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Hannah Dostine

Posted in art, interviews, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by intoviews

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What is your name?
As a creative polymath, I go as HRD (pronounced, ‘heard’) but am usually known as the zinemaker, Hannah Rose Dostine and am slowly introducing the name, Hans Vega.

How would you describe what you do?
As an assortment and overlap of self-made projects, zinemaking, drawing, beatnik writings and daydreaming with an edge of sustainable and ethical activism…or something like that 🙂

What are you currently working on?
I’m preparing for the Canberra Zine Emporium 🙂

What has had the greatest influence on your work?
Definitely my ambiguous mental health. But also my imagination, hands down.

What is the greatest misconception about you and your work?
The way I come across I always worry is disinterested, awkward and as a social face a bit wobbly and hardly around (but i hope people know how much i appreciate them) I feel that hinders or could be seen in my work. Otherwise if anything I think what i convey through personal symbols may be ambiguous/misunderstood, but my subject matter is also a life struggle that I find difficult to express.

What do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
I am still developing and experimenting but I have become comfortable with fineliner. I find its saturating effect great to convey my theme. As for weakness, merely educating myself with the mediums potential!

How has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Immensely amd positively in the way that the internet has opened up a plethora of artistic and creative communities and collectives to learn from, receive support, feedback and be inspired by.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Question everything, believe in no end to your creativity and always be yourself.

Where can we find you online?
I am around on facebook and twitter but for my main work, head over to tumblr: chasehotairballoons.tumblr.com or we make zines if you do trades.

What are you reading at the moment?
A zine about living an adventurous life on zero dollars a day!

What are you listenning to at the moment?
Bands of the Punk, Rock and Jazz persuasions (e.g. NOFX, Jaco Pastorious and Jimi Hendrix).

Anything else we should know?
I volunteer at Sticky Institute, Melbourne’s shop for zine crusaders and DIY enthusiasts, a brilliant and fun group of people.

Dustin Weaver

Posted in art, comics, interviews, news, update with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

My name is Dustin Paul Weaver.

how would you describe what you do?

I draw comic books, which is comparable to being a film director, I think. Like a director, a comic artist works from a script and
determines how to tell this story in a visual medium. The big difference is that where a director brings in a lot of other people–
actors, cinematographer, story boarders, set designers, etc.– a comic book artist does most of it alone. I’m the set designer, the costume designer, and all of the actors, and I’m choosing the shots, handling the lighting, and doing all the special effects.

On top off all that, a comic book artist can employ techniques used in painting and illustration, from the abstract to the realistic, to
create something visually engaging.

what are you currently working on?

I’m currently the cover artist on Avengers for Marvel comics, and I’m working on a 3-issue story arc that will be published in Avengers
#7-9.

In my “spare time” I’m slowly chipping away at a comic that I am writing and drawing. I’m planning on releasing it for free online, in
weekly installments starting ether in the summer or fall of 2013.
what has had the greatest influence on your work?

The greatest influence on my work is my friendship with fellow comic book creator, D.J. Bryant. He’s a very smart guy with good taste. Many of the books that I’ve really loved and been inspired by I’ve read at his recommendation. And when I’m creating something, whether or not I think it’s something D.J. would like is something I think about.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

Maybe it’s that I LIKE drawing buildings or that I LIKE drawing a lot of detail. I don’t “like” drawing these things so much as I like drawings OF these things. If you think drawing hundreds of little windows on buildings is fun for anyone, you’re mistaken. But when the
result is a fully realized city-scape, or a car engine, or what ever else has a lot of detail, and it comes out just as you imagined it,
the reward of having done it is great. I’m just trying to create something that I would like. Most of the time doing that is hard work.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

Comic books are visual. They can grab a reader’s attention and provide a similar accessibility to that of movies and TV. But, going back to the first question, unlike movies and TV, comic books are created by a very small group of people and in many cases just one person. In this way they are more like literature in that there is a lot of creative freedom.

Comics also have the ability to use the strengths of both images and words, which makes them a powerful storytelling medium.
I think the biggest weakness this medium has is that the perception most people have of what comic books are and what they can be is still limited to the super-hero genre. Comic books can tell any kind of story. It needs the general audience to recognize that and be open to it before it can really take off. If you’ve never read a comic (or graphic novel– same thing) because you’re not interested in
super-heroes, maybe look a little deeper. I love comics. I’m almost always reading one, and it’s almost never a super-hero comic. (That
isn’t a slam on super-hero comics.)

