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Interview with ‘Xombi’ Comic Book Writer John Rozum – Part One

John Rozum is the co-creator of “Xombi” which was just recently resurrected from the dead to become an ongoing monthly series for DC Comics. After reading the first issue of the new version of the book, I had an opportunity to talk to Rozum and dig deep into the world of “Xombi” and the writer himself.

First, give us a little background on John Rozum.

I was born in the latter half of the 1960s and grew up on a steady diet of cartoons, dinosaurs, and monster movies. Even as a kid I was predisposed towards serial storytelling.

I went to New York University to study film and television production. It was here that I met Dwayne McDuffie. When Dwayne began working at Marvel as an assistant editor, I’d often meet him after work to get dinner or catch a movie. At some point, wandering the Marvel offices while he was finishing up, I decided that I could probably write comics. I’d read them my whole life, and even made a bunch as a kid, but it never occurred to me to try and do it professionally.


Anime Review: S-Cry-ed

I’d had my eye in this anime for quite some time. When I was finally able to purchase the boxed set of the complete series and watch it, I was blown away. This is one of the most exciting and original anime I’ve ever seen.

Tokyo, and part of the surrounding Kanto plain, is ripped away from the mainland by a catastrophic earthquake. Eventually this area becomes known as the Lost Ground. So powerful were the natural forces that caused this disaster that a rift was opened in the fabric of our world and the energy of another world bled through. Within a generation children are born who begin to exhibit strange abilities. These abilities are dubbed Alter Power, and those who wield are called Alter Users. These individuals can reorder the structure of matter on a fundamental level, shaping it into other forms to suit their needs. These forms are the physical embodiment of their powers and are unique to each User. The anime S-Cry-ed takes you from thrilling highs in action to unique storytelling with epic dialogues.

The desolate and dangerous Lost Ground serves as a backdrop for a fascinating character study. Kazuma is a young Alter User who does odd-jobs, some of them of a questionable nature, to make money to take care of an orphaned girl named Kanami. Ordinarily, Kazuma is hot-headed , boastful and reckless but when it comes to her he is kind-hearted, revealing a protective, nurturing side. Still, all he wants is to live in peace and be left alone. He does not want to answer to anyone.


LSU’s Labratory for Creative Arts and Technology

LSU’s Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technology [LCAT] “is envisioned as a place for exploration of how Information Technology affects all forms of human expression, whether that expression is artistic, commercial, scientific, or instructional in nature. Collaborations between artists, musicians, scientists, engineers and writers will help develop new technologies and modes of communication through interdisciplinary research, activities and programs,” Said LCAT director Steve Beck.

One of the largest and most public of LCAT’s recent programs was the highly successful Red Stick Animation Festival (April 21-23), which drew crowds to the recently opened Shaw Center for the Arts. The festival was comprised of three types of events. “On Thursday we had a set of workshops. People had the opportunity to learn, through hands on experience, about anatomy for animators, video game development, and acting for animators. Friday we had a full day of lectures from professional video game designers, animation studio recruiters, and of course professional animators. Throughout the three days we had screenings ranging from the five animated short films nominated for Academy Awards, to Cartoon-A-Palooza, animation for a family audience,” Beck said.