Interview and an experience of a life time with Peter S. Beagle

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Peter S. Beagle, author of the cult classic “The last unicorn”. I could without a doubt say that meeting him was one of the most exiting moments of my life (Except getting married to my husband of course). I don’t know how many times I watched that movie as a child. I had so much to say and so many questions to ask. He patiently answered my questions and I hope he didn’t mind my nervousness. It is not every day you get to meet someone who’s work touched your very essence while growing up. It is a moment I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Anjo: Hello Mr Beagle! Are you enjoying yourself here today?!

Peter S. Beagle: I always do. I’ve been here before and I have a particular fondness of Chicago that’s grown over the years of coming to this particular convention. I can’t explain why. It’s not the New York where I grew up in. But It feels like it, maybe it’s simply because it’s an old city, I don’t know. But I do like being here.

Mr Beagle signing my Blu Ray!

Anjo: What was your inspiration for this particular movie/book


Peter S. Beagle: One thing I can never help, never keep from mentioning growing up in a family of artists, the word you never heard around the place was inspiration. Just didn’t come up. You didn’t wait for inspiration, you got up, got breakfast and went to work like everyone else. As far as the last unicorn goes, it really started the summer that I was sharing a cabin in Berkshire, with one of my three oldest childhood friends who was a painter. He’d go out to paint, working on landscape all day, with his landscapes strapped on the back of his motor scooter. And  I wanted to show him literally that I was working on something, not just fooling around laying in the sun, it was a beautiful summer of 1962. So I started messing around on the typewriter, which made to be something that was a beginning, but only the beginning of the last unicorn.

Just because he was working all day, I wanted to show him that I was too. When we got together a couple of years ago, we are both musicians, to playing a benefit for the gallery where hes a curator. I explained why I started the last unicorn and he burst out laughing saying “I always hated that damn landscape and just kept on working on it but just wanted to go back to the cabin were I was working”. Complete misunderstanding on both sides.

Anjo: I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it coming out on blu-ray, simply because most cartoons,/ movies that I grew up with as a little girl usually do not make it into the new wave, new generation and the new medium. I am happy to see that people realize the value of this classic tale that will continue to entertain for years to come.

(Connor Cochran AKA Peters wonderful lackey)

Connor Cochran: I work with Peter, Lionsgate, the American distributor for the last unicorn so, told a story before the blu-ray came out. It went like this. There was a thing in the home video sale called sales curve. That they take the first week and plugged it in the curve, then you will know exactly how many copies you’ve sold in a month, six months, a year and it works on every thing, from Oscar movies to slasher movies. They all follow the sales curve. except, in 15 year in the business they have seen 3 exceptions, they’ve all ignored sales curve entirely. They were barbie videos, leapfrog videos based on the educational product and the last unicorn and he couldn’t explain the last unicorn. They understood that Barbie and leapfrog products were a part of big companies that had huge advertising but the last unicorn just sold and sold and sold, and every week,  literally only thing depended on how many where in stock that week. It was like clockwork, the same number every week for years. They don’t know why, they are just very happy about it.

Anjo: One of my favorite parts in that movie is when the unicorn was turned human, and the sudden realization that she said, that she was dying. It scared me a bit as a child because I thought she was going to drop dead, right then and there, but it turned out that it was the aging process because prior to becoming human, she was an immortal. How did you come up with that part?

Peter S. Beagle: I can’t really tell you, it’s simply one of those things that simply happens, I didn’t know,  writing the book , really I had no plans on turning her human. It just happened. Sometimes you can plan this 85% of the time , carefully, knowing what you mean to do and with some notion on how you want to do it. And then there is that 10 or 15% that just comes out of nowhere. You watch it writing it self down, it was wonderful. At that time i did not know what would become with the unicorns. I was gambling to find out. Here it just, it just seemed natural, never really any question about it when I started doing it.

Anjo: I always wondered, how did they breath under water?

