Imma make this heart great again (comic)

Happy Friday!

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Sorry I didn’t post Wednesday. This is the last week of term two at school and it has been crazy busy.  Will be back on schedule next week.

Martenisa: Grandmother March has a Spring in her Step (Folklore)

Cover Photo Source: Adventure Flair

Happy Monday!

A few weeks ago one of my flatmates gifted me a red and white bracelet with a purple butterfly charm on it.  I asked her why and she went to explain to me that it was a Bulgarian Spring ritual.  “It is just what we do.”

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The martenitsi is usually made of red and white yarn. The red to ward off the gaze of evil spirits and the white represents long life.

Naturally I was curious for more and went digging around.  What I learned was that Martenisa is a spring celebration starting on March 1st when Martenitsi are tied around children’s wrists and necklaces of the same colours are hung around young women’s necks.  Martenitsi are always given as gifts, never bought for one self, and are given to loved ones, friends, and people they feel close to (aww thank you Tsveta!) with  the wish of good health and luck.

The Martenitsi is meant to be worn until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow, or blossoming tree (all signs of spring). What is supposed to be done with it at which point varies however I was told to tie it around a blossoming tree branch to pass on the good health and luck I have been gifted over the last month to the tree.  I like this a lot, trees are okay people.

The idea of wearing the Martenitsi is to protect the wearer from Baba Marta (Grandmother March) who is subject to mood swings bringing more cold weather.  By wearing a Martenitsi it’s a sign of welcoming Baba Marta and asking for a short and less bitter end to winter.

With that being said, I’m still wearing my Martenitsi but I’m hoping that soon (seeing as today is the first official day of spring) that I’ll see a blossoming tree so I can pass on the love.

If you want to read more, check out this wonderful post on Adventure Flair “What is Martenisa?”

Happy Spring!

 

A Heart Felt Letter to Trebek (Playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

Dear Alex Trebek of Jeopardy!,

Screw you.

Sincerely,

Fin & Louie

 

Alex Trebek thinks that nerdcore hip hop is not fun and for loosers as he stated in this clip from his general knowledge game show of the last 32 years, Jeopardy! I don’t think it’s particularly cool but it has inspired some fun songs across the nerdcore genre.

 

Trebek Diss by Twill.Distilled

This first track rocks.  Twill.Distilled represents the women of nerdcore in her lyrics. Check out these lyrics:

Alex Trebek, you aint polite, I thought you were from canada
after that im just like, bro, whats the matter with ya
lets take a look at your show and your key demographic
biting the hand the feeds you, thats just simply tragic

Wanna talk about losers, lets focus on you
The rhetoric of nerds is overplayed you know it’s true
slinging out insults like loser on a show of intelligence
your diligence of dreadfulness like a benighted emulous

I don’t know whats more tragic, your career or your fitness
A foreshadow of kardashian, Lucinda Moyers is the witness
not one but two heart attacks I think the universe is callin
time for you to tap out while nerdcore keeps on ballin

Callin our home girl and all ofus losers
bruh are you serious, just take a look at her
maybe you’re just getting old, or you got glaucoma
but your presence on this nerd scene is nothing but an adenoma

 

Fuck Alex Trebek ft. Osiris Green

I love this deep bass rap by Wreck the System.

“these guys who created music, hip hop music, that were hardcore about their nerdom hence nerdcore…being computer…programmers hackers…video game addicts comic book readers, they could explore that what they love and put it in to music”

-Fuck Alex Trebek ft. Osiris Green, 1m12s

That quote just makes my day man.

Also big Thank You goes out to Lady J (Wreck the System) and Paleface for last week’s press release of their music video Link With a Kink and interview.

 

“Suck It Trebek” A Response RAP | TEAMHEADKICK – Mega Ran – MC LARS

The last one I have up is an excellent flow trio between TEAMHEADKICK and Mega Ran and MC Lars.

Let’s not forget Susan Cole for being the one to stand up for the genre.

