Saturday, August 8, 2009

IDIOT ENGINE episode 14: World view and how it relates to storytelling

A hearty "THANK YOU" goes out to DAVE BAKER for cohosting the latest IDIOT ENGINE with me! The dude's freakin' half my age and with twice the talent!(Yikes!) Seriously, the guy's got the goods! Comic book artist/writer, podcaster and selfpublisher, he's got it goin' on, Big Time! Check him out!


gonzalexx said...

Excellent show as always, Ted.
You always give it the philosophic perspective, no matter what the topic is, and I can appreciate that.
Great guest as well. I tell you, no matter who you talk to, you always end up with a gem of a conversation. I still don't know what "idiot" means in regards to your show.
Thanks for the refreshing content... I can always count on it.

gonzalexx said...

Wanted to comment on the last part of your episode. You mentioned that it looks like its "you either do one thing, or the other" (paraphrasing I think)... like, you either become a full-fledge artist in your chosen craft, or you don't, otherwise it will be hard going. I think that is true. In my case, I am finding out the hard way because I have so many things I have to take care of, having a dayjob (which I know you know what that is like), and also family to tend to, etc. Getting time to do art becomes a problem. I find myself more often than not being interrupted in art activities not even getting to start them, etc. It is hard when it is something you get passionate about, and you really want to "play" and experiment. I have found one small solution that I wanted to share. I use the time doing art with my daughter to experiment with gleaned techniques from podcasts, and some books, and forgotten knowlege. I am re-discovering some abilities, and experimenting with new things, while I'm creating cutesy art with my daughter, even though the themes are usually very childish, and the tools are very primitive. It is a challenge, and family fun at the same time. I don't know how many wannabe creators are out there in the same situation, but I'd love to find out.
Art classes would be great, but then again, there's the time factor. So right now, I consign myself to tinkering when I can, and showing off my fun stuff to my art friends online, and my close family. I'd really love to be to the level you guys are out, with DIY comics, and other art pieces.. .so many thing to do, and play with... but as the turtle did with the hare... slow going will get you there too!
Your podcast inspires, and gives me perspective. And I'm glad it makes me say these things to you and the crowd. It makes me reflect.
Thanks again!!!!

thefusionman said...

Thanks for the great comments Jose!I'm so glad you enjoy the podcast! I think the main thing is to know that we all have priorities, and we have to be true to those priorities. Art is great, I love it, but so is family, personal health, making a living, etc. I think you're right on the money about the Turtle and hare comparison. It's true! the turtle isn't the flashiest or gets the most hype, but he'll wear ya down and win in the end! I think as long as we are moving toward our goal, following a passion, we are fulfilled. We don't need others to validate our passions, we just have to be true to ourselves and we win!

BTW I always figured the "IDIOT" in IDIOT ENGINE refers to the "Id" in terms of Freud:

It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learnt from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of this is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We all approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle.

[Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933)]

Thanks again for all the feedback Jose!