This isn’t the first time Ashton Kutcher has been referenced in the comic. But it’s certainly been the first time in a long time. Whenever he resurfaces, I’m always ready to exploit that Iowa connection!
Quick sidebar: Is everyone familiar with what’s being parodied in the last panel? It’s from Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair cover from 1991. There was a big deal about it at the time, so people my age probably remember it. But you never know with some of the younger readers. I dunno. I thought it added another layer to things considering Kutcher and Moore were married.
Yup, nothing funnier than explaining the joke! Count on Theater Hopper for only the most timely references!
I find it kind of astonishing that Ashton Kutcher of all people has the number tw and number one movies in the country now. The big-budget action flick The Guardian and the syrupy-cute children’s animated movie Open Season. That’s covering a lot of ground for one weekend. Maybe he’s trying to avoid being typecast? I think Kutcher gets a lot of flack for being a dumb pretty-boy because people associate him so closely with the character Kelso from That 70’s Show. But if you take a look at his entry over at IMDB.com, he’s a shrewd little businessman! Lots of producing credits on this guy’s resume!
Of course that’s not to say I’ve ever found myself entertained by any of his movies. But I can’t decide if that’s just because he’s picking poorly or if he’s just not being offered anything good.
The Guardian looks like a step in the right direction away from all the slapsticky boyfriend roles he’s had in the past. Then again, The Butterfly Effect was a departure from that as well, and look how that all ironed out.
I have no real interest in seeing The Guardian. Reviews indicate that there wasn’t a cliche in the book the movie didn’t seem to love and the trailer appears to confirm this. Open Season seems more my speed, even though it looks completely asinine. There’s something about it visually that I like. I guess it reminds me of those old Warner Bros. cartoons where they made jokes about hunters. I always thought the matte paintings they did for those cartoons were really beautiful and I noticed a similar look in the commercials for Open Season.
I share this information and sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who notices this stuff…
Hey, guys. I just wanted to let you know that I am having a FIRE SALE!!! in the store starting today and I am SLASHING PRICES on almost all of my designs (except for the "Spoiler" shirt – my big seller!)
Right now t-shirts are $7.99 and baby doll tees are $9.99 (plus shipping and handling). I’ve taken special care to list the remaining number of shirts available on these pages so you know exactly what designs are left in what sizes. A few of these shirts I only have one or two left! So if you’ve been holding out for whatever reason, don’t hold back any longer! Because once these shirts are gone, they’re gone – never to reproduced again! FINITO!
The goal behind this liquidation is two-fold. One is to raise money for the production of "Theater Hopper: Year Two" (which you can also order, by the way!) The other goal is to make room for some new t-shirt designs. I mean, I’ve been selling the "Pimp Tom" shirt since 2003. It’s time to hang it up and move on.
I have a bunch of great design ideas for the future that I’m really excited about and I think you guys will like. They’re have less to do with Theater Hopper specifically and more to do with movies in general. Think of some of the designs at Threadless and you’re on the right track. That’s the future of things.
But in the here-and-now, I’m sellin’ shirts! Get yours before I’m totally sold out!
I don’t think I’m going to spend a lot of time discussing Dane Cook’s career longevity after Employee of the Month hits theaters this weekend. If you really want to discuss it, I encourge you to come to the THorum and start a thread about it!
Instead, I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to someone special…
Say hello to my son.
This is a still image from the sonogram Cami and I had last last Monday. We’re in the middle of our pregnancy right now. Cami is measuring 20 weeks and we plan on saying hello to our first child on Feburary 16, 2007. Both Cami and the baby are in great health.
I wish I had something clever or insightful to say about being a father-to-be, but the experience thus far has humbled me a great deal. All I can say is that this is something I’ve always wanted and I eagerly look forward to the day I can hold my son in my arms for the first time. Both Cami and I are thrilled. We’re starting our family.
Adjusting the the notion that you’ll be a father takes a little while. Cami took a pregnancy test on a Saturday in May and woke me up at 5:30 in the morning. She kept asking me "Does this look like two lines to you?" I didn’t have my glasses on. I couldn’t see a thing. My mind was still in a fog as I was starting to wake up. In some respects, I’ve been in that fog for the past few months and only now is it starting to clear.
