The Recommender: Eric Alt, Who’s Seen Angelina Jolie’s Babysitting Skills In Action

The Recommender: Eric Alt, Who’s Seen Angelina Jolie’s Babysitting Skills In Action
Eric Alt Recommends checking out the next-gen Star Wars art from Phil Noto [Illustrations: Phil Noto]
Eric AltPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company

Name: Eric Alt
Role at Fast Company: Senior news editor, which means I work closely with the Fast Feed team to conceive and edit features that are timely and relevant. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this… but it’s my first week.
Twitter: @Eric_Alt
Titillating Fact: In my long and varied career in and around the entertainment/tech/whatever industry, I’ve babysat toddlers with Angelina Jolie, had an apple shot off my head by an NHL player, and have thrown expensive game consoles down flights of stairs while wearing a panda suit. Almost all of these are verifiable via YouTube. Except for Angie. You’ll have to trust me on that one.

1. Phil Noto’s Tumblr
It’s almost a disservice to call Phil Noto a “comic book artist” because that’s just the half of it. His work is amazing–I especially love his “candid” “photographs” of superheroes enjoying leisure time.

2. How Did This Get Made?
I’m officially a fanboy for this podcast, hosted by comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas. It’s not only the most accessible one I listen to (or you want to hear about the super-nerdy Cape Crisis comic book podcast I listen to? Or the even super-nerdier Marek vs. Wyshynski hockey podcast? Exactly), it’s also always hilarious. Basically, the trio (plus a guest) watch and dissect terrible movies–I suggest the Howard the Duck episode (with guest Kristen Schaal) and the No Holds Barred episode (with guest Thomas Lennon).

3. Lego
My kids are 6 and 4 and are obsessed with the tiny, multicolored Danish building blocks. I can probably build a Star Wars AT-AT blindfolded like a Marine piecing together his rifle at this point. I’ve also had this in my head since last year and it only gets refreshed with repeat Blu-ray viewings: