Fatman Returns

Hey gang. Last time I made a post, it was because I was putting together a shiny new portfolio. Well, good news…

I have a new job! I told everyone in my professional circles that I wasn’t ACTIVELY seeking a new job, and that this gig just sorta landed in my lap, but that’s not necessarily true. I’ve enjoyed my time teaching, but I hated my time working for a college. Does that make any sense? It’s not very tasteful to bash, and as of this writing I still teach there a couple of days per week, but what I do now is way less stressful, and being able to go out on top and leave on my own terms…it feels good.

I could continue to write more run-on sentences about my time teaching, but I’ll spare you. Let’s talk about something else…

Basement Tapes is on hold pretty much for good. At some point it may rear its had around. I don’t know. Yesterday I tried to do a mini version for the web where I reviewed an old Sailor Moon episode. Aside from trying to record quietly, it was a miserable failure. 3/4 of the through editing, I quit. It was really bad. I mean,  have to do it for real. No cutting corners. Stay tuned. Part of accepting this new job means ZERO free time, and producing a TV show requires quite a bit of it. I love the idea, but I need time.

Here are a few other things that are on my mind in case anyone is stalking me online…

CHRISTMAS! Less than 2 weeks away…

Nikoh is getting some awesome stuff. I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t just as excited about his toys as he is. Wrestling figures, Sonic the Hedgehog race tracks, Ninja Turtles stuff…it’s like I get to be a child all over again.

WELLNESS! I fell off of the wagon when it came to using MyFitnessPal religiously, but I’ve maintained my weight loss and I’m back to using it full-time again. It feels great. I’m tempted to show a picture or two of what I looked like a few years ago. I was cleaning out an old hard drive and I was shocked at what I saw. I was a FAT dude. Like, seriously…fast food, and eating was a way to really cope with a lot of my troubles of the time, and to be honest, it was my escape. I found this video clip where I was filming some stuff at my apartment, and sure enough, right there on my desk were a big fat box of McDonalds Chicken Selects and 2 Double Cheeseburgers. That was a regular meal for me. Insanity.

VIDEO GAMES! I bought a WII U on day 1. It’s neat I guess. Okay, I won’t lie. It’s very disappointing. I can remember the Gamecube launch, waiting outside and midnight with all of my friends, playing Wave Race all night. This was just…bleh. No midnight launch, a weak line up, and no real WOW factor. I hope something comes along to change that soon. I see the potential in the machine, just…not feeling it at the moment.

LIFE IN GENERAL! Things are good. I have an amazing son, a talented, beautiful wife…it’s fantastic. Next year we hope to do a little more traveling and saving (which typically don’t go together) but when you have a kid as amazing as I do, everyday is something special and new.

Perhaps I’ll post again soon, maybe recapping some of my gift gets. Who knows? Right now, I’m a busy dude….

Portfolio Update!

I’ve been getting a brand new resume / identity package together.  Right now, my portfolio is live on Behance.  You can check out all of my (worthy) design and multimedia work at this link – http://www.behance.net/rickyhenry

I’m calling myself a MediArtist.  Get it?  MEDIA…ARTIST.  It took some guts to settle on that.  Most people are going to pronounce it as “Meaty Artist”, which makes me cringe and laugh at the same time.

 

I think it suits me.  It took years to settle on something, but I’m really happy with it.  I hope I can secure some new work.  I’m hungry!  Good thing I’m a MEATY ARTIST!

Still Alive. Survived a Youthquake.

I fell asleep at around 11PM last night.  That’s not too bad for me.  While my body shuts down at around 10PM, I’ll take 11PM over 1:30AM any day of the week. I often have morbid visions of a total apocalypse. Last night, at around 12AM, I thought for sure that the world had come to an end.  Turns out it was just a thunderstorm.  My lovely wife heard the crazy thunder before I did, and she woke me up with “WHAT IS THAT!?  OMIGOSH DID YOU HEAR THAT!?”  Half asleep, I sat up and felt the vibration on the bedroom window.  I was 100% certain that the earth was collapsing.  I guess it’s a good thing that I don’t live in areas prone to earthquakes.

However, YOUTHQUAKES…that’s a completely different story!  Check out this screen cap of a promo for USA’s YOUTHQUAKE!

I have been doing as much research as possible in my free time to prepare for the June launch of Basement Tapes. This is going to be one heck of a show. Those close know that one of the biggest inspirations for MMSBC was USA Network’s Night Flight.  That’s still going to be the case here, but imagine Night Flight + USA Cartoon Express + TNT Monster Vision + MidSouth Wrestling + MST3K – riffing + robots.  It’s going to be awesome.  Some people have asked me who from MMSBC will be back, specifically co-hosts and recurring  characters.  Well, this is truly a fresh start.  While the first episode will forever link it to the original Main Moon Super Buffet Cinema, it will also step forward and boldly exclaim just how different it’s going to be.  If you thought MMSBC was weird…get ready!

