ESCAPIST COMIX live launch

ESCAPIST COMIX held a livestream event on Friday, May 19th in celebration of its launch of digital reading platforms on sites like Patreon and ComiXology. As the Marketing Director, I joined Jarrett Rutland, CEO and founding artist, to broadcast a live stream on Facebook where we shared info on the brand, took questions and comments from the viewers, explained the new services, and teased upcoming projects and ESCAPIST’s convention schedule. We had a little over 100 people jump in and join us live, with close to 700 total views at the time of this post.

Escapist Comix Live Launch w/ Jarrett Rutland and Ted Kendrick ☠️???????

Posted by Escapist Art on Friday, May 19, 2017

Video by ESCAPIST COMIX

We introduced STEAMPUNK EDDIE, a time travel adventure series that I am writing with Jarrett Rutland on art, who brought me on to develop his original concept. The story revolves around Eddie, a pre-teen from a country town with a knack for exploration, joined by his dog Oscar, in a high stakes mission with drastic consequences that threaten the entire space/time continuum, at the direction of the robotic time guardian Wing who must return stolen items, scattered throughout the past. The first issue is in production, and set to be published in a few months.

On Saturday May 20th, Jarrett and I attended the inaugural Asheville Comicon which was held at the WNC Agricultural Center. We ran a table with the usual books and merchandise, talked with fans and newcomers, and promoted the brand to more Asheville locals, some of which had seen the books on display at stores such as Orbit, Comic Envy, and Haywood Comics, who were also present at the convention. I thought it was an extremely successful event for its first year and look forward to returning next time, hopefully with a few printed books of my own.

Thanks for the memories, Asheville Comicon. You guys really know how to have fun ???????☠️???☄️??>?

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GOOD HAIR // COMEDY & CURLS roadshow tour

GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE has been selling out in advance for every screening so far, starting with the COMEDY & CURLS premiere in Atlanta, Georgia on 2/10 at the Highwire Comedy Co., follow up show on 2/27 at Highland Ballroom, and just most recently the Asheville, North Carolina screening at the Cat Fly Film Festival. Since we expect a similar turnout at the upcoming roadshow events, it would be wise to secure your tickets early! COMEDY & CURLS is touring in the following cities:

4/15: Savannah, GA
4/17: Athens, GA
4/21: Columbia, SC
4/23: Charlotte, NC
4/24: Films on Tap @ Charlotte, NC
4/28: Greenville, SC
5/6: Knoxville, TN
5/27: Charleston, SC
6/24: Memphis, TN
7/13: Austin, TX

GOOD HAIR is also slated to screen at the Films on Tap event in Charlotte, NC on Monday 4/24, conveniently one day after the COMEDY & CURLS event in the same city. Birdsong Brewing Co. is hosting Films on Tap this season, and a wonderful witbier called Doin’ Thyme has been selected to pair with the film in order show the characters’ transition from the winter of their relationship into the springtime. The programmers were nothing but supportive when we met at the pairing, and I am excited for an event that promotes two of my favorite things: film and beer!

CAT FLY // festival follow up

Cat Fly Film Fest held its inaugural event over April Fools weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. The festival was an immense success, not only because it was a wonderful event for networking with other emerging filmmakers, but because it sold out all three nights! I know how hard the founders– Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Keeley Turner, and Cat Wityk– worked to make the festival such a meaningful and memorable event, so the hype was all well deserved!

Opening Night presented a slew of dramatic shorts such as THE SMOKE TRILOGY which was co-directed by MJ Slide and GOOD HAIR’s own Catherine Dee Holly as well as BEATERS which I produced and Rome Widenhouse directed. The rest of the lineup was filled out by Asheville based filmmakers Kira Burksy, Katie Damien, Kendra Warren, Ryan DuVal, Wayne Wandering, and Amplified Media‘s Jared Kay.

The Asheville School of Film was gracious enough to allow us to host a workshop in their classroom space on Saturday morning which was led by myself and the aforementioned MJ Slide and Catherine Dee Holly. We talked about how to produce short films on a tight budget, focusing on the legal and logistical aspects of the production process that you simply can’t skimp out on no matter how large or small your budget, specifically how to strategize for indie films below or around $10,000 which is considered ultra-low budget by SAG-AFTRA standards.

Comedy Night!! Photos by @threeregionnc #catfly #catflyfilmfest #aprilfools #comedy #indiefilmfest #ncfilm #avl #asheville

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Comedy Night was an absolute blast, especially with standup from Asheville locals Cory Thompson and Minori Hinds as well as Atlanta’s own Dedrick Flynn and Fray Forde, both primary actors in GOOD HAIR which screened later that night under the COMEDY & CURLS umbrella. The first film was my directorial debut THE REPLICA RAID, starring Jeff Alexander who hosted the event. Multiple web-series were also showcased, including Stefan Liner’s WHEN FACT MET FICTION which also starred Jeff Alexander across from Rebekah Babelay, and Andrew Vasco’s TRANSPLANTING, a series about a woman who adjusts to Asheville after moving from New York. Keeley Turner and Katie Damien also played comedic shorts.

The Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday morning was one of the more heartwarming and intimate affairs of the entire weekend. It was a pleasure to casually hang out over breakfast and mimosas with all the amazing creative people pictured above. I could list everyone in the photo, but I bet if I allow a few years, many of these faces will become very well known as the filmmakers and artists they strive to be.

so proud of these people @catflyfilmfest #catfly #filmfestival #indiefilm

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The entire weekend was simply amazing, and it was all thanks to the talented team pictured above, especially the founders. None of this would have happened without their coordinated efforts and talents for marketing and event planning, as well as everyone who volunteered their time as festival staff. If the Asheville community didn’t want a classy film festival that honored local talent before, they surely recognize now that it was a niche that needed to be filled. Here’s to next year!

