G33K Out Podcast

We’re all geeky about something.

In this podcast, I interview geeky people about geeky things. The goal is to focus on the culture of geek media (e.g., comics, television shows, movies, gaming, online media, science, etc.), enjoying our obsessions while still managing to look at them through a critical lens. Listen as we talk about why people do what they do and how they got where they are.

The podcast started as an offshoot of my master’s thesis (also called G33K Out), and goes into why people do what they do and how they got there.

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcherpodcasts.com, or via RSS feed, or you can listen on the page for the episode listed below. Newest episode on top. I also now have a G33K Out-specific Tumblr.

(By the way, if you’re interested, my old theatre-based podcast Stage Savvy also can be found on iTunespodcasts.com, via RSS feed, or you can listen on this site.)

Without further ado, it’s time to G33K Out.

Episode 27: 2017 Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con

Last October, I got to yet again attend Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, formerly known as Comikaze. My second time attending, this time I only went one day. This convention, now in its sixth year, was Los Angeles’ first major comic convention. As with any convention, there were plenty of panels, celebrities, and artists and vendors to go about.

(Running time: 20 minutes, 20 seconds.)
Episode 26: Author Nancy Kress

Back in April, I attended the 2017 Writers of the Future Awards. While there, I was lucky enough to connect with author Nancy Kress, who was one of the judges. Author of 27 novels, 3 books on writing, and many, MANY short stories, she’s won 6 Nebulas and 2 Hugo Awards. I managed to do a phone interview with her, where we talked about her writing process, the differences between science fiction and fantasy, and her advice to new writers.

(Running time: 27 minutes, 10 seconds.)
Episode 25: Extraordinary: Stan Lee Red Carpet

On August 22, in partnership with the online fundraising platform Omaze and Make-a-Wish, there was a live tribute to him. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Extraordinary: Stan Lee boasted a wide range of celebrities coming out to honor the creator. I managed to get on the red carpet and get some interviews down with some of them.

(Running time: 51 minutes, 45 seconds.)
Episode 24: 2017 LA Times Festival of Books

Back in late April, I attended the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books. The largest book festival in the US, this free annual event celebrates the written word. With panels on a variety of topics, readings and interviews with authors, and even music performances, there’s always something for everyone. This was my third year attending. While I was there, I interviewed many of the people in the various vendor booths throughout the festival.

(Running time: 43 minutes and 40 seconds.)
Episode 23: 2014 LA Times Festival of Books: Stephen Tobolowsky

"Hey: it's that one guy!" It's the cry of many a character actor (so much so that it's got its own page on TV Tropes, and for actor Stephen Tobolowsky, that's fine with him. Appearing in over 200 films and/or television episodes, you may know him as the insurance salesman in Groundhog Day, the substitute teacher Sandy Ryerson in Glee, or from any number of various roles.

In 2014, I had the chance to interview him. He was going to be at that year's LA Festival of Books. He's coming back to this year's LA Festival of Books, promoting his newest book, My Adventures with God, and so I thought it was a great chance to bring this interview out from storage.

(Running time: 43 minutes, 15 seconds.)
Episode 22: The 2017 Writers of the Future Awards

On April 2, I attended the 33rd annual Writers of the Future Award ceremony. With a dragon gracing the red carpet and the stage. the ceremony had a keynote from the co-founder and president of Dragon*Con Pat Henry, and presented this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Resnick.

The 12 writers and illustrators received this year's awards, with Jake Marley winning the Golden Pen Award for his submission "Acquisition", and Michael Michera winning the Golden Brush Award for his illustration that went with C.L. Kagmi's story, "The Drake Equation".

The podcast combines some of the interviews I managed to get while attending and excerpts from the award ceremony.

(Running time: 30 minutes, 15 seconds)
Episode 21: Logan Composer Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is no stranger to composing movies in the sci fi and superhero world. His first major breakthrough was doing the score for Wes Craven’s Scream, and you may recognize his music from such genre favorites as Hellboy, Mimic, The Faculty, and even worked with Philip Glass for the 2015 version of Fantastic Four. He's been nominated for an Oscar for his scores for both 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker.

In early March, I had the opportunity to interview him over the phone about his latest project Logan, the latest — and possibly last — Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman.

