JDW: Hi everyone, James here. With me for this very special blog is my good friend, Les. Say hi, Les.
LES: Hi, Les 😉
JDW: (sigh) Every time…
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Hi, Manic Expression. Les and I wrote a new article, a sequel if you will, to our original cross-over piece. We agreed it would be a good idea to re-post the original article, as it never appeared on this site. This thing is ANCIENT. You’ll notice I make reference to That Guy With the Glasses being our audience, and Les was still going by NOTYETUSEDNAME. The new article will be up Tuesday. Till then, digest this article from 2011.
JDW:Greetings TGWTG fans. You’re all familiar with NOTYETUSEDNAME, one of the many fine writers here on this site. He and I are here to talk about how respect and love for good writing can bring together two friends who are politically on opposite sides of the world.
NYUN: First off, James, thank you for having me on your show. I’ve always admired your excellent writing and thoughtful articles.
JDW: And I yours, my friend. I know this is stepping outside of your comfort zone a little, as you once swore never to do a political blog, but I don’t think that’s what we’re going to be doing here. You and I have discussed our own political views, and we disagree on a great many things. I myself am a liberal, I voted for the President, and you didn’t. Read more
The sad, twisted story of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall has captured the attention of the nation…or at least of the news media who are obsessed with it because it involves celebrities. Your average person probably didn’t even know who Harvey Weinstein was, despite his name being in front of so many of the movies we watch. Unlike Bill Cosby, Harvey was a behind the scenes kind of guy, a fixture of Hollywood that those outside of Hollywood could largely care less about.
Lets talk remakes, folks. There sure are enough of them these days, especially in the world of horror movies. Seems like every franchise from when I was a kid is getting a “reboot.” Well, why not?
I know many of you are bothered by this trend, and it does show a lack of creativity on Hollywoods part. But really, remaking horror movies is nothing new. How many versions of Dracula have there been, or Frankenstein? Were the originals the best? In my opinion, sure. Have I enjoyed many of the remakes? Damn right!
Michael the Comic Nerd has been an Expressionists for quite some time now, and a prolific one at that. A reviewer of movies and video games, mostly comic book related, Michael has looked at everything from Superman Returns to… Magic Mike XXL? …What?
James here – remember me? Yeah, I know I haven’t been around much lately. Believe it or not, the words Manic Expression have never occupied my life more, but in ways that you don’t really see show up here on the site. So, because I haven’t been around, I thought it might be a good idea to let everyone know whats going on, and where our community will be heading and how you can help.
I love doing cameos. Love, love, love, love, love it. I’ve done cameos for Timdiana, Decker Shado, Fusionater, Cartoon Physicist, and so many other members here at the site. Once upon a time, I used to have so many cameos to record I would sometimes feel overwhelmed. Not so much any more.
If I’ve seemed a wee bit distracted lately it’s because…well, I am. My oldest daughter, who only came back into my life in January, is about to make me a grandpa. I’ve been taking care of my girlfriend after she had an operation. I’m dealing with the frustrating start/stop mess that is the Manic Expression animated movie. Finally, there is the re-issue of my books into a six volume set, only three of which are out so far, leaving me with plenty to edit, write, and format.
Often times therapists encourage us to write letters to people we feel have wronged us. We are not supposed to send these letters, however. This gives us the freedom to say whatever we need to say, no matter how harsh, without burning a bridge. I have written these letters before, and in the heat of anger it is tempting to send them, but after some cooling down the wisdom of why they remain private becomes clear.
According to Angel Bob’s profile here at Manic Expression, she is 15 years old. …Really? Dammit I’m old! As a fellow writer I can remember where I was at in my craft when I was 15 and how far I’ve come in the 20 plus years since then. If that will be the case for Angel Bob, all I can say is “wow.”
As many of you may know, I decided to re-release my book this year. Originally, Manic Expression: A Collection came out in 2008 as a two volume set. However, I kept writing, eventually churning out a third book in the series. I was never really happy with the original publications, and this year I decided I would put them out with brand new stories included, with a re-edit done on the older stories. The stories are now spread across six volumes, each one with a different theme. Taylor (Whyboy) graciously agreed to design the covers, and each book features an original poem by our very own T-Kun.
Recently, Taylor completed work on the six covers. I decided I would share the covers here, as well as release dates for the books and the synopsis for each.
