourteenth episode of the world-famous Chasmosaurs Podcast! After covering Rudolph’s famous mural, this time we shine a light on his son Peter Zallinger. Natee interviews Greer Stothers, who has a book coming out called Kaleidoscope of Dinosaurs (a great title for a book). We also have a brief interview with Tom van der Linden, who may just have discovered a new dinosaur! Are all dinosaurs in fact tan and green? Are hadrosaurs boring for their lack of feathers? Will the mainstream media ever get their reporting on dinosaurs right? What’s Alan Rickman doing here? And will we ever, ever stop talking about that John Sibblick? Find out on this riveting episode.

 

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Episode 13: Comics and Colours with Raven and Ruth (Featuring Raven Amos)

Episode 13: Comics and Colours with Raven and Ruth (Featuring Raven Amos)

December 31, 2021

It's lucky number thirteen! In the last podcast episode of 2021, the Chasmo Crew discusses comics and colours as we dive into the work of comic book artist turned dinosaur man Rod Ruth and his retro but innovative 1970s dinosaurs. Marc and Natee interview Raven Amos about dinosaur linework, colour theory and living in Alaska. Is there such a thing as a Dinosaur Proto-Renaissance? Why is Raven Amos an Enemy of Science? Will we work John Sibbick into every damn conversation we have? How hard can Natee roll their eyes? Do we need to censor naughty words, such as Sp*cies R*cognition H*pothesis? All shall be revealed in episode thirteen. Happy New Year!

 

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Episode 12: Darren‘s Dinopedia and Maidi‘s Misadventures (Featuring Darren Naish)

Episode 12: Darren‘s Dinopedia and Maidi‘s Misadventures (Featuring Darren Naish)

November 30, 2021

It's our one-year anniversary! In this insightful episode, the Chasmo Crew discuss Maidi Wiebe, another unfairly forgotten female palaeoartist whose body of work includes masterpieces for the Chicago Field Museum, stepping into the footsteps of Charles Knight. But does the book, What Is A Dinosaur, adequately show off her talents? Marc then talks to the renowned palaeontologist, author and illustrator Darren Naish about his recent adventures in science and publishing. Is the TetZoo podcast cancelled FOREVER? What was up with dinosaurs in the sixties? When is a four-legged snake not a snake? Did Natee really make a fool of themself? Find out in November's podcast.

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