When I speak about being in a fog, I don’t mean that this pregnancy was unexpected, unwelcome or confusing. Quite the contrary. We knew exactly what we were getting into, planned for it and welcome it. Rather, I speak to the barrier in understanding the sublte changes in Cami and what she was going through. I tried to be supportive, read the parenting books and struggled for comprehension. But because it wasn’t happening to me directly, I felt like I only had half of the picture. It came together for me clearly when the technician administered the sonogram and I watched on screen as my son did backflips and Cami said "He’s really moving in there!" It all became so real and now I can barely contain my excitement.
Believe me when I say that it was difficult for me to keep this news under wraps for so long. I consider you guys great friends and it killed me to keep it from you. Part of the reasoning we waited as long as we did was so that we could (obviously) tell our familiy and close friends first. After that, I decided to wait until after the sonogram because I wanted to show you guys the picture. The internet, after all, is a visual medium! I consider myself exceptionally lucky to have a forum like this that I can share my joy with such a wide audience. I am very much the proud papa and I want the world to know it.
It’s been a big year of change for my family and for Theater Hopper. I’ve seen a lot of success lately with the comic producing books, getting press and widening my fan base. I gotten tons of wonderful e-mails from you guys and I am continually amazed at the level of support you bring to me for what I do in my spare time. Your incredible enthusiasm is an inspiration.
As I start another chapter in my life, I wanted to share it with you – to say "Thank you." Because I consider you my friends and I want to share this happiness. So, thank you! Thank you for this indulgence. Godspeed and good health to you all.
First, I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who sent a message of congradulations and support regarding the announcement of our baby boy. You guys are awesome. In addition to sending e-mails and leaving messages in the THorum, I was surprised to see comments turn up on the LiveJournal RSS feed and my MySpace page! Heck, threads were even starting to pop up in other online communities. The guys over at the Digital Pimp Online messageboard even sent their best wishes. Amazing!
Thank you so much. I’ve shared many of your messages with Cami and we’re talking about preserving them along with yesterday’s announcement as part of the baby’s scrapbook. Who knows – maybe he’ll find it interesting that so many people were excited about him being brought into the world without even knowning him!
In need to share some other news with you guys right now. Obviously not as big as announcing your first child, but if I don’t do it now, it won’t make sense later.
I wanted to let everyone know that I will be attending the Minneapolis FallCon Comic Book Convention this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 5. My good buddy Zach Miller from Joe and Monkey will be there as well, so you should come out and say "Hi!"
FallCon was the very first convention that I attended back in 2003. This was actually the first time I met Zach as well as Mitch Clem and Carrington Vanston. I was a little uncomfortable at the time because I didn’t know how to act or what to do. But now that I have a few conventions under my belt, this one is going to be a breeze.
I wasn’t able to make it to FallCon 2004 or 2005 which bums me out. Seems like there was always something in the way like a wedding or family commitments getting in the way. It’ll be great to go back to where it all started when I began to think of Theater Hopper as more than just a hobby.
If it matters to you, Cami will be coming with me to this convention. Her first convention appearance ever! She probably won’t be hanging around the booth all day, though. My sister-in-law is coming with us and she and Cami will probably check out The Mall of America at some point. It’s, like, a requirement. But still, if you’re lucky, you might get a chance to meet her.
Cami is bringing along 10 of her hand-made Truman dolls to the show, stitched up especially for this occassion. Demand was so high for the dolls we gave away for the "Theater Hopper: Year Two" pre-sale, we’re testing the waters to see what demand looks like on the convention circuit. If things look promising, we might start selling them on the site! How does that sound to you guys? Is there a demand for hand-made Truman dolls? Would you buy one if we offered them here? You guys should e-mail me and let me know!
At any rate, I’m sure I’ll share this information again in tomorrow’s blog. I just wanted to put it into the universe now so it wouldn’t be so last minute!