 

BONUS LETTER:

Dear Susan Cole,

Thank you for being awesome.

Sincerely,

Fin & Louie

Offbeat, On-point

The Passage by Justin Cronin (book review *SPOILERS*)

Happy Monday!

Spoiler Free Summary and Review:

This book should come with a warning: “Buckle up, this book will grab you by the FUCKING throat. Read at your peril.”

I read a lot(1) however it’s not often when I pick up a book that gives me problems, as in when I start reading the book I have such a strong compulsion to continue reading that I start stealing time from other things like sleeping or coursework(2).  That being said, I should say that this book is less of a page burner from page 1 but more of a shadow slowly stalking up on you until about page 241.  At the time, I didn’t realize it until about page 315 that I was screwed.

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Cronin isn’t messing around with the “Something is coming.” subtitle.

At 963 pages, The Passage by Justin Cronin is a physically daunting book and it’s ambitious. The story takes place over the course of 97-1008 years depending on how you count, the setting spans most of the United States west of the Mississippi from New Orleans LA to Southern Oregon, and there are about 9 core characters.  This both works for and against the passage.

It can be exhausting keeping track of that many characters and the first and last part of the book has several separate story lines to keep straight.  Some of the characters and story lines I found more interesting and while nothing in the book is boring, some story lines felt jarringly interrupted by switching gears to other story lines.  However for the majority of the book when all the character arcs are plaited together it transforms into a tour de force of action, drama, intrigue, science fiction, fantasy, Gothic horror.  Highly recommended.

Footnotes:

  1. I average a book a week/300 pages.
  2. I lost 2 solid days reading 648 pages.

 

**SPOILERS BELOW**

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Fear the Beard-punch! (comic)

Happy Friday!

Today’s comic is inspired by my very funny fried, Chris from Poorly Drawn Thoughts and his series of “Beard Punch” comics.

Just to give you a taste of what his humour is like:

…and here is my comic:

This is seriously one of my dream super powers.

LINK WITH A KINK – NERDCORE GROUP RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO INSPIRED BY POPULAR VIDEO GAME (plus interview with Lady J and Paleface)

Happy Wednesday!

Today is a good day because I have a double feature for nerdcore fans!  Lady J and Paleface have been so generous to reach out to me with a press release of their new song, Link’s Arousing (The Musical), and an interview with both Lady J and Paleface.  Big thanks goes out to them!

LINK WITH A KINK – NERDCORE GROUP RELEASES

MUSIC VIDEO INSPIRED BY POPULAR VIDEO GAME

Paleface and Lady J release nerdcore single about Link’s sexual frustration

DALLAS, TX: Since 1991, Link’s been rescuing the princess. He has saved her from Ganondorf, Demise, Ghirahim, and more, and she has never really thanked him. At least, not in the way he wants. The princess has teased Link for too long, and he is ready to let her know.

“Link’s Arousing (The Musical)” is the brainchild of Paleface and Wreck the System’s Lady J. The two were inspired by the new installation in Link’s adventures that is scheduled to be released this spring.

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LadyJ loading up The Legend of Zelda.

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Left to right: Princess Zelda, Paleface, and LadyJ at the arcade

When asked about their inspiration for the song, Lady J said:

“With the new Link game coming out, we wanted to do a throwback to the old school games, the games we grew up with, so we came up with Link’s Arousing.”

The song is written from the point of view of the series’ hero Link. Through the lyrics, he tries to convince the princess to take their relationship to the next level, a sexual level. In the video, Paleface plays the role of Link, while Lady J acts as his wingwoman. Actress Megan Caulfield plays the role of the princess.

In traditional nerdcore fashion, Lady J and Paleface incorporate numerous classic video game references. As well, Paleface and Caulfield dress up as popular video game characters and film a majority of the video inside an arcade.

 

 

The song, Link’s Arousing (The Musical), is available at https://youtu.be/hc2vXaieCek

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Get down, Link!

Interview and appointment requests with Paleface and Lady J are available by contacting em@geeksmash.com or by phone at (916) 904-9193.

