My iPhone drawing of Frank Oz performing Yoda on the set of Empire Strikes Back. Oz left some pretty big shoes to fill, not only as a puppeteer but in the way his characters would interact with actors (human actors.) In the second episode of my podcast Imaginary Worlds, I look at which is more believable, puppets or CG. I talk to Charles Allenek, an animator at ILM, and Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who works on Sesame Street and performed Kate Monster in the original cast of Ave Q.
This week, I launched my new podcast. Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly public radio-style series about science fiction and other fantasy genres — how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief.
The first episode looks at what makes a good origin story, whether you’re fighting villains or going on a job interview. In later episodes, a Muppeteer reveals the tricks of the trade, a rabbi compares the Star Trek canon to the Torah, New York playwrights explain why they put on a “Sex With Robots” festival, and Captain Hook comes to his own defense.
You can enjoy the podcast viaiTunesor mywebsite, where each episode comes with an iPhone illustration by me.