We recently had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Canadian actor Ryan Robbins from the hit sci-fi series Sanctuary. Robbins may also be familiar to viewers for his featured roles on Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and the steampunk web series Riese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Fan Expo 2010, one of the premiere comic conventions in Canada, starts tomorrow. The pop-culture extravaganza features fans and guests from all walks of dorkdom: comic books, sci-fi films and TV, horror, anime and video games will all be represented at the convention. We were out in full force last year, talking with creators, artists, […]
Last week the Dork Shelf crew hit the red carpet at the Winter Garden for the Toronto premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There we had a chance to talk with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and the cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth […]
This interview first appeared in Steel Bananas. I don’t know if you’ve caught on to this by now, but gee-whiz I like video games. I will buy video games for systems I don’t even own because I like the cover art. I lose sleep wondering how great a new 7th Guest would be. Well, golly, […]
We paid a visit to the 2010 Toronto Independent Game Development Jam to talk with the organizers and participants at this awesome event. Got an urge to get your game on this weekend? Look no further than the 2010 Toronto Indie Game Development Showcase happening the evening of Saturday June 5th at the Imperial Pub […]
In this dark tale, the Bard’s most famous heroes embark upon a journey to discover a long-lost soul. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, and Romeo search for a reclusive wizard who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. That […]
Scott Campbell is the art director at Double Fine Productions, a video game development studio founded by Tim Schafer of Lucasarts adventure game fame. Campbell’s cartoony and light-hearted art style form the canvas of Double Fine’s critically acclaimed games Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. I spoke with Campbell at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, after he […]