Interviews

Interview with Ashley Mackenzie

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APEX MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as an illustrator? ASHLEY MACKENZIE: I’m a Canadian illustrator based out of Toronto, Ontario. I graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design last year and I’ve been freelancing ever since. Some of my clients include Scientific American, The New York Times and Tor and my work has been recognized by 3×3, Creative Quarterly and Spectrum. APEX: Your piece chosen for the magazine cover has a great epic–fantasy feel to it. Can you tell us a little bit about your inspiration behind the piece? ASHLEY: I did the piece for a group show at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. They do a lot of really fun themed...

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Interview with Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

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Victor Fernando R. Ocampo was born in the Philippines and now lives in Singapore, where his speculative fiction is inspired by everything from childhood experiences to everyday moments on the train (often with added spaceships, monsters, robots, and other creations usually not found on the train). This month, we are proud to offer his story “Blessed Are the Hungry”, in which families on a generation ship must risk life, limb, and excommunication to learn the truth. Victor was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about the story itself, his writing process, and a few of his other projects. Questions about the story: APEX MAGAZINE: What inspired “Blessed Are The...

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Interview with Cover Artist Tory Hoke

by on Jun 3, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

APEX MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as an illustrator? TORY HOKE: Sure. I showed aptitude early and got encouraged. My heart goes out to anybody who likes to draw and never got that encouragement. Drawing is fun as hell, practice pays, and anyone can do it. People just get self-conscious when they’re older. Also my dad got me hooked on MAD Magazine. Reading and studying and trying to copy the drawings—oh man, the stuff I cribbed. Mort Drucker’s loop-de-loop little kid noses. Sam Viviano’s radially-shaded wrists. Sergio Aragones’s mouths-running-off-the-face. If you want to cartoon, MAD’s a master course on the cheap. But mostly I had time to kill....

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Interview with Eden Robins

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Eden Robins’ short fiction has been published in or is forthcoming in Shimmer, Kaleidotrope, M-Brane SF, and the M-Brane SF GLTBQ anthology Things We Are Not. In 2009, Eden co-founded Brain Harvest Magazine along with three of her fellow Clarion West graduates. This issue of Apex Magazine features her short story “Cape to Cairo”, which was inspired by Eden’s own travels in Africa. It’s no wonder many of her stories have a theme of travel, as she has bicycled across the United States and circumnavigated the globe. Eden was kind enough to talk with me about world travel, the unique challenges of writing time travel stories, watching tourists get what they expect, and live...

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Apex Interview with Anneliese Juergensen

by on May 6, 2014 in Interviews | 4 comments

APEX MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as an illustrator? NELIESE JUERGENSEN: I grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut, where I drew pictures on every sheet of paper and homework I could find. I went to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and earned a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in English, and then went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and finished my post–baccalaureate degree in Illustration. I love working in watercolor, ink, digital, and acrylic. You can find more of my work at my website, as well as my Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook! AM: Your piece “Stars” has a very dreamlike, magical quality about it. What was your inspiration...

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Apex Interview with Caroline M. Yoachim

by on May 6, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

Since her writing career began in 2005, Nebula–nominated author Caroline M. Yoachim has written over a dozen short stories which have appeared in Lightspeed, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, and Asimov’s, among many other top–notch markets. In 2006, Ms. Yoachim graduated from the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, and in 2011, her novelette “Stone Wall Truth” was nominated for a Nebula. This issue of Apex Magazine includes Caroline M. Yoachim’s heartbreaking flash fiction story “Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t Be Missed.” In this interview, Ms. Yoachim discusses with us the challenges of character development, her approach to flash fiction...

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