Peter S. Beagle: That, I never thought about one way of the other. I’ll tell you an odd thing though. I did the pilot script for the series, the little mermaid, simply became a Saturday morning cartoon and the very first story I was given to work on had to do with the little mermaid adopting orphan killer whales, an orca and for all practical purposes they were breathing like a fish. I’ve had a fascination with whales since I was small. I let the Disney people know even children know these days that whales are a mammal. So the whale have to come up to the surface to breath every so often.
And the answer I got was; You do the script and we answer the letters of the children; always wondered how many they got.

Anjo: I would actually love to see a letter that a child sent in, in regards to that.

Peter and Connor, thank you for this moment. It was truly a pleasure and I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the event!

Original article is posted on http://www.gamertagradio.com

Anjo Banjo and Mabion Wizard con official coverage logo

Hello all! We are in full preparation and spend our evenings preparing what to cover and who to talk to! There are so many people to talk to and so much to see. It was hard to narrow it down, but we finally managed to cut down to a smaller list!

These are the people and event we will be covering! Thank all of you that gave us suggestions! It helped us a lot in determining what we should focus on. I am so stoked!

Interview interests
Matt Wagner
Le Beau L. Underwood
Peter J. Tomasi
Mico Suayan
Jim Cheung
Dave Johnson
Damion Scott
Peter S. Beagle
James O’Barr
Event:panel Interests
Friday
5:00-5:45PM
Bruce Campbell Q&A
Known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics such as Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, or as Sam Axe in the hit television show “Burn Notice,” Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, both on-screen and behind-the-scenes as an actor, director and author. Don’t miss an opportunity to ask him questions when he makes a rare appearance at Chicago Comic Con. (Room A)
12:00-12:45PM
The Evil Dead Reunion
While we can’t promise flesh-eating zombies, we can promise that the reunion of the five stars of the cult classic The Evil Dead will be a Q&A that you don’t want to miss! Featuring Bruce Campbell (“Ash”), Ellen Sandweiss (“Cheryl”), Richard DeManincor (“Hal Delrich”), Betsy Baker (“Linda”) and Theresa Tilly (“Sarah York”). (Room A)
1:00-1:45PM
Boondock Saints Reunite
Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery- the pair known as Murphy and Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints I and II – reteam with “The Funny Man” Rocco (David Della Rocco) for a special Q&A session. (Room A)
Saturday
8:00-11:00PM
Wizard World Chicago Drink And Draw – Hosted By Tommy Castillo
Don’t miss your chance to hang out with some of your favorite artists at the official Wizard World Drink and Draw, hosted by Tommy Castillo! Some will drink, some will draw, and the best will take on the challenge of doing both! (Aloft Hotel Lounge- 9700 Balmoral Avenue)
12.00
Storytelling With Michael Golden
Whether you’re a writer, artist, or just a comic lover, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business as he shares a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more! (Room B)
1:00-1:45PM
Morena Baccarin Q&A
Whether you know her as Inara Serra in “Firefly,” Adria in “Stargate SG-1,” or Anna in the newest remake of “V,” Morena Baccarin is undoubtedly one of the female superstars of sci-fi. Join her for a special Q&A session with fans, as she answers all of your questions and shares her thoughts on the future of sci-fi television. (Room A)
2:00-2:45PM
Patrick And Daniel Stewart Q&A
All hail Sir Patrick Stewart! We all know and love him for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek” and as Professor Xavier in the X-Men movies, among dozens of other film, television and stage credits. Don’t miss the international superstar when he teams up with his son Daniel (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) for a special double Q&A at Wizard World Comic Con. (Room A
4:00-4:45PM
Christopher Lloyd Q&A
Christopher Lloyd became a fan favorite in his role as Dr. Emmett Brown- the world’s favorite weird scientist- in the Back to the Future trilogy, so catch him when and he lands at Chicago Comic Con! (Room A)
6:00-8:00PM
Adult Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)
6:00-6:45PM
Five Year Mission Performance
Don’t miss this performance by Star Trek band Five Year Mission. (Room C)

