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Interview: Rob Balder by Danny Birt
Review by Danny Birt
Date: 01 March 2009

Links: Rob Balder's Website / Danny Birt's Website / Show Article /

Fandom at large has been growing and changing over the past many years, and the music that fans listen to has been doing the same. Many science fiction and fantasy conventions (cons) invite guests specifically because of their musical talents. Danny Birt, a reviewer for SFRevu cornered Rob Balder, a music and webcomic guest of the Williamsburg, VA con Marscon 2009, to get the scoop on what the world of music in fandom is like.

From official release/information:

Rob Balder's bio from his website: Rob Balder is a professional cartoonist, singer/songwriter, game designer and web entrepreneur.

He writes and sings filk/comedy/parody songs, and has recorded two CDs. The title track from Rob's first filk CD, "Rich Fantasy Lives" was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith, won the Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song in 2007. Rob's songs have often been heard on the syndicated Doctor Demento Show. In January 2006, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project, where they present new songs every single day, released under a Creative Commons license.

Rob is also the creator of the clip-art comic strip PartiallyClips, which is widely read online and has appeared in more than two dozen newspapers and magazines. A book collection of the strip, "Suffering for my Clip Art: the Best of PartiallyClips, volume 1" was published in 2005.

He is the Associate Editor of Nth Degree a popular fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more. He writes science fiction and fantasy, including one unpublished novel and many short stories and poems.

Rob also teamed up with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance to create "Get Nifty," a stand-alone card game themed around Pete's comic. Get Nifty debuted in stores in early 2006, through Blood & Cardstock Games.

His current major project is a full-color Fantasy webcomic called Erfworld, co-created with illustrator Jamie Noguchi. Erfworld began in December 2006 and runs at Giant in the Playground Games, home of the popular roleplay comic, "The Order of the Stick," by Rich Burlew. Time Magazine named Erfworld one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.

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