Cat Fly Indie Film Fest

Cat Fly Indie Film Fest is an upcoming short showcase launching its inaugural event in Asheville, North Carolina on April Fool’s weekend 2017. Brittany Jackson is the Festival Director with the expert programming team of Madeleine Richardson, Catherine Wityk, and Keeley Turner. Intended initially as a vehicle for screening recent projects, Cat Fly has expanded to include the broader creative community.

Image by Madeleine Richardson

A handful of shorts that I participated on will screen at the festival, including my own writing / directing premiere of THE REPLICA RAID starring Jeff Alexander. BEATERS is also set to play of which I was the Producer, Sound Recordist, and Script Consultant, previously referred to anonymously on my blog as Project Scrambled Eggs. GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE which I produced with leading actors Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde will also headline the second night of the event.

For more information on Cat Fly Indie Film Festival, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or their personal website: http://www.catflyfilmfest.com/

GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE premiere

GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE premiered on Friday, February 10th during the “Comedy & Curls” event at the Highwire Comedy Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. The show sold out a week in advance and received press from news outlets such as Atlanta’s NPR network WABE and ATL To Do leading up to the event. Check out the trailer below.

Good Hair (Official Trailer)

Here it is! The first official trailer for GOOD HAIR! A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.The film will be screening at Highland Inn Ballroom (644 North Highland Avenue Northeast). It's going down Feb. 27th at 8 pm at Comedy & Curls: The GOOD HAIR Movie Screening. Come for the movie, stand up comedy, audiance give-a-ways and some GOOD HAIR.Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedy-curls-the-good-hair-screening-tickets-32172779650.

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The film stars the directing, writing, and acting talents of comedy couple Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde, seen below on the red carpet with their dog Cocaine, who makes a few brief appearances in the film as well. Fray provided a stand-up set with three other amazing comedians to warm up the crowd before the screening.

I attended the event with Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Jesse Dellea, all below in our group photo. Our hair turned out pretty okay. Not just good, but good enough. Brittany and Madeleine, both Production Assistants on the film, are arranging a screening of GOOD HAIR THE MOVE in Asheville for early April.

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NBC Universal // Late Night Writers Workshop 2017

In mid-January, my writing partner Bessy Adut and I barely hit the deadline to submit to NBC Universal’s Late Night Writers Workshop for the 2017 year. The winners are sent to New York to attend a multi-day course learning how to write for one of TV’s top tier comedy networks, including programs like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night: Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live.

Since the 2017 class is still under consideration, I won’t reveal much about my submission yet, but it’s safe to say that the desk bits and skit ideas were politically charged since the inauguration of President Trump was coming up that week. Saturday Night Live has been relentless against his candidacy and presidency so far. Knowing my audience, I went a similar route.

I decided to poke fun at Trump’s administration while calling back to the topical STARS WARS film ROGUE ONE which had just premiered in theaters. My skit featured a day in the life of Darth J. Trump who pilots his red power TIE fighter under the influence of Grand Moff Pence, Queen AmidaMelania, and Emperor PalpaPutin.

ESCAPIST // stamps and stickers

Images by J. Rutland

Escapist Comix has been busy these last few months growing in scope and size. Jarrett Rutland is preparing to add two books to the line-up: spiritual coming-of-age story LITTLE PREACHER and sci-fi, fantasy mashup DARK PLOTTER, while continuing to regularly release new issues of the steampunk action / adventure series ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS.

I’ve been helping strategize ways to grow the Escapist Comix brand lately, including the creation of an online presence and moving the books to other parts of the country. A beautiful wax seal was created for shipping purposes, which I think will make a great first impression on anyone receiving the merchandise above.

GOOD HAIR // movie poster

As post-production on the GOOD HAIR short film comes to a close, the production team is proud to share the poster design by freelance graphic designer Joe Karg.

Image by Joe Karg

GOOD HAIR premieres next week on February 10th, 8pm at Highwire Comedy in Atlanta, Georgia.  Tickets can be purchased online for $7.50 or $10 at the door.

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS // short comic

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS is an upcoming 12-page short comic written by myself and drawn by Gabriel Fobert (@crypt_crow), one of the artists on Project Gloom. Frank, a mild-mannered fax machine salesman, wakes in a taxi cab and exchanges small talk with the driver through a series of disasters. After each event, FRANK reawakens as if from a dream, until the next disaster hits.

CIGARETTE CITY began as a feature film concept I brainstormed with writer Scot Langland, essentially putting our own spin on the gritty tone that Frank Miller popularized in his works like DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and SIN CITY, as well as a few nods to Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN. This dark noir world of crime and mystery became like something from a 1980s dystopian city where every potential nook and cranny might reveal some insight into humanity’s inner conflict of good versus evil.

I began to explore the far corners of CIGARETTE CITY by writing various short stories set in this universe. RUDE AWAKENINGS was a rewrite of a short story I wrote while studying at UNC Asheville’s Creative Writing program. There was originally another artist onboard this comic, and we developed the idea for a few months, but he dropped out to pursue other opportunities.  I generated the following panel layout scheme to assist in the comic’s construction as the story heavily involves a series of repeating panels to illustrate the character’s looping events.

 Image by Ted Kendrick

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS will be self-published in a limited run and available for purchase later this year. Should it be well received, there is plenty of potential for more stories set in the CIGARETTE CITY universe.

