First of all, I'd like to thank any and all of you who have been backing Bob's Kickstarter campaign. You may not be aware that this campaign is actually a landmark project. It demonstrates a whole new direction for how creativity and technology can merge in bringing you the METHOD of how entertainment will be brought to you from this point on...and how creators will be able to make a living without middlemen robbing them blind.
I recently skyped with Jotham, my longtime head writer on the original pulp thread who has been so busy looking for a job after getting his graduate degree in computer science that he hardly ever pops in on ComicVine anymore. :(
Anyway, I told Jotham about what Bob and I had been doing here in Atlanta and what I wanted to see happen as a result of it all. As I blathered away about HOW things were getting done, he interrupted with a simple question, "Who is Tony?"
(For those of you who don't know, Tony is Tony Dumont, whose user name is "tonis" here on ComicVine.)
My immediate reaction to Jotham's question was to describe Tony by telling him about Tony's last real job...where he led a team of programmers whose mission was creating artificial intelligence that would predict financial trends for a hedge fund.
Well, that was a bad answer…that’s ancient history. Tony isn’t working for a hedge fund anymore. :-)
I’ve known Bob for about thirty years and there has always been someone sorely missing in both Bob’s work and in Bob’s life…a partner. Being a fiercely independent person and for various other different reasons, it just never happened…until now.
I will soon be writing a bio about Tony and creating a “person” page for him here on ComicVine. I will be doing this as soon as Tony receives his first paycheck from Bob…which I guarantee you will be HUGE! :D
But before I dish all the dirt on Tony, I’ll just tell U-All how I discovered him. He had just gotten a “Community Star” award from Inferiorego and I saw his digital models for the first time. I wanted to see more of his work, so I asked someone at work who was far better at surfing the internet than I was to find some more tonis samples. This co-worker found what I was looking for, but said something odd. She said, “Uh, oh…this guy has a girlfriend.” I said, “I don’t give a crap if he has a girlfriend, just show me what you found!”
I looked at page and what it turned out to be was a site that was co-administered by Tony and someone else who had an Asian female name.
I turned to my co-worker and said, “Listen, I don’t go on the internet to find dates. I go on the internet to find TALENT!!! If I was that desperate for sex that I’d go online looking for it, I’d be going to sites like match.com, not COMICVINE!” Sheesh!
Well, I found the talent I was looking for…in SPADES! :D