Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Storybook Volume 3 Now Available for Pre-Order



 Alright, everybody has been asking when Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook will be available for pre-order, and it is now! You can now place your orders for autographed special edition hardcovers and paperbacks for Volume 3. Not only that, if you missed out on getting autographed copies of Volumes 1 and 2 and want to complete your collection, you can place your orders for those as well. But this is only for a limited time, the last day to order these special editions will be July 31, 2017 and ALL BOOKS WILL SHIP IN AUGUST 2017!

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook contains fully illustrated parody stories of Crater Lake Monster, Mothra, The Last Slumber Party, Plan 9 From Outer Space,  Super Mario Bros., The Apple, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Replica, Midnight's Haunted Drive In, X-Men and more!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Room Full of Spoons" Review

Pre-Order at RoomFullofSpoons.com
"Room Full of Spoons is not just a documentary, it is a journey. It is a brilliant recounting of the emotional roller coaster ride one man went on with a mysterious stranger named Tommy Wiseau."

For more than a decade, cult film enthusiasts have had a complicated love affair with what many consider to be the worst movie ever made, Tommy Wiseau's The Room. So much fun has been had at public screenings that traditions have been established during viewings that surpass those of even the legendary Rocky Horror Picture Show. RiffTrax has even dedicated two separate MP3 commentaries for the film, as well as featured it during one of their 2015 live events. And while it is an experience unlike anything else you'll have in a movie theater, the mystique of it's creator, the one and only Tommy Wiseau, rivals and almost surpasses the reputation of the film itself.

So what makes Wiseau such a compelling figure? There have been so many mysteries surrounding the man, and when pressed for answers, Wiseau always deflects. One would think that simply asking “where are you from” ought to be responded to with a simple answer. The film purportedly cost six million dollars to produce, where did that money come from?

In 2013, Tommy's best friend and co-star, Greg Sestero, wrote and published his account of the making of The Room, entitled The Disaster Artist. This book went a long way to answer many questions about what it was like to be on the set during the creation of the film, but it left the questions regarding Wiseau ambiguous and unanswered. This is where the documentary Room Full of Spoons takes over. Directed by a long-time fan and one-time friend of Wiseau, RFoS goes on an extensive journalistic investigations to finally answer the two biggest mysteries.

As the documentary's narrative follows the quest for answers, it also gives us a much deeper insight to the experiences of most of the cast during production. One of the things you recognize instantly, and is one of the documentary's biggest strengths, is how absolutely wonderful these men and women are. Despite the absurdity of everything going on around them, the cast remain dedicated to putting on the best performance they can. They were every bit as dedicated to making the film a success as Wiseau was. All these years later, the movie is still a huge part of their lives. One would expect them to be bitter, and understandably so, but they aren't. They have embraced their status of being a part of something that has brought many people so much happiness, which has only made the fans love them even more.

It also addresses questions regarding specific quirks and themes of the film. What is up with those highly uncomfortable and lengthy love scenes with Juliette Daniel? Does Claudette really have breast cancer? Why does Mark literally attempt to murder Peter, and then seconds later everything is okay? What's the deal with Denny's perving on Johnny and Lisa? What was the extent of his relationship with the drug dealing thug, Chris R? Why are they playing football in tuxedos? Many of these questions are answered as well as can be expected, but ultimately we will probably never know all the answers, if for no other reason than such answers simply do not exist.

The film also chronicles the journey the director went through from first being introduced to The Room, to the setting up of a special screening where he actually meets the man he has idolized for more than a year, their growing friendship and promises of future collaborations, including the very documentary in which this is taking place. But things don't go as planned, and it's discovered that Tommy's behavior is erratic and his friendships one-sided. In his quest to achieve higher levels of creative success, Wiseau leaves behind him a trail of betrayed, one-time friends once he feels their usefulness to him has run out. He becomes elusive and somewhat psychotic, many times even going as far as launching smear campaigns against them, a fate which befell the director of Room Full of Spoons.

