Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Well, I'm secheduled to return again this Sunday the 13th. I invite everyone to tune in as we discuss all things paranormal and of course the release of Flagler's Few and the Reaper of Saint George Street. This will be the first interview with since the book has been released and the first interview where the hosts have read the book!
As an added bonus, I'll try my best to divulge a little info about the next installment, Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge...
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
October 21st, 2009. Ten days before Halloween. Exclusively linked on ARFstudios.net. You
will be able to purchase your first-edition, limited run, Flagler's Few and the Reaper of Saint George Street. This book is in digest format (5.5x8.5) and will be available only through the holidays before it goes into it's 6x9 permanent format.
This edition is mostly made for you all, who have supported and promoted my book through the past year. If not for you, I would still be working on the book and probably not nearly as far as I am now. I hope you are as excited as I am, and support me further by purchasing your limited copy on this date!
When you return on October 21st, there will be a link to Lulu.com's marketplace listing for the book. You can get it there! I'm going to be shopping the book to traditional publishers this winter and hopefully will have a bigger backer at that time, BUT the book will be marketed then as a trade paperback which is usually more common then this limited edition digest format.
Seeya in a few days!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Flagler's Few and the Hunt for the Reaper (not sure just yet)
Flagler's Few and the Pirate's Skull of Fury
Flagler's Few and the Head Hunters
Flagler's Few and the Terror of Old A1A
Flagler's Few and the Nazis at Matanzas
Flagler's Few and Saint Augustine Sea Monster
Flagler's Few and the Swamp Ape's Revenge
Flagler's Few and the U.S.O
Flagler's Few and the Reaper's Revenge
Flagler's Few and the Witches of Anastasia Island
Flagler's Few and the Last Minorcans
Let me know what you guys think. Of course, this all depends on how successful my first book is! :-P
Sunday, October 4, 2009
However, needless to say, it was more important that I went about and promoted my book at some of the local Saint George Street book shops. I had my eyes set specifically on three: Ghost Augustine, the Tavern shop, and Ghostly Experience, all of which are evenly seperated across the length of the walk.
Well, Ghostly Experience was hooked from the get go, and Ghost Augustine and the Tavern shop seemed eager to carry it as well for the upcoming soft opening. I managed to get a few others interested and I'm hoping that Barnes and Noble will carry a couple copies.
I of course will be pitching my book to some mainstream publishers, but I thought in the spirit of Halloween I'd give the tourists a taste of "Flagler's Few". I have a neat guerrilla advertising idea for the book as well...but need to discuss that with Saint Augustine's city affairs department.
The book will hopefully be available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com as well. Wish me luck!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I want to thank the Rome Tribune for bringing me on board this project, it was amazing fun leading the investigations into the Chieftain Museum, the Desoto Theatre and the Catacombs of Shorter College.
So I hope you enjoy!
SHORTER COLLEGE CATACOMBS
For more footage of the Rome Tribune's investigations into the paranormal, check out their website at: http://www.romenews-tribune.com/
Monday, September 14, 2009
After a year of working on the artwork, I've just completed the artwork. Now comes the much more relaxing task of work bubbling and box placements. It'll be frustrating, but I'll be able to finish it in a fraction of a time!
Still leaning heavily to a October 31st release date!
I'll be posting some word bubbled pages up soon!
Also, if any paranormal investigators are interested, I'll be in St. Augustine attending Saint AuGHOSTine 2009! I'd love to see some friendly faces at what is sure to be a fantastic time! Hurry though, they're already at 80% capacity!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
If all goes as planned, it looks like I won't have to apologize for postponing the book any further. October is still my planned soft-release date.
Until then, enjoy!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Though I may have some promotional material available at the conference to promote the book.
Please stay tuned, I should have something new for you to look at soon.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Hey gang! Some great news! Shriek Freak Quarterly's Deaditor-in-Chief, Eric Downton, just contacted me and let me know that the pages I submitted for their First Halloween Special will be included. So while Flagler's Few will be released the same month, you'll be able to purchase the Shriek Freak Magazine to get a sneak peak at what's coming!
Please, everyone check out the Shriek Freak website and purchase a copy of the Halloween Special, not only to show your support for the graphic novel, but also for Shriek Freak Quarterly, who are hard at work to bring you the very best in horror-fiction provided by the fans themselves!
