Big, Hopefully Not Terribly Tedious Update

It’s been a while since my last update here and a lot has happened in the past six weeks or so. Here’s the lowdown.

We completed Los Animales: Fours on the Floor, the first chapter in the ongoing saga of anthropomorphic animals/record store nerds that Jeaux Janovsky and I created. You can now read the chapter in its entirety for free on animalsoundsrecords.com. Response to the comic has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so grateful for everyone who took an early interest in our project. We’ve managed to earn some early press, including interviews by Geeksmash, Defective Geeks and Ian/Yan. If you’re interested in contacting Jeaux & I for interviews, convention appearances, etc., email us at animalsoundsrecords [at] gmail [dot] com.  The second installment of the comic, Los Animales: Nadarave, starts on Monday.

Last month, I answered an ad that someone I know shared on Facebook and ended up freelancing for KCET. Yes, Facebook is good for finding work. Here’s the first story I did for the local television station’s website:

“For the Weekend: Jane Espenson”

I’ve also started writing more for Geek Exchange, the website for Geek Magazine. In the past few weeks, I interviewed Nilbog, an amazing local band who pays tribute to genre movie scores. I also re-watched The Crow and Chobits.

If you’ve followed my work for a while, you probably know that I’ve done my fair share of interviews with Andrew W.K. The latest one ran last week on Pure Volume. 

I’m still doing a lot of work for L.A. Weekly. In recent weeks, I had the chance to talk to Gilbert Hernandez and the team behind Teen Titans Go! I also checked out the latest L.A. show from Takashi Murakami and a group show dedicated to James Bond. In addition, I’ve been taking party shots for the Weekly here and there. Check out this slideshow from last weekend’s The Smiths/Morrissey Convention. 

On the club side of things, Underground is doing really well. We put together a very successful goth-y party called Shadowplay a few weeks back, in addition to other great events. You can check out my set lists on my blog, Beatique.

Somehow in the midst of all that, my longtime boyfriend and I snuck off to Las Vegas and got married. Seriously! I promised a few people that I would write a story about that experience too. It’s coming. Slowly.

Stay tuned for an update on Monday, as there is more news to share.

Thanks for reading.

L

 

The First Los Animales Interview

On February 14, my friend Jeaux and I launched our webcomic, Los Animales. It’s a story that is several years in the making, with about a year-and-a-half going into this incarnation of our vinyl-worshipping, club-hopping animals. Since Valentine’s Day, the comic has taken over my life in the best way possible. That’s not to say I’m not still freelancing. I am. In the past few weeks, I played Geeks Who Drink Trivia, interviewed Kerli and Eric Prydz and have worked on a bunch of other assignments that may or may not be available yet.

The comic, though, has presented some unusual opportunities. Namely, I ended up answering interview questions instead of asking them.

Jeaux and I were interviewed for GeekSmash.  It’s a pretty long interview, but I think it does a good job of providing insight into what we’re doing. Here’s one of my quotes from it.

But we have these characters with one foot in the 90s and one foot in present day. They are stuck in this world trying to adjust to everything that is completely changing around them; with the idea that everything they are doing could very well end up being worthless in five years. And I think that is something people in the creative fields are going through right now. It’s something I feel right now, and I know musicians are in the same boat; they talk about it all the time. So they are kinda nostalgic to this time when they were actually little kids. It would be like Jeaux and I nostalgic to the 80s.

Weekly Recap: One Big, Huge Blur

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I’d tell you what happened this week, but to be honest, it’s a blur. I know I turned in a lot of stuff. I know I talked to people about turning in more stuff. This is one of the good weeks. I wish they were all like this.

The one big bit of news is that we’re having a party. The official Los Animales release party was announced yesterday. We’re going to do this thing at Underground on March 8. I’ll be on the decks along with Larry G. and Diana M. We’ll have some cool Los Animales surprises in store for that night. If you’re on Facebook, go ahead and RSVP on the event page for free/discounted entry. (Also, I’m DJing at Underground tonight. RSVP if you want to go.)

Los Animales is going pretty well. We’re seeing a steady increase in traffic, more than I expected for one week into the run. Earlier this week, we got a link from MTV Geek. We’re just starting to get interview requests, which is super cool. We’re also trying to work out more promotional events and such. If you need anyone for convention panels and such, feel free to contact Jeaux and I at animalsoundsrecords@gmail.com .

 

 

I Went to a Doctor Who Convention

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Last weekend, I went to Gallifrey One, a Doctor Who convention here in Los Angeles. This was my second year attending the event and my second covering it for L.A. Weekly. Check out my latest Cult Stars column.

