Today I am talking to the founders of the website ATG Reviews: Justin, a.k.a The Wanderer and Peter, a.k.a The World Weary, Writer. Founded in the beginning of 2013, ATG provides reviews of books, video games, films, and television shows related to the science fiction and fantasy genres as well as current events, press releases, and all other sorts of updates.
SCy-Fy: How do you approach your work on the site, guys?
ATG: We typically try to find something interesting and timely to review or analyze. Things have been admittedly slow lately, but we try to get new posts up as much as possible, which requires a lot of reading/watching new material. Also, if something really strikes a chord with us, we like to post “Gold Articles” that go more in depth with a particular franchise, like our coverage of Game of Thrones.
SCy-Fy: What are your future initiatives?
ATG: We’re looking forward to the upcoming 007 film, Spectre, and leading up to the films release we’re going to cover other James Bond adventures from the books and films. Also, Star Wars: The Force Awakens… Need I say more? For the time being, we’re looking forward to completing our Studio Ghibli coverage, and we’ve just begun to review some of DC’s New 52 Comics as well as The All-New X-Men.
SCy-Fy: What do you think will be the major future challenge for you?
ATG: With the massive resurgence in the popularity of Science Fiction and Fantasy media (mainly due to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and HBO’s Game of Thrones), there has been a tidal wave of new material that, a lot of times, is just too much for two people who are basically doing this for free. We try to keep up with as much as we can, but to cover everything properly we’d need a small army of nerds, and at this time the Unsullied are unavailable for hire.
SCy-Fy: Things that have kept you going in hard times?
ATG: The inevitable release of The Winds of Winter… [laughs] Seriously, we do really appreciate science fiction and fantasy media, and we do what we do because we know we’re not the only ones, and to be able to share our opinions, and possibly even start a discussion about the things we love/hate/feel indifferent about is, quite frankly, fun.
SCy-Fy: Posts of yours that have had the most impact or controversy?
ATG: Our Malazan and Wheel of Time posts have rocketed up to become our most viewed and commented on articles of all time. Really, we weren’t surprised. Both series have become immensely popular with fantasy readers.
SCy-Fy: What have been the best books you have read recently?
ATG: Our best book of 2014 was Django Wexler’s The Shadow Throne. We recently posted a list of our ten favorite books from 2014 right on the site! So check it out already!
SCy-Fy: Justin and Peter, thanks to both of you.
ATG: Thanks for doing this interview with us!