Today is (obviously) Halloween, but we got the party started yesterday. In the afternoon, we took the kids to the annual Halloween Carnival at the neighborhood park, and Georgia was able to put on her full costume for the first time. Georgia has wanted to be a cat for Halloween this year since about five minutes after Halloween last year, and Allison has been working on making it for weeks. I think it turned out great, personally.
After the kids were off to bed, the grownups put on our costumes, and got ready for the costume party we were hosting. Sonrisa Trippe had spent all day working on the Tardis door, to go along with her Amy Pond costume, and I think it turned out amazingly well. Dean Trippe was Batman (naturally), and as for me and Allison…?
Allison makes a fetching Princess Leia, don’t you think?
As for me, I kept telling everyone I wasn’t dressed as Captain Kirk, I was dress as Captain Roberson, dammit.
But I wasn’t the only member of Starfleet in attendance. Robert Wilson IV and his wife Tiffany drove down from Dallas to join in the fun, though they’d opted for a more Old Skool look than my New Movie version. Still, we’re all one big happy Starfleet, as Khan said.
All in all, we had a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who came! And today we’re finishing the decorating of the Halloween cookies, mutilating a pumpkin–erm, making a jack-o-lantern, that is–and going door to door begging for candy. What could be better than that?
October 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Julian West has made a video for my old friend Chris Cannon‘s “Night Falls,” a track off his album vine street, which you can download for FREE. Give it a listen, and then go check out the rest of the album.
October 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man . Tigether they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound?
Over on the Bleeding Cool site, the cover and description of the long-awaited next installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century has been posted. Behold the awesome:
CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1968, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London’s East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.
And speaking of Thomas N. Perkins, he’s just released a new art book for the iPad and iPhone that’s available through the iTunes Apps store. There are details on Perkins’ blog, and speaking for myself I can say that I paid full price for it and thought it was worth every penny. Just jam-packed with awesome!
October 1st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Our new Tropes vs Women episode explores the numerous ways in which the Women as Reward trope
manifests in video games. The trope occurs when women or women’s bodies
are employed as rewards for player actions, a pattern which frames
female bodies and sexuality as collectible or consumable and positions
women as status symbols designed to validate the masculinity of presumed
straight male players. We then discuss how this trope both reflects and
reinforces the pervasive, socially constructed mentality of male
entitlement that operates in the background of our culture.
Content Warning: This educational episode contains game footage of a graphic sexual nature.
While Kickstarter is an excellent tool to get great comics like Rocket Girlfunded and brought into the world, every once in a while, someone ruins the party and makes it harder to want to back projects.
This is the story of deantrippe‘s Something Terrible.
Something Terrible, by deantrippe, is an excellent story of why comics are important and save us with tales of overcoming great obstacles and doing our best to help each other out. It’s digital-only and 99 cents!
On January 3rd, 2014, Trippe launched a Kickstarter project to fund both a hard- and softcover print edition. Fans excitedly threw money at their screens and the project was backed in a single day, eventually reaching 1,768 backers and pulling in nearly 8x the goal ($48,269).
This post raises important issues. I’m a backer of ST, and all my interactions with Dean Trippe have been good ones (disclosure - we follow eachother on twitter, though I dont know if we’re mutuals on tumblr). I get that delays happen, I get that life happens. I happen to believe Mr. Trippe when he says there was an emotional toll to hearing people’s stories. The thing is, though, you need to update people. Frequently. Openly. And if folks want refunds…you need to give those to them, out of pocket if necessary. (I think a good financial disclosure model is Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy! kickstarters - she and her husband released detailed reports after they were funded explaining exactly where every dollar was going, all in the name of transparency. Like Trippe, Moen’s project was a print version of existing webcomics, with some bonus supplemental material; i think all projects should do that, there should not be any of this “it’s my discretion to spend your money on X” bullshit especially if you aren’t delivering your product on time).
FWIW, I reached out to Mr. Trippe just yesterday to ask about ST and when he thought it would arrive. He said he’d hired a fulfillment company to handle shipping and that things would start moving again in a couple more weeks or so. It was a very prompt and polite response.
I shouldn’t have to reach out and ask. And the experience has made me wary of which kickstarters I back. For sake of comparison, Greg Rucka did a KS a couple years ago for the first print edition of his webcomic, Pirates of the Iaeffable Aether. It was super hella delayed. Literally, everything that could go wrong went wrong. issues with the printing, overextending themselves with the stretchgoals, then when all the materials were finally correct and together, his father passed away and he had to deal with that. Shipping was carried out by him, his family, and some friends, so it took a long time. It was frustrating for backers, but through it all, Greg was very forthcoming with frequent updates, very apologetic, and very responsive to fans.
For every 5 good KS’s I back, there seems to be a bad one. I’ve become more discriminating in what to look for. If other people are paying you for a product, essentially paying you to make your dream happen, you owe them. They’re your stakeholders. There’s zero incentive to do future business with you if you can’t be transparent, especially about mistakes. It’s upsetting to hear that Mr. Trippe has not delivered on fan commissions, and been unresponsive to people. As I said, I got a response from him just yesterday. He’s a very nice man, and my conversations with him at conventions have always been very pleasant. But this article raises legitimate questions and points about the way KS operates in general, and the way people should treat their backers.
As someone who has been duped by Dean Trippe, so deceived we allowed him and his family to live in our house for 8 months so he could get back on his feet and not be homeless. Our generosity was repayed with him not doing the work that was commissioned and sleeping all day. So I doubt this will have a happy ending for the supporters of this Kickstarter.
This is not a man to be trusted. I wouldn’t believe anything that he has to say.