The Hyper Room

The Hyper Room

The Hyper Room is a podcast series interviewing creatives, innovators and business people in the world of Pop Culture involved in all facets from comic books to action figures to video games and other forms of physical and digital media, The Hyper Room deep dives into the process and the business direct from the creators themselves. We don't discuss if Harry Potter can beat Superman - we discuss how that story could come together and how it would affect the world of Pop Culture.

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September 11, 2021 64 min
Returning for a second interview inside The Hyper Room is Andy Park the Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios and the man behind the look of the iconic costume design for Shang-Chi in the newest hit Marvel Cinematic Universe film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

On this podcast, we talk all things Shang-Chi and the visual design that mixed together the comics, the MCU and Chinese mythology. It’s good to have A...
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Andy Park started off drawing for Image Comics at the age of 18, then took Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from the #1 selling video game to the #1 selling comic book in 1999, before going on to illustrate Marvel’s The Uncanny X-Men working alongside the legendary Chris Claremont.

Going from huge comics to iconic video games to the biggest movie of all time with Avengers Endgame, Andy Park has had an incredibly exciting career and on this ...
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From KISS and Rob Zombie, to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Eminem, Dark Angel, and to boldly go with Star Trek and Minimates, Art Asylum was one of the landmark toy companies and action figure studios that defined the late 90s and early 2000s - fighting for creator recognition while at the same time pushing what can be done creatively with action figure sculpting, design, materials and packaging that is still felt today 20 years ...
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As a veteran of the initial Image Comics launch, Matt Hawkins started his career in comic book publishing in 1993 and has been working with Image as a creator, writer and executive for over 26 years. President/COO of Top Cow since 1998, Matt has created and written over 30 new franchises for Top Cow and Image.

We talk about Matt's career, how new comic creators can break in, the future of comics publishing, about his own project...
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Batman: Black and White, Batman vs TMNT, DC Cover Girls and Harley Quinn: Red, white and Black are just some of the DC Direct collectibles - including the groundbreaking Mike Mignola Batman statue - that Jonathan Matthews has sculpted over the years.

On this episode find out how the worlds of Batman, Superman and the Harley Quinn collide with the worlds of wax, silicone and Zbrush with Sculptor Supreme Jonathan Matthews inside The ...
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Find out more about Todd McFarlane, the Image founders and comic book documentary filmmaking on this episode of The Hyper Room as I talk to Mike Avila, the producer behind the latest Todd McFarlane documentary LIKE HELL I WON’T, and host, writer, co-creator of SyFy Wire's "Behind the Panel" docu-series, where he interviews the legends of the comic book industry.

This is an amazing chat so let's just jump into it - he...
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Magnus Robot Fighter, X-O Manowar, Rai and the Future Force, Harbinger, Ninjak, Archer and Armstrong, Quantum and Woody.

These are some of the characters of the Valiant Universe also includes their biggest character - thanks to the Vin Diesel movie that came out this year: BLOODSHOT!

Dinesh Shamdasani’s Valiant Comics story is an amazing one so if you loved the original 1990s run of the comics and don’t know the story of what happene...
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This episode of the Hyper Room host Casey Lau welcomes the author of "Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World" Matt Alt to talk about the origins of Transformers, manga, anime, Astro Boy, Gundam, Akira Evangelion all the way up to Demon Slayer today.

Through the stories of an indelible group of artists, geniuses, and oddballs, the book Pure Invention reveals how Japanese ingenuity remade global cultur...
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In the 1990s Jay started doing black and white comics like SIN, JETCAT, LAND OF NOD and ATOMIC CITY TALES in Canada before taking some of his ideas into animation.

He can call cartoonists like The Tick’s Ben England, THB’s Paul Pope and Scud the Disposable Assassin’s Rob Schwab contemporaries of the indie comics scene of the mid-90’s.

His mix of Groovy and Ghoulie artwork and storytelling attracted the world of cartoons and before lo...
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In the early 2000’s the nostalgia wave for 80s pop culture was at an all time high - the return of Classic GI Joe and Generation 1 Transformers to comic book stores around the world signaled that we the kids of the 80s like the kids of the 70s with Star Wars had our own money to spend on these amazing characters in comic, toy and game form.

Alongside GI Joe and Transformers there was Voltron, Thundercats, Battle of the Planets, Micr...
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On this episode of the Hyper Room, I welcome one of the legends of modern action figure sculpting Jerry Macaluso he started three of the most iconic US collectibles companies in history: Plastic Fantasy, SOTA Toys, and Pop Culture Shock.

Together Jerry and I will take you behind the scenes of his career starting in special effects on movies like The Toxic Avenger to teaming up with Jenna Jameson on a line of adult film star action ...
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If you are asked to name the most influential cartoons of all time Ren and Stimpy would definitely be somewhere at the top of that list.

Without Ren and Stimpy there would be no Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time or Rick and Morty.

The Nickelodeon cartoon about a mean dog and a dumb cat - was a landmark for modern animation with is gross-out humour, incredible animation and achieving pop culture superstar status the moment it ...
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It is my Cybertronian honor to have legendary storyteller Flint Dille inside The Hyper Room.

If you grew up watching GI Joe, Transformers, Inhumanoid, Visionaries or was traumatized by Transformers the movie then you know who Flint Dille is. He created and wrote so much of what came out of Sunbow Animation in the 1980s and what has influenced so much in pop culture over 30 year later.

The name of his autobiography The Gamesmaster - ...
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In October 1980 Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash along with Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and a teenage Beast Boy now calling himself The Changeling, joined together to form The New Teen Titans first appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 before launching into their own comic book and setting the world on fire.

Today in The Hyper Room in association with Icon Heroes we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of this classic super hero te...
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Today in the Hyper Room we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the original airing of the series that has ranked as one of the greatest animated shows of all time — and so it is my extreme honor to welcome the entire original Macross Saga voice cast:

- Tony Oliver who played Rick Hunter

- Rebecca Forstadt Who played Lynn MinMay

- Melanie MacQueen Who played Lisa Hayes

- Dan Woren who played Lt Roy Fokker

Alongside Harmony Gold’s Rob...
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Inside the Hyper Room I welcome the president of Toynami George Sohn who has had the Robotech license for over 20 years and Pat Wang the president of Icon Heroes who just started his license with Robotech this year. Also joining us is Harmony Gold’s Robotech Master himself Tommy Yune who has been the Stewart of all things Robotech for the past 20 years and was the director on the Robotech Shadow Chronicles movie.

Both Toynami and Ic...
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Warner Bros was developing a Flash TV series in the late 1980s but not until the world went into full on Batmania in June 1989, did CBS pull the trigger on development of The Flash in early 1990, and like the proverbial bolt of lightning the pilot debuted in October 1990.

But all this is not possible without an actor who could play the Scarlet Speedster and his secret identity of Barry Allen.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia John Wesley Shi...
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The New Master of Sequential Horror Art Talks 40+ Years in Comics.

As a teenager, artist Kelly Jones started mailing his comic samples to every publisher he could after getting words of encouragement from legendary Batman artist Marshall Rogers at a comic con. His first gig was inking Butch Guice on Marvel Comics original Micronauts series before being promoted to lead artist on the 1984 relaunch: Micronauts: The New Voyages.

He ...
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It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, I welcome Mike Horn from Palisades Toys in The Hyper Room tonight!

Mike is the founder of one the most beloved toy companies of the 1990’s and early 2000’s that while not producing any new products today are still in the hearts and minds of collectors around the world. 

Mike walks us through his secret origin as a marketing company importing Japanese toys to the US t...
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