I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have the readership that this blog has afforded me. While it may still be relatively small, I appreciate the hell out of every comment, re-post, and share of my posts. I love the community I have and every time you share this site with someone else, it just makes it grow. At the moment this is all on word of mouth, and luckily for me my friends have very big mouths. I owe them everything I have at the moment (as far as this site is concerned, don’t you all get carried away and start asking for money or anything) so it’s only fair that I offer them the same exposure that they give to me.
I have ridiculously talented friends. This was actually the basis for a site and company I started along with some of them over the summer called WeHaveNo Studios. The concept was essentially a collective of friends with the intentions of being entertaining. We accomplished that in a way, but we failed to actually produce any content. While the site and concept has been stagnant for awhile now, it is in no way dead and you can expect to see it up and running in the future. If you’re interested in the concept or want to keep up with future productions, the information is provided below. Click, favorite, do whatever it is you do to share things that you like and make them popular so we can make lots of monies.
One of the members of WeHaveNo Studios has been a presence on another web content producer and has his share of successful videos on the web. He also happens to be one of my closest friends. Eric Snell has one of the most off-the-wall styles of humor that I’ve ever encountered. I use the same analogy every time that I’ve had to describe him since high school, but it’s just a really accurate comparison. Eric is a comedic gatling gun; He shoots round after round and will miss completely or just hit you slightly and get a small rise out of you, but every once in a while he will hit you dead on in the heart and you will lose all control and be doubled over on the ground, crying from laughter. The analogy isn’t perfect because you die from the bullet, but you get the idea. Eric is a completely self-taught video editor and has done some fantastic work on his own. You can find all of his masterpieces on his Youtube page. Also, check his Tumblr and follow him on Twitter (@etnsell) for random acts of comedy.
Another one of my friends and WHN (That’s the abbreviation for WeHaveNo Studios. Clever, no? Oh wait, no? Well whatever, abbreviations aren’t exactly a haven for creativity) contributors is Tynan Humphrey. Ty is my harshest critic (you should hear the audio recordings of the script read through, the mental scars have yet to fully heal) and one of my favorite contributing wordsmiths to work with. He’s changed more than a fair share of underachieving punch lines into gems and disgraces of sentences into structured prose. He’s an actor, performer, and singer without even trying and I still don’t understand how that happened. He’s a jack of all trades, even though he’s kind of a jackass (I’m still bitter about the script read-through, sorry Ty). The man always has something hilarious to say and a plethora of one-liners at his fingertips. And I didn’t even mention he’s a graphic designer. To share in his humor, follow Ty on Twitter (@tynhmphry) or to marvel in his graphic art, check his website.
It has been in one of the most unlikely places that I have met some of the most talented people I know. From Mounds, my current place of employment (dear God change soon…) I’ve met two extremely gifted artists and one of the most talented writers I know.
I currently work with one of the masters of graphic design, Andrew Kjelstrup. Andrew’s web presence is lacking (he doesn’t even have a functioning computer at the moment) but the work we’ve traded back and forth on has been promising. He’s been involved in a web comic with one of the other artistic masterminds from Mounds, Nathan Kroll. Their work on the comic, entitled “Monster Plus” can be found at Action Age Comics, or you can just click the words “Monster Plus” because I’m awesome and included a link. Andrew and I collaborated on the start of a comic project that is currently in the very early stages of almost being ready to kind of start on it. We kind of hit a stand still when Andrew’s computer decided that it had enough of it’s life and ended itself, but we’ll be back up and running at some point. Probably. Either way, Andrew’s a talented dude and hopefully I’ll be able to share some more of his work here. In the mean time, here’s some samplings from the comic project that he produced before the funeral for his computer:
Comic Preview 1
Comic Preview 2
Comic Preview 3
As mentioned above, one of the other fine artists I’ve met through my (too) many years at Mounds is Nathan Kroll. Nate’s different from Andrew in that he had no professional training and is beyond great at what he does. He is the same as Andrew in that I hate them for being talented at things I’m not. Nate just started up his own site not too long ago and can be found on the web at www.nationkroll.com. It houses all his work from comics to personal projects to school work. Also, check out his Youtube and try to figure out how he draws so fast, because I don’t have a clue. My assumption is it has to do with the amount of coffee he consumes, but it’s just a hunch. Check Nate’s work on “Monster Plus” as well, and subscribe to his Youtube for updates. Also subscribe to mine because shameless plugs are extremely convincing.
Probably the most random connection I’ve made at Mounds, and probably my favorite connection because of just how full of happenstance that it is, has been with a customer and fellow writer Scott Collins. Scott is well-versed movie critic, teacher and political activist. I’ve probably spent more time chatting with Scott in the aisles than working some days. He’s a man of intelligence, wit, and passion, and I’m going to cut off this description before it sounds like I’m professing a man-crush. He runs a fantastic movie review blog, Savage Cinema, which has become the first place I check for an opinion on a film. His reviews are in-depth, his reasoning fleshed out, and his thoughts regularly on point. I’m hoping to get him to share some creative works in the future, but maybe some poking and prodding from others will help coax it out of him.
It’s fantastic to be able to watch these people that I consider my friends display their talents in such ways that has turned me into not only a friend but a fan as well. Everyone on this list has been more than encouraging to me and have helped in spreading my work and my word, and I would be smitten if I weren’t to do the same for them. So if you trust my taste (and lets be honest, you should. My fashion sense is impeccable, my writing style fluid and approachable, my personality, confident and clearly modest), you should check out everyone listed above. They all deserve the your time as much if not more than I do, and if you’re gotten to the point where you’re clicking around my other pages on this site, you’ve clearly spent too much time here. Go visit these people would you?
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