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.