Here are some more quickies:

Where can I watch the show?

The show will air weekly on Campbell County Media Central in Northern Kentucky (channel 21) and stream online at the BITPOPTV USTREAM channel.

How long will each episode run?

Right now, the plan is 2 hours.  Any less would just seem pointless.  Ideally, I would love it running all night long.

Which brings me to the next one!  What time will it be on?

Here is the plan…of course this could change, but right now new episodes will air on Saturday nights from 11PM to 1AM.  The previous weeks show will air the following Friday in that same time slot (11PM-1AM)  So!  If you missed a show the week before, no worries.

Is this strictly a B-Movie theater show?

Hardly.  This show is going to be unpredictable, and I mean that in the most controlled way possible.  The idea here, is that I have all of these tapes, and we have no idea what we’re going to find on them.  It’s like opening a new present every week.  Could be 20 years old, could be from 2 weeks ago, and it could be from old Main Moon Productions stuff.  That’s part of the fun!

Who is on board from the old MMP staff?

Well, so far this is a one man show.  My wife will certainly be on the show in some form, and I know some old favorites like Matt Carius, Stan Jones, and Shane-o-Mac would probably stop by for a cameo here and there. Sadly, for Shaft Lawrence, Smooth Mike, and everyone’s favorite, Booty Josh…that ship has sailed. I’m ready to do different things. But, the characters won’t die. They will just live in limbo until I’m completely out of new ideas. (and/or they turn up from parts unknown)

But…but…what about Andy?

Well, my dear friend Andy lives in a competely different part of the country, so he won’t be involved QUITE like he was with MMSBC.  But don’t worry…like I said , Basement Tapes is the same enough for me to consider it a sequel to MMSBC yet different enough for me to think it’s worth going through the trouble.  I think it’ll be really, really good, and I think my plan of attack is pretty strong. If it flops, it won’t be for lack of effort.  With Andy’s involvement I’m kinda keeping my cards close to my vest on this.  Andy doesn’t even know what I have planned for Andy. I’m the producer who cried wolf, so people won’t buy it until they’ve seen it. It should start strong. I don’t think anyone will say, “If this is what you were gonna do, why didn’t you just keep doing Main Moon Super Buffet Cinema?”

*rubs hands together*

Eats-ter Sunday.

I had a lot to eat yesterday.  Ham, baked beans, fatty potato salad, and lots of chocolate bunnies.  The highlight of the day was finally getting a family photo taken.  Check us out – ADORABLE!

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Actually, I’m lucky the wind was blowing at the right angle. That head full of hair is merely an illusion.  (coming soon – a full review of the PowerGrow Laser Comb)

Not much to say really.  I dislike this time of year, so by default Easter is my least favorite holiday.  Not the worst Easter ever, but certainly the worst week I’ve had in a long time.

Nothing is worse than being broke.  I hate not having money.  Sure, the bills are paid, but not having that little blanket of cash to buy even a 20oz Mountain Dew White Out is no fun.  I came to that realization on Monday.  But hey!  I had Monday Night Raw to look forward to right?  It’s the day after Wrestlemania!  Nope.  My brand new TV…DEAD.  Won’t turn on.  Awesome.  Well, at least you don’t have to work nights this quarter, right?  WRONG.  Thursday night, I had to work from 8AM to 10PM.  No buys. At least you’re healthy.  No injuries, right?  HA!  I wish!  I broke my toe.  No joke.  This past week was not very fun.  The simple act of doing loads of laundry last night was so easy and productive and disaster-free that I ACTUALLY enjoyed it quite a bit.  I even managed to watch an episode of Storage Wars on Netflix.

I need to quit writing while I’m ahead. This post is the epitome of what I never wanted this site to be.  No one cares what I did this week.  Granted, very few people care about what I have to chime in on in regards to Tiger Handhelds and TV dinners, but I digress.  Digress, meaning I’ve gone too far off-topic, but I never really had a topic to begin with so…

Later.

By the Power of Spikor

I wonder what memories Nikoh will retain for the rest of his life.  I have plenty of memories from age 1-5.  My boy is a huge fan of scrambled eggs with cheese.  I was too.  I could count my grandmother having it ready for me every single morning.  Scrambled eggs with cheese, and a Flintstones vitamin.  One morning, I woke up, and I reached into my toy box full of Masters of the Universe figures, and I pulled out a figure named SPIKOR!  He had spikes all over his body.  Devilishly clever are the cats at Mattel.  He had a cool hand that looked kinda like a fork.  That fateful day…it WAS my fork.  I used Spikor to eat my scrambled eggs with cheese.  Today, I’m going to list some of my earliest memories.  Also, here is a picture of Mr. Thomas E. Spikor.  The E is for Elliot.

