Interview With Tom Bilyeu Of Impact Theory

Steve Aoki is mainly known for his music, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Aoki is a talented man who has a huge following, but lately he’s been branching and exploring new routes. This new route is something geeks love; that being comic books. He’s teamed up with a publisher called Impact Theory and together they’re working on a sci-fi/cyberpunk themed comic book series titled Neon Future.

Photo Credit: Luis Gutierrez

I had the luxury of sitting down with Tom Bilyeu the founder of Impact Theory and co-creator of Neon Future. Bilyeu gave an amazing insight on the comic and a lot of behind the scenes of it. The way this came to life was because Bilyeu pitched Aoki the idea. It was something that came pretty easy.

“I approached Steve- he’s like minded to me, very techno optimistic and I thought it’d be a lot of fun to tell a really great story based around his album series”.

It takes place in a dystopia tech based world. Where there are two kinds of people, one where they have technology implanted in them. Or the others which are traditional people much like you and I. Bilyeu didn’t want to tell your typical dystopian story where you escape but one where you live together.

“There are so many dystopian stories that are about you know defeating the machines defeating A.I and we wanted to tell a different story. Could we find a third way where technology and humanity live in harmony together.”

Aoki isn’t the first artist to make a comic at all. One notable artist that did this and is doing it successfully is The Weekend. Which is a very galaxy based comic called “Star Boy”. And that gave them even more hope that Neon Future would succeed as well.

One of the biggest things you’ll notice about this comic is of course the art, which has to be good in order to get anyones attention and they are successful in doing so. It’s very eastern and true to Aoki. Impact Theory had did some fantastic work by finding an incredibly talented artist to do this as well. Even getting people who have worked for both Marvel and DC to help.

“We have worked with one of the most legendary artist working today whos from South Korea a guy whos named Kim Jung Gi.”

Photo Credit: Luis Gutierrez

The team has been pretty much on the same page from the start. As busy as Aoki is, he makes time to meet with Impact Theory. To get the ball rolling he’s been the key part in all of this. While he had the ideas the team put it all together.

One great thing about this series is no matter how it is received, they are guaranteed six issues. But they do hope to go for 18 to fully complete the story over three six issue story arcs.

Bilyeu is very passionate about this project and his achievements he’s made so far. He strongly believes that it will succeed and if not he knows he’ll learn from the mistakes he made. He believes in the comic so much that they give it away for free at conventions!

“At all the cons we attend we give it away for free cause we just believe in the story. It stands on its own I don’t have to trick you into buying it.”

“If five years from now I don’t look back on Neon Future and feel a little embarrassment then I just haven’t improved.”

Bilyeu is a self made man who’s clearly worked very hard to be where he is at today. And it definitely shows.

“I took myself from scrounging couch cushion to find enough change to put gas in my car. To building a billion dollar business.”

The only way to get these comics currently is from their website “NeonFutureComics.com”, and you can buy it as it releases. But you can download it online for free on the same website as well as a month after the issue is out. And if you want to wait for Neon Future at your local comic book store you’re going to have to wait till March 2019.

So if you find yourself with some free time do yourself a favor and read this! You won’t regret it, because it is worth the read.

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Fortnightmares Is Finally Over

Epic Games has been teasing that something big will be happening today (November 14th 2018). By showing off pictures of the cube that’s been giving birth to all the monsters. Some players even noticed that the cube had a giant cracks in it, leading everyone to believe it’s going to break. Epic Games had been very vocal on telling fans to get on today at a certain time to see a one time only event. Much like last season 4 when the missile shot up in the sky.

So come time when this event was suppose to happen you had players come around just to see this play out. It felt like half the server was at the floating house at once was loot lake. Everyone waiting for something, while there was a few trolls racking up easy kills. The cube began to glow bright purple, faster and faster until it had happened.

The cube exploded and the sky turned bright with light taking over the full screen. It looked like a nuclear missile had went off. As the whiteness cleared up it spawned you into this white abyss. You couldn’t draw your weapon or anything all you could do was move around and see everyone else around you do the same. It looked like something out of the matrix which was pretty cool. But one thing you could see was this strange butterfly looking thing floating around you.

Photo Credit: Luis Gutierrez

 

Once it got close to you it started a cinematic in which your character gets close to it and touches it. One you do touch it it rifts you back into the main game along with everyone else. One of the first things you notice is that along with the cube all the monsters are no longer there. Marking the end of Fortnitemares.

Photo Credit: Luis Gutierrez

 

And if you look from a distance you’ll see a rainbow floating above in the sky maybe to symbolize a new start? It’s unclear what any of this meant but one thing for sure was it was fun watching it. And more than likely in the coming weeks near the end of season 6 Epic Games will tell us what it meant.

