Thursday, August 13, 2015

Random Images of WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK

So many random images in my WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK   right now. Here are some:

 VISIT world of the deathstick



Saturday, July 11, 2015

I LOVE WHEN MY STUDENTS ASPIRE

Bua says thanks to her teachers

A short film that views like more a dedication to TEACHERS. If you're a teacher please enjoy the video and if you're not a teacher, thank one.


Friday, July 10, 2015

One small MOONBOW

MOONBOW of the EVIL EMPIRE

So Alberto my WORLD  OF THE DEATHSTICK artist and I decided to join the Webtoons SCI-FI contest, but of course neither of us had time for this. The contest was slammed with nearly 100 great comics competing for a grand prize of $30,000 dollars. We artists are a poor lot and no one should wave such a carrot in front of us, nearly everyone took the month off from their usual production to take their talents into space.

We got off to a slow start and by the time other comics had acquired multiple votes we were still trying to get up our first batch of pages.

Sadly I really like the character we created, and when I say we I mean Alberto, with my only really telling attribute being the electric pulse between his protruding antennas.

We did not make it into the round of 16,  but I am leaving it up on WEBTOONS for a while while we figure out what to do with it.

CLICK THE LINK and check out what we were able to finish.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wong Fu from YOUTUBE channel to Indeagogo funded Vimeo feature


Wong Fu's First Feature

     So if your not familiar with Wong Fu's Youtube channel then you probably don't enjoy short films because they have been producing good little romantic comedies for many years now. The interesting thing here is about the process Wong Fu is going through. There videos get millions of hits, they have thousands of fans and now they are putting their style and method to work on a feature. I can't speak to whether the film is good or not, although I usually enjoy their short films so I would expect that this is good, but I think we may be seeing the future of independent film.
     Not so many years ago the only way to work in film was to pay your does in major studios and hope your networking skills and actual creative skills found the illusive opportunity those studios offered. But with many independent productions rivaling and exceeding some of the studio produced work the industry just may be about to change. It won't happen over night, because the studio money allows them to cast STARS and these actors mean dollars at the box office and anything that releases to internet sales will not see box office at all. Still with extremely reduced filming budgets the need for huge returns are not there; furthermore, Vimeo is offering film makers outside the studio system to show what they can do with very little and perhaps they will end up absorbed by those studios in much the same way TV directors were back a few decades ago.
     I think it is very interesting and I am really curious just how productions like this may be paving the way for independent film makers all over the world.

Friday, June 26, 2015

IT IS TIME FOR BOOYA COMICS

 The growth of both The Astropath series JOURNEYS OF THE ASTROPATHS, WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK and recently introducing MOONBOW OF THE EVIL EMPIRE,  it's time to create a unifying force. Booya Comics is in association with Booya Bkk Dramatic, but is a separate entity.  Our long term goal is to offer comic development for artists and writers looking to publish their work across a wide variety of publishing platforms. As Booya Comics is based in Bangkok Thailand we will also be working to develop translation for comics across multiple languages. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Women's Shelter BANGKOK THAILAND

THEY NEED YOUR HELP



     Please consider helping these amazing workers and lovely children. My student asked me to help with the video element of her project to raise money for this wonderful facility. I wasn't looking forward to the visit, I was busy, and a bit nervous about being around children suffering from such harsh circumstances. But what was amazing is how happy these children were, how generous they were with their smiles and how excited they were to be filmed.
     I was mobbed with infants and children desperate to be held and anxious to share anything they had with me. It was extremely hot in the center and the students were enjoy some ice with some syrup as their afternoon snack. One boy insisted on bringing me a spoon full of ice telling me I looked hot and he could cool me down.
     When the day winded down and my good friend James was putting up the camera, it was really hard to leave. I am looking forward to returning and hope people can find a way to help us help them.


Monday, June 15, 2015

HOW DO YOU READ COMICS?

COMICS IN MULTIPLE FORMATS




The modern comic / anime / manga / graphic novel reader has many options for enjoying their visual story. When I was growing up I had stacks and stacks of comic books. These ink on dead tree comics were wonderful to experience; the smell of these pulp pages and ink still fill me with a sense of nostalgia for my childhood non-academic indulgences.

So now writing two comics I am curious, how do you enjoy our comics? Simply put are you scrolling them on your phone or pad, are you still holding the paper or are you reading them on your lap top or desktop?

PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY. HOW DO YOU READ COMICS?