Not only that...but imagine what a collector's item you'll have when Flagler's Few becomes more popular then that little four-eyed british wizard kid! :-P
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I'm giving you all a set date for the release of my first graphic novel, Flagler's Few: The Reaper of St. George Street. A soft release will be set on October 31st 2009 in several tour and book shops along the real St. George Street in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Copies will also be available online either via this blogsite, or possibly via lulu.com
Get ready, THE REAPER IS COMING!!!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Desoto Theatre was at one time the pride and joy of not only Rome Georgia or the entire southern east coast...but of the country itself! Built by O.C. Lam almost a hundred years ago this beautiful theatre served as a "talkie" and then a live stage through its existence. It still stands as a part of Rome's historic district.
Alongside Chris and Berry of Southern Paranormal Investigators, I headed up a team consisting of several of the Rome-Tribune's finest to explore this supposedly haunted locale. Thanks to Jason, one of the theatre's associates, we were given a guided tour of some of the darker history the Desoto had to offer, including the tragic death of a little girl named Ruby, who at age eight was struck by a car just outside the theatre, brought into the theatre, and died with her eyes still open...watching a movie that was still playing inside!
Besides the belief that Ruby's ghost still lingers amongst the rows of stadium seating, is the belief that a more aggressive maleviolent spectre stalks the back hallways. We went in with a clear head, as most investigators should, but besides the usual shadow figure or unexplained sound...we had no real substantial experience (at least as far as I was concerned). Berry however, being a father himself, did experience what he believes was Ruby trying to get his attention on several occassions.
This exploration marks the first ever paranormal investigation of the Desoto Theatre, with the hopes that we'll be allowed to come back. Right now the guys of SPi are reviewing the hours of IR footage and sound bites. I'll keep you in touch with any evidence that emerges!
I'd like to personally thank the management staff of the Desoto Theatre for their cooperation and generosity of allowing us to investigate their beautiful structure, as well as thanking Chris and Berry, who are in my opinion, two of the most professional, scientific and fantastic investigators I've had the pleasure of working with. I hope to work with them again in the future!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The investigation was filmed by the Rome Tribune and featured myself along with two investigators of Southern Paranormal Investigators (SPi), Chris and Berry. The guys were great to work with and we all shared similar techniques and ideologies of investigating the paranormal.
Our ghost hunt began at around 8pm and lasted til close to midnight. While we would have preferred a longer investigation we had a limited time there. We did collect a lot of data via IR camera and voice recorders, so we have our hands full for the next couple of days. SPi had investigated the place before and the coordinator of the museum shared a lot of interesting history with us. All of this will be revealed via the Rome Tribune's website, due out in September.
Nothing really especially exciting happened tonight, but I felt that the Cheiftain Museum didn't really house anything too extreme in the haunting department, but, tomorrow, the boys of SPi and I will investigate the Desoto Theatre! MORE TO COME!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
My good friend Alex Scarborough, a journalist for the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Georgia has invited me to the small northern Georgia town to conduct an investigation of two historic buildings, the Desoto Theater and the Chieftains Museum. Both investigations will be recorded for online multi-media functions for the Tribune's website as well as a featured interview with yours truly for their newspaper.
Also joining me on the investigation will be a team of paranormal investigators based in the area. It's a great opportunity to branch out and work with other investigators, as well as promote Flagler's Few and possibly if I'm allowed...my upcoming TV show. :-P
Stay tune, I travel to Rome on Monday, July 20th and will be investigating the buildings on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll post some videos for your viewing pleasure as well.
For now, back to my investigation in West Chester, PA.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I have to be vague when talking on this, but today I finished an investigation working with mediums rather then fellow paranormal investigators. I can't say much more then that right now, but what I can say is that despite my scientific background in the supernatural I was intrigued by what the psychics found.
Psychics get a bad wrap. Most of the time it's justified. In my experience a "psychic" is a dime a dozen. Every street you turn down you can find a palm reader, a fortune teller, a psychic or a medium selling their skills at high prices. Other times you find people who claim to have psychic abilities but fall short on providing the goods.
However, in my opinion, it might be that true psychics do exist in one way or another and that hopefully someday paranormal investigators and psychics alike can cooperate together in helping clients and families find peace in dealing with haunting and other paranormal incidents. While I am still far from being a true believer, I think there might be something to be said for their techniques.
Friday, July 10, 2009
So just a minor hick up, expect some new developments soon.
Book still on schedule!
Friday, July 3, 2009
On July 5th, I'll be a guest on Bobby Nelson's and Jason Korbus's paranormal talk show, Strange Frequencies Radio. We'll be discussing the latest about Flagler's Few. I'll also be revealing something BIG that's happening on the horizon so you'll definitely want to tune into this mid-day talk show!
The show starts at 3pm (est), but I won't be on til the second hour at 4pm. But, make sure you tune in for the before and after interviews as these guys are sure to put on a stellar show!
