Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Otakon, Here We Come

Two days left, and I back from Jersey to make the final preparations for the Kon. We have alot of special things planned that we hope we can pull off, but you can expect a ginormous amount of pictures and stories!

Also, I will be having interviews with Mitsukazu Mihara (author of Doll), Toshihiro Kawamoto (Character designer for Cowboy Bebop), Richard Cox (Voice of Inuyasha). I am now taking submissions for fan questions for these interviews! Please post your questions in the comments section as well as a way I can contact you if your questions are selected.

Unfortunately, I have been told that these interview are subject to change even up to the last second, so these are not guaranteed. Keep your fingers crossed guys.

If you are gonna be down there and want to meet up, please drop a line in the comments section as well. I am always looking foward to meeting new people and am hoping to run into a few fans at the Kon!

Hope to hear from ya and have a safe time getting to Baltimore!

-Roger

P.S. Remember, no hugs signs that make any refferences to money or you can be arrested for Prostitution.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might already have this one, but I was wondering if you could ask her how she gets inspiration for her stories. :3 I've always wondered that...

Is there a possibility that pictures might be taken? ;I

12:36 PM, August 17, 2005  
Blogger Roddick Roddick III said...

I've got a question.

A few years ago, a young male student and his lolita girlfriend murdered the student's parents. For a while, this perpetuated the idea that all lolitas have deep, inherent psychological issues. All of Mitsukaz's stories have two things in common: characters dressed in Lolita fashion and rather dark themes (incest, murder, obsessive love, etc.)

Does Mitsukaz agree that the desire to dress in lolita fashion stems from deep-seated mental trauma or is it simply that her stories are dark and she thinks the lolita aesthetic matches the stories' macabre moods?

I'm sorry that this question is so long and badly-phrased. You can re-word it if you'd like. Hahah.

3:05 PM, August 17, 2005  
Blogger The Suburban Legend said...

I have a few questions.

1) how does one break into voice work for anime?

2) why is the term "lolita" so skewed from it's original interpretation (it is, in fact, a girl's name from a 1952 Russian novel, "Lolita")?

3) how does one break into voice work for anime?

Thanks, Rog!

3:11 PM, August 17, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if it would be possible to ask her..

a ) At what point did she decide that she would enjoy to pursue being a professional artist, and why?

and also..

b ) Who were her earliest influences for her artwork?

thank-you. :)

4:16 PM, August 17, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that her illustrations had some couture influences. What are some of her favorite fashion designers that always inspire her?

6:05 PM, August 17, 2005  
Anonymous Cori & Codi said...

A question for Ms. Mitsukaz!

Do you get any of your outfit inspirations from the young people of Tokyo on the streets?

CAN'T WAIT.

7:10 PM, August 17, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo. i met you at otakon and you seem like a bit of a diva.
i think its a bit unfair to take the time of some of these people you interview when all you do is a one time a week radio show at a tiny college.
im not saying that you suck or anything, i just think you shouldnt take yourself so seriously. i heard you work at an ice cream place or something.
if you have some amazing resume that i dont know about i will eat my words but from all i can see you have just had a few interviews and went to chill with blood for a few days.

11:55 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger The Suburban Legend said...

He takes himself seriously because he's serious about what he's doing. There are no smoke and mirrors; no curtain behind which a man is hiding.

Why is it hard to believe that a dude who sells ice cream for the summer is trying to build a name for himself? If anything, I aspire to be so driven myself.

I've known Rog since before he started the show, and I know first hand how much work he puts into it. It's not like he simply calls these people and says, "Hey, Kiwamu, I'm free for a week, You and the boys and I should chill while you're doing that Mexico thing!" There are plenty of hoops the guy has to jump through to get these interviews, and he never does them solely for his own gratification. He does them to share the experience with those willing, or even eager, to listen... or those he ties up and forces to listen... but I can't speak at lenght about that.

Also, if you'll notice, the people he's interviewed don't say, "You're from some pissant college station, why should I talk to you?" This is partially because he's not interviewing assholes, but mainly it's because, in their eyes, a fan is a fan. As a struggling musician, I can agree that it simply doesn't matter how someone hears about you, you're just glad to be getting noticed. Not to compare myself to half the people Roger has interviewed, but it's the same on any level. Especially with college radio... it's like the cigarette industry; hook them young and you've got them for life! I'm surprised more celebrities don't aspire to work with children's shows...

And not to sound like a geek (which happens to be my forte), but Tainted Reality's demographic is the exact same as that of anime conventions, so where better to garner attention for the show? (That's obviously not the reason he went to Otakon, though. He went for the girls... or the dudes dressed as girls, rather.)

Regardless, he's as delighted with the show as I've ever seen him, and it's not because he gets to say, "I have a radio show!" (which anyone can do with proper training) It's because he gets to share his interests with like-minded ladies and gents who are willing to dedicate a few hours a week and can revel in the fact that they might hear music or an interview that most other media outlets would turn up their noses at because "the audience just isn't there." Well, as culture would have it, it is there, and Roger feels responsible to reach out to each and every cosplayin' one of 'em because he has the ability to, and more importantly, because it's what he's passionate about. He's also passionate about ice cream. And kittens. And the color yellow... But not really bright yellow, the yellow that's so dark it's almost brown... like... brown mustard. He really loves that color. Oh, and cardigan sweaters...

