“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

Well, that’s three responses…

… and that’s a start–I like the idea of seeing people who read this blog get active and be part of what makes this feed fun.  If it means giving away a few gift cards to get it to happen, so be it.   Just so you know, I’m going to ask you what restaurants you like before I get them.  I’m not going to get those stupid cards for large conglomerates of mediocre franchises.  After all, I want you all to post comments, not to feel ripped off.  I want people to read this as I talk about how Jack Uzi is the Harry Potter of All James Bond Movies, so that when it comes out, people will want Bee Suit Action Figures and play Lea$e for Life.  I want people to guess at… no, wait, I can’t talk about that yet.

Meanwhile, bring you friends here.  The more people who see this, the more I’m encouraged to show more of what’s coming.

Kim Sinical as Zeena with a man who shall be left mysterious for the moment (although he's played by Matt Dunaj). Wait until you see the scene!

… a man who shall be left mysterious for the moment (although he’s played by Matt Dunaj). Wait until you see the scene!

… and the more you all “get in the game,” the more fun we all have.

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.

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!

Andrew and a Winner!

Andrew Dawe-Collins as Justice Rath

Here we see Andrew Dawe-Collins as Justice Rath.  I managed to get a couple questions to him, and he was gracious enough to answer.

1) I notice you’ve got more than a handful of acting work on the IMDb.  How did you get started?

Well, I did a lot of theater when I was… a lot younger. I toured with a summer Shakespeare troop for awhile, not that I even understand any of what I said on stage. This will really date me: I would get my character assignments, then the first chance I would get, I would race to the Library (you know, those musty smelling places with awesome things called books!) then I would rent the Shakespeare albums (see, dated!) and I would memorizes the lines exactly as the actor said them on the record…  I never had a clue as to what any of it actually would mean.  I had fun though.

Then I a bunch of other theater, and after about 12 years of it, I just let other things in life push it to a back burner.  In 2010, though, a buddy asked me if I would like to play a villain in a video short for the Detroit-Windsor 48-Hour Film Festival.  I figured, “Sure why not?  Something to laugh about with the grandkids, you know.”  Well, lo and behold, I fell in love with it.  I was just instantly taken to it, and I have been lucky enough to add some great gigs and meet some incredible people since then.

2) You had also mentioned to me that you’re an artist.  What type of work do you do?  Do you have a gallery anywhere?  Would you care to share a piece or two with our audience?

I come from a very talented family. Art seems to be in the blood.  My mom, she went to art school—does anybody remember the art school that used to advertise on the back of matchbooks?  Yup, she graduated from that art school. My brothers and I picked up the bug from her.  I have to say that about the same time I drifted from the theater, I also drifted from doing artwork.  I had not picked up as much as a pencil to draw anything for 20 years.  Then one day my youngest brother, Noeland James Collins, sent me a sketchbook with a penciled zombie that he had drawn.  There was a shaky word bubble that read “Ink me!” so I inked it, and just like that, the urge to create came back. I am nowhere near as talented as my little brother Noeland, but I am getting better all the time.

I have a redbubble site for t-shirts…


A lot of my stuff ends up on display on my facebook page


And I have a deviantart account.


Plus I have illustrated 2 full tweener books for Living Dead Press:  “The Zombie in the Basement” and “Children of the Void.” I am in talks with them to do a 3rd book tentatively titled “Zombies are Cool!”


I have been published in dozens of independent comic books, which I love doing. It has been mostly horror stuff, lots of it zombie stuff! which is my favorite! I guess all the links indicate, YES! I would love to share some of my work!
3) What has been your most enjoyable experience to date in any of your projects–what happened, and why?

My most enjoyable experience to date is still the short video I did for Poison Apple Entertainment


I used to think, “If I ever got the chance I would LOVE to be a zombie on screen.” (I know that doesn’t sound like much to most people, but I have loved all things zombie long before zombies were popular–Romero’s 1968 film hooked me for life!) I answered a casting call for a homeless guy in the Poison Apple film ”Hallowed End” I got a reply back from the casting director Nicole Truett saying I looked the part and I didn’t have to audition, just show up. Cool, I didn’t have to audition! I showed up for the shoot and very much to my ever-undying pleasure, I got to be a homeless guy ZOMBIE! It was my first time working with the wonderfully talented people at Poison Apple–it was AMAZING, and is still easily my favorite experience. Second would be a very recent small role I did for Ring of Fire Entertainment‘s short called Whiskey Tango In.  I got to meet and be on film with one of my all time favorite musicians, Mitch Ryder…I am such a fanboy sometimes!

4) What are you looking to get out of your acting career?  What are your personal goals?

Honestly, I am just looking to have a great time doing fun and interesting roles. I would of course like to get paid for it sometimes but hell, truth be told, I’d do it for free anyway if I loved the role.  I have been lucky enough to meet some great people on film sets. Stupidly, sort of… off-kilter people… just like me! It has been like walking into a very loving dysfunctional family I never knew I had.  So that is what I am getting the most out of my acting career—the people.  I usually don’t sleep well the night before a new shoot because I know that day I will meet somebody cool I never knew existed.

So my first goal has been attained–I got to be a zombie on film. And I reached my second goal last year; I got to kiss a girl on film (my wife hasn’t seen the film yet…she will probably bludgeon me to death with my “best actor” trophy when she does.) My only remaining goal is to play a loving, understanding, pot-smoking grandpa on film…weird I know, but I think it would be fun.  I just want to keep doing this as long as I can–I love it.

Meanwhile, on the photoshop contest, the winner is…
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