Graphic Designer Jeremy Hodges. Is he on a boat?
Recently Mind My Brains, Darling! was among those webseries selected by Blip.tv to be featured in their new website redesign. Blip.tv have done an amazing job with their new site and we are proud to be part that. Congratulations to the whole team.
It meant, though, that we needed to have some spanky new artwork. Now, I can manipulate an image as well as the next person, but create new stuff? On demand? That had to look really good? It wasn’t going to happen, no matter how hard I jabbed at stuff in Gimp.
I was bemoaning my lack of eptitude in this department on Friendfeed when Megan suggested I ask one of the graphic designers. Lucky for me, Jeremy Hodges from Rampart Design Studios was on hand and jumped straight in to offer his services.
Within two days he had produced some amazing work, completely in keeping with what we wanted. If you want to see Jeremy’s artwork go over to our new Blip.tv page to see them – you will love them! We have already had enquiries about teeshirts and we will be announcing more on that soon. You can follow Jeremy on Twitter and his design website is http://www.rampartdesign.com/
Jeremy was born a poor black child. Actually, not quite black. More like white, but definitely poor. Then the aliens came, but let’s skip to the happy part. Jeremy grew up in the backwoods area around Houston, Texas and didn’t do anything constructive besides watching movies his parents taped off of the television and then quoting them incessantly. He moved to California and found a career in graphic design as well as a wife. Now he and his wife work together running a small graphic design studio (back in Houston – this time doing constructive things … and quoting movies).
What are your earliest memories of TV?
I remember that television told me what time it was. When I was young, we lived near my cousin for a short time and I can still remember that After Tom and Jerry was over, I would have to endure that horrid Andy Griffith show until my cousin came home.
I remember that I could never figure out where they hid the audience that laughed at the Scooby-Doo episodes. Or where the players had the scripts hidden to remember their lines.
Cartoons were always a huge influence on my life. In fact without my love for cartoons, my wife and I might never have hit it off like we did. We talked about Animaniacs for 2 hours straight in a lettering class.
Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?
Conan the Barbarian. I’m not talking about the sleek, Frank Frazetta comic Conan, but the Germanic, brooding, gap-toothed, Schwarzenegger Conan from the John Milius movie. I was also partial to Mad Max, but that might have come a little later. I think one definitely led to the other.
Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?
No. All I can make is hot-leaf-juice. But I can make a righteous cup of coffee.
What was your first actorly/creative role?
I was involved with teaching a summer acting class in Houston at a junior college (but for high-school kids). I really liked the improv theater and teaching kids to get out of “themselves” for a while, but it wasn’t really for me in the long run.
I wasn’t doing anything creative again until I found that I could do graphic design.
How do you spell colour?
With a zed.
What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?
That’s a tough one. You can peruse my flickchart. But really, I’ll just tell you that I’m a sci-fi/fantasy geek that appreciates quality humor. I like M*A*S*H as much as I like Doctor Who.
Joss Whedon: yes or no?
Actually, no. While most geeks I know are browncoat-wearing, spittle-dribbling fanboys/girls – I never developed a taste for his over-the-top, wink-at-the-camera, try-too-hard one-liners. (I’ll apologize in advance for all the hatemail you will receive because of this.)
In the event of a zombie apocalypse, where would you head?
I live in Texas. I can drive 20 minutes in any direction and find a compound more heavily armed than Ted Nugent’s hunting lodge on November 5th, 2008. (How’s that for a try-too-hard one-liner?)
FPS or Role Play?
RPG. With the exception of Quake, no FPS has ever been as fun as some of the great RPG games of our time. See: Zelda, Planescape: Torment, Vagrant Story.
Was the last question a false dichotomy?
No way. Everything in life can fall into the camp of FPS or RPG. For example: “Mom, what kind of applesauce did you buy?” “First person.” See? Works great.
Thanks for a great interview, Jeremy – and for stepping in a literally saving my Mac from being thrown out of the window.
And as for the Whedon thing – that’s ok, we can still all be friends. Drool notwithstanding