Reflections is the first volume of Manic Expression: A Collection. Throughout these six stories we will come to know a group of childhood friends who each take a rocky road to adulthood. Some will find joy, others only sorrow. As they journey from lost boys to struggling fathers, each strives to find his own way through extraordinary circumstances.
I’m sad right now. Not angry, not blue. Sad. I suppose it’s been building for some time now, this feeling. I’m sure many of you may be feeling the same. After a month in office, Donald Trump has turned my country into the laughing stock of the world. Despite the protests and the media backlash, the man is bulletproof. It now seems likely that Russia played a real part in getting him elected, and he’s barely trying to hide it. Despite their leader losing the popular vote by over three million votes, the Republican party is moving full steam ahead with an agenda of discrimination and alienation and calling it a mandate. Professional trolls like Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos are now considered serious people and hold actual power. There is a lot to be sad about at this moment in time.
Speaking of Milo, he may have finally gone a step too far. After being in the news for racist comments, anti-trans comments, anti-Muslim comments, and sexist comments, the fact that he actually condoned pedophilia during a podcast has caused him to be uninvited from CPAC and have his upcoming book be canceled. A win for the good guys? Not really, because it took advocating for man on boy love to finally make a dent in this guys armor. Everything else he’s said, that was all just fine. Read more
Having passion in life is important. Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets someone up in the morning. Some of us are passive, we read about our favorite characters, or watch their exploits on the TV or big screen. There are others not content with that. Some of us need to play in those worlds.
SmurfyDan loves Thomas the Tank Engine. I’m just guessing here, but I would assume he grew up on it (Thomas was around when I was a kid, and I’m quite a bit older than Dan, so it’s a safe bet). Some people would be content to simply watch Thomas, but not Dan. No, he has dedicated a large part of his life to Thomas and his pals, even putting together his own documentary about the franchise, Steaming To Legacy.
I know a thing or two about putting together a documentary. It’s hard, grueling work. Dan makes it seem effortless, and that’s because of his genuine love of the subject matter. Fanboys are a dime a dozen, but Dan is different. Here’s a guy who has connected so deeply with a particular world that his love of that world actually shines. Watching his videos puts a smile on your face, whether you care about Thomas the Tank Engine or not.
Lets face it, Expressionists, the world is a mess right now. The uncertainty we’re all feeling about our governments, our futures, even our place in the world can really drag a person down. The world needs the innocence of Thomas, and there’s no one better to spotlight that lovable train than SmurfyDan.
So three cheers for the man with the love and passion to highlight Thomas the Tank Engine. Toot! Toot! Toot!
Hey out there, everybody! So the Indiegogo campaign has been live now for nearluy a week, and other than a generous contribution from pbMiranda (thank you, Patty), we’ve gotten a grand total of ZERO pledges. COME ON! Getting the Manic Expression movie made is a chance to show off who we are to the rest of the Internet. If each of us gave $1 we’d be in good shape.
If you can’t afford even a dollar, than please help get the word out. Share the link to the campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Anybody got MySpace anymore? Share it there too! Help spread the word about our communities biggest project to date.
I plan to put my money where my mouth is. If you’re not comofortable giving to Indigogo, than how about Amazon? I’m selling volume 1 of my book there as an eBook (the paperback is coming in February). I will be releasing the other five volumes throughout 2017. So here’s the deal: I will put any money made from the sales of my books into the Indiegogo campaign. You buy a copy of the book from Amazon, I put that money into making our movie happen.
We can make this happen, people, if we all chip in.
And while I’ve got you here, let me reveal the cover for Manic Expression: A Collection – Ghosts, the second book in the series. As with volume one, the cover was designed by Whyboy.
Buy the book here
Donate to Indiegogo here
I know! I know! I haven’t been around the site much lately. Hell, I haven’t even put up a new Spotlight yet. As far as that goes, I’m going to go ahead and pass that on to Les this month, as he is handling Expressionist of the Year. I’ve also been sick the last week, finally on the mend now. But that’s not the real thing that’s had me distracted. The real thing is…well…
That’s right, my book is coming back. I’ve never had a proper eBook version, partly as I’m no good at formatting. However, I found a service that would format the book for me. I decided to give the book a read, as I had not read it in many years. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. With six years of space, I was able to read the book and be objective, and what I found was a lot of fat that needed trimming. This new version of Manic Expression: A Collection will be leaner, more focused.
