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PCP #13, Ted Seko!

Well folks, the month of October is almost upon us, and before I slip into a daze of daily ghoulish shenanigans, I thought I’d squeeze in one more PCP update.  I feel very lucky to have gotten a chance to meet a bunch of people because of this website and the projects it’s led me to, but there are still a handful of folks I’ve yet to meet in person.  Of these people I’d really like to get a chance to say hello and give a hearty handshake to is the one and only Ted Seko!

Probably one of the most sincere and thoughtful people in comics, Ted is really one in a million.  I’ve been listening to his creative process podcast, the Idiot Engine, for almost three years now and I’m always taken by his perspective on creating comics and telling stories.  He’s also one hell of a cartoonist, both in comics and animation.  His style is energy and excitement personified in a way that’s so much more instinctual than a lot of his contemporaries.

I could literally gush about this man’s work for hours, but I wanted to point to how much of a mensch Ted is when he pitched in to help out the Up! Fair last year.  We had put out a call to artists and friends about donating pieces of art for a gallery showing and an auction to benefit the show and Ted surprised us all by sending in a one of a kind comic book that was completely illustrated and bound by hand.  And it was awesome.  That was way above and beyond and it’s just another example of how cool this guy is. 

If you get a chance, I highly suggest heading on over to download some episodes of his podcast, watch some of his cartoons, and take a look at his artwork.  This guy is the real deal!

Post Card Project Mail-Out Wave 3, Oh the Horror! -UPDATED-

Alright, it’s about time for another Mail-Out session of the Branded in the 80s Post Card Project!  This time around I have a special treat just in time for the Halloween season as I’ve scored a copy of the 1985 Fangoria Magazine postcard issue!

It took me awhile to find an affordable copy of this beauty (when I was scoping it out copies were selling for upwards of $50 each, though now it seems they’re popping up at more reasonable prices.)  Anyway, I was really excited to get my grubby little hands on these vintage postcards, though to be 100% honest, I was a little confused by what I found between the covers.  This issue boasts at offering “24 Incredibly Gross Full Color Postcards!”  I can vouch for their full color-ness, but the gross to not-so-much-so ratio is a bit off.  Anyway, that isn’t to say that these aren’t a batch of fun cards, because they are in fact really fun.

I have decided in the interest of those with weak constitutions and those with inflated expectations of gore, that I should temper this mail-out with some catagories to pick from.  Basically I’ve deemed that there are 13 fun horror themed cards, 7 truly gory cards, and 4 cards that are barely scraping by to be considered horror or Halloween-y related at all (these four were filed under the Scream Queen category in the magazine, but even so the picture choices were very weird.)  So, on a fist come, first serve basis I’ll be sending these out, but it’s important that when requesting a postcard you state whether you want a regular one, a gory one, or one of the not-so-horror scream queen cards.  I’ll keep this post updated with what’s available below…

So if you’d like to received a bona fide 26 year-old vintage horror postcard in the mail directly from Branded in the 80s, send me an email with “Fangoria Postcards” in the subject line.  Be sure to include your name and snail mail address, as well as which type of postcard you’d like to receive.  As with the first and second wave’s participants, if you’d like to take some photos with the postcard, you can send ‘em in and I’ll post them here and on the Branded Facebook page with a shout out to your blog or website.

Normal Horror = 3

Really Gory = All Gone

Scream Queens = All Gone

Oh, and in case you were wondering why Fangoria decided to release a postcard issue, the explanation is below in the magazine introduction.  Apparently it had something to do with the convergence of 80s rock, the WWF, horror movies, and aliens?!?  At least they gave us a flow chart to try and understand the reasoning…

    

PCP #12, CT from Nerd Lunch!

This week’s PCP spotlight is on Carlin “CT” from Nerd Lunch!

I think I originally got to know CT through twitter a couple years ago, but I’ve been keeping up with the Nerd Lunch website ever since.  CT was a big supporter of the Up! Fair, the alternative/indie comics show that I helped put together back at the tail end of 2010.  He graciously donated a bunch of copies of his short film that we gave out in our swag bag at the show.  He’s also one of the hosts of the newly launched Nerd Lunch podcast (along with another NL alum Jeeg and Paxton from the Cavalcade of Awesome.)  As I mentioned earlier, I was a guest on the second episode where we all got geeky about the Back to the Future flicks.

If you’re into all things geeky and nerdy, whether it be comic books, films, or even lunch, you should check out Nerd Lunch.  Tell ‘em I sent ya!

PCP #11, Turning the dial up to eleven with the Cavalcade of Awesome!

In the immortal words of Ferris Buller, “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Generally an apt comment on the day to day, it’s really been the tone regarding my time/website ratio lately.  More specifically, I’ve been neglecting it in lieu of crazy life junk.  That being said, October is looming and I plan on jumping back into Branded with another Countdown to Halloween Branded blog-a-thon.  I also wanted to get back in the groove of posting PostCard Project updates as I think it’s time for another round of vintage postcard goodness to coincide with the Halloween season.

Today I’d like to highlight the ever amazing talents of one Paxton from the Cavalcade of Awesome!