About Paleface: Paleface is a rising nerdcore artist. He is best known for his song “Polly Wanna Beat” and his collaboration with Lyoness and $kittlez’ “Birds of Color”. His music videos are available on Channel 38’s Youtube channel.

About Lady J: Lady J is a part of the popular nerdcore group, Wreck the System. Her style is often described as a “punch in the face” by fans. She has performed at many conventions and shows including MAGfest, Bitgen, and 8 Bit Bonanza. Her songs are available on her Soundcloud “createladyj”.

 

Interview

Offbeat, On point (OBOP): What’s one thing you want everyone to know about you, above all else?

Paleface (PF): Art comes in many forms, but it’s always and only the product of proactive creativity.  Whether my output is good or bad, I want the world to know that I used every nanosecond of free time to express myself creatively.  After all, at the end of our lives, the artistry we leave behind is the only evidence we ever existed–it’s the only tangible proof that we contributed something unique and meaningful.

Lady J (LJ): “Be Who You Are Without Fear” Happiness is the root of this. Having the things as needed to live, and doing the things you want/desire. I push this cause I have a very huge tie to mental health. Music also drives the fight to mental health.

OBOP: How long have you been writing music? Did you play music in school or did you just do your own thing?

PF: Music has always been a refuge, but it’s only been through the contributions of others that I’ve extended my ability to externalize the music inside me.  Hip hop is among the most incredible innovations in the modern creative environment, since it enables individuals to bring forth rhythms that might otherwise require lots of money and training to express.  All you need is a beat and flow and suddenly a channel appears.  However, with each new collaborator, I’ve found a new means of expressing a facet of talent inside me.  Linking up with Lady J as a producer gave a flash and edge to what otherwise would have been a simpler product than my potential demanded.  And she introduced me to Cam3, from whom I obtained ever doper beats.  Linking up with B-Wein for the first time added a whole new component–video–that further enabled me to bring to life my songs.  Every song is so much more than the sum of its parts.

LJ: It’s been a huge factor in a lot of interactions coming up. I want to help people get thru their day, always motivated others thru music or other means. I’ve always strived to be a leader and a movement is what I’m looking to create. The center to our movement is “Be Who You Are Without Fear”. So answering your question. Did my own thing. Lol

OBOP: What’s your first or favourite (why not both?) video game memory?

PF: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.  That’ll always be my defining favorite.  In my hand in the early ‘90s I held a console that exposed me to a whole new world.  That game sucked me in completely when I was a kid, and was both an escape from my real life AND an inspiration to make my real life so much more of an adventure.

LJ: Sonic!! I loved him, the memory is tied to my Nana and mother who have both passed away from Breast Cancer. I remember sitting on Nana’s bed, Playing Atari… (note: I was born 1989, they made sure I knew my ish and played games from the beginning)  I When they bought me a sega, I was THRILLED!! Sonic was the first game I had from on the system, and Nana would sit on the bed, cheering me on thru the levels. Since then, gaming and connecting with others thru gaming has been a very big part of my life.

OBOP: What game world/cannon are you most looking forward to explore/play in Virtual Reality?

PF: WOLFENSTEIN.  I’ve got some scores to settle, and a virtual reality tour of that classic is my avenue to do so.

LJ: RESIDENT EVIL!!!! Love scary games. It’s hard to scare me, I hope this succeeds. 🙂

OBOP: Who would you pay dues to for inspiration in music or gaming or life?

PF: My favorite creative plane is “absurdist satire”… so I feel like I owe a debt to Monty Python, Howard Stern, and the original Donkey Kong!

LJ: All my Mom, All of it. She loved music and introduced gaming in my life. She is the inspiration for the two’s merging. Her and a friend, Viga, who’s a huge personality and the Con scene.

 

Again big thank you goes out to Lady J and Paleface!

100 posts and going!

Happy Monday!

This here post, is my 100th post for Offbeat On-point and it has been a ride.  I have to be honest, I have not spent much (any) time thinking about doing anything particularly special for this post.

