[originally posted here at Castalia House]
We interrupt our regularly scheduled review of the pulps for this important and exciting interview with The QuQu and Dan Wolfgang, the team behind QuQu Media, who are with us today to talk about science fiction, new media, and the Alt-Furry. Short Reviews will return next week [actually tomorrow] with Asteroid of Fear!
Alex: Thanks to both of you guys for agreeing to do an interview for us. First, can you tell us a little about yourselves and what it is you’re doing with QuQu Media?
The QuQu: I was the stereotypical lurker on the internet until March 2015 during the GamerGate events. When I posted prior to that, I largely used small community websites, or posted anonymously. I had been a gamer for ages, and was dissatisfied with the videos that were being produced at that time on the topic of GamerGate. I decided that I should just report on it myself. With the help of a video editor, Johnny D, I got my start making RECAP videos, summarizing the current news related to the event in a brief and amusing manner.
After my assistant departed, I kept doing RECAPS myself until December of 2015 when Dan Wolfgang, AKA Rayndrops, joined the team. With his writing skill and knowledge, we were able to cover broader topics with more depth, including subjects outside of my personal area of expertise. Around this time we started covering things like Sci-Fi/Fantansy literature, visual novels, and more. QuQu Media became what it is today: A small team of two seeking to present news and opinion on various happenings in both political and cultural spheres, giving it our own twist to avoid just jumping on the latest Youtube bandwagons. Mostly, I’m looking to have fun, as this is a hobby to me.
Dan Wolfgang: I first spoke with QuQu about a year ago in the Dountain Dew and Moritos teamspeak, and we got to talking about Nintendo 64 emulation. Since his previous collaborator had moved on, I later asked if he was interested in resuming video production with my help. My interests have always been more toward reading and writing stories, so that influenced the content of the channel. As an example, I really enjoy stories written by Harlan Ellison, and because of this, you can see references to his work in some of our videos. The intro for our video on Science Fiction was directly inspired by the opening of Harlan’s commentary show on Sci-Fi Buzz (now SyFy.)