Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Week #18 Bay Area Alphabet - Poetry series and book

For the past few years I’ve been working on a series of poems, one for every letter of the alphabet. Much like my past Subway Poems (published as Crippled by Depression #1) these are all little snapshots of people I see as I wander around. Unlike the Subway Poems these aren’t exclusively girls and there all people from the Bay Area.

All the poems are based on alliteration here’s a few examples:

Four foreign girls
Heading for the beach
Too frilly and fresh
For the F bus

Silly sleeping girl
Slightly seems like she might
Be giving herself

Tired two-year-old toddler
Trying to tell me something terrific
But she doesn’t know how to talk

I’ve got at least two of most letters and more of some (and no x’s or z’s). I hadn’t really thought about these in a while but recently a new magazine asked me if I had any locally themed stuff and I thought of these. Taking a look at them now I’d love to finish them, all I really need is someone to help me edit and someone to illustrate them. Maybe I could get 26 different artists, one for each letter. That would be awesome!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Week #17 El Chupucabra- Movie

This is just a sort of starting point for an idea I came up with a couple of years ago. A monster movie as a metaphor for immigrant rage.

This would be a story of legendary south American monster The Chupacabra transplanted to a Central Valley farming community. My idea is a story that has the Chupacabra killing cruel farm managers and owners acting out the collective rage of the local migrant worker community.

I haven’t really come up with a full story. I like the idea of the monster being conjured involuntarily by the sub conscience anger of the oppressed. Maybe it would even be a member of the local farm owner’s family who turns into the beast at night.

I really haven’t come up with much for this idea but if it was done I think it would be best as a pure genre movie with all the well known b-movie trappings. If it was played too seriously that would just be ridiculous. I think there was a very similar X-Files episode but I’m pretty sure I thought of it first.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week #16 Crippled by Depression- Comics Anthology

Crippled by Depression was originally a comics anthology me and Adam Beebe wanted to do for years. The idea was to have a cover like an EC comic but instead of saying “Tales from the CRYPT”, It would be “Crippled by DEPRESSION”, and all the stories would be about people unable to live up to there potential. We even toyed with the idea of having like a slob guy as the host in the place of the Crypt Keeper.

A few years after we came up with the idea we actually sort of used the title to cross-promote our one-off zines, crippled by depression #1 was 22 Poems about Girls I saw on the Subway and #2 was Adam’s documented foray into online dating “Why Don’t Nobody Love Me?”.

Still I’d like to do the actual comic some day. I know Adam drew a three page thing for the inside, James Call has been writing a sort of monthly thing and Larry Luna drew a cover a while back which was pretty awesome. I guess it’s mostly up to me to take the reigns and do this if it’s gonna get done but if there’s anyone out there making comics let me know, if we get enough content I could put it together pretty easily.

Week #15 The Devil You Know (Maybe not the Title)- TV Show or Comic Book

This is an idea I came up with over ten years ago while I when I was just out of High School. I’ve given it a lot of thought over the years but I can’t seem to find the right approach to it.

This is a story about the Judeo-Christian-Islamic devil. There’s been a lot of versions of the Devil over the years but this one is the one that does god’s bidding, traveling around in human disguise testing people by tempting them towards a life of sin.

The concept behind this story is that the apocalypse is coming and the devil, as an agent of god, knows this. He comes to god and asks for a reward for his service. He wants to live the last ten years of creation as a human. He’s spent so long wearing human forms and pretending to be human he wants to know what all the effort was for before it’s over. God sees no reason not to grant his wish.

We’d start with the Devil in human form suddenly taken with fear and uncertainty, having suddenly lost his connection to god, for the first time in his existence not knowing what’s coming next.

As we follow this newly humanized devil through his exploits, discovering what it is to be human, we also see his memories, in flashback, all the adventures he’s had tempting mankind throughout history.

The way I see it this thing would work best of either a TV show or a comic book, that way there could be an ongoing story taking place in the present as well as a self contained story each episode or issue taking place in the past.

I don’t really know where to start on this project. I guess if I just started writing some of the short stories from the past that would be a good start. If anyone out there likes the idea I’d love to hear from them, I’m pretty much open to anything.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Week #14 The 6th Annual Mishap Prom

For those of you who know me (pretty much everyone reading this blog) you already know what the Mishap Prom is. Put simply me and my production company Mishap Production">Mishap Productions have been putting on a prom themed party every year for the past six years with bands and art and people dressed up like there going to there high school prom.

We started in a tiny gallery space and over the years we’ve grown bigger and bigger so that we now have about 200 to 300 people at every event. We’ve moved around a bunch but the last couple of years we seemed to find a home at 12 Galaxies. Unfortunately as soon as this happened they closed there doors due to both the poor economy and San Francisco’s dying live music scene.

So now I’m left once again looking for a venue. I want to do the show sometime between mid-July and late August. I’m willing to consider smaller places, places in the east bay and warehouses but wherever it is it needs to hold at least 200 people, have a place for music and art and have a decent sound system. Any suggestions?

The venue is the most important thing but I also need to find three to four bands and some artists. I’d love to get some new people involved if anyone knows anyone.

This year I’d like to do a real cheesy prom photo thing too and I need any help I can get with that.

This project is way less up in the air than most of the other ones. This will happen one way or another. I don’t want to break a six year tradition but to make it as good as it deserves to be I need as much help as I can get. Let me know if there’s anyone out there who’s got any ideas.