Ron Cobb - Problems with predicting the future
Ron Cobb talks to Ric Holland back in 2012 about how Science Fiction looks dated by the time we get there. If we really could get in a time machine we would probably be dumb founded.
This interview followed a previous discussion presented live online with Ric Holland moderating between Syd Mead and Ron Cobb which lead to the topic of future predictions and disruption.
His cartoons from the sixties and seventies are collected in several out of print books: RCD-25 (1967) and Mah Fellow Americans (1968) were published by Sawyer Press. Raw Sewage and My Fellow Americans (1971) were published by Price Stern and Sloan.
After he moved to Sydney in 1972, with the independent publishers Wild and Woolley he published a "best of" the earlier cartoon books titled The Cobb Book in 1974. This was followed in 1976 by Cobb Again.
A large format collection in full colour was published in 1981 titled Colorvision. This book included much of his design work for the films Star Wars, Alien and Conan the Barbarian. Conan was the first feature for which he received the credit Production Designer.
In the last two decades Ron Cobb has contributed production design to the films: The Last Starfighter, the aforementioned Conan the Barbarian, and Leviathan.
He also contributed conceptual designs to other feature films, including Dark Star, Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Real Genius, Back to the Future, Aliens, The Abyss, Total Recall, True Lies, The 6th Day, Cats and Dogs, Firefly and Southland Tales.
Ron directed the Australian comedy Garbo and contributed the initial story for Night Skies, an earlier, darker version of ET. He also co-wrote with Robin Love, one of the new Twilight Zone episodes.
Ron has just launched a new website this November 2015 with all his amazing life's work http://roncobb.net