Posts Tagged ‘blog: things you should check out’.

Check out: ‘THE APOCALYPSE’, a film about everyone’s heads exploding

I was at a short film screening tonight and saw a bunch of great films, including this one! ‘THE APOCALYPSE’ is by filmmaker Andrew Zuchero.

It’s about five minutes long and, well, it’s a little bloody, if you’re squeamish about that. I liked it a lot!

Watch The Apocalypse

Check out: ‘Help Fund My Robot Army’, a fiction anthology!

Multi-award-winning anthlology editor John Joseph Adams is putting together a fiction collection on Kickstarter about Kickstarter.

It’s called HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Kickstarters, and it’s all stories of fantastic and improbable crowdfunding projects — essentially, using the format of a Kickstarter project to create narratives, such as the short story the book is titled after: “Help Fund My Robot Army!!!”, by Keffy R.M. Kehrli (which you can read online for free):

The field of robotics is full of hacks, engineers with no creative impulse. Scientists who wouldn’t know ambition if it hit them in the face with a laser cannon. Well! I have spent the past twenty years designing my robot army—no machine out of place—to take over the world for my own nefarious purposes.

With this in mind, I am asking for $40,000,000,000 to pay for equipment, raw materials, rent for my secret lair, and a Playstation.

I have no doubt that you are wondering what I will do if—ah, though it is not “if” so much as “when”!—I surpass my initial funding goals. My stretch goals include a squad of “Steam Punk” robots, including gears, parasols, and gold inlay; a domed city to house survivors, surrounded by a moat complete with robot sharks to keep them safe; and a collection of plush versions of my most popular robot models…

The anthology is full of a great roster of talent, as well as me! I somehow snuck in there. I will be writing a story for the book! And John has posted a short interview with me today as well.

The Kickstarter campaign for the anthology ends on Thursday, so there’s a few days left if you’d like to pledge for a copy.

John’s video, I will also advise you, is full of kittens. The man knows how to get me!!

Free short story on Kindle: “The Druggist” by Todd Croak-Falen

My friend Todd Croak-Falen has written a creepy short story for Halloween! It’s called “The Druggist”:

It’s been five years since Eric Halman’s young daughter was drugged and kidnapped by a man who stalks his victims only on Halloween. Since then he’s made it his life’s mission to do what the police can’t seem to do — capture this predator.

Dark and disturbing, “The Druggist” will infect your psyche and stay with you well after you’re done reading.

The story is available right now for FREE Kindle download! It’s only free through Wednesday, October 23 — after that it goes back to the regular price of 99¢. Download it, read it, be creeped out.

BONUS LINK: Max Mitenkov did the cover art! Check out more great artwork on his site.

BONUS BONUS LINK: Longtime readers may recognize Todd’s name — he was also the co-writer and producer of my spy film Expendable. Which, if you haven’t seen it, IS RIGHT HERE:

And which is available on DVD, with bonus features, here.

We made this film…geez, almost six years ago! Before the Stallone movie(s) of the similar names. Anyway if any HOLLYWOOD BIGWIGS want to buy our feature-length screenplay version of the same concept (it’s basically a James Bond movie from the perspective of the supervillain’s anonymous henchmen)…just, y’know, email me.

Check out: Max Temkin on values

A few weeks ago I was pleased to attend XOXO in Portland, which bills itself as “an arts and technology festival celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love.”

It was a really fun time, and I got to meet great people and demo the Machine of Death game and eat from some good food trucks and even have pizza too! All around I recommend it as a cool way to spend a weekend.

The first speaker (of many) at the weekend was Max Temkin, one of the creators of the game Cards Against Humanity. Among other things, he talked about the genesis of CAH, and how he and his colleagues have managed its growing complexity as a business as well as a creative endeavor.

Sometimes I feel bogged down trying to figure out what to do — how to run my business, how to be creative, how to spend my time. Max’s answer is to focus on developing and heeding your values: because having a core set of values will make your actions in a given situation clear or obvious, since you will always have a true north to align to.

The talk (as well as the other XOXO talks) is well worth watching, and it also includes a performance by The Doubleclicks, performing an absolutely gorgeous song about the Mars Curiosity rover.

Max Temkin at XOXO 2013 – YouTube

By the way, if you’re into creating custom Cards Against Humanity cards, here are some good ideas, these are free from me

Check out: Sam Bosma’s dungeon-sports comic FANTASY BASKETBALL

At SPX the other week I picked up this comic by Sam Bosma and I really loved it! FANTASY BASKETBALL is a 40-page story about “teamwork, dungeon-crawling, bosses, ancient tyrants, and the greatest sport in the world.” You should read it!

Sam sold out of his first printing of physical comics, but he’s got a pre-order up now for the second printing. The books have screenprinted covers and risographed interiors for a slightly pulpy, authentic comics feel.

The cover is a two color screen print on French Paper’s Speckletone line (I think the exact color is “Madero Beach”. Sort of an off-white with little dark specks in it. The covers were printed by Jimmy and Dan at Pizza Party Printing in Baltimore. The pink and indigo inks were mixed by the printers. They also scored the covers and made a couple cuts to crop them pretty close to size (though I trimmed the books once they were assembled).

The interiors were risograph printed by my pal Kris. They were printed on sheets of Staples’ brand cream pastel paper. It’s pretty thin (20lbs), but it has a nice rough texture and takes the riso ink really well. I toyed with printing the things digitally, but in the end, I’m really happy I went with riso printing, since it adds a really nice textural quality to the work. (from Sam’s tumblr)

Or, you can get the digital version right here on Gumroad, right now!

Either way, I recommend you get a copy! I really liked it and I hope you do too.