Episode 82: Ghostbustin’ Lady Chains

We saw Ghostbusters and whoo boy do we have some thoughts!

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Does Leeman play too many videogames? Mario Teaches Typing, Joel McHale on the TV, Ghostbusters (2016), Bridesmaids, Airplane! Sisters, Intersectionality episode, Ernie Hudson, Dr Who, and My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s If I Were an Undead Crawler

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Episode 81: Hamilton

hamiltonKESSLER

We talk Hamilton. A lot.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Beauty & the Beast, Les Mis, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Miranda on MBMaM, Miranda on Still Buffering, Hamilaria, John Adams miniseries, Miranda freestyle on Washington, Got Milk? Miranda at the White House, and Miskatonic Musings.

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Double Rainbow

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Episode 80: Sex, Love, and Killer Muppets

Shipping to the next level

Shipping to the next level

We ship so hard.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Sleepy Hollow (MASSIVE 3rd Season Spoilers) X-Files, Star Wars, Farscape, Firefly, Next Generation (Sorry, season 8), Deep Space Nine, Babylon Five, and Due South.

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s My Pachebel Song

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HP Lovecraft Film Festival – San Pedro

Howie and Me

Howie and Me

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to comprehend just how exhausted one will be after a convention. However, now is that particular, fleeting window of time when one’s mind is still brimming and buzzing with all the excitement and all the immediate memories in their appropriate context before time softens and blurs them into a morass of “experience” so do forgive me as I try to relate just what occurred this weekend.

Mike Davis, some jerk, Mike Griffin, Sam Cowan, Kelly Young, and Nick Gucker

Mike Davis, some jerk, Mike Griffin, Sam Cowan, Kelly Young, and Nick Gucker all being real cool.

I had the absolute pleasure of being flown out, driven through standstill LA traffic, and set up in colourful San Pedro where I hosted the Livestream  of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. I announced programs, interviewed authors and artists, and at the very end, got to put on my live show and take questions for a very friendly if somewhat sleepy Sunday morning crowd. People I’ve known for years through the glow of my laptop monitor stepped out and shook my hand in the flesh. Bleary-eyed breakfasts at the Happy Diner were paired with late night discussions of punk bands and just what went wrong with Nightmare On Elm Street 5 from one of its writers. I had an especially wonderful time getting to hang out with Lee Joyner who sculpted and gifted me with that magnificent bust at the top of the page.

We fight crime!

We fight crime!

It was a blast and a half and I really appreciate everyone who brought me out but it was also a learning experience as I explore just what it is I do and what my role is in this strange world of conventions, festivals, and all around gatherings within the realms of horror and weird fiction.

Since 2013, I have been having to adjust to the idea of being someone who is invited to conventions. This time last year, I wrote about how I reached that bracing level where I no longer feel like a fraud waiting to be discovered and sent back home or like I need to apologize for what I do which is a liberating if also frightening achievement. To go from feeling like a glorified busker to a sought after asset who adds real value is wonderful but it brings with it some daunting responsibilities.

Some conventions get a little *too* educational.

Some conventions get a little *too* educational.

One of those responsibilities is money. When getting started, it is justifiable to want to put oneself out there and take some losses on the chin as a matter of course but I am here to say that the sooner you start practically valuing what you do and the time you spend doing it, the better off you’ll be. As performers, we decorate time. I take people’s spare time, or downtime, or stolen time and I hang a big old painting on it called Ask Lovecraft. Now, as Henry Rollins has told us in countless memes with white font on a black background, those times don’t exist; there is only lifetime which means that when folks let me decorate that, I need to take it seriously.

Money can be an embarrassment in the art world. Often we are told that money corrupts, that those who are in this for more than the simple love of art are missing the point, and are sacrificing their art for base ideals, and that impulse to ask for compensation should be flogged out of the temple of our mind like so many money changers. Here’s the thing though, we deserve to be paid. We deserve to have our efforts and our talents and our imaginations rewarded especially when we share them with folks who truly appreciate them.

Try before you buy?

Try before you buy?

