I'm going to take it as a synchronous coincidence that two hours before I posted this I ran into the girl in this comic late at night at the gym. I somehow didn't even tell her(I mentioned it a while back though).
I've been scanning a whole almost 30 page chapter of my other comic that I work on. It always totally resets my mind when I can hold more than 70 pages, a good chunk of my work year and actually feel what a graphic novel of original art weighs. My bigger Thought Balloon Man/August pages are actually too heavy to hold all together(its well over a hundred pages). On some weird level that scares me.
I've been itching to make a new Brooks Laughton short. Still considering. I want my Brooks character to be in a movie called Robot, the Teenage Ghost.
I did two frames(I may have possibly done three and forgot) of this music video for a Johnny Cash song. Two frames is a very short amount of time. It is a project where any random artist can draw certain frames of this video. What you get is hundreds of artists drawing really cool frames of Cash. I saw the commercial today on tv. Have no idea if a frame of mine is in the commercial but I now am obsessed. You can add a frame yourself at the link in the title above. It's fun and cool looking and remarkably easy to do.
The Goode Apples
Before there was Brooks Laughton/childSTAR(the shorts I wrote directed and acted in), there was the Goode Apples. About five years ago I wrote an epic about two geeks who were in a shitty band. The main characters were 15 year old Trinsic Goode, and his best friend Quinn. Trinsic owns a talking computer and they meet the ultimate geek kid(who has Linda Carter's Wonder Woman costume in a glass case). That kid's name is Gosh(which the two leads assumed was a swear).
They invent a totally insane super bouncy ball game. Later on they find a magical super bouncy ball/meteorite(they were on the look out for super bouncy balls of course). After meeting some beautiful groupie girls, they struggle with new found puberty issues(they bloomed late) and decide to enter the Band Off(a battle of the bands).
Along the way Trinsic's older brother Brad, and his sidekick, Nuegat(like the candy), steal the Goode Apples demo and hide it in Old Man Macallister's haunted house. They also meet their mirror versions/rival band called New Tooth(which sounded like a mix between Rush and Yes, musically, with a bunch of weird fantasy thrown in lyric wise). Yeah and the magical super bouncy ball and talking computer are important to the plot(?). Also Trinsic and Quinn had some genuinely confused religious issues. Gandalf and Jesus are both Merlins to them, and they don't swear, and girls are weird(hence their insanity when they meet hot ones).
It was an epic two hour movie. A mix between Weird Science, Bill and Ted's, Explorers, Goonies, any eighties movie with a talking computer, and horror movies. There was references to American Werewolf In London and The Thing and Flash Gordan(strangely, for me, no Ming's daughter reference). Of course all this cost a shit load of money and there was no way I could finance it independently. It was entertaining, and strangely even logical(in it's own logic) but it was epic and would have cost a lot. But it was fun ass all hell to write.
I did write some shorts with those characters. Like one where for some reason they have to take care of an elderly man and something bad happens so they throw him a surprise party and he dies. And then the kids forget about it and eat some candy.
That was my favorite part of writing Trinsic. He was such a know it all, ignorant asshole on a constant basis. A control freak, who is afraid of girls and just wants to be a merlin one day. But you still like him. In his world, no parents were ever mentioned, and probably didn't exist, and summer lasted many months. One of my favorite parts at the end, is after all this turmoil and changes in the lives of the characters, One of them laments that summer is almost over, and the other says, yeah, we only have a few months left. That was the feeling I was going for. A complete world governed by kid logic.
Also, I was supposed to play Trinsic. Blond hair, blue eyes, glasses and all.
My only rule with this crazy shit was that you can write whatever you want as long as it's funny regardless of whoever watches it. As in, if you are not into this kind of thing, I literally wrote it to force you to laugh. I was an asshole about it. I didn't want the audience to have a choice. I wanted them to get mad at me for forcing them to laugh. Joke wise it's definitely very dense(although the childSTAR commercial is almost as dense joke wise as the movie was supposed to be). Trinsic was almost an opposite of me in every way(except some slight geek overlap). Brooks Laughton was more like someone I was at my weakest and lowest(mirroring my comic in lots of ways, but not biographical).
*I forgot to mention this one scene I really liked writing where Trinsic tries to explain to a blind man why the brail is a scam. Or this time he almost drools on this girl. Or the sequel at a summer camp(a sort of riff on Meatballs 2 and Sleepaway Camp and Friday The Thirteenth). I was trying to write the Lord Of The Rings of crazy eighties movies with an original twist. It was stream of consciousness machine gun comedy with my emphasis on how twisted little kids think. In a weird world of what are very likely home schooled kids.
I saw a review for one of my favorite eighties bad movies. This movie is great for being weird/bad.
The thing with Terrorvision is, it is one of those movies that just does whatever the fuck it feels like until it runs out. And sometimes, when the right maniac makes a movie, or the stars align and all the bad shit comes out looking funny and good, you get a movie like Terrorvision.
It's about this weird family that is 80s/70s. They set up a satellite dish and accidentally pick up a signal from aliens. The signal is some sort of garbage monster slime thing. The boy in the family knows something is wrong. His grandpa who lives in the basement is batshit insane, and his older sister(the super cute girl from Last American Virgin, a great out of nowhere gut punch of a movie) and her metal head boyfriend(played by the great Jon Gries, werewolf from Monster Squad AND Fright Night 2) make the homicidal slime/garbage monster their pet.
It is a really hard movie to describe. It's funny and stupid and kind of gross. It in no ways resembles real life. Everyone seems coked up or crazy, especially the alien and the monster. I remember my crotch always responding when the kind of ugly Medusa woman showed up with her amazing cleavage(seriously). One of the few times simple cleavage was enough to fuck my brain(once a much older woman in my landlords office probably had a chance with me based on her cleavage, I was so horny and mystified at that weakness in me. Girls have no idea how weak us men really are. ). This was before the internet and being an artist and seeing naked people all the time. This was when late night cable was your best and only chance to see a tit or even side tit(hey I was like 10, I still called vaginas bushes, now I call just call them cookies).
I just love this stupid movie. About ten years ago I brought it to a party and everyone was in love with it. It was the weirdest campy 80's movie. Evil dead was the king of this campy category. Other greats in this catagory are Night Of The Creeps(one of the best ever, aliens, axe murderers, slugs, and zombies), Life Force(hottest fully nude eighties movie villain), Night Of The Comet(wake up everyone is gone except for a few zombies), Troll 1(yeah 1, I haven't seen the legendary sequel yet, but I watched the original as a kid a bunch and it made me a little scared of plants).
The Informers might be a fucked movie, but Amber Heard in it is an animal engine of lust. Sorry, it's on cable and I'm not interested in watching it again, but the slight chance I may get to see a scene with her makes me leave it on in the background. I'm not sure she has any clothed scenes in this. I guess god exists. No…have to do something productive...
At the end of August I was considering co-signing with my dad on a place in southern california. And then I made a different decision to stay for a few more months because of some personal stuff(good personal stuff). Stuff that changes the ending of Thought Balloon Man completely, in a really roundabout way.
I'll be here a few more months while I finish my projects and then move down south to someplace pretty. I always try to move to places that remind me of Stinson Beach I noticed. I have a rule that wherever I move has to have hills to hike in and an ocean to watch sunsets on(like when I lived in Pacifica).
P.S.: I got to reverse that third panel, because it flows better in the other direction. It's easy to fix in photoshop. Also, I'll add the title. And the next post is the next episode of August.