Hey, gang! Welcome to another issue of Indie and the Geek. As part of the way I have Indie and the Geek arranged, I will be bringing in different indie friends who have made it happen in the mainstream by keeping the DIY mentality. As such, in this issue I’ve sat down with my Vancouver bud Peter Shinkoda from Falling Skies and Mortal Kombat: Legacy to bring you an interview that I hope will inspire you all to keep fighting the good fight.
Anyone who knows me needs no sixth sense to know that I am obsessed with the paranormal. Paranormal Witness, Paranormal State, Haunted Collector, Haunted Highway, School Spirits . . . and especially TLC's freakin' Long Island Medium. I will watch anything to do with the paranormal. So, it should come as no shock that I absolutely adored Universal Studios' ParaNorman, written and directed by Chris Butler.
It's hard to believe that The Discovery Channel's Shark Week turns 25 this week. I guess it's further difficult to imagine sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years, far outlasting many an inferior species.
My love affair with sharks began with Jaws 2 when my parents took my siblings and me to see it at the drive-in movie theater. (Yes, I'm dating myself, and if you aren't sure what a drive-in is, go change your diaper and then google it!)
Today’s Indie and the Geek interview may be familiar to some of you. I met Paul Taylor on Twitter, but you may know him by his web comic, Wapsi Square. Paul has been a good friend online, and it is a delight to finally get to sit down with him and give him this long-awaited interview on him and his delightful series.
Recently, The Wrap wrote a really insightful article about celebrities coming out publicly with ease, yet there are certain industries where it is still taboo to be out of the closet, namely big movie stars. It seems so easy to be Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer, and Anderson Cooper, all big television personalities, who came out in their own way whether it was a press release, a significant other's acknowledgment in a speech, or a letter to the editor of an online publication. The news made the headlines for a day, and then we all moved on. Living in Hollywood, I hear the rumors all of the time from the stars hiding behind the religion of Scientology, to the actor in two huge summer action films, to the Academy Award nominated actor who almost came out, but chickened out at the last minute. (Google “Toothy Tile” for a hint.) Are the rumors true? I certainly don't hang out in celebrities' bedrooms, but with certain stars, where there is smoke, there is fire.
If telling the public has been so easy for television stars, why is it so difficult for big box office stars? Here are some of the reasons:
After last week's tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, it was only a matter of time before we heard pundits hop on CNN and MSNBC and tout the "Violence and Hollywood" angle as a possible motive. A secondary thread to this is "Violence and Video Games," and that is also another factor in this case. Many folks want to take a look at MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) ratings, because PG-13 films have the same amount of violence, suggestive scenes, and language that a Rated R film did ten years ago. Has violence in Hollywood movies escalated? Sure. I would hardly argue with that statement, as torture porn movies like Saw came in vogue and sophomoric sex humor encouraged by the success of the Judd Apatow movies grew. I think we have become accustomed to tolerating more in our PG-13 movies as trends and social mores have changed.
In the last few years, our country has endured a rough economy, layoffs, and a weak real estate market, but not in Hollywood. When a female star's career is waning, there is one key thing she can do to revive interest in her cooling career: get pregnant. A baby bump has become a hot commodity in Hollywood and here are the ways a star can make money from having a baby:
By: Michael Fitzgerald Troy
With all of the shocking revelations Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang have been bestowing on everyone's favorite Amazon over in the best thing since sliced bread, DC New 52's Wonder Woman, I wondered (pun intended!) what in great Gaea's girdle Wonder Woman's granddaughter thought of all of the hullabaloo? Okay, so Christie Marston isn't really Wonder Woman's granddaughter, but she is the granddaughter of Wonder Woman's father, or creator rather, William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman hit the scene in 1941 as a result of Marston wanting to create a positive role model for everyone - boys, girls, men, and women - thus, Wonder Woman was born. Marston was also the creator of the first lie detector test. I mention these nuggets as I feel they bear great relevance on the Amazon with a gilded lasso, a gift from the gods that compels whomever be bound by it to tell the truth. It is no secret that I am a huge Wonder Woman fan. Ironically, my last name has no connection to Wonder Woman's wayward sister, Donna Troy. Christie was kind enough to answer a few of my questions regarding my lifelong idol.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Disclaimer: The following is purely fan fic and should be treated as such. The wild delusions of Michael Troy are intended for nothing more than a quick guffaw.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
After seeing a copy of Michael Fitzgerald Troy's pop culture mash-up tribute comic book Going Gaga! at Comic-Con this year, Mother Monster tweeted, "So Cool! Someone found this at Comic-Con. Can I buy it pleasssee!!!" The tweet heard 'round the world; Facebook and Twitter started blowing up in a man hunt for Michael Troy, as little, devoted "Monsters" everywhere were clamoring to find the book for their musical matriarch. After posting it on Facebook, Gaga talks and fans listen to the tune of 72,0000 plus "likes." Further proving the power of Twitter, the story of Lady Gaga's comic book endorsement spread to the likes of MTV Style, Gaystar News, and several news outlets in Italy! (Ciao, Gaga!)
The bad news is that the small print run book has sold out. The good news is that the book is now available for digital download for the discount price of only $1.99 via Mydigitalcomics.com. And, another print run of the book is being planned.