And with that, I believe I've given you, Anonymous, the proper "what's for". Albeit, it was in a round-about, goofey-assed, 45 minute lecture sort of way which was in no way scathing... but it wasn't meant to be! Now, my anonymous friend, you should step away from your computer, soothe your aching soul with some Frank Sinatra and a nice bubble bath, and don't forget to say 7 Hail Mary's and an Our Father or two before leaving the church. Donations to the church would also be acceptable.

2:16 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Tainted Reality said...

Craig, that has to be the longest post I have ever seen in my life! Thanx for taking my back man.

As for you Mr. Anonymous, Craig is exactly right so I won't repeat what he says, but I will add two things.

First of all, all of my interviews know ahead of time that I am a 3 hour a week college radio show, and they decide to give me their time. I don't lie, and I sure as hell don't force myself upon them. If I did either, not only could I not get to interview them as they always do extensive background checks to make sure the person is not a whack job, but they would tell other people in the community and I'd never get an interview again.

Second, when the show actually does go on air, you'll see I have no ego to speak of what so ever. You can ask any fan of Bad Transitions about that. Sure, at Otakon and other con's I'm a publicity whore, but that's because I want people to know there is a radio show out there that cateres (It's 7 am and I just woke up so I'm not even gonna see if that's spelled right) to what they like. Most people seemed to be excited that some one out there is playing J-Rock on the air waves, and I'm happy that I could brighten their day up that much. If I offended you, it was not intended. I just ask that you give the show a chance when we go on air in September.

Trust me man, I'm no Joe Cox. I'm just a normal guy looking to start a career and working as hard as I can at it. I have no ego at all, and I don't prance around like "I'm so pretty!". I don't know why you got this impression of me, but I thank for atleast saying "im not saying that you suck or anything..." and having it be a totally immature lame bashing (though immaturity is more than welcome in my comment boards). I just hope that if you are a fan of J-Rock, Goth, the other kinds of music I will be playing, or the people I interview that you will still give Tainted Reality a chance.

But if you still think I'm a narcisitic pretty boy who prances around anime conventions just to hang with celebrities and have everybody tell him how great he is, you are more than welcome to keep ramming it into my head like a jack hammer here, or you can even call up the station while I'm on air and tell me how much of an ass I'm making of myself.

L8r

-Rog

P.S. How did you hear about my ice cream job? Coz I actually sell more water ice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and oh, don't even get me started on Saturdays! I just needed to clear that up.

7:25 AM, August 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didnt mean to be so insulting. and why are you getting so defensive, all i said was dont take yourself too seriously man. other people had worse things to say about you than i do, i met a bunch of people who think you are a complete ass. i dont think you are, i just think you might get a bit full of yourself sometimes.

12:25 PM, August 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, whats with that gay little pose you are doing in all the otakon pics?

12:29 PM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Tainted Reality said...

Well, they would be right. I am a complete ass!

-Roger

P.S. It's because I'm a fag

5:14 PM, August 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont say shit like that, im just letting you know the impression people are getting of you so can hopefully change it.

5:38 PM, August 23, 2005  
Anonymous Sarah D. said...

To anonymous-

You obviously haven't come in contact with many pompous J-rock fans who are "full of themselves." I hate to break it to you, but Roger is quite the opposite. In fact, he's probably the most professional J-rock/goth fan I've come across, especially considering his status since the Blood interview. As Craig said, he takes himself serious because he conducts a serious show in terms of devotion. Just because Roger's a fan of what he's involved in doesn't mean he's unprofessional about it. Tainted Reality is no romp through the park. It's work with its let-downs and rewards. Roger didn't "chill with Blood for a few days." He worked and stressed just like any other job.

Your down-play on how he makes a living during the summer and his current career as a student has nothing to do with how well he conducts himself on air and around the people he interviews. His work and education support the show financially and academically. Everyone has to start somewhere. Stratch that. Roger's already well on his way as a radio host, seeing as he's been doing this for awhile. He's the closest thing to a professional DJ who regularly plays J-rock and such.

My advice for the future is to show more respect to people you barely met. I'm not sure who's been saying Roger's full of himself, but they obviously got the wrong impression of him and probably never listened to Bad Transitions while he was a co-host. Come to think of it, have you ever listened to it?

5:55 PM, August 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

people, im not saying roger is unprofessional or stupid or anything. its just that when i met him all he was doing was complaining about interviews, i would have liked to have acctually had a conversation with him. im sure hes a great guy. i guess you are all just taking what im saying the wrong way so im going to stop. good luck with the show.

6:02 PM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Tainted Reality said...

Dude, you obviously have my card. If you wanna talk to me, shouldn't you just IM me?

-Roger

6:06 PM, August 23, 2005  
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