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

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

Wrestlegirls: How the WWE Women's Division is Destroying Old Stereotypes


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

2017 Special Edition Hardcovers Available For a Limited Time!


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!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SRD's Movie Night #7: Starcrash


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!


Monday, March 13, 2017

New Perks for the Storybook Patreon!


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.
I will also make all custom characters available to the donor as social media icons upon special request, meaning if you ask me to send it to you in the dimensions for a Facebook or Twitter profile pic, I will be more than happy to do that for you.

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
So, when all is said and done, if you become a patron, you will have a lot of custom Storybook art coming your way. The class photo characters, however, are only good for one and do not reset every month, whereas the character prompts will. In total, this is what you can expect in addition to the perks that already exist...
  • $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)
I retain the right to use any of the characters I draw for character prompts as cameos or whatever else within story content, but if I decide to do this you will be credited as the person who inspired the drawing.

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

"Room Full of Spoons" is a MUST SEE for all fans of The Room!



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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Storybook Series is BACK IN PRINT!


Yep! After six months of getting nowhere with Amazon and a third party over a petty squabble, physical copies being completely unavailable and not making any profit whatsoever from the digital editions, Mystery Science Storybook and Night of the Living Storybook are now back up for sale in paperback and digital form.

Mystery Science Storybook

Night of the Living Storybook

For those who don't know, this is what Mystery Science Storybook is all about...

"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 

I'd like to thank everybody who stood with us these last six months during these setbacks. Circumstances dictate that these books remain as independent projects, therefore resources are limited to how we can sell them and promote their existence. If you have already bought or read the book and liked it, please help us spread the word through social media. Also, please consider becoming a monthly contributor to our Patreon Campaign to keep the money coming so we can complete and publish Volume 3.

Monday, February 20, 2017

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!