MillarWorld 2017 Annual Contest

I’ve made the habit now of participating in various writing contests over the last three years, though comic contests have always been my favorite. MillarWorld’s 2017 Annual Contest was both the second year it’s been held and my second year to participate. MillarWorld is an imprint of comics from writer Mark Millar, known for the KICK-ASS series, Marvel’s CIVIL WAR, and SUPERMAN: RED SON. Millar is also the creative liaison between Marvel Comics and 20th Century FOX’s superhero film franchises such as X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, and DEADPOOL.


MillarWorld’s Annual Contest asks writers and artists to take Mark Millar’s intellectual properties and write a short story set around the events of the original series. Though I suspect the contest is an avenue for MillarWorld to sell more comics, I have always found it a satisfying test in terms of the research involved required to write characters who are slightly more obscure and unfamiliar to the casual reader. In 2015, I entered a script entitled CHRONONAUTS: THINK DIFFERENT about a pair of time travelers who give Steve Jobs the idea for the iPod.

This year, I wrote about HUCK, a small-time superhero composite of Superman and Forest Gump. HUCK was originally created by writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque. The series log line is described as such: “In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything.”


My entry entitled HUCK: FROM SOUP TO NUTS featured Huck in a soup kitchen where he serves everyone at super-speed. One man asks for monetary assistance, and Huck obliges only to watch him throw it away on pointless pursuits. It was difficult to present Huck in a light that didn’t come across as bully, but genuinely upset that people waste his help. Fortunately, I was lucky to have constructive feedback from editors Jason Buchanan, James Strecker, and Adam Mullen.

HUCK: FROM SOUP TO NUTS was not a winner, but I still found it a worthy effort and challenging assignment. The script is available to read upon request.

THE REPLICA RAID // intro and update

THE REPLICA RAID is an upcoming short film written and directed by myself with much of the same crew from UPSTAGED and Project Scrambled Eggs such as Rome Widenhouse (Director of Photography / Editor), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Cat Wityk (Script Supervisor), and Brittany Jackson (Gaffer). THE REPLICA RAID stars primary actor Jeff Alexander and his body double John Duper Morse.

Previously known as Project Burglary, the plot revolves around a strange, surreal Sci-Fi scenario between an art thief and his doppelgänger which begins with caution, carries over into confusion, before diving into combat. THE REPLICA RAID was my first foray into choreographing a fight scene. The project is now in post-production and expected to be complete by early 2017. Tony Mozz is composing an original soundtrack and artificial sounds will be recorded via foley.

Below is a painting of the Ouroboros symbol which was used as a prop in the film in both a practical and metaphorical sense, now one punch short of being a well-preserved piece of prestige artwork, though still a Rome Widenhouse original.

GOOD HAIR // short film


Last month, I came onboard as a producer on GOOD HAIR, a comedy about the millennial romantic experience. GOOD HAIR stars Catherine Dee Holly, an educating artist at both the Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre who has been featured in Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS, and comedian / actor Fray Forde who was part of the principal cast in the Atlanta based web-series QUARTER LIFE*, and has shared the stage with Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, and TJ Miller.

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GOOD HAIR involves an empty conditioner bottle which spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. After the argument, Khi seeks advice from his best friend Elijah, and attempts to remedy the situation with a romantic gesture for Frankie. Meanwhile, a conversation with Charlotte, Frankie’s best friend and Elijah’s wife, ignites Frankie’s existential crisis. GOOD HAIR explores a millennial long term relationship and the split ends along the way.

Image by Andrew Bradford

I initially provided constructive story and dialogue feedback where a few of my joke ideas found their way into the final script. In my notes, I suggested product placement could be beneficial for the conditioner bottle, so it wouldn’t be necessary to hide any labels while shooting. We secured a local Atlanta brand of conditioner called Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils, courtesy of the House of Cheatham.

We were also lucky to have an amazing crew, as seen below, including Andrew Bradford (Director of Photography), Corey Wavle (1st AC), Will McBride (1st AD) Thomas Propst (Sound), Morgan Moore (Grip), Jason Carroll (Gaffer), Erin Hodges (Scripty), Chaz Scovel (Crafty), and an amazing team of production assistants: Nina Publico, Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Cat Wityk, and Keeley Turner.

Image by Andrew Bradford

GOOD HAIR is currently in post, expected to be completed by February 2017 with a premiere event at Highwire Comedy on Friday, February 10th in Atlanta, Georgia.

LEGACIES OF THE DCAU // webcomic

A few years ago, artist and filmmaker James Strecker of JTS Entertainment was deliberating on the relaunch of the WATCHTOWER DATABASE, his fan-made tribute to everything regarding the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), a series of interlocking cartoons which began with the Emmy award-winning BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and continued into SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, BATMAN BEYOND, STATIC SHOCK, and JUSTICE LEAGUE to name a few.

After seeing James’ designs for how characters may have appeared during the time period between JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED and BATMAN BEYOND, I proposed an ongoing webcomic on the lost years of the DCAU. This concept grew into the LEGACIES OF THE DC ANIMATED UNIVERSE webcomic, written by myself, illustrated by James Strecker, and hosted by the WATCHTOWER DATABASE.

Though the tribute website is still in development, the WATCHTOWER DATABASE has since become a hub for all fans of the DC Animated Universe on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. We’ve grown in notoriety from our recent interviews with industry professionals like Matthew Manning and Alan Burnett.

As long as our followers enjoy reminiscing about the DCAU as much as we do, I’m sure the content will keep on flowing. Over the last year, we have released three installments of LEGACIES with more to come. Find the issues linked below:

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