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Rising Hyperpop Artist midwxst New Song – Made It Back

Midwxst, born Edgar Sarratt III, shares the new song and video “Made It Back” via Geffen Records. Directed by Elan Bia / No Soap, the visual is a cinematic sci-fi thriller that merges animations with surrealism for the perfect counterpart to midwxst’s glitched out, genre-crossing sound. The song follows the previously-released single “Ruthless” and his Summer03 EP released earlier this year.

Midwxst is the next generation’s ideal superstar. He’s a cutting-edge artist from the oft-overlooked state of Indiana, a genre-defier combining hyperpop and digicore with hip-hop alongside candid lyrics that reveal he isn’t afraid to let his true feelings show. Midwxst shares, “A lot of people expected me to be a trapper, rapping about guns and all the generic mainstream stuff. When I talk about how your own mental health and emotions can be the most dangerous thing you possess, especially as a teenager or young adult, people get such a different vibe from me and that’s what I strive for.” Midwxst will be performing at Overcast N Friends on October 9th and Day N Vegas Festival November 12th — 14th.

Listen to and watch “Made It Back” above and stay tuned for more from midwxst coming soon.

Tour Dates:

10/9 — Philadelphia, PA @ Overcast N Friends

11/12-14 — Las Vegas, NV @ Day N Vegas

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AREA21 – Pogo

Following the release of “La La La,” AREA21‘s debut single which has already surpassed 5 million combined streams, the adventure continues with today’s release of “Pogo.” The song exudes the feeling of being completely uninhibited, living life wild and free, which makes it the perfect soundtrack for the coming summer months. Written by Martin Garrix and Maejor, Martin also plays electric guitar on the track, one of the many talents from this multifaceted artist. Like most of their previous work, the track is a clean electronic dance bop. 

AREA21’s video for “Pogo” picks up where “La La La” left off with the two alien travelers M & M having crashed landed on earth, standing on their recently crashed spaceship and running from the law. Their escape includes a very unorthodox mode of transportation and ends with a rest stop in a futuristic Las Vegas, Nevada. 

About AREA21 

The music of AREA21 follows a story arc of two alien travelers, M & M, who are tripping through the cosmos spreading a message of unity and good vibes when they accidentally come crashing to Earth. Their adventures are portrayed musically and visually throughout a series of songs and accompanying animated videos produced by award-winning animation studio, Titmouse (Run the Jewels, Dua Lipa,) set to roll out this spring & summer and culminating in an album due out this fall.

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H3000 – Running

“Running” is the second track to be released from H3000. It follows “July Heat,” which Billboard named as one of the best new dance tracks, noting, “Together [Luke Steele and Jarrad Rogers] conjure the futuristic vibes of the year 3000, with their first single “July Heat” giving an optimistic vision of the far-off future. The vocals are pitched up to sound like robots, and the track is a dually spare and brightly glitchy amalgamation that’s altogether sleek as the chrome on your hovercraft.” It’s an interesting electronic track that is simultaneously catchy but also beautifully surreal in it’s instrumentals. 

The two artists met in Steele’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles. Steele recalls, “It was the start of summer in California, which is always such a great time. We just connected. The band is about the heavens and what will be the issues of the heart in the year 3000.”

That connection in the spirit is present across the entire album, each song a hypnotic synthesis of pop, electronic music, and classic song writing that plays like a world unto itself. Steele channels a vision beyond the screen into breathtaking lyrics and melody. Rogers is a perfect yang to Steele’s yin, adding a grounding physicality to Steele’s unmoored writing. A sublime union in the mold of Bowie and Eno or Tennant and Lowe, there’s something more than the sum of its parts here, an alchemical spark that’s easy to hear but hard to describe. 

Whether that’s to the fragility of the human heart, a transformative tragedy or the love of the strange, H3000 comes about from a chance encounter and a musical world yet to be explored. Join “LUKE 18” and “MSTR ROGERS” on this transcendental journey as they take on the year 3000 together.  

About H3000

H3000 is a new creative project from world-renowned musicians Luke Steele and Jarrad Rogers. The Australian-born duo merge deep emotional states with advanced technologies to create transcendental works of music and art, unlike anything fans have experienced before. H3000 will see Steele and Rogers transformed into LUKE 18 and MSTR ROGERS, respectively, for a boundary-breaking visual experience. Both Steele and Rogers have enjoyed major critical and commercial success with their past musical projects. Steele is well known from his days as the dynamic front man for the multi-Platinum selling act, Empire Of The Sun, while Rogers has written and produced for chart-topping artists including Charli XCX, Rita Ora, Lana Del Rey and Avicii, to name a few.