Here’s a good one…. TV dinners!  I LOVED TV dinners as a small child.  TV dinners on a character themed TV tray.  Why on earth did large metal TV trays just disappear from the universe?  I had so many cool TV trays.  They were metal, had legs that folded, and made a lot of noise when you hit them.  I’m certain I had a He-Man one of course, and MAYBE even a Dukes of Hazzard one.  Smurfs?  Perhaps.  Let’s see what cool trays I can find on eBay!

After searching, I was surprised at how few were available.  This treasure above, I know for sure housed plenty of TV dinners in my house.  There was a definite routine when it came to TV dinners on TV trays at my house.  I love routines.  I watch RAW every Monday.  I eat sushi every Thursday.  In 1986, I ate TV dinners at 6 o’clock and watched…

This was utopia.  There are things that I do now that I compare to spiritual experiences.  When I eat sushi from Tokyo Cincinnati, it sends a chill up my spine.  When I watch a good dvd bonus feature documentary while eating Chinese takeout, it puts me in a total state of relaxation.  This was the same thing.  TV dinners on a metal tray + USA Cartoon Express was so perfect, that almost 30 years later, I still get a certain feeling just THINKING about it.  I can smell the meatloaf, and I can hear the Pixie and Dixie theme.  It’s amazing, and I really hope I’m able to make those same kinds of memories for Nikoh…

Midnight Magic – Another Boyhood Dream Comes True

I stated in the earlier post that I would be moving everything from the old site to this new site for now. So, if you REALLY want to read my old articles on Reptilian Sonya, please bare with me.  She’ll be back in all of her glowing-green glory in due time.

I’m a very lucky guy.  I’ve been given the opportunity to do a lot of things that I fantasized about a small boy.  For example, I always wanted to be involved in professional wrestling.  In 2008, I met a local promoter through a friend. His name was Johnny Diamond, and he and I bonded very quickly.  He was a former wrestler in the 60’s and 70’s, and even helped launch the career of current TNA star Abyss.  He also worked as a road agent for the WWWF (WWF/WWE) in the 1980’s, and traveled with legends such as Andre the Giant and Bobo Brazil.  We would talk wrestling on the phone for hours.  I think he was impressed that I knew my history.  I could totally hang with this guy.  I’ll never forget a story he told me about being in a bar with Bobo Brazil.  Bobo was a controversial figure.  Why?  Well, I guess because he was an African American wrestling star in the 60’s.  Anyway, Johnny and Bobo were in a bar, and the bartender said to Bobo upon his entrance, “Hey, we don’t serve colored folks here.”  Bobo replied, “Good.  I wasn’t planning on ordering one!”  I LOL’d.  So, because he was so nice and willing to give me a chance, I became the CEO character for his wrestling company, and got a chance to bump around in the ring and cut promos on fans.  I’ve always been open to going back, but I got sad news over the weekend that Johnny had passed away in February.  I’m really going to miss him.  Rest in peace my friend.  I even caught a glimpse that Dave Meltzer mentioned this in the Wrestling Observer.

I was, and still am very much a total daydreamer.  I wanted to have a TV show, and I did it.  I wanted to perform music on stage, and I still do it from time to time.  I wanted to publish a comic book, and I’m continuing to do so.  I wanted to make a movie, and ummm…I discovered that I’m not a filmmaker.  Anyway, a dream or a goal that I thought would always be out of my reach, was producing, designing, and developing a classic console video game.

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This is a real thing that’s really happening.  You guys have no idea how excited I am to announce that this fall, I will be selling limited copies of an MMSBC video game for the Atari 2600 VCS.  I can’t go into great detail about it yet, but I’m working with a very talented programmer who just sent me a second beta over the weekend, and all I can tell you guys right now, is that this is unlike anything that I’ve ever played on the Atari 2600.  Except Space Invaders.  And Galaxian. And Tooth Protectors.   Honestly, all kidding aside, when I was designing the concept for the game, it really is in a league of it’s own, and in my humble, biased opinion, is a game that pushed the Atari 2600 to a new level of creativity.  I guess what I’m trying to say is…it’s a lot of fun to play.  Based on the screen shot, can you take a guess at what the gameplay will be like?  Post your thoughts in the comments!  Later!