THE REPLICA RAID poster

THE REPLICA RAID has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it in the meantime before it screens at the Cat Fly Indie Film Fest on March 31st, programmed by Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk, who also worked on this short, per the credits on the poster.

Image by Ted Kendrick

I created the poster design above for festival use, and may submit the short to other appropriate festivals later in the year. THE REPLICA RAID will also be online and available for view later this month, so be on the lookout for a link soon enough.

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.

Posted by Coki Productions on Friday, February 3, 2017

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.

#goodtimes with #goodpeople at #goodhairthemovie premiere! #films #movies #comedy #shorts #entertainment

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Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival // poetry finalist

In November, my original poem “Tender Apocalypse” was selected as a finalist in the Dogwood Alliance’s Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival flash fiction contest. The top three finalists read their works aloud at the festival while the Asheville Grit published the works online. I was honored to have my work selected for a festival that promotes such a worthy cause like forest conservation.

Writing  “Tender Apocalypse” was therapeutic as it allowed me to process the devastating emotions I felt regarding the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. On the morning of election day, Asheville was covered in smoke from the wildfires in both Rutherford County and the Nantahala. The air was thick, hard to breathe, and needless to say, the atmosphere felt immensely apocalyptic.

My old friend Scot Langland is a studying poet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he is earning his masters in Literature. He was a huge help in the editing and refinement of this piece, which you can read in full below.

Tender Apocalypse
by Ted Kendrick

Apocalyptic ash was in the air on Tuesday November 8th.
At first I thought it was just the atmosphere of anxiety
Created by the uncertainty of the Presidential election,
But as the ballots trickled in, the haze still remained
And I discovered that my countrymen were arsonists.

In the East, near the Rumbling Bald in Rutherford,
Lake Lure was lit by the Dirty Dancing of wildfire.
Flames spread across seven thousand acres of forest,
Blamed on the debris falling below the Party Rock.
A warning, perhaps, not to blindly toe the party line.

In the West, among the shade of the Nantahala gorge,
The Land of the Noonday Sun became a roaring Inferno.
Amid campaign trail vows to ‘Make America Great Again’
Adventurers on the Appalachian Trail were warned away
And much of the Great Smoky Mountains was closed.

Smoke still filled the air on Wednesday November 9th.
Not only was the city of Asheville enshrouded by smog,
But the entire country was faced with the sudden promise
That the drought would continue for another four years
And some folks might admit they prefer it that way.

Greetings & Introductions

Hello and welcome to my corner of the internet! I’m Ted Kendrick, a content creator based in Asheville, North Carolina. You may know me from my work in writing, film, and music. Though I’ve dipped my toes into many creative ponds over the years, I never had a central location to keep everyone informed on what I’m currently up to. My hope is that this personal website and blog— Artificial Ink— will become that outlet.

Artificial Ink began as a concept nearly two years ago when I was selecting interesting domain names for a personal website. I purchased www.artificial.ink thinking I was ahead of the curve by ditching the traditional .com or .net ending. While that may have been true, here we are anyway at www.tedkendrick.com. Go figure. I’ve kept Artificial Ink as a pseudonym for my freelancing work because I like how it inspires thoughts of digital art, both created through computer-based software as well as online collaboration, which I personally believe is the future of media and entertainment.

Not only will I keep this site updated as a place to share my ongoing work, but as a platform to develop my voice and hone my writing skills. I’ve felt more confident and passionate about my work lately than ever before, slowly chipping away at a wall of artistic anxiety. This has appeared in the form of filtering my voice out of fear I may accidentally offend someone or be laughed at for my efforts, as well as simply keeping things close to the chest.

In the past, I’ve attempted to hold onto my creative work until I was absolutely certain it was perfect, but I’ve come to realize that approach is both unhealthy and unrealistic. My final products would usually just get cast aside to gather dust and never see the light of day. Creation in all forms is an intensely personal experience, but I believe once the piece is released, it’s no longer a fragment of my own self but a new entity to be judged individually on its own merit. This requires me to take a step back, acknowledge that I have done everything I can, and relinquish any further urge for control.

I’ve found there’s a beauty in artistic spontaneity and embracing mistakes as part of the process. Ultimately I had to ask myself, what’s the point in making any art if I’m too afraid to share it with the world? My hope is that people will respond positively to my material, but I cannot take things as a personal jab to my character if they don’t. This train of thought is the only way I’ve been able to arrive at this junction, now prepared for absolute transparency in my creative life, ultimately the underlying purpose behind Artificial Ink.

One of my favorite writers, Warren Ellis, has a newsletter called Orbital Operations which has greatly inspired the creation of my blog. He uses funny codenames to discuss projects that haven’t been officially announced yet. I plan to take a similar approach, though I have signed a few contracts that prevent me from mentioning proprietary materials. It’s a case by case basis, but I have enough on my plate like Project Voltage, Project Pyramid, and Project Scrambled Eggs to keep things interesting for awhile.

A few projects are already listed under the Creativity page, and you’ll learn more about the above work sooner than later. I invite you to drop in from time to time and check up on the blog. I’ll share each and every new post on my various social media profiles with Facebook and Instagram being the primary channels. Please find links on the sidebar and follow me so you don’t miss out on any updates.

If you’ve read down to this point, that means you care. Thank you for that. I hope you’ll find as much to love and enjoy in my upcoming artistic endeavors.