Interviews

Interview with Cover Artist Jeff Ward

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Jeff Ward is a digital illustrator with an eye for painting fantastic worlds and characters. He’s done work for various big house comic book publishers, as well as game developers and magazines. Apex Magazine is very fortunate to have his work ‘Planet Base’ grace the cover of this issue. APEX MAGAZINE: Hello Jeff! Thanks for having an interview with Apex Magazine. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What started you on the path of illustration, particularly of the fantasy genre? JEFF WARD: I was inspired early on by movies, comic books, and animation. And at one point I wanted to be a cartoonist like Jim Davis, creator of Garfield. In art school I started out...

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Interview with Seth Dickinson

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As you may have already discovered, Seth Dickinson’s “Economies of Force” is not an easy story to read. It does start out a little humorous, but then takes a dark turn towards an uneasy yet mesmerizing nihilism. The defense humanity comes up with to protect ourselves from the alien threat could be more dangerous to our way of thinking than the threat itself. How do we protect ourselves when we don’t know if or when we’ve been compromised? Can we trust technology to make decisions that are free of our morality? Much in “Economies of Force” has been left open to the reader’s interpretation, and I encourage you to discuss this story with other readers, to see how others...

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Interview with John Moran

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John Moran’s short fiction has been published in Escape Pod, Penumbra, and Nature. He spent some time owning an art gallery, which was perhaps one of the many inspirations of “The Sandbirds of Mirelle,” whichApex Magazine is thrilled to present this month. As I read “The Sandbirds of Mirelle,” which focuses around a defining moment in the lives of a priest, an assassin, an artist, and a businessman, I couldn’t help but be fascinated with its theme of impermanence, and of the human desire to document once–in–a–lifetime moments. John was kind enough to talk with me about the impetus behind “The Sandbirds of Mirelle,” and to discuss the immortal beauty of a specific C.S....

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Interview with Cyril Rolando

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APEX MAGAZINE: Cyril Rolando is a digital artist located in southern France. Although illustration is not his main profession, Cyril’s artistic renderings can easily capture the imagination of any viewer. Completely self–taught, Cyril’s focus is on painting for oneself — based on feelings and expressions, the environment and the beyond. Hello Cyril! Thanks for having an interview with Apex Magazine. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you come to be an illustrator and digital artist? CYRIL ROLANDO: Hello! I am 30 years old and I live in the southern France. Actually, I was not really aware of becoming an illustrator/digital artist. When I started to...

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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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