Hello my little zombie snacks. I’m here again with Christopher Eilenstine Director, Writer and Executive Producer for the movie The Soulless. For the first part of the interview, click here. As we rejoin the interview, he’s telling us all about a new kind of zombie movie and why ‘The rules have changed.’
Everyone at Biff Bam Pop knows that I’m crazy about zombies and thanks to my friends from Steampunk Works; I was introduced to Joe Parascand, an actor on the set of The Soulless. Through Joe Parascand, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christopher Eilenstine, Director, Writer and Executive Producer of the new zombie film. ‘The rules have changed’ and Biff Bam Pop! meets a new kind of zombie. Meet me after the jump for the first part of our interview. Read the rest of this entry
Warrior, Defender & Marketer Of Ideas–BBP! Speaks With Independent Comics Creator Onrie Kompan On The Process & Business Of Indie Comics
Just over a year ago, Biff Bam Pop reviewed an independently produced compilation graphic novel called Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender. You can read that review here. The story behind the process of putting that book together was a fascinating one. In a time where more and more comics are produced by smaller publishers or by writers and artists themselves, either online or in print form, the making of Yi Soon Shin is a noteworthy tale.
JP Fallavollita got a chance to speak with Onrie Kompan, the writer, producer and business force behind Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender and is sequel, Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger via email. In the interview, they talk about the history behind the creation of the graphic novel, the role of online publications and comic book conventions for marketing independently-produced works, as well as Kompan’s new venture, Freedable Comics, a free and non-exclusive platform meant to help market the works of independent writers and artists.
Get 45 minutes to talk to one of the most recognizable lead singers in the history of popular music, and you’re going to receive some amazing insights into being a legend. You can check out part one of my interview with The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, where he discussed his influences and how he came up with some of the band’s most enduring lyrics here. Today, in part two in what has become a four part exclusive interview, Mike talks about the art of the live Beach Boys concert. And he’s the man who should know – he’s been fronting the group in all its various incarnations for more than 50 years now.
Andy Burns: So what would be the ideal Beach Boys show for you?
Mike Love: To do the proper show, where the Beach Boys cover all the bases, you’d need a three hour show. We’ve got some really beautiful songs that go unperformed because of the time constraints. What, are you not going to do Good Vibrations? Or Kokomo? Or California Girls? Or Help Me, Rhonda? Or Fun Fun Fun?
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When I was 20 years old, The Beach Boys changed my life. A friend at university got me into the band, explaining Pet Sounds to me, and I was quickly off into a world of discovery. I learned to love both the experimental side of the band, along with the wonderful music they crafted in the early 60s which brought California to the world. One of the highlights of my personal and professional life was when I traveled to California in 2004 to interview Brian Wilson about his resurrected SMiLE album. But while Brian Wilson was the architect of the bands gorgeous music, Mike Love was the lead singer and co-writer on so many of those pre-SMiLE gems.
The history of the Beach Boys is long and storied and dramatic, all things you can read about elsewhere. For me, when the opportunity to finally talk to Mike Love came about, I was more interested in exploring his legacy – what inspired him as a kid, how he wound up writing some of pop music’s most enduring words, and what keeps him going today. Though 2012’s 50 Anniversary Tour featured the classic Beach Boys line-up of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, today’s band is the one that Love has performed with live for more than a decade, a smaller, compact group of musicians that play everywhere from casinos and state fairs, to theaters and Hyde Park. It was hours before a gig in Montreal that I spoke to Mike Love on the phone, in a conversation that went 45 minutes with Love doing most of the talking. The singer was friendly and engaging, delving deep into the band’s history, how he likes to perform today, his thoughts on the reunited Beach Boys album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and their upcoming box set, Made In California.
So, without further adieu, put on some rock and roll music, and delve into part one of Biff Bam Pop’s exclusive interview with the one and only, Mike Love.
Robin Renée is Mantra-Pop! – accessible, lyric-driven alt-folk rock with a spiritual twist. Conscious and melodic with an edge, think of blending the voices of Chrissie Hynde and Joan Armatrading with the wordsmith intelligence of Elvis Costello and the mystical passion of kirtan chanting. Join me after the jump, for the Biff Bam Pop! interview with Robin Renee.
The fine folks at Black Mask Studios are putting out some fairly unique comics right now. Last week we talked to Adam Egypt Mortimer about Ballistic (check it out here), and this week, we’re chatting with Matt Miner, the writer behind Liberator, a vigilante series thats victims are animals. It’s an interesting twist on the whole concept, but whether you’re an animal lover or not, it’s a strong story that resonates and clearly means something to its author. Matt Miner was kind enough to answer some questions about the new series via email.
Andy Burns: For everyone just discovering Liberator, could you tell them a little bit about the story?
Matt Miner: Liberator is a gritty vigilante adventure with heroes who, instead of beating up guys in tights, are taking on real-world issues of dog fighters and animal abusers. The story is inspired by real-life people who do this kind of stuff: they pull on masks in the middle of the night, save animals and make abusers’ lives a living hell.
Andy Burns: I know this is a very personal tale for you as, along with you’re writing, you’re a dog rescuer – tell me us a little bit about that side of your life. How did you wind up becoming a dog rescuer?
Matt Miner: I was active in the aboveground (legal) animal rights movement for years and once we moved to our current neighborhood in Queens there were animals right in front of us all the time that needed help immediately. Dogs and cats running the street as strays, dogs thrown out to fend for themselves after losing fights, bait dogs dumped, you name it – it’s horrible shit and so my wife and I are pretty active in helping whoever we can out here.
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Jen and Sylvia Soska are two of the hottest names and brightest lights in cinema today, thanks to their brand new film, American Mary. I’ve made no bones about my love for this picture this week – you can read my review here. The Soska’s know their stuff – from horror to comic books and all things in between. As you can tell from our exclusive email below, they’re simply damn cool, and horror and pop culture geeks are lucky that these creative people are making a big name for themselves.
Sylvia Soska: I’m so happy that you enjoyed it. When we wrote the script we were still trying to sell the first film, we were incredibly poor to the extent that we couldn’t afford food let alone bills, we were in the hospital for days on end with a loved one just watching the world that goes on there, venturing into the film industry with a naivety that was stripped away by meeting monsters, and we didn’t know if all our sacrifices would ever amount to anything. I was talking to a friend who said that I should focus on my other scripts, which at the time I had none, so I lied. I said that I had so many scripts that he should pick which one he wanted to read and listed off every idea that I knew Jen and I could write in two weeks. He picked the ‘one about the medical student’. With a self-imposed gun to our head we wrote the script which became a very therapeutic experience because all these uncontrollable instances in our life, now we had control and a distance to really examine them.
Jen Soska: Thank you so much! You’ve been so good to us and we want to sincerely thank you for spreading the word on the film. You’re just wonderful. The film itself is very much an analogy for our own ventures in the film industry. Growing up on the quest to be actresses and models, we’ve run into our fair share of sleaze, but the worst of it was what we experienced as filmmakers. The people that view women as sexual objects and somehow below men based on our age and gender are a sad actuality of this business and it’s often people who misrepresent as normal and respectable on the outside that are hiding their true intentions. It’s disgusting, but it is the reason there are stories about the sleazy Hollywood producers and young, naive film hopefuls, both men and women, should be very aware that this business is filled with people who want to take advantage of you.
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