What happens when two fans get together and start a podcast? Who could have believed that it would all lead to a weekend blow out convention with almost the entire cast of the number one show on television, including Guest of Honor Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Designer, of The Walking Dead in attendance? Even Eric and James, the Walker Stalkers, are still trying to get their heads around it. Find out how the whole thing came together and how you could win a pair of tickets and attend! (more…)
I will admit that after I had the chance to speak with William Shatner yesterday, I hurriedly thumb-typed out the words “Captain Kirk said my name!” to my father, the man who had first introduced me to Star Trek when I was a 7 year old sitting in a theater watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Star Trek was and is one of those things, those shared interests that remain strong as they reach across the years and the distance. Like baseball, it is an institution and an heirloom to be loved and one day passed on.
For almost 50 years, William Shatner has served as Star Trek‘s greatest ambassador. It is, despite notable roles as TJ Hooker and Denny Crane, his life’s work and something he has taken a magnifying glass too over these last few years as an underrated documentary filmmaker and interviewer.
In this one on one interview with Mr. Shatner, we touch on his affinity for intimate interviews and how it shines in his new DVD The Captains: Close Up, inspiring young minds with Star Trek‘s thirst for exploration, JJ Abrams, the need for a Star Trek TV show, the recent fan ranking of Star Trek films, and whether Star Trek V got a raw deal.
In 1985 Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale created the first in what would become known as the Back to the Future film trilogy, but not everybody knows what happened during shooting. A month in, star Eric Stoltz, the original Marty McFly, was replaced with young upstart Michael J. Fox and production went on, later making Fox a household name. That decision never sat well with Gale and became the idea behind Back to Back to the Future, the latest comic book from writer and creator David Guy Levy.
Last week we caught up with David for a quick Q&A to discuss everything Back to Back to the Future. Here he talks about the project’s humble beginnings, what it has become now and what lesson David would like people to get out of reading his creation. Along the way we also talk about the art of Back to Back to the Future artist Jeffery Spokes and the special connection David has to the Young Storytellers Foundation.
Check out the interview after the jump.
Despite never claiming the crown in a fancy reality TV competition, Chris Hardwick (aka @Nerdist) could rightly be called King of the Nerds. A stand-up comic, Hardwick burst into our consciousness as the guy who stood next to Jenny McCarthy on Singled Out. Later, he would contribute to Attack of the Show, travel the country MCing panels at various Comic Cons and start the Nerdist podcast. Now, Hardwick is working as the host of AMC’s Walking Dead aftershow, The Talking Dead and his new show, The Nerdist, is about to kick off on BBC America as a part of their Supernatural Saturday’s lineup.
Given the chance to talk to Hardwick on a conference call this afternoon, we asked about his late night ambitions, which Doctor he’d like to bring back for the 50th Anniversary, and the chances of a Singled Out Kickstarter. Before we get to that, though, take a look at what Hardwick had to say when a some of the other writers on the call asked about his new show and whether he would choose The Walking Dead or Doctor Who if forced to make a choice.
Matt Kindt is the creator of Mind MGMT, a mind bending monthly comic book from Dark Horse. Here, we talk to Kindt about his role on Ridley Scott‘s recently announced adaptation, having a set end for his opus,whether he’ll tie up loose ends, what is and isn’t real, the rumors that he might take the baton from Geoff Johns on DC’s Green Lantern book, and more.
Matt Kindt gets into your head after the jump. (more…)
This edition of Crowdfund Confidential features an exclusive interview with James Deen, the producer of Cowboys and Engines and the star of Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons… aka, that Lindsay Lohan film from the now notorious New York Times profile.
We did ask Deen about The Canyons, his career in porn, and whether he worries about Lohan’s infamy, but this article is really about Cowboys and Engines, a sci-fi/steampunk project that Deen is trying to get funded through Kickstarter. After all, that’s what Crowdfund Confidential is all about — introducing that you to a project creator that is trying to get funding for a comic, film, or other like creative endeavor that is both independent and interesting.
Here’s James Deen… (more…)
In 2012, All-Star Marvel and DC artist Mike Norton further moved toward creator owned projects, continuining his Eisner Award winning Battlepug saga online (and in collected editions through Dark Horse) while also co-creating Image Comics’ rural noir zombie book Revival and Dark Horse Comics’ brand new costumed hero book, The Answer, which debuts today.
Here, Norton tells us about how he picks his projects, why he doesn’t hide from superhero tropes, how Revival isn’t your typical zombie book, battling zombie fatigue, and if he’d like to see Battlepug live on as a cartoon series.
Along the way, we also discuss the challenges of telling a slow burn story, the appeal of The Answer‘s female lead, and how a costumed hero fits in at Dark Horse.
All that and more with Mike Norton after the jump. (more…)
Veteran nerdy musicians Paul and Storm, of w00tstock! fame, are already known for their nerdy music and catchy Twitter hashtags but they’re about to catapult into geek royalty with their new show Learning Town. The show, which centers around the shenanigans of the duo as they try their hand at children’s television, premiers on Geek and Sundry January 15th. Check out the interview below to see Paul and Storm dish about being nerds, setting puppets on fire and what makes them geek-out.
This is the first of what we hope will become a series. An article that introduces you to a project creator that is trying to get funding for a comic, film, or other like creative endeavor that is both independent and interesting.
Here now is Jesse Grillo, comic book writer and the creator of Bleeding Ink Productions on his project, Blackwood.
In 100 words or less, tell us about your project:
Jesse Grillo: Blackwood is an ongoing horror series about Kai Blackwood. A man that has been able to see monsters his whole life and believes he suffers from a mental illness. Turns out, he is one of a handful of people that have the ability to see and possibility stop these creatures that are slowly invading from other dimensions. This Kickstarter is to help us pay for the first 3 issues.
Grillo: It’s one of the thousand roads I’m taking in an attempt to create comics. Crowdfunding has become an amazing thing for comic-book creators of all kinds. It’s still really tough to get funding, but Kickstarter is one of the tools creators can use to help bring their projects to life.
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Comic writer Steve Niles lets us know about utilizing Kickstarter, staying fresh, writing DC and Marvel characters, and merging Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night for Criminal Macabre: The Final Night — The 30 Days of Night Crossover.
Your Kickstarter with Ben Templesmith and menton3 for Lust was recently funded. What was the impetus that drove you to funding through Kickstarter? How do you think that funding like this will change – or, maybe, has already started changing – the nature of comics or comics publishing?
Steve Niles: There were a lot of reasons to try Kickstarter. As indie creators we don’t have many publishing options and the weirder the project the harder it is to find a home for.
We knew coming out of the gate that we wanted Lust to be something different, a bit of an experiment. That right there put us at risk in the eyes of most publishers. The other is, also as an indie creator, we have trouble getting our books to fans so Kickstarter offered us a way to go directly to fans. The biggest reason though was a great chance to work with Templesmith and Menton again. I love those guys and I’m hoping this is the first of many “weird” projects.
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