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Megathruster is making a music video about combating bullying, and you can help! We have received a lot of feedback about how our song Weird Al Rules has touched people who, like us, turned to the things they loved to help them cope with being bullied. We feel that a music video with rad visuals will help tell the story of the song better than just two dudes with guitars, so we want to hire illustrator Rebecca Hicks to create those visuals. We hope to reach more people who have struggled like we have with a message of hope cleverly disguised as a nerd rock video.  

 MEGATHRUSTER is two geeks from Oregon, Chris Waffle (lead vocals and bass) and Joel Machiela (Guitar and vocals), aka “Joel.” Armed only with acoustic guitars,  they bring their special blend of funny nerd rock to the masses. The duo have taken their humorous and energetic stage show all over the Pacific Northwest, as well as to events such as FumpFest in Chicago and GenCon in Indianapolis. Their debut album, 20 Sided Vice, was released in April of 2016. They were nominated for a 2016 Logan Award for Best Comedy Song for their hit It’s Rough to Be a Hufflepuff. In 2017 they released their second album, Wands at the Ready which includes the song for the video we're making, Weird Al Rules

“Megathruster’s “20-Sided Vice” is a fun, funny first album that covers a wide range of interests. Described as “Jonathan Coulton meets Tenacious D,” this acoustic-rock duo has plenty to offer any nerd music fan that doesn’t mind a bit of blue-collar humor.” – The Unheard Nerd
“Megathruster’s “20-Sided Vice” is a fun, funny first album that covers a wide range of interests. Described as “Jonathan Coulton meets Tenacious D,” this acoustic-rock duo has plenty to offer any nerd music fan that doesn’t mind a bit of blue-collar humor.” – The Unheard Nerd

 It may be hard to imagine now, but, once upon a time, Chris Waffle wasn't very cool.  In fact, due to his geekiness in junior high, he was bullied on a daily basis. He tried to avoid weekly beat downs by taking refuge playing D&D in an empty classroom with friends during lunch.  But there was no D&D group in the hallways or on the walk home. This song tells the story of being who you are, and of loving what and who you love, without pandering to the whims of people who want to assert their power over you.

Fast forward to close to now, where Chris had been thinking a lot about those experiences with being bullied and sharing these stories with his wife. She suggested that maybe instead of always writing songs about nerdy pop culture with not-so-subtle sexual innendos thrown in, why not write a song about real emotions and experiences? Being confused by his own emotions and experiences, this went on for a couple of years until Chris finally wrote Weird Al Rules.  It's simply a song by a boy who has a story to tell about the challenges he and so many others face when they don't quite color inside the lines of mainstream conformity.

Megathruster was honored to have Aubrey Turner from The Doubleclicks play cello on the track, which was was included on their second album, Wands at the Ready.  

Rebecca Hicks is a writing and illustrating geek from Beaverton, Oregon. She is the creator of the Little Vampires books and webcomic, which are about little monsters trying to be big and fierce, failing spectacularly at it, and being happy with who they are anyway. 

Rebecca is also a freelance illustrator who has created original art for other geeky artists and musicians, including a logo for Optimystical Studios, and concert posters, art for a music video, and a coloring book page for The Doubleclicks.  

You get a music video! You can be drawn into the video and be part of independent music video history. You can get exclusive stickers! You can get music! And you'll forever be a MEGA-FRIEND! 

 The video will be illustrated in the style of a person drawing in a notebook, referencing the school experiences that are an integral part of the song. Rebecca will draw one figure of your choosing in this style. It could be you, or someone you know (with that person's consent), or your pet or favorite animal. She would also be happy to draw an object or building as the one figure. 

And she's not opposed to including historical nerds like Benjamin Franklin and Ada Lovelace.

Example of the video's art style
Example of the video's art style

We need your help with supporting Rebecca's time and effort in creating the video. Your support will fund the development and creation of the backer rewards, the design and execution of the art in the video, and the editing of the video. 

We would pay for it all but we spent all of our money on mortgage payments and video games. 

Risks and challenges

We feel confident that we can complete the video and create all backer rewards by January 2019. Rebecca has already begun perfecting and steamlining the process of creating speed drawing videos. There is always a chance of an emergency or illness delaying the drawing of the video, and a chance of manufacturing problems delaying the production of the backer rewards. There is always the possibility of problems, but we will work through them and keep all backers informed of any delays.

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