Let’s rewind the clock back to 2013, shall we? That spring (April, to be exact) a little event called Awesome Con unveiled itself to fans in the nation’s capital. Having attended various comic book conventions prior to that (at the time), the prospect of having a comic convention right in my back yard to was too awesome (pun intended) to pass up. Despite its humble beginnings in terms of scale (during that first year), the event, even then, showed promise of what it could be (or arguably is, now), thanks to its format of panels, exhibitors, and special guests. One particular highlight that 1st year, for me, was attending Billy West’s panel.
Being the voice behind many of my favorite animated characters, I thought it be worth checking him out, and boy was I right! Equally irreverent and transparent with his thoughts about life and the trajectory of his career, in radio and voice work, it was a moment, that I captured, which left a lasting impression on me. Not surprisingly, it was quite special for me to come “full circle” and have the opportunity to moderate his panel at this year’s event 3 years later. In the first two-thirds of the panel, we chatted about his transition into voice work for children’s cartoons, his work on The Oblongs, as well as Futurama. Afterwards, during the Q& A segment with the audience, he reveals a bit more! Check it out….
Edited by Brandon Troy
Camera Work by Jerome Bourgeois
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