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

I guess I like doing things traditionally. I don’t use any 3d modelling or figure posing programs, and I don’t think I ever will. I
don’t do much digital drawing ether, though I’m not opposed to using digital tools and media for creating an image. I do do some clean up to my work in Photoshop but that’s about it.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

I struggle with the idea of giving advice. I think good advice for one person might not be good for another. If I imagine that I am giving
advice to myself, say ten years ago, I would say: Do things the way you want to do them. If someone tells you this is how to make comics and this is how to have a successful career, don’t listen. Don’t compare your work or your career to anyone else’s just because you think they must be doing it the right way. There is no right way, and everyone has their own trajectory. Like what you like. Do things the way you want to do them, and try to do them really really well.

Again, I don’t think this advice is for everyone.
where can we find you online?

I have a blog at http://dustinweaver.blogspot.com

And if you want to see my art but don’t want to read my rambling stupidity, I have a tumblr at http://dustinweaver.tumblr.com/

what are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading the first Jaime Hernandez Love and Rockets book, “Maggie the Mechanic”. So many people love this stuff, I figured it was time I found out what all the fuss is about. I’m not that far into it. I’m excited to see how it evolves.

I’m also reading Kafka’s “The Castle” and I’m loving it. Very inspiring.

I recently finished Osamu Tezuka’s “Barbara” and I really enjoyed it. He’s the best.

I’m getting Brandon Graham’s “Multiple Warheads” and James Stokoe’s “Godzilla- The Half-Century War” whenever a new issue comes out.

Oh and this may seem silly, but I’m reading the manga version of “Return Of The Jedi” by Shin-Ichi Hiromoto. It’s just an adaptation of
the film, but the things Hiromoto does with page layouts are so great. He puts so much drama and life and FUN into it. This is work not to be dismissed.

what are you listening to at the moment?

The albums that I have in heavy rotation right now are Blonde Redhead’s “23”, Brian Eno’s “Before And After Science”, Broadcast’s
“The Future Crayon”, Crystal Stilts’ “Alight of Night”, David Bowie’s “Low”, Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to “Il Grande Silenzio”, and the
latest Guided By Voices album (I think. I can hardly keep up with Pollard’s productivity.)

anything else we should know?

I can’t think of anything.

Tickle

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?
my name is ewan but my friends and non-colleagues/parents call me tickle. i use tickle as a stage name generally too but also recently with my newest project i’m calling myself mic master mick. it’s tickle though really.
how would you describe what you do?
i work helping people to fund the rest of my life which i spend with friends loved ones and making sort of hip hop music. i think it’s hip hop but who knows what everyone else would say…
what are you currently working on?
at the moment i’m trying to encourage interest in a couple of new releases. I’m trying to get folk to check out the third ep by burning bright when it’s released on 15.2.13 it’s some sick beats by salemanders and fine ass cuts by dj symatic. with some raps by me too. plus one of the tracks features solareye who is the rapper for the band stanley odd. i was so chuffed to get him on the ep he’s one of my favourite rappers both in scotland and beyond.
plus i’m doing the same promotional type stuff, gigging and making videos and so on, as part of ill papa giraffe, an ongoing project with myself as mic master mic, producer konnsky as king kong kutmaster k and dj symatic as biggie b boy beatmaster b.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
all the hip hop i listened to when i got into it properly for the first time at the end of the nineties. it was a good time to discover hip hop. i didn’t know for a long time that the nineties or thereabouts are known as the golden age of hip hop. i just noticed the sweetest and freshest music i’d ever encountered.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
i’m not sure i’m well known enough to have enough people knowing my stuff to generate any misconceptions. i guess there might be some folk who might say it’s not real hip hop that i make or people might think i put on my weird hybrid scottish english accent just to rap when i actually sound like that all the time. some guys have not included me in their idea of what constitutes scottish hip hop. i dunno. people with misconceptions are probably misconceiving shit cos of issues in their heads not mine so i don’t think about it too much…

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
i love the beat. i’ve done spoken word a bunch and it’s great. you have total flexibility and that’s amazing but i love the beat. if there’s a beat, it’s you and the beat and that affords interactions that are more interesting or more fun than the interactions with plain silence.
it’s like silence plus plus.
i’m not sure about weaknesses. these are fat breaks we’re talking about. what could be wrong with them?

