QuickDFW.com interviews the cast
April 29, 2010
Pick up this weeks QUICK newspaper for Geoff Johnston’s interview of the cast of The Variants on page 24!
Nerd Alert: ‘The Variants’ wrap up debut season
Read the full interview online at quickdfw.com
It seems like only yesterday the staff of Zeus Comics premiered its online geek-centric comedy series The Variants. Well, it wasn’t yesterday. It was about 10 months ago. I should really invest in a desk calendar.
The show’s concept is simple: Each episode is a 10-minute adventure featuring five comic-book shop employees. They fight off hordes of zombie-like customers thirsting for free movie passes. They daydream during customer-service meetings that use Mariah Carey and unicorns as mnemonic learning devices. They don skintight costumes to attract business. They feign invisibility. You know, everyday workplace shenanigans.
Joe Cucinotti, Barry Fuhrman, Richard Neal, Keli Wolfe and Ken Lowery (as Vlad) play amplified versions of themselves; characters that amicably, if often facetiously, play well off one another. The cast’s chemistry comes off as playful and familial, a trait that overshadows the project’s shoestring budget, transforms its amateurish aspects into endearing qualities and deters inevitable fanboy cynicism intrinsic to the show’s target market.