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PornHub Insights x Among Us

When originally released in 2018 by InnerSloth, the game ‘Among Us’ was not known by many people. However, this year the online game is now trending. ‘Among Us’ is a multiplayer internet game that uses internet or local wifi to connect you with users to “attempt to hold your spaceship together and return back to civilization” the InnerSloth’s website describes. 

PornHub Insights started noticing that within the last 30 days there have been 4.7 million searches for ‘Among Us.’ The game garnered mainstream recognition when well known Twitch Streamers and YouTubers began playing it. 

Kotaku reached out to PornHub so see if searches were being increased on their website as well. After reviewing their insights, they noticed that searches containing ‘Among Us’ became regular around the start of September and reached n September 16th, with nearly 700,000 searches in a single day.

With average daily searches of 115,000, ‘Among Us’ currently rivals Pornhub’s most searched games such as Fortnite.

It seems the public’s interests in online gaming has been reinvigorated since the start of COVID-19 and scouring the internet for articles for ideas to pass time seemed to be a top priority. 

The 360 MAGAZINE wrote an article recently, describing ways to not let boredom overcome you this fall. It references how playing online games is a way to pass the time, but the fall can bring on other new opportunities such as baking cookies or honing a new skill. 

While some are taking time to perfect skills, its no secret that online traffic and gaming has been increased. Some are going back to childhood games such as Club Penguin and ToonTown while others are exploring new games such as the ones InnerSloth are releasing. 

InnerSloth currently hosts three online gaming platforms all with different themes to peak the consumers interest.

Chris Brown × Young Thug

Today, Chris Brown and Young Thug release the animated new video for “Say You Love Me” from their joint mixtape Slime & B.

Click here to watch.

The continuation of the storyline from the “Go Crazy” video, which has been viewed over 46 million times to date, the “Say You Love Me” video is the brainchild of Brown and his core team of creatives – Mat Fuller, Matt Goldstein and Jake Miosge. Developed over the course of two months, the video pushes the medium of animation and highlights the team’s affinity with sci-fi, animated TV/films and space. Collaborating with feature film animators, directors and content creators, Chris and his team have several projects slated for release in the future that will further cement the talent and creativity the world knows from him as an artist.

The video was written and directed by Mat Fuller with animation created by Dark Matter FX’s Joe Hobach (Game Of Thrones, Night At The Museum, Ghost Rider, King Kong, Sin City, Blade: Trinity, The Fast & the Furious), Eric Molina (Yahoo Sports, Super Bowl Live, NFL), and Tony Castro (Agents Of Shield, The Smurfs, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Bad Universe).

Slime & B has been streamed (audio and video) over 663 million times worldwide across all platforms since its May 5, 2020 release via RCA Records.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SLIME & B

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The Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar

The Space Marine hero, Marneus Calgar, heads to war next month in a brand-new series! WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1, the first product of the exciting collaboration between Marvel Comics and Games Workshop, will tell the untold origin of the legendary chapter master including his upbringing on the world of Nova Thulium, his bloody campaigns in the Black Crusades, and the unfolding mystery of the Black Altar, a deadly threat from his past that threatens the entire Ultramar system.

This exciting venture into the iconic Warhammer tabletop gaming universe is brought to life by a superstar creative team: writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-MenJourney Into MysteryThe Wicked + The Divine) and artist Jacen Burrows (Punisher: SovietMoon Knight). Together, these incredible talents have crafted an action-packed tale that will delight both Warhammer aficionados and newcomers to the thrilling battles of the 41st millennium. Get a sneak peek at the glorious combat that awaits in this high-octane trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork from the debut issue!

“Give us two pages. It’s the full heavy-metal power that 40k needs to look like.  You’ll see there’s no other sci-fi comic, by Marvel or anyone else that feels like this. This is my love song to a hell on earth, and the guitars are Spinal-Tap-ian in their desire to go to 11,” Gillen told Newsarama in a recent interview. “Jacen’s work is something I’ve always loved – the architect’s eye for structure (and destruction). The way his approach grounds the fantasy, and executes the most horribly complicated stuff. Jacen seems as happy as I am. He said there’s a spread in issue 1, which he thinks is the best thing he’s ever drawn, and I have to agree.”

Discover the secrets behind one of Warhammer’s most famous warriors when WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1 hits stands on October 16th!

