It's five days into the happiest time of the year -- the Devilmas Season that runs from October 1 through December 31. It's the antithesis to all that gut-turning, sappy, and insipid holiday cheer that usually rears its ugly head during this season.
In short, Devilmas is about alcohol, good friends, and zombie movies. At least, that's how it started back in 2007. (Yes, this is the 6th Annual Devilmas on record within the Horbawrong Universe!) Today, it's become a state of mind and an excuse to get blisteringly creative. Last year, for the 5th anniversary, we saw the shockingly definitive, 12-installment (!!!) Great Devilmas Beat-Off of 2011.
It's also worth noting that the original idea for my illustrated children's book "BORC-9: A Story About a Boy and His Trash Can" was actually conceived during that first Devilmas back in '07. And remember how I said that Devilmas had become an excuse to get "blistering creative"? (It was literally just a paragraph ago.) During 2011, I wrote a Devilmas To-Do List that had BORC-9 at the very top. Granted, I didn't finish the artwork until March/April, but I would have never gotten to the artwork if I hadn't knuckled down on the writing during Devilmas 2011.
In the spirit of that "Devilmas state of mind" (and this particularly apocalyptical Devilmas 2012) "Explorers of the Unknown: Disastergeddon!" was finished back in June. If I start another to-do list, the Disastergeddon! cover image will be near the top -- especially after all of the photoshop art I've been doing recently. I like the cover as-is, but it could certainly be more exciting. I've already seen through Zaphod Zombie (the fictional Godfather of Devilmas?) that a quality cover can help drive book sales.
Of course, any Devilmas recap would be grossly incomplete without mentioning "A WEBCAMS Devilmas 2010". A trilogy of apocalyptic-zombie-themed WEBCAMS episodes, these three videos showcased an insane level of production value -- an achievement that still blows my mind considering it's for a totally zero-budget, independent web series. Blisteringly creative, indeed.
And that provides a good segue to this:
Sam will be very happy when she eventually sees this -- she was always the number one proponent of this graphic. Hopefully, it's familiar. Long-forgotten, maybe .... perhaps a fond, distant memory? This is a refresh to the very original Horbawrong Studios logo. In the past few years, I tried updating the logo to "widescreen" to match the source inspiration from youtube. Horbawrong Studios had become Horbawrong Creative. While "Creative" isn't gone, I've taken another cue from future wife (in one week!!!!): isn't Horbawrong enough?
Yes, yes it is.
So I did a gentle refresh of the original logo. It made its quiet debut at the end of Tripp's latest First Thoughts, and honestly, I'm pretty happy with it. For me, the 4:3 old-style video player speaks to when Horbawrong was born and the web series (Talking Heads) that inspired it. The little black and white people in the logo are actually labeled "talking heads" in my graphic file. But the 4-up grid is more than a callback to the editing style of a video, it's a visual representation of what makes Horbawrong great: inventive, creative collaboration.
So that's the newly old logo. A Devilmas bonus treat, if you will.
Much more on-point during this Devilmas 2012 Warm-Up: the poster I created for my upcoming nuptials (did I mention it's NEXT WEEK?), and my first zombified movie poster. I'd ask which one you like better, but we all know the answer to that.
And finally ... last but certainly not least ... d8 w/ d34th.
This book was written and published way back in April 2009. It's a murderous thriller told through text messages, in 160 characters or less. It's a novelty book, for sure, but a fucking cool concept that has to be experienced to appreciate. Unfortunately, for the story to "work", you need to have the pacing that's provided by these blank pages in the book -- representative of someone's text message not getting a response. So, in order to experience this story, it was necessary to buy the book (or get one of the MANY free copies that I distributed over the years). The problem, for me, the time it takes to read the book (15-20 minutes) hardly justified the cost.
So this Devilmas, I figured out a format to adapt d8 w/ d34th for the internet. You can read it for free right here. And if you agree that it's one fucking rad Devilmas gift, please feel free to send me a thank you note.
It's Devilmas 2012.
The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
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