Goodbye Volcanic Ensemble…

Hello Virtua Ricky!  This is by no means a permanent fix to the old site, but rather a placeholder.  I have a lot of big plans for this site.  My goal is to archive all of the old Main Moon Yahoo! Groups posts, Main Moon blogger, and any other site that I’ve had over the years into one centralized place.  All of my creative projects moving forward will be under the BITPOP! banner, but I still need a place to write about Sega Saturn games and Tiger Handhelds, so this is it!  I hope this works.  This is one of MANY new projects for 2012…THE YEAR OF ADVENTURE!

MMSBC LIVES

I knew I had to make this announcement today, and I think that’s why I didn’t sleep very well. At 4AM this morning I was shuffling around words and phrases in my heard as to how I would open this letter. Sadly, I don’t quite remember exactly how it went, but I remember it being really good and telling myself not to forget it. I forgot most of it, but I’m pretty sure it was supposed to go something like this…

When you have children, you want what’s best for your them. You gave birth to them, you gave them life, and you want to see them grow and succeed. Imagine sending your child to college without knowing how to read…it’s backwards. That’s kind of a stupid example, but I swear I thought of something that sounded better as I was trying to force myself back to sleep this morning. What I’m trying to say is, I gave life to an idea, and I got way too far in over my head. I have a solution now, as to how O make things right, and give my child what I know is best. This is getting really stupid. Okay, what I’m saying is I had a great idea for a feature film, tried to make it on a shoestring budget, ran out of money, and realized two years later that it should have been a graphic novel all along.

There you have it folks, MMSBC is now under development as a graphic novel.

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I guess there is no other way to put it. I did things backwards. Making movies has always been an extreme obsession of mine. Up until I was ready to make MMSBC, (which is Monster Management Security Bureau of Cincinnati, for those who do not know) the films of Main Moon (my production company) were just really silly at best. Our first flick, The Looney Norman Big Fish Movie, was a Blair Witch style mockumentary that was a joke about three years too late. Though only funny to about five people on the planet, the film stands out as a success to me because it was the first film that we actually completed. On top of that, we even managed to have a public screening. Following Looney were a couple of short black and white stories about girlfriends and working in arcades, which were met with open arms by a wider audience, and opened the door for me to meet some other fine film makers and actors.

MMSBC was the brainchild of myself and my good pal “Booty” Josh Treadway. I’m not 100 percent sure how, but we got to talking about Sentai as a television genre in Japan. For those uneducated to the brand, Sentai is what we know in the US as Power Rangers or Ultraman. Spandex clad heroes, giant robots, and giant monsters. By the time Power Rangers hit big in the US, I was honestly probably at an age where it wasn’t that cool to watch the show, but I was still hooked. I think it was around the time that a boy would begin taking an interest in ladies, and I was definitely interested in Amy Jo Johnson. I especially loved Power Rangers knock off shows like VR Troopers. My favorite is without a doubt the USA Networks Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills! Say that even one time fast! There was something undeniably charming about the mountain of cheese these shows put fourth, and I wanted in on it.

What if Sentai teams were a normal thing in Japan, and each major US city was beginning to adopt a squad?

That was my original outline for a Sentai film back in 2005, when pre production consisted of figuring out how to make helmets out of paper mache. As time passed, and the idea sat on the back burner, I pitched the idea to an actress who had worked on a short film I directed called Bizarre Love Triangle. Her brash and abrasive attitude and lust for success led me to hire her as my producer. This was a girl who got things done. She was rude, vulgar…what am I saying? Why did I feel like this would get me anywhere? It’s simple. She believed in me. She believed in me when no one else would. By 2006, Main Moon was suffering. We didn’t have a TV show anymore, Josh was moving to Florida, Andy was about to get married…it was truly on it’s last leg. I had felt all kinds of pressure coming at me to quit chasing my dreams and pack up everything and kick the Peter Pan syndrome. I was really torn at this point in my life, and because I suppose every good story pulls from real life, this turning point set the stage for the new and improved MMSBC screenplay. To save you from the boring real life version, I’ll just say, everything that was unfolding in the script, happened to manifest in real life as the movie was being made. The difference was I didn’t have super powers to fend off the evil, and I was somewhat defeated in the end. There are several reasons why the film was unable to be completed, and I could write a book on that problem alone.

This is the best possible way to tell my story, and I have met some amazing and talented artists to help me pull of this vision. Due to a few things still being finalized as far as my staff goes, I can tell you that I have done the appropriate edits to the screenplay, and the lead artist is my former student, the phenomenal Chad Schoettle. Chad is a Cincinnati native, who is hands down the most talented comic book artist I have ever met and had the privilege to call a friend. This is the best thing for my story, and the best thing for the fans, who after years of teases, will finally get to see this idea completed in some way shape or form. MMSBC lives. Now if only someone would buy the movie rights…