Interviews

Comic Book Men

Comic Book Men Q&A – Michael Zapcic

comic-book-men-season-4-michael-zapcic-cast-gallery-325Michael Zapcic, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what being a comic book man really means and the most interesting thing he’s learned about Ming.

Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?

A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.

Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?

A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.

Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – LA KISS’s Aaron Garcia (Quarterback)

4th-and-loud-episode-105-aaron-garcia-3254th and Loud’s Aaron Garcia, the LA KISS quarterback, talks about breaking a passing record set by John Elway and hearing KISS for the first time live. 

Q: You broke John Elway’s high school football passing record. While Elway was an owner of an AFL team, did you ever have an interaction with him about that?

A: We had chances when we played against the Colorado Crush, the team that he owned at the time. I don’t know if we had that conversation specifically, but I know it was something people always documented. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet him and to compete against [his team] at the time.

Q: Co-owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were an integral part of getting you to come play for the LA KISS. Did they promise you fame and fortune?

A: No, they didn’t. They were very personable. I was very pleasantly surprised at the conversation that we did have. Something that I’ve always known as an athlete [is if] I came in there, tried to turn that thing around and win games, a lot of good things would’ve happened, not just for myself but for all the players on the LA KISS. Unfortunately, once I got there, we weren’t able to turn the season around, but also [Paul and Gene] went out on tour, so there wasn’t a lot of interaction after that point, and I wish I could’ve talked to them more. I think it’s great the amount of commitment they’ve put into this league, and I really hope they’re able to turn things around and make that a great franchise in the future.

Q: Taking over for another QB mid-season has got to be tough. Did you find there were chemistry problems from the get-go, or did you feel comfortable in your new role?
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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – Donovan Morgan (Wide Receiver)

4th-and-loud-season-1-donovan-morgan-3254th and Loud’s Donovan “Captain” Morgan, the LA KISS’s star wide receiver, talks about his fiery post-game locker room speeches and whether or not he’d make a good rock star.

Q: When you first heard about your old friend Bob McMillen coaching a team co-owned by members of the rock group KISS, what did you think?

A: At first, I thought maybe I don’t know if this is going to last; I don’t know if this team is really going to become a part of the AFL. But once I’ve seen that everything was official, and it was in Los Angeles and it was owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, it kind of was surreal. It was kind of one of those things: “Do they really know anything about football? Are they really going to come to the games?” And all that was proven right to me. They really did know nothin’ about football, but they were coming to the games and wanting to learn more about Arena Football. And just having Bob as the head coach solidified everything.

Q: Who is the easier guy to get along with: Bob McMillen, the player, or Bob McMillen, the coach?

A: [Laughs] I mean, I would say Bob McMillen as a coach, because Bob McMillen as a player, you got to see this fire in him… He was much more animated as a player than he is as a coach. He was one of those passionate, fiery guys on the field.

Q: You were a co-captain of the LA KISS this season. What characteristics do you think make the best team captains?
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Comic Book Men

Comic Book Men Q&A – Kevin Smith

comic-book-men-season-4-kevin-smith-cast-325Kevin Smith, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about a celebrity guest that fans can look forward to in Season 4 and which superheroes the guys from the Stash would play in a movie.

Q: What can fans expect during the upcoming season of Comic Book Men?

A: This year, we find our niche. We let our geek flag fly. In the past, we held back a little because we wondered if anyone would understand who or what we’re talking about, but this season, we went for it. There are a lot of guest stars including DMC from Run DMC, which was awesome for me. My jaw hit the ground. He had some amazing stories about selling comic books to buy his turntables. Stuff like that is heaven to me.

Q: Is there a moment from the first 3 seasons that made you laugh out loud?

A: The beauty of the show is you get to see me laugh out loud during the podcast sequences. There have definitely been moments, like the Trivia Chew-Off we did last year, I thought were really hysterical. Walt has some crazy one-liners and when the boys sit around the store, that’s the stuff that makes me laugh the hardest. To be fair, they’re all my friends. I’ve found them funny for years.

Q: Any plans to live-tweet this season? What do you enjoy most about interacting with fans in real time?
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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – Kenny Spencer (Kicker)

4th-and-loud-episode-107-kenny-spencer-3254th and Loud’s Kenny Spencer, the LA KISS kicker, talks about his relationship with an LA KISS girl and some “fatherly advice” he received from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

Q: Did you grow up on KISS?

A: No, [but] you heard ’em every now and then, like, in a movie or a show. But after starting to play for the team and hearing them do their thing… they know what they’re doing. That’s why they’re rock legends and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Q: Is the relationship you had with one of the LA KISS girls still going on, or is it over? 

A: No, it’s not really…we’re just friends… It wasn’t a big deal. She dances for the team, and it’s frowned upon that the players date the dancers. But it was never frowned upon to hang out and have fun together, you know? So, we had fun and we hung out and we had a good time, and we’re still really good friends. She did her job, I did my job, and there was one game I missed those three PATs, and they thought that that was the reason. I’m like, Dude, a girl’s not going to be a reason for me messing up some PATs. When I step on that damn field, that’s football, not a chick. I just f*cked up, you know?