Longtime readers have no doubt heard me mention his site before, in particular during a cross-over event we did last summer where we investigated the concept of unofficial movie trilogies (with Pax linking up some party animal, ninja, and break dancing flicks while I connected the dots between the furious fists of Ralph Macchio, some extreme sports movies, and the musical violence of Walter Hill.)  Pax’s Cavalcade of Awesome, in particular his keen comic writing voice, is always inspiring me to up my game and I’ve always enjoyed discussing geeky stuff in the comments sections of our sites.

Paxton also recently joined up with CT and Jeeg over at Nerd Lunch to start recording the official Nerd Lunch podcast.  I was graciously invited to sit in on their revolving 4th chair for their second episode where we discussed the in’s and out’s of the Back to the Future flicks.

So if you get a second and want to have your mind blown with awesome, stop by Pax’s site.  You’ll be glad you did!

PCP Spotlight #10, Ladyjaye bringing the Turtles to Eidos!

It’s been a little while, but the Post Card Project is back with a new reader to highlight.  Today I’d like to point to international (Montreal, Canada) reader Sarah, who you might know as Ladyjaye in the comments here at Branded.  She’s been with the site for awhile and has always been a source of great conversation!

 

She was cool enough to make the trek out to the Eidos, Square Enix Montreal office with the TMNT postcard I sent a while back. Now I can say that at least my penmanship has made it out to Square!  Sarah runs a fun Tumblr site called Dancin’ with my Mirror that features a ton of cool geeky stuff, and if you’ve got a second, head on over and introduce yourself to her site.  You’ll be glad you did!

Post Card Project Spotlight #9, taking a trip to Saturday World!

It’s time for another PCP spotlight, and this week it’s on Jason who runs the great pop culture cartoon blog Saturday World.com!

I’ve had a lot of fun conversing with Jason on twitter, and he’s always reminding me of cartoons I hadn’t thought about in years.  If you get a second, check out his site and if you dig cartoons as much as I do, I’m positive that there’ll be something that’ll spark a fond memory or ten…

PCP #8, Stalking thorugh upstate New York, it’s Jason Vorhees!

Catching back up with the Post Card Project, today’s feature is on Jason who has a great toy and pop culture site called simply enough Jason Vorhees’ Blog

At the time I sent out the cards I didn’t realize that Jason’s favorite character was Donatello, so he ended up getting a Mikey card, but regardless I’m happy that through this project I was able to find a new site to frequent.  Jason’s got a really down to Earth yet passionate take on pop culture, and I’ve had a blast reading along with his observations as he shares his various toy and ephemera finds.  If you get a second, head on over and check out his site!

It’s hard to see it, but he’s got quite a nice TMNT and toy collection behind him in the photo.  In particular I see some Robo Force figures up top that warm my heart a bit…

Post Card Project Spotlight #7, Gonzalexx!

Today’s PCP spotlight is on Jose Gonzales, one of the nicest and most supportive people I’ve ever met online.  I first got a chance to chat with Jose years ago via the Art & Story podcast as we were both avid listeners and part of the same Twitter circle. I’ve also gotten a chance to see Jose grow as an artist through his site The Mad Scientist’s Art Laboratory, which has been really cool.

For his picture with the TMNT postcard I sent out earlier in the year, Jose pulled out all the stops and broke out his samurai sword for a photo-op.  Leonardo would be proud!

If you get a chance, seek out Jose in Twitter, or take a gander at some of his artwork on his site.  You’ll be glad you did!

PCP #6, I always wanted to shake a severed hand…

Today’s PCP spotlight is on Micki who hails from the other side of the pond, all the way over in Spain!  Micki runs a site called El Escalon Imaginario, and though there’s a bit of a language barrier, just one look at his scans and photos and I know our Venn diagram of overlapping interests is practically a solid circle.  Hell, in the picture he sent he’s reading his postcard with a severed hand!  Now that’s style…

Also, if you look closely in the above picture you’ll see some pretty cool stuff.  In addition to the severed hand prop I spied a Super Mario Bros pin, Zuul, He-Man’s power sword, and a Breakfast Club poster…

I also really dig his graphic design style on the site, in particular his header.  If I’m getting the point correctly, with the picture of Humpty Dumpty on the wall and all the cool stuff underneath, then the implication is that after Humpty fell all sorts of awesome 80s and 90s era stuff fell out.  That is pretty darn cool.  I also love that he managed to Photoshop a portion of the TMNT postcard I send into an Ozzy Ozbourne record cover almost perfectly.

So if you get a second and want to get lost in the archives of an awesome Spanish blog, head on over to El Escalon Imaginario (oh, and Google translate is a great tool for getting over the language barrier…)

PCP Spotlight #5, can you heat the howl of the Claymation Werewolf?

Today’s PCP spotlight is on J.C & Leslie Beirau, a couple of cool folks out of Ohio that have an appreciation for all things geeky and nostalgic.  J.C., potentially better known as the Claymation Werewolf, has recently started writing for the The Retroist’s website as well as hosting a blog called the CW Digital Digest

Check out that awesome pumpkin-topped watertower in the background!  Apparently there is a witchy/halloweeny theme going on in their town which makes me so jealous!

If you get a chance, check out J.C.’s alternate retro-histories at the Retroist!