Interviews

One-Panel Review: Dash Shaw's 'Doctors'--Beauty in Sterility

Oct
07

Dash Shaw's latest work, Doctors, is my favorite kind of scifi: a gentle tap against reality with a small hammer labeled 'scientific liberties,' and everything breaks wide open. In Doctors, a Dr. Cho and his daughter run a clandestine service retrieving people from their idyllic afterlives, but the good doctor refuses to see what he destroys in the resuscitation. Join me in refracting the whole book from a single panel.

Through The Eye of Dark Storm: Indie Gaming Meets AAA Stealth Action

Sep
05

Twenty minutes into the conversation, I am transfixed. I am speaking with JaVonni Ortiz, a promising 22 year old self-starter behind Dark Storm, a unique game recently greenlit on Steam. The exciting stealth game promises an adventure bursting with good story, great design, a strong female protagonist and versatile gameplay with multiple routes and options for capturing the enemy, but the game has come a long way. It is at this point in the conversation, he says, “I think the most shocking story is that Dark Storm wasn't supposed to be a stealth action game.”

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Speaking with Cory Johnson and the Most Brilliantly Touching 'Earthbound' Tribute Album You'll Ever Hear

Jul
17

Cory Johnson’s Earthbound is a tribute album unlike any you’ve heard; aside from the exceptional quality, it pays homage to the game both in form and spirit. It’s a reimagining of the soundtrack; a personal interpretation of the game’s narrative; and perhaps most of all, like the source material, it’s an encapsulation of what it’s like to be a child entering into the richness of human culture. Also, it's a quality post-rock album in its own right, equally parts rocking and tender.

Speaking with Josh Millrod: Sonic Exorcisms and A Doom Metal Grasshopper Album

Jul
10

Josh Millrod, one half of the trumpet/synth/spirit-wielding drone duo Grasshopper, released a solo tape entitled Seeking the Millenary Kingdom under his own name way back in May. It was a stunning release full of gorgeous, pre-dawn tones, and a direct reflection of his own personal growth. I had the pleasure of speaking with Josh about performance as exorcism, sound therapy vs. music vs. art, and the upcoming doom metal Grasshopper album that was turned down for being too dark.

I Spent The Day With Cillian Cubstead of Valkyrie Komics And It Was Lovely

Jul
08

I arrive at Cillian Cubstead’s house around 5pm on the Fourth of July. I’m an hour late. I check Google Maps four times in the neighborhoods behind Boulder Station and get two sets of directions that bear no relation to the set of directions Maps first gave me. This fucking neighborhood turns me around every time. When I arrive at the house I double check the address and knock on the door.

MIT Creates An Extra Set Of Wearable Robot Arms, Otto Octavius Comments

Jun
06

MIT engineers demonstrated a pair of harnessed mounted arms at a conference in China. The arms come up over the shoulders and are controlled by sensing the wearer's full body movements. Called supernumerary arms, they are designed to allow a single person to perform a wider range of tasks unassisted.

AFK Gamer Lounge Plans to Be the Perfect Spot for Gaming, eSports, and Beer

May
13

Would you like the freedom to game in the open, to compete in eSports while drinking beer, and to go somewhere where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came?  8CN had the opportunity to sit down with two men who are aiming to do just that with their AFK Gaming Lounge, a project they're launching on Kickstarter.

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Exclusive Interview: 'I, Frankenstein's Kevin Grevioux

Jan
31

You may recognize Kevin Grevioux as Raze from the Underworld series, but did you know he also wrote the story for the first film as well? Or that the voice of Young Justice's Black Beetle studied microbiology at Howard University?

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Elephant 6 with an Irish Lilt: An Interview with No Monster Club

Jan
06

Join me in a word with the Dublin-based No Monster Club, as we discuss their influences, music collectives, recording on cassette, and the Irish indie rock scene!

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Let's Go Exploring! An Interview with 'Dear Mr. Watterson' Director Joel Allen Schroeder

Nov
22

How do you represent an entire community of devoted fans in making a movie about shared passion and drive?  How do you not let them down? Luckily, I was able to discover just how with Joel Allen Schroeder, the director and creator of Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin and Hobbes and the man behind it, Bill Watterson.

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'Between Two Ferns'-Style Interview With Krill (They're Great Sports)

Nov
07

I found a fantastic interview conducted between Krill and their greatest/worst fan, how fantastic you ask? The first question is "Who do you think you are?" and the fourth is "What's it like being the worst band on the label?"

Heroic Interview With Herman Yau and Erica Lee of 'Ip Man: The Final Fight'

Sep
18

For those who haven't read my review on Ip Man: The Final Fight, due September 20 in theaters, the film does indeed combine both sociopolitical issues in a more simple yet troubled China with a man who is so intriguing you can't help but read into every mannerism and action of his as if he was a fine, aged book.  And when I was given the opportunity to sit down and speak with the writer and director behind the artistic portrayal of this legendary Wing Chun grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee, I had many questions about the story they wanted to tell.

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Interview: Dango Rose of Elephant Revival - New Album Out 9/3/13

Aug
26

Following the success of their acclaimed 2010 release, Break in the Clouds, Nederland, CO based folk collective Elephant Revival quickly became one of the most critically lauded and buzzed about young bands not only in the festival circuit that spawned and nurtured them, but among music fans thorughout the country.

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Ninjabot, Kickstarter, and the Brains Behind the Brilliance [Interview]

Jul
31

It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon.  I approached Maximum Comics, my friendly neighborhood comic book store, to find a large snow cone truck parked in front with several groups of people relaxing and eating.  I opened the door and surveyed the crowd that filled the store in celebration of Ninjabot, a group of people doing what they love.

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Unhack [Interview]

May
13

Indie games are a pretty common sight these days, but not all of them get the recognition they deserve. Unhack is a browser based game that mixes elements from many generes we see today to create something that all audiences can enjoy. With its unique graphical presentation and gripping storyline, Unhack has been proving to be a success.

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