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.
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!
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
We had some audio troubles with the recording so we’re releasing Austin’s story in two parts.
In this episode, Austin shares where he grew up, having surgery at a young age and the perspective he gained from that experience, and some of his more interesting work stories.
Are you from Globe?
Everybody is fap-able.
How Austin ended up in South Africa
“Your proposal was a shining light on the horizon.”
“When adventure knocks, you answer.”
“I was the second person to have this surgery.”
“Can I push on it?”
“You can’t say ‘yolo’ unless you’ve had your head de-gloved.”
Why getting married at 19 made sense.
Creativity and Technology
Jeremy is an illustrator and designer. Through his company, Lederman Studios, he has done work for The Walking Dead, Spawn, MTV, CNN, and many more.
This episode was actually recorded last year while Austin and Chris were co-hosting the Lightning Octopus podcast with our friend, and recent guest, Jonathan Simon.
Jeremie’s NeatoShop t-shrits
“If they don’t need a cartoon ape, then
they won’t call you.”
“Hey, a reference I get!”
“Who’s that guy? It’s Jan Brewer.”
“A wonderful buffet of truth.”
There will be a new octopus soon! (Spoiler: The new octopus is over a year old now)
The turtle! The turtle! The turtle! The turtle!
Sharknado relief fund!
Add a healthy amount of randomness to your life!
Jeremie’s book – Drawing Is Easy
Really, Phoenix is just too hot.
The Art of Video Games
Get to know our friend, and co-host, Bob Beard.
On this episode, Bob shares his origins story, how he ended up in Arizona, life in the Marines, and the beginning of PBS Nerd and the Arizona PBS Nerd Walk.
A screaming, naked, bloody Bob emerged from his mother’s birth canal.
“Every Stephen King book is the town I grew up in.”
What were you like as a kid?
“Maybe you should learn to shut your mouth sometimes.”
Ghostbusters changed Bob’s life.
What was the driver to go into the Marines?
“It’s very much like Lieutenant Dan.”
10 months later, I’m on a bus and crying.
Supply Chaingun Management
You get out of the military and go in to radio.
I didn’t get high in the radio station van, so they kept me around.
Working in the media.
How did you end up at PBS?
It’s high quality potpourri.
Radio is a life style, TV is an appointment.
The origins of PBS Nerd.
You asked nerds if they want a t-shirt.
The PBS Nerd Logo
Arizona PBS Nerd Walk
On this episode, The Electric Octopi, Jonathan Simon, sits down with us and talks dreams, celebrating fandom, books, anime, and parenting.
Dreaming of neck beards
The waiting room in Beetlejuice
Stuipd M. Knight Shamalan plot twist.
What is this podcast about?
I’m gonna have a lot of explaining to do.
There’s nothing more hilarious than self flagellation.
AZ Browncoats – Can’t Stop the Serenity
My cousin just had a baby that looks like Joss Wheadon.
Happiness from experiences vs things.
Everything is Terrible – Live
You are way into books.
In your face, book suggestions!
I love how much you love Cosbie.
Two great puns and a delicate euphamism.
Being a nerdy dad and raising kids.
Adventure Time Munchkin
We had a ninja weekend.
What was Jonathan before the Internet?