Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The trailer is back up on the website:

After being taken down by YouTube for violating their antiquated and prudish "terms of use", the trailer for "Sperm! The Motion Picture" is back up at the website, looking as cheesy and 1970s as ever. And so very not safe for work.

Thank you Chris Gortz!

Friday, August 24, 2007

I would watch C-Span if I could expect to see things like this:

But not safe for work!

My Kiss 4K-related interview

I just had an interview with Hard Rock Magazine France, regarding Kiss 4K, which begins publishing in France, Belgium, and a few other European countries beginning in Jan 2008. It was a surreal experience, since I was recently shitcanned by Platinum, and still I had to talk about the comic, the storyline I came up with and now no longer in even the smallest terms control, what I was trying to do, etc. So I don't know how much I told my interviewer, Sven (cool guy, actually) about the first 12 issue story arc will be valid and for how much longer. I'm out of the loop now. (I've been out of the loop since roughly April of this year.) Anyway, I was exceedingly gracious about the whole thing. My dream job would be to write comics in Europe, so I hope the project does well there, at least while my name is attached to it. (Winking emoticon)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

This is the kind of sh*t they have you sign:

Here is an unconscionable contract. Why would anyone sign this? It's the kind of stuff they have you sign. Believe me, I know.

This posting has nothing to do with the previous post linking the David Lynch interview.

Interesting David Lynch interview

With Empty V here. Best part:

MTV: I know that controlling your films has been a big issue for you since "Dune," because that film didn't turn out as you intended. Are you ever tempted to relinquish a little control in order to have access to a bigger budget?

Lynch: Never! Never! Never! Money could never make up for dying the death of seeing what could have been and not making it that way. Maybe it's because I came from painting, but it's just theater of the absurd. The filmmaker doesn't have the final say. It's absurd! A nightmare, a horror! Why would anyone do that?

Yeah, why?

A couple of Lynch's short films will be screening at Sydney Underground which is just one more reason to get your sweet ass down there.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sydney Underground has a list of its films up now

And Sperm! The Motion Picture is on it, as part of their Re:Animation program. It's exciting to see that "Australian Premiere" by the title of the film, but I wish they would put up the picture that Gortz sent (he said he sent it). I can't wait to pollute Australia, which is one of my favorite countries to own in Risk!

I am currently hard at work on another piece of animation which should be finished any day now. Probably in the next week or so, or maybe within another three or four years. Not like there's a deadline or anything.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I'm sorry to the other 16 of you.
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I'm actually kind of dubious about this. Where do they get their information? My full legal name is not "Ricky Sprague," it's just what I go by.

Friday, August 17, 2007

TWO versions of "Sperm! The Motion Picture" to Screen at Dragon*Con


Gosh bless Dragon*Con! They'll be screening the "festival cut" (which is for the most part all-ages appropriate ;)) on Saturday night Sept 1st at 10 PM as part of their "Twisted Tales" programming block, and then they'll be screening the completely filthy "director's cut" as part of their oddly-named "Inappropriate Films" programming block on Sunday night/Monday Sept 3rd morning at 1:30 AM.

What can I say? Dragon*Con really seems to understand the film. Or, maybe they don't. It's one or the other, I guess. Regardless, I never thought the "Director's Cut," which is just slightly over 11 minutes long, would ever screen anywhere other than the homes of friends. It's going to be really interesting to see how an audience with no particular ax to grind, who has no idea who I or Chris Gortz or Mark Howell or Tina Louise or Diane Rose or Jon Ripper are react to the two versions.

There's one scene in particular, left out of the Festival Cut, in which the King Sperm has a soliliquy (Howell said it was "Very Shakespearean" when we were recording the dialogue) about the changing times and the refusal of the younger generation to accept ejaculation as a way of life, that I'm interested in seeing reaction to. I know a couple of people who've seen the film who say it's their favorite scene. I know a couple of others who dislike it intensely (don't say "hate"). Who's right? Who's wrong? I guess we'll discover the definitive answer Labor Day weekend.

Another of Ricky Sprague's Insti-Comics

Lookit how I actually colored this one!

The above is based on this absolutely appalling story. Six plaintiffs who were orphans in the 1930s "badgered and belittled" are to recieve $925,000. That should compensate them.

