Hannibal Tabu Answers Eleven Cyberfunk Questions
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Husband. Father. Jerk. Comic book writer. Winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt. Winner of the 2019 Cultural Trailblazer Award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Head comic book reviewer for Bleeding Cool. Weekly contributor to the iHeartRadio podcast Nerdorama with Mo and Tawala. I want to be a Seeker or Shockwave, but I’m really Soundwave. The whole story is at hannibaltabu.com if it need be known.
2. What’s your favorite cyberpunk book/movie/anime?
Blade Runner. The original remains the best. I saw it in snippets and finally in its totality on Saturday afternoons in Memphis on Cinemax.
3. What do you like most about Cyberpunk?
I believe in imagining the future. I believe in the possibility of it. As such, cyberpunk gives me a tech-infused look at what’s possible, while accepting the horrors of what we have to deal with. I can’t live in the future, but I surely like working there.
4. For you, what’s the difference between Cyberpunk and Cyberfunk?
I'm the difference. Cyberpunk has been very pale. Hitting on the 1 and 3. It was cool. But I’ll make my funk the Cyberfunk, and I wants to get funked up.
5. What’s the title of your Cyberfunk story?
The Daisy Chain.
6. Give a brief synopsis.
Njaa Washington wants one piece of information, but getting it means going to someone who needs something, and the person who has that thing needs something and so on in an increasingly ridiculous travelogue through the Los Angeles of the latter half of this century.
7. What do you like/hate about your main character?
I love Njaa's willingness to flow like water into whatever they come across, to find a way through. It's a very hip hop attitude.
I hate that they got burned out on the cause of caring for the fate of their people. They adopted a new identity to defend, but the lessons of their parents' era made them embittered, not emboldened.
8. Are we heading for a Cyberfunk/Cyberpunk future?
We're in a cyberfunk present, it's just sunnier than the movies implied. The future remains ours to forge.
9. Would you become a cyborg?
Under no circumstances would I become a cyborg. It would introduce too many vulnerabilities into my life that I currently don't have, despite the possible advantages.
10. Could you love an A.I.?
I could not connect with an A.I. There's a physical component and the uncanny valley is too real for me to journey into its depths.
11. How do we keep up with all things Hannibal?
I can be found using the social media tag @hannibaltabu on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Plurk, Friendster, MySpace, BlackPlanet (the original), the bottom of the USS Flagg playset and everywhere you want to be. Likewise, there are free web comics on operative.net, bio on hannibaltabu.com, weekly reviews on bleedingcool.com, Wednesdays on the iHeartRadio podcast Nerdorama with Mo and Tawala, alt-Friday mix shows on lpfm.la or 101.5 FM in LA.