WDb // Trivia Tues. for Days

Trivia Tuesdays with Ted has continued its biweekly release schedule on the Watchtower Database YouTube channel, aside from a few much deserved breaks for our video editor James Strecker. My job is simple in comparison, just researching the topic, writing the scripts, and recording narration; the easy stuff. Seriously though, it’s crucial to find time to catch your breath, and prep for the next videos, since we want to maintain a quality over quantity approach.


In this batch of episodes, I attempted to stay topical with current trends, recent news, and upcoming mainstream releases in the superhero world, such as the DOOM PATROL and SWAMP THING live action series coming to the DC UNIVERSE streaming app, and BATWOMAN spinning out of The CW’s ELSEWORLDS annual crossover event, while sprinkling in a few topics related directly to the DC Animated Universe, per the Watchtower Database channel’s directive.

12th Level Intellects: Aug-Nov. ’18

The 12th Level Intellects biweekly geekly podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself, Ted Kendrick, continued its 2018 schedule from August to November, which was actually a bit of a feat considering that the Watchtower Database took an extended break during the month of November. However, James and I still found some time to get an episode recorded whenever necessary though.


This batch of episodes sees the podcast’s first anniversary with episode #26, an exciting landmark, and partly why we pushed ahead to maintain the schedule. We also started recording at nights rather than in the morning, which I think has created a more energized air around the show. The Watchtower Database has since grown to include 27k subscribers, and each episode of 12th Level Intellects receives a few thousand views with each episode. It’s great to see the show grow.


In these episode, we discussed everything from the DEATH OF SUPERMAN animated feature film, live action blockbusters like MANDY and VENOM, THE TITANS both animated and live action, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES nostalgia, MISTER MIRACLE comic series review, as well as interviewed the music composers behind DCAU cartoons, and answered some questions from our followers and fans.

POP-POP IS DEAD premieres!

POP-POP IS DEAD is a southern comedy feature film by Coki Productions, starring Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde as millennial couple, Layla and Desi, who return to Layla’s hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina to mourn the loss of family patriarch “Pop Pop.” As the couple struggles to survive three days with Layla’s dysfunctional Southern family, they quickly come to learn that funerals ain’t fun.

The film premiered to a sold out audience of over 600 attendees at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on August 29th. The event included film, stand-up comedy, improv, and music acts from a diverse selection of Atlanta’s top creative artists like comedians Hank Denson, Lace Larrabee, and Jarod Harris, and musical acts The High Divers and Babe Club by the film’s composer Corey Campbell.

I previously had the pleasure of working with Coki Productions on the GOOD HAIR short film which went on to be selected by Kevin Hart to play at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. I joined POP-POP IS DEAD as an Associate Producer where I’m handling the film festival strategy and submission process. Any festival where the film is screened feels like a personal victory.

POP-POP IS DEAD enjoyed its west coast premiere on November 16th at the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival, which was perfect since Kat and Fray had recently moved to LA for work opportunities, and GOOD HAIR had screened there in 2017, making Coki Productions festival alumni. I was proud they could attend so soon after the move, and get their feet wet with the LA film and comedy communities.

MOMHEART crowdfunding campaign

Lately I’ve been producing independent film projects like the comedy feature POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which recently made its film festival debut on November 16th at the LA Comedy Film Festival, and the MOMHEART short film entering production from December 1st-3rd in Asheville, North Carolina.

MOMHEART is a dark comedy with sci-fi elements about an impressionable and childlike man named Gavin, who moves into his very first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his heart. The film stars Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS), and is written and directed by filmmaking duo The Joes, Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino.

At the moment, we are gathering our resources, and aim to raise a modest $2000 for production– so close to the goal! –and currently accepting donations over Indiegogo: (https://igg.me/at/Momheart/x). If you can’t donate, you can support our efforts by sharing the campaign over social media. The Joes and I appreciate any measure of support in spreading the word and gathering an audience.

LEGACIES Special: “Scary Things”

LEGACIES OF THE DCAU premiered another issue of the webcomic on October 31st, Halloween day itself. The concept for “Scary Things” was pitched by James Strecker, who also provided the composite visual effects over the finished pages. He suggested the story be written as a poem, mimicking the tone of the legendary gothic writer Edgar Alan Poe, and explaining the Scarecrow’s design shift between BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and its revamped follow up THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES.  The issue and cover was pencilled by Mark Daniel Martinez.

“Scary Things” examines a version of the Scarecrow at his wit’s end, simply rotting in his cell at Arkham Asylum, and craves escape in some fashion. At the chance to seize true freedom from his situation, the Scarecrow jumps at the opportunity, and lands himself in a potentially more damaging situation at the end of it all.

Click the cover to read “Scary Things”!

LEGACIES has multiple specials similar to “Scary Things” in the works, focused on certain characters, featuring them in stories that fits neatly into pre-established continuity within the DC Animated Universe. The issue has a cameo appearance by a classic mythological character who has battled countless times against Wonder Woman and the Amazonians, and will plague them again in an upcoming issue.

The828.com // recent articles

I’ve continued writing articles for The828.com throughout the summer and covered a variety of local news and events pertaining to all things eat, drink, and play. Find my most recent writing from May to September 2018 embedded below.

Creative minds of screen, stage, and beyond are in Asheville this weekend to connect and inspire at Connect: Beyond The…

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bakery? Bar? Coffee Shop? The Waterbird Asheville takes flight with all of the above – and more.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Watch for lots of moviemaking around the828. Time for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Enjoy beautiful views from North Carolina’s newest winery siting at nearly 3000 feet high on Point Lookout Mountain. Check out the delicious wines that Point Lookout Vineyards has to offer at the828.com.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

When you think that The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has come up with every flavor of ice cream known to man they break the mold….

