Here are some photos from Dallas Webcomics Expo last weekend. Our organization, Webcomics Advocates sponsored all the panels and organized them. The original plan was for Phil and I to each moderate one panel and I would appear on one panel and that would pretty much be it but we had trouble finding moderators and I ended up moderating three panels, including the one I also appeared on as a panelist.
The biggest surprise of the Con for me was when Phil came up to me before our first panel, which was about character and plot development, and told me Scott Kurtz of PvP wanted to be on the panel. So that's how I ended up being on a panel with one of the guys who inspired me to get into webcomics in the first place. If you are ever at a convention and have the chance to see Scott on a panel, definitely go for it. The guy tells hilarious stories and his knowledge of the medium is second to none.
Scott was nice enough to do our second panel as well and much fun was had by all. In addition to the panels we had a table to promote Webcomics Advocates, Brax, and Phil's new side project, Kids With Gas Eat Free. While we were at the table we met Bill Hinds, the artist for Tank Mcnamara. It was really cool talking about webcomics and flash animation with one of the true legends of syndicated comics.
I may have geeked out just a little when I saw my name on our table. I definitely geeked out on the Webcomics Tech panel I appeared on and moderated at the same time. Overall it was a great weekend and I am already looking forward to next year. You can check out some additional pictures at Brax's blog.
I think I stole that title from Wil Wheaton, but heck, it just seems appropriate. I should save this post for our 8th blog birthday in April, but I don't want to lose this. This. I got an email from the one and only Lauren a couple days ago and today I was filling her in on what was going on in my life and the lives of the rest of the brendoman.com crew and it just brought a smile to my face, seeing where our paths have gone, where they've crossed, where they've kind of gone their own way. Yes, lots of other people read this massive collection of words and sentences, but in the end it just comes down to some people long ago who stayed up way too late playing video games and watching movies in crappy dorm rooms and some other folks doing pretty much the same on the other side of the country. The fact that this is still here is a testament to our little community. Not just me. Not just you. But us. Those internets can be a pretty awesome thing sometimes, am I right?
Phil hasn't sent me pictures yet so I can't post awesome pictures of me on panels with the likes of Scott Kurtz but man, it was really awesome. Thanks again to all the folks who helped make Dallas Webcomics Expo a success. I am already looking forward to next year. Since I don't have pictures, I will leave you with this awesome video of quotes from The Wire, because I really, really miss that show.
Seriously, if you haven't watched it yet, you are missing out.
In a few hours I'll be flying to Dallas to meet up with Phil and Janelle. We will be at Dallas Webcomics Expo all day tomorrow. Our organization Webcomics Advocates is putting on the panels and we will be appearing on a few of them! Here is the schedule:
12:00 – “The Plot Thickens” (Story/Character Development)
Moderator: Brendan Creecy
Panelists: Hannah Scott & Jonathan Caustrita
1:15 – “How Not To Get Burned While Laying Out” (Panel Placement / Layout)
Panelists: Boomer Cardinale, Cyrus Mortazavi & Jonathan Caustrita
2:30 – “Wacom-petency” (Working With Electronic Tablets)
Panelists: Will Terrell & Joel Watson
3:45 – “Webcomic Economics” (Marketing, Promotion, Monetizing & Merchandising)
Moderator: Phil Vecchio
Panelists: Kris Overstreet, Joel Watson & Michael Moreno
5:00 – “Webcomic Tech” (Software, hosting, file types, webpage design, etc.)
Panelists: Mike Hankins, Brendan Creecy & Michael Moreno
We’re still looking for moderators for some of these panels. E-Mail Phil Vecchio if you’re interested.
If you're in the area you should stop on by. It's only $5 to attend! We'll also have a table right outside the panel room and we'll be giving out Brax stickers. We also have a few prints available to purchase. So yeah, it should be fun. I'll have a full report on Monday!
Black Dynamite is definitely on my short list of favorite movies of 2009 and I highly recommend you check it out if you can. Even our friends in Columbia, Missouri can get in on the action over at the Ragtag Cinema, our old art house haunt. Here are the the theaters that are doing midnight showings:
November 13 – Columbus, OH
Studio 35 Cinema & Draft House
3055 Indianola Avenue in
Columbus, Ohio 43202
November Weekends Beginning the 13th – Boston, MA
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St
Brookline MA 02446
November 13 – 19 – Columbia, MO
10 Hitt Street
Columbia, MO 65201
November 13 & 14 – Springfield, MO
Moxie Cinema LLC
431 S. Jefferson, #108
Springfield, MO 65806
November 13 & 14 – Fort Collins, CO
300 E Mountain Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
November 13 & 14 – Spokane, WA
The Magic Lantern Theatre
25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, Washington 99201
November 20 – San Francisco, CA
A presentation of the Oakland Underground Film Festival
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
November 20 & 21 – Minneapolis, MN
2906 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
November 21 – Oakland, CA
A presentation of the Oakland Underground Film Festival
3200 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
December 4 & 5 – Houston, TX
2009 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
December 11 & 12 – Denver, CO
590 Downing St
Denver, CO 80218
January 2 – Rochester, NY
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
January 9 – San Diego, CA
4061 Adams Ave
San Diego, California 92116
Mind you, the movie is playing in a lot more theaters, but these are just midnight screenings. This is a perfect movie for a midnight crowd but even if you don't live near one of these theaters, it's definitely worth checking out.