Photo Credit: Luis Gutierrez

DareDevil Season 3 Second Half Review

After watching the first 6 episodes of season 3 you often ask yourself “what’s going to happen next?”. That trend follows all the way through to the very end leaving you that much more excited for what’s to come. The second half is all about finding yourself, and that’s a note that they hit on hard and heavy.

A really enjoyable thing that they do is devote a whole episode to Karen and her backstory. Until this all we got was stories of her explaining her hardships and what brought her to Hell’s Kitchen. But actually seeing it adds a whole new level to her and makes her story that much more heartbreaking. They did a fantastic job at fleshing out her character and making her more relatable

You even see Poindexter really shine although maybe not the way you’d like to see. He really begins to embrace his inner murderer and just lets loose at every opportunity he gets. Not taking failure for an option he becomes so focuses on his bloodbath it becomes hard for him to think straight, or even be calm and collective. The newsroom massacre was more than seamlessly killing people to him. It was him finally accepting who he is and what he’s going to become. One big thing stopping him from achieving his goals is Murdock.

So with him in the way he tries time and time again to kill him. Lastly with the final realization that he has been getting played this whole time by Fisk leaving him with no one to guide him anymore other than himself. Is a huge step for his character he was someone who needed his “North Star” but now he’s truly alone.

Even though you see the show do a huge shift in Nadeem and how that affects him. Being played all long just like Dex to do what Fisk wanted. The choices he made making him a part of a hit squad taking down other gangs in Fisk favors. He even drives Dex to kill Karen at the church, which was the last straw for him. At the end of his story he does whatever is in his power to help change the tide of this street war, and ultimately ends with him dead.

With the king pin himself you just further find how much of a threat he really is. He has perhaps the one of the more interesting ones. His whole purpose was to get back with his love Vanessa and once he finally does, she helps him remember who he is. Allowing her to be apart of the criminal underworld that he is so apart of. Keeping his head straight even in high stressful situations.

Lastly the Devil himself, Matthew Murdock. He finally comes to terms that he isn’t alone in this world. That people actually do care about him and with his friends they can do great things. He was almost entirely done with god and turned away from it, but near the end he finds god again and that helps him become a strong noble man again. Struggling with the idea with killing a man to save thousands and fear that it’ll send him down a path in which he’ll never come back from. To only see him come out on top and not cross a line that he has been so adamant on not cross.

With all of this being said I do hope to see a season 4 of DareDevil. Even with all the drama surrounding Marvel Netflix it still does look like the fans MIGHT get what they want. The show is a 10/10

 

LA Comic Con Recap

Los Angeles Comic Con is an annual event held every year in the Los Angeles convention center, that brings people of all walks of life together. The event itself isn’t just catered to comic fans. But to anyone who has an interest in what is considered “nerdy” or “geeky” stuff. But it isn’t just for that as well LACC (LA Comic Con) is a great place to bring your friends, family, or even date. It’s an overall fun experience and everyone who’s anyone should come to see what all hype is about.

LA Comic Con has no age limit on cosplay. And welcomes people of all ages to join in on the fun.

This year was a major improvement in comparison to last years event. Right off the bat the most noticeable thing was the main stage; for the past few years they’ve had it on the right side of the convention center. But this year it was right dab in the center of the convention so it was easier to get too. For a lot of the front runners they had a ton of Marvel stars as well as Steven Universe voice actors. Which got fans to go crazy. Both fan bases were as equally loud and excited to see their favorite stars in person. A great way they improved from last year was all of the main headliners were there for a quite some time. As opposed to last year when some people literally came and left, so it was nice to see them improve on this.

 

If you didn’t really care about the main guest they had. Tons of people from all different forms of media came as guests. For example, if you’re a fan of Danny Trejo and love the guy, he was there! And let’s be honest who doesn’t love that man. Or if you just really love the Power Rangers you could see one of many there in person. The list could go on and on with all the guests they had, but this year was next level improvement. Love anime and cartoons? Because they had tons of american voice actors and actresses who were more than happy to have a meet and greet with fans. They set the bar pretty high this year. I can’t wait to see who they invite next year.

Although this Wall-e was not on sale. These were one of many robots shown off at the convention. For hopes to further promote there clubs so people can join.

But even if you didn’t care about the headliners. And just wanted to go to buy stuff, you’re set. They had tons of vendors and artist giving away some amazing stuff. For prices that’ll have you thinking you’re stealing from them. With all the time and effort these artists put into their work, it’s easy to get lost in it. If you want some comics all you have to do is look and you’re guaranteed to find current reads for super cheap. Or even some super rare ones that you had a hard time hunting will almost be there just waiting for you. So if you go in with a set budge it’s going to take a lot of willpower to keep to it with all the amazing things you’ll find inside the con.

