I just sent out 90 solicits for interviews for the next issue of QRD. Even though both the Fathers & Guitarists ebooks have so far been financial failures in the time to money ratio, both have seemed to have some positive personal impacts on individuals & sometimes I forget that is what everything I do is about. Positive impacts & making people feel less uniquely alone.
Finished posting stuff on Facebook groups about the new releases & about to finish contacting the press folks I only have web contacts for. So that means it’s time to do some new releases & start all over again. Lately it seems like I’m getting more reviews of year old releases than the new ones, but I’m pretending it’s because Silber is so cutting edge the world won’t be ready for us for another year.
Also worth noting I have the finished a big project blues & I’m trying to push on & get work done instead of wallowing in depression for a month. We’ll see who wins.
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I don’t update the blog like I used to. Maybe one day I’ll get back to it, but I just realized I hadn’t really talked about the Kickstarter I have running that ends in a couple days. It was kind of a last minute thing, to do a Kickstarter for an ebook collecting the 100 interviews I’ve done with musician/cartoonist/artistic dads in time for Father’s Day. It did meet my ultra low funding goal where I make around $3 an hour for the time it takes me to make it, but way under my personal goal of 100 backers. That 100 number is what I set for myself as the point where I’d look into making a physical edition. At this point I’d say it seems pretty unlikely to hit that, but maybe there will be a long tail & it will make sense down the line. My hope is that after I get it up on Amazon & such it will be something to generate $10 a month for the next ten years & if I just right 99 other books with that degree of success I’ll be doing okay.
I made a Spotify playlist that is always going to feature the ten newest Silber releases. Listen to it at work & earn the artists a few pennies.
Anyway, a lot of other stuff going on. New releases are out & getting a little attention from M is We, The Infant Cycle, & What Does The Scanner See. Remix EPs coming from M is We & Philip Polk Palmer. New releases coming soon from Philip Polk Palmer, Chvad SB, Kirchenkampf, Remora, Space Sweeper, & more. Two new experimental comps we’re putting together for this fall. A bunch of comics out with artists. Everything looks like it’s going well except the finances!
So I have been working on a bunch of Silber stuff non-stop for several days. I stopped when the power went out & to take my wife to the doctor, but pretty much if I’ve been awake I’ve been grinding. So anyway… three new releases (by The Infant Cycle, M is We, & What Does The Scanner See) & a new QRD with 40 interviews. You can get to them all from the Silber front page.
Getting some things going here in Silberia today.
Comics – first drafts of REH #10, REH – Another Life #1, & a random future issue of XO.
Music – Finished mastering the M is We record & sent to Michael for approval, got approval from Michael for an M is We remix kit (awaiting tracks), finished artwork for Philip Polk Palmer disc & delivered to Philip, got in raw tracks for Palmer remix kit (need to assemble), still running into some minor snafus with The Infant Cycle release (but it may be finished soon), shipped 50 Remora CDs as a giveaway for a friend’s movie night.
QRD – emailed the 60 previous contributors to the Father’s Day interview series about the ebook & kickstarter asking for one paragraph updates (received maybe 10 responses so far), received another interview in for the upcoming issue & proofed it, arranged an interview about the ebook on a podcast for Friday, did an email interview about the ebook that went up an hour later.
Wrote three dreams down in my dream diary.
This is how much work I should be doing every single day. What is wrong with me?
So I know I haven’t been doing blog entries lately. I’m not really sure why. There’s been a lot going on.
First off a couple weeks ago the Kaiju Temple comp came out. Its a soundtrack to Joe Badon’s Terra Kaiju comic which is included with the download.
Been doing a lot of work towards the upcoming QRD which is going to be over 20 interviews with cartoonists & musicians about balance art & fatherhood. In related news I’m running a Kickstarter to collect all the Father’s Day interviews as an ebook. Spread the word about it if you can. I guess I’ll need to start spreading the word about it sometime in the next few weeks.
Working on booklets & press releases for some of the upcoming releases including What Does the Scanner See, Philip Polk Palmer, The Infant Cycle, & M is We. Getting teady to send out stuff to the usual Silber suspects about some compilations coming out in September. It’s busy. But it’s good.
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Tagged kaiju temple, kickstarter, M is We, Philip Polk Palmer, QRD, terra kaiju, the infant cycle, What Does the Scanner See
For the last few years it seems like horror movies are really focused toward gore & torture porn & sexy teenagers. Maybe that’s always been true & it’s just gotten less appealing to me as I’ve gotten older & the guidelines for what can be put on screen have gotten more relaxed. At any rate Babadook sounded interesting as the creepy kid genre tends to at least not be oversexualized. But wow. The guy who directed The Exorcist said something to the effect of this being the creepiest movie he’d ever seen & I totally get that. If you like movies like Ringu (The Ring) or Absentia where they know the scariest parts should be left to your imagination, this film is for you. Also worth noting is that the child actor is decent in that it doesn’t feel like he’s acting & is just a kid with moodswings. Oh, I suppose it’s worth mentioning it is a boogieman story. Really, if you like creepy movies you should watch this.
So the main reason I wanted to see this movie was it got some praise from Scotty Irving (Clang Quartet) & it’s rare for him to bother to talk about films that aren’t about super heroes or giant monsters. It’s good. You should see it. My review might spoil some things about it, but my personal view is a good movie can’t really be spoiled because you can see it multiple times.
So the basic plot is a kid goes to a decent music school where a professor tries to make students crack under pressure in order to make good students shine like diamonds. I think normal people think the professor pushes the line too far in trying to break the kids, even admitting he never actually made a diamond. But I think that this professor is in the right. I know a ton of people that have gotten their performance degrees while being nowhere near ready to make it as a professional musician. It’s a dis-service to tell a person “good job” or “good enough” when they don’t have what it takes. At that point a person is being robbed of both their time & money as well as wasting the hopeful expertise of the instructor. Young people especially think they are hot shit & really need to be broken into realizing their passion (whatever it may be – music, art, film, journalism, writing, psychology, video games, religion, anything really) is just a hobby or pushed to the point that they are undeniably good. Even the people I’m friends with that are good at what they do, I feel aren’t undeniably good & it’s not because they are lazy as much as no one ever really pushed them hard enough. As someone who is only mediocre at any of the artistic things he works on, I really wish that I had had what it takes to face someone that had pushed me or broken me well enough that I had a comfortable relationship with art either as a professional or a hobbyist instead of this weird space I am in of not knowing how to have my art as either a true career or enjoyable hobby. But I was too scared of being broken to even let someone show me how to be better.
This movie also addresses the idea that if you want to be truly great that you have to throw everything else away for it. That the price of even a shot at greatness is your own happiness. The classic suffering artist. It’s romantic & at times I’ve thought it might be true & maybe it even is true. But I’ve personally come to a place where I’d rather be happy than be great & it’s the best place I’ve been in a long time.
So I had three new comics I thought would be assembled & shipped out last week, but they weren’t. But I have a good excuse this time! I was in the hospital with my wife. I’ve been slow to announce it, but we’re having a baby. Anyway, there’ve been a few rough spots with the pregnancy & the last set sent us to the hospital for several days & we’re back out trying to re-structure life a bit to face our current set of challenges. You might think this might put Silber in danger, but to be honest I think Silber is in the least tumultuous place it has been in years. I’m pretty comfortable with things right now. I feel appropriately appreciated. I have some people who like what I do & I have lost the delusion of my own greatness. Life is good & my art is good & I always thought those two couldn’t be true at the same time. This really is the best time of my life. Thank you for being part of it.