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    Wednesday
    Mar052014

    COSMIC TREADMILL: RYAN K. LINDSAY TALKS HEADSPACE FROM MONKEYBRAIN! - AT FORCES OF GEEK

     

    I’m fortunate enough to have made some friends online that live on the other side of the planet!

    Aussie Writer Ryan K. Linsday (My Little Pony, Fatherhood, Ghost Town) burns the rubber of off his Converse in this edition of the Cosmic Treadmill to talk about Headspace from Monkeybrain, which was released today.

    The book features an imaginative world full of bartending dogs, fear monsters and other creeps. But that’s not all, in this Take on Me twist, the other half of the story exists in the real world.


    To call this Inception meets They Live will either delight or offend Ryan. Find out after the jump!

    FOG!: Thanks for joining us today, Ryan! Care to tell us the quick elevator pitch for Headspace?

    Ryan K. Lindsay: A strange town full of unfulfilled people suddenly discover they are actually in the mind of a killer and they had forgotten the real world and their old lives. Cue the sheriff, Shane, hustling to get back to his old life but finding that a killer’s brain throws up more roadblocks than you want it to.

     

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Tuesday
    Mar042014

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for March 5, 2014


    COMICS

    Rogue Trooper #1 from IDW brings the classic blue-skinned genetically modified soldier to the States from the pages of 2000AD. A must read for fans of Judge Dredd and the Terminator! …An All New Wolverine and the X-Men #1 hits shelves as Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar (Supergirl) take over the book and Wolvie and Storm take over the Jean Grey School. …The Fox #5 is the finale for this great pulp series celebrating the the fun to be had in a comics series. Good for all ages! …Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

     

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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.”