Now for the big questions. How was the film financed? Who would possibly sink six million dollars into a project that nobody would even think would become as successful as it was? Through following a breadcrumb trail through legal documents and social media, the definitive answer to this question has never ever been so close to being uncovered, but you will have to watch the documentary to find out just how far this trail led them.

And THE biggest question of all, who is Tommy Wiseau? Any time he is pressed on this topic, Tommy always answered that he is an American. It is obvious that he has a deep love for this country and believes it is the place where people can come to make their dreams come true and you can't really blame him for that because it is true. I accept his self-identification as an American because I, too, am a proud and patriotic American. However, it is clear Tommy is not from around here. So many absurd theories have been bandied about in an attempt to fill in the missing pieces. But this is where Room Full of Spoons sets itself apart from everything else. It doesn't theorize, it provides the answers. Not just any answer, but the answers. This film definitively answers the question of who is Tommy Wiseau. The answer is, surprisingly, a very simple one, but again, to know this answer you must watch the film.


Room Full of Spoons is not just a documentary, it is a journey. It is a brilliant recounting of the emotional roller coaster ride one man went on with a mysterious stranger named Tommy Wiseau. It is, by far, the best told story through the art of documentary film in the past decade. If you are a Room fan, this is absolutely essential to fully comprehend and appreciate what really happened in California in 2002 and 2003 when this truly historic film was created. You will not be disappointed, rather you will walk away feeling inspired to go make your own dreams come true.

SRD's Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Pre-Orderthe DVD at RoomFullofSpoons.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The RiffWiki.net Podcast Preview Episode: Michael J. Nelson, Conor Lastowka & Sean Thomason

Welcome to the pilot episode of the RiffWiki.net Podcast! As a way of introducing what this podcast is going to be, we have compiled two interviews from 2015 conducted for RiffWiki.net on YouTube, and combined them to bring you this episode. The first interview is with the RiffMaster himself, Michael J. Nelson, and the second is with Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason, senior RiffTrax writers. You can see all their awesome riffs at RiffTrax.com!

Listen to the other shows on the is.media network at http://is.media

Monday, May 8, 2017

ICWXP 205 is out!

 

The new episode of ICWXP is out today! There's lots of cool extras on the new DVD, including a of my own contribution brought to life by Rikk and company and a interview between Rikk and myself about the show and other topics. Check it out today!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SRD's Movie Night #8: Cobra



SRD brings in the best female riffer on YouTube, Edgey Berzerker, for SRD’s Movie Night #8: Cobra! What do you get when you combine these two crazy individuals, Sylvester Stallone and Golan/Globus Productions? Absolute beautiful insanity and the most fun you will ever have while watching a movie!

Riffed by: Dave Chadwick and Edgey Berzerker

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"In the Not Too Distant Present" A Parody of Mystery Science Theater 3000!


So this month we had the premier of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix! This is a big deal because this is the show that inspired Mystery Science Storybook, so we decided to honor the new show by giving them their own parody in the Storybook world. This is a Patreon exclusive, which means only supporters of the campaign will be able to see it, but you can become a contributor for as little as $1 a month and get lots of cool perks. So join us on the Storybook version of the Satellite of Love for "In the Not Too Distant Present" A Parody of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

This will be April's paid comic!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Once Again, Welcome Fellow RiffHeads!

Welcome patrons of RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop! What an amazing show, amiright? Thanks for checking out the digital goodies and downloading your exclusive comic for the event!

I'd like to thank RiffTrax for, yet again, letting me contribute to the show this way. This marks the third year and seventh show in a row we have met like this, it means a lot to me as an artist and a fan to be a part of the show and I'm grateful every single time.

If you like what you saw in the free comic, you can check out the entire Mystery Science Storybook project right here on SugarRayDodge.com! The entire first two volumes are complete and available to be read in their entirety, as well as the first seven chapters of the third volume! If digital isn't your thing, you can pick up physical copies of the books using the links in the sidebar just to the right. There are also 2017 Special Editions for sale that will be shipped before July 2017.