Of course, they're lucky to get anything, according to the sensative Attorney General: "For the plaintiffs, we hope and believe it will help provide closure relating to experiences from long ago and to memories going back almost 70 years."

Wow. Those old bastards don't have much longer to go anyway-- and this happened 70 years ago!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Breaking News!

Ricky Sprague is no longer writing Kiss 4K! My last published issue will be #4, which will be out in a couple of months.

It's so exciting to get to break some news.

Why Should A Government Body Have the Right to Tell You What You Can't Name Your Child?

First of all, I'm not even convinced that people should be having children. That said, if you do have children, shouldn't you be able to name them whatever the hell you want? Not according to the totalitarian government of New Zealand, apparently (if the linked article is to be believed). Best part:

"A spokesman for the Department of Internal Affairs, which operates the registry told the Herald discussions with the Wheatons about their son's name were continuing."

I guess it's nice that they're negotiating, but just wait until those parents have to deal with DC Comics/Time Warner.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Peripheral Glimpse into the world of "Fine Art" with my friend Jeff Porterfield

Or JayPee, as he is more easily referred to.

Jay Pee is in the capital-A Fine Art world (actually, I think it's pronounced "Aht") out in NYC, and has been part of a couple of shows earlier this year. He does some very fine mind-bending sculptures, paintings, music, etc, but you don't need to take my biased word for it, he got a pretty nice write-up here.

He's now working on some kind of mysterious, slightly troubling-sounding bit of performance art (the best kind of performance art) about which he ain't giving away too much, but he did post on his own blog (which is so top secret it's hidden behind a password so I won't bother linking it here) an intriguing photo of himself doing... something, and which I swiped from his page and now present here:

This pic is quintessential Jay Pee, if you know him you understand (probably). I'll take it down when you tell me to, Jeff.

He's now prepping something for a (possible) show in well somewhere in Europe, one of the major cities you've probably heard of. Our loss is Europe's gain, but I predict more and bigger things from Jeff Porterfield in the future.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Something Funny About The 2008 San Diego Comic Con

Yes, I said 2008.

I stayed in a certain hotel this year, and it was a beautiful experience. So much so that I wanted to repeat it next year, and so yesterday I attempted to book a room in that same hotel for next year, late July 2008.

That certain hotel is booked. No rooms available. I called to make sure. The kind if somewhat surprised and confused woman I spoke to in the reservations department ("You're doing everything right, trying to book ahead like this, I just can't believe we have NO ROOMS available for those dates") told me to keep checking periodically, because rooms open up every now and then.

Can you freaking believe this? I try to book a room ELEVEN months ahead, and said hotel (which is one of the BIG ones, not one of those rinky dinks) is booked solid? This is not to say that there are no rooms available near the convention center at this time; I actually booked another room at another hotel which looks nice enough, but it just seems insane to me that my first choice hotel is booked now.

I guess we should expect 2008 to be even bigger, right? Hooray!

Foie Gras is delicious

Foie gras is my favorite food of all time, anywhere. When it's done right, which is difficult, eating it becomes a transcendent experience I lack the vocabulary to describe properly. There's a restaurant in beautiful Los Angeles, California, on 3rd St called The Little Door that makes some very, very good foie gras.

On the way out from El Lay we stopped at Mandalay Bay in amazing Las Vegas, in which is located an establishment called The Burger Bar, where you can buy a kobe beef burger with a foie gras topping. Of course, I bought this.

You might think that this was too much of a good thing, that it would make my mouth explode once I put this delightfully decadent concoction to my lips, but you would be wrong my friend. So very, very wrong. While this certainly wasn't the best foie gras I've ever had in my life, it was still pretty good, buttery and rich, and it just got better with each bite. One of the best burgers I've ever had in my life.

Foie gras! Foie gras! Foie gras!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Sperm! The Motion Picture" goes international

"Sperm!" has been accepted into the Sydney Underground Film Festival (I'm assuming we'll be part of that Sunday re:animation program) in Sydney Australia. Unfortunately, the dates are such that, because I've already committed to being in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend and El Lay a couple weeks later, I can't make it.

Damn damn damn that looks like an interesting festival. And the first annual, too! Ground floor! I might have to move some stuff around.