We’ve had a crazy couple of months but will be returning with new episodes in August!
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Our First Time
We’re back! After scheduling conflicts and, you know, reasons we are a bit off our schedule… but not any more!
On this episode, we all share our experiences discovering the Internet and online culture.
Also, watch your pets if you live near Austin. You’ve been warned.
Why was the Science Center disappointing?
“Or, I can learn to bring them back to life!”
Believe in your dreams even if it involves a gypsy curse.
A biologist or an assassin.
Because Silence of the Lambs, I guess…
What was your first time like?
I was like Kimmy Schmidt!
A fight on the internet?!
“Do you ever feel like there’s more out there than you know how to find?”
Consuming vs creating on the Internet
Garbage disposal level of consuming
File sharing and working in radio
Zeff, director of local non-profit, Comicare, joins us to talk about their charity organization, sharing comic books with kids, and the impact on everyone involved.
Zeff from Comicare
Working with Cosplayers
How did Comicare Start?
Finding comic book donations
AZ Tony Stark
The Comicare Crusaders
How do you handle the situations you visit?
“We are not the super heros.”
Radio Active Man #1
How will Comicare grow?
Gaining perspective from donating
“It’s a comicon everyday for us!”
Comicare on Facebook
Drawn to Comics
Comicare Booth at Phoenix Comicon
Author Ryan Dalton sits down with us to talk about working with Phoenix Comicon, the writing process, and selling his first young adult novel series.
A quick note and apology for the sound quality of this episode. There were technical difficulties (read human error) and it turned out our conversation was recorded from the wrong input source.
This was such a great conversation, though, there’s no way we wouldn’t share it. Enjoy!
Phoenix Comicon Moderator Team
Look for writing panels with Ryan
How did you get involved with moderating?
You’re in charge!
Geeks Against Humanity
The Year of Lightning
The keys to being a good moderator
Tell us about being an author
Writing Craigslist ads
Shiny new idea syndrome
Selling the book
Jolly Fish Press
Do you like YA?
Which books did you love when you were young?
“A character’s best weapon should be they’re clever.”
The importance of naming
Will references reveal too much of the story?
What is your biggest challenge?
One last 12 part question.
Designer and world creator, Eric Torres, joins us for a candid conversation about his origin and influences, building the World of Rynaga, cultivating creativity, and building community.
Pokemon needs no introduction
The madness sets in
Ghost shuffle board
Travelling by imagination
Craving immersive experiences
Have you ever dreamt a game?
Meet Eric Torres
My rhymes are bottomless
World of Rynaga
Eric’s nerdy origins
How do you start eating an elephant?
Eric’s mentors and inspiration
“I never relied on my day job to satisfy me creatively.”
“If you don’t have adventures of your own how can you create something?”
What is the World of Rynaga?
Building a following
Daft Punk Tribute
Value in scarcity
Giving creative license while maintaining ownership
Eric on Instagram
Andrea Beesley, who has been doing great things in the valley for going on 10 years, sat down with us to chat about movies, events, and expanding the culture experience, in Phoenix.
International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival – Happening this weekend!
Why horror movies?
Also, it’s evil.
The Horror Show
Cecil Laird (Sorry for saying it wrong)
Twisty the Clown
Klaatu Barada Nikto!
When to introduce your kids to scary stuff
Imagine an entire room full of Bob Beards
“I just want to do interesting stuff.”
How has Phoenix grown and what’s ahead?
“You have to sell them on the experience.”
How to keep the movie going experience exciting.
Film Bar is kid friendly! Just make sure they bring their adults.
The episode has been saved! We have to say a big thank you to Tom at Chandler Data Professionals for all the work to recover the dead hard drive. He was professional, thorough, and we definitely recommend him to anyone in need of drive recovery services.
Clintus joins us to share what it’s been like becoming a full-time YouTuber, how to build an audience, and sharing his family with the world.
“I’m very open with my kids.”
Did we start?
How Clintus got started on YouTube
The Daily Life Genre
Archiving vs Sharing
“Try and do anything for a thousand days in a row.”
What is the drive?
How to diversify
TLC Toddler Bowl
How the schedule has changed since going full-time YouTube
Engagement drives audience growth
Cameron’s awesome story
“How much me, how much my kids.”
The long con
The 3 magic ways to build an audience
The importance of authentic content
Getting the family on camera
Mason Jack and Crissy YouTube
It’s like a real life crossover episode
“Hey guys, I’m quitting my job.”
The importance of data
Rikki Tikki Tavi Mad
Our friend Jonathan join us in a conversation about books, DYI projects, and crap-tastic movies!
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Penthouse Letters and the books of Moses
What was your first Sci-Fi?
A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy
The Casio Keyboard
I just learn the references and laugh at Robot Chicken
Making time to read
Are you a handyman?
Dainty office wrists
I don’t know why I took a mongooses name in vain.
DIY home repair
Ikia is the grown up version of Legos
Wild West Con
Don’t be over critical;you’ll enjoy more things.
Hard Drive Update:
We should know early next week if our episode with Clintus can be recovered. Still keeping our fingers crossed!
On Dead Hard Drives and Backups
If you’ve been following our Twitter account, you know that my hard drive failed on the day we were supposed to release our new episode with Clintus McGintus.
I was unable to recover the drive through my own methods and have handed it off to a professional service. And, like a fool, I didn’t have a backup.
There’s no excuse for not having a backup and I apologize to you all for this… especially Clintus because we had a great conversation and were excited to share it.
Hope isn’t completely lost but data recovery is not a fast process. I should know what we can recover by early next week. Keep your fingers crossed with us!
The show will continue and we have some great guests lined up in the coming weeks. Should the worst happen with the drive, we will definitely invite Clintus back and the show will have some new intro/outro music.
Local designer and TED fellow, Safwat, joins us to talk Kickstarter, design vs. art, and balancing passion and needs to live.
Thank Safwat for the success of Exploding Kittens
“I guess I’m an artist.”
Reverse engineering success
“I don’t know if I should laugh…”
What would a project made for the Internet look like?
Changing Hands Book Store
“I must go to design school.”
“It’s like the Six Million Dollar Man of design.”
Why design over coding?
The story behind the design
Design work is figuring out how to blend ideas you see.
A Bunch of Crock
Passion projects vs. income projects
“Art should be able to pay your bills.”
Safwat’s mailing list
Phoenix Design Week