Interview with Alecos Papadatos
Alecos Papadatos (a.k.a. Richard Parker at tape.ly!) is the award-winning artist of ‘Logicomix’, an international phenomenon graphic novel that was voted No.1 Best Seller Graphic Book for 2009 by The New York Times.
Currently, Alecos is co-writing with Abraham Kawa and co-illustrating with Annie Di Donna a new graphic novel called DEMOCRACY, a historical fiction recounting the birth of a new political system in ancient Greece.
After listening to his amazing mixtapes we thought that we should definitely contact him and ask him to tell us a little bit more about himself.

1. What got you into cartooning in the first place?
Back at the age of five, comics were just pictures with text. Text for me was hieroglyphs. I couldn’t follow. I’ve been captured by the animated cartoon, which was a complete show. I loved the Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons and some of the Disney feature films. But the person who made me discover the pleasure of the making of a cartoon was my dad, who introduced me the flip book. All my books in school were full of flip book animation, mainly characters playing soccer of kicking the hell out of each other. 
View of Alecos’ studio
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2. Talk to us about your upcoming graphic novel called “Democracy”.
The Democracy graphic novel project is about the birth of Democracy in ancient Athens. It’s a story we never really understood while in school, because it was never taught properly. We take for granted the fact that there was a real starting point, technically speaking. The ground has been prepared long ago, however the real thing happened when a leader called Cleisthenes, backed by the revolted people, set a number of reforms that changed political history for ever, at about 508 ac. Contemporary historians compare this to the French Revolution, although there was no terror afterwards! The story is told through the eyes of a fictional character, a young Greek living in Athens during these turbulent times. The plot and the main characters were set by myself and the script was written by Abraham Kawa. I draw the pictures and Annie Di Donna is on the color. The book is at its final production stage, most probably coming out in 2015.

3. Did you ever use old cassette tapes to make mixtapes? 
I’ve been making tapes for years, in the 70s, in the 80s and in the 90s. My walkman was my best company most of the time. All kind of music, mainly east coast and british rock, be-bop and 60s piano jazz, west coast hip hop and rebetica of the 30s and the 40s. I loved mixing a tape and giving this as a present to a friend. Tapes were so… practical at the time, comparing to the vinyl records. I still have lots of them!

4. When you are at your studio illustrating what music do you listen to?
While drawing I listen to various kinds of music, according to the mood of the story to be told. I love almost everything except Opera sung by men! The last ten years I admire the efforts of these guys who compile sounds and come up with this extremely complex stuff that we call Experimental Electronica. Most of my friends find it boring, but for me  it fits best for most drawing situations.


5. What is your favorite mixtape that you’ve made?
Second Guess!


Thank you Alecos for this great inteview!
You can follow Alecos Papadatos on Twitter here.

Interview with Alecos Papadatos

Alecos Papadatos (a.k.a. Richard Parker at tape.ly!) is the award-winning artist of ‘Logicomix’, an international phenomenon graphic novel that was voted No.1 Best Seller Graphic Book for 2009 by The New York Times.

Currently, Alecos is co-writing with Abraham Kawa and co-illustrating with Annie Di Donna a new graphic novel called DEMOCRACY, a historical fiction recounting the birth of a new political system in ancient Greece.

After listening to his amazing mixtapes we thought that we should definitely contact him and ask him to tell us a little bit more about himself.

1. What got you into cartooning in the first place?

Back at the age of five, comics were just pictures with text. Text for me was hieroglyphs. I couldn’t follow. I’ve been captured by the animated cartoon, which was a complete show. I loved the Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons and some of the Disney feature films. But the person who made me discover the pleasure of the making of a cartoon was my dad, who introduced me the flip book. All my books in school were full of flip book animation, mainly characters playing soccer of kicking the hell out of each other. 

Alecos Papadatos' StudioView of Alecos’ studio

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A New Layout: Add images as a background pattern
Introducing the pattern layout, allowing you to tile images in the background and create seamless, creative designs for your mixtapes.
We’ve also added some amazing ready-to-use pattern designs for you (thanks ThePatternLibrary for contributing!). Select from over 50 amazing patterns right from the Image tab of the tapes editor and watch your tape change character instantly.
Here are some example mixtapes that use this layout:
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A New Layout: Add images as a background pattern

Introducing the pattern layout, allowing you to tile images in the background and create seamless, creative designs for your mixtapes.

We’ve also added some amazing ready-to-use pattern designs for you (thanks ThePatternLibrary for contributing!). Select from over 50 amazing patterns right from the Image tab of the tapes editor and watch your tape change character instantly.

Here are some example mixtapes that use this layout:

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Seed Funding round - Rock n roll time
We’re so excited to announce a 200,000€ seed round from Jeremie Openfund II fund, capital that we plan to use to further develop the music service and grow our team.
Our vision is to become the default way to curate music online by providing a canvas and tools to create visually stunning and personal mixtapes. 
We would like to thank our passionate users who have created more than 15k gorgeous mixtapes and continue to inspire us with their taste and creativity. You rock!

Seed Funding round - Rock n roll time

We’re so excited to announce a 200,000€ seed round from Jeremie Openfund II fund, capital that we plan to use to further develop the music service and grow our team.

Our vision is to become the default way to curate music online by providing a canvas and tools to create visually stunning and personal mixtapes. 

We would like to thank our passionate users who have created more than 15k gorgeous mixtapes and continue to inspire us with their taste and creativity. You rock!

Introducing SoundCloud integration
Great news! We’ve just launched SoundCloud integration into tapely!
That’s right! You can now add SoundCloud tracks seamlessly into your tapely mixtape and you get to change the look and feel of your mix of course.
Adding SoundCloud songs is super-easy:
Search: Search for SoundCloud tracks right from within tape.ly. 
Preview: Listen to the sounds and select your music.
Instant gratification: No uploading required! Instantly add tracks to your playlist.

Introducing SoundCloud integration

Great news! We’ve just launched SoundCloud integration into tapely!

That’s right! You can now add SoundCloud tracks seamlessly into your tapely mixtape and you get to change the look and feel of your mix of course.

Adding SoundCloud songs is super-easy:

  1. Search: Search for SoundCloud tracks right from within tape.ly. 
  2. Preview: Listen to the sounds and select your music.
  3. Instant gratification: No uploading required! Instantly add tracks to your playlist.

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