The movie theater Tom talks about changing the title of Jackass Two to Jackbutt Two is absolute reality. Here’s the link from over at TMZ.com to prove it. (you can see the original, undoctored photo there, as well)
I knew about this story for a while and questioned writing a strip about it sooner, but wasn’t sure how to approach it. The thought kept gnawing at me. Especially since it took place in Iowa and I consider myself an ambassador of sorts. If someone doesn’t speak up and say "Not all of us are culturally xenophobic whack-jobs," then who will?
Orange City is about 4 hours away from Des Moines and I doubt I’ll ever visit there. But if it’s anything like every other small town in Iowa I’ve been to (and chances are, it probably is) then I have no need to check it out. Every small burg in this state is cute with its rustic town squares and city halls. There are usually a few good dive bars to check out, but little else going on. This kind of persnickity avenue is prevelant and it makes me glad that – if my parents had to choose Iowa to settle down and raise a family – they at least decided to stay close to the capitol.
I talk about being from Des Moines like it’s significant. I have no delusions of granduer about it. I know we’re small time. It just made me think of my time back in college, meeting new people and telling them where you were from. Every once in a while you’d meet up with a farm kid who came from a high school of 30 people and when you told them you were from Des Moines, they looked at you like you came from that city-planet Coruscant from the Star Wars movies. "What’s it like?" they would ask, mouths agape? "Uh, we have two gas stations instead of just one?" What do you tell these people. I told them we rode hoverbikes to work and school.
I mentioned this in yesterday’s blog, but I want to mention it again here on Friday because I know more people will read it.
I want to extend my thanks to everyone who sent an e-mail, posted in the THorum or even sent me messages through the Theater Hopper LiveJournal feed or my MySpace page wishing Cami and I congradulations on the upcoming birth of our first child. It’s amazing to be on the receiving end of all this love and support. Cami and I are talking about collecting these messages along with the birth announcement from Wednesday and putting it in the baby’s scrapbook. We want our son to know that there are good people in the world who want to share in joy and to never doubt the kindness of strangers.
I got a lot of e-mails from people who would say things like "I’ve been a fan of your comic for years and I’ve never written you. I want to say congradulations. Even though I don’t know you, I know you and Cami will be great parents."
That sounds like an exaggeration or like we’re pre-emptively patting ourselves on the back. But I’m serious. I got at least 5 e-mails like that. It’s flummoxing. I mean, I like to think that I’ll be a good Dad and I plan on working hard to do so. But it’s a little surreal when someone identifies a characteristic in you that you don’t immediately see in yourself. Very humbling. Thank you.
One more quick note and then I’m out of here… literally.
I’m kind of bringing this up on short notice, so my apologies. But I wanted everyone to know that I will be attending the Minneapolis FallCon comic book convention at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this weekend. I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 5. So if you live in the Land of 1,000 Lakes, stop by and say "Hi."
I should mention that Cami is coming with me to this convention – her first ever. So be gentle! She probably won’t be hanging around all day, though. My sister-in-law is coming with us and I think the two of them are going to check out The Mall of America while I’m on the convention floor. Still, if you get there early, you might catch her!
Cami is commemorating her first convention appearance by stitching up another ten hand-made Truman dolls. We got a lot of e-mail from people who really wanted to get their hands on one during the "Theater Hopper: Year Two" pre sale, so we’re testing the waters to see if they’ll be popular outside of that environment.
I don’t know? What do you guys think? Would you buy a hand-made Truman doll for say… ten dollars if we sold them here on the site? Send me an e-mail and let me know!
Oh! Oh! Before I forget. I just got the proofs to "Theater Hopper: Year Two" in the mail yesterday and they look GREAT! Year Two is the first year where I started to save my original works. There are still a few strips at the front that I had to strip and reformat from the site. But the strips later on that were saved at 300 dpi look excellent! You guys are going to be really pleased! I’m signing off on the proofs this afternoon and mailing them back so they can start on production right away!
Deadline for the book is Wednesday, November 8 because I’m going to be taking copies with me to Wizard World Texas on November 10 – 12.