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don’t miss the one night showing of the Asheville produced feature length film Luke & Jo at the Fine Arts Theatre this Thursday.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

See what’s brewing at the new location of One World Brewing, One World Brewing West.

Posted by The 828 on Monday, July 2, 2018

Try Bad Luck Bakery. What’s the worst that could happen? 🙂

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Find out about tomorrow’s new release at Urban Orchard Cider Company and Bar, plus what’s coming soon to the new South Slope location.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

This week’s Sunday Spotlight shines on Woodfin’s first brewery, Zillicoah Beer Company.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Come try flavors from a world away at The Scarlet Bee in North Asheville. Get your HALF PRICE Asheville MEGa Deal while they last.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, July 13, 2018

Get ready for the rhythm. Kaleta & his Super Yamba Band come to The Mothlight in West Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thanks for sharing the news about my Patreon, The 828!

Posted by All Around Artsy on Thursday, July 26, 2018

A free event at Sly Grog Lounge Monday will set the stage for a week of laughs with the Asheville Comedy Festival.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 3, 2018

Cat Fly Film Fest invites you to Cat Fly Presents: Films on Tap at Wedge Brewery.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Great way for local filmmakers to network. Asheville Studio – Asheville Camera Grip & Lighting Rental, Cat Fly Film Fest & AVLFilm.com invite you to Asheville Filmmaker Mixer: August.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jeff Thompson & Off With Your Radiohead – returning to Asheville Music Hall.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Say so-long to summer with a new beer from UpCountry Brewing Company.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 31, 2018

What makes a perfect ‘Nerd Sanctuary’? West Avl’s Morgan’s Comics answers in a week of events leading up to its grand opening.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, September 2, 2018

Get set for ASHEVILLE BARNAROO with Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats and their many musical friends. Come to Franny’s Farm & mark the festival’s 10th anniversary!

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BIGFOOT CALLING: Join Bigfoot 911 and McDowell Chamber of Commerce for the 1st ever 2018 WNC Bigfoot Festival!

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, August 5, 2018

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC with Critiqr – a new film app developed in Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrate RADfest at the The Grey Eagle & support Our VOICE.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Also a few articles that were written, but not shared over social media:
– “All Go West: Festival Fun on Haywood Road” (6/14/2018)
– “Trade and Lore Goes to the Movies!” (6/27/2018)
– “Homegrown Concert Series at Homegrown West” (6/28/2018)
– “FurEver Friends and Petco recruit Foster Families” (6/29/2018)
– “Pop Up Music Co Op plays UpCountry Brewing” (6/29/2018)
– “Lake Julian Park displays 4th of July Fireworks” (6/30/2018)

Trivia Tuesdays (cont’d)

There have been a few more episodes of Trivia Tuesdays on the Watchtower Database, where I narrate comic book facts for a few minutes, relating back in someway to the DC Animated Universe. In these five episodes, I discuss topics pertaining to Superman, Aquaman, Shazam, Batman Beyond, and the voice actors that have also played characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New episodes are released on the Watchtower Database YouTube channel every other Tuesday.

THE REPLICA RAID II production wrap

THE REPLICA RAID II wrapped principle photography on Saturday, July 7th. We were lucky to have the same overcast weather as the first day of shooting on May 20th, so the continuity of the film should remain in act, despite production being a month and a half apart. I don’t recommend approaching filmmaking that way, but when you are working with a limited budget and crew,  sometimes you must succumb to strict scheduling. We redid some minor car sequences, and then the fun stuff we didn’t get to try last time: playing with colored photography smoke, and handbrake sliding a car into a cul-de-sac. Over and over again. For both.

The short is currently in post, where it is being edited by Madeleine Richardson, also the 1st AD on set. THE REPLICA RAID II is a sequel to my experimental short film THE REPLICA RAID which was filmed in fall 2016, and released in spring 2017, and in itself, a project that I reworked from a concept I first attempted in college.

Check out the screenshots below for a preview of what we captured on July 7th, and follow @Artificial.Ink.Creative on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes.

12th Level Intellects: June & July ’18

The 12th Level Intellects– a biweekly geeky podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself– released five more episodes in June and July 2018, so you could say that it has been a busy summer! We reviewed recent theatrical films like DEADPOOL 2 and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, and the trailers for AQUAMAN and SHAZAM! which were unveiled at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, California. 

Per the podcast’s usual DCAU slant, we also analyzed the cartoons’ influence on modern comics and films, discussed fan theories for BATMAN BEYOND, and interviewed Matthew Valencia, voice actor of the second Robin, Tim Drake, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Check it all out at the embedded videos below, or stream on iTunes. As always, the podcast is hosted by the Watchtower Database.

5% wins 48HFP award!

Team Cat Fly attended the 2018 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project awards ceremony on July 11th in recognition for the short film 5%, which won Best Use of Character, thanks to the spirited portrayal by Daniel Ballard for Brad Pasteur, insurance agent.

Cat Fly also received nominations for Best Directing, honoring the film’s director Madeleine Richardson, as well as a nomination for Best Cinematography, which highlights the artistic eye of our Director of Photography, Brittany Jackson.

Photo by: Kristen Bryant

Posted by Asheville 48 Hour Film Project on Tuesday, July 17, 2018