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Eric: The post wherein I plug a thing for a guy.

Believe it or not, this isn't a post on Marvel Comics. I know, it's shocking, isn't it?

I've been on this here net some time, and over the course of the past... yeesh, twenty-three years or so... I've made a lot of friends. One of them is named Chris Meadows, and he's been carving a niche out for himself on Talkshoe.

Talkshoe, for those who don't know, is a call in radio technology for internet radio, essentially. This is a system that lets people host their own discussions and interviews and get calls in from the listening public live on the... hm. We can't say 'live on the air,' since it's not broadcast media. I guess 'live on the wire' works.

Chris -- in his long standing identity as "Robotech Master" -- kind of made his Talkshoe reputation on Space Station Liberty, a Robotech program where he's interviewed writers, translators, voice actors, and all kinds of cool folks. However, he's also put together a number of other programs, including The Biblio File, an arts and literature show where he's covered a lot of topics particularly of interest to the online reading community.

So, you know, the kinds of people who might read this.

The Biblio File hit a high point some time ago with a multi-part interview with Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libby. And it's poised to hit another high point this coming weekend -- Sunday, Sunday Sunday! -- when he's going to interview Phil and Kaja Foglio, the highly cool people behind Buck Godot: Zapgun for Hire, What's New with Phil and Dixie, XXXenophile and, most currently and in ways most famously, the brilliant Girl Genius. This interview goes down Live on the Wire on Sunday, January 27 at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Universal (GMT)!

Look, in the thing he sent me about this, he included the Greenwich Mean Time. People all over the world have Internet access, you know. It's not all Hoboken and Idaho. Jesus, get some perspective. But I digress.

Anyhow, you can listen to the show via an audio stream or you can use one of many different ways of connecting to Talkshoe and actually ask the Foglios questions if you like. Chris has a connection method fact sheet for people who want to call in, via VoIP, SIP, or a good old fashioned telephone call. Or, you can just listen to the stream. Or you can e-mail your questions to Chris ahead of time. Look, it's not up to me to tell you how to live your life.

I, sadly, won't have a chance to tune in myself. I'm going to be in Ottawa busily turning 40 on the 27th. But I plan on catching the show in archives afterward, and I'd encourage you all to listen live if you have a chance or listen later if you don't. The Foglios are cool people, Chris has a lot of those interviews under his belt (hey, the guy interviewed Chase Masterson once and Kevin Siembieda twice, and to my knowledge hasn't ever been slapped or sued, so....)

Anyway. Check it on out.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at January 24, 2008 10:38 AM


Comment from: Andrew [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 24, 2008 5:29 PM

First of all, congrats for being mentioned by Will Wheaton. I have no idea where it ranks in the honor of geekdom, but it's probably pretty good.

Second, Happy Birthday. May you get the rarest of birthday gifts: the permission to wed across geopolitical lines.

Finally (just so that you do feel old), who is this Chase Masterson?

Comment from: Thandra [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 27, 2008 5:40 PM

Happy Birthday. Completely unsolicited, the Foglios plugged you like twice.
Once on the 'importance of updating', and once... I forget.

Might want to listen to the interview.

Comment from: Robotech_Master [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 27, 2008 10:51 PM

The interview is available for download in two 45-minute parts. It went really well, and the mentions from the Foglios were completely unsolicited—I hadn't mentioned Websnark or Eric at all in my conversations with them. But when I brought up that the big comic publishers were more IP companies than comic book companies now, they said that was exactly what Eric Burns had said. And when I asked how they were able to update so consistently, they said it was because Eric Burns had scared them with his "You Had Me and You Lost Me" essay (I think they're talking about the part of the Megatokyo one about the importance of regular updates when your webcomic is your day job rather than just your hobby.)

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