In the interest of full-disclosure, there are an additional 30 pages of content in Year Two as opposed to Year One. Unfortunately, what I didn’t see coming was the extra expense of that extra content! So it turns out production of the book is going to run me about $500 more than what I had originally budgeted for. Also, since I dropped the price of Year Two to $15.00 (down from $18.95 on the first book), I’m left with less money to cover costs.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t have to dip into savings to get this book made because if I do, it’ll probably be a while before you guys see Year Three on the shelves. So if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, PLEASE DO SO TODAY! The waiting period will be much shorter this time around. We’ll be shipping out everyone’s book BEFORE I leave for Texas. So you’ll get them by mid-November at the latest. Just in time for the holidays!
In fact, if you’ve already bought a copy for yourself, have you considered buying one for a friend? Perhaps as a present of some kind? I know we haven’t even gotten to Halloween yet, but it’s something to consider!
Don’t forget that we’re bundling copies of Year One and Year Two together for $25. And, as always, every book is signed with a personal note of thanks from yours truly.
If you can’t afford a book right now, don’t forget about our t-shirt and baby doll tee liquidation sale going on right now! We’re clearing out inventory to make room for new designs and you can get your hands on t-shirts for $7.99 and baby dolls for $9.99 (plus shipping and handling). There are limited sizes left and I’ve actually sold out of a few designs in a couple of sizes. So get your hands on them now before they’re gone. After I’m done at FallCon this weekend, there will probably be less to choose from. So ORDER TODAY!
Whoa. Kind of rambled on there, didn’t I?
Thanks again to everyone for their kind words of support. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about our pregnancy as the due date nears. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great weekend. I want to see The Departed, but I’m pretty busy in the evenings, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to squeeze it in. If you see it, don’t spoil it for me! I want to be surprised!
First, let me tell you that Jared’s selection for the lamest catch-phrase imaginable is wholly intential.
Second, this comic is my excuse to draw Optimus Prime and I’m running with it!
I don’t know how much of a blog I can give you this morning because I’m wiped out after attending the Minneapolis FallCon comic book convention. I had a great time, met a lot of cool fans and got to hang out with my good friends Zach Miller and Taki Soma – creators of Joe and Monkey and the recently christened You’ll Never Die. Most of you who check this site are probably familiar with Zack’s work, but Taki is new on the web comic scene. Her comic is about a woman seeking personal revenge, and also to find out why her boyfriend was murdered. It’s crazy to think that I’ll get to see them again in less than a month at Wizard World Texas! Thanks to everyone who came out to visit us at FallCon this weekend.
Things have been hectic lately, so I’m kind of drawing back a little bit, regrouping and trying to figure out how I can approach Theater Hopper differently. Every time I go to a convention, I have these thoughts. I look around at all the great work on the floor and think about what I could be doing differently. I think after Wizard World Texas – after I’ve gotten "Theater Hopper: Year Two" off the ground – I’m going to make an effort to talk more with creators. Even though 2006 has been a great year for me, I think it may have been to the detriment of my personal relationships. I had my head down and did the work, but didn’t make the effort to connect with people like I should have and I think the site is suffering a little bit for it.
So, I’m going to try and scale back all of the talk surrounding my projects and get back to talking about movies. I think that’s what most of you would rather read, anyway.
I wish I could have had a chance to see The Departed this weekend so we really could have had something to talk about. I haven’t seen Infernal Affairs – the movie which it’s based off of. But I’m told that version is infinately better. Isn’t that always the case? Personally, I find it odd that Scorsese has to borrow against the filmmakers he likely inspired for his "back-to-basics" crime drama.
I think we all agree Scorsese could make gangster films the rest of his life and no one would complain. And although I liked Gangs of New York and The Aviator, I think he spent too much time away from the genre he knows best for too long. It’ll be interesting to see the final result of his homecoming. The $27 million the film pulled down this weekend is encouraging!
I’ll try and blog again later if there’s time! Talk to you soon!
I saw the trailer for The Grudge 2 back when I saw Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with my good friends Joe, Mitch, Zach and Gordon back in August. I hated that trailer then and I hate the commercials now.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you know what I’m talking about. It sets things up with an atmosphere of dread. Good first step for a horror movie. But while it kind of explains the plot, there a bright burst of light, quick cuts and the sound of screaming and it startles the hell out of you.
