GRAPHIC CONTENT conclusion

My comic book and graphic novel review show GRAPHIC CONTENT has officially come to a close after its 26th and final episode, which fulfills a complete biweekly year long run on the Watchtower Database YouTube channel. The following episodes showcase creator owned original series like UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY and NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT, an independent graphic novel by Jeff Lemire titled FROGCATCHERS, and Batman focused comics like THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS written by Scott Snyder with art by Jock, and THE BATMAN ADVENTURES HOLIDAY SPECIAL by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Glen Murakami. The first two episodes immediately below were also filmed at a friends’ house in front of an extensive collection of DC Comics Archives editions which made a great backdrop.

The last few episodes focused on books like GREEN LANTERN: BLACKSTARS which was an interlude mini-series before the launch of GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO by Grant Morrison, then the first of an original graphic novel series from Image Comics titled NOVEMBER written by Matt Fraction with art by Elsa Charretier, Gail Simone’s run on BIRDS OF PREY that inspired the film adaptation which featured Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn (and my episode coincided with the film release date), the MARTIAN MANHUNTER origin retelling mini-series written by Steve Orlando with art by Riley Rossmo, and ended with an episode on MAGE by Matt Wagner who wrote and illustrated the Image Comics series over several decades.

I’ve been lucky to have a forum to share my appreciation and speculation regarding what books I have been following, and grateful for the thousands of people who tuned in each episode to watch my take. Despite some experience in podcasting, being a talking head and internet personality took some adjusting for me, and even then I didn’t always correctly set the video focus or sound levels, but I grew and enjoyed the endeavor nonetheless, and look forward to continuing to produce content for the Watchtower Database. Catch me chatting with James Strecker and Mattie Washburn in the reboot of the 13TH LEVEL INTELLECTS podcast, and read my work in upcoming issues of the LEGACIES OF THE DCAU webcomic.

LEGACIES #9 // “2019”

LEGACIES OF THE DCAU released another six-page issue in the “Anno Domini” storyline. Anno Domini translates to “the year of our lord” in Latin which is used as a reference to an ominous ‘dark king’ on the final page cliffhanger. The subtitle “2019” reveals the setting, an important time in the DC Animated Universe since it was the canonical final year that Bruce Wayne operated as Batman, as expanded upon in the previous LEGACIES issue “Prebirth”. The “2019” issue was written by myself Ted Kendrick, pencilled by James Strecker, and cover art by Rick Celis.

“2019” occurs several months after the events of “Prebirth”, and centers around Superman giving a speech commemorating the ten year anniversary of the disastrous Near Apocalypse of ’09, a mysterious event involving Ra’s Al Ghul that was referenced several times in BATMAN BEYOND storylines. Page 3 even reveals imagery with my take on that crisis. One of the most fun aspects of this issue was dreaming up the Justice League of 2019. I included Superman and Big Barda as direct references to the team from BATMAN BEYOND, along with The Atom, Green Lantern, and Static there as nods to the far future as well. Starfire and Plastic Man were fun additions since neither had truly been seen in the DC Animated Universe before, though page 2 shows where all of the original Justice Leaguers such as Wonder Woman, John Stewart, The Flash, and J’onn J’onzz are during this issue.

Click the cover to read “Anno Domini: 2019”!

A few weeks after the issue, James Strecker and I recorded a behind-the-scenes video looking at the process of creating the issue. We broke down the scenes, identified the easter eggs, and called out elements that reference previous issues or set up future events. We have a lot of story to tell, and a few more chapters set in the year 2019, which is 15 years after the end of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, but 20 years before the start of BATMAN BEYOND. The core mission statement behind LEGACIES has always been to fill in the missing gaps between those shows. Check out the BTS video below, and click the link above to read the full issue.

DOUBLE AGENT short film

Jim Tackman is kidnapped by gangsters who suspect him to be a DOUBLE AGENT. The action comedy short film featured Erich Reinhard, Zach Echols, and Tyler Buckner, and was written, directed, and produced by myself Ted Kendrick. Garin Wilson was Director of Photography, Rome Widenhouse was editor, and original soundtrack was composed by Tony Mozz. The short was made for Aputure Tech’s #LightThisLocation international film challenge. Unfortunately the entry was not selected as a finalist, but I still greatly enjoyed the production process alongside Wilson’s Productions, Absolute Grip Co., and the rest of the cast and crew.

The challenge required that the short film be no more than 5 minutes in length, occur in a single location, and include the secret word “accent”, with bonus points awarded if the film used plenty of brand sponsored gear and equipment, and we certainly did as you will find in the behind-the-scenes video embedded below, edited by Garin Wilson with footage captured by videographer Steve Howard.

The Lighting Floor Plan was another final deliverable required by the competition. Erik Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. was the Gaffer in charge of light design, and drew a rough lighting floor plan on the back of a script. The floor plan was recreated by Ted Kendrick in Adobe Photoshop with a consistent and intelligible color palette, naturally accomplished in the familiar Artificial Ink font style.

With DOUBLE AGENT now out of competition and already released online, Artificial Ink Creative will submit and send the film through the independent film festival circuit. The official poster is embedded below, designed by Ted Kendrick, and guaranteed to look even better after flaunting a few film festival laurels.

