Thursday, April 23, 2015

20 Places to find ZombieCatBacon Universe content - an update

There hasn't been much activity on any of the ZombieCatBacon blogs since the year began. However, there has been quite a lot of ZombieCatBacon activity. I've been playing with various social media outlets, shared blogging formats, and a number of "pin boards" to share content relevant for each of the "channels" I enjoy writing about or perusing at my leisure.

You can find the various ZCB channels playing at the various locations listed below. (The asterix shows the most active locations for that channel)
The Comicro (comics):
*Facebook page - give us a Like, won't you?
Pinterest board - Follow me!
Tapiture board - Pinterest for guys?
Gentlemint board - not sure if Gentlemint works for me yet, we'll see
Twitter feed - called Zombie Cat Bacon, but a lot of comic stuff here
*The Escape Goat newsletter - love the way this newsletter compiles content from my favorite sites - sign up today!

SnackyPOP (snacks and drinks) (duh):
*Facebook page - give us a Like, won't you? Please?
*Pinterest board - Follow me! Now!
Tapiture board - Pinterest for guys? Yeah, and not too racy either
Gentlemint board - Gentlemint is chasing Tapiture, I think
Twitter feed - interesting links to new locally made snacks and craft soda news
The Daily R'n'R newsletter - this newsletter is a mix of a lot of stuff, all of it Important - sign up today!

Pulpwear (cool graphics, vintage posters, classic illustration):
Facebook page - The page is newish, and lonely, but you'll always find something cool to see. Give us a Like here too, won't you?
*Pinterest board - Follow me! Love me!
Tapiture board - Pinterest for guys? Also new
Gentlemint board - Gentlemint is chasing Tapiture, I think. And not succeeding.
*Spreadshirt - the Pulpwear shop, with many nifty t-shirts. New designs coming soon!

I'll provide an overview of the other three (United States of Whiskey, BBQHoney and Voyage of the Darned) later this week.

As far as the Mothership goes (ZombieCatBacon), I am toying with developing a central "go-to" point for all this stuff. A ZombieCatBacon nexus of my universe, if you like. I know a Venn diagram of my interests would look rather odd, but judging by the traffic, comments and email I get, I know there are many of you that are drawn in by one thing and discover something else you weren't expecting. And that's the fun part of doing all this stuff. The interaction and engagement I've received over the past year tells me I'm onto something. I just have no idea what that is.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Untold Tales of Untold Tales

I've backed a few projects on Kickstarter over the past five years, and still believe the idea of crowdfunding to be sound and worthwhile.

However, that faith can be shaken.

For example, I backed Untold Tales of the Comic Industry back in 2011. I spent a measly five bucks to get my name on the backers list on the project website, and of course to support the project itself. (Hey, big spender!)

From the Kickstarter page:
This documentary takes a look at the comic industry from the inside out, guided by writers, illustrators, editors, distributors, Hollywood storytellers, and global fans of the art form. You'll see the genesis of our shared love of comics, and explore the inspirations that keep creators running. You'll learn what these creators love about the industry today, and what they hope to see improved for the industry's survival tomorrow. No topic is off the table: economics, fan culture, the industry's need to open its ranks to include a wider range of race and gender - it's all discussed. This film isn't a tell-all in the scandalous sense, but it IS full of honest stories and opinions offered up by the people behind the pages. 

Cool! I've wanted to see a doc like this ever since I got my VHS copy of Comic Book Confidential. The comic book biz does a great job of preaching to the choir about the amazingly talented individuals that have entertained millions over the past 70 years. But if you ask The Man On The Street about Jack Kirby? Blank stare. Sure, maybe Frank Miller or Robert Kirkman, possibly Todd McFarlane, are known to the periphery of geekdom. But the vast majority are unknown to 98% of the general public (and 98% of those folks have seen 300, Walking Dead and/or Spawn on the big and small screen, nevermind the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

The King
So Untold Tales should've been another welcome effort to raise awareness of the men and women behind the curtain, and to give them some much deserved publicity.


A few facts about Untold Tales:
Successful Kickstarter campaign: completed on Sept 15, 2011 and exceeded the stated goal of $18,000 reaching $19,048 from 259 backers

Last update on Kickstarter: Jun 25, 2014 (on February 7, 2014, the organizers announced the project would morph to a series format instead of feature documentary)
Last Facebook post: March 13, 2013
Last blogpost on website: August 8, 2011

I contacted, via Twitter and Facebook, Brandon Jerwa and Ali Mohsenian, two of the principals involved in Untold Tales but have not yet received a response. A shame really. I sincerely hope 259 people haven't donated $73.54 (on average) to be told "uh sorry, we moved onto other things" by the folks involved.

I want to see this project come (back) to life. Perhaps someone else can pick up the torch and run with it to completion. Kevin Smith? Chris Hardwick? Ken Burns? (hey, why not? He's already done wondrous things with the other two original American artforms, baseball and jazz).

I'd love to hear an update from someone currently involved with the project. I think it's worthwhile and maybe even important.

And I never even got my name on the website. Someone owes me $5.