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More Interviews

Here are some more interviews, from my summer travels.

First, one more from San Diego Comicon, this one mainly about the Avengers and their profound influence on my work:

From the Edinburgh Book Festival:

Here's one from London, before worldcon.

More London, after worldcon:

And here's a big one, my post-con event with Jane Johnson and Robin Hobb at London's Freemason Hall:

Last, but definitely not least, is a radio interview I did with Mahvesh Murad, a charming young journalist / dj/ talk show host from Pakistan. What made this one fresh and different was that Mahvesh invited me to select ten favorite songs to play during the program. That was a lot of fun, and surprisingly hard: I could easily have come up with fifty songs. Anyway, check this one out, and you will also get to hear some great bands and singers, and some songs that, for one reason or another, have inspired and influenced me.


Happy listening.


Oct. 11th, 2014 07:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting that Comic Con video with the Marvel related interview; it brought a big smile to my face. Nuff said.
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Oct. 11th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi George!
Sorry, haven't read any of the 52 books.

I don't know that I ever will. I am a continuity purist, and I have never liked reboots and retcons.
Bernhard Vienna
Oct. 11th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Great interviews!

A documentary about your comic book collection would be cool, too.
Oct. 11th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Nice interview with Robin Hobb. Interesting hearing about some of your firsts.

Curious, as you've stated in the past that you use a DOS computer with WordStar on it for writing. Do you have a favorite keyboard as well? The IBM Model M or something similar?
Oct. 12th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
George, if you have time you should check out the cartoon Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heros which ran on Disney XD for two seasons a couple of years ago (it's on Netflix). They do a really nice job of bringing the characters to life and staying true to the comics. Unfortunately, the series was canceled and replaced with a series that is more true to the movies than the comics.

Agree with you on Hawkeye, initially I thought Jeremy Renner was good casting but when I saw the movie it didn't turn out so well (the cartoon I mentioned does a good job with Hawkeye). Also agree on Hank Pym, he could've been used in place of the Stellan Skarsgard character in the first movie and then brought along in the second movie. Now the new Ant-man movie sounds like a disaster as they're skipping straight to the second Ant-man.
Oct. 12th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Thanks so much for posting the show here. Appreciate you taking the time out to do the interview. Hope you're well.

Oct. 12th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
I absolutely appreciate these. Thanks. I was especially keen on what Robin said about her figuring out the untaught process of being a professional writer. Artists almost never mention that. It's a small but most critical detail for people who want to do that for a living.
Oct. 12th, 2014 11:23 am (UTC)
Thank you
The Jane Johnson and Robin Hobb panel was very encouraging. There are times when I wonder why I'm spending so much time writing a story that likely no one will ever read... but I can't help but write it.
Oct. 12th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)

Nice little interview, thanks for sharing.
Purity is not a bad thing. Agree about slabbing; pretty much like locking away memories, and throwing away the key!

Oct. 13th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
I've been listening to these tonight. I love the discussion of naming conventions.

A few years ago I encountered a creative writing lecturer who believed "Never give 2 characters names starting with the same letter." Funnily enough, both myself and another member of the class- also a fan of yours! - had done it and we'd both used brothers!

In my case the names were carefully chosen to reflect the world I was writing in, and had very specific connotations that the lecturer clearly didn't understand, so I was annoyed that the issue had even been raised. I'd been a fan of ASOIAF for almost 14 years at that point so I found the idea of confusing readers with the names of 2 characters rather bizarre! Worse, the lecturer had never even heard of ASOIAF or Game of Thrones (a major heresy in my mind!)

I changed one of the names to please her but it didn't feel right at all. I'm definitely going to change it back when I have the time and inclination to work on that particular story again! If I am in a position to publish that story and a reader complains about the names, I'll just point out all the many Brandon Starks and all the other wonderful name variations you have.

Edited at 2014-10-13 12:10 am (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
Hello George,

Thanks for the great links. I have really enjoyed listening to all of your diverse experiences and inspirations. I especially enjoyed this last interview you posted from the 89 Chapters with the musical inspirations. Great stuff! Several times during the interviews, you mention fanzines. Are there any current fanzines that you follow or recommend that have kept your interest?
Oct. 14th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
Very good to know about news, and for to practice 'the my English who is horrible'.
Oct. 15th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
What you say about epic fantasy finally becoming accepted in the TV-industry as something also adults can enjoy. I remember the time before Game of Thrones was released, and to grab the viewers' attention, they simply called it "Sopranos in Middle-Earth". Now when Syfy is producing The Expanse based on Leviathan Wakes, they call it "Game of Thrones in Space".
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Oct. 20th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Facebook
Thanks, but my current minions have that covered.
Oct. 20th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
When it comes to the South Park episode, I think Matt and Trey had definitely seen the show. There's been some criticism from some people that the show favors female nudity over male nudity. There may or may not be some merit to that argument.

So I think they intentionally went in the exact opposite direction as a reference to that, especially since one of the characters becomes obsessed with that over everything else the show has to offer. I think Cartman says something like, "You're focusing on the wrong stuff!" (in a much funnier manner of course). At least that's my take on it. Knowing Matt and Trey, they may have just thought it was funny that their version of you is obsessed with wieners! It's hard to know for sure. The line between brilliance and being completely juvenile is often rather murky with them. ;)

Lots of great interviews. I'll have to check out the big one you did with Robin Hobb later this week. I love her books!

Edited at 2014-10-20 02:51 am (UTC)
Vera de Ferran
Oct. 21st, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Do you consider doing here a Q&A section with the blog readers questions?
Quyen Tran
Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
Mahvesh interview
I just want to comment that Mahvesh is easily the best interviewer I have seen/heard ever. She is sharp and smart, asks compelling questions, doesn't over talk the interviewee, has no fake laugh, and the structure of her interview is genius. Thanks for sharing.
Steven Townshend
Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Really enjoyed the Mahvesh interview. Thank you for sharing it.
Cameron Paterson
Oct. 26th, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
I have just been reading a report on Indiewire of your comments at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. It is a shame that interviews and the media circus have become such a tiring drain on your time. Cutting down on these does sound like a good idea - perhaps even drastically. A handful of carefully selected appearances a year would help to preserve your mystique and give you more time at home.


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