I hate this because I think it’s lazy filmmaking. It’s joy buzzer filmmaking. It’s forcing an involuntary reaction. It’s not establishing suspense. Not building tension. Not even shocking us with gore or violence. Similar to when you hear someone banging on a snare drum very loudly and very sharply. You blink in time with the beat. You flinch because you can’t control it.
And these trailers are the exact same thing.
It’s very simple. Have a nice, quiet conversation with someone. Start pleasantly, then turn the tide of the conversation to something a little darker. "Gee, I think I’m starting to hear noises in the attic." Play it off like it’s nothing. "It’s probably just a squirrel." Then, while your guest feels safe, taking a sip on their international coffee, scream as loudly as you can inches from their face. If you have a flashlight you can turn on and off rapidly, do that, too. If your friend is scared witless, congradulations! You could have a career splicing together trailers for lame horror movies!
Just going to drop the reminder that t-shirts and baby-doll tees are still on sale – $7.99 and $9.99, respectively (plus shipping and handling). I managed to sell a few of them at the Minneapolis FallCon convention, but I still have a few left over.
Also don’t forget about "Theater Hopper: Year Two." I’m getting a little spooked because orders have completely dropped off. I’m still accepting orders. Place yours today and I’ll grab an envelope and slap your name on it so that book is sent out the day after they show up on my doorstep!
I still need to get my ducks in a row and offer up my services to the highest bidder on eBay. My good friend Mitch inspired me a few weeks back. I’ll draw anything you like (within taste and reason) and give you an original piece of art suitable for framing. Highest bidder takes the prize. Keep your eye out for that one soon. All part of the sales drive fund-raising effort!
Talk to you soon!
It feels like a shame to let another Friday the 13th go by and not make reference to the seminar horror franchise. But really, would anyone miss it?
Cami and I saw The Departed on Monday night and were blown away. The performances were excellent and I feel like nearly everyone was firing on all cylinders. It was very interesting to watch Leonard DiCaprio bring this vulnerable and wounded performance to the screen. You really got a sense of his paranoia, like he felt he was being backed into a corner. The more I watched him, the more I forgot that he was actually a cop! Matt Damon did a great job in this respect, too. Upwardly mobile and polished, the audience forgets who he’s really working for until he switches out the SIM card in his cell phone and gives Jack Nicholson a call.
Ah, yes. The cell phones. They were a bit of a distraction for me. Near the end of the movie, I wondered how much time I had spent watching people talk on cell phones. I’m getting totally distracted here, but it made me think about how the technology of cell phones has made movies different. I remembered Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. There was a scene right at the top of the movie, just before they head out on their quest for Sliders. Kal Penn’s character stops halfway down the hall, away from the door of their apartment. "Dude, I forgot my cell phone." "You wanna run back and get it?" "No, we’ve gone too far."
That tiny scene is critical to the rest of the movie. Because without it, you’d be sitting in the theater asking yourself "Why don’t they just use their cell phones and get directions?" It’s come to the point that you have to write the convienence of the technology out of the plot in order to make the character’s journey believable!
It also makes me think of a movie like Phone Booth – which would have been a great thriller 20 or 30 years ago. But with the advent of cell phones, a glass phone booth in the middle of downtown New York becomes a social anachronism. You wonder what it’s even doing there when everyone in their grandma seems to be carrying a cell phone. It’s distracting.
At any rate, speaking again about The Departed, I can’t think of another film that so effictively used cell phones as a means of serving the plot. Their use helps ratchet up the tension. Is someone going to call during a raid that’s going to tip someone off to the double-cross in play? When someone calls, who is on the other line? Is it the rat you’re trying to smoke out of your organization? The film is very smart about utlizing the technology in a realistic way.
If I can get back on the performances for a second, I’ve established what a great job I think both DiCaprio and Damon did. But there are tons of great supporting performances in this thing. Martin Sheen finally gets an opportunity to drop that Presidential gravitas he’s been carrying since The West Wing and gives a very grounded, fatherly performance wrapped in a bit of pathos. You always get the impression that there’s something more going on beneath that cool exterior, but that he is genuinely concerned with DiCaprio’s tightrope walk.