“Doctor Who Convention Gallifrey One Sells Out, as 3,200 Fans Pack the L.A. Airport Marriott”

There’s a lot going on this week. You’ll hear about it as stories are released. In the meantime, keep up with Los Animales. Maybe soon I can stop reminding people that this is the webcomic that my pal Jeaux J. and I created. I’m still getting used to this comic writing thing.

Weekly Recap: When Twitter Rants Land in Print

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Remember that poseur-to-music geek outburst I had on Twitter that turned into an L.A. Weekly blog post? The story landed in this week’s print edition of the paper. Go pick up a copy if you’re in L.A. Also, L.A. Weekly‘s sister paper, O.C. Weekly ran it on their music blog this morning.

Work is picking up in ways I didn’t imagine. I landed six new assignments this week. That was a happy surprise. Of course, this all happened the week we launched Los Animales, so things have been a little hectic. Fortunately (and I’m saying this mostly for the benefit of an editors who may stumble across this post), my time management skills are amazing.

I put aside some essays I’ve been writing for self-publication. Those will be coming out, it’s just that I have to prioritize right now and focus on the paid gigs.  I have to limit my time on Facebook and Twitter, even though that means my Klout score is dropping. That’s alright. I have work and it’s getting done.

Check out my published work from this week:

“Jon Glaser Prepares for Series Finale of Adult Swim’s Delocated With Live Event at Largo” (Cult Stars, L.A. Weekly)

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This afternoon, I’ll be at Gallifrey One. If you’re there, say hi. If not, no worries. This will likely be the only day I go to Gallifrey One, as I have three assignments due on Monday.

Los Animales Debuts Today

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This has been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to announce that Jeaux J. and I released Los Animales today. We’re doing this webcomic style, so we’ll be posting one page every weekday until there are no more stories to tell. Since today was the launch date, we uploaded two page. Special thanks to Mike Ott who built our website and helped us get familiar with ComicPress.

Read Los Animales.

 

Weekly Recap: A Whole Lot of Geekiness

New records for me!

New records for me!

I only had one deadline this week and I managed to turn in that story early Monday morning. You would think that might make the remaining workdays a little more mellow. Not quite. I sent out more pitches and landed a few new assignments this week, some journalism, some not, scored some interviews and did a lot of work on Los Animales, which is coming out next week.

Still, I managed to squeeze in a  a bit of record shopping and some karaoke. I also got a little nostalgic for the L.A. that’s responsible for making me the record collecting, club hopping nerd that I am today.  Both the record shopping and karaoke are going to figure into some stories I’m writing. I’ll keep you posted on those when they’re ready to go.

Here are the stories of mine that were published this week.

“Geeky Glamorous Blog Creates an Art Show to Celebrate the Female Fan” (Cult Stars, L.A. Weekly)

“How to Become a Music Geek in Four Easy Steps” (L.A. Weekly)

Thank you to everyone who helped share these stories on Twitter, Facebook, et. al.

Tonight, I’m DJing at Underground, where I’m one of the rotating DJs. Underground is at the Grand Star in Chinatown every Friday from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. RSVP on Facebook for free entry before 10 p.m. and $5 cover after that.

 

 

Me and My Game Boy

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True story: I still play the Game Boy I got for Christmas back in 1989. (Technically, it was the Game Boy that my brother, sister and I were supposed to share, but they gave up on video games a long time ago.) Recently, I wrote a short story about my preferred gaming device for Ultranim Boy, a zine filled with Game Boy stories from the Ultranimbus collective.

The zine hasn’t been released it, but you can pre-order it now for only $5. Trust me, you’ll want to see what’s in here. It’s high quality.

Return of the Star Wars Nerd

Art by Leka and Lekit. (Photo: Liz O.)

Art by Leka and Lekit. (Photo: Liz O.)

I like Star Wars. A lot. Over the years, I’ve written a bunch of stories about nerdy things related the film franchise. I’ve talked to Star Wars cosplayers, covered Star Wars/Super Mario Bros. mash-up art, I even covered a Star Wars burlesque show, more than once. But, it’s been a while, a long while, since I wrote about anything involving the legendary “galaxy far, far away.”

Last weekend, I got to break the Star Wars dry spell at an art show in Los Angeles. You can read about it today in my latest Cult Stars column for L.A. Weekly, “How a Star Wars Art Show Came to Be.”

Check out more photos from the event on Flickr. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.