Years before I knew her name, I first saw Wally Wharton as the character of Debbie in the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke. Many years later, I saw her leave a comment on a mutual Facebook friend’s page, and I was so fascinated by her comment that I reached out to her with a friend request. She accepted it, and we hit it off so much that I knew I wanted to do an interview with her.
A look back at most of my articles for Pop Geeks, as well as my previous writing base of RetroJunk, will show you that I’m not really a 90s fan. I’ve often discussed all the pain and turmoil that I went through in the 90s, everything from my dad’s death in 1995 to extensive school bullying to time spent in a mental hospital to the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome to multiple school transfers, and how I retreated into the pop culture of the 80s as both a form of escape and a coping mechanism for my troubles back then. There was some 90s pop culture that I liked, though, and so I wanted to do something a little different with my newest editorial.
The year is 2020, and coming up in a matter of days are the 92nd Academy Awards. I’ll be taking the day off from my retail job to watch them as I do every year, and I wanted to chime in with my thoughts on this year’s Best Original Song nominees. Of course, this isn’t the first year I’ve done so.
My newest interview subject, Elizabeth Shepherd, was introduced to me by my friend Matt Beckoff, who books talents for conventions and recently collaborated with Ms. Shepherd on a CD with her performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s story Ligeia, a story which provided the basis for the 1964 Vincent Price movie The Tomb Of Ligeia, which costarred Ms. Shepherd. Elizabeth has worked in a diverse array of projects over the course of these past few decades, and on Wednesday, September 4th, I interviewed her about them. I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.
My newest interview subject, Laura Summer, has been performing since she was a teenager. Starting in front of the camera in movies like Girls Nite Out and Hard To Hold, she would later make a mark in voice-overs, most notably as Janine Melnitz in the first season of The Real Ghostbusters and Patamon in assorted Digimon projects. I knew that she would make for a fantastic interview subject, so we spoke on Monday, July 15th, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.
I first interviewed Kimmy Robertson in 2016, and ever since then, we’ve regularly exchanged texts and had conversations with each other. Kimmy has become a very good friend of mine, and an ally to turn to when I’m experiencing dark times. For all we covered in our initial interview, there was a lot that we didn’t have the chance to discuss, and one topic that couldn’t be talked about due to secrecy at the time. I knew that Take 2 had to happen, so we talked on Monday, March 18th about a whole new array of topics.
The following image I am about to share with you is not fanart. It’s not a painting I picked up from a Comic-Con booth. It’s not even a comic book panel, where such events are more commonplace. This is an actual thing that is actually happening in an actual animated movie.
My newest interview subject, Tom Ruegger, is an animation legend. Whether at Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera or Disney, Tom Ruegger has worked on some of the most memorable cartoons of the last 4 decades. On August 28th, I had the chance to speak to Mr. Ruegger about some of his most noted work, including three series that are celebrating anniversaries this year. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo”, which was produced at Hanna-Barbera as shown in the cover photo of Tom, William and Joe, the 25th anniversary of “Animaniacs”, e, and the 20th anniversary of “Histeria”. We discussed all that and more, so get set to spend some time with an animation superstar.
In the 1980s He-Man ruled Eternia, She-Ra ruled Etheria, and both ruled children’s popular culture. Though Prince Adam has come back several times since his original show was cancelled, his twin sister hasn’t had her time in the sun again…until now. She-Ra returns this November in a new animated series, produced by Dreamworks and helmed by Noelle Stevenson.
The ThunderCats are back again! However, they are not coming back the way you may think. Cartoon Network is giving the franchise the Teen Titians GO treatment with their upcoming animated series entitled ThunderCats Roar. Warner Bros. Animation recently announced the new cartoon series via Entertainment Weekly.
The name Mickie McGowan may not be familiar to you, but you’ve certainly heard her voice before, or at least those of the talents she’s gathered together when doing ADR casting for films from the 80s to the modern day. I first came to know of Mickie McGowan via seeing her posts on the Facebook walls of some of my other friends, and when I looked up her filmography, I was stunned. Name an animated movie of the past 30 years, and she was most likely involved, either as a voice-over talent or ADR coordinator. Her live-action resume is rather impressive as well. I interviewed Mickie McGowan on Tuesday, December 5th, about her long and varied career, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this unique talent.
Listen up, because we have a matter of urgent importance. A feature film is about to go into production described as “a hilarious, action-packed, blood-soaked, curse-word-filled, nunchuck-gun-shooting, RoboNazi-punching, Cyborg Karate-kicking animated movie.”