Dun, Dun, Duuuuuun!
So I recently did a guest strip for a fellow webcomic called “WORSTED FOR WEAR (worstedforwear.com)“. It’s an amazingly fun comic about a knitting group and their adventures in knitting, crocheting, spinning, and more. The main character, Camden, is an obsessive knitter living with her roommate, JoAnn, and her cat, Zimmer, in a small cramped apartment.
With her friends, Camden attends a knitting group led by a married mother of two named Adele. In learning new knitting techniques and trying other fiber-related crafts, Camden meets new friends, finds ways to deal with everyday stress, and finally figures out what she wants to do with her life.
A lot of people would think that a comic about knitting would be limiting, but let me tell you, they never read this comic, nor met its creators Rachael & Josh Anderson. Once they did, they’ll immediately change their minds.
I’ve been following this strip since its start, and it is really so much fun to read. The art is gorgeous, the characters are each distinctive and well developed, and while I myself am not a knitter, the strip is very educational for anyone who might want to take up it up as a hobbie.
I just want to wish all those Mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! Particularly my own Mommy!
As I didn’t think to put together a comic for this day this year, I’ll let another comic strip character do it for me!
Part of the reason I created LOST IN CONFUSION, was because I like telling stories. So, its no wonder that I have many friends who share similar interests. One such friend is my roommate J.M. Hall, who I’ve mentioned in a few times beneath my comics. She too is a storyteller, but in a different manner. She’s a film maker.
Over the years, Penny has put together a number of films, each more fascinating and fantastic than the last. She has created seven interesting stories that touched on a myriad of social, political, philosophical and psychological topics.
The result is Flavors: 7 Short Films, with each film touching on a different topic or idea and exploring the various opinions that people of different ages, race, sex, etc. have on each idea.
- Under the Shade (Bitter): a gay couple explores their options when they realize that their battle with cancer is a losing one.
- Fruit (Sour): a devoted couple struggle to come to terms with an unplanned pregnancy and the challenges it presents to their careers, lives and relationship. Color Correction is being finalized now.
- Baggage (Salty): two estranged sisters come together to care for their father after he suffers a mini-stroke, but their anger and hurt from the past take control instead.
- Lust (Spicy): two very different couples share their opposing political, religious and social views over an intense meal.
- Within (Smoky): an agoraphobic crippled by her OCD spends her days cleaning her home from top to bottom, only to find her fears of the outside world are trying to reach her within.
- Bourbon & Scotch (Sweet): the true story of how two people met and at an officers club in 1976. The only comedy of the 7. Color Correction & Score being finished now.
- Sand in the Grass (Savory): three friends deal with an impending deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, while sharing their three very different points of view on the merits-or lack there of-in war. Color Correction & VFX being finished now.
I was lucky enough to be an assistant director in the filming of UNDER THE SHADE, which was for me, an amazing experience.
While the films may not always be comfortable to watch, they are meant to generate a dialogue. In private screenings, we have been lucky to see these discussions and debates unfold. The next step is to share these stories with a larger audience, hopefully impacting the film industry in a positive and creative way.
Ms. Hall has been able to submit the films to about 2-3 festivals each, entry fees are incredibly expensive, particularly when added up over 7 films. The most important list of festivals to get screened at would be the Oscar Boosting/Oscar Qualifying festivals.
Alas, these festivals are expensive, and thus I’m helping her, by directing anyone interested to helping these films get to where they need to go, but asking for donations. If we can get at least 370 people to donate even $10 each, we will meet our goal and be able to submit to all the festivals on the list and *hopefully* end up showing at some major venues.
So, with all that said, if you are interested in helping these films get into festivals, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, go HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO DONATE.