(Running time: 16 minutes, 55 seconds)
Episode 20: Wondercon 2016 – Streaming Panel

While at the 2016 Wondercon, I also had the chance to talk with some of the people at another panel, “Streaming Success: Behind-the-Scenes of Your Favorite Binge Worthy Shows”.

The panel discussed the original content of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, and some of the people that work on the various shows produced by them. My associate Hope Donoghue and I first talked to James (“Jimmy”) Levine and Sean Callery. We then talked to David Van Dyke, VFX producer and (at the time) vice president of Shade VFX (he’s now president).

(Running time: 23 minutes)
Episode 19: WonderCon 2016 – High Scorers Panel

Last March, I attended WonderCon here in Los Angeles. I (and a few others) covered it for SciFi4Me.com, and I had a lot more content that I never had time to do anything with.

One such item was a chance to meet up with some of the guys that were on the “High Scorers Panel: Star Composers of the Video Game World”. The panel was, obviously, music composers for video games talking about their work. I managed to get a chance to interview some of them before the panel. I first talked to Gordy Haab and Niels Bye Nielsen, and then I talked to Bill Brown and John Kaefer.

(Running time: 27 minutes, 5 seconds)
Episode 18: Cinematographer Jimmy Matlosz

Last September, I covered an agent’s roundtable event for Camera Angles. The event was part of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards, a way to bring advice for how to make it in the film industry to the award winners. The chair of the awards is cinematographer Jimmy Matlosz, and he gave the up and coming honorees some great advice during the event.

I sat down with Jimmy at his home to discuss what exactly a cinematographer does, his work process, and his latest project.

(Running time: 29 minutes, 15 seconds)
Episode 17: This Red Carpet was Unbelievable!!!!!

On September 7, I had the opportunity to attend the red carpet for the world premiere of the parody science fiction film Unbelievable!!!!! Written and directed by Steven L. Fawcette, the movie stars or has cameos from 40 Star Trek actors, and follows the adventures of four astronauts, one of which is a marionette. I had the opportunity to interview several of the cast and crew of both the movie, as well as the Star Trek universe.

(Running time: 34 minutes, 9 seconds)
Episode 16: PaleyFest 2016, part 3 – Ash Vs Evil Dead Red Carpet

Ash Vs. Evil Dead is getting ready for it’s second season, and was one of the many panels at the 2016 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews event.

I had the chance to attend the red carpet for the screening of the first episode of season two. I interviewed guest stars Lee Majors, Ted Raimi, and Michelle Hurd, and then series regulars Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, and Bruce Campbell.

(Running time: 27 minutes, 22 seconds.)
Episode 15: PaleyFest 2016, part 2 – From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Red Carpet

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is entering it’s third season on Netflix and on the El Rey Network. The series is based off the movie of the same name, and follows the adventures of the Gecko Brothers as they take on vampires and other forces of hell.

I had the chance to attend the red carpet for the screening of the first episode of season 3. I interviewed Diego Gutierrez (executive producer), Sarah Minnich (Florinda), Marko Zaror (Zolo), Danny Trejo (The Regulator), and Maurice Compte (Brasa) about the show.

(Running time: 19 minutes, 23 seconds.)
Episode 14: PaleyFest 2016, part 1 – Son of Zorn and The Exorcist Review

This year, I was able to attend the genre panels and screenings of PaleyFest Fall TV Previews. For my first event, I got to attend screenings of Son of Zorn and The Exorcist, both on Fox this fall (and which for both we’ll be doing recaps here).

I decided to do something different this time around, and try a video version of G33K Out, and do a mini review of the shows.

(Running time: 8 minutes, 28 seconds)
Episode 13: Red Carpet Interviews for LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash

In late February, I had the chance to attend the red carpet premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Cosmic Clash. The fifth LEGO DC Comics film, the movie is about the villain Brainiac’s attempt to ‘collect’ Earth.

I interviewed several of the voice cast as well as the producer, screenwriter, and director. We covered everything to what it was like to be a voice actor to what makes the LEGO movies different.

(Running time: 42 minutes, 12 seconds)
Episode 12: Target’s Share the Force Event

Back in December, I attended the Share the Force event at LA Live, sponsored by Target. Part of the marketing juggernaut for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the two-day event had themed origami projects, a ‘see the galaxy’ show, Legos galore, the ability to use the force through Emotiv headsets, and merchandise and fan memorabilia from Rancho Obi-Wan.

