45 Years and Counting . . .

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45 years ago tonight, actually in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969, drag queens, homeless kids and hustlers fought police after they raided Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn. As the night turned to morning, the fighting escalated to the point of rioting. The riots continued throughout that weekend into the early part of the following week. Though many people incorrectly think that this event was the start of the gay rights movement, it was merely the final straw after years of silent organizing against oppression, persecution, and murder. It was the moment when the LGBT community said, “No more.”

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“Homeward” Bound

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You can’t go home again, but you can certainly take a short vacation there.

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Presenting at the NAMLE Conference

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This weekend I’ll be part of a team presenting a discussion, Transmedia Play Experiments, at the NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education) Conference in Torrance, California.  The co-presenters are Meryl Alper and (in absentia) Becky Herr-Stephenson.  We’ll be discussing our work on the Flotsam Transmedia Play project, which I worked on in 2012 and early 2013.   Read more

New Portfolio design

I’ve altered the design and navigation of my Portfolio link here on my website, which will hopefully let me add more projects with ease.   Read more

Past Projects Page Updated

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I actually wanted to type “pupdated” just to keep my alliteration going.  This is just a very quick post to note that I’ve gone in and updated my portfolio page with some past projects that had not been on there before.  I’m still digging through and digitizing some analog work, so that portion of the site is undergoing pretty constant revision.

Spice Up Your Life

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So, frugal shopper that I am, I took advantage of a 50% off sale at the grocery store last week and bought six jars of pasta sauce (yes, I’m Italian and I eat a lot of pasta.  Trust me, six jars is minimal in my house.)  I will generally steer clear of the “fancier” sauces and stick with basic Tomato & Basil sauce (because [a] it’s a great base that I can “doctor” up to make any other kind of tomato sauce and [b] it’s the lowest in calories and fat of jarred sauces. Don’t believe me? Read the labels.  Go on.  I’ll wait.)

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Why We Need an LGBTQ Museum

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I’ve recently been very honored to join the advisory committee for a new not-for-profit organization, The Lavender Effect.   The mission of The Lavender Effect is “to celebrate our heritage and inspire future generations” and the organization is “committed to creating a state-of-the-art LGBTQ Museum and Cultural Center that will be among the foremost educational and entertainment institutions in Southern California.”  I’m thrilled to be working at the genesis of such an important project.

Since its official announcement on June 1, 2012, I’ve seen and heard various responses to the exisitence the organization, but a common question that keeps coming up is “Why do we need an LGBTQ Museum?”  While The Lavender Effect as an organization has its own answers to this question, I wanted to memorialize my answers here on my site, now, at the beginning of this process, to address this issue from a personal viewpoint.

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New Seymour Site is launched!

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Although the redesign has been in the works for a bit, today I finally relaunched the Seymour Deeply website, which includes the full graphic novella/webcomic, a revised trailer,  a team page and a page that details where Seymour Deeply is being showcased around Los Angeles in the next few weeks leading up to USC’s graduation.

Seymour Deeply to be shown at First Move 2012

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First Move is the interactive portion of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts’ First Look festival, a showcase of the past year’s best student work (which includes First Film, First Pitch and First Frame). Read more

Other Worlds webpage is now live

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For those who have been asking, “Hey, when can I see this amazing thesis project that you’ve been working on and has been sucking up all your time?” I now have more information to share.

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An Update on Seymour Deeply

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Not that I have been able to maintain a true and complete development blog here on this site as might have wished, but I do hope, now that I’m in my second semester of development on the project, to update the page semi-regularly with news, setback, advancements and perhaps some art and screenshots.
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Who . . . or what . . . is Seymour Deeply?

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Seymour Deeply is actually both a “who” and a “what.”  Seymour is the title character of my MFA thesis project of the same name.
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New Year . . . New Posts?

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Yes, despite my promise to myself of last January to resolve to post more often to this blog, I’ve been remiss.  I’m trying it again this year, since there’s so much to post about.  I will tease that I am in the middle of working on my MFA thesis project, Seymour Deeply. More about that will come later.  I also want to talk about the bold move that DC Comics made this past September by fulfilling the plan first presented by Marv Wolfman back in the early ’80s and the original Crisis on Infinite Earths and rebooting their entire comics universe. We’re several months in now.  How’s it going?  And I finally would like to talk about my continued interest and involvement in transmedia storytelling (having had a fantastic class with Henry Jenkins this past fall and working on a fantastic transmedia pitch, I’m eager to discuss it further.

I’m back.  And I’m blogging.

Updated my past projects page!

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Just a quick post to say that I’ve made some quick updates to my past projects page.  I intend to update it even more and hopefully embed playable links right in the page as well.