By now hopefully you've all read and enjoyed all three volumes of stories taking place in Sanity, AZ. Well, what did you think?
A bit of news for you:
The TPB is done early! We're able to release the book on Amazon next Monday, October 21, just in time for monster season! Those of you who are to receive your copy of the TPB along with other rewards based on your tiers will not have to wait much longer -- this coming weekend, October 20, to be exact, the four of us -- Mike, Marcel, James, and I -- will be gathering over coffee and good company to package your rewards and set them up for mailing. You should all receive them by the end of the month.
Let us know if you have any questions.
We have some upcoming shows in the SoCal region, and again in Phoenix at the start of the new year. We'll update you on those and any other shows coming up, so hopefully we'll get to meet you when you stop by to say hi!
This book's publication would not at all be possible without your support, so once again, thank you.
Hey, look out below for the POSTER for IN SANITY, AZ!
We've got a few good things to report today:
1. Last week our new trailer debuted exclusively on iTunes and for a day or two was their most popular trailer. And then very quickly it spread and was uploaded to YouTube and it is pretty safe to say that it has been viewed over a million times in the last 6 days.
2. The week before last, I was in Bill Watterson's hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where the film screened three times at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival. It was very well-received by the audiences, and the film won the "Best Feature" award. (A few photos from the trip are below.)
3. We're down to one month until our release, and pre-orders are now open on iTunes, VHX, and our website. Most of you have received your copies of the film, but if anyone is planning on getting an HD download for yourself or a friend to share the film with, you can use the code "KICKSTARTER" to get 20% off from VHX.
4. Last of all, a lot of people have learned about the film this week, but you, ladies and gentlemen, are the ones who helped make it happen in the first place. If you have the urge to show off your early support, below is a Facebook timeline cover you can use.
Thanks so much as always for your support of Dear Mr. Watterson. I hope you all feel that this has been a worthy endeavor.
On Sunday BILL THE GALACTIC HERO enjoyed its first shooting day: a reference shoot for the animation sequences which will begin and end the film. We also shot camera tests with the Orwo 400 ASA stock from Germany -- probably the stock we'll use. You won't see any of this footage in the finished film: it's just a reference for the animators who will work on those scenes in Chris Pearce's CU animation class in the spring.
We've also had to re-jig the schedule, since our first shooting days coincided with the CU production of Macbeth, which, though we didn't know it, turns out to star Bill, Fusetender First Class Spleen, and several other of our cast members. Lady Macbeth is played by Brittany Handler (our Spleen) and the Thane of Cawdor himself by James Miller (our Bill). So we're moving dates around and a new schedule will appear shortly.
Meanwhile, here's a picture of James and others rehearsing with Animation Czar Coley Lubinski. Take a good look! Next time you see him he'll be wearing a space helmet (unless you come to see him as Macbeth in Boulder, in which case I'll see you there.)
Boxes and boxes; just arrived on monday. No printing problems; the books look great.
Surveys will start going out this week; the mass envelope stuffing party is slated for November 2nd, although some will start shipping sooner.
The finish line is here; we appreciate everyone's patience.
*** For anyone who has moved/changed address, you'll enter your new address when the survey arrives. We waited on them for just this reason.
All of you inside the country should have received at least the first shipment of your reward packages by now. Let me know if otherwise. The international shipments went out late last week.
Advance tickets are going fast for our CD release show on Saturday October 26th at a great new venue, SubCulture in Manhattan. We'll be performing Book of Rhapsodies with an 11-piece orchestra plus voices. We are hugely excited to have a rare performance by the acclaimed Raymond Scott Orchestrette opening the show. $15 advance tickets are available here.
GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA "Book of Rhapsodies" CD RELEASE
RAYMOND SCOTT ORCHESTRETTE
Saturday October 26th
45 Bleecker Street
New York City NY
8:00pm doors / 8:30 show
$15 advance / $20 doors
We'll be selling a few of these gorgeous 11x22 silkscreen posters created by James Weinberg at this show only, and holding a raffle at the door to win a free one.
The 7-piece Raymond Scott Orchestrette performs radical reinventions of the legendary composer's animated tunes. Besides such favorites as "Powerhouse" and "The Penguin", the Orchestrette features lesser-known works such as "Coming Down to Earth," "Naked City," and "A Street Corner in Paris." The Orchestrette also performs acoustic renditions of Scott's later electronic works, such as Soothing Sounds for Baby's "Little Miss Echo" — rarely heard artifacts the composer himself never performed outside the studio.
I have a connection with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette as I worked with one of its prestigious members, Brian Dewan, several years ago on a record called Dreamland with the band Beat Circus. Brian played his incredible electric zither (which he plays with the RSO) and created this incredible artwork for the cover:
Brian Dewan and Irwin Chusid (one of the key people responsible for rediscovering the work of Raymond Scott) both contributed to the three-hour radio documentary I produced last year on Raymond Scott called "Imagination and Innovation". You can now listen to the entire program here. Here's a slideshow and montage of the Raymond Scott Orchestrette assembled by Jeff Winner:
Hope to see you there!
Brian Carpenter and the Ghost Train Orchestra
We just premiered a brand new trailer for CHEATIN' at NY Comic-Con! Please click on the link below to check it out and share on Facebook and Twitter!
If you're in the NYC area, stop by booth 2944. I'll be there tomorrow and all weekend signing books and DVDs!
From feed-back from several people I have updated the maps and they are now available online. The main changes requested was to show the separate parts of stations at Canary Wharf and West Hamstead. The other request was to include more walking interchanges. All of the interchanges included on the map are oyster "out of station interchanges" which means if you leave one and arrive at the next in a certain time (often 20 for the ones shown) it counts as a single journey on your oystercard. More Details on this can be found here.
I have included symbols under the name of every station with some level of disabled access to show the level of access available. The circles are empty if there is no step free access. They are half filled if there is step free access to the platform but not to the train. They are full if there is step free access to the platform and onto the train. If the circles are joined then there is step free access between the lines. Often only in one direction.
The Oyster special zones for Tramlink and Emirates airline are noted next to the respective lines. I think this is neater than forcing more zone outlines particularly as so many stations are in several zones but I would be interested in what you think.
I am in the process of converting these images so i can include them on the website and will send out another update when this is available.
After making a few tweaks, I sent the poster off for quick proof to a local shop. It's always a great experience to see the result in it's near final form — how all the pieces fit together and work as a whole.
It should be noted that the colors shown here are approximate since the proof was produced via inkjet using a CMYK color model. The final prints will be silk screened using three solid colors (Red, Blue, Grey) and will have a richness, fidelity and sharpness that simply cannot be achieved with the CMYK process.
Speaking of printing, I just booked press time at Vahalla Studios in Kansas City, KS for early/mid November. After speaking with the folks there regarding another project, they alerted me that they have been very busy — advance press reservations are already into November. Waiting for the Kickstater campaign to end would mean pushing back the shipping well into December, if not later. So I've taken the plunge, put down a deposit and locked in the print run. This means I will be able to honor early December shipping and get these to you in time for the holidays.
If you're not familiar with Vahalla Studios, they do amazing work. They are true to their art and craft and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to embrace their talents for this project. I want to personally acknowledge Melissa, Dan and Dustin for their generous time and assistance as this project has evolved over the past few months.
Hope you all enjoy the post season and best of luck to your team.