Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mystery Science Storybook FREE for Fans of MST3K & RiffTrax! Thanks for an AWESOME 2015!

--All MSTies and RiffTraxians, download your FREE COPY of Mystery Science Storybook here!--

--Also, ALL 18 Storybook Chapters are being published free on SRD.com this month!--

--Be sure to visit Patreon to help keep the comics coming!--

Hey everybody, Sugar Ray Dodge here, aka Dave Chadwick. I'm the author and illustrator of Mystery Science Storybook as well as the editor-in-chief of RiffWiki.net. I have something I'd like to say and I hope you'll endure the cheesiness of it until the end, because there's a fun prize there if you make it all the way through.

2015, frankly, has been the best year of my life since I left the U.S. Army 6 years ago, and it largely has to do with the creation of Mystery Science Storybook: Bedtime Tales Based on the Worst Movies Ever. For those of you who don't know, what I did was take movies that were featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax and drew my own parodies of them. Featured chapters included Manos: The Hands of Fate, Twilight & Harry Potter, Birdemic, Time Chasers, The Final Sacrifice, Hobgoblins, The Pumaman, Road House, This Island Earth and The Room, among others. I had an absolute blast doing it, but more importantly, it proved that there is a place in the world for crazy cartoon books based on crazy bad movies. That I was able to bring this into existence still astonishes me, because by all rights, something this absurd should not exist.

But none of it would have been possible without the support and encouragement of the fans of MST3K and RiffTrax. This community is hands-down the best fandom in the entire world. The outpouring of support I got for this project was overwhelming, and now I'd like to give something back. That is why from today until January 31st, 2016, Mystery Science Storybook will be available to download for free to all fans of MST3K and RiffTrax! Just follow this link to download your free DRM-free pdf and you're done! It's yours! No strings attached! You helped make it happen, you deserve it.

That being said, I am currently working on finishing the follow-up, Night of the Living Storybook, as well as ship the Kickstarter and Pre-Order rewards to everybody who supported it. If you'd like to help in this regard, please consider supporting the continuation ofthe series by donating on Patreon, which is a site that is like Kickstarter, only it supports ongoing projects. For me to continue and for the art and jokes to be their best, I gotta pay them bills. Even a donation of $2 per comic will be extremely helpful. Another great way to support the cause is to buy Night of the LivingStorybook, Part One: No Movie is Safe on the Amazon Kindle, which is only $2.99 for six brand new parodies. It would also be extremely helpful if I could get some more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to prove that there is an audience hungry for more Storybook tales.

Thanks for everything, you guys. Don't forget to download your free copy of Mystery Science Storybook. It's yours, no strings attached. Again, thanks for helping make 2015 one of the best years of my entire life.

- Dave Chadwick
(aka Sugar Ray Dodge)
Weber County, Utah

Monday, December 21, 2015

RiffWiki.net 2015 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 Second Annual RiffWiki.net Riff of the Year, Live Show of the Year and (NEW for 2015) RiffTrax Presents of the Year. Click here to read the RiffWiki.net 2015 Year in Review!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Once Again, Welcome RiffTrax Live-ers!

Greetings, fellow RiffTraxians! Another RiffTrax Live show is in the can, (although there is an encore presentation on December 15!) and I'm already looking forward to whatever the 2016 Live Shows are. If you're seeing this right now, you no doubt have found your way here from the Digital Goodies section of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny and already gotten your sample of Night of the Living Storybook, Part One: No Movie is Safe! If you'd like, you can get the entire installment for only $2.99 on the Amazon Kindle! It contains six brand new parodies based on Julie and Jack, Rollergator, House on Haunted Hill, Incognito Cinema Warriors XP, Batman and Robin and Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny! ALSO, if you haven't already, you can still pick up the original Mystery Science Storybook, still only $3.99 on Amazon.

As you can see in the title, this was only Part One of Night of the Living Storybook. If there is going to be a Part Two and beyond, I'm gonna need some help from the people who love these comics to keep them coming. To that end, I have set up a Patreon page to help ensure that I can keep cranking out the comics based on the horrible movies we all know and love. No obligation, of course, but if you could click over to my Patreon page and just hear my pitch for the continuation of the series, that'd be super swell. Okay, enough of that...

I'd like to thank everybody at RiffTrax for including me yet again as part of the Digital Goodies. It's such a great honor for me to contribute and I hope to continue to do so in the future. It's an amazing validation of all my crazy fan projects. Again, you guys are awesome. And thanks to everybody who went to RiffTrax Live tonight and bothered to pay me a visit. I always love meeting new RiffTraxians so we can share this awesome thing that we all love together. And I'd like to leave you all with this "How to" video, where I taped myself updating the Mike, Kevin and Bill set for the Digital Goodies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RiffTrax to Retain Current Lineup of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett

On a day when the movie riffing world was turned joyously upside down by Joel Hodgson's announcement of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival, accompanied by an incredibly ambitious Kickstarter Campaign, RiffTrax confirms that their principal lineup of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, will remain unchanged. In short, RiffTrax is going to keep being the same RiffTrax we all know and love.

MST3K Revival and the Future of the Storybook Series

So, like many MSTies, I woke up this morning to the news that Joel Hodgson is relaunching Mystery Science Theater 3000 with an all new cast and a highly ambitious Kickstarter campaign.

Now, obviously, I couldn't be happier that Joel is reviving the best show in the history of television for a new generation to enjoy. But it has raised some issues in regards to the Mystery Science Storybook series (yes, there will be another one,) particularly with the title of the series and/or forthcoming volumes. Before any problems arise, I have decided to announce that further books in the series will not be titled "Mystery Science Storybook" out of respect for Joel and all who are working on the new show. The original book will continue to keep it's original title, but I simply don't feel comfortable with publishing an entire series that bears, in part, the name of an active franchise. Not only would it be in poor taste for me to do so, it would open me up to legal problems that I just don't want to deal with.

So from here on out, new Storybook volumes will be styled thusly "[Whatever] [Whatever] Storybook." But don't worry, the basic premise of doing bedtime tales based on the worst movies ever, and drawing from the MST3K and RiffTrax libraries for inspiration, remains unchanged. In fact, this gives us the opportunity to try some different things with the series that maybe we wouldn't be able to do before because of the title. But one step at a time...

Monday, November 2, 2015

RiffTrax Re-Releases Classic MST3K Episodes!

So we have just been treated to the news that our friends at RiffTrax are releasing classic MST3K episodes on their own website. Here's Mike to explain it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Welcome RiffTrax Live-ers!

If you're here tonight, chances are you attended RiffTrax Live: Miami Connection! If not, there is an encore presentation on Tuesday you should definitely check out. Anyway, I'd like to thank you for stopping by and give a big shout out to RiffTrax for letting me contribute to the Digital Downloads once again.

While you're here, be sure to check out Mystery Science Storybook: Bedtime Tales Based on the Worst Movies Ever, which is based on the works of MST3K and RiffTrax. You can get it on Amazon and Gumroad for the low, low price of $3.99!

I also have two of my own full length riffs here that you can view for free: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter and The Alphabet Conspiracy.

Thanks again for stopping by, and stop by again in the future, why not? There are some pretty exciting things happening here in the next little while, so be sure to stay tuned.