Citizen in the Temple: The Film, The RPG

Hello hello! I’ve been very busy lately. With what? I’m glad you asked.

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Awesome CORE rpg cover.

Lester Smith, a veteran game designer, has launched a kickstarter campaign for his new CORE role-playing system. This is a genre-spanning rules set with over 30 contributing world authors. Guess what? My Citizen in the Temple project is slated to be one of the worlds!

As of this moment the campaign has earned enough to unlock the first stretch goal. That means backers get the rules, three setting chapters PLUS four fantasy settings. Citizen in the Temple is part of the sci-fi pack, which is the next stretch goal. With a bit more funding it will become part of the book. Wanna help me get there? There are 16 days to go.

If you’re a gamer, I implore you to check out the page. There’s a lot of value and a ridiculous amount of talent going into this. I’m honored to even be a part of it. A lot of the settings are based on books so if you find something you like, there’s probably a novel you can pick up. If you click this link right here, you’ll see the Citizen in the Temple entry on the CORE home page and the amazing list of other authors who are involved. Now let’s game!

Ideally, the game and film will be released around the same time toward the end of this year. I appreciate the patience and ongoing enthusiasm from the backers of the movie. What can I say? Post production takes a long time for sci-fi films. It’s all looking stellar though and I can’t wait to get it out there. In case you stumbled upon this post and aren’t familiar with Citizen in the Temple, here’s the trailer…

There’s another big development coming regarding Citizen in the Temple but I can’t talk about it yet. Tease tease! Soon I will tell you all my secrets!

If you have any questions about the game or the movie, feel free to comment. Please check out the kickstarter and let me know what you think. Contribute if you can. Share it and I will love you. Thanks for reading this and I’ll catch you next time!
Jason

24 Hour B Movie Marathon

Imagine: you’re in a room with three other half-conscious, half intoxicated figures. All around you are DVD and VHS boxes and bottles of alcohol. Images of monsters, show girls and Sean Connery in a red diaper assault your senses. That is the briefest description of what it will be like at the 2nd annual B-Movie Marathon I’m attending on June 27th.

We return with a new host of B movie gems and we are going to stream the entire experience online at www.bmoviemarathon.com. We will have a chatroom and a google hangout set up so people can join in on the fun (without the funky scent of four dudes in a hotel room). Watch the movies. Watch our crew try to make sense of it all. I guarantee we won’t be able to. We’ll also live tweet the movies. Fellow attendee Paul Brooks had this to say about the event:

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Quite right. What movies are we showing? I thought you’d never ask…

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Thanks for reading this.
Jason

I Is Published.

Since November I had some work published in a couple books. Both are weird fiction/ Lovecraftian type things cuz hey, I’m weird fiction and this is a way for me to exercise my inner tentacles. The first was Cthulhu Haiku 2 and More Mythos Madness by Popcorn Press. This is a great compilation and it is $0.99 on Amazon. That is a ridiculous value if you’re into this kind of thing. Seriously. If you buy it and don’t like it, I’ll send you $1.00. I’ve got a handful of haiku in this one. Bam! I posed with my copy.

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I also won a spot in the 2014 Lovecraftian Micro Fiction Contest Chapbook from Arkham Bazaar. My story is called The Youngling and I’m very proud of it. Here’s what that book looks like:

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You can pick this on up for $6.00 on Arkham Bazaar’s site. I don’t get the money. I just want you to read my story. It’s about a strange creature in a quiet, future Earth that stumbles across what may be the last human settlement.

Ok, gotta go. Lots to do. Thanks for reading!
J

 

The Con Men ep. 5 – Acen 2014

Just posting this here for anyone who may have missed it at http://www.tenwingmedia.com. This is our Acen episode of The Con Men, our fandom-focused web series. Lots of cosplayers. Cool interviews. I love working on this show.

It’s An Invasion!

Recently I got a freelance editing assignment from The Scientist. Below is the video. It’s about invasive Asian carp that are spreading through U.S. waterways. Interesting stuff. It also makes me hungry…

Acen. Free Stuff. Happy.

I’ve been plastering all over social media that Beyond the Basement Door won “Best Independent Film or Short” at the ThreeIfBySpace.net awards. I am honored. Three If By Space, The Lovecraft Ezine and the HPL Film Festival facebook page have raised a lot of awareness and generated a lot of traffic for the movie and for that I am super appreciative. We shot BTBD a couple years ago and it had a good run in some festivals and conventions. Time to give it to the world on youtube.

The main location, a house in Central IL, is no longer there. Was it simply removed to make way for a new home or something more…sinister?

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Abruptly switching topics, Paul Lyzun’s documentary, Without Charity, is now streaming free too! You should check that out. It’s about a triple homicide that occurred in Indiana. Very hard hitting. I was fortunate to be a producer on this project.