Learn more about the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe by visiting warhammer4000.com.

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Indie Rights Acquires UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

Indie Rights has acquired the Sci-Fi Parody Adventure Feature Film “UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!,” which features over forty former “Star Trek” cast members, for domestic distribution and will represent the film for foreign sales with a launch at the 1st Virtual Cannes Film Market, announced husband and wife team Writer/Director Steven L. Fawcette and Producer Angelique Fawcette, of Archangel Films LA, who also stars in the film.

“Indie Rights is so excited to be featuring ‘UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!’ at Virtual Cannes. We’ll be screening the film for international buyers on June 24th. Snoop Dogg and Star Trek fans will love this plant-based, inter-galactic parody,” said Linda Nelson, CEO, Indie Rights.

Kevin Carlson voices the star of “UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!,” Kirk Stillwood, a puppet created by the Chiodo Brothers (who created all the “Team America: World Police” puppets). The film also features over forty former “Star Trek” actors from all the “Trek” series and “Trek” movies, a historic number of “Star Trek” stars and guest-stars in one film.

“UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” is a Sci-Fi Parody Adventure which follows the crazy exploits of four off-beat astronauts (one is a marionette) who travel to the Moon on a rescue mission to determine the fate of two Space Agency comrades who have not been heard from in several days. The individuals they find at the Lunar Base are not whom they appear to be and nearly succeed in killing our heroes. Soon the astronauts find themselves trying to save the Earth from an invasion of Killer Plant Aliens.

“It has been a tremendous honor to produce ‘UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!’ and to be able to be intentionally inclusive and share a powerful message of true diversity within our film, in front of and behind the camera. We are immensely grateful for the actors, actresses, and crew who made a choice to join us on this amazing journey. Throughout the arduous wait, and the ups and downs, we are now also very grateful to Indie Rights for believing in our little-big film,” said Angelique Fawcette.

“UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” also features Snoop Dogg as “Major LeGrande Bushe,” Michael Madsen as “The President,” and cameos by Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Davi as voice of “The Gardener of Fricken Forever”, a secret Marvel-style scene with Sam Asghari, Casper Smart, and Nadia Lanfranconi, and introducing Katarina Van Derham, Angelique Fawcette, and Singer/Songwriter Emily L. Stanton.

“I wrote the first draft screenplay of ‘UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!’ in college back in 1977, never realizing it would be with me to this day. Now it’s a testament to always listen to that inner voice, dismiss the naysayers, and will dreams to life. As an original “Star Trek” fan, it was a surreal experience and an honor to direct so many of these wonderful actors who I’ve admired for decades.

“‘UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!’ was made for the millions of “Trek” fans around the world, with fond memories and mad respect for Gene Roddenberry’s creation,” said Steven L. Fawcette, writer/director/executive producer.

The “UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” original score is written and composed by the Emmy Award Winning (“Roots, pt. 1”), Oscar Nominated, TOS Trek composer Gerald Fried. Fried is the last living composer from the original ‘Star Trek’ series.

“We are grateful for our composer, Gerald Fried, who is 92 years old now, and for the 29-live piece orchestra who created most of the music for our soundtrack. Music is an important part of any film, and we are thrilled to announce that ahead of the film’s release, we’ll be releasing a song from our film titled, ‘After Today’ written and arranged by recording artist and actress, Emily L. Stanton,” said Angelique Fawcette.

On the 50th Anniversary of the debut of the Original Star Trek Series, September 7, 2016, an early cut of “UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” as a work-in-progress was privately screened for the cast, crew, and investors at a SRO event at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

“I am thankful that we were able to have the early advance screening of a work-in-progress cut of ‘UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!’ on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the original “Star Trek” series back in 2016. Since then we have unfortunately lost Celeste Yarnall and Jack Donner. These were incredibly wonderful and talented people to work with. Thankfully, we have memories of them via film, for their families and fans,” said Steven L. Fawcette.

Watch the trailer for “UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” here.

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“Star Trek: Voyager” 25th Anniversary

Star Trek: Voyager will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a cast reunion on Stars in the House

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will co-host May 26th at 8 PM EST in support of the Actors Fund.

NEW YORK (May 19, 2020)Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the cast of “Star Trek: Voyager” will reunite LIVE on “Stars In The House” on Tuesday, May 26th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Roxann Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), and Garrett Wang(Harry Kim) are coming together to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary and to support The Actors Fund.  Fans tuning in will be able to interact with the Voyager crew in real-time as they recall favorite memories of their journey from the Delta Quadrant, and can donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read on air. And of course, like all episodes of “Stars in the House” – there will be LIVE music!

