Merry birthday to me! I hope all my little bits of confetti littering the streets are OK?
I’ve been trying to settle on a creative project which is purely for fun for a while now, and finally my friend Steve and I have settled on DADAkitten. I can only explain it as ‘imagine if David Lynch did comedy sketches. Sort of. Not quite, but a bit. Also Welcome To Night Vale.’ Follow our channel for more delights and daftness.
Anyway here are a couple of mine, from a series called The Drama Farmer which relates YouTube drama on people who don’t exist:
And here’s my favourite one of Steve’s:
Hello my little Sugar Packets!
An arty type by the name of Sean Stubbs asked Bill and I if we fancied doing something towards a video for an arty event in London. Of course we said yes and wept and agonised for several years over our pieces. No, we were given a day to do it. So, yes, I suppose there was some weeping.
The event, if you feel so inclined to show your bright button faces, is here and the video is below. Our brief was ‘The apocalypse is coming but turns out not to be so bad after all.’ The end result is a bit Chris Morris, a bit Warp Records/Planet Mu and a bit Welcome To Night Vale, if I do say so myself.
When I get the full track list I’ll edit this post but for the time being here’s The Center Parcs Fun Time Gang episode 2:
Bill’s animation is at the 1.40 mark
My audio ‘Finding A Date After The Apocalypse Without Losing Your Skin Or Worse’ is at 13.20. Enjoy!
A friend of mine played me a podcast (oh, those things of the future) yesterday which I knew I had to share.
Ostensibly a town community radio broadcast, this is an imaginary desert town that seems to have more in common with Twin Peaks and background music reminiscent of Chris Morris’ Blue Jam. The weather report is a song by an independent artist which has apparently included Tom Waits.
Created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, voiced by Cecil Baldwin and published by Commonplace Books, this is a slice of weird I urge you to join.
First here’s the link to listen to them all: http://commonplacebooks.com/welcome-to-night-vale/
And here is an audio clip of the pilot episode I found on youtube:
There are a number of questions bothering me at this time.If anyone else has questions bothering them in the same areas, or even different areas (except privates related), feel free to share.
1. What’s a good price to pay an editor once your book is finished?
2. Do you just hand them the whole thing in one go when you’ve done all your own editing?
3. How many pages is a graphic novel meant to have?
4. How many panels to a page?
5. Can you just send scripts to agents/publishers?
6. Where is my lip balm?
7. Why did Chris Morris phone the police when he found me waiting in his room? All I said was, ‘your brain is sexy, can I lick it?’
I’ve been watching a series on Sky Arts called Monty Python, almost the truth. Its really good and I recommend it for any other obsessives out there. I don’t think anything else has made me so jolly as Monty Python has. If I feel unwell or a bit down I’ll watch that or Not Only but Also (even though there’s hardly any of it bloody left).
Although there are newer comedy series I love such as Spaced, anything Chris Morris does, the Office, the Ricky Gervais show, The League of Gentlemen, the first six series of Red Dwarf, Blackadder, South Park and the first couple of series of The Mighty Boosh, none of them quite seem to reduce me to the wibbly state of joy Monty Python does.
Therefore I shall include below some sketches of theirs I love. I couldn’t really say favourite because that would be impossible: