I’m sure a lot of you remember the Freakouts. If not, you should. They are a bad ass band out of Houston, TX and were our feature artists a few months as back as well as a feature in the first issue of our print zine. On the way back from a gig in our hometown, they had an awful wreck that totaled their vehicle and pretty much all of their equipment.
There have been various benefits for them to help them get their equipment back as well as help to put out their first album. If you are interested in helping out a band in need, there are multiple ways that you can help.
DONATE! You can donate online here. There is more information on that page as well as more details about the wreck.
There will be a benefit show in Houston as well. If you can, try and make it out to that. All money made goes directly to The Freakouts. You can find more information on the show as well as a lineup on the EVENT PAGE.
We are also doing a few things on our side as well. Our good friend and film maker Anthony Pedone is doing a double feature this Saturday at the Victoria College in the Johnson Symposium. All proceeds from this event goes directly to The Freakouts. For more information on this event, be sure to check out the EVENT PAGE.
Lastly, we are personally throwing a show on December 21st for the so called end of the world and part of the money made at the door will go to help them out as well. Check out the EVENT PAGE HERE.
I can’t say how much we at OMBG would appreciate any support for The Freakouts by doing any or all of the above things. I can’t stress enough that anything at all will help out.
Bad things happen to good people sometimes but they don’t have to go at it alone. This is one of those times that we all need to come together as musicians and fans to help these guys get back on their feet and do what they do best, make music!
So go out, support, and help in any way you can!
Over and out.
Silver Sparrow Comics — www.silversparrowcomics.com Silver Sparrow Comics is written and illustrated by Brian Delaney. He has two web-comics that he updates. One, entitled “The Silver Sparrow”, a comic that focuses on a young girl spending the summers with her Grandpa who is a scientist. The comic revolves around the young girls summers with her grandad and his experiments. The other entitled “Blood Machines” that focuses on a teenage boy who wakes up in a strange place with some type of amnesia. The comic revolves around him trying to remember who and what he is and what happened to him. Brian’s comics in themselves are rather interesting, especially since his pitch to me was that he was trying to write comics geared more towards the female gender in a way that doesn’t involve crude, scantily clad woman. (I immediately brought up Tank Girl, to which his response was, well, yes, the opposite of that). He mentioned his young daughter stating that he wants to show her that it is possible to be a respected female without being that way. All of this was intriguing to me. Granted, how he can write comics with that in mind and get inside a woman’s head is beyond me. I don’t understand men.. and I sure as hell don’t understand my own gender. But I took a look at the episodes of the comics that are currently posted on his website, and well, he didn’t disappoint. Granted, I am a huge fan of sci-fi and both delve very deeply into that world. The writing and the art for the comics is top knotch and am looking forward to seeing where the story line goes in both of the comics he is working on. And in particular, am looking forward to meet the lovely girl he sketched out for me at Staple! which he said will be introduced very soon.
After Twilight — www.aftertwilightcomics.com I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Watson early on at Staple! as he was sitting across from our own booth. So I stared at his booth for a few hours wondering what everything he was doing was about. I saw videos, a nazi cap, some comics, and other various odds and ends on his table so I was a bit curious. When I finally got the chance to go and speak to him at length, I was very intrigued. In short, After Twilight started out as a short screenplay and has grown into a monster of its own. Currently, they are releasing a six part comic to coincide with a full feature length film which is still currently in the works. The story itself is very intriguing. Excerpt from www.aftertwilightcomics.com ::
A senseless act of terrorism has galvanized the population of Texas, leading to the rise of a fanatical religious government. The powerful new regime establishes a one-faith theocracy and begins a reign of terror against everyone and everything deemed unholy by the state. Texas seals its borders and wages a bloody war against the United States to become a separate, extremist Christian nation. Democracy is replaced with oppressive biblical laws and unspeakable punishments. Reason is outlawed — blind faith rules. Jen Frazier, a young librarian, tries to stay out of trouble, hoping to remain invisible to the theocracy. All that ends after the arrest of her sister by Sgt. Streetman, the sinister head of the brutal religious police. Despite her fears, Jen joins The Underground; but her first mission is a disaster and she becomes a hunted fugitive with nowhere to turn, no one to trust. Sgt. Streetman has her in his sights and within his grasp. But The Underground’s mysterious leader has other plans for Jen to expose the atrocities committed by the theocracy in God’s name. It’s a dangerous and pivotal task that takes Jen deep inside Camp Purity, a hellhole of Old Testament punishments where sinners are taken for redemption…if they survive. In a fierce, face-to-face battle, Jen finds out just how dangerous it is to fight a state with God on its side.We have the first issues of what is looking to be an amazing run of comics and will hopefully be discussing it on the podcast itself in the near future. There were of course other artists that I fell in love with :: Jenner Carnelian, Errol Rivera, Feeping Creatures, Jose Esquivel, Michael Mauro, and Monica Gallagher!
