Month: May 2011

My Comic Shop DocumentARy screens in NewFilmmakers: New York

Screening tomorrow at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, My Comic Shop DocumentARy tells the story of a man and his comic book store.

The documentary features the comic shop Alternate Realities of Scarsdale, New York, and examines Steve Oto’s struggles to keep the business going. The shop first opened in 1992 when Oto left the luxurious world of law for comic books. The documentary also highlights the community that the store has helped create. The documentary was made by director Anthony Desiato.

Taking what looks like a good look at the realities of running a comic book store, the documentary should be a great spotlight on an often misunderstood part of the industry. It’s not all Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, after all.

Like our award-winning documentary Dig Comics last year here in Los Angeles, the screening was arranged through NewFilmmakers Online.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 18th 6:00PM
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue @ 2nd Street

Manga Publisher Go! Comi Returns… As Scam? To Re-Sell? – Owner Explains

The original Go! Comi logo, now used for nefarious purposes?

Defunct manga publisher Go! Comi has suddenly returned on the scene, but not exactly in the best way possible. Amid claims of scamming due to the new website’s appeal for donations, the domain name has been posted for sale at a domain auction house. The new owner spoke exclusively with me to tell his side.

As reported by Anime News Network last week, the publisher’s former creative director Audry Taylor posted on her Twitter and Facebook pages last week that the new website at GoComi.com asking for donations to help finance the publisher’s return is a hoax. Last Wednesday she tweeted, “WARNING: MY FORMER GOCOMI.COM WEBSITE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A SCAM. IT IS NOT REAL. DO NOT DONATE. GONNA SICK MY LAWYERS ON THEM.” The same day she posted on Facebook, “WARNING: THE FORMER GOCOMI.COM WEBSITE THAT I USED TO RUN HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A SCAM BY UNIDENTIFIED CRIMINALS UNRELATED TO GO! COMI, A COMPANY WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS. IT IS NOT REAL. DO NOT DONATE. GONNA SICK MY LAWYERS ON THEM. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH MANGA FANS AND READERS.”

The website uses language from the previous authentic GoComi.com website, and now includes a notice requesting help in relaunching.

News:

Go! Comi needs your Help!

Go! Comi is coming back! We take great efforts to rebuilt Go! Comi as a publisher for Manga & Comics.

Help us rebuilding Go! Comi.

This is followed by a PayPal link to donate any amount.

Also on the site is a contact form for comics and manga creators to submit their work for review with the hopes of future publication. The Contact Us page uses a similar contact form.

The site’s blogroll, links to other sites, is decidedly unrelated to comics or manga: BigBrotherWeb.com, CarInsuranceQuoteQuote.info, KleinerPreis.info, and LoansBadCreditLoans.info.

So just who is behind this? Down the rabbit hole we go:

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This Friday is brought to you by Shot In 3D Kitteh

Things to do in LA this weekend:

COMEDY: The X-ecution is down to the Final 10! It’s elimination-style improv comedy with $500 and meetings with top talent agencies at stake. Our own Kathie Bostian of the Magic Meathands is in the line-up, code-named The Snake. Cheer her on at The Improv Space in Westwood, Friday 8-9 PM. Tickets are $10.

ART / MUSIC: The first annual Atwater Art Walk debuts on Glendale Blvd., specifically with art at 55˚ Wine and Kaldi Coffee and Tea, and music at Revo Café in the LA neighborhood of Atwater Village on Saturday, 5-10 PM.

COMEDY: Family-friendly improv comedy featuring the Magic Meathands (with me!) and Jump Start Improv at The Spot Café in Culver City, Saturday, 8-10 PM. Tickets are $7.

Me on Tumblr: Breaking News on Comics and Random Inanity

If we’re friends on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve noticed a new feed coming in to those sites. Yes, I’m on Tumblr!

There I will be posting links to breaking news about comic book, graphic novels, manga, comic strips, web-comics, digital comics and other forms of sequential art. Yes, believe it or not, breaking comics news is actually a thing that happens in the world. For example, see this story. Or this story. There will also be a side dish of random silliness or oddities that amuse me to lighten things up, as well as a link to my weekday posts on my blog here, which tomorrow will create an internet loop from which we may never escape.

So if you’re on Tumblr, you should follow me! Or if you’re not on Tumblr, you can subscribe to my Tumblr’s RSS feed. It’ll make you a better person.

Gabby’s Good Luck Minute 3

Magic Meathands Original video #11!

Yes, Part 3! It’s becoming an epic! Don’t worry, no prior viewing is needed to understand this video of Gabby and her ongoing efforts to actually pull off a successful TV show. You’d think her station would stop broadcasting her live.

This sketch comedy video was written and directed by Nikki Turner. It stars Kathie Bostian as Gabby, Shane Boroomand and me as the studio crew (my character survived last episode‘s hostage situation, it turns out), Lara Sterling as the American Idol winner, and Jim Maloy and his daughter Audrey Maloy as the balloon-carrying relatives. (Kevin Callahan, Eric Ho and Matt Lundin appear in flashback. How’s that for a day’s work?)

