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    Thursday
    Feb272014

    KING OF COMICS: A TRIBUTE TO ILLUSTRATOR RALF KÖNIG (REVIEW) at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    Germany has it’s own King of Comics, and that man is Ralf König.

    The 2012 documentary of König’s life is now streaming on digital platforms and is a wonderful exploration of cartooning dealing with sexuality, censorship, religion and König’s rise to popularity and his life today as a treasured hero to both the comic book and homosexual communities.

    Filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim (The Einstein of Sex, I Am My Own Woman, Rent Boys) invades Ralf’s loft for some heartfelt interviews as well as connects with the important people in Ralf’s life.

    König’s most infamous comic, The Most Desired Man, was made into a film in 1994 starring Til Schweiger. Der bewegte Mann (International title: The Most Desired Man, U.S. title: he Most Desired Man) is a highly regarded cult film in which König makes an appearance as a drag queen.

    The 53 year-old Ralf König came to prominence after coming out in the early 80s by producing humorous cartoons about the gay lifestyle, dating, drag queens and gay fantasies.

    In the past couple of decades, König has taken on religiosity, live-in relationships and even the radical Islam.

    Many German homosexuals credit König for the bravery to come out, via his humorous and matter-of-fact take on gay stereotypes in his early comics. Of course König’s comics deal with 80s AIDS fear as well, encouraging safe sex and dealing with the death of his friends from the disease as well.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Wednesday
    Feb262014

    KICKSTARTER KORNER CHATS WITH MARK MCKENNA ABOUT COMBAT JACKS! AT FORCES OF GEEK

    Legendary Big Two Inker and Inkwell Awards Hall of Famer Mark McKenna joins Kickstarter Korner to tell us about his latest campaign to unleash issue #2 of Combat Jacks

    An alien prison planet Maia lives on the other side of our sun, occupied by killer pumpkins! We don’t see how a pumpkin planet can be more sincere than this one! Space Marines are sent to investigate AWOL prisoners and pesky pumpkins in Combat Jacks!

     



    FOG!: Thanks for joining us, Mark. Combat Jacks originated as a dinner table conversation. Why Jack-O-Lanterns?

    Mark McKenna: It was around Halloween and something clicked in my mind that Jack O’ Lanterns are meant to be scary, yet there weren’t really any amazing Jack monsters in movies or books that I could think of, with a few exceptions, so along with my son, it became dinner table banter and went on from there.

    Most people know you as an inker for the big two and Inkwell Awards Hall of Famer. Is Combat Jacks your first foray into writing?

    I have also created and written my kids books, Banana Tail and Friends.  But other then those books, this is my first writing for this genre.

    Jason Baroody’s pencils are great too, how did you hook up with him and the rest if your art team including our friend John Hunt?

    Jason came to me by way of our, at the time, mutual art rep, Bob Shaw. I had met Jason at a few shows, but really didn’t know his work. When we got to talking and he was gung ho to take a shot at it, I believe I flattered him by offering it to him and he told me, in fact, that if he didn’t need to make a living, he’d have worked for free on it just to have the chance to work with me.. so, in essence, flattery gets you everywhere.

    I cant recall where I met John Hunt, but I do know he was hungry and multi-talented and you can never have enough guys that have a wealth of digital and artistic knowledge.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Tuesday
    Feb252014

    ENROLL NOW! 3.21 MMMMAVEN SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP

    I’m teaching my first class at MMMMAVEN in March. FRI 3.21 at 6pm. $50.

    Stacey made the cool animation!

    SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP FOR BANDS, DJS, ARTISTS, COMIC CREATORS and MORE!

     

    Join Clay Fernald (@ClayNFerno) for an intensive first level course in using social media for DJs, producers and bands. 

    Designed from the insider’s view of the music industry, this class will teach the basics of setting up profiles, checkins, username claiming and more for all of the major social media apps and platforms. The class will prepare you to use your phone, computer or tablet to generate buzz about your latest release, your next event, or strengthen your relationship with your established fans by creating a conversation that goes both ways. Are you a Boston band that’s been around forever but doesn’t have a twitter? This class is also for you. Recommended for musicians of all types, no genre or labels allowed! The class will be structured for beginning to intermediate understanding of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but more concepts will be introduced in the short class, allowing some time at the end for student questions.