It was pretty hard to not have a good time, there was so much to do. All the panels they had were great. Although it did suck that some of them were happening at the same time. Making you choose between one or the other. But other than that they were great! This year was definitely one of best events LA had to offer and next year will be just as fun. As previously stated before, if you can attend this event you should!

The LA convention has been the home for LA Comic Con for over 8 years.

DareDevil Season 3 Half Review (Episode 1-6)

The long awaited DareDevil Season 3 is finally here! This season is everything everyone has asked for and more. Marvel Netflix fans have been waiting to see the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen back in action since the Defenders has been released. Since then we’ve been treated with a handful of other street level heroes. But nothing compares to the beloved Catholic Lawyer Matt Murdock.

One of the best things this season does is take it back to basics. They explore new routes but at the same time keep to the basics of this hero which is a nice change of pace. It picks after the events of the Defenders so you see how he survived the building falling apart and what he’s been up to since then. Although he does survive and heal from the wounds suffered against the hand. While his inner demons still eat at him.

Not allowing him to even look at the ones he loves in fear that he’ll hurt them in some way. Which this alone is one of the main things that makes Murdock so great, out of all the Netflix heros he’s one of the only ones that is constantly struggling with looking out for the ones he loves. Making him a little more relatable seeing him trying to protect the ones he holds close to him.

Another great thing they do this season is bring back the classic all black suit with the half mask from season one. In this season he’s stripped away from everything that makes him Daredevil. He doesn’t have the suit that’ll protect him from bullets, the baton that can be shot at from great distance. He has nothing expect for his fighting skills to keep him alive. Even then it’s not always the best as you see him getting smacked down again and again. You see him struggle with getting back into the shape that were used to seeing him in. Making you question if he’ll even survive the fight that he’s in.

But it isn’t just Murdock that makes his season so great it’s also the villain Wilson Fisk A.K.A. Kingpin. Bringing such a beloved villain back into the spotlight was probably the best move they could of done so far. You’re reminded of how smart this man is. Always 3 steps ahead of the game. Playing everyone so he can get what he wants. He’ll even fool the audience sometimes to making you think that he is doing a good thing. It brings him back to his roots of being a master manipulator.

A man super well connected to pretty much make the smallest thing happen and make it look like it was all by chance. His drive to get out of prison as well is almost admirable. You can’t help but relate to the man and give in a little to his needs. He has kind of a noble cost but is willing to do whatever it takes to get it making him that much more dangerous.

The feud between Fisk and Daredevil is everything you’d want it to be. It’s a constant game of cat and mouse of who will come out on top this time. Fisk has became such a threat to where Matt begins to lose his mind a little. Thinking that he’s talking to him when he’s really not. But it’s not just with Matt as well you see his two best friends Karen and Foggy really step up to the plate as well in regards to taking down Fisk. With Karen putting her life on the line to do whatever she can to expose him. While Foggy takes the political route to take him down.

In the background of all of this you see the birth of a new villain. One called Bullseye in the comics. His story is heartbreaking a man that was troubled his whole life just looking to be accepted by anyone who’ll take him. It shines a light on what could happen if people who have are troubled mentally could take extreme routes to be accepted.

When he’s first introduced you could tell right off the bat he’s someone who you don’t want to get on there bad side. With him just gunning down people left and right to a point where he is enjoying it. Which makes his fight with Murdock that much better when it plays out. Two men who are extremely talented in combat fight it out was definitely one of the best fight scenes this far.

So far the season is more than I expected giving it a 9.5/10

Behind The Panel Inside The Mind Of A Comic Book Artist

When reading a comic it’s so easy to get lost in it, just by reading a fascinating story, or looking at the art with all the different colors and styles.It’s easy to forget that these people work day and night to meet deadline on what I can understand what a stressful yet satisfying job it can be.

I had the privilege of interviewing a renowned DC/Marvel comic book artist Dexter Soy. He originally caught my eye from his work on the series Red Hood & The Outlaws. A story that follows Jason Todd, a former Robin who trained under Batman that was killed by the Joker who was then brought back to life; just trying to fit into a world full of darkness that he and his friends can not espace.

The way he drew these characters in these comics moved me. You could see the rawness and emotions that he put into it, it almost got to a point where I would want to see the art more than the story itself. For example there are some moments with Jason Todd (Red Hood) and Artemis (One of the outlaws) have some very intimate moments. Where you can really feel the love and almost know how these fictional characters are feeling. Not to mention the final showdown between Jason and Batman the way he draws the cracks in the helmet and the way jason face reacts to the punch. The way he threw that whole fight between them made me scared based off the art itself, granted it did have some amazing dialog. Those are just a few of my favorite moments from him, I could go on and on.