If you'd like to become a supporter of the series and help us reach our ongoing funding goals, be sure to check out our Patreon profile! Comics, if you can believe it, costs quite a bit of money to produce and if the series is to continue as we would like it to, we need a steady stream of income to cover our expenses. Even $1 a month helps and we have lots of cool perks for each and every one of our backers. So give it a looksee, whynot? [/panhandling]

Again, thanks for going to the show AND for downloading your free exclusive comic. If you missed the show, there is an encore broadcast next week! Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mystery Science Storybook Needs Your Help to Survive!


It's time for some real talk, everybody. The Mystery Science Storybook series is in serious trouble and I need your help if any of this is going to stay afloat for much longer. For those of you who don't know, Mystery Science Storybook is a series of graphic novels written and illustrated by yours truly, Dave Chadwick, aka Sugar Ray Dodge, that takes cult movies (most of which have been featured on MST3K or at RiffTrax) and turns them into faux bedtime story parodies. This all started two years ago with a successful Kickstarter campaign and some promising initial sales, which lead to the concept becoming an ongoing digital-first series.

However, also as many of you know, we ran into major production problems and the physical publication of the book was delayed by six months past the initial estimated delivery dates. But the biggest problem we face stems from an abusive DMCA claim filed against us by James Nguyen, director of Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Mr. Nguyen claimed his copyright had been violated in the parody "Attack of the Birds," and went on to assert that this was not a parody but a wholly unauthorized continuation of the Birdemic series. He was successful in getting the original book pulled off of Amazon, Blurb and Gumroad, crippling my ability to sell my intellectual property.

Now, we have been able to get Storybook back up and running on both Blurb and Gumroad, where you can buy physical and digital versions of both completed volumes. However, despite petitioning Amazon several times to get Storybook reinstated, they have flat out refused to even hear our case. This is crucial because a presence on Amazon, by far the biggest digital retailer on the internet, is essential to the growth of the audience and the brand. Since we're not on Amazon any longer, our growth and ability to make a profit has been crippled. This came at a time when we had been building momentum, and all of it was taken away in a heartbeat. At the time of this writing, we will not be able to take advantage of any interest generated by the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix later this week.

To date, Storybook has received no online media coverage outside of a few podcasts and the inclusion of chapters in the digital goodies sections of RiffTrax Live since 2015, (and to them I am eternally grateful for letting me participate in the show in this way, it's such an amazing honor fore me.) This is why I need everybody's help right now. The project is on the verge of collapse unless we can get the word out about it through the fan community and sell some copies, and/or if we can get the continuation of the series significantly funded through our Patreon campaign. If everybody can pitch in just a little bit, even if it's only $1 per new chapter, or if it's sharing this story on social media, we will be able to grow to the point where Nguyen's actions have been neutralized and we can stop operating at loss, expand the audience and the Storybook series as a whole.

I wouldn't be writing this if the situation were not dire. This project has defined my life for the past two years, I'm nowhere near a point where I feel I can move on from it. There's still so much left to be done, so much new art to make and new stories to tell. The creative opportunities of the series is too rich for me to walk away from, I feel it's my purpose in life to expand this world as much as I can right now. So, this is my way of getting down on my knees and asking all of you for help.

The easiest way to help, obviously, is share the project on social media. The no-budget nature of the project omits the possibility of any money spent online advertising. If you can hit that share button on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or wherever else, it would be very much appreciated. Another way to help is to become a recurring donor to the project on Patreon. The details of how it all works is explained on the campaign page, but suffice it to say here that even a $1/month recurring donation from you would go a long way to get the project back on it's feet and properly funded so I can concentrate full time on creating new material. And then, of course, you can buy physical and digital copies from Blurb and Gumroad. You can also pick up some limited edition hardcovers for 2017 on this page if you're into collecting this kind of stuff.

Again, I wouldn't be asking like this if I didn't feel the series was in danger of total collapse. Thanks to everybody who has supported this project so far, it means the world to me. We just need to push this a little more for it to become truly successful. Thanks for hearing me out. - SRD