Speaking of the Magic Meathands, don’t forget we’ve got a live show Saturday night at the The Spot Café in Culver City! 8 PM, $7 for 2 improv comedy groups!

Archives:
Magic Meathands Original video #10: Gabby’s Good Luck Minute II
Magic Meathands Original video #9: Catnip
Magic Meathands Original video #8: Pheel Good
Magic Meathands Original video #7: Corey vs. His Nemesis
Magic Meathands Original video #6: Gabby’s Good Luck Minute
Magic Meathands Original video #5: Gotcha
Magic Meathands Original video #4: ManCoaster
Magic Meathands Original video #3: Pants – A Nightmare
Magic Meathands Original video #2: Fun and Games
Magic Meathands Original video #1: Eddie the Enforcer

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Looking at the Eisners: Nominees for Best Continuing Series

Today we’re taking a look at the nominees for Best Continuing Series category.

The 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards released their nominees for excellence in comic books for the previous year recently. A panel of 6 judges made up of professionals throughout the industry selected the nominees. People throughout the industry will now begin voting on the nominees. Winners will be announced at the award show put on at this summer’s huge Comic-Con International convention in San Diego. The Eisners are basically the comic book equivalent of the film industry’s Academy Awards, TV’s Emmy Awards, music’s Grammy Awards, and theater’s Tony Awards, so it deserves a closer look.

I’m breaking down the nominees in each category, providing context and background info, and giving links to Amazon and other sites so you can buy your own copy, if possible. I can’t read everything, so lots of this stuff passed by me or is on my way-too-high to-read pile, so I’m going to avoid saying what “should” win. (I’m also pretty bad at predicting award show winners, so I’m not going to bother embarrassing myself.) Please feel free to post your predictions, preferences, opinions, or questions.

Best Continuing Series

Take a closer look with the click through:
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Sillies this Saturday

More improv comedy for you this Saturday night! The Magic Meathands (with me!) are teaming up again with the Beach Cities improv group Jump Start for a family-friendly night of comedy.

That’s right, you can bring the kids, bring the teens, bring the moms and dads, bring the grand-moms and grand-dads. And everyone will have a good time! (Probably don’t bring the dog, though. Sorry, Scruffy.)

When: Saturday May 14, 2011
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Spot Cafe and Lounge, 4455 Overland Ave., Culver City, 90230
Cost: $7.00

This Friday is brought to you by Tiny Voiced Kitteh & Friends

Things to do in LA this weekend:

ART / COMICS: The Two-Headed Cartoonist art gallery opening reception, comic art and fine art by members of the Comic Art Professional Society, at Gallery 839 at the Animation Guild in Burbank, Friday, 6 PM – 10 PM. The gallery will be open every Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM, until May 27).

COMEDY: The Magic Meathands (with me!) with The Waterbrains and Mission: IMPROVable at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, Friday, 8 PM – 10 PM. Tickets: $10.

COMICS: Free Comic Book Day is Saturday! Here’s an overview of special events happening at comic book stores all over Los Angeles. I’ve been updating it throughout the week as more announcements have been made.

FILM: The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour (with me in the season finale!) is an official selection of the Santa Catalina Film Festival‘s New Media Market(s). It will be honored with the other Digital Media selections at the Canyon Resort and Spa in Avalon on Catalina Island, Saturday, 7:30-11:30 PM.

Happy Mother’s Day

This weekend is Mother’s Day, so might as well dig out this ol’ chestnut.

This is a rough demo but hopefully it gets the idea across: a gentle tribute to mother turns into a loud rock number, then it sort of excuses itself and returns to more mom-appropriate music. More or less.

I think this is the first song I ever wrote. My mother bought me my first (and so far only) guitar several years ago, which is a great example of how supportive, loving and encouraging she has always been with my (often weird) creative pursuits.

Happy Mother’s Day to my awesome mother and to all of the mothers out there!

Listen:

Happy Mother’s Day
(Music/lyrics by Corey Blake)

It’s been years
Since we first popped out
Now we’re grown
And we want back in
But we can’t
So we’ll just chant

Happy Mother’s Day to you

© 2008 Corey Blake

Oh boy! Funny things!

The Magic Meathands are back, and I’ll be right there with them being incredibly silly!

We’re returning to the famous Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica to give you giggles, chuckles, chortles, guffaws, and outright belly laughs. How will we do this? Why, by making it up of course! We perform fully improvised comedy shows using your suggestions to kick off our short form games and long form scenarios.

Immediately following us, you’ll get The Waterbrains and Mission: IMPROVable, two groups fully certified in the art of making you laugh.

Tickets are $10 for the whole night.
8 PM – 10 PM
Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A Santa Monica Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Santa Monica, CA 90401