34 Eisner Winners & Nominees To Attend Chicago Comic Con

I got an interesting list today in my E-mail that I think some of you might enjoy. (Actually, I think this would include all of you since I doubt I have any sane human beings visiting my blog:)

 

I haven’t announced this yet on my blog so here it goes. I will be attending Chicago Wizard Con 2011. I will be attending as press and I hope to make the most excellent coverage available on the net! I have recently invested in a pretty sweet camera that will be going with me and my photographer to this event! I am polishing my boots and preparing my voice recorders. There are many people to meet and many interesting “happenings” to cover. My husband will be going with me as my photographer. The new camera is actually quite heavy. I’ve already started writing down interesting questions I hope to ask people, but since this is my first complete coverage i’d like to know what you guys think I should ask and who?

If you for some reason have been buried somewhere to miss this event, then I will gladly save your bee-hind by LINKING the site to you. Now that you know what is going on, I hope you are just as exited as I am. I will keep you guys updated on new guests signing on and whatnot news that will drop into my very filled up inbox! Till next time!

 

A total of 34 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners (19) and nominees (15) are among the more than 400 comic creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, August 11-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Headliners among the  winners include Brian Azzarello (“Flashpoint,” “Batman – Knight of Vengeance”), Gary Friedrich (“Ghost Rider,” “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos”), Dave Johnson (“Deadpool,” “Punisher MAX”), Stuart Moore (“Namor: The First Mutant,” “Wolverine Noir”), Eduardo Risso (“Flashpoint,” “100 Bullets”) and Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra: Assassin,” “Moon Knight”).

Other winners include Franco Aureliani (“Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!,” “Tiny Titans”), Art Baltazar (“Tiny Titans,” “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!”), Gabriel “galvo” Bautista (“PopGun,” “Pulpo Anthology”), Ian Boothby (“Simpsons Comics,” “Futurama”), Geof Darrow (“Daredevil,” “Marvel Zombies 5”), Pia Guerra (“Y: The Last Man,” “Dr. Who: The Forgotten”) Paul Jenkins (“Spider-Man,” “Incredible Hulk”), Peter Maresca (“George Herriman’s Krazy Kat: A Celebration of Sundays,” “Little Nemo in Slumberland”), Nina Matsumoto (“Yokaiden,” “The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story”), Andrew Pepoy (“The Adventures of Simone & Ajax,” “Fables”), Nate Powell (“Swallow Me Whole,” “Sounds of Your Name), Ken Steacy (“Spawn,” “Star Wars”) and William Stout (Paleontological Artist).

Batman FlashpointAmong the Eisner nominees scheduled to attend are Ivan Brunetti (“Schizo,” “Linework), Steve Bryant (“Athena Voltaire,” “The Canterville Ghost”), Lilli Carré (“Nine Ways to Disappear,” “The Fir Tree”), Paul Friedrich (“Onion Head Monster,” “Don’t Trust Evel Knievel”), Eliza Frye (“The Lady’s Murder,” “Lucky House”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Laura Park (“Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream,” “Superior Showcase”), Ronda Pattison (“Star Wars: Clone Wars,” “Spike”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Spectacular Spider-Man”), Thomas Scioli (“Gødland,” “American Barbarian”), Gary Shipman (“DreamWorks,” “Pakkin’s Land”), Ben Templesmith (“Wasteland,” “Buffy”) Billy Tucci (“Sgt. Rock,” “Shi”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”), Matt Wagner (“Grendel,” “Batman”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Greater Chicago-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Other superstar creators scheduled to attend include Carlo Barberi (“Deadpool,” “Batman”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), Patrick Gleason (“Batman & Robin,” “Brightest Day”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”), Greg Hurwitz (“The Crime Writer,” “The Tower”), Ariel Olivetti (“Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” “Cable”), Damion Scott (“Deadpool,” “Batgirl”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”).