After our welcome and a few special announcements, Greg and Shelly welcome D&D Graphic Designer Matt Cole to the show for another edition of Insight Check. Matt gives us a peak behind the curtain on how graphic design and UX converge with D&D. Our special interview this week is with comic and game writer, Jim Zub!

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Show open with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble - 0:00

Insight Check - 5:15

Interview - 25:18

Outro - 1:21:38


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Jim Zub is a Canadian writer best known for writing the official Dungeons & Dragons comic series published by IDW, developing the Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer's Guide series to bring new players into the hobby, and co-writing Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons.

Find Jim on:

twitter: @jimzub | instagram: @jim_zub | website:


Matt Cole is a pop culture enthusiast and passionate practitioner of environmental, experiential, and narrative graphic design. He has worn many hats as a designer over his career … from print to posters to packaging to brand strategy. In recent years, he has particularly established himself in the visualization and implementation of exhibit-related design, honing his skills in environmental-focused graphic design as the designer for exhibits at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) and at multiple, Seattle-based environmental/experiential design studios such Curious Beast and Studio Matthews.

Matt holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, 2012. Outside of his work, he can most likely be found riding his bicycle, reading comics, or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Follow Matt on twitter @mattchucol


Your Podcast Hosts


Greg Tito

Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back.

Shelly Mazzanoble

Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook.