Toronto Comic Con Interviews Part One

Last month the Dork Shelf crew had a chance to invade Wizard World Toronto and a fun time was had by all. I got to interview some lovely people, including Andy Belanger from Kill Shakespeare, as well as as Mike Stoklasa from Red Letter Media (largely famous as the voice of Harry Plinkett the film critic).

Game of Thrones Interview:
Kit Harington

Today we were lucky enough to speak with actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. We discussed the audition process for the show, his character Jon Snow, the sprawling and illustrious cast, Thrones fan sites, and what he keeps on his dork shelf.

Insidious Interview:
James Wan & Leigh Whannell

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the creative team behind the original Saw, director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell. We discussed their new film Insidious, the horror genre, their film inspirations and influences, their favourite Toronto haunts and the dark secrets that their respective dork shelves undoubtedly hold.

Interview:
Bobby Farrelly Director of Hall Pass

This weekend sees the release of Hall Pass, the latest movie from the Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Stuck On You). We’ll have our review of the film up soon, but in the meantime director/writer Bobby Farrelly and co-writer Kevin Barnett sat down for a roundtable interview here in Toronto, and Dork Shelf’s own Ian MacIntyre was invited to join in. Bobby and Kevin discussed Hall Pass, how comedy has changed, marriage, and crazy Three Stooges casting rumors.

Interview: Nobuo Uematsu, Arnie Roth & Distant Worlds

One November night, fans gathered at the ex-Hummingbird, now Sony Centre, simply to share in the presence of Nobuo Uematsu. Titled Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy, a full orchestra presented material by the legendary Uematsu, conducted by Grammy winner Arnie Roth.

Interview
The Cast of Being Human

We caught up with the cast of SPACE and SyFy's new supernatural dramedy Being Human this afternoon in Toronto. The series is adapted from a BBC3 show of the same name about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who share a flat. We joined Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer to talk about the show, their schools of vampirism, lycanthropy and poltergeisting, shooting the show in Montreal, and what they have on their dork shelves.

Interview
TRON: Evolution
Art Director David Patch

The 1982 original TRON film evokes some very specific imagery. Recognizer tanks zooming by in defiance of the laws of aerodynamics, lightcycles racing through the city leaving behind light trails, and above all else neon reds and blues crisscrossing against a sleek digital world. These still form the basis of the re-imagined world spearheaded by the film TRON: Legacy, but as we found out, the tie-in video game TRON: Evolution goes a bit further.

Interview with
Michael Todd
of Spyeart

Michael Todd is a Toronto-based game designer known for his unique artistic sensibility and approach to gameplay. His independent one man studio, Spyeart, produces games that are as much about experimenting with new mechanics as they are about provoking an emotional response from the player.

Interview with
Ryan Creighton
of Untold Entertainment

Anyone familiar with the Toronto video game scene probably knows the name Ryan Creighton. A president of Untold Entertainment, his speciality is online games designed for kids and teens. However, Creighton is also one of the most outspoken and passionate voices in the Toronto game development community. He is the kind of person who is as likely to make you think as he is to make you laugh. His industry knowledge and quick wit are immediately apparent, whether he's speaking on panel, socializing at gatherings like TOJam and Hand Eye, or writing on his always entertaining blog.

Interview with
Miguel Sternberg
of Spooky Squid Games

If you’ve been to any events run by Toronto’s Hand Eye Society, chances are you’ve seen Miguel Sternberg hard at work, frantically synching computers into local networks and test-driving new games built by himself and his colleagues. He’s half of the two-man team known as Spooky Squid Games.

Interview with
Kris Piotrowski
of Capy Games

This series of interviews will help you get to know the people who are making the Toronto video game scene what it is today. In this first part, Jonathan talks with Kris Piotrowski, co-founder and Creative Director of Toronto studio Capy Games. A Toronto studio that has come into its own over the past few years, with titles like Critter Crunch and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes receiving critical acclaim.

Interview
Terra Hazelton
& Andy Sparacino of Fubar 2

We had a chance to chat with Terra Hazelton and Andy Sparacino, two of the stars of Fubar 2. Hazelton plays Trish, a strip club waitress with a heart of gold and Terry's love interest. Those familiar with the first Fubar film will know Sparacino — who played Terry and Dean's old friend and "party leader" Tron — a role that he reprises in the sequel. We talk Fubar 2, music, LARPing and World of Warcraft, and even have enough time to shotgun a few beers.

Interview
Comic Artist & Designer Adi Granov

With the release of the Iron Man 2 DVD and Blu-Ray today, now seems like a good a time to post our interview with conceptual designer and comic book artist Adi Granov from the 2010 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con. Granov is best known for his distinctive work on Marvel's in Iron Man: Extremis miniseries, as well as his incredible cover art for a variety of Marvel titles. His amazing work on Extremis eventually led Granov to a job as conceptual illustrator and suit consultant on Jon Favreau's two Iron Man films.

Interview
David Blue
of Stargate Universe

We caught up with Stargate Universe actor David Blue at Fan Expo this year and were very pleased to discover that he more than lives up to his character's dorky reputation. Blue plays resident geek Eli Wallace on the sci-fi series, helping to save the Destiny with his genius and dropping delightfully nerdy references in a charming, yet slightly inept attempt to lighten the mood of his fellow space castaways.

Fan Expo 2010
Interview with Ernest Borgnine

We were lucky enough to catch up with legendary actor Ernest Borgnine at Fan Expo last weekend. The 93 year old Borgnine has had an amazing career spanning nearly six decades, on television in McHale’s Navy, Airwolf, The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants and on film in Marty (for which he won an Oscar), Bad Day at […]

Fan Expo 2010
Interview with Tommy Tallarico

We were lucky enough to run into Tommy Tallarico on the show floor of Fan Expo 2010 last weekend. The noted game music composer and former co-host of The Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run was at the convention to give a speech about video game composing and his latest project, Video Games Live. […]

Interview with Johnny Yong Bosch
of Bleach and Power Rangers

Johnny Yong Bosch was one of the featured guests at this week’s Fan Expo Canada in Toronto. At two panels last Sunday he took questions from large crowds of fans about his career. Many current fans will know him as the voice of Ichigo in the English dubbed version of the anime Bleach, as well […]