Author Interview: Leif Chappelle’s City of Tigers

Author Interview: Leif Chappelle’s City of Tigers

Geeky & Genki recently got a chance to interview author, game designer and composer Leif Chappelle about the upcoming release of his first novel, City of Tigers. G&G: Thanks for chatting with us! So, the list of excellent game and music projects you’ve been involved in is about as long as my arm. Is writing fiction something you’ve also been doing over the years, or is it more recent? LC: To be truthful, City of Tigers may have been one of the first major writing projects I started on. It’s been something I’ve worked on during the course of many transitions over the past five years. I started working on the ideas and characters for the book around 2009. At that time, I was working as a certification tester at a little company called Nintendo. When I had free time, I’d scribble away on sticky notes about what became the basis for projeksjon. I went on to become a game designer at ArenaNet, which develops Guild Wars 2, an online fantasy MMORPG. I became involved in designing for the story side of things, and am still working there as my day job. My college degree is in music composition, and I’ve managed to write some pieces for the game and several indie projects. I’ve also written for dance choreography, chamber ensembles, and now an actual orchestra thanks to my involvement with ArenaNet. G&G: The Guild Wars 2 music you’ve done is fantastic. Okay… Say we’re in an elevator (and the music in here is terrible). I’m someone who likes reading, and I’m looking for a new book. Pitch City...
SEG: Jojocast Volume 002

SEG: Jojocast Volume 002

We’re finally back with the second volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! Crazy-fingered vampires, devastating revelations, and fiery battles make this a stunning conclusion to the world famous manga! ..or maybe just a great introduction to the rest of the story? Anyway, volume 3 in two weeks! Train your hamon and join us again then! Time things: 00:00 Introduction + Jessica’s thoughts on volume 2 05:40 Story run-down 38:03 Favorite parts and misc. thoughts 41:05 Famous Quotes URYYYYYYyy 44:32 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 46:07 —...
SEG: Jojocast Volume 1

SEG: Jojocast Volume 1

In this episode of Super Excite Game’s side project, tentatively called Jojocast, we are discussing the first volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! We dig right into the origins of a story that spans several generations, bloodlines, even realities! The first volume of the story starts when a vagrant named Dario Brando comes across the scene of an accident, the sole survivors being George Joestar and his son, Jonathan. This sets off a chain of events that sets Dario’s son, Dio, headlong into Jonathan’s destined path. They don’t know just how important first impressions can be! In two weeks we will be talking about volume 2, so read up and talk to you then! PS: Yes, Jessica’s mic sounds pretty bad. We’re working on getting her a better one!    Show Notes: 00:00 Introduction and corrections 01:43 Discussion on Volume 1 50:51 Our highlights 53:30 Famous lines 55:13 Onomatopoeia/”Giongitaigo”: Dododododododo/Gogogogogogo~ 57:40 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:18 —...
G&G Webcomic Pick: Necropolis

G&G Webcomic Pick: Necropolis

The internet has been drooling over Jake Wyatt’s Necropolis since before it was even launched at the end of last month, and for very good reason.   Wyatt has done some noteworthy art in the past, but I think it was the teaser pages for Necropolis –released over the course of a few months– that set the internet abuzz.   The pages featured a sword-wielding character in a setting that seems to marry the unsettling beauty and muted color palette of Nausicaä with the strangeness and intricacy of Moebius’ art.   Yes, please.   It resonated with readers so strongly that there is already not only fan art, but people are cosplaying the main character.   (I’d like to note that it’s just plain cool of Wyatt to kindly provide paper doll sketches with explanations for those asking about costuming.) Necropolis does not have an official website yet – it’s being hosted on Wyatt’s Tumblr, where he’s currently releasing new pages weekly.  As of right now, there are only teasers and three gorgeous pages of prologue, but what little information we have promises an entertaining story concerning long forgotten crumbling empires, restless dead, and a ronin-esque girl known as The Third Sword.*      *ie: Fucking...
SEG: JojoCast 00

SEG: JojoCast 00

This is a very special episode of Super Excite Game: Let’s Podcasting! Matt branches out with a new type of (as of yet unnamed) episode where we will be reading and discussing the popular and strange manga known as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)!!! Your hosts for this journey from the beginning of the story are Matt and his good friend Jessica, both of whom are great fans of Jojo. Every 2 weeks we will read through a volume (1 tankoubon) and talk about the story, characters, insane logic and anything else that comes up. Of course, we’ll start at the very beginning so that even beginners can listen along as they begin their new obsession! In this episode we introduce ourselves and talk about the manga that has enthralled us. We discuss positive gender portrayal, media adaptations, and Jojo themed bars. Join us in two weeks when we will convene once again to talk about the first exciting volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! Show Notes: 00:00: Introduction 9:20: Short discussion on gender in Jojo:(wherein I mix up Stone Ocean and Steel Ball Run when Jessica mentions the main female character) 11:12 Discussion on nature of special powers that manifest throughout the series 16:23 Jojo Bar Morioh-cho (Nagoya) Jojo Radio Exercise Jojo ora ora ora vs. muda muda muda  24:48 A Brief History of the Jojo Manga 28:37 Video games(There are tons of other media adaptations unmentioned; 5 novels, a 2000 addition to the OVA series, etc.) 33:28 Influences and inspirations 37:20 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:43 —...
G&G Webcomic Pick: Alba

G&G Webcomic Pick: Alba

Welcome to a new feature of Geeky & Genki!  The Non Moving Picture Show will be a recurring feature dedicated to recommending and discussing webcomics we find interesting.  Our first offering is Alba, a horror / surreal webcomic with stellar art of (digital) ink and watercolor washes.  When, within the first three pages of a comic, you find yourself flipping back and forth between pages, saying, “Oh, that’s clever,”  what you have, ladies and gents, is a keeper.  Without spoilering anything, the art is incredibly subtle, and the artist uses that to her advantage.  I recommend experiencing the comic before reading the Info section, which contains a summary of events.  The reader is dropped directly into the middle of the action, but the dialogue is well written and the action is clearly communicated, so we have no trouble filling in the blanks with our own imaginations.    Webcomic wizard John Allison recently pointed out that if each page of your comic requires a paragraph of explanation, you’re not doing it right.  Alba leaves it entirely up to the reader, with the exception of a single word clarification that adds yet another layer to the story. Now is a great time to start reading Alba; the archive is small, and the artist has been on hiatus.  According to the site, pages will begin regularly updating again in mid September, which is almost upon...