I talked with some of the people behind the project as well as one of the attendees.

(Running time: 10 minutes, 24 seconds)
Episode 11: Narcopolis Interview: Behind the Lens (and Pen) with Justin Trefgarne

Narcopolis is new film in the time travel genre, involving a dystopian world where drugs are legal and there’s a conspiracy involving a new super-drug and the mega-corp that makes it.

I had a Skype conversation with the producer, writer, and director Justin Trefgarne, where we talked about his background (including what draws him to science fiction), his process for both writing and directing (and whether he can separate the two roles), doing a science fiction movie on a strict budget, and where he got the idea behind the movie. It all started with a storage locker.

(Running time: 25 minutes, 42 seconds)
Episode 10: Star Trek: Renegades – Red Carpet

On Saturday, August 1, I had the privilege of attending the red carpet premiere of Star Trek: Renegades. I managed to catch Adrienne Wilkinson, Robert Picardo, Vic Mignogna, Kevin Fry, Larissa Gomes, Tim Russ, Eugene Byrd, Cela Scott, Jason Matthew Smith, and Rico Anderson.

(Running time: 18 minutes, 38 seconds)
Episode 9: Self/Less: Is Immortality Possible? Asking Charles Higgins

The movie Self/Less, set to be released July 10, is about the ultimate method of immortality: Damian (Ben Kinglsey) is a wealthy man who, when told he is dying, decides to transfer his consciousness into a younger body (Ryan Reynolds). But as with all such deals, there is more at the heart of the project than is realized.

I did a phone interview with neuroscientist Charles Higgins to talk about some of the science that the movie is based on, as well as what makes us individuals, what differs us from machines, and how close the science gets in the movie.

(Running time: 11 minutes, 40 seconds.)
Episode 8: Comikaze 2014 - Cosplay Dreams 3D Interview

Cosplay is a large part of conventions nowadays, with even its own celebrities such as Yaya Han. During the 2014 Comikaze Expo, I talked with Christine Kasal Parascandolo (executive producer) and Gulliver Parascandolo (director), with the new documentary Cosplay Dreams 3D. The movie will be premiering at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival on December 6.

(Running time: 7 minutes, 44 seconds.)
Episode 7: Comikaze 2014 – More Interview with Miracle Laurie

While I had Miracle Laurie on hand for an interview for her work in the new web series Nobility during 2014 Comikze, we talked a bit further about her process as an actress and about female representation in science fiction, which naturally led to her work on Dollhouse.

(Running time: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.)
Episode 6: Comikaze 2014 – Nobility interviews – Torri Higginson, Miracle Laurie, & Neil Johnson

During the 2014 Comikaze Expo, I had the chance to talk to two of the stars and the director of the science fiction comedy web series Nobility.

(Running time: 7 minutes, 34 seconds.)
Episode 5: Comikaze 2014 – Interview with Russell with R2 Builders Club (and R2-D2)

During the 2014 Comikaze Expo, I got the chance to talk briefly with Russell with the R2 Builders Club about why he does it, and how.

(Running time: 3 minutes, 9 seconds.)
Episode 4: Comikaze 2014 – Huston Huddleston and the Hollywood Sci Fi Museum

During the 2014 Comikaze Expo, I talked to Huston Huddleston, who's attempting to build a science fiction museum in Hollywood. Hear what he has to say about what prompted him to start the museum, and his goals for it.

(Running time: 5 minutes, 44 seconds.)
Episode 3: Comikaze 2014 – Interview with Cracked’s Dan O’Brien

During the 2014 Comikaze Expo, I got a chance to talk to Dan O’Brien, the head writer and creative director of video at Cracked, about their latest venture: web sitcoms.

(Running time: 4 minutes, 29 seconds.)
Episode 2: Interview with Mike Nelson

I got to talk to one of the men behind RiffTrax, as well as second Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Mike Nelson. We cover the origin of RiffTrax and the writing process as the team prepared for the RiffTrax Live event, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

(Running time: 11 minutes, 34 seconds.)
Episode 1: Travis Richey

The man behind "Inspector Spacetime" and the web series that is in no way based off of it, Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. Richey--the producer, co-writer, and star of the series--talks about the origin of the show, what’s different about season two, and his reasons for putting it on the Internet.

(Running time: 26 minutes, 57 seconds.)