Category Archives: Authors

July 15

He’s a comics creator! He’s a musician! He’s both! Dan Dougherty at Billy Goat

Dan Dougherty has talents in multiple areas. His self-published comics (Beardo, Touching Evil) are must-reads, and his band (On the Off Chance) is on the rise in Chicago (wait until you hear about the sweet opening gig they have coming up in September). Dan met me for double cheeseburgers at the original Billy Goat location […]

March 13

Terror, teen sex and tofu: Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies)

This week, it’s a trip for vegan food at Ground Control (3315 W. Armitage) with peerless author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies). Mike’s always been one of my favorite guests; he has a shocking depth of knowledge about horror and metal. We talk about: *Heavy Metal Movies. The process of writing the book that […]

September 19

‘Hey, you jagoff!’ We speak Chicagoese with author Dennis Foley

This may be the most “Chicago” podcast episode I’ve ever produced. My guest this week is author Dennis Foley (The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats, We Speak Chicagoese). We meet at Byron’s Hot Dogs at 1017 W. Irving Park (also located at 1701 W. Lawrence), and owner Mike Payne jumps in the […]

March 17

Temptation, good and evil discussed over hot dogs with Sandy King Carpenter

You like conflicts? This episode gives you God vs. the devil! Husband vs. wife! Producer vs. professional wrestler! Movie producer/writer/graphic novel creator Sandy King Carpenter sits shotgun to talk about her comic book work (e.g.┬áJohn Carpenter’s Asylum), working with a young John Hughes on “Sixteen Candles,” her working relationship with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and how […]

March 02

From playing with Johnny Rotten and Killing Joke to eating Italian beef in a Mazda: Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins played with Johnny Rotten/Lydon in Public Image, Ltd. He was a member of Killing Joke. He created the industrial rock supergroup Pigface (now celebrating its 25-year anniversary). He’s played with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He’s written indispensable books about the music industry (Tour:Smart, Band:Smart and Welcome to the Music Business: You’re F****d!). […]

December 15

Superdawg with ManBQue’s Jesse Valenciana

“I am so bloated and full right now, I thought my seatbelt was on.” And so goes Car Con Carne’s trip to legendary Chicago hot dog establishment Superdawg. Jesse Valenciana, founder of meat-loving social club ManBQue, sits shotgun for a chat that covers ManBQue’s core principles of meat, beer and rock & roll. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/237611775-carconcarne-jesse-manbque-ccc.mp3 DOWNLOAD […]