It will also be sectioned off into six volumes, with several brand new stories, new covers by Whyboy, and new poems to kick each volume off from our very own T-Kun! I wanted this version of my book to reflect the site. After all, Manic Expression is no longer just the title of my book, but the name of the greatest community on the Web!
And speaking of us, the animated movie is ready to go! The Indigogo video will be released this month. The script is finished. Uncle Bootleg, our animator, already has some designs done. You’ll hear much more about the animated movie in the days to come!
This month marks the 5 year anniversary of this site. We’ve come a long way since we started on Webs. As I resume my writing career, and we move into production on our biggest project yet, I want to thank you all for your love and support. I wouldn’t be here without all of you.
Manic Expression has become such a big community that I can’t possibly have a close personal relationship with every member. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t just be a fan of their work. We’ve been fortunate to have so many insanely talented people bring their clever ideas to this site, but in the last few months there is one in particular that has caught my attention.
KiramidHead has a show called Screenplay Archaeology that captured my imagination as soon as I saw the title. A show about unproduced scripts! Genius! As someone who religiously read fan magazines like Cinefantastique as a kid, I remember all those movies that were announced yet never came to be. So when I saw Screenplay Archaeology’s first episode, dealing with the long delayed Guillermo del Toro film At the Mountains of Madness, I thought, “What a fantastic idea for a show.”
Everybody (including yours truly) reviews movies that are easily accessible. KiramidHead goes the extra mile and reviews movies that were never even made! Searching on-line for leaked scripts to James Cameron’s Spider-man or an alternate script for Hellraiser: Bloodline, KiramidHead and his frequent co-host, Deusdaecon, delve into these lost treasures (?) page by page.
The effort that must go into a single episode of Screenplay Archaeology is staggering, and rather than be content with just posting his work here at Manic, KiramidHead gets the word out. He includes links with every episode to his Facebook and Twitter pages, to where you can find the show on iTunes and various other sites. That’s what I like to see, someone who takes his work seriously and is using Manic Expression as a platform.
Manic Expression is a community of people with interesting ideas. This is a site where you can find an audio drama making fun of death, or a musical number, or a review of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, and there’s nothing new under the sun, along comes someone like KiramidHead to surprise and delight you.
Sometimes in life, things don’t always work out as planned. Manic Expression: The Movie, has been long in development. Based on a story by myself and pbMiranda, we had hoped to be well into production by now. Instead, a completed script is not yet done.
Script duties fell to SomeJerkFromBoston, who turned in a fantastic first draft, but as anyone who has ever tried writing knows, life often manages to keep you from the pen. In the time he’s been working on the second draft, Gurning Chimp has decided to leave the project, we’ve recruited Uncle Bootleg as our animator, and Chronix has drawn up some fantastic concept art. But without a finished script, we were going nowhere fast.
Than, out of the night like a masked hero, come to save us all, is Teo! Recruited by SomeJerk as his replacement, Teo will now be the chief writer of Manic Expression: The Movie. SomeJerk chose well, as Teo is one of this communities most accomplished writers. He has shared with us much of his own work, such as the chilling A Night in the Pine Tree Forest, the post apocalyptic After Grace, and the DC comics inspired Fall of Justice.
I’ve been asked many times why I don’t write the script for the animated film myself. The fact is, I’m not known for having a light touch as a writer. Anyone who has listened to any of my Podcast Plays knows I’m quite adept at gloom and doom, but a feature length animated romp? Not my style. Teo, on the other hand, knows what he’s doing. In my discussions with him about the movie he has shared some of his other writings, and it’s clear when he talks about his plans for the film that this is a man who understands the process of writing.
Manic Expression: The Movie has been a dream of mine for the last few years. A chance to showcase the talents this site has to offer in writing, acting, music, and art. A fun filled adventure with heart and a real relevance to the times we live in. I wouldn’t trust this to just anyone. I had faith in SomeJerk, and that faith proved justified by that first draft. Now I have faith that Teo will build from that first draft, and provide us with a script worthy of our community.
So godspeed, Teo. Anyone who has read your work around here knows that our story is in good hands.
Is it safe to say this thing is finally done? I mean I know that technically we still have till November 8, but with Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton 11 points in the polls, while simultaneously, like a black cat, jinxing the chances of every Republican he’s ever walked passed, we can all be done with this nonsense, right?