“This reunion will be both gratifying and novel: we are all alive, we are all congenial, and we are all still actors!” said Kate Mulgrew.

“I am delighted that the entire cast of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ will beam in for a 25th Anniversary Reunion panel on Stars in the House to benefit The Actors Fund,” said Robert Picardo. “Hope you’ll join us Tuesday, May 26th at 8 PM EST and support this important cause with a donation at the moment in time it will mean the most.”

“Star Trek: Voyager” joins the incredible lineup of casts that Seth and James have brought together to sing, share stories, and raise funds to help entertainment professionals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; including current TV favorites “One Day At A Time,” “The Flash,” “Barry,” “Young Sheldon,” and “This Is Us;” along with reunions featuring the casts of “Melrose Place,” “White Collar,” “SMASH,”  “Frasier,” “Glee,” “Desperate Housewives,” “SCTV,” “Difficult People,” “Taxi,” and more. Celebrity guests like Jason Alexander, Sean Hayes, Chita Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, Jeremy Jordan, Randy Rainbow, Judith Light, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Peyton List, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, and Annette Bening are just some of the stars who have joined since the first show on March 16th.  And often Seth and James remind their guests how important it is to keep in touch with loved ones during this social distancing and suddenly a surprise guest will pop up like Jon Hamm, Erik McCormack, John Lithgow, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Jessie Mueller, Iain Armitage, Rosie O’Donnell, and Andrew Lloyd Webber!

As the creators and executive producers of “Stars In The House,” Seth and James bring a masterful combination of music, storytelling, and community to each episode, ensuring that the show goes on in viewers’ homes even while performance venues across the world are closed.

“Stars In The House” airs new episodes daily at 2 PM and 8 PM on its YouTube channel and starsinthehouse.com. For more information and to see upcoming guests, please visit starsinthehouse.com and follow @StarsInTheHouse, Seth (@SethRudetsky), and James (@JamesWesleyNYC) on Twitter and Instagram.

About Stars in the House

“Stars in the House,” which officially kicked off on March 16th, is a daily series that features stars of stage and screen singing or performing plays live (from home!) to promote support for The Actors Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Joining Seth and James for the shows is Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News. Visit starsinthehouse.com to donate to The Actors Fund, watch previous episodes, learn about upcoming guests, and more.

Since the first show, “Stars in the House” has raised more than $305,000 to benefit The Actors Fund – and continues to do so thanks to a generous donation from the Berlanti Family Foundation.

In addition to its regular twice-a-day streaming and ability for viewers to watch it on their own time, “Stars in the House” has teamed up with SiriusXM. SiriusXM is the exclusive audio broadcasting partner delivering the show to listeners daily on Volume (channel 106) and On Broadway (channel 72). SiriusXM subscribers can catch “Stars in the House” weekday mornings at 9:00 a.m. ET on Volume channel 106, with favorite program excerpts airing throughout the day on SiriusXM’s On Broadway channel 72. Listeners can also follow Seth on Seth Speaks and Seth’s Big Fat Broadway, two regularly scheduled programs that air on SiriusXM’s On Broadway channel and his brand-new podcast “Seth Rudetsky’s Back To School” where he interviews celebrities like Tina Fey and Allison Janney to find out hilarious and moving stories from their high school years. “Stars in the House” will air commercial-free on SiriusXM. The program is available to subscribers nationwide on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen on-demand on the SiriusXM app, and at home on a variety of connected devices. For more info to activate your streaming access or to sign up for a trial subscription, go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome.

About the Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

The Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program has been able to distribute more than $11 million to more than 9,300 professionals in the performing arts and entertainment community who have been impacted by the coronavirus. This has helped people in financial crisis pay for basic living expenses such as essential medications, rent, food, utilities, and other needs.

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has temporarily transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, visit actorsfund.org/donate.

About Seth Rudetsky

Seth moved to New York in 1988 and started volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver, which brings meals to people with AIDS all across the city. He is decidedly not skilled at cooking and soon decided his talents could be better used elsewhere. At a holiday party in 1992, he connected with Hearts and Voices, an organization that brings live weekly performances to hospitalized people with AIDS. He started volunteering for them and has been a mainstay at many hospitals since 1992: Rivington House, Roosevelt Island Hospital, the prison ward at St. Clare’s Hospital and since 2005, he’s been playing the piano/booking singers at the Cardinal Cooke AIDS ward. Broadway folks love volunteering to sing and Seth’s patients have been serenaded by the likes of Audra MacDonald, Tituss Burgess and Betty Buckley! In 1998, Seth was asked to write the opening number for The Easter Bonnet Competition, which is the big spring fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He did that for many years and then began hosting the Gypsy Of The Year Competition, which is the BC/EFA fall fundraiser (and resulted in him sharing a dressing room with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman!).