Q: Paul and Gene met with you about the issue, too. What did you get out of that conversation with them?
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4th and Loud Q&A – Beau Bell (Linebacker)

4th-and-loud-season-1-beau-bell-3254th and Loud‘s Beau Bell, starting linebacker for the LA KISS talks about playing with his brother BJ and the bone-shattering hit he laid on the Spokane Shock’s quarterback.

Q: LA KISS co-owners Brett Bouchy and Schuyler Hoversten said that you were the first guy they signed to the team. What drew you to the LA KISS? 

A: Honestly, I was already out here coaching, and I thought it would be real fun to play in front of my family and friends; I hadn’t played in front of them in 10 years.

Q: You were a coach? Who were you coaching for?

A: Yeah, I’m still coaching the defensive line at Santa Ana College.

Q: It must’ve been strange having your brother BJ Bell at training camp, trying out for the team alongside you. Was he a welcome addition to camp, or did you find him to be a distraction?
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Freakshow

Freakshow Q&A – Danielle Ray

FS2_Danielle_Cast_Photo_325Freakshow Mama, Danielle Ray talks about becoming an “empty nester” and her husband Todd‘s plans to expand the Freakshow outside of Venice Beach.

Q: You mentioned feelings of “empty nesting” this season. What are your thoughts on Asia and Phoenix growing up and starting their own lives?

A: Obviously, I know that Phoenix and Asia are getting older and I want them to do their own thing. But at first, it made me so sad, only because I feel like my whole existence is about them. When Asia told me she was getting her own apartment, it took me by surprise. I was like “No, I don’t want my baby to leave!” But having the extended Freakshow family there helps. Asia, Ali, and I will go out to lunch, go to the movies. Over time, I realized that now it’s getting back to me and Todd, which is good for us. We can do more things that we want to do as a couple.

Q: What’s on that list of things you want to do with Todd now that the kids are getting older?

A: [Laughs] Well, there are some things that I’ve wanted to do or didn’t have the time to do. I want to be adventurous and travel. When he goes and looks for [exotic] animals and stuff, I want to go with him. I want to be able to go out or go away for a night and not have any responsibilities.
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Freakshow

Freakshow Q&A – Phoenix Ray

FS2_Phoenix_Cast_325Phoenix Ray, co-owner of the Venice Beach Freakshow, talks about dating, his plans for the future and his role in carrying on the legacy of the Freakshow.

Q: In episode 212, “Freaks Hanging By a Wire,” you went on some dates. Is it hard trying to date when you’re part of the Freakshow?

A: Yeah, it is. It’s just a weird thing to say, “I work at a freakshow… You can go there and see a sword swallower.” It’s just a weird thing to throw out there to a girl.

Q: How do you feel about your parents, Todd and Danielle, giving their two cents on your love life this season?

A: It’s just stressful that they treat me like I’m 13. But they’re just looking out for me. I understand what they’re saying.

Q: This season your dad showed you how to “talk” in order to bring crowds into the sideshow. When did you first become interested in “talking”?
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Freakshow Q&A – Amazing Ali

FS2_Ali_Cast_325Freakshow‘s Amazing Ali talks about performing new stunts, her ongoing health struggles and having her marital ups and downs aired on the show.

Q: This season you learned a fire breathing stunt. Were you nervous before the performance?

A: It was definitely a little scary. I didn’t want to make the wrong move where I could get hurt. I was really concerned about [the flame] looking big, even though it was coming from someone so little. It was definitely a great challenge and it was awesome pushing myself to do something a little daring.

Q: Would you ever attempt the stunt again?

A: I definitely plan on doing more fire-breathing at the Freakshow. Maybe not so much inside, that could be a bit dangerous. But maybe outside.

Q: You seemed very nervous going into your hip surgery this season. How did the Freakshow family help you get through it?
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Freakshow

Freakshow Q&A – Wee Matt

FS2_Wee_Matt_Cast_325Freakshow’s hypeman, Wee Matt, discusses how he got started with Todd Ray’s Freakshow, what stunts he would like to attempt, and his plans for fatherhood.

Q: What sort of performing were you doing before the Freakshow?

A: I was working in the clubs [in Vegas]. And then I started doing “Tiny Kiss” as mini Gene Simmons. Eventually I started breakdancing and was an MC hype man.

Q: How did you get involved with Todd Ray and the Freakshow?

A: I met Todd at the Roosevelt Hotel and he contacted me through Facebook. Then he saw my wife [Ali] and she joined and I started working with them part-time. I was working at Beacher’s Madhouse and the Freakshow at the same time for a while, but then I quit that, switched my MC style, and brought it over to the Freakshow.

Q: How did you meet Ali?
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