Mark Wahlberg was actully very impressive as Dingam. They wrote the character as an insufferable S.O.B., but it really made me like him. Not just the character. I started to respect Wahlberg a little more for the performance.
Big hat’s off to Alec Baldwin for playing Ellerby. I thought every scene he was in was hilarious. Great comic relief played with a wise-ass edge. Who would have thought that in his days as a leading man, Alec Baldwin would go on to become this great, self-depricating pinch hitter in this big name movies. The man is the king of the cameo appearance. That scene during the stakeout when he’s getting amped up and a few scenes later you see he’s sweated through his shirt… I thought that was a brilliant detail. Funny, but real.
I also have to give it up to Ray Winstone as Mr. French. I don’t even know who Ray Winstone is, but his performance as the gravel-voiced enforcer made me want to look him up on the Internet Movie Database and find out what else he’s been in!
The only performance I can’t really put my finger on is Jack Nicholson’s. I thought he did a great job and – of course – he could read the phone book and make it entertaining. But I couldn’t decide if a "less-is-more" approach would have served him better or worse. You get the sense that his interpretation of Frank Costello is a very hands-on guy. He kills, he exposes himself to dangerous business dealings, he gets his hands dirty. But how much of that is because he’s a psychopath who enjoys doing that kind of stuff and how much of it is because he’s a ganglord who is getting a little long in the tooth and wants to prove he’s still a threat to his underlings? How much of it is bluster and how much of it is self-preservation.
Part of me wanted to think there was a lot more going on with Costello than we were meant to know and Nicholson’s performance hints at that. But for every time he uncorked that trademark Nicholson unhinged demenor, it was almost distracting. With every over-extended arch of the eyebrow, I started to think of it as parody.
No one goes to Nicholson looking for nuance. He’s not going to completely submerge himself in any role because – as a movie star – sometimes it’s more interesting to watch his personality at work rather than the personality of the character he portrays.
I don’t have a point, but sometimes I wonder how much of Nicholson’s acting expertise is utilized to keep the bigger aspects of his personality in check. Maybe a role like Costello serves it right up the middle and let’s Jack be Jack. For his sake and all our sakes.
That’s pretty much all I have to say about The Departed. Of course you need to go see it. It’s a fantastic film.
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I’m scrambling a little bit because in exactly one month I’ll be going to Wizard World Texas. I need to come up with a little more dough to pay for "Theater Hopper: Year Two." I suppose the more financially responsible thing to do would be to wait until I had all of the money before sending the artwork to the printer. But I didn’t have that much time. I pretty much had a month and a half to turn the book around. I did it, but the money wasn’t there yet. So, if you want to help me out, even the smallest gesture counts. Get a sponsorship link for $10 and it’ll make a difference!
Or, of course, you could pre-order a copy of "Theater Hopper: Year Two" and help me out even more! I’m expecting to get the books back from the printer on November 8, so you won’t have long to wait! Order the Year One and Year Two bundle for $25 and I’ll send you Year One today!
I think next week I’m going to get off my can and post that eBay auction I’ve been talking about. Cami also stitched up a few more of those hand-made Truman dolls from the Year Two presale for me to take to the Minneapolis Fallcon. I sold a few, but I still have a few left over and I think I’m going to put those up for sale on the site next week as well.
Just giving you the head’s up! Thanks!
You guys probably remember about a week and a half ago when I made fun of a movie theater in Orange City, Iowa for changing the name of Jackass Number Two to Jackbutt Two on its marquee. It was a news story that appeared on TMZ.com on October 2 and was eventually picked up by more internet news outlets in the days that followed. We all had a good laugh at the expense of Orange City for participating in the kind of obtuse censorship that wasn’t really protecting anyone because – when you cut to the heart of the matter – there was really nothing to be offended about.
Well, as always, there is more to the story.