Friday, June 5, 2015

ASK A COOL QUESTION AND GET A COOL ANSWER



While working on a rather fun Science Fiction story with my illustrator, something popped into my head. How many people are living in outer space right now and where are they from? I mean when I was a kid someone being in space was monumental news, but before I offer you the link and answer, take a guess. I was surprised by the number and even more surprised by the nations represented. It might as well be the 80's. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AN ARTISTS LIFE IS FAR FROM FREE

We all make decisions in our life. Working as a teacher for nearly 20 years now, I get so inspired by my students having a creative drive and a sense of accomplishment from projects purely endeavored for their own self growth; however, the reality of our world today is one of financial need. As the cost of living continues to rise, even here in Thailand, how much income do we need to survive? Artists, like myself, can find it tough going when financial troubles come. So I try to explain to my students, who feel great doing their particular art form, that very few writers, painters, film makers, sculptors, musicians, actors, etc. ever truly stand on their own feet from their art. This can be disheartening for a young person to hear, but as the saying goes, "it's not the way I made it, but it is the way it is."

My suggestion to all those who need a creative outlet is this: 1. Join a group of like minded people who are also crazy about whatever it is that you are. This is easy in some neighborhoods but probably your best bet to find these people will be on internet chat sites. 2. Find a career that allows you to be creative, even if its is only occasionally. 3. Share your creativity with others, because I've found creative people who are ready to explode with the poke of a dull ink pen because they haven't gotten this god-given gift out to the world around them. i.e. fan fiction, fan art, blogging, karaoke night, open mic. etc. In other words stop feeling sorry for your underexposed creative growth and thrust yourself out into the sunlight and DO SOMETHING!

So if you have a really COOL ARTISTIC HOBBY what are you doing?
Send me siminoe@gmail..com a picture or sample of your work and I'll toss it up on my little blog.
I would love to feature your stuff, so BRING IT ON.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patreon CROWD FUNDING

SIMINOE https://www.patreon.com/siminoe?alert=1
SO THIS IS THE ART FOR MY PATREON PAGE
CHECK IT OUT IF YOU CAN LEND A HAND








Sunday, May 10, 2015

NEW SHORT FILM UNDERWAY

BOOYA and MUFASA at it again

new short film underway

With a collaboration on the script with James Iles and Myself we decided the best way to work is to also co-direct. James is of course in charge of the camera and lighting and I do my best to prepare the actors and the script.

Most exciting about this project is we have brought in a team of new producers who are serious about set and assisting us with pre-production.  
 With our team growing, it's allowing us the chance to really develop a film the right way. Stay tuned, I'll be putting up some behind the scenes images and thoughts from team members.

Friday, April 10, 2015

VISITING MOM NOT SO EASY

A JOURNEY OF 8510 MILES BEGINS WITH A 3 A.M. TAXI RIDE.


Traveling from my home in Bangkok to my mother's home in Kearney Nebraska is extremely daunting, but for me it is always the first leg that stresses me the most. April 7th at 3 A.M. a taxi driver arrives in front of my home. He's wired from a long night of some kind of chemical blend of energy drinks, cigarettes, and youth. Its the rare time of day when there is NO traffic in the city and so he revels in the freedom of revving his modified Toyota and racing us to the airport in just under 30 minutes, a journey I had estimated would take closer to an hour. He helped me out with my bags and raced off and I stepped into the cavernous Suvarnabhumi International Airport. At this time of the evening the attendants and ground workers outnumber the passengers and in fact, I was the only one there when I found the Delta counters. I chatted with them asking if I was the only one flying today, which at 3:30 in the morning is not funny. 

So with check in completed, my bag checked, and a realization that basically the next 24 hours of my life will be spent in a state of half-conscious confinement, I found a kind of comfortably numb, zombie like energy, that moves me from security to passport check to duty free to lounge to gate to seat and to infinity and beyond.

My first flight was Bangkok to Tokyo: 5 hours 25 minutes. A pretty nice little warm up. Next flight, after a 2 hour layover, was Tokyo to Minneapolis: 10 hours 40 minutes. I had 1 hour to switch planes for the final leg from Minneapolis to Omaha: 1 hour and 40 minutes. All total just under 18 hours of flight time and about 6 hours of airport time for THE LOST DAY.



Monday, April 6, 2015

THAI FOOD is an ATTITUDE


THAI FOOD is an attitude

It's hotter than FIRE in Bangkok (95% yesterday) and when I duck into a local street food joint to grab some food the food is even hotter. Anytime I travel away from Thailand it only takes a few days for me to begin missing Thai food. I know every country in the world has Thai food now, but come on, I'm yet to taste any of it that maintains that ATTITUDE. 
It's fun to watch Thai folks eat, no matter how spicy or seasoned the food looks when it arrives at the table, their first question is and I am translating into English, "Spices please." And out comes a basket full of sweet, spicy, sour, salty or surprise enhancements. They add sauces and spices to everything and even to every bite if need be. They are patient, not gobbling down their food for it's sustenance, but rather delighting in the plethora of flavors swirled upon their spoons. 
The photos are my lunch, spicy noodle soup with pork and  an egg, and my dinner Sum Tum (papaya salad) and nom toke (onions pork chives).