Jon David Guerra — www.NightmareProWrestling.com — Interview coming soon! Nicole Guerra — themintedmouse.wordpress.com — Interview coming soon! Jon and Nicole were two of the nicest people! What Stood out to me even more was that they were married and they work on their projects together. Jon does NPW, a comic book based on a monster who wrestles. His wife, Nicole, helps write it. At the table, he had printed comics, but every Monday he posts a new comic on his website. Nicole however, had her own swag at the table. She wrote and illustrated a childrens’ book about a small monster girl who goes on a grand adventure. The coolest thing about her book, is that the books are hand made. The cover, the binding, all of it, she makes by hand by herself. This impressed the hell out of me since I am such a believer in the DIY ethic. You can read the book on her site and purchase it here. Best of luck to the both of you! It was a pleasure meeting you!
Jaclyn Di Ann – www.jaclyndiann.com — Interview coming soon! Jaclyn’s art caught my attention immediately. Ever since I’ve been a wee lass, I’ve had an affinity for monsters and ‘monster love’. Jaclyn’s table was full of monsters and monster creations. The prints she was selling were amazing, with one of my favorites being Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. However, what really caught my attention was her jewelry. She took her drawings and sketches and put them on bracelets and necklaces. It was really awesome to see such a cool chick putting her stuff out there in such a creative way. If you are interested in purchasing any of her cute jewelry, awesome prints, or other artsy endeavors, click here.
Eliza Frye — www.elizafrye.com — Interview coming soon! Eliza’s art caught me by surprise and she did as well. I wasn’t expecting such a gorgeous gal to be standing behind a booth! But her art, it spoke for itself. Her use of color and negative space in her designs were impeccable. As I was going through her book of original art (she only had a few prints for sale, the majority were original pieces), I found out she was going to be putting a book out soon called “Regalia” with 9 short stories and illustrations in December. The pieces in the book she had there were almost all for that book and the majority of them were done with chalk. I was quite impressed with this lovely lady. If you’d like to purchase her book once it’s released, check it out here.
Cody Schibi — www.codyschibi.com Cody’s art was different and I mean that in a good way. Tim and I ended upbuying his ‘The Thinking Demon Print’ which was hand splattered with demon blood (a very nice touch). His prints though, were an awesome, very low brow, type of art. He did very cool takes on quite a few well known characters including Link, the Ninja Turtles, and Wolverine and Mario. The majority of his art was based on monsters, mutants, and demons, because well, everyone needs a little bit of chaos in their life. I absolutely love the horrific detail he used in his art. And his color use, when he used it, was amazing. If you’re interested in purchasing one yourself, go here!
Sean Dietrich – www.industriacide.com — Interview coming soon! Sean’s art is something else. There are things that just catch my eye. Certain things that just draw me in and intrigue me. There were probably hundreds of artists at this event but this guys art caught my attention immediately. What did it was his Fear and Loathing art. But even so, I looked at the rest of his pieces and they were amazing. Some were rather dark others were clever and funny, and all of them were very well done. As I spoke to him about his pieces, he told me he was on tour and that almost all of his art was done ‘live’. Confused? It’s simple really. He goes to a venue, sets up his paints, and a dj spins while he and a few others paint their art. You can sit back, drink, and watch as the magic happens right before your eyes. It’s a cool concept. You can’t argue when art and music come together hand and hand. If your interested in catching him while he’s on his tour, you can check out the dates here.
Nigel Sade – www.nigelsade.com — Interview coming soon! Nigel was dressed as a pirate. I liked this. I also liked the fact that when I actually got up there to talk to him, he would answer any question, talk about his art with this passion that not many people could begin to understand. His art, in itself, it’s beautiful. He tends to have a dark approach to a lot of his pieces. But what I liked best about them, is the fact that each of them have a meaning that isn’t necessarily easily decipherable. Symbolism is one of my favorite things to play with and Nigel, well, his art is chock full of it. As our conversation moved forward, he began talking about some of his newest pieces that are going to focus on the seven deadly sins. However, the trite and overused ways to depict these sins is not the approach he is taking (thank god). To keep up with his work, buy art, and more, be sure to visit his website.
There really were TONS of artists there and honestly, had I the time and the patience, I would have written a blog including all of them. A few others that stood out that I didn’t get to talk to as much were Mark A. Nelson, Alain Viesca, and Miguel Aguilar. It was a pleasure meeting all of these wonderful artists! Until next time! See you in the bars! -Bitter Girl