My friends Ken Plume, Len Peralta (from Geek-A-Week), and John Robinson have created a fun and creepy children’s book called There’s a Zombie in My Treehouse! Poor Johnny wants to have adventures in his treehouse like he does every day after school, but today there’s a zombie in it – so he claims – and no one in his family believes him.
They learn the truth, though. One by one.
Ken, John, and Len printed this book on their own, and now they’ve put together a Kickstarter to a) make an iBook version with celebrity readers for the audio version, and 2) fund the sequel (called Conquest of the Snowmen). This twisted book made me laugh when I first read it, so I was very pleased when Ken asked me to be one of the "celebrity" voices!
Yes! If the book gets to the $6000 funding level, they will unlock my own dulcet tones reading the book in the audio version. I had fun recording it, and yes, I did all the family voices, including the mom and sister. That was interesting, since of course my overwhelmingly manly speaking timbre was difficult to scale back.
And look at the other readers: Bill Corbett! Trace Beaulieu! Kevin Murphy! (all three from Mystery Science Theater 3000)! Jonathan Coulton! John Hodgman!
And if they get to the $42,000 funding level, the sequel will be read by none other than the genius that is Neil Gaiman.
So go throw fistfulls of cash at them and then warp your kids’ minds with zombie lit. It’s win-win.
For the TL;DR crowd: an artist buddy of mine has drawn the cartoon print seen here, and is auctioning it off on eBay.
OK, now the details:
My buddy Len Peralta — the fantastic comic artist of Geek A Week and w00tstock fame — has started a fun new series of drawings called 50vs50. The "50" refers to 50 heroes and 50 villains, and he’s selling them. Literally.
I found out about this when Google Alerts notified me of the drawing here entitled, simply, The Astronomer. The noble pate, the steely determination, the ability to manipulate black holes… the resemblance to that guy I see in the mirror when I shave was striking. And sure enough, Len told me he based it on me.
Me, a hero. Awesome. I love Len.
Anyway, Len is doing this to raise money so he can go to San Diego Comic Con this year; he was accepted to attend as an industry professional, which is very cool. 50vs50 is his way to raise cash and have fun doing it.
Len and I then hatched a plan: He printed a second copy of The Astronomer, sent it to me, and I’ve signed it. I have it right here on my desk, in fact. Do you want it? Then bid on it! Len has put it up for auction on eBay. I’ll send it to the winner from BA HQ here in Boulder. And what the heck, I’ll throw in a few miscellaneous spacey items I have lying around here, too.
The auction runs through Saturday, April 23, and ends at 7:30 a.m. PDT (14:30 UT). Get bidding!
It’s been a while since I’ve plugged Geek-A-Week, artist Len Peralta’s project to interview and draw a trading card for one Alpha Geek per week for a year.
Did I say one? I guess this week is an exception, since Len’s latest geekweekery is with singers/songwriters/comedians/dorks Paul and Storm, they of the creation of w00tstock. The drawing Len did is perfect, since if you’re ever heard them perform you’ll wonder if they do inhabit the same body with two heads… and the description on the card back was done by none other than Neil Gaiman! You can listen to the interview by grabbing the MP3 here.
And it’s not like Len’s been slouching the past few weeks, either. Last weekend he roped into his nerd corral Chief Galen Tyrol himself, Aaron Douglas (from Battlestar Galactica, duh). I met Aaron at w00tstock at Comic Con, where he did a really funny walk-on wearing his orange flight deck jumpsuit. Despite his gruff appearance he’s actually completely without pity or humor or adult sensibilities.
You can find out for yourself by listening to Len’s interview of Aaron. Fair warning: NSFW language as well as grimly NSFW imagery of Wil Wheaton woven by Aaron’s words.
Len’s list of geek targets has grown well; he’s added Watchman science advisor and physics professor James Kakalios, and of course Marian Call, seen here. If you don’t recognize the idea behind the drawing for her, then you’ve been spending too much time out in the black and you’re like to get addlepated.
You can see the entire geek interview list, and also take a look at the amazing trading cards Len has drawn. I love his style. And if you have nothing better to do, then here’s clearly the dorkiest of the interviews Len did.
Just a reminder, are you keeping up with Len Peralta’s Geek A Week podcast? Since I last mentioned it he’s interviewed Felicia Day, Bill Prady (co-executive producer of The Big Bang Theory), Penn & Teller, and Neil Gaiman! These are lots of fun to listen to, and I urge any nerds like me out there to sign on. Len is also a gifted artist and draws trading cards of all the geeks — the one here is of Felicia, of course. They’re really fun to look through. Collect ’em all!
I happen to know it was Len’s birthday last week, too. Happy Birthday Len!
My pal Len Peralta is doing this cool thing called Geek A Week, where he interviews one Alpha Nerd every week, and then draws them in his own nifty style.
He just interviewed Nerdist Chris Hardwick, which was pretty funny (though be ye fairly warned, says I: Chris is a bit of a potty mouth, in the sense that a GRB is a bit of an energy source). Here’s the whole list of interviews, where you may note he kicked off his second half with Steve Wozniak! Holy Apple Computers!
You’ll see lots of familiar names on that list, like Hwil Hwheaton, Adam Savage™, Brea Grant, and even, might I add, me. Do not taunt the Alpha Nerds, for we are mighty. But you should go listen to the interviews.
I’ve told you about Geek A Week before: artist Len Peralta is interviewing one Alpha Nerd ever week, and drawing a cool trading card for each. I was honored to be included, and I also mentioned my friend Brea Grant was one as well.
Grant’s interview was interesting to me because I didn’t know his history. Well, I do now after hearing him talk about it, and he’s done a lot of very cool stuff. I really enjoyed his interview; he has an attitude about a lot of things he’s done (and still doing) that I find simpatico. It was fun to listen to.
Brea’s an actress who played Daphne, "The Speedster" on "Heroes", and I was tickled a while back to find out she reads my blog. I had a lot of fun hanging out with her at Comic Con last year (and hope to see her again while I’m there in a couple of weeks), and even did a short interview with her when I was there.
Brea is smart, funny, generous with her time, and a complete and total comic book geek. When Len Peralta, who does the Geek a Week podcast and art, interviewed me for the series, he asked if I knew anyone else I would recommend. That was an easy one! I’m glad it worked out.. and she wasn’t the only person I suggested. Stay tuned.
Len’s got quite a few more very cool folks on his list, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with them. The trading cards are killer funny and it’s always nice to hear what’s going on inside other people’s nerdy heads.
I am very pleased to let y’all know that Len Peralta chose me to be his eighteenth Geek A Week geek.
Len is an artist and a geek himself. He drew an official poster for w00tstock, created the zombie alphabet, and does the terrific Monster by Mail. His Geek A Week project is to interview 52 geeks, draw a playing card for them, and interview them. He’s done Paul and Storm, Wil Wheaton, Veronica Belmont, John Scalzi, Kevin Smith (yes, Silent Bob), and a lot more.
I am extremely proud to join this Nerd Pantheon. You can see the front of my
playing trading card here (click it to get the big version), and the the back of the card is here. I love love love this! I’ve always wanted to command my own moonbase. And for criminy’s sake, Paul and Storm wrote the text for the card! How awesome is that?