During our adventures at Wizard World Philly we ran into Lou Iovino and Evan Young, the creators of the mind-bogglingly complex and awesome graphic novel The Last West. After getting funding for the first volume on Kickstarter, the second volume has surpassed its goal and i for one can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it.
Watch these two super passionate (and insanely nice) dudes talk about their project, then go pick up the first volume over on Amazon, Comixology, or wherever else you can get comics.
Stay tuned for our review of The Last West Volume 1 coming soon! Spoiler alert: it’s really, really good.
Albotas Parties With ‘Regular Show’ Creator JG Quintel
Okay, so it was less of a party and more like a phone interview, but it totally felt like a party, so that’s what it will always be in my memories.
Regular Show easily ranks among the upper echelon of greatest cartoons of all time. It airs on Cartoon Network right along the equally radical Adventure Time and has become a hallmark of the station.
Now in its fourth season, the show centers around the mega slackers Mordecai (a blujay) and his best friend Rigby (a raccoon). They work at a park where they get yelled at by their boss (Benson, a gumball machine), seek out advice from the park’s handyman (Skips, an immortal Yeti voiced by Mark Hamill), and fight off monsters, aliens, and other evil things that they accidentally summon/create/piss off. Each episode is a smorgasbord of 80’s action/sci-fi/comedy/geeky goodness with references to everything from Weekend At Bernies to Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead.
You know, regular, ordinary stuff for a kid’s cartoon.
ALBOTAS: Regular Show has a pretty crazy cast: talking vending machines, ghosts, an old guy with a lollipop for a head. Who would you say is your favorite Character?
JG Quintel: I’d have to go with Mordecai because he’s a lot like me. He’s pretty much who I was in college. Muscle Man makes me laugh too.
Mitch “Muscle Man” Sorrenstein. He doesn’t really get mom jokes.
One of my favorite characters on the show is High Five Ghost, and he also has a brother, Low Fives. I’ve always wanted to know, since they’re ghosts, how did they die?
That’s not something I’ve really thought about yet, but I’m glad people care enough to question it!
Regular Show has lots of video game references. Mordecai and Rigby are often seen playing a Sega Master System and even the episodes themselves feel like video games with almost every episode ending with a boss battle. Is there any chance of a Regular Show video game in the near future?
We’re constantly sharing ideas with Cartoon Network. I’m sure that most people would look the other way but I think there’s a lot of stuff in the show that would translate well to a video game.
Mordecai and Rigby have faced a rogues gallery of bad guys in the show’s four seasons. It was especially awesome to see all the villains come back in the Dr. Whovian season 4 premiere Exit 4B. Do you have a favorite bad dude that stands out among the rest?
I really like GBF (Garret Bobby Ferguson). I think he’s hilarious. It’s funny because, you know, there’s so many cool villains on the show, but most of them just end up dying by the end of the episode, so they’re all just wiped out. When we came up with that episode for the premiere - it was like “Ah! We can bring ‘em all back!” I’m glad that we got to get a little more mileage out of a lot of those villains.
Garret Bobby Ferguson - an evil ex video game champion from outer space based on Billy Mitchel.
What is your secret weapon?
Hrm.. As far as the show goes?
As far as life.
Life? Oh my God! You have to, I guess, just do what you want to do. Don’t worry about what other people what you to do because you just gotta do what makes you happy. I think that translates well into making shows. Just make what you want to see and hopefully people will want to watch it.
Final, and possibly most important question: If you could be any food, what food would you be and why?
Mmm. Mhhhm. Mhhhm. Maybe a hamburger because it has all the essential food groups if the order is made properly and can be quite delicious.
Regular Show: Party Pack DVD is available RIGHT NOW and new episodes air Monday nights on Cartoon Network.
Ro-Bear was gracious enough to brave the icy February wind chill during Philly’s 8Static to speak with us about how he got into chiptunes, his chip pop/rap group Kill3r Whale, and where he sees the chipmusic scene going in the future.
Armed with a cup of tea, cream, and a few lumps of sugar, Matt JOnes, AKA Lunartik, has taken the designer toy scene on a caffeine-induced tour through his unique mind. With a background in product design, his clean lines combine with a fun and endearing toy: Lunartik in a Cup of Tea. The figure has seen many variations, from its full size editions, to a mini series. This month saw the release of both Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 2 and the Brew It Yourself Loose Leaf kit. Hit the link for our freshly brewed interview with Matt JOnes.
Campbell Whyte is an Australian artist whose work is infused with pop culture nostalgia and a stylish sense of whimsy. He’s probably most well known for his 8 Bit Dreams project where he’s doing an illustration for each of the original 799 games released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. He’s already finished illustrations for each game made in 1985, 1986, 1987 and he’s just recently wrapped up 1988 which you can peep here.
Hit the jump for our full interview with this bad dude.
He’s made some of the most stylish art in recent memory. It’s been displayed all over the world. He’s worked for everyone from ESPN to The Deftones. Now James Jirat Patradoon takes some time to talk to Albotas. Hit the link for our interview.
Kat Brunnegraff’s world is reminiscent of those Little Golden Books you probably read as a kid, but with a nostalgic, yet grown-up twist. Inhabited by somber space beauties, owls who rock argyle, and adorable little dead things who rob graves in the night, Kat’s world is one of surreal imagination where cuteness meets sex appeal, magic meets the stars, and awesomeness meets your eyeballs.
With an impressive portfolio of digital and traditional work, a small army of customized and self-produced toys, and a range of lifestyle products under her belt, this Columbus, Ohio girl dances elegantly on a razor-thin line between appealing to both niche and mainstream audiences alike. Fans of art and designer toy culture will adore her storybook style and dreamy use of color and pop-culture geeks will feel their hearts skip a beat when they see her homages to things like Pokémon, ThunderCats, and the classic anime My Neighbor Totoro; Kat Brunnegraff is truly an artist’s artist, but even non-artsy types will find her work all too easy to fall in love with.
Kat was gracious enough to answer a few questions which you can read below the fold along with some of of our favorite of her pieces.
The March 6th release date for Pokémon Black & White is approaching fast. Before you know it, you’ll be tossin’ balls at a whole slew of new pocket monsters. To get you ready, here’s a little primer for the game’s new and improved battle systems.