Merchandise can help but getting to a place where you feel comfortable asking early and often and in writing for compensation for your time and for the value you add is rewarding on several levels. The part where they actually give you money is nice but more than that is the feeling of respect and being taken seriously. This isn’t just a hobby or “silly little thing” you do but something that you care about and others care about and a check goes a long way towards folks proving just how much they care. It also helps justify the chunks of your lifetime you spend at these pursuits both to spouses left at home with insomniac toddlers and to yourself. Finally, it acts as a signal to others that you are a responsible agent who values yourself and takes yourself seriously which makes them much more likely to want to make use of you.

Exposure can be a step but far too often it’s an empty bag or leads only to further exposure. Get paid and pay for the art you value yourself. You owe no-one favours with your time and if you choose to gift it, make sure it’s a genuine choice and not you settling or being bullied into it. In this world, we’re all rooting for each other and want to see good art thrive and all our time decorated as best as it can be. A big part of that is learning how to see yourself as part of that magnificent tapestry and demand to be taken seriously for it.

I bet this guy could teach me something.

I bet this guy could teach me something.

San Pedro was a truly wonderful experience and proved quite an education as all good experiences do. I look forward to seeing what other lessons I learn out on the road.

 

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Episode 79: Singin’ Jesus

Go Go Go Joe!

Go Go Go Joe!

We watch The Passion Live and talk about depictions of Jesus in film.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

The Passion Live, Batman Forever, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth, Ben Hur, Daredevil, Passion of the Christ, God is Not Dead 2, The Last Temptation of Christ, Jeremy Sisto’s Jesus movie, Thrift Store, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Man Born to be King, Kings, Of Kings and Prophets, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (pictured above).

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Falling Quickly

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Episode 78: Intersectional Lady Chains

Patriarchy!

Patriarchy!

We got a little more real than either of us expected.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Yik-Yak, Academy Awards, Room, Intersectionality, Pre-peeled oranges, James Nicoll Reviews, Hermione Granger, Flint, Hamilton, Civil War, Moving and Microaggressions, Stay At Home Dads, White Supremacy Credit Card, Fun Simon Pegg Movie, Farscape, TNC, Broderick Greer, Christena Cleveland, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Sofia Samatar, and Debs and Errol.

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Pachelbel’s Song

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Episode 77: Building a Mystery

Detective Baby is on the case!

Detective Baby is on the case!

 

We discuss mysteries, whodunnits, procedurals, and other murdery shows.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

 

Wild Seed, Oddmall, Geek Watch One, Arcadia, Sleepy Hollow, Lucifer, Fringe, Angel, Hannibal, Murder She Wrote, Mystery! Peter Wimsy, Murder By Death, Castle, House, Prime Suspect, Luther, Wallander, and Brooklyn 99

 

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Walthrough

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Episode 76: Galavant, Our Town, and Other Depressions

Our Town...ish

Our Town…ish

We get confused about what our topic is and argue about it mid-episode.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

 

Galavant, Sleepy Hollow, Our previous episode on Endings, Our Town, Noises Off, ZIP, Parks & Recreation, Hannibal, Miskatonic Musings, Angel, About Schmidt, Breaking Bad, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, American Gods, and our reading or lack thereof.

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Narwhal Pet

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Episode 75: Why You No Read?

 

Why Not Indeed?

Why Not Indeed?

In the spirit of confession, we talk about the books we’re not reading and why.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Britney Spears, White SupremacyNeither Have I Wings, From All False Doctrine, Wild Seed, Y The Last Man, Saga, TNC vs Bernie, Eutopia, House of Sand and Fog, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, and The Pleasure Merchant

 

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Falling Quickly

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Episode 74: Guilty Pleasures

Rachel Spreading Her Galavant Addiction to Amanda

Rachel Spreading Her Galavant Addiction to Amanda

It’s our first episode of 2016 and we are talking about the TV shows that we hesitate to admit to loving.

Topics Discussed and/or Spoiled

Golden Globes, Galavant, Once Upon a Time, Star Wars Soundtrack, Hamilton, Bunch o’ Musicals, Sunday night church, Lois and Clark, Brisco County Jr, Ash vs the Evil Dead, The Curse of Lindelof, Batman, Hercules, Xena, seaGuest DSV, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Disney racism, One Bad Mother, Phineas & Ferb, Gilmore Girls, Babylon 5, Sisters, Gotham, Miskatonic Musings, and Debs & Errol

Our outro is Debs & Errol’s Timmy the Combat Wombat

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