Summer 2017 (Comic and Announcements)

Happy Friday!

Got a comic and some announcements today.

Comic:

summer 2017

Announcements:

Growing Staff, New Columns, and Fan Art:

I have brought on board a co-editor/writer and he will be writing here a few times a week.  We’re still discussing column ideas but we are going to have a dedicated book column on Tuesdays, I will still be doing book reviews on Mondays whenever I don’t have another mystery lined up.  We are talking about doing a Saturday column for poetry and short stories and such.

I am still looking for writers, content editors, etc.  If you’re interested feel free to contact us and let us know why you feel like you’d be a good addition to the obop team.

Speaking of contacting us, if you follow my instagram (@fin.louie) you’ll have seen I got my first pieces of fan art!

Business Card 1Business Card 2

This has inspired me to start a fan art page.  If you would like to send me any fan art, feel free! We love getting stuff like this over here! I got these pieces a solid three weeks ago and I’m STILL buzzin’!

Coming Back to St Louis:

I’ve had my old job offered back to me and a place to stay in St Louis which, being a hobo, I had to follow the work.  I was originally planning to fly to San Francisco for the summer, but not this year.

Speaking of work, I have always had plenty of ideas for the blog, not only how to entertain you in a variety of unique ways, but also help expand my audience base.  I’m going to be making stickers and business cards this summer and leaving them around town.  If you find one, take a picture and tag me on instagram (@fin.louie), twitter (@offbeatonpoint), or facebook (offbeat on-point page) and who knows? I might send you stickers or other swag.

Branching Out into Podcasts/Youtube

I’m planning to make a podcast radio show either in tandem with Rewind Wednesday or in addition to it, either way I won’t entirely drop Wednesday.  Also I’d like to get some interviews on skype or something to upload for youtube, like for a band, or a local artist, or what have you.  Speaking of youtube, I’ve been thinking about trying to make a Fin & Louie animated short.  I have never done animation before but then again I haven’t done a lot of the things I’m doing before.

Tune in Monday for even more future speculation!

 

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green (spoiler free review)

Happy Tuesday!

Announcements

I apologize for the late post, I had a midterm paper due yesterday and I was sweating all weekend and yesterday morning finishing it. Also, lectures started again yesterday after spring holiday and uggh it’s a mess over here. I’m ready for summer.

There are some changes coming down the tubes, I’m not quite at liberty to talk about them yet but it’s all good news.  However I am EXCITED to announce that I have a new writer coming on board to write poetry, short stories, and more on Tuesdays.

If you want to submit pieces of poetry, short fiction, fan art, or if you’re a band who wants to do a press release for your new music video or album, or a young author looking for a new reader, or whatever feel free to get in touch with me. Here’s a link to my contact page.

I’ll tell you more when I have more details worked out.

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Spoiler Free Summary and Review:

The Fault in Our Stars is a book by the wonderful John Green, well known for the YouTube series Crash Course (Crash Course Literature being one of my favourtes, tied with Crash Course Philosophy with his equally wonderful brother Hank Green).  If you’re as late to the party as I am on this one, published in 2012 and movie adaptation released in 2014, you are in luck, my friend, because this is probably the best romance story you’ve missed. (1)  The Fault in Our Stars.jpg

The Fault in Our Stars is a Shakespearean style love story, as the title implies. “The fault in our stars” is a quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, between Hazel Grace, a 16 year old girl with cancer that has spread to her lungs, and Augustus, a boy she meets in a support group,

After some awkward teenage conversation, Hazel and Augustus exchange favourite books to read. They bond over the cliff hanger end to Hazel’s beloved book The Price of Dawn.  Augustus gets in touch with the author of Hazel’s favourite book and puts the two in touch (for those taking notes, this is an EXCELLENT move; get me a personal meeting with Mark Z. Danielewski and I think that might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.)

The story goes on develop the arc of young love, but what sets it apart from other teenage love is that going into this story we have a game of Russian Roulette being played with Chekhov’s Revolver. The three main characters, Hazel, Augustus, and their mutual-friend Isaac, have advanced stages of cancer. The whole time I was, sometimes literally, in tears with anticipation of seeing who was going to die, and wishing the whole time that somehow no one would and that they could all go into remission and live long, wonderful lives together.  However, as per the rules of great fiction: characters have to get hurt.  In this case for me, the pain was worth the pay off.

 

Footnotes:

  1. If you’re into that kind of thing, romance stories that is.  See me? I may have a cold black heart but I’m a sappy sod for a good love story.  Speaking of I’m a HUGE pumping-blood-bleeding-heart for a good real life love story,  so if you have a good story about how you met your lovely partner or former partner and want to share, send me a message.

 

**SPOILERS BELOW**

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Burning Man 2016 and Announcements

First order of business, Happy Burning Man to those brave souls making the journey.  I’ve been interested in making it to a burner event, even one of the smaller regional ones, but it hasn’t been in the cards for me.  Not yet.

burning man 2016

It’s not likely until 2018 at the soonest.  My plan is to go after graduating with my BA and before going off to an MFA program.  Who knows, all I know for sure is that this is solid Act II material(1).

Moving on to announcements:

I finally finished the Omnibus of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I realize it’s been a while since I announced it and I appreciate your patience, and I’ve decided to do something a little different with it(2).  Since the book contains 6 distinct stories, with plenty of things worth noting in each, I’m going to start a seven piece series going something like this:

  • The Series Review (w/ links to the individual books)
  • Individual story reviews (1 for each book and 1 for the short story)

I’m also using this project as an excuse to play with some HTML features to hopefully make more interactive future posts (or at least to begin cleaning up the footnote system I’m using).  I’ll be posting the series Mondays for the next two months or so.  I’m going to continue to keep Friday “posting whatever I want as usual” for those who aren’t interested in the Hitchhiker’s guide (or the funnies, there will be funnies which should make them worth a skim at least) or haven’t read the series yet and seeking to avoid spoilers.

Still no word about the visa.  Still sweating concentrated fear. Which stinks.

Good Stuff to come.

Footnotes:

  1. “A Life Lived in Three Acts” narrative theory: A reasonable and healthy age to live to, given my demographics, is 84.  A good traditional narrative has 3 parts. 84/3 = 28 ergo a life can be split into three distinct acts, seeing as 28 is quickly approaching (September 23rd) and with it the end of act one, it’s reasonable to say that this apart of the story arc of act two: Leaving St Louis (working title).
  2. If you can’t tell, I’m still largely in that “lets just try whatever and see what people react to” phase, bearing that in mind comments are deeply appreciated.