At first I was thinking of putting this Hollywood Reporter post about Joss Whedon's Dollhouse being canceled in the WTF category. Then I realized this is something we the fans have pretty much been anticipating even before the show first aired. I don't know why we though things would be different this time around, but I hoped against all hope. In Fox's defense, the show was given ample time to find an audience and the numbers were pretty darn bad. HOWEVER, I do think the show really started getting interesting, especially with the direction they were headed this season. Also, Friday nights are pretty much death. I'm pretty sure X-Files was an exception to the rule after we've seen so many good shows just die in that slot. I'm just glad they're airing the remaining episodes and that it sounds like we're going to get some kind of closure. Treasure the small things, I guess.
I just wanted to take a moment to salute all the veterans out there and thank you for your service. It is hard sometimes for us to understand just how huge a sacrifice you have made for all of us and it is easy to forget. I almost did today. The only thing I was really looking forward to today was the fact that since most schools are out we won't be getting very many calls at work. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but we should also be thinking about all our friends and loved ones who have served proudly for our country, not just today but every day.
I had the privilege of spending this past weekend up in Paso Robles celebrating the marriage of two dear friends of mine. I have known Justin for many years now and Heather has become a good friend. I just wanted to share this picture because it was such a beautiful wedding. The ceremony was performed outside under an oak tree and we had the reception at the nearby winery. It was really great to see people I don't get to see very often and it was a great getaway from the grind. My pictures are still all on my iPhone so I'll try get them up sometime soon. I know Justin is not reading this right now since he is in Hawaii but here's to you!
OMG you guys, I forgot to mention this. Here is my favorite clip of my favorite episode, probably my favorite thing pretty much ever from a TV show. You can now watch every episode here.
I'm pretty convinced this is the only show I've ever seen that really captured the true essence of a school dance. Even my beloved Freaks and Geeks kind of gave it a glossy shine that I never really experienced. I've said it before, but I had a Delia Fisher and an Angela Chase. But I certainly never had a Lindsay Weir or Cyndi Sanders. Not that they aren't out there, but man, I must have missed them or something.
Not this weekend but next weekend (the 14th) Phil and I will be attending The Dallas Webcomics Expo, representing both Brax the Alien Rocker and Webcomics Advocates. Webcomics Advocates is actually sponsoring and organizing all the panels, something Phil has been hard at work on for the last couple weeks so big props to him. I will be appearing on the tech panel, which is something you'll definitely want to check out if you wanted to know more about optimizing your site for a webcomic, which software to use, hosting options, and basically all the other nuts and bolts required in running the website end of a webcomic. The guest list for the expo is pretty freaking sweet and includes guys like Scott Kurtz of PvP and Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue. If you are anywhere near the Dallas area, I highly encourage you to attend!
This was going to be my costume idea but I couldn't find a Reagan mask or a decent prop gun. Mind you, I didn't look all that hard. Maybe next year. But I actually have a really good idea for a group costume for next year so maybe not. It's no Mad Men (last year's epic group costume) but I think it will be good. My vote for best costume this year though goes to Jeri:
Man, right down to the earrings and headband. Nicely done!
It does look cool but you can tell it's still in the growing stages. I am really looking forward to using it to collaborate with Phil on Brax and some of the other various projects I am working on at any given time. If you're looking for an invite hit me up here or on Twitter. I have
9 7 0 left. The caveat is they don't get sent out right away so I have no idea when you'll actually get a Wave account.
Update: All my invites are gone for now. I'll update this if I get more.
Update 2: I have 29 invites now!
Forget that little blob thing, this guy is part T-800 and part Cylon. Yikes. Look at how fast it is! It has hooves like a freaking Cyberdemon from Doom! Thank goodness it is just a dude in a suit. A very fancy suit, but a suit nonetheless. If this were an actual robot, I would probably be heading for the hills right now.
I'm on the front page of the Long Beach Comic Con website:
BrendoMan: Now available for all your pull quote needs.
This could be T-1000's ancestor. Increase the resolution of the cells and you could make a very versatile and frightening bot.
Wondering if your favorite new show is on the bubble? This site can give you a pretty good idea and appears to be updated on a regular basis. Unfortunately that appears to be bad news for Parks and Recreation, which is marked as "Endangered." This saddens me greatly because I feel the show is really starting to hit its stride, just like I predicted when it first started. I was happy to see that Community is in the OK category as I had heard some reports to the contrary. That still might be the case, but for now, I'm going to believe this site. It uses colors!
