If you've been following the site for the last couple of days, then you know Cami and I welcomed our second child into the world on Thursday. We named her Pearl Evelyn Brazelton and we brought her home yesterday. Mother and daughter are doing fine and Henry reacted splendidly to her arrival. Seriously - It couldn't have gone better if we had scripted it. Even Truman minded his P's and Q's with a new baby in the house.

Anyway, with a new baby in the mix, I will be running guest strips through the rest of December. There are a lot of great artists that selflessly lent the time and talents to help out and I think you're going to be really happy with the comics I have lined up.

Kicking off the festivities is Brian Carrol from Instant Classic. Brian and I go WAAAAY back. I've known Brian since he was kicking around his journal comic BriWorld around 2002 or 2003. Brian is a true Renaissance man. He not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk. By that I mean, not only is he extremely knowledgeable about movies, but he makes his own movies as well! Top that!

Fans of The Triple Feature might remember that we invited Brian on for a series of recordings in 2007. He brought a lot to the table and it was a treat having on the show for a while. Specifically because I think Brian is one of those guys that has a very high level of understanding about film, but can keep a toe in the water of more mainstream affairs. And I think that talent is plainly on display with his guest strip. The fact that he gave visual representation to Tom's "thought filter" is evidence of that. It's a great idea. I wish I had thought of it!

So thanks again to Brian and be sure to visit his site Instant Classic!

A few more things to mention...

I have a guest strip of my own up and running over at Dueling Analogs to help Steve celebrate his comic's 4 year anniversary. I inserted Tom and Jared into the comic only because Dueling Analogs doesn't have regular characters and that left me feeling a little untethered. I know how supremely lame it is to use your own characters in someone else's guest comic, but I always have the hardest time putting these things together. I become very concerned about mirroring the original author's style, then I start second guessing myself before I start getting e-mails like "Hey, you didn't forget that guest comic you said you were going to do for me, right?"

Anyway, it's up and running. So show Steve some link-love and congratulate him on his anniversary.

For those of you visiting Theater Hopper from Dueling Analogs... Welcome!

Next item of business... Kickstarter.

Since Pearl came a week early, it kind of throws a wrench in my plans in terms of promoting the fund raising campaign for Theater Hopper: Year Three.

There are THREE WEEKS LEFT in the campaign and we are $2,000 away from goal.

Things are only going to get more hectic as the holidays approach, so I really need your support NOW to help make the third book a reality.

PLEASE pledge to the campaign - even if it's only a dollar. If everyone who visited the site on a daily basis pledged only a dollar, this book would be funded and off to the printers. Not to lay a guilt trip on you, but please consider that I have been providing free entertainment (largely uninterrupted) three times a week for over 7 years and ask yourself what that is worth to you.

Without your support, this book will not happen. And if I can't raise the money through Kickstarter, it's very likely that the book might NEVER happen! I will probably have to give up on self-publishing completely.

I realize that not everyone can pledge to the campaign either because they don't have a credit card or because they are from a country outside the United States and Kickstarter doesn't accept international credit cards.

But if you CAN pledge, PLEASE DO. Your pledge of support can make a difference. With so many obligations in my personal life at the moment, you would be doing me a great favor to help me now rather than wait until the last minute.

Last item of business... Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who sent notes of encouragement and well-wishes over the weekend when we announce Pearl's birth. It means a lot to me that so many of you are thinking of us and offering your words of support. It makes me realize how lucky we are - Not only to have a happy and healthy little girl, but to have so many people in our lives who care and express their happiness for us. Not a drop of it goes unnoticed or unappreciated. So, thank you again - from all of us.

That's it for now. Expect a new guest strip on Wednesday. For now, I'm off to cuddle my new baby girl!!!

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Tom, when was the last time we saw a movie that wasn't spoon-fed to us by the studio system?

Let's broaden our horizons with the German film "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex."

...movie..?

It's a film about the German terrorist group "The Red Army Faction" in the 1970s. The citizens try to fight off a potential new wave of facism only to become the very things they're fighting against!

MEANWHILE IN TOM BRAZELTON'S THOUGHT FILTER

None of that go through, huh?

...about things?

Sigh... It's like Iron Man except that it doesn't have anything remotely resembling it.

GASP! IRON MAN?!