Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Interview w/Neil Kaplan

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite voice actors on the Art & Story podcast. Neil Kaplan is a versatile actor who might be best known for playing the role of Optimus Prime in the Transformers: Robots In Disguise series back in 2001. What made this interview doubly great is we got to talk with him not only about his craft as an actor, but his work as a comics storyteller on his upcoming graphic novel I, Of the Wolf. Neil had all sorts of interesting things to say that I'm sure a struggling cartoonist would be interested in hearing, about how one must think of one's creative product as well as its byproduct, how showing fantastical violence is somehow more acceptable to an audience than showing more "real" violence (or even swears!), and how a creative process can sometimes be a mixing and matching exercise.

I had a fantastic time talking with the man, and I'm sure that anyone interested in making comics will get something out of the episode as well. You'll at least get a kick out of his uncanny Gilbert Gottfried impersonation!

Listen to the episode here, or better yet, subscribe through iTunes!