Man, 2009 has been a really bad year for 80's icons. Earlier this week I had heard Captain Lou Albano was in hospice care and today I was rather shocked by the news that he had passed away. Yes, he was 76 but it seemed to have happened rather suddenly. Even if you weren't a wrestling fan, who could forget his performances in Cyndi Lauper's various videos? And let's not forget the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
You will be missed, Lou.
Forget Columbus, it's all about my namesake, St. Brendan. If you're wondering why, I'll let this post explain:
You see, nearly a millennium before Christopher Columbus’s famed trip on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa-Maria, St. Brendan got the moniker “Brendan the Voyager” for completing a rather impressive journey that took seven years. According to the extant sources, St. Brendan went looking for the Garden of Eden, but may well have stumbled across the New World in little more than a leather-clad boat sometime between 513-530 CE. In fact, some even claim that Christopher Columbus himself was inspired by the monk’s journey, and is reported to have written in his travel log before leaving on his historic trip, “I am convinced that the terrestrial paradise is in the Island of Saint Brendan, which none can reach save by the Will of God.”
Yeah, that's right, Brendan the Voyager. While it's still highly speculative whether or not Brendan made it to America, he sounds like a pretty interesting fellow.
This is great. It also kind of angered me a bit because of the fact that the episodes won't be airing on CBS until Summer 2010. Advanced props are in order to the dude who puts the DirectTV episodes up on mininova. You're the real hero here. For those wondering, the DirectTV season premiere is October 28th.
Okay seriously, I've never been that scared of sharks but after seeing these pictures and reading the reports, I don't think I'm ever going in the water again.
On September 28, 2009 Steven DaPena was surfing between Dogpatch and Old Man's at San Onofre State Beach. It was 10:00 AM and he had been on the water one hour. The sky was clear with an estimated air temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The sea was calm with an estimated temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The water was about 8 feet deep over a sandy ocean bottom with 15 – 20 feet of visibility. No marine mammals were observed in the area before or following the encounter. DaPena reported; “About 6 of us had seen what appeared to be an 8'+ White Shark breech completely out of the water about 200 yards out from where we were surfing. About 30 minutes later my friend John said he saw what appeared to be the same shark swimming right beneath us, moving South to North very slowly. About 5 people decided to get out of the water at this time. The White Shark was at least 8 feet in length, with a substantial girth and a white underside and grey top.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.
If I saw an 8' shark jump out of the water while I was surfing, I'm pretty sure I would crap myself. Props to Steven for not doing that. Or maybe he did and just didn't include it in his report. I'm pretty sure someone witnessing that did.
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Sorry I didn't post my report sooner but things have been a little hectic lately. As most of you probably know, I attended the first annual Long Beach Comic Con this weekend. Phil and I even got to do a panel on Sunday which was basically a gathering for webcomics creators and fans but we had a little mini Q&A session where we announced our new project which will be called Webcomics Advocates of Southern California. The goal of this organization is to bring webcomics fans and creators together to help spread the word about our medium and to help creators network with each other. I'll definitely be posting more about this in the future. You can read the full report on the panel and other goings on over at Brax's blog.
In addition to promoting Brax and attending the panel I also got to see some other really cool stuff. On Friday night Thomas Jane did a screening of his directorial debut, Dark Country, which was shown in 3D and was a very entertaining and captivating movie. It borrowed a bit from Lynch but I think Jane gave the film a very distinctive look and this one is definitely worth watching. Also, Ron Perlman is in it and Ron Perlman is awesome. I had a bit of a negative impression of Thomas Jane after my run-ins with him at San Diego this year but he was really nice to all the fans and signed posters throughout the weekend. He did a special screening of The Mist on Saturday night as well.
On Saturday I spent a lot of time browsing the exhibit hall, which was very easy to navigate and while there was a good amount of people there, it wasn't insanely crowded. It was nice to actually be able to go to the Nintendo booth and play video games with minimal wait time. I got to play the new Professor Layton game and the upcoming Zelda game for DS as well as the Super Mario Bros Wii game, which is really fantastic and finally features real multiplayer simultaneous play. The big event on Saturday was the Robot Chicken/Titan Maximum panel, which was a blast. Seth Green and company have panels down to a science and they just know how to work an audience. My only minor complaint is I wish they had talked a little bit more about Titan Maximum.
Overall I had a fantastic time at the convention and I am already looking forward to next year. It's nice to see a decent sized convention that places such a big emphasis on comics and creators but also has a healthy mix of other aspects of pop culture thrown in. I think things are only going to get better for the convention and everyone involved did a fantastic job!
I'm also really curious about Motion. I think it would be a cool thing to have here at brendoman.com if people actually used it. What do you guys think?