GCP 43 - Norwescon - Lee Moyer
Episode 43 - Lee Moyer - The Very Special Non-Euclidean Episode
We finish out in our Norwescon 38 series with Lee Moyer. Lee Moyer is an award-winning Illustrator, Designer, and Art Director who specializes in classic illustration and design for Products and Entertainment.
They start with discussing how Lee got started selling artwork at science fiction conventions. After attending multiple conventions, he one day realized there was terrible work in the conventions art shows. Knowing he could do terrible work, he did. 7 years later, he received the compliment: “You know Lee, your work isn’t unpalatable shit anymore.” It was a turning point for him.
After his start in science fiction, he worked on the development of Dungeons and Dragons. That eventually led to being laid off, but had a turn for good when a fellow designer with Dungeons and Dragons offered to take his portfolio to his friends that developed the card game Mythos. Mythos is now part of his impressive list of projects he has worked on.
He then talks about getting out of the science fiction art scene for about 20 years. He and four other guys started a start-up game company, called Digital Addiction. After not getting sold to a German company, he then went to EA. His experience with EA was a short lived three month fun experience. He sums it up as a very brief fun experience.
They then discuss his development of a game called The Doom that Came to Atlantic City. An amazing story, after the person that was working on their Kick Started left the scene completely, never to be heard from, another company got involved. They made the final release of the game happen, also giving all the kick starter backers a free game.
He covers what else he has gotten to design. It includes a lot of book covers, theater posters, rock and roll posters, opera posters, CD’s, and DVS’s including Laurel & Hardy. He has also worked with the late Dave Stevens on a piece for Spider Man. He’s working on a comic called Star Struck, with other well know artists.
One of his latest projects is one small god a day. Small gods is a concept from Ancient Romans, where each household had their own little gods. He’s made a god for every day of the year, one example, Gabby Gallowglass, the god of inappropriate laughter. (He claims there is between 0 to 5 jokes in each god.) He is wanting to take his small gods, team with other upcoming artists and create micro fictions to accompany the gods, describing where they came from, who they are, who they are fighting with, etc. He’s also working on another adult book and possible books for children.
The conversation then turns to his daily routines and schedule. Most of the time it is up at 8, possibly Yoga, and gets to work. He typically shuts off his computer at 8 for his life outside of work.
They then talk about the amazing feelings he gets when thinking that there are people out there that love his creations. The thing that matters to him is the UX, the user experience. What’s rewarding isn’t necessarily the perfection of what he does, but the idea that people are using what he has made and what it means to them.
The discussion then turns to science fiction conventions and what makes it amazing. After 30 years, it’s a very different experience from when it started. The new challenge is getting kids in the door and giving them a great user experience.
To find out more about what Lee is doing, visit his website: http://www.leemoyer.com/
Thank you going out to Lee for joining the podcast. We greatly appreciate having you on and hope to be able to podcast with you again.
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