Neil Perry Gordon is an author of historical fiction, and a great example of the self-made writer of the 21st Century. His works include Hope City, A Cobbler’s Tale, and The Bomb Squad. In this episode, Neil and I discuss the difference between wanting to be a writer and actually putting in the practice to hone your craft, the struggles of self-marketing, and the wonder of using Alaska as the setting for a story.
Lanie Labens in the maven in charge of “I Don’t Do Subtle” Management, a talent agency connecting some amazing guests to the best conventions out there. Lanie also writes, has aspirations of being an author, and operates a YouTube channel… including a doll workout video. In this episode, Lanie and I discuss what we love about conventions, and what it’s like growing up not having a lot in common with others… eventually finding that commonality in the con scene.
Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.
Pat Jankiewicz is an actor, writer, and collector of pop culture knowledge. He’s written for Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, and is the author of books on Buck Rogers and The Incredible Hulk. Pat and I get into a great discussion on how the comic industry is shifting, and the importance of grabbing new readers. There’s also a great discussion on the differences between online conventions and real-world ones.
Ron Marz is a longtime writer of comic books, having worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and other companies. I get to share my fondness for Ron’s work at DC in the 90s, as well as that era of comics in general, then he and I swap notes about how comic fans deal with change… and the unique challenges that presents to the writers of comics. SPOILER: I’m a big fan of his Green Lantern story, Emerald Twilight.
Todd Sullivan is the author of Hollow Men, the first in The Windshire Chronicles, a series of fantasy novels written with a fusion of Asian and Western themes. Born in the US, but having spent much of his life in Korea and now Taiwan, Todd has re-interpreted his life as a visitor in the form of a fantasy tale. The two of us spend a lot of time discussing what it’s like to feel like a stranger, as well as our hopes for the future of our culture. Also, dragons.
Alyssa Carson is an astronaut-in-training and is part of the “Mars Generation,” a team of professionals looking to be on the first mission to Mars. In this episode, Alyssa and I sit down and talk about what it will take to get to Mars, the timeline involved, and her motivations and aspirations here on Earth.
Here’s where you can follow Alyssa:
Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.
Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:
Zoe Plait is one of MST3K’s biggest “Professional Fans.” She worked with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff on “The Mads are Back” live show, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I sit down and get to the heart of what makes the show great. More than that, we address how fandom can have a positive effect on mental illness, and ponder her future writing projects. During the episode, we also bring up the MST3K Playstation Underground issue.
Here’s where you can keep tabs on Zoe’s projects:
Geek Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness – A great resource for getting a little extra help in life.
Dr. Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, and aerospace engineer, and the host of the YouTube series Dr. Erin Explains the Universe. This was a great discussion about how to balance science fact with the needs of fiction, as well as how writing for science has changed as we’ve advanced our scientific knowledge.
Here’s where you can check out Erin’s work:
Memory Alpha – The prime resource for all Star Trek worldbuilding.