In 2001, he produced and conducted “Dreamgirls” starring Heather Headley, Audra McDonald and Lillias White, the first fall concert for The Actors Fund, which was recorded on Nonesuch Records and raised almost $1 million for The Fund. He then did “Funny Girl” with Idina Menzel and Jane Krakowski, “Chess” with Adam Pascal and Josh Groban, “Hair” with Jennifer Hudson (Ghostlight Records, Grammy nomination), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” with Terrence Mann and Jennifer Hudson and “On The Twentieth Century” with Marin Mazzie and Kathleen Turner. He also starred opposite Sutton Foster in The Actors Fund production of “They’re Playing Our Song” and hosted and played piano for an array of divas for their 2009 Nothing Like A Dame concert with Betty Buckley, Stephanie J. Block, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Bebe Neuwirth.

He is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM Radio and recently co-wrote and co-starred in “Disaster!” on Broadway, which was co-produced by his husband, James. He was also a co-producer on the Broadway for Orlando recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and Voices for the Voiceless, he and his husband’s annual foster care event on Broadway.

As a writer, he was nominated for three Emmy awards for comedy writing on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and is the author of “My Awesome Awful Popularity Plan” and “The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek” (published by Random House), a young adult series about a teenaged gay kid named Justin Goldblatt, who’s obsessed with theater and sports a Jewfro.

In response to concerns that marginalized people would suffer after 2016’s presidential election, along with his husband James, Seth conceived and hosted a concert series called Concert for America. The first concert was held at The Town Hall in New York, New York January 20, 2017.

Concert For America features brilliant, inspiring performances by films stars like Rosie Perez, TV stars like Piper Perabo, comedians like Caroline Rhea, recording artists like Melissa Manchester, Broadway stars like Brian Stokes Mitchell and legendary icons like Chita Rivera and Barry Manilow.

About James Wesley

In 2015, after devastating cuts were imposed on the only two foster care organizations working with older children and youth in New York City, James conceived and co-produced Voices for the Voiceless on Broadway starring Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Megan Hilty, Antwone Fisher, Charlene Tilton, Caroline Rhea, Darren Criss, Alec Mapa, Kate Shindle, and Eden Espinosa. It shined a spotlight on foster care in a unique and entertaining way, combining celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their stories. The concert raised $500,000 for You Gotta Believe! and the Council on Adoptable Children.

The following year, the concert returned to Broadway, starring Chita Rivera, Rosie Perez, Stephanie Mills, Gloria Gaynor, Liz Callaway, and Sherri Saum, among many others.

In response to concerns that marginalized people would suffer after 2016’s presidential election, James produced and hosted a concert series called Concert for America. The first concert was held at The Town Hall in New York, New York January 20, 2017. Over the course of the series, entertainment’s biggest stars generously lent their voices to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health, and environmental protection.

As a writer, he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, “Unbroken Circle”, starring Eve Plumb and Tony nominees Anika Larsen and Jennifer Simard. He also wrote “Art and Science”, a comedy-drama dealing with the generational differences between two gay men. It starred Tony nominees Tony Sheldon and John Tartaglia.

James was also proud to be one of the lead producers on Broadway of his husband’s musical, “Disaster!”

James and Seth are the proud recipients of the National Leadership Award from the LGBTQ Task Force for their work on Broadway for Orlando’s What the World Needs Now is Love.

Code of Rainbow, 360 MAGAZINE

Code of Rainbow: Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet 

Q&A with Author Weiqi Wang on:

THE CONTINUED QUEST TO MAKE MAGIC AND SCIENCE COMPATIBLE WITH THIRD BOOK OF ACCLAIMED YOUNG ADULT SERIES

Question: How would you define this genre that you invented for Code of Rainbow and why is it important to differentiate this from your typical sci-fi series?