    ClayNFerno
    www.claynferno.com

    Clay landed on the cover of The Boston Phoenix in 2005 for being the ‘Most Popular Man in Boston’ — according to social networking site MySpace. He has since made a career making social connections online and off by following marketing trends and staying ahead of them. By establishing best practices at Middle East Nightclub (@MidEastClub — verified) for social media, he has set an example there for other businesses, venues and independent promoters in town.

    When not working in various roles for popular Boston bands, Clay also runs social media for band clients and fine artists. You may find his comic book and pop culture news columns on local and national websites. When comic book conventions roll into town, Clay is asked to moderate panels of top industry talent or can be found scouring the quarter bins for lost comic book gems.

     

    http://bit.ly/1lZwXXq

    MMMMAVEN.COM | CLAYNFERNO.COM

    EVENTBRITE:

    tiny.cc/mmmmferno

    FACEBOOK EVENT:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/266851030145788/

    DISCOUNT FOR MMMMAVEN STUDENTS & ALUMNI
    ALL AGES — $50 (one TIME WORKSHOP)
    mmmmaven.com | CLAYNFERNO.com
    EVENTBRITE: tiny.cc/mmmmferno
    614 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite #203Cambridge, MA 02139 | 617.849.9321 | info@mmmmaven.com

    ENDORSED!

    An Endorsement from David Buckley Borden, Artist.
    “If you are a creative type looking to make your own thing happen, sign up for this session. I worked with Clay over the last three months and as an direct and/or indirect result of working together landed exposure in the Boston Globe Arts Blog, the Weekly Dig, Boston Magazine, Boston Hassle and other online outlets..not to mention the growth of my own social media network. Clay’s techniques, tips and tricks of the trade will afford you an effective online hustle. 
    Clay gets a 5 Star rating and all the affirmative emoticons I have stored on my legacy iphone. Do yourself a solid and sign up.”

     

    Tuesday
    Feb252014

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for February 26, 2014




    COMICS


    Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye #15 puts the focus on back on Barton and Barton face to face with..themselves as the building goes into lockdown! … A cinematic grind house masterpiece Vandroid was destroyed in a fire in 1985. Tommy Lee Edwards resurrects the android built out of van parts in Vandroid #1 from Dark Horse. …Butch is paired with the drug-addled Gun face off with the super boss in Repo City State in Ballistic #4 drawn by Darick Robertson (The Boys). … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

    Friday
    Feb212014

    KICKSTARTER KORNER: 'Ghost Source Zero' - A Sci-Fi Film by LARRY HAMA and MARK CHENG - FORCES OF GEEK & LEAGUEPODCAST!

    Double Post! Want to hear the audio of this interview? LeaguePodcast #182 has you covered, full interview there!

     

    YO JOE!

     

    We spoke with filmmaker and G.I. Joe fan Mark Cheng (Operation: Red Retrieval -G.I. Joe Fan Film, 2011) about his newest project, an idea that impressed G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero writer, comic book legend Larry Hama.


    As issue #200 of G.I.Joe: RAH approaches, another milestone will be met as the original sci-fi film Ghost Source Zero reaches it’s funding goal.


    Mark joins us to talk about his collaboration with Larry on this exciting film, his background, education and his favorite Joe!

    FOG!: Welcome, Mark how are you doing today?

    Mark Cheng: Great, it happens to be my Birthday!

    Tell us a little about your filmmaking history.

    Like every kid, I loved watching movies when I was young. I really got into comic books as a visual storytelling medium, I was one of those guys who went to college to study film at Cornell University as a Political Science major. I dropped out of that, and pursued film production.


    I spent about 8 months after college working on music videos, commercials, a memorable Chef Boyardee commercial, spinning a ravioli can on the table and filming it from 1000 different angles. I was a lowly Production Assistant, driving a prop truck from location to location.

    I worked on a Blues Traveler video in the summer. Then I called it quits. 

     



    I looked at the crew, three levels above me, and the tiers didn’t make sense to me, so I taught myself web design and that led to corporate America and getting a real job.

     

     



    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

    [LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW AT LEAGUEPODCAST.COM]

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