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Lastly, let’s talk about The Con Men. We recently launched a facebook page for it. Wanna follow? I dare you. We’re very pleased with the reception we’ve gotten for the first four episodes. We’ll keep on it. Where are we going next? ACEN. Look out!

The grindstone is calling my nose. Gotta get back to it. Thanks for reading this.
J

The Con Men visit Walker Stalker Con

Hello humans! Ten Wing Media cohort Chad Burns and I recently attended Walker Stalker Con. We shot a new episode of The Con Men, our show about fandom. Walker Stalker was the biggest con we’ve worked so far. We talked to a lot of cool people including an industrial rock star, an artist, some people opening a zombie laser tag business in Aurora, people who organize a zombie street party in Elgin, IL and the Chicago Herpetological Society. I met a giant snake.

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We started experimenting with a new direction for the show and we hope you like it. Our goal is to grow The Con Men into a big, strange youtube thing so if you want to help all you have to do is watch.

We started a brand new facebook page for the show. So there’s clicking you could do if you’re so inclined. The next episode will be set in Las Vegas. Who knows what will happen?!

That’s all the info I can spill right now. Be excellent to each other and thanks for reading this.
Jason

The Con Men 3

Over the past few months, we’ve been working on a web series called The Con Men. Our goal has been to show the power of fandom and provide some cool convention coverage. So far it’s been going very well. We’ve met a lot of new friends and people really seem to get the idea. We just released the newest episode from Capricon 34 on Wednesday. Already we have 945 views so if you’re reading this and you helped make that happen, thank you. We really appreciate the support. It is also hovering at the top of the SF_videos subreddit so if you like to get your reddit on and want to help us stay there, that would be awesome.

One other thing I wanted to mention. We put together a survey about how you find out about and consume new sci-fi. We’re students of the industry and considering the changing landscape of media distribution, it helps to keep up on the trends. To that end we put together 8 questions to gather data. It’ll take like 1 minute. If you fill it out, I’ll be your best friend. Here is the survey. 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m keeping busy trying to get Citizen in the Temple finished up and submitting fiction to a few publications. So more to come when it’s fit to print. Thanks for reading!

The Con Men ep. 2 – Con Alt Delete

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Hello again! On the weekend of 12/14 we filmed a new episode of our fandom web series, The Con Men, at Con Alt Delete. In the Windycon episode, Chad and I did a little confessional bit that tied the segments together. We didn’t do that this time so I thought I’d write my personal thoughts here.

This was my first anime convention. It was also the inaugural year for Con Alt Delete and given that, I was very impressed with the turnout. The weather wasn’t cooperating and yet the Sheraton Lisle was jam packed with happy con goers. On Saturday you could walk through the lobby and meet everyone from Spiderman to Fallout NCR rangers to…O.K. honestly I had no idea who a lot of the characters were. :) I dipped my feet in anime years back with Vampire Hunter D (Bloodlust is my favorite), Fist of the North Star, Guyver, Cowboy Bebop, etc. but I’ve been a little out of the loop when it comes to the modern stuff. I did start watching Attack on Titan. I dig it. At any rate another thing that impressed me was that more people dressed up than didn’t. I’ve never done the whole cosplay thing (assuming Halloween doesn’t count) but I know it takes a lot of time, money and love. It was cool to see what people put together. A lot of ingenuity. For a web series that wants to show the power and dedication of fandom, Con Alt Delete was a great choice.

There is an overwhelming vibe of inclusion that you get at these cons. Everyone was very friendly, accommodating and willing to chat which makes it a fertile field for interviews. I wish we had time to do more. Several people told us they made lasting friendships through cons.  Hopefully that turns out to be a benefit for the guys with the camera too. Ok, I’ve rambled enough. Want to see the episode?


A final thought. If you like what you see, it would be awesome if you’d subscribe to our mailing list on the front page of TenWingMedia.com. We don’t spam and it helps to inform us about the type of content you’d like to see. Ultimately, it helps us stay connected and that’s what this is all about. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading!  -Jason

The Con Men ep. 1 – Windy Con 2013

A recent endeavor that has kept me busy in addition to finishing Citizen in the Temple and writing The Drone novel for the NaNoWriMo is a new web series called The Con Men. The gang at Ten Wing Media attends conventions, we record interviews and present it to you for the low low price of free. The series explores fandom at conventions from the inside along with some personal reflections. Below is our first episode, recorded at Windy Con 40 in Lombard, IL. We’ve got plans to attend a couple more cons in the upcoming months and we’re continuously refining our process. Take a look. I’d love to hear what you think. If you do watch, thanks for it.

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