Hosted by Rob Southgate

It's a ComicCon Artist Alley in podcast form

The Artist Alley podcast, Alley Chats, is a podcast that features interviews with the wildly creative people you find in Artist Alley at any comic-con or pop-culture convention. We feature interviews with comic-book artists & comic writers, podcasters, geek bands, nerdy filmmakers, videogame makers, tabletop game designers & writers, genre authors, and cosplayers.

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The Story of the Alley Chats Podcast

Live Artist Alley Podcast featuring Robert Southgate from the Doctor Who Cafe, The Blue Box Cafe in Elgin Illinois
Rob Southgate podcasting live at the Blue Box Cafe.

For years, I’ve been making friends in Artist Alley at comiccons across the country. I love creative people, I love comic books, and I love pop culture.

When the pandemic hit, I was really worried about my friends and how they would make money during lock down.  These artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians that I had become close with had lost a major source of income thanks to COVID.  

I had to do something to help them out. I used to hold Micro-Cons at the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin, IL as a way to showcase  these amazing artists. Since live events were on indefinite hold, I created the Alley Chats Podcast. It’s a virtual Comic-Con, where instead of fighting the crowds to meet an artist, you can listen to them talk about what they do from the comfort of you earbuds.

Rob SouthgateHost of Alley Chats



Interview with writer and artist Franco!

Franco Aureliani - Artist
Franco Aureliani is an American comic book writer/artist. He is a three time Eisner and Harvey Award winner. Franco is best know for writing the DC Comics series Tiny Titans. Franco is also the co-owner of Aw Yeah Comics (a retail comic-book store), and co-host of the Aw Yeah Podcast.

Alley Chats Artist Alley Comic Con Podcast with guest Cavan Scott
Interview with writer Cavan Scott!

Cavan Scott - Writer
Cavan Scott is a New York Times bestselling author whose work includes novels, television, comic books and award winning audio dramas. He has written for a large number of high-profile series including Star Wars, Batman, Doctor Who, Assassin's Creed, Pacific Rim, Transformers, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Vikings, Adventure Time and more.

Alley Chats Artist Alley Comic Con Podcast with guest Sandy King Carpenter
Two interviews with Sandy King at C2E2 in 2016 and again in 2018.

Sandy King - Publisher
Writer, film and television producer, and CEO of Storm King Productions.  With a background in art, photography, and animation, Sandy King's filmmaking career has included working with John Cassavetes, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Walter Hill, John Hughes, and John Carpenter.

What People Say

“One of the best parts of going to any convention is walking down Artist's Alley and seeing all the different artists with their various styles. With the pandemic, not sure when we will have conventions again, so the next best thing is listening to Rob talk to these artists about their work, their process and their passions .”
Springsteen Podcaster Jesse Jackson
Jesse W Jackson
"This show is awesome! So interesting!”
Podcaster and Actor Molly Southgate
Molly Mermaid
“Great show, perfect way to discover new talent and stay entertained!.”
“I love artist alley when attending conventions. I usually end up spending way more money than I intend to, but there's so many talented people out there! This is a great way to engage them in converstation without the hassle of a loud vendor hall where people are bumping into one another and announcements interrupting.”

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Official Mug for the Alley Chats Podcast