He quickly became one of my favorite artists and I wanted to learn more about him. So in a Q&A that Soy put on his Instagram I asked him for an interview and he agreed. These are the questions below.

 

  1. Who did you work for first, Marvel or DC and how did you end up as a comic book artist

Marvel! My work was luckily found online by a local writer in our country and showed it to CB Cebulski if marvel! And they hired me!

  1. Did you get any kind of formal education for drawing?

Mostly self-taught. But I’m an architecture graduate, so I have a few knowledge about drawing  buildings and things.

  1. What was the biggest change in your life once you started to work for both companies?

Artistically, I can say that I learned a lot. Storytelling and drawing females are my weakness. Another change is, it’s hard to find free time since drawing pages are really time consuming.

  1. Where are you based off of? And does that become a challenge to meet deadline as opposed to artists who are more local?

I’m home based freelance artist ever since I started. Deadline is still a deadline regardless of whether you are in house or home based. Thanks to internet and it’s easier to send work nowadays.

  1. How does it feel to know that your art work is published on such a massive platform and loved by so many?

It feels great to know that it reaches the mainstream readers. But, it still feels the same as working on small publishers. It’s just that now I am able to work for a well-known publisher.

  1. Who’s your favorite character(s) to draw?

Wolverine! And random female characters

  1. I’ve noticed in your work, especially in Red Hood and The Outlaws (DC Rebirth), you pick certain scenes and pour your heart into it making it so emotional. What goes into your head when drawing those emotional scenes?

I really don’t know. I just read Scott’s description of a scene and just draw how I envision it in my head. Emotional scenes mostly because there are lots of it from the story.

  1. To piggyback off that last question, sometimes it looks like your inspired by anime. If so, would you care to share which ones?

Oh yeah! I love watching a few movies like Samurai X, Ghost in the Shell and Blame, dragonball, etc.

  1. I know your working on a new Batman Project, but are you allowed to share any other projects or future projects that you are working on.

Sorry I’m not allowed to show any art yet.

  1. What inspired you to start drawing?

My classmate when I was in grade school lol. He was really good at drawing. So I thought, that’s really cool, i’ma try to draw too!

  1. Do you remember what emotions ran through your head as soon as you got commissioned to draw for Marvel\DC

Well, I felt excited! Also pressured since this were the big publishing companies.

  1. Have you worked for any other company besides Marvel or DC?

Yes! I’ve worked for EA(electronic arts) before. I did an arc off their game turned comic Army of Two. Also did an issue of Spartacus by Devil’s Due publishing.

  1. Have you ever had a conflict of interest because you work for both Marvel and DC?

Not really. I think I’m flexible enough to work with different publishers and characters.

  1. What’s one of your favorite things about working as a comic book artist?

The journey of creating a page from nothing. It’s a different kinda nd of fulfillment

  1. What was it about Jason Todd that lured you in about him?

Honestly, I don’t know much about him before I started Arkham Knight;Genesis. But it was great to know him as I worked through his pages for the story! I like how unpredictable he is at times. He’s so honest at times that it almost hurts.

  1. There’s been a lot of rumors for a Red Hood movie, just curious who would you cast to play Jason Todd?

I have no idea atm, honestly. Hahaha. I’ll let you know if I find an actor that I think that can be Jason Todd.

 

If you want to support this fantastic artist , be sure to pick up some of his work. Alsofollow him on social media on twitter @dextersoy and instagram @death_star_soy

 

Muse Is Putting The Pressure In There New Song

The British rock band Muse has been releasing singles every, few months to build up hype for the upcoming album “Simulation Theory” that’s set to release november 8th. The whole album is a cyberpunk retro theme. Using a lot of retro sounds to give that nostalgia effect it’s working out for them too. When you listen to some songs you feel like you’re listening to a Blade Runner soundtrack.

But this new song is definitely a banger. Right off the bat you feel the energy from start to finish. Even though the full album isn’t out yet this might be one of the best songs yet. But even though the song is nothing less than amazing, that’s not even the best part of it at all.

It’s actually the music video that’s a work of art. To sum it up it’s basically Gremlins meets Ghostbusters. The video sets up a 80’s homecoming dance with Terry Crews as the principal setting the rules for the night. It’s like a typical 80’s movie with kids sneaking out causing trouble and having fun.

But things take a turn for the worst when a couple accidentally turns some animals into man eating creatures. The dance turns into a feeding ground, but terry isn’t having it. You see him suit up with a badass suit and Ghostbuster blaster and begins to defend everyone he can. At the end they seem to get a little overwhelmed with Terry and and the band surrounded by the people who are turning into zombie like creatures before it ends.