Q:What happens when Simic and Izzet collaborate on a project?
Simic: While Izzet and I get along very well, and we do tend bounce ideas off each other, we seldom end up directly working on a project together. We’ve got different styles of working, you see. My projects are… organic. They flow from one idea to the next, and the end product will always have traces of the starting idea, no matter how far along you get. Meanwhile, Izzet’s projects are a bit more… eccentric. Their ideas come like bolts of inspiration out of the blue, and they’ll often drop the original idea if they get “bored” with it.
Izzet: alright imma level with you for a sec. sim and me? we’re tight as hell. but oh my good sweet lord if they don’t take their sweet-ass time on every little planning detail i am about to lose my MIND just thinkin bout it. i gotta get pen to paper paper to workbench and workbench to prototype in like a DAY or else i lose the train and it just goes right off the track like pchooo, see ya later or maybe not, i don’t know, you ain’t on the rails anymore. so yeah.
Simic: That being said, when we do mesh on a project, the results tend to be…
Izzet: we turned my jeep into a transformer
Simic: I drew up the plans.
Izzet: i made my baby fly
Q:As a worldbuilder, what was your thoughts on Pandora in the movie Avatar?
After we had done tons of work on the world-building of Zendikar, ads for James Cameron’s Avatar started coming out.
"Um, guys, Pandora is a perilous adventure world with floating rocks and big helicopter shots and an ecosystem of fierce creatures. AND FLOATING WATERFALL ISLANDS. AND SIX-LEGGED THINGS, LIKE OUR BASILISKS. YOU GUYS."
"You think everyone is going to think Zendikar is a ripoff of Avatar?"
"WHEN ACTUALLY ZENDIKAR CAME FIRST."
"Or at least was developed independently, yeah."
"THIS IS TERRIBLE!"
"Maybe it’ll be fine. Coincidences happen. There are lots of differences too."
"THIS IS TERRIBLE WHAT IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE ZENDIKAR WHAT IF THE MOVIE FLOPS WHAT IF JAMES CAMERON RUINS EVERYTHING AAAAA"
[[a couple of months pass]]
"EVERYBODY LIKES ZENDIKAR YAAAY"
"Also Avatar made a billion dollars. Good for James Cameron."
"Psshh. Whatever. Anyway, let’s get back to work on our sweet new Gothic horror setting. NOBODY’S MAKING ANY MOVIES ABOUT VAMPIRES, RIGHT?"
Wacom Cintiq Companion!
It’s super sooooooooo shiny!
Huddle close, I have a Comic Con story for you. Kat, being awesome, had ordered me a Surface for my birthday. Because I’m on planes and out of the studio as much as I’m in it. A portable studio just makes all the sense. But she’d been debating between the Microsoft Surface 3 and the Cintiq Companion.
Wacom had a booth at SDCC with demos of their whole lineup, and Kat brought me by to test, and make a more informed decision.
So I’m doodling on the thing as one of the boothies is regailing us with the magnificently boggling numbers and widgety things that make a Companion a bit of hardware that Alexander the Great would have given his kingdom for. We debate a bit on the fine points of pressure sensitivity and their functional use while Kat smirks. She leaves to go run the booth so I can spend a few more minutes testing the lovely little contraption. There’s the usual small-talk banter. ”So you’re an artist? You should get one of these. Wacom is hands down the best.” ”Oh, yeah, I’m an artist. I’m pretty familiar with your stuff.”
And just as he was getting bored with it all, a random, crazed fan pops his face in between me and the tablet, with a look of unbelieving shock. He proceeded to have the greatest geek eruption I’ve ever witnessed. ”STEVE ARGYLE? STEVE ARGYLE! OhmygodomygodohmygodOHMYGOD! I can’t believe it! You’re here! And there’s not like a billion people waiting in line just for a signature! OH MY GOD I’M TALKING TO YOU! Oh no I’m sorry, you’re probably just getting away from your booth for like five seconds and you still can’t be left alone. I’m sorry! I’ll come by your booth to see you, and let you get back to this! Oh! You’re probably sponsored by these guys! ANYWAY I LOVE YOUR WORK BYE!”
A bit stunned, I say thanks as he spins and disappears into the turbulent ocean of fellow geeks. Turning back, the Wacom boothie had a grin and a glimmer in his eye, like he may have just won his freedom. He asked if I had a business card. I’d run out. Which I think only helped perpetuate the illusion that I’m way more famous and important than I actually am. Seeing that he was salivating, I showed him a few pictures on my phone, “this is my work. And I do it all on a Wacom 24-inch.” He immediately dragged me over to meet the big shots at Wacom. A little show and tell, and some lovely conversation, and I went back to my booth with some dire news for Kat.
"Kat, would you be mad if your birthday present to me were free? I think Wacom might snipe your idea…"
I brought over a few prints, with my info written on the back, as well as “biggest business card of SDCC 2014.”
And now, just over a week later, arrives a top-of-the-line Companion, with all the accessories. And they tell me one of my prints is going to be hanging in Wacom’s lobby.
It’s unfairly cool to be me.
A special thanks to Kat, Wacom, and the anonymous uber-fan with impeccable timing. If you’re a Minion, and you’re reading this, I owe you SO big.