Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rollin' the dice with Satine Phoenix: An Interview
Satine Phoenix: model, artist, role player? Read on to learn how all of these things come together in the life of our newest interview subject!
Can you fill us in a little about the webseries I Hit It With My Axe?
Satine: I Hit it With My Axe is a webseries about a group of girls (models, porn stars, strippers) who play Dungeons and Dragons. It’s more of a reality series than a scripted webseries. We play and our game is filmed. Much like a 3some, we coax girls who are kind of interested in D&D into playing with us as guest stars and eventually they realize they love it! (www.hititwithmyaxe.com)
How has the fan community embraced the series so far, and have you received any criticism (positive or negative) about the modified rules you play under (not listing skills, not using feats or alignments, etc.)?
Satine: At first the community thought we were a bunch of Hacks trying to cash in on the growing numbers of Geeks coming out of the closet. When we voiced that we actually knew what we were talking about they started to embrace our internet presence. Mostly people realize, Porn Stars or not, that they either like watching D&D or dislike watching D&D. What it comes down to is the Game.
As mentioned above, you are playing a modified mix of AD&D and 3rd edition in I Hit It With My Axe. Do you have a preferred edition that you have played outside of the series?
Satine: I LOVE D&D. I don't care if it’s AD&D or 4th Edition. I'm not so familiar with 4th Edition but I’ll play anything that I have time to play. It’s about the game, not the rules.
What is the longest D&D campaign you have played, and what did the campaign entail?
Satine: I Hit it With My Axe is the longest D&D campaign. In most of the games I’ve played in the past it was pretty certain that at the end of the game you'd gain a level, but I didn't get more than 5 sessions deep before we played with other characters/players and had to make new characters of our own. I didn't mind. It would have been nice to play ANYTHING over level 5. Who knows? One day. A girl can dream can't she?
Any chance the campaign from I Hit It With My Axe would ever be turned into a MMORPG?
Satine: I don't know what the future holds for IHWMA. We play because we enjoy it. The powers that be have the answer to your question!
Changing gears, I'd like to touch a bit on your artistic endeavors. As an artist myself, I am fascinated to hear about the creative process of fellow artists. Can you walk us through the steps you take in creating one of your illustrations like those collected in your book Burning Quill?
Satine: I started drawing as a way to voice what I felt inside. My characters generally aren't planned. I have a feeling and I touch the pencil to paper and voila: out comes a drawing. Now that I do commissions for people I have to plan what I draw. I have to say that I enjoy drawing for myself best. My dream is to one day have people buy what I create for myself, but saying that, I'll only be able to sell them in book form, like Burning Quill. I get very attached to my drawings. They're like my children. I'm learning to let go.
We share a common interest in fantasy films. What film in this genre would you say is your favorite, and do you have any esoteric gems you have seen that our readers may not be familiar with?
Satine: Fantasy Films. Well, I love the classics: NeverEnding Story, Dark Crystal, Krull, Labrynth, Howard the Duck, etc ... all of which I still watch at least once a month. I've watched probably everything offered on NetFlix Streaming that is Sci Fi or Fantasy based, good and horrible.
I've heard you mention that working in adult films is a job, and may not always be as exciting as people may think it is (I can relate to this as well, I work in the video game industry, and as much as I love my job, it's a lot of work and doesn't involve just "playing video games" all day...). What made you pursue a career in the adult industry, and what would you consider the best part of the job, and the most boring?
Satine: When I was a programmer I knew I only had a limited number of years to do the things that cute hot girls could do. I wanted to be a famous model; I wanted to be a stripper. I had a lot of sex in public so I thought it would be fun to do porn. Mostly I wanted to do it to see if I could do it. And I did. It was fun and exciting and I don't regret it one bit. Fun things about porn: Meeting fun, interesting & horny people. At the time all I could do was think about sex SEX SEX. Boring things about porn: 80% of porn people have sex the same exact way. That was boring for me. I mean, not boring really because I just wanted to have sex with everyone, but there comes a time where you want more of a connection and booty call or porn scene just doesn't fulfill the way it used to. That's when I knew I needed to get out. A year later I met a man who could satisfy me in ways all of the porn guys put together couldn't. He didn't want me to do porn anymore, he loves my art and is supportive of my creativity and next year we're getting married. Now I'm just an artist again.
Lately the worlds of geek culture and porn are intersecting more and more. What about the climate of today's pop culture do you feel has inspired this and what do you feel the future holds for this synergistic relationship?
Satine: Hmm... I didn't realize that there was a convergence. I guess it was inevitable. When it comes to time spent thinking about sex, Geeks are the ones who spend the most of that thought time in front of their computers downloading porn unlike their non-geek male counterparts who spend most of that time out hunting for girls to fornicate with. Sorry about the generalization, but in a who watches the most internet porn: this is true. (I'm not saying geeks spend all of their time watching porn, because THAT is not true) There are exceptions.
I veered away from my geek roots because my stripper and porn friends made it clear that they thought it was stupid and they would rather me go with them to the club. I just wanted to fit in, so I went. Now I just don't care if I’m cool or not. I want to play games: video & table top, watch movies & pretty much do anything that doesn't include going to clubs and doing drugs because looking back on things, that was a waste of time. Maybe society in general is tired of hiding their inner geek. Maybe people are relating more and more with the fact that they just want to be happy and don't give two sh*ts about being cool because in reality... It doesn't matter. Either you identify with people or you don't.
If you could turn any Sci-Fi, fantasy, or comic book property into an adult film, which would you choose and why?
Satine: I personally wouldn't turn any sci-fi/fantasy into an adult film, but just to indulge you, I’m [going to say]... "The Day the Earth Stood Still". I mean, come on. It’s the end of the world. You could be swallowed by the earth at any moment. More people should have been having sex.
Can you tell us a little bit about your website Sex Food and Comic Books?
Satine: Sexfoodandcomicbooks.com is a blog hub about my 3 favorite things: Sex, Food and all things video games, movies & comics. I don't make any money off of my site so it’s not updated every single day but I have found a few people who like talking about these things too and they volunteer their thoughts and blog about things. Mostly people want to blog about food. Since planning the wedding, getting a job and being generally busy with other taking over the world plans we've not been able to update or post hardly anything. But people can always find me there. It’s a really fun hobby.
Can you tell us what projects you have coming up, and where we can find them?
Satine: I'm putting together a Charity Event that has something to do with a certain RPG. I can't say much about it right now, but it’s going to be HUGE. You can find out news about it on sexfoodandcomicbooks.com
Any final words for our readers?
Satine: Famous last words, eh? Ok... Google Toltec Agreements. Live honestly. Drink a lot of water, ya Grok?!