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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I made this video last Friday. It was originally posted on the new Ten Wing Media site. I was at Windy Con 40. I’m still hammering away on the keyboard. Thanks for watching my continued lunacy.

Click here for the drone trailer. 

Ten Wing Media: The Transition

It’s been a busy week. In addition to working on the NaNo, we’re also transitioning our film company to more of a media company. Basically, the parties involved wanted an umbrella that would not only cover the films we do, but the writing, game design, podcasting and insane scheming. Here’s a little fireside chat we made about it…

Do me a kindness and head over to our new site, www.tenwingmedia.com. It’s lovely!

More stuff: Ten Wing Media will be at Windycon 40 and Kollision Con over the next two weekends. We’re beginning a very special, unique new project at these two places. If you’re coming out, say hi to us. Thanks for reading this!

I’m About to Get My NaNoWriMo On. Vlog 1.

This One Time at Bandcamp.com

Hey do you like music? Awesome, me too! Like many others, I turn to the almighty internet for sweet new jams. But what port in the storm of 1’s and 0’s can you turn to? I like bandcamp.com. Many times you’ll find the artist selling directly to the people and often the bands are easily approachable…you know, if you want to give them a thumbs up…or stalk them. I make indie films. These people make indie music. I’m trying to get eyeballs on my work. They’re trying to get earballs on theirs. We’re in the same boat, it’s just a different product. So here are just a few groups I’ve discovered on bandcamp in no particular order. Oh and some of their stuff is free…

1. A Doubtful Sound – Make Loud Sexy
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These guys kill. They’re based in Bristol, UK. They’re raw and loud like a baby with a diaper rash. This is the kind of music that got me into playing guitar many moons ago. If I were going to be in a band again, this is the type of group I’d want. Some of the influences they list are Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Beck and Nirvana. Favorite track: Dead or Famous
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2. Ease Up – On the Fly
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To my ears, this is the sound of vacation. Truthfully, I didn’t get into this reggae-influenced type stuff until recently. Honestly I think this southern California group is just as good as Sublime is/was. They play out a lot. In a brief exchange with the band, I learned one of the newer members is from Chicago, so for all you local readers who are into the civic pride thing. Whoop! Favorite track: I have 2. With You and Till the End.
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3. Lotus – Monks
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This is the band on the list I found most recently. Maybe I’m a little late to the party because they seem to have a pretty big following. This release is an eclectic melting pot of hip-hop, electronica and groove. Favorite track: Canon in the Heavens ft. Lyrics Born
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4. Mystery Skulls (Self Titled)
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Like Daft Punk with Prince type vocals. You can even send them remix inquiries. Skeletor! Favorite Track: You. Not YOU. The song they have called “You.”
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5. Midwest Death Rattle (Self Titled)
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First of all this band name is awesome. When I initially came across their page, I expected metal but that’s not what’s going on here. These guys are from Milwaukee and they remind me of Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age and maybe a smattering of The Black Keys. They seem like a good group of dudes with a sense of humor. Favorite track: Food chain.
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In my world, Beyond the Basement Door, is up for sale on Chill.com. Check out the bundles we offer. Who doesn’t love Lovecraftian horror? More festival announcements on that film soon. My other sci-fi films, Citizen in the Temple and The Drone are both on the way. More progress every day!

Thanks for reading / listening.

Thrill Me: Chicago Comic Con 2013

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Last weekend 10,000 fans descended upon the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, for The Chicago Comic Con a.k.a Wizard World 2013. For the first time, I was one of them. In the past few months, I’ve gotten back into comics. I’ve been reading Saga and East of West but I also just picked up Chew, Trillium and The Wake. I like the weird ones.

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I’m used to going to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, which is actually much bigger but at NAB there is a plan of attack. There are a lot of things to look at that pertain to my video job and clearly some that don’t. At the CCC, I pretty much wanted to look at everything. My main mission was accomplished quickly. I wanted to secure some business cards from indie comic artists for future commissions. With hundreds of artists on hand, it wasn’t very difficult. 

My wife and I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont on Friday evening. Thanks to my sister-in-law’s employment with Hyatt, we had a room Friday and Sunday. Saturday we were booked at the Crowne Plaza, which is right across the street from the con. By the time we’d arrived, my cohort Chad Burns had already walked the floor for 7 hours collecting business cards. Between he and I, we have 4 or 5 properties we’d like to adapt into graphic novels. A major goal of mine is to expand the Eolan universe. What is the Eolan universe, you ask? It’s the sci-fi/steampunk setting in which my forthcoming films The Drone and Citizen in the Temple are set. Both movies belong to a shared universe and mythology on the planet Eolan. Once the movies come out, I plan on expanding the world through graphic novels and ebooks. More movies are in the pipe but I’ve been working on Citizen in the Temple for over 2 years. A change of pace is in order. I’m currently working on an anthology of short stories and I’d like to have a comic book cover type image to open each story. We have also done some research into releasing a role playing game but that idea has to cook a little longer. Plus, the more widespread content we have and the more people are familiar with the world, the more likely the game is to succeed.

A classic DVD I nabbed at the show was Night of the Creeps, a favorite from our recent 24 Hour B-Movie Marathon. When Tom Atkins answers the phone by saying “Thrill me,” it takes me places. I also picked up Rolling Vengeance because hey, I NEED to own the definitive monster truck revenge film! 

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Our nights were taken up by Beatlesfest, which is mostly why my wife and sister-in-law were there. This is a tradition for them but I’d never been to that either. I wouldn’t call myself an avid Beatles fan by any means but I had a lot of fun. We caught the tail end of a couple main acts when they stopped checking for bracelets (we didn’t have any). Every night a gaggle of musicians gathered beneath a specific stairway in the Hyatt for a concert jam session that lasted for hours. Daytime comics, nighttime Beatles. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. 

What’s up next? There is a smaller comic convention called Dan Con coming up September 21st in Orland Park. It’s a one day event but I think it’ll be a good chance to make contacts with more artists, pick up a few indie books to supplement my current reading list and talk about the ideas we have cooking. I’ll also probably want to have a Night of the Creeps / Rolling Vengeance movie night soon too. You want in? You want in.

That’s all for now. I’m working on a little video of us walking around on the con floor but it’s taking forever to process so I’ll post it later. Thanks for reading this. 

Jason

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The 71st World Sci-Fi Convention

ImageThe 71st Annual World Science Fiction Convention is just around the corner. It occurs in a different city each year and it partners with a different, hosting convention. Last year, The Drone was a part of this con’s film festival in Chicago and I was fortunate enough to do a Q&A after the screening. Oh, and a friend of mine nearly knocked George R.R. Martin down an escalator. Here’s the discussion. On top of all that, I attended the Hugo Awards ceremony and met a lot of really cool people.

This year the WSFC is going down in San Antonio, Texas, at LoneStarCon 3. I’m pleased to announce that there will be a screening of Beyond the Basement Door as part of the film program! Though I won’t be able to make it to San Antonio, I’m proud that my work can again be a small part of the show. To have a screening in the same house that many of the modern sci-fi greats are walking around is an honor. I wish I could be there. If you’re in San Antonio and you want to see a bit of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired sci-fi / horror, check out Beyond the Basement Door. Also, if you see the film festival programmer, Nat Saenz, say hi to him for me. He’s a great guy.

Beyond the Basement Door 
4:48 p.m. Thursday, August 29
Marriott Rivercenter – Room 13-14

For a full schedule of all the film in the program, click here.   

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