Links: Digital Trends – Vincent Laforet Interview

Every once in awhile, an interview turns into something special, a true personal pleasure to get to pick the mind of creative genius. Vincent Laforet was one of those interviews. The man is incredibly intelligent when it comes to both film and still photography, and I spent roughly half of an hour chatting with him on the phone outside of an expo I attended in Chicago. Digital Trends published some of the highlights of the interview. You can check it out here.

Links: New Noise Magazine: Alkaline Trio, Bayside, Off With Their Heads photo gallery

I was also lucky enough to snag a photo pass courtesy of Epitaph to shoot photos at the Alkaline Trio, Bayside and Off With Their Heads show Friday, May 31, at Metro in Chicago. ‘Twas a good time, and New Noise Magazine posted a gallery with some of my photos. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: Digital Trends – How 3D scanners are capturing life from all angles

So this is a pretty interesting one, I think. I pitched a story to Digital Trends on how the Artec Eva 3D handheld scanner was used to help create the face of Elizabeth for the popular TV spot for BioShock: Infinite, but when I started the interview, I found myself getting a lot of information about how this new tech is creating a shift in the way some developers are doing things, as well as opening up what was once reserved for big companies to smaller ones. So it turned into more of a trend piece. And I like it. Continue reading

Cool People No. 7 – Paul Pape

At Pads & Panels, I originally launched a series called Cool People, designed to put a spotlight on some awesome people closely related to the video games and comics industries, though not necessarily creators of the core products themselves. I decided it would be a worthwhile thing to bring over to Bill Jones Ink. Paul Pape seemed like a great guy to get it rolling. It’s his Paul Pape Designs that captured my attention, with his custom geek designs, from action figures and replicas to ring boxes and cake toppers. I exchanged emails with Pape to learn a little more Continue reading

Links: Digital Trends – A look into the photography of ThinkGeek

I recently wrote a piece for Digital Trends on how photography plays a role in the business operations and philosophy of ThinkGeek. It’s a short, quick read, and the photos that show how some of their product photography is done add a cool element to the story, in my humble opinion. You can check it out here. Enjoy!

Tom Eastman talks leaving Wideload and the Chicago ‘Indie Renaissance’ [Video Games Interview]

Trinket Studios Interview with President Tom Eastman By Bill Jones Chicago’s gaming market to the casual observer may seem like something not simply in decline, rather all but dead. Sure, High Voltage Software is still alive in suburban Hoffman Estates with a newfound mobile focus. Wideload still exists under the ownership of Disney Interactive (though little news has come from the company since 2012’s Avengers Initiative). And NetherRealm still exists to churn out Mortal Kombat titles, while Jellyvision manages to keep our attention with reinventions of You Don’t Know Jack. But it is all a far cry from Chicago’s heyday Continue reading