Giant Robot, never a drag

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In the very beginning I think, people who did bigger magazines would look at it and maybe out of fear, I’m not sure what they thought, but they just saw what we were doing, and thought this is something totally different, and it’s not going to work, they’re gonna run out ideas, and what else have I heard…stuff like that, just “they’re never gonna be able to do this, it’s not gonna work,” just nothing but negative comments like that, but in the end we were able to get into the small stores and people bought it and as we went along we just grew it little by little, and all those people that discouraged us most of them are now out of business, and we’re still here.

I mean I don’t want to like, make it sound like you know, we did better, but in the end, we lasted longer, and I think it’s because we started smaller, with less expectations and no pressure and we’re just having a good time and ‘til this day we still have a lot of fun making Giant Robot, I think that’s the whole key, is that a, it’s never a drag.

Date: November 27, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki and Janice Tanaka
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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