Monday, February 20, 2017

Replication Station: A Parody of "Replica"


Behold, Replication Station: A Parody of "Replica!" This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3. You are also invited to download BOTH VOLUMES of Mystery Science Storybook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Please consider supporting the production of brand new full chapters by visiting our Patreon page. Artists like me depend of the support of the reader to keep the whole thing going, so the more donors, the more comics I can bring to you absolutely free!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Statement Regarding MST3K/Dark Horse Comics and its Impact on Mystery Science Storybook

Well, isn't this something? Dark Horse and the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 are partnering up to bring us official MST3K comics! This is great news for MST3K fans and comic book readers, of which I count myself among both. But, you might be asking yourself, what impact will this have on unofficial MST3K-themed comics, such as Mystery Science Storybook and... well, that's really the only one, so what does it mean for the Storybook series and the kinds of stories it tells?

From the very beginning, I have always been upfront and honest about what the Storybook series is, a loving tribute to the body of work of both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax. Because of this transparentness, and because it is a very work of parody, everybody involved with the movies parodied (with one notable exception,) as well as everybody at both MST3K and RiffTrax have been very enthusiastic and supportive about the project when they discover it's existence. It has been my absolute joyous privilege to create a product to fill a void within the larger world of comics.

But now that void is about to be filled in an official way, MST3K and Dark Horse have reached a deal, and it probably involves quite a bit of money. I feel it is time for the Storybook series itself to step aside when it comes to creating new parody comics based on properties featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000.

I would like to be clear, however, that I have never used any of the original characters from MST3K that occupy the Satellite of Love or those that torment them from Deep 13 in a Storybook parody. I have only parodied the movies featured and the characters in them, so it could be argued that there is no conflict in this regard. I disagree. Presumably Dark Horse will want to incorporate elements from the movies featured from not only the new series featuring Jonah Ray, but also from the franchise's back catalog. I feel it is important for them to be able to occupy this space completely, to be able to do what they want without worrying about whether or not I will be intruding on their turf. It is all about reciprocating the professional respect I have received from the beginning of this project.

But is this the end of the Storybook series? Absolutely not. I am just getting started. I will continue to parody movies that are featured at RiffTrax, as well as characters and settings in independent riffing projects such as Incognito Cinema Warriors XP and the upcoming Midnight's Haunted Drive In (with permission.)

With the departure of MST3K from future Storybook outings, though, there will be a bit of a void to fill. With this in mind, it is my intention to begin to expand the Storybook world into areas it has not previously ventured, but are also consistent with the premise of the project, such as unriffed cult movies, obscure independent and student films, as well as elements from other aspects of popular culture.

I wish Dark Horse and MST3K nothing but the best in this new partnership. It has been a lot of fun to have been able to draw on MST3K for inspiration, but now it is time for me to step aside and let them have that same fun and reach a much larger portion of the fanbase than I ever have been able to as an independent artist. Movie sign is coming to comics, and it will be awesome.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mystery Science Storybook and Night of the Living Storybook Hardcovers and Paperbacks Available for Purchase for Limited Time!


Hey friends, despite some legal issues keeping them from going back into mainstream distribution, Mystery Science Storybook and it's sequel, Night of the Living Storybook, are being made available to purchase until March 2017! This will probably be the only chance in a while for you to get physical copies if you would like them.

What is Mystery Science Storybook, you ask? Well...

"Mystery Science Storybook takes scenes from some of the cheesy films made famous by RiffTrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000 and reimagines them as bedtime stories. It's a graphic novel that puts a new spin on cult classics like Birdemic and "Manos" The Hands of Fate that's perfect for bad movie fans of all ages!" - RiffTrax.com 

“[Mystery Science Storybook is] almost certainly what eyes and the English language were invented for. Buy a copy for your friend! Buy a copy for your enemy, who will then read it, love it, and become your friend, too. I'm not saying this book is the key to world peace, but isn't that too big a chance not to take?” - Matthew J. Elliott, RiffTrax Presents

"Before you is a veritable MSTie's playground with hilarious merry-go-rounds that will hurl you right into funny town. This love letter to all things riffing is a gift to the movie mockery community at large!" - Rikk Wolf, Incognito Cinema Warriors XP 
You can get digital copies for free from Archive.org and read the books for free on this website, but picking up physical copies not only gets you a legitimately rare book, but will further the cause and help make further editions possible! You can also help fund Volume 3 on Patreon!  

