CRB Podcast Episode 1 | Leaving Cleveland: An Interview with Chad Bilyeu
Conducted in the fall of 2018, episode 1 of the CRB Podcast is Billy Lennon (CRB's Editor-in-Chief) interviewing the, amongst many other things, comic book artist Chad Bilyeu. A Cleveland ex-pat, Chad recently started the "Chad in Amsterdam" series of comic books, which, by creating scenes of humor-filled alienation, explore how one's identity changes based on where they live, especially in relation to where they’re from. Chad is nothing but an acute observer, and his brilliance is tied to the everyday, keeping a critical distance but never hovering off the ground.
We discuss his upbringing, his long undergraduate career which ended with him getting a degree from Georgetown, and the impetus to create the Chad in Amsterdam series. He also delivers harsh but well-meaning critiques of Cleveland's culture.
The first 20 minutes are dedicated to his emergence as an artist and his comics, while the rest of the interview is almost exclusively dedicated to thinking critically about Cleveland.
The music on this episode is by Mourning [A] Blkstar. Last fall, they released their album "Garner Poems." Read more about them on their website (mourningablkstar.com/, purchase the album here (mourningablkstar.com/) and listen to them on Spotify.
The band is comprised of RA Washington, James Longs, Kyle Kidd, LaToya Kent, Dante Foley, Peter Saudek, Theresa May, William Washington, and Andersiin.