COMPASSION poster

COMPASSION short film anthology by Corpening Media released its official poster. Ted Kendrick collaborated closely with Jeff Corpening and Betsy Cardwell to produce “Part 1: Knowledge,” and assisted in the production of the other chapters. COMPASSION celebrates its local premiere on Saturday, December 14th at 10am at Asheville Fine Arts Theater. Admission is free, but you must RSVP in advance.

DOUBLE AGENT production

DOUBLE AGENT is a short comedy film that was written, directed, and produced by myself, Ted Kendrick, for an upcoming lighting contest by lightthislocation.com. Garin Wilson was the Director of Photography, and Eric Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. facilitated the lighting plan as the Gaffer. Additional crew included Johan Taljaard as 1st AC, Micah Parsons as 2nd AC, Dalton Stout as Grip, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as Sound Recordist, Tony Mozz as Sound Mixer and Soundtrack, Rome Widenhouse as Editor, and Steve Howard on Behind the Scenes Videography.

The cast showcases Erich Reinhard as protagonist Jim Tackman with Zach Echols and Tyler Buckner as the antagonist gangsters Pat and Bob. The contest deadline is Monday, November 11th before DOUBLE AGENT is uploaded online for a round of voting. Afterwards, the plan is to share the short around to various film festivals before ultimately uploading it online to the Artificial Ink Creative YouTube channel. Check out some screenshots embedded below via Instagram in the meantime.

Headshots by The Joes

The Joes directing duo of Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino promised me some professional headshots as part of my payment for producing the MOMHEART short film. We captured these photos in late July 2019 at various places in Asheville, North Carolina. I knew that I wanted highly detailed black and white textured photos in a controlled interior space, which occurred at the Grey Eagle venue in the immediate photos below. Afterwards, we walked throughout downtown to collect candid shots. I was very impressed with the Joes’ work, and always grateful for updated headshots, which are critical for the freelance creative arena.

POP-POP IS DEAD Web-Series

POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which began as a 60 minute dramatic comedy feature film, is now available to stream online with Vimeo in an updated web-series format that chops the feature into four episodes running about 15 minutes each. The film premiered in August 2018 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, and enjoyed a successful festival run over the year with screenings at LA Comedy Film Festival, Winter Film Awards in New York City, and a special encore event at Cat Fly Film Festival 2019. Binge watch the entire web-series now!

COMPASSION completion

COMPASSION, the short film anthology written and directed by Jeff Corpening from Corpening Media, completed principal photography on the final of the three parts in mid-August 2019. Pre-production had begun over a year prior in February 2018, when I began to guide production on the first installment, which starred Victor Hough with cinematography by David Craig in a setting that challenged a land developer to look past the present. Betsy Cardwell was another Producer on the project, and the glue that kept consistency and continuity in all three parts.

Part III underwent production in November 2018, and starred Emily McDaniel and Camila Escobar in which a WWII stageplay strangely turns into reality. Part II was filmed last, and featured Lavin Cuddihee and Melanie Stauss in an fairy tale trial which looked to establish empathy between man and beast. Both parts II and III were helmed by cinematographer Brad Hoover, head instructor at the Asheville School of Film. Check out the teaser trailer for Parts I and III below!

com·pas·sion Teaser 1

We can not wait to show you footage from Part 2 — which we will be filming in August. Until then, enjoy this just-released footage from our upcoming short movie, com·pas·sion.

Posted by Corpening Media on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Artificial Ink T-Shirts!

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC has produced its first batch of official t-shirts which were given as gifts to key cast and crew who have been important assets over the years. Lightning Bolt Ink screen-printed the shirts out of their shop in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. They approached the white font and grey streak in the logo design with two separate screens to create the desired texture effect.

The shirts were modeled by Braethun Bharathae-Lane and Whitley Albury who now rep the Artificial Ink brand both online and out in the world. Another batch of t-shirts will be ordered from Lightning Bolt Ink before the end of the 2019 year, and will be available for purchase at $15 per shirt in sizes S, M, L and XL. Shirts in XXL and up available upon request for $17. Email artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com to reserve your shirt today and ensure you don’t miss the second round!

Graphic Content (Cont’d)

Graphic Content is the comic book and graphic novel review show hosted by myself, Ted Kendrick. New episodes are released on the Watchtower Database over a consistent biweekly schedule every other Wednesday. Although I’m still feeling out the format and my comfortability behind camera, I’ve truly enjoyed sharing the books and series that I’m reading with the near 40,000 channel subscribers at the time of this writing. The following few episodes were all released over the last four months, and primarily feature DC Comics’ characters such as Batman, the Flash, and Young Justice, with the occasional focus on more original characters.

The above episodes take an introspective on the recent Batman and Flash crossover “The Price” which tied-in with the HEROES IN CRISIS mini-series. YOUNG JUSTICE was rebooted with the original team by writer Brian Michael Bendis, the Arkham Knight character spun out of the video game into the pages of Detective Comics #1000, and Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt received a WATCHMEN inspired reimagining by Dynamite Entertainment. The below episodes focus on DC Comics’ zombie horror event DCEASED, the beautifully painted MARVELS by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, and two Vertigo Comics classics in Frank Miller’s seminal early work RONIN and Grant Morrison’s counter culture cult hit THE INVISIBLES.