Just as the comic says, it turns out that it wasn’t censorship. Just some creative renaming when a high school student who worked at the theater ran out of the letter "S" to use in the marquee. You’ll see in the picture on the TMZ.com article, that the theater is also running Little Miss Sunshine, The Illusionist, School for Scoundrels and Open Season. With no more of the letter "S" to draw from, the kid filling out the sign thought it would be funny to use the word "Jackbutt" instead of "Jackass" and an internet rumor was born.
I got a couple of e-mails from people who lived in Orange City, Iowa shortly after my comic ran over in the blogs at Juice – a semi-regional publication for young people in Iowa. They were pretty mad that I didn’t bother to do any research to get the facts straight. I can understand their frustration, but it left me feeling a little defensive. After all, mine is a humor and entertainment site as much as it is a venue for my personal opinions. And, despite successful appearances, I don’t exactly have the time or the resources to start calling people in Orange City looking for the scoop. As a satirist, I am not beholden to the same level of journalistic integrity some might hope for.
That said, I’m never too big to admit when I’m wrong and such is the case here. Sorry, Orange City! I didn’t have all the facts! I hope you can accept this comic as an olive branch and I promise to do a little fact checking the next time I deal on an entire small town!
It’s funny, though. There was really no stories online that dug any deeper than what TMZ had originally reported. After getting the first few angry missives from the Orange Citians, I was only able to find small blurbs that talked about the lack of the letter "S" in the marquee and that typically came in the comments section of sites posting the story. I guess, if anything, I hope I can give a wider venue to the people of Orange City to have their side of the story told when people pop open Google and type in "Orange City + Jackbutt."
Switching gears, Wizard World Texas is coming up on us soon and I plan on attending. The big reason I’ll be showing down there is to launch "Theater Hopper: Year Two." You guys already know everything there is to know about the book, so I won’t bore you with the details.
Today, I’m here to offer you something new. It’s an opportunity for you to help support Theater Hopper and our fund-raising drive to help pay for the printing of Year Two while still getting something for yourself.
I stoll this idea from my good buddy Mitch. It seemed to be a winner for him, so I wanted to take a swing at it.
The concept is simple. Instead of drawing something that *I* like and auctioning it off to you guys, now YOU guys get to decide what I’ll draw! Of course, highest bidder wins. So maybe you want me to draw you a custom Theater Hopper cast portrait. If you’re the winner, I can do that! Maybe you don’t want something that’s Theater Hopper-related. Maybe you want me to draw you a unicorn rolling dice in the alley with bigfoot. If you’re the winner, I can do that, too! You’re only limited by your imagination.
The auction is up and running and ends this Friday. Bid early! Bid often!
Here’s the second bit of news that I have, TRUMAN DOLLS!
You guys probably remember that we were giving away six of these dolls as part of a contest for those of you who pre-ordered "Theater Hopper: Year Two." Well, we got a lot of e-mails from people saying "I hope I win the doll! Are you going to be selling them in the store anytime soon?"
Well, now we are!
Cami stitched up a bunch of new dolls for me to take to the Minneapolis Fallcon a couple of weeks ago. We decided to use the convention as an opportunity to see how popular these bad boys could be. Turns out they were VERY popular! I manged to sell one to a punker totally cold. No lie! So you’re going to want to get your hands on one of these. We only have 8 (eight) left and what we don’t sell through the store, we’re taking to Wizard World Texas where we’re SURE to sell out. If you want one of these guys, get one now! They’re going fast!
It’s a real thrill to be able to sell these to you guys. I think largely because they are something that Cami made with love and it’s really cool to think that something my wife made will be appreciated by a lucky someone out there. Theater Hopper is like our little Mom ‘n Pop establishment and we consider ourselves lucky that you guys continue to check things out!
As always, shirts are on sale for $7.99 and baby doll tees are available for $9.99. If you haven’t pre-ordered a copy of "Theater Hopper: Year Two," what are you waiting for? There are also a few sponsor advertising spots open – $10 for 30 days – so be sure to take advantage of that.
Remember, all profits go toward helping pay the printing costs of "Year Two." I didn’t make as much as I was hoping at the Minneapolis Fallcon and we’re still a long ways from our goal! Every little bit helps!
Thanks again for your support!