Behind the Trees: Episode 3 with Vanessa Cole

Behind the Trees: Episode 3 with Vanessa Cole

April 7, 2019 0 By SerBuckley

It’s easy to think you’re busy. It’s easy to think you’ve got a lot to do. 99.9% of the human race are dead wrong about that. Busy they may be, multi-faceted too, but all of us fall short of the amount of pure effort Vanessa Cole puts in.

As we discuss on the third episode of the Isle of Faces Podcast, Vanessa writes, she draws, she talks Game of Thrones and ASOIAF. I’m mildly suspicious she has a twin she refuses to acknowledge. But more than the pure amount of things she gets done is just how well she does them all.

Anyone who’s cast their eye over just one of Vanessa’s drawings will need no further persuasion of this woman’s talent, so I was naturally curious about the journey Vanessa went on to not just discover ASOIAF and the surrounding fandom, but also the various talents she would be able to apply to our wonderous series.

As the keen-eyed among you will notice, the gap between episode 2 and 3 is much much shorter than that between 1 and 2. About three months shorter. Which almost makes it a shame that Vanessa and I actually recorded this episode back in December, so I still owe dear Vanessa some rather large apologies for making her wait so long. And that’s after the humongous apologies I had to offer way back in winter.

During this episode the Isle of Faces ran into its first bad case of ‘Technical Difficulties’. First I couldn’t hear Vanessa; then my voice wasn’t being picked up; then I couldn’t separate our voices from one another. The whole thing got so messed up I had to shamefully ask Vanessa if we could reconvene the following day. Luckily, she’s an absolute saint and kindly agreed. I was left with twenty-odd hours to fix the problem.

To say I succeeded would be a lie. I found some solutions, true, but it was kind of a band-aid situation. After a whole bunch of editing it still ended up with our voices clashing several times, me going weirdly quiet halfway through a few sentences, and the occasional odd background noises. HOWEVER, the gods are good, and Vanessa’s voice came through loud and true the whole time, which is the whole reason we gathered on the Isle in the first place.

My inferior podcast-skills aside, it was a super fun episode to record. I think it’s very easy to tell how relaxed the conversation felt once we went ‘off-script’ and started waxing poetic about the television series and our mutual love of it (as well as the required section dedicated to the upcoming eighth season). I had a great time just chatting about a show I love, to say nothing of learning about Vanessa’s return to her childhood love of art, the techniques she uses, her opinions of Westworld vs GoT, how she got involved in Watchers on the Wall and everything (which is a lot) in between.

I hope you will all come and check out the podcast if you have time, and as always, I’d love to hear from you with any opinions or comments you might want to share.

In the meantime, please do check out Vanessa’s various exploits at these convenient links I have prepared for you:

Watchers on the Wall

The Southern Edge Magazine

Some bloody brilliant artwork

Night’s Cast

Westworld Watchers

If you ever get done drowning in all that great content, keep your eyes open for Episode 4, with not one but TWO very special guests, and a special announcement from myself.

See you soon!