34 – Games and stories and so much more with Steve Ogden artwork
The Spark & The Art

34 – Games and stories and so much more with Steve Ogden

  • 1:18:12
  • November 19th 2014

TheSparkAndTheArt.com/34 – Steve Ogden is a serial creative with a long string of projects behind him: A book of short stories, an animated short, online graphic novel and web comics. All of these while working full time in the games industry at Cyan Interactive on the Myst family of games and currently at Firaxis games, home of the Sid Meirs Civilization series. 

In today’s chat we talk about the role childhood plays in grown-up creativity and how it influenced Steve's book of short stories. We also talk about the myth of ‘The Talented A-Hole’ and the importance of balancing artistic skill with technical skill.  

All in all it’s a jam-packed hour and a bit so settle in and enjoy today’s interview with Steve Ogden.

**Links from today’s show**

Steve’s Website: http://steveogden.com/blog/
Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/steveogdenart
Pinkerton Park - http://www.gocomics.com/pinkerton
Bill Watterson - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Watterson
Gary Trudeau - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Trudeau
Croaker’s Gorge - http://steveogden.com/croakers/
Moon Town - http://steveogden.com/moontown/
Calvin & Hobbes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes
Walt Simonson - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Simonson
Mike Mignola - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Mignola
Firaxis Games - http://www.firaxis.com/
Myst, Riven, RealMyst - http://cyan.com/ 
URU - http://mystonline.com/en/     
Animwatch - http://podlounge.com/podcast/the-official-animwatch-podcast
Rustboy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRms4B_iaSo
NPR - http://www.npr.org/
Flakes [animated short] - http://steveogden.com/flakes/graphics.html
Bully Entertainment - http://www.bullyentertainment.com/
Steven King - http://stephenking.com
On Writing - http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=390961&creativeASIN=1439156816&linkCode=as2&tag=soiwr-20
Neal Gaiman - http://www.neilgaiman.com
Headstones and Monuments - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988570513/
Through the looking glass - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_the_Looking-Glass
The Fifth Element - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119116/
Monument Valley - http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/
Blade Runner - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner
Dilbert - http://www.dilbert.com/
Scott Adams - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Adams

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