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
no tech: no wax, no wheels of steel, no rocking the mic, no hip hop.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
make music you like to hear or perform. and don’t listen to advice.

where can we find you online?

released eps

http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=35
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=38
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=4

RED RIVER by TICKLE on Black Lantern Music
www.blacklanternmusic.com

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ill papa giraffe videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9HDVwFflQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aKpRaQZNC8

Love The Government by Ill Papa Giraffe
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Album Out 25.2.13 www.blacklanternmusic.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ill-Papa-Giraffe/358484910887599 Extract from the Book of Ill Papa Giraffe 1 From t…

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what are you reading at the moment?
the aquitaine progression by robert ludlum and surely you’re joking mr feynman by richard feynman.
what are you listening to at the moment?
new beats by salemanders and konnsky for lyric writing. simply red through the wall next door to my brother’s room. loki saying shit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDFKIaLZ8
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneartist.php?id=26 CHURCH OF WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN always… first disciple yo.

anything else we should know?
um, i love you all but the people i have met i love more, mostly.
burning bright by burning bright out 15.2.13 ill papa giraffe by ill papa giraffe out 25.2.13. gigs coming up in major and minor scottish cities and check it.
i’ve recently been persuaded to the pro-indeppendence side of the scottish independence debate. unimportant on the macro but significant to me and many millions of scots. vote yes!

Michael Peck

Posted in interviews, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Michael Peck.

how would you describe what you do?

Think about writing, read, think about writing, research, consider writing, read, research, think about writing. Afterwards, ideally, I
write.

what are you currently working on?

A novella about utopianism, some short stories, an essay on an Orson Welles film.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

I often wonder about that. A little bit of everything, I suppose. A.B. in particular. Music, especially Tom Waits, Schubert and Bach. And also Flaubert, Melville, David Lynch, Edward Hopper, Goya, hardboiled dialog, mineral water, fountain pens, weird motel rooms, Wyoming at midnight, Portland just before sunrise, quantum physics, the Marx Brothers and a good thunderstorm. Yes, a little
bit of everything.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

You’d have to ask someone who is familiar with me or my work.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

There are no constraints in terms of what can or cannot be written or how a storyline progresses; the range of style and expression is unbounded by anything tangible. I think this is also the central weakness of writing, insofar as this endless stream of possibilities makes perfection impossible. But this is true of any medium.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

It has streamlined information-gathering, editing and procrastination.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

From Raymond Chandler: “Write or nothing.”

where can we find you online?

At believermag.com, the2ndhand.com, bibliostyle.wordpress.com, LA Review of Books.

what are you reading at the moment?

The Red and the Black, some Barthes, the aphorisms of Lichtenberg, a history of pulp fiction cover art.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Charles Mingus.

anything else we should know?

I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Karen Jones

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Karen Jones

how would you describe what you do?
I write stories. For the most part short stories, though I have written two novels. The first has to be in the running for ‘worst book ever written’ – it should be used to teach people how not to write. It’s truly awful. The second never got past first draft. I used to write a lot of flash fiction and micro-fiction but, for no reason I can think of, that doesn’t appeal to me so much now.
what are you currently working on?
I always have several short stories at one stage or another. At the moment I have two at the planning stage, one almost completed, one in rewrite and one in final edit. I’m also working on something longer but I don’t know exactly what it will be yet. It may turn out to be a novel or a novella – or it may get slashed to pieces and end up as a haiku.
what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Reading. Seeing how it’s done by the greats.

Art. I used to spend a lot of time in Kelvingrove Art Galleries, getting story ideas from the paintings, people watching for characters, gathering conversation snippets, enjoying the quiet stillness of the place (except when there’s a school party dashing about pointing and sniggering at the paintings of nudes).
Music. A line in a song can spark a whole story, or just the mood of the music can influence how a piece will go.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
About me – that I’m lazy. I’ve heard it so often that I end up believing it. About my work – that if I can do it, it must be easy.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
You have such freedom with writing – anything goes, there are so many genres, so many forms, and you can do it anywhere. You don’t even have to physically write things down; you can be writing in your head and no one around you knows. Everywhere you go, everyone you meet can trigger stories, or single lines, or a poem.
Weaknesses It’s a solitary activity, so it’s easy to become disillusioned and disheartened. Sometimes, when inspiration is lacking, panic can set in and you convince yourself you’ll never write another word.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
My handwriting is atrocious, so using a netbook has made a huge difference. I can write anywhere and can understand what I’ve written when I look back on it later. My phone has also become a great asset. I use the memo function constantly. No more scribbled notes on pieces of paper that are frustratingly indecipherable when I gather them together to turn them into a story. That’s especially true of night time notes. I used to wake up in the morning and look at what I’d scrawled in the middle of the night and have no idea what was written there. Granted, even with phone, I still sometimes wonder what the hell I was thinking. One memo just said, “Something bad happened.” Excellent – someone alert The Booker Prize – I think I have a winning idea here.

