“I Hope You Realize This Means War”

That was my favorite line from any Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made.  It has dual bearing on this particular post:

1)  I’m a little peeved that I haven’t had much response yet from people related to my poll in the last post.  After all, the goal is to make a show that you yourselves want to see happen, whether as an actor, a crew member, or a fan!


2)  My game, Art War, is now in production… or at least the limited edition version.  You see, Art War is a collectible card game;  the limited edition is a collector’s version, containing all 108 cards in one box, as opposed to the regular version of the game, which will contain a mixed set of 54, including the rules card and the checklist.

Hopscotch, an ART WAR card by Michael Marcus

This is one of my cards from the first ART WAR game deck.


Shakeups, Breakdowns, and Shameless Self-Promotion

Well, my schedule has kind of been shaken up by the damage to my car that I alluded to last weekend, and our Mighty Director has suffered a hard drive failure–both of these things are proving mighty inconvenient. It’s because of this that I turn attention back to other projects of mine, to help bring some cash in.

I’ve got Sudoku Tactics, the board games I’ve been selling at conventions, up on The Game Crafter until I can produce some more physical copies. That’s the company that also helped me put out Lea$e for Life for the show. My artwork, meanwhile, is going up at Ideas Manifest. Then, of course, there are still a few calendars left on the website…

Lea$e for Life

Rumors, Secrets, and Big Fat Lies

Yes, it’s America’s favorite game, “Rumors, Secrets, and Big Fat Lies,” wherein we talk about some of the amazing things within upcoming segments of The Adventures of Jack Uzi. The best part of this game is you get to play along, figuring out which are which!

  • Segment Four will be on the channel soon.
  • New “Making Of” footage will be coming up soon, so that people will get to see some more of the behind-the-scenes nonsense from us professionals.
  • Some time in the New Year, the channel will open up for public comment
  • Edward Snowden will be calling in on Skype to film his part in the series.
  • Some members of the cast and crew, during downtime on this project, are turning their talents and skills to some science fiction fan film.
  • No lizards have been harmed during the making of these videos.
  • You will be able to see some of us, and the calendars, making an appearance at ConFusion.

Any guesses which are which?

RJ Balde as Juan Pupadei

RJ Balde as Juan Pupadei

Keep a Close Watch–Strange Things Are Afoot

Well… more than just a foot–a knee, possibly a whole leg or even two… but definitely keep your eyes on the Jack Uzi Channel. There are two great reasons for this. First, Freon keeps tinkering with the various versions of the early segments–you will get to see any improvements he makes before the official showing, to be announced soon! Second, Segment Three is on the way! Of course, if you subscribe to the channel, you will get notified of the latter… but oddly, not the former. That is, when a video gets revised, you will only see this in the fact that the number of views gets reset to zero. Don’t miss out!

Also, as the Big Holiday with All Those Trees gets closer, now is the time to buy that calendar and be sure that you will have it ready to wrap! There’s also still time to get THE MOST HORRIBLE GAME EVER, designed for the later episodes of the series, from The Game Crafter. If you’ve got a dark sense of humor, you’ll love that, or you’ll have a perfect gift for someone you really don’t like.

Lea$e for LifeLea$e for Life–the most horrible game ever!

The Days of Jack Uzi

I’ve missed working on the show–and especially with the actual process of working with the actors and with shooting.  I really enjoyed being able to “fill in” some part, where necessary, but the new contract gig gets in the way of that.  That’s one of the reasons I offered to do a calendar in the first place.  It was fun to go back through our efforts, look for good images, and put them together.  There are the twelve images for the month, plus two bonus images to help fill out the calendar.  I haven’t added in any dates yet, not even holidays, but I have taken the time to caption and credit everybody.  I wish that fourteen images could cover the entire cast, but we have a huge cast.  If I have time for it–and I actually get some pre-orders–I have a few ideas for ways to remedy the problem somewhat.  Just go to the web-page and order.  Mind you, I haven’t finalized the choices of images yet because it might interfere with one of my ideas to get more characters into the calendar.

By the way, just so that you can see what one of the ART WAR cards look like, at least in this draft’s state, here’s one of my cards as a sample.

Hopscotch, an ART WAR card by Michael Marcus

This is one of my cards from the first ART WAR game deck.

Production and Collaboration, Little Red Hen Style

This is not the “Sky is Falling” story, but rather the one about a hen which finds some grains of wheat and asks the other animals to help her plant it, but none do except for her own chicks.  The same thing happens when it comes time to cut the grain, grind the flour, and make the bread… only when it comes time to actually eat the bread do the other animals happily volunteer and come around.

Well, in many ways, production on work like JACK UZI relies on everybody doing everything, and with it being more than just a movie, but an episodic series, it’s taking long enough that some of the folks are finding other ways to engage themselves while the metaphorical “bread” bakes.  That’s one of the reasons we’re doing this blog–it provides an anchor for people to come back and hear about the show, and it provides a place where all the actors and behind-the-scenes people can promote (with just a a quick word to me) the various projects they’re doing.  That’s one of the reasons we’ve been doing these profiles.  Have something to promote?  Let us know!

Meanwhile, I’d like to both promote one of my current (still in design phase) projects and invite all of you, cast, crew, or general public, to get involved.  The project is called ART WAR! and it’s a collectible card game, which means that as people buy the decks, you get paid for your participation!  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find or make a piece of artwork and convert it to digital (or just work right there on the computer).  If you’ve made a painting, scan it to digital;  if you’ve made a sculpture or some other form of 3-D art, take a digital photo.
  2. Take that digital image, shrink, sample, and/or crop part of the image to 600pixels by 600pixels.
  3. Send me the resulting image, along with its title, year of creation, what the original form of art was (acrylics on canvas, digital photo, clay pottery…), and where the people playing the game can find more of your art.
  4. Repeat this eight more times.

When I get enough art in, I’ll compile the decks, and I’ll tell everyone where to find them.  I need a total of twelve artists;  if I end up with more than twelve artists, artists will be accepted on a first-come-first-published basis, but any remaining artists will be drafted into the next deck, so your work will get out there, and it won’t be wasted!  Right now, I have the six of the twelve I need on the first deck, and it’s all looking really great, so come on out and play with us!

J.U. in June Contest: More Details

Hey, everybody… We’re in June now, and you’ve got a whole bunch of posts and graphics to go through that you can use to impress us with your ability to turn one, some, or all into brilliant works of art and fandom. You can turn in prose, poetry, art (digital or painting or otherwise)–whatever you’re inspired to do. Send an e-mail to me, ask questions, if you need to, and send in your entry when it’s ready.

As for what we’re giving out to participants? Well, HIM is giving away comics, games, and even movies on our behalf; other prizes are in the works from other sponsors. Everyone who plays will get something, from the actors in front of the camera to the people behind the scene to the various viewers, and trust me, this leads to an awesome July, when we give out the gifts and show off your work! Come out and play!