At this point in the project's life, we need as many sales and donations as possible to keep the series going.  It's the nature of independent publishing, there is no corporate funding and if there's no revenue stream, the series just can't continue. The brand needs to expand as much as possible if it is to survive, so hit that share button and tell all your friends about it!

Anyway, here's the button things with which you can buy your physical copies. 4 dollars is automatically added to cover shipping costs and all orders will be autographed. This offer ends on February 28th and all books will ship BEFORE April 1, 2017.


Editions

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

RiffWiki.net 2016 Year in Review


Well, another great year at RiffTrax has come and gone. Before we launch headlong into the future, let's take a look back at what can arguably be the best year in RiffTrax history, and hand out the awards for the Third Annual RiffWiki.net Riff of the Year, Live Show of the Year and RiffTrax Presents of the Year. Read the full article on RiffWiki.net!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Bimsgiving: A Parody of "The Apple"


Behold, Throw Your Vote Away!: A Parody of "The Apple!" This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3. You are also invited to download BOTH VOLUMES of Mystery Science Storybook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Please consider supporting the production of brand new full chapters by visiting our Patreon page. Artists like me depend of the support of the reader to keep the whole thing going, so the more donors, the more comics I can bring to you absolutely free!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Godspeed, Master! You Were Not Insignificant!



With my busy schedule recently, I was not even aware of this very sad news until today, even though it appears an attempt was made to make me directly aware of it, and I must apologize for my lateness. As many of you know, MST3K andRiffTrax and the movies they feature have had a huge impact on me andmy life, and it was shocking and sad to learn that Tom Neyman, the actor who played the iconic Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate, passed away last week.

I think it would be fair to say that this man probably never had any idea the effect he would have on so many lives in a unique and meaningful way. No other character in the entire canon of MST3K or RiffTrax is more iconic than The Master. He clearly immersed himself in the character and gave the absolute best performance an actor could give in such a role, but it would not be appreciated for decades and in a way that could not even be conceived at the time of filming.


 The character, the performance, and most importantly, the man himself had a profound impact on me personally in a way that I believe is unique. He is literally the symbol of Mystery Science Storybook. No other image in the series is more iconic than his face on a stained glass window that happens to grace the cover of the book itself. His image is what the entire series was founded on and funded with. This very important part of my body of work would literally not have been possible without Tom Neyman, and I very much regret that, despite being friends with his daughter, the amazing Jackey, I never got a chance to tell him what he meant to me personally. I can only hope that he knows about the amazing impact he had on my life and the life of so many of the rest of us in this community.

RIP Master! You made a difference in the world, and I believe you will continue to do so in the next one. You were not insignificant. Quite the opposite.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Throw Your Vote Away!: A Parody of "Super Mario Bros."

DISCLAIMER: THIS COMIC IS IN NO WAY AN ENDORSEMENT OR DENUNCIATION OF ANY POLITICAL CANDIDATE! IT IS STRICTLY NEUTRAL! MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND ON WHO YOU VOTE FOR!

Behold, Throw Your Vote Away!: A Parody of "Super Mario Bros." This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3. You are also invited to download BOTH VOLUMES of Mystery Science Storybook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Please consider supporting the production of brand new full chapters by visiting our Patreon page. Artists like me depend of the support of the reader to keep the whole thing going, so the more donors, the more comics I can bring to you absolutely free! Also, because this comic is free for all to see so more people can see it before the election, Patreon patrons WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this one. It's a freebie, everybody enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Plan Death on Planet Earth!: A Parody of "Plan 9 From Outer Space"


Behold, Plan Death on Planet Earth!: A Parody of "Plan 9 From Outer Space!" This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3. You are also invited to download BOTH VOLUMES of Mystery Science Storybook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Please consider supporting the production of brand new full chapters by visiting our Patreon page. Artists like me depend of the support of the reader to keep the whole thing going, so the more donors, the more comics I can bring to you absolutely free!

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Last Rumble Party: A Parody of "The Last Slumber Party"



Behold, The Last Rumble Party: A Parody of "The Last Slumber Party!" This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3. You are also invited to download BOTH VOLUMES of Mystery Science Storybook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Please consider supporting the production of brand new full chapters by visiting our Patreon page. Artists like me depend of the support of the reader to keep the whole thing going, so the more donors, the more comics I can bring to you absolutely free!