The internet has brought ezines – new publishing outlets are always welcome. And, of course, it has also made self-publishing easier but I tend to see that as a double-edged sword.

On the downside, I do faff about on the internet far too often. A tiny piece of research can turn into hours in a Google maze where every new search seems to throw up bizarre or fascinating information that draws me in until I’ve completely lost the thread that would lead me back to my story. I’m very easily distracted.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
My favourite is one of Elmore Leonard’s If it sounds like writing, rewrite it
And from John Steinbeck If you are using dialogue, say it aloud as you write. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
where can we find you online
I’m not very good at self-promotion and having an online presence. I’m on Facebook, occasionally on Twitter and I started a blog but could never really get into it the way some people do, so it’s been gathering dust for over a year now. You can read some of my published work at these places
httpwww.mslexia.co.ukmagazinenewwritingnwstory3_45.php
httpwaterhousereview.wordpress.comcurrent-issue-2#JONES
httpwww.everydaypoets.comherbal-memory-by-karen-jones

what are you reading at the moment?
Room by Emma Donoghue. I’ve just started it but it has me completely hooked. I love when that happens and it’s becoming increasingly rare.

what are you listening to at the moment?
The very noisy fan my netbook sits on, commentary from a football match coming from the TV in another room and how loud my nails are on this keyboard. Must cut nails.
anything else we should know?
I always like to have at least six pieces of work submitted to competitions, publications at any one time. I need to have a goal to work to, otherwise I really would become lazy.
I love salsa dancing. That has absolutely nothing to do with my writing – I just love it and think everyone should do it for health and happiness.

Jesse Glass

Posted in interviews, news, plays, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by intoviews

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how would you describe what you do?

I write poetry, drama, fiction, essays, translations, libretti, paint, draw, engrave, make prints, artist books, visual poetry, sing sound poetry/ do performance/conceptual art (now primarily on the net, but in public venues in the 80’s). I have a puppet theater in Japan. I’ve been doing most of this work since I was 16 years old in the late 60’s because I knew early on that somebody had to do it. I’ve currently lived for more than 20 years in Japan.

what are you currently working on?

Right at this moment: Steinesque Facebook process poetry, which I’ve defined as a form of Experiential Haptic Modeling.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

I’ll change that to who: Jenny Holzer for the Facebook stuff. William Blake for just about everything else, but there are scads of others. Joseph Beuys.
what is the greatest misconception(s) about you or your work?

Legion, and they’re all wrong.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The main strength of paper, canvas and other physical materials is that they are easier to conserve than electronic files. Without constant applications of energy the electronic work pisses away. into oblivion: It’s a bit like carving text and image on the side of a soap bubble.
how has technology had an impact on the work you do?

I don’t swallow the whole bit about computers being the next step in anyone’s revo/evolution and I think that those who mindlessly dish out for up-dates and new versions of “ziz wiz and biz” are in thrall to corporations and hooked on the “freedom” that corporations offer—(I mean the “hey kidz, buy this new car and FEEL FREE in the USA cod-fish hype.) I don’t believe that science has the answer to everything, and I don’t go whoring after it in the manner of so many involved in the humanities. Look at the state of current Philosophy. It’s an embarrassment. Having said all of that, let me add that New technology is a useful tool right alongside the pencil and paper (which at one time was the New Technology), but I refuse to vacate my mind in order to block out the increasingly fucked-up world with anybody’s bought and sold static or to give up whatever personal freedom I have for on-line communities of “Borgist” fascists. Moreover, no amount of gadgetry will give anyone a short-cut to mastery of their chosen art no matter what the wrapper on the box says.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Be reckless. Don’t look back. Fuck any kind of nostalgia unless you can snowboard on it. Piss on organized religion. Feel free to hate as well as to love.
where can we find you online?

Look.
what are you reading at the moment?

Everything.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Berg, Schoenberg.

anything else we should know?

If anyone calls you “creative” don’t just be offended–punch them. That term is so fucking demeaning that even businessmen have glommed on to it. Buy my books.

I’m all over the place on the net. I guess UBU-Web and Penn-Sound and Jacket are the best places to find what i do, but there are others.

Apologies

Posted in news, update on April 1, 2013 by intoviews

I kind of hit the ground running and then tripped all over myself. My schedule at work underwent a radical overhaul which killed my time. But I am going to get back on the horse and start putting more intoviews out there in the coming days.

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