I feel like maybe this would be a good time to let y’all in on my some details of my master plan(1).

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“”Master Plan””

Steps towards “The Vision 1.0”:

Merch:

I plan to start making stickers of my comics.  I’ll start a test run this summer trading stickers in person for schwag (things we all get) and rides, however due to my living situation(2) I won’t be able to mail stickers until October.  Eventually I’d like to make t-shirts and a line of emoji and other stuff.

Volunteers:

I am semi-actively looking for freelance or reoccurring or even better a recurring  writer.  I have plenty of stock ideas and am open to pitches for Mystery Monday and Rewind Wednesday, and I’m not sold yet but I’d be willing to open up Funny Fridays to pitches.  I cannot offer you pay however I can write you one hell of a recommendation letter(3) and some free stickers (when available).  If you are good at doing social networks (really could use a hand with twitter in specific) or feel like there is some other skill you could offer me, feel free to contact me.

#finandlouie4president2020:

This is not a joke.  I am determined to get “Fin and Louie” on the ballot for the American Presidential Election in 2020.  I must clarify, I (as in the writer/artist) am not running for the presidency but my creations, Fin and Louie, are.  There is historical precedence for this in the United States(4) and after the 2016 election results I’ve been inspired to start the “We Could Do Worse” Party(5).  However we need YOUR help.  If you Believe in the Fin or want to Follow Louie, whenever you see a political post somewhere on the internet post in the comments #finandlouie4president2020 #ibelieveinthefin #followmelouie #wecoulddoworse use all of them or one but the most important one to get traction is #finandlouie4president2020 and feel free to link to the comic too.  That will help understanding I am sure.

Overall I’m interested in building more of a relationship between us here at OBOP and you, the reader.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or anything please feel free to leave comments below.

Thanks for sticking with us for 100 posts and we hope to see you here in 100 more posts!

Also, don’t forget to check back in this Wednesday for the Press Release of Lady J and Paleface new music Video Link’s Arousing!

 

Footnotes:

  1. I read somewhere that a successful business is not grown on potential but vision.  If you exhibit a vision and give people, consumers and employees, a reason to believe in what you’re doing you’re more likely to build the kind of loyalty that nurtures relationships versus royalty-loyalty.  Though I guess that’s easy to say at this point when this a one-man show running on stolen time.
  2. I’ve been accepted into Lancaster University as a degree seeking student however in order to renew my visa, I must return to the United States.  For normal people this wouldn’t be much of a problem however as I am a hobo (DO NOT mistake my kind for bums, being a hobo means that one works to travel and travels to live; we earn our living and our way along the road we walk) I don’t have a home to go back to in St Louis.  So I plan to fly to San Francisco and walk the beach, looking for stories, adventure, and work while killing time until October.  This as you can imagine, does not afford the luxury of a set mailing point or address which would facilitate my sending stickers to you but when I get back to uni, I’ll have three hots and a cot again (probably, honestly haven’t looked into housing for next year but I’m not worried).
  3. I’m very excited at the prospect of getting to use the word “mogigraphia” in a recommendation letter.
  4. See Mickey Mouse Party and the Cthulhu Party, in fact I supported Cthulhu in 2016.
  5. Name isn’t set in stone, we could also name it the “Fin or Louie? Why Not Both?” party or “The Re-Tweeters” or “Team Not-Trump” or “It’s Just Politics, How Hard Could It Be?”, honestly were open to suggestion.

My writing Process (Guest post)

Happy Sunday! 

I have written a guest post for my wonderful friend’s blog “2B or not 2B writing tips” and here I’ve reposted the article.  

Don’tforget to tune in tomorrow for Mystery Monday! 

Guest Post by Fin: My Writing and Journaling Process – http://wp.me/p7KTyG-DL

#finandlouie4president2020 (comic)

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Repost and tag if you believe. 💀👻

#followmelouie #ibelieveinthefin #finandlouie4president2020