Meet the artist behind those lovable Android Collectibles and other cool creations from Dead Zebra. I interviewed the extremely likable Andrew Bell during Comic-Con 2012.

I shot the previous video, from 2009, using a Sony HDR-TG1 HD camcorder and editing with iMovie `09. But back then the HD posted 360p. Fast-forward three years and YouTube accepted high-def uploads and I shot the vid with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. I uploaded directly to YouTube on site from the handset, rather than going home and editing on a Mac, and always meant to add fine touches like title and Andrew’s name. Perhaps someday, eh?

I am in one of my moods, basking in the glow of those people lucky enough to make San Diego Comic-Con 2014 pre-registration. This will be my sixth year attending as official press. From SDDC 2013, I wrote Comic-Con Heroes: The Fans Who Make the Greatest Show on Earth. Previous years, I focused on video interviews and photos. In reviewing the vids, I see that many are stuck in YouTube oblivion, and that I never blogged them. So let’s catch up with some oldies, most of which still have shelf life.[Read more]

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‘The Social Network’ ignores the Network

On Friday, I wrote a review of “The Social Network“. Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig did one better for The New Republic: “Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg—‘The Social Network’ is wonderful entertainment, but its message is actually kind of evil“. Lawrence is insightful as always, although he expects too much of the film’s writer and director. Nevertheless, he makes spot-on observations about what Facebook represents for future entrepreneurs like co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The film is seemingly a morality tale about moral ambiguity. What’s lost is Zuckerberg’s ingenuity and the network that allowed it to flourish.[Read more]

My concluding “Kill Shakespeare” interview segment is suddenly existential. During San Diego Comic-Con 2010, I chatted with “Kill Shakespeare” artist/illustrator Andy Belanger and creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Anthony and Conor put the 12-part comics series in broader context: Quest for the Almighty. “Does he even exist?” Anthony asks of Shakespeare. “There are some people who steadfastly believe that he is the creator.” Other characters in the story believe there is no creator—ah artist. Sounds familiar, eh?

Quick backstory: I had tremendous troubles uploading Acts II, III and IV to YouTube. I exported Act I using iMovie `09. Act II took five attempts, with iMovie indicating successful upload but there was no video on YouTube (upload five succeeded). I exported Acts III and IV in 720p and used YouTube’s uploader. Success it seemed, only to later find the videos posted at 480p. Argh.