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!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
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
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Darth Maul Conquers the Martians: A Parody of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Behold, Darth Maul Conquers the Martians: A Parody of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace! This chapter is part of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook: Mystery Science Storybook Volume 3.
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!
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Day of the Crowdfunding Awareness Mechanism! (Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Give Generously to the Mystery Science Storybook Series!)
Yes, this is exactly what it looks like! Join The Doctor, The Master and Torgo as they embark on a new adventure to learn all about Mystery Science Storybook, Patreon and the importance of patronizing the arts! But if you wanna skip all that, you can go straight to patreon.com/sugarraydodge and become a part of our wonderful family! Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Things have changed significantly for women in the industry of professional wrestling since 2014. That’s thanks to a deep roster of committed, athletic women who refuse to be bound by the old stereotypes made popular by the ’90s Attitude Era and that lingered on decades past their welcome. From about 1999 until all-too-recently, the typical woman’s match would involve the words “cat fight” and/or “bra and panties.”
What made America’s sports entertainment titan WWE change its approach to women’s wrestling? In 2014, a revolution of sorts began to stir down in NXT, WWE’s developmental promotion. Triple H, a veteran of the Attitude Era and son-in-law of WWE CEO Vince McMahon, guided NXT to recruit some of the best female wrestlers he could find and groomed them to change the way the world looks at women in the industry. The most famous of these women are the self-styled “Four Horsewomen,” Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch, but it goes beyond just them in the new era of many women becoming full-fledged superstars. Let’s take a look at all of the key players in this brave new world of non-sexualized female wrestling.
Read the whole article on Fandom!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Couple things right off the bat, first is that I have decided to push back the release date for Volume 3. There's not a huge problem on the level of another problem we've encountered recently, I just feel like I need more time to make the final four chapters the best they can possibly be and I do not want to rush them. So it's still coming, it's just gonna be a bit longer. I'll be sure to get an actual date to you guys as soon as possible, but it will definitely be before Christmas. Secondly, in case you didn't know, Volumes 1 & 2 are back in print! You can get paperbacks, pdfs and Kindle files using the links in the sidebars.
Alright, now that that's out of the way, the hardcover special editions for 2017 are available for purchase again! I know lots of you want to either complete your collection or just have your first autographed hardcovers and have asked for this, so here they are again. I have to special order these and they aren't exactly cheap, so I've decided to make them available one time a year. These will be available to purchase through May 2017, so I can order them on June 1st, have them shipped to me, sign them, and have them all out the door by July 1st. These things look amazing, they are probably the best things I have ever made in my life. They make great presents for MST3K and RiffTrax fans! So get in while the getting is good because I don't know if I'll even be able to do another printing of these. Remember, the last day to purchase is May 31st, 2017!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This month's paid post is up for Patreon subscribers! If you want to see it before the end of the month, you can still pitch into the Patreon, even $1 a month helps. With that, enjoy Darth Maul Conquers the Martians!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
SRD’s Movie Night is BACK BACK BACK! And boy do we have an entry for the ages! It’s the 1978 cult classic STARCRASH! This will be the first time Vinny and Chris have seen this disaster piece, while Dave has seen it once before. We won’t spoil any of it for you because it must be seen to be believed!
- Movie on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hqcGK72XYQ)
Monday, March 13, 2017
Real talk, guys? It's time for me to get serious about this Patreon business. The project needs a continued flow of income if the series is to keep going. Being an independent comics creator doesn't exactly pay well, and I gotta keep the bills paid and keep eating, and to do that I need to raise the incoming donation amount significantly. To that end, I have decided to add some perks to the reward tiers that are simple to create and deliver and that donors may actually be interested in having, even if they don't donate as much as others.
First off, every single person who becomes a contributor will be drawn into the “class photo” of the upcoming third volume, “Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Storybook?” I did this for $10 donators from the MST3K Facebook group Deep 13, but now I am offering it to anybody who becomes even a $1/month contributor. You will be drawn in the Storybook style and put among the other donors when all 12 chapters are finally collected for Volume 3. The following are what you can get at different levels, and they are also integrated into the existing reward tiers.
- $1 or more - You will get a single entry (meaning only you) your head and face custom drawn, but in the class photo you will wear one of the default outfits I design especially for this page.
- $10 or more - You can have up to three entries (meaning you and two other people you select,) and they will wear the default outfits.
- $25 or more - You can have up to five entries, and I will draw custom outfits for each and every one of them.
- $50 or more - For your extreme generosity, you get up to ten entries, all with custom outfits and they will have their own exclusive “class photo” page.
Also, anybody who donates $10/month or more get a special “character prompt” every month, starting now. What this means is that you can request one customer character (from popular culture or real life) per month and I will draw it for you. Again, it can be also be used as a Facebook or Twitter profile pic if you so request. The number you can request will go up with each tier. Here's the breakdown for that...
- $10 or more - 1 character prompt
- $25 or more - 3 character prompts
- $50 or more - 5 character prompts
- $1 or more - 1 class photo character (non-recurring)
- $10 or more - 3 class photo characters (non-recurring) and 1 character prompt (recurring)
- $25 or more - 5 class photo characters (non-recurring) and 3 character prompts (recurring)
- $50 or more - Up to 10 class photo characters and your own class photo page in the finished book (non-recurring) and up to 5 character prompts (recurring)
So this is just an added incentive so we can get some new patrons, but we will also be rewarding existing patrons with these perks immediately. I will be sending out the request forms shortly. Again, thanks for indulging me and let's see if we can't get that number up to at least $300. After we hit that, I will start adding even more perks. I can't do this without you guys. Thanks for believing in me and in the project.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Okay, so this will be a quick post about something I feel is important to say, because this thing has completely taken over my immediate world, but I won't say too much because I'm going to be writing about it in a more in-depth and comprehensive way on a website with far more reach than my personal blog. Consider this a preamble for what is to come soon...
A few hours ago, I watched what is probably the best new documentary I have personally seen in at least five years. It's called Room Full of Spoons, directed by debut filmmaker Rick Harper. It documents and explores the making of the cult phenomenon The Room, starring and written by the legendary Tommy Wiseau.
Now, there have been so many projects parodying and examining The Room phenomenon since it's release in 2003, but there have always been a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of mysteries surrounding it. Many of these mysteries were put to bed with Greg Sestero's amazing book, The Disaster Artist, but most of the big ones remained. Where is Tommy from? What's his life story? How did he get six million dollars to bring The Room into existence? These are questions most of us had long ago concluded would remain mysteries.
However, Rick Harper, a very dedicated fan, decided that he would be the one to not only make the single most comprehensive and definitive exploration into the world of The Room, but also to answer all the lingering mysteries of surrounding Wiseau himself. And he succeeds in spectacular fashion. Most projects like this simply acknowledge the mysteries and offer no answers, but this is where Room Full of Spoons sets itself apart. This. Film. Has. Answers!
Not only that, Room Full of Spoons is easily the most compelling and engaging documentary of this decade, and that is not hyperbole. All fans of The Room need to see this, support it and spread the word. It's up for pre-order now, and believe me when I say it is absolutely worth it. It will not disappoint you, rather it will surpass any expectations you have.