Weiqi Wang: This series is a pioneer to construct a magic world based on physical scientific theories. I call this potential new genre Sci-M-Fi, or SMF. This is the first attempt that I ever heard of, worldwide, that tries to bridge magic with realistic, physical science. My scientific background and understanding in scientific disciplines, including but not limited to the theory of time and space, origination of the universe and quantum physics are the keys to my world-building in this series. By the end of the series, readers will see how the magic in this world, although looking very similar to “traditional” magic concepts, can be explained by the underlying physical scientific theories from our real world. As such, this series will smoothly transform its genre from magic fantasy to sci-fi. That’s why I call it Sci-M-Fi.

Q: Did your scientific and philosophy background play a role in creating Sci-M-Fi?

WW: I’m a scientist and an engineer, plus I’d like to see myself as a philosopher, too. I couldn’t stop thinking about extreme philosophical questions since I was little, such as how the universe exists. So, my style is open-minded and borderless imagination, plus humor when it fits, and I’m brave enough to try to bridge magic with physical science. If we think about it, the concept of “magic” originated from the observation of something that we cannot explain, something deemed supernatural, which does not mean it’s not scientific. If I wasn’t a scientist and hadn’t been thinking critically about philosophical questions such as the origin of the universe, I wouldn’t be able to build the world in this series.

Q: Another big theme present throughout the series is the mistreatment of animals, or “magimals”. Why was this an important issue for you to highlight?

WW: Not everybody knows the epidemic of abuse and torture to animals, whether it’s for fun or for business. The fur coat business, as a typical example, sometimes demands live skin peeling to get fresh furs so that the coats can be sold at a higher price. Countless animals therefore suffered un-imaginable, appalling pain from live skin peeling, and I’ve seen many videos on that. It just drove me utterly mad, but it seems to me that very few people are aware of this and, surprisingly, many don’t care even after getting informed. It’s just so wrong. I want to raise awareness on that.

Q: What message do you hope to get across by showcasing these issues?

I want my readers, especially the younger ones, to be aware of this kind of issues and get educated in the right direction. Animals and humans are both lives. Treating them with love is one of the most basic and fundamental disciplines and deeds of goodness. We also need to protect environment and treasure all kinds of resources. Appreciate and maintain the era of peace as of now. This world doesn’t owe us peace; we need to maintain it by ourselves.

Q: So, do you think real magic is out there?

WW: I think people should be open-minded and embrace creative thinking when it comes to the concept of “magic.” It originates from describing un-explainable phenomena, which might be due to under-development of science. Magic and science may not be opposite to each other, they are just two concepts or philosophies. So, I would say to readers to try to be open about the idea of magic. Anything is possible.

WEIQI WANG’s goal as a writer is to connect the scientific world with elements of magic. He received his PhD from Oxford University before coming to live in the United States. As a Doctor of Philosophy, Wang also explores elements of existence and universe came to be in his books. Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet is the third book of the Code of Rainbow saga, with four more installments of the series planned. He currently resides in San Francisco. Learn more about Wang and the Code of Rainbow series on his website, and connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Code of Rainbow: Legends of the Azure and the Masked Planet is available now on Amazon.

STEVE AOKI’S “NEON FUTURE” × NYCC

Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki’s new comic book series NEON FUTURE which will be debuting at NYCC.

The series was created in collaboration with Eisner Award winner Jim Krueger (DC Comics “Justice,” Marvel “Earth X,” “X-Men, “The Avengers”) and will be released by publisher Impact Theory.  The first issue will be available with variant covers.

On Oct 5th, Steve will be doing a limited media interviews, Signing at Impact Theory Booth 236, and headlining a panel that features musicians who are comic book creators including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides and alt pop performer Lights (10:30amRoom 1A24 – Javits Center).

NEON FUTURE is set roughly 30 years in the future in an America that has outlawed advanced technology. A civil war is brewing between the Augmented, an oppressed class of people who have chosen to integrate technology into their bodies, and the Authentic, who have not. The resistance movement

“Neon Future” is lead by the mysterious Kita Sovee (a character modeled after Aoki), who strives to bring peace, by showing the world a brighter future in harmony with technology.  The series is a compelling, character-driven sci-fi story that chronicles the dangers of unchecked power and the limitless nature of human potential.

The first issue features collectible variant covers designed by creator Jheremy Raapack (“Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” and “Hulk Smash.”) and South Korean artist Kim Jung Gi (Marvel “Civil War 2,” Blizzard “Siege of Lordaeron”), known around the world for illustrating by photographic memory.  Supplemental collectible key art created by legendary concept artist Maciej Kuciara (“Ghost in the Shell,” “Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) will also be made available in limited quantities.  NEON FUTURE will be available to pre-order online at http://neonfuturecomic.com