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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Karen Walker and the Mortician website up!

The first ish is still a couple of months away, but I put up the website. It's a blogger site, but it'll work for my purposes. Some artwork can be seen there.

Further, a new cafe press merchandise site has been put up for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Lev Grossman and Ed Champion: Mortal Enemies?

For those of you not aware, a long time friend and compatriot named Edward Champion maintains a literary-themed blog at Ed has been a great friend over the last couple of years, and we've even written a few things together. Though as his success rises, some people cannot help but make things more difficult for him.

Lev Grossman of Time editorial, has actually come under fire from Ed Champion several times before. If, by under fire, you mean lighthearted and sarcastic quips here and there. Apparently, he's taken notice, and given Ed and his blog some much needed publicity (yes, it's the same links from the above paragraph). Albeit "bad".

It's actually fun to see writers help others, even in indirect ways.

For other writer blogs, I recommend: Saheli Datta, Matt Schwartz (who's site 1001 insomniac nights has since ended) and Sara Harvey. At least. These are people I've known a long time that are actually working professional writers now. I'm proud of them.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

General Announcement: KAREN WALKER and the MORTICIAN

In Three Months...

Karen Walker's world is going to change, and only one man will help her.

For more art, go to the cafe press store.

In other news:

I finally got my scanner, freeing me up to do all of this work I've been planning on. Look for more updates. Karen Walker, Children of War, White Magic, and Chinaman's Chance are going to soon be up on Blogger. Since that has the most ease. I'm also going to try doing pseudoanimation for internet videos.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Upcoming Films for the Religious Audience

Take a look at Facing the Giants and Conversations with God.

I'm not criticizing the release of these films, but it does feel like a change. They'll likely be distributed arthouse theatres, bringing in a different audience than "traditionally" comes in. Both are distributed by the Samuel Goldwyn Co., which seems to bring a wide range of voices to the screen. They also released the highly controversial What the Bleep Do We Know?, a film about the "spiritual" side of science, which drew protest from the mainstream scientific community, and the more recent hit, The Squid and the Whale. When I say "wide range of voices" - take a look at Bobcat Goldwhait's Sleeping Dogs Lie.

There is a large perception that Jews and Liberals control Hollywood. Samuel Goldwyn, in fact, was one of the many jewish men pointed to in order to prove this.

It seems to me that the media follows the money. There is an audience for everything. "Passion" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" proved that there is a large Christian audience. I wonder if these films, which were picked up by the Goldwyn Co. at festivals and the like, were responses to that. Variety has this article on how these new niche markets are shaping up.

Monday, September 11, 2006

"I Took Your Penguin"

Bassist Frank tells us a story about how this one time he took this girl's penguin.

Yes, I'm aware that's grammatically incorrect.


Bassist Frank sings another of his signature goofy songs...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

"Rock and Roll Band" (en espanol)

Lead guitarist Erik Leal performs a spanish rock song

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Is it Gone" - Parody of emo rock

Bassist Frank takes a turn as lead singer/"songwriter", adapting a friend's angst-ridden poem into, well, something else:

Monday, September 04, 2006

"A Little Less Conversation" / "Jump Around"

A little change of pace. Here's a cover that "Stir-Fry Rattlesnake" did, well a cover of two songs. It's their open. I like it.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Stir-Fry Rattlesnake - "Take Her"

Here - I'm experimenting with some split screens.