Leo Lucien-Bay is a cinematic designer on the BioWare blockbuster video games Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. In addition to essentially “directing” the playable dialogue sequences of those games, Lucien-Bay is also an animator in the hacker’s form of animation called machinima, also pronounced ma-kin-ema (like cinema). He wrote and directed an award-winning machinima called “Beast” that got him his job at BioWare.
Lucien-Bay’s originally from England and lived part of his young life in Cameroon. He’s a lifelong fanboy who favours DC over Marvel. He hates bragging almost as much as he hates smiling. And he’s made a life for himself and his young family in Edmonton. In full disclosure, we worked together on Mass Effect 2 and we’re friends.
In today’s episode, Leo Lucien-Bay discusses:
This episode’s conversation is from deeps in the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep. This interview originally ran on my show Africentric Radio on CJSR FM 88.5 Edmonton on April 4, 2012. Leo Lucien-Bay spoke with me at the restaurant beneath the offices of BioWare in Edmonton on March 1, 2012, just after completing work on Mass Effect 3.
He began by talking about the personal demands of career mobility.
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Jay Turner began as a game journalist and for the last ten years has been a professional video game writer. His first gig was working as an editor on BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins. Then he levelled up and got to write for it, and then for first three Mass Effect installments, as well as for Sonic: Chronicles. For Visceral, he wrote Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, and now he works at the N-Space studio in Orlando, Florida.
In today’s episode, Jay Turner discusses:
Stephen Notley is the cartoonist who for more than 20 years has written and drawn the genre-hopping, politically satirical, gonzo fanboy comic strip Bob the Angry Flowerabout an evil, brilliant, and super-enthusiastic flower named Bob. Notley got his start in cartooning at the University of Alberta Gatewaynewspaper where he also became the editor in chief. He went on to a successful career in the Seattle video game studio Pop Cap, but he’s never left cartooning, and has put out numerous Bob the Angry Flower compilation booksand appeared at many major conventions including San Diego Comic Con. He has a vast following and counts among his fans no less than Joss Whedon, who also blurbed one of his collections.
In today’s episode, Stephen Notley discusses:
Full disclosure: Stephen Notley is a sponsor of MF GALAXY, and we’ve been friends for over 25 years. During our discussion, Notley names mutual friends and fellow cartoonists including the arts reporter Fish Griwkowskyand the late video game journalist and writer Darren Zenko, after whom the character Darwin Zenko is named in my novel The Coyote Kings.
Stephen Notley spoke with me via Skype from his workplace in Seattle, Washington on November 20, 2014. The date is noteworthy because it’s just over five months before May 5, 2015, the day of the provincial election in Alberta. Stephen is the son of the late Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley, and the brother of Rachel Notley, the recently-elected and first-ever NDP premier of Alberta. And yes, he’ll talk about his famous family in this interview.
Emilio Ortega Aldrichworked his way up from production assistant to write tie-in Arrow comics for DC and an episode of the hit CW superhero action series Arrow. That’s where he met Oscar Balderrama, who’s written an Arrow tie-in novel and the forthcoming Arrow graphic novel; he’s also been a script coordinator for the series.
Both of them spoke on the Arrowscreenwriter panel at Eagle Con on May 15, 2015, where they discussed:
People love Levar Burton. He’s got just under 1.9 million Twitter followers and in 2011 was on Twitter’s Top 100 Globally Followed list. He’s been an iconic figure in North American television since 1977, when he starred as Kunta Kinte, a Gambian man in the prime of life taken to the American rape gulag to be worked to death.
Roots was the first American miniseries and at that time the highest-rated US television show ever made. Burton received an Emmy Nomination for his work. He later appeared in television series about Jim Jones and Jesse Owens, and even played a young Booker T. Washington. In the 2001 feature film Ali, he played Martin Luther King, Jr. And while becoming a highly successful television director, he’s known to hundreds of millions of people as Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of Reading Rainbow.
This episode’s conversation is from the upper floors of the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep. Burton spoke with me by telephone from his California home in March, 2011, just before coming to Edmonton for the Collectible Toy and Comic Show.
Among many topics, we discussed: