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Full disclosure: I’m friends with Friday Elliot, owner and all around badass chick behind Friday Afternoon Tea, LLC. She’s adorable, wonderful, passionate, which is all to say the right person needed to provide the geek community with some pop-culture oriented teas to pair with our fandoms of choice. Her “Ravenclaw” blend is still one of my favorites and her “Tummy Soother” has really helped with my chronic stomach issues.
More full disclosure: Friday was a guest on my podcast some time ago after I met her at GeekGirlCon. It was more or less a “live” interview at the AFK Tavern’s now defunct second restaurant, but the friendship was sealed from minute one. The excitement and knowledge she has for tea and pop culture comes through in the podcast, but is just as true for any conversation I’ve had with her over the last couple of years. Her’s kid’s pretty cool too! Shout out to Allyn! Plus, you’ll get to learn my flavor profile!
So, yes, I want her newest Kickstarter campaign to succeed. Friday Afternoon Tea is looking to expand from an online shop to a for real brick-and-mortar establishment in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle. Partnering with local shops and artists, Friday wants to create a safe and inclusive space for people to find their passion, and form a community, while sipping on some fine teas. There’s no doubt in my mind that Friday Afternoon Tea could be a fantastic and welcoming place for geeks, nerds, and dorks alike, so I encourage all of you – especially those of you in the Seattle area – to lend your support to this amazing woman and her amazing teas.
Go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fridaytea/friday-afternoon-tea-is-expanding and make this a reality!
Dear Reader, if it hasn’t become apparent at this point that I’m a fan of sci-fi B-movies, then I apologize for neglecting to reveal such an essential aspect of my personality. Thankfully, there’s a new Kickstarter campaign ready and willing to meet all of my B-movie needs while feeding my religion + intelligence + humor = Happy Sam formula. See my reviews of James Asmus, Jim Festante, and Rem Broo’s The End Times of Bram and Ben as well as Justin Aclin and Nicolas Daniel Selma’s S.H.O.O.T. First for further proof. So, with that frame of reference in mind, I’m very pleased to present Sharkasaurus!
Written by Spencer Estabrooks with art by Tyler Jenkins and based on Estabrooks’s short film of the same name, Sharkasaurus is, in the words of its creators:
…a horror comedy that pits creationists and paleontologists against the prehistoric Sharkasaurus. The story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers; the rebellious emo son of Paleontologist falls for the promiscuous daughter of a widowed creationist. After they accidentally awaken a prehistoric tunneling dino-shark, they must evolve their ideological difference or succumb to the inevitable jaws of Sharkasaurus. Set on the Heavenly Holes creationist themed golf course, the story is full of satire, incredible death scenes and epic one-liners. The characters, although stereotypes, are flawed but cheer-able heroes marching forward towards enlightenment and death.
First and foremost, the book is about evolution and promises readers the satisfaction or disgust of watching characters grow and change in the face of death. It’s always in those moments of heightened emotions that we face our true nature, so I’m looking forward to watching the cookie-cutter, trope-laden characters break out of their molds once the Sharkasaurus arrives. Yes, that is a sentence I just wrote.
I must confess I’ve never seen any of Estabrooks’s work, but from the way he describes it there’s plenty to sink your teeth into – so to speak. I am, however, very familiar with artist Tyler Jenkin’s work, namely Peter Panzerfaust, Neverboy, and Snowblind. Jenkins is top notch and the preview art already has me excited for what’s in store.
If you need further convincing, check out the Kickstarter page, and the many rewards available, as well as the official website where you can watch the short film that was a darling of the indie film scene last year.
It’s been over a year since the team from IsmaHAWK got their kickstarter for Nightwing: The Series fully funded. Based on the positive reaction to a fan film devoted to Danny Shepherd and Jeremy Le‘s favorite superhero, Nightwing, the duo took their love of Batman’s former sidekick to the people, offering them a sleeker, more dynamic vision of their previous outing with the DC Comics Universe. The result is Episode 1: Deathstroke, which sees Dick Grayson/Nightwing (played by Shepherd) tracking down the mercenary in the wake of a mass murder at a political function.
The bigger budget allowed the IsmaHAWK team to make improvements in costuming (that’s a pretty sweet Deathstroke mask), fight choreography, and special effects without letting Nightwing get lost in the shuffle. Though he only shows up at about the episode’s midpoint, there are plenty of character idiosyncrasies present that will have fans of Dick Grayson frothing at the mouth for more. The interrogation of Wintergreen is definitely spot on for how Dick would approach questioning criminals.
Overall, it looks like money well spent and if the trailer is any indication of what’s to come, we can expect a lot more Bat-Family members to show up!
Look for the next episode to premiere Oct. 6th!