In nine (but unofficially ten) years, I've been allowed to do some really cool s**t at this website, but making After Hours with my former boss Jack O'Brien (who, as you'll recall, has since left to flip some copper wire he found and then "just coast for a while on the spoils, on the spoils of spools") will always be my favorite thing. I get to talk about stuff I want to talk about, I get to hang out with friends, and I get to showcase amazing art from artists I love, like Winston Rowntree, Nedroid, Starline Hodge, Matt Barrs, Cyanide and Happiness, and Bret Herholz.
After Hours is our long-running web series wherein four friends hang out together and discuss pop culture, augmented by clips and illustrations. And a lot of cool things happened to me through this show.
Through this show, I've grown very slightly as a performer, shifting from "He should not be on camera, he doesn't seem to know where to put his hands" in the early days to "Dan is OK for a non-actor, but he doesn't seem to know where to put his hands" today.
The show also did well enough that my superiors liked me more and eventually gave me more trust and opportunities. My title was "Assistant Editor" when we first came up with this show, and now it's "Creative Director of Video and Content Development, Concentration: THE FUTURE," because I've reached a level where I'm allowed to make up my own titles.
Further, the show got big enough that we get to do live panels about it in front of very kind audiences, and people have even paid to fly us out for conventions and other shows in places like Chicago, Austin, Montreal, New York, and Calgary. It was through these opportunities that I got to interview both Stan Lee ...