In the third episode of my podcast Imaginary Worlds, I talk with Derek McCaw of Fanboy Planet about the Star Trek canon. Fans are fiercely protective of the canon, even though it’s been put together by people who had profound disagreements. Also, a rabbi explains why Star Trek has a lot in common with The Torah (which is why I drew Worf wearing a yarmulke.)
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.