See you there! You won't want to miss it!
Also forgot to mention, check out the paranormal share site, Paranormal Portal for the write up about Flagler's Few. I give a rather long quote. Thanks to Angela of S.O.S. Tidewater for the opportunity!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Book One is nearing completion (art-wise anyways) and I'll be releasing the novel as soon as I can.
A lot has been going on in my world and I'm happy to say that while it will mean a lot more responsibility and focus, it doesn't mean that my art time will suffer! In fact, the latest developments in my life actually are going to be helping me spend more time on my paranormal and storytelling endeavors and I hope that you all will be sticking around to see what I have set on the horizon!
So here's a little taste of Katherine Kasenow's book cover designs for Flagler's Few books one and two. Her designs of the characters are a little bit more fluid and stream-lined then mine, but I think that it will compliment my work very well!
More yet to come, and I'll be revealing my "BIGGER PROJECT" on July 8th. You're thinking: "What could be bigger then the completion of his first graphic novel?" Well, I'll tell you what's bigger on that date. So don't phase out on me just yet!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I came across "Entities-R-Us" via the wonders of Twitter one day. At first I have to admit a little bit of jealousy that someone beat me to the bunch about creating a comic about ghost hunters (I know, I know, Scooby Doo came first really, but let's not count that!). However, after given the time to calm down I found that "Entities-R-Us" is a fun daily stripe that deserves center stage when it comes to light-hearted, good-humored paranormality. Thus, this brings us to the stripes creator, Terri J. Garofalo.
Terri has been in cartoons since the later-cretaceous period ( i.e. high school). Writing many different strips over the years, she has come close to syndication, but not quite there. Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic was the last straw. While it got positive reviews, the syndicates wouldn’t take it on. Nothing gets done unless you buck up and do it yourself. Enter, the web comic.
Entities-R-Us was launched on September 18, 2008. It’s a cartoon about a group of ghost hunters and their insane experiences. Since Terri is an investigator herself, she often includes “case studies” of actual hunts. The ghosts in ERU have a say and are very much a part of the character list. Some of the more interesting cartoons evolve from the spiritual perspective.
ERU originated within a previous comic strip endeavor called “In Spirit”. The story of a skeptic poet named Woodsworth who moves into a haunted trailer in the woods. Entities-R-Us is called to come in and “hunt” the ghost. That aspect was more amusing than the rest of the comic, except Fred, the ghost.
Woodsworth’s experiences parallel Terri’s own first paranormal experience. That one event sparked the beginning of a spiritual journey that she has been on ever since and Entities is a part of.
Terri is also a fine artist (of multiple media), graphic designer/illustrator, and equestrian.
ARF: Is the team from Entities-R-Us based off friends specifically or have you changed them a bit?
ARF: What materials and tools do you use to make Entities-R-Us. In other words, take us through the process of making one of your strips.
TJG: Again, it's the mind. I keep a pad handy since ideas tend to just show up. Often I come home from an investigation with a huge need to write stuff down. I have cartoon entire investigations - which is really fun!
TJG: Yes, I'm working on a book. It's not going to be a standard collection of comics, it will be a little historical about the evolution of Entities. I also want to include various paranormal experiences.
ARF: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Terri.
TJG: You're welcome! Honored to be here! I want to thank you and everyone who has helped bolster this adventure of mine.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
In downtown Savannah sits a quaint little smoothie cafe called "Smooth" (simply put huh?). It's refreshing smoothies and well prepared lunches are a perfect compliment to the beautiful historic district of Savannah, Georgia.
Smooth has everything needed for a leisure luncheon, drinks, food, desert, books, a cozy place to sit and of course artwork. Infact, the owners of Smooth like to showcase local art on a weekly to monthly basis and they get everything from professional paintings to student made concentrations.
And this month, they showcase the first ever "Flagler's Few" full-scale artwork.
The first pages of Chapter 3 (inked and lettered) are displayed nicely in the back half of the shop. It's an honest little display, but from humble beginnings comes great things right? So if you're in the local area, stop by Smooth, check out the artwork and grab a smoothie.
(I suggest the "Awesome Acai")
Monday, June 15, 2009
On a fall evening in 2006 I attended the Comic Arts Forum Introductory Gallery Opening (or whatever they call it). It was a pretty important time in my life. It was my second year at SCAD, I was coming into my own at Norris Hall, and I was eying a cute girl and Tracy Yardley (artist for Sonic the Hedgehog comics) all at the same time. :-P
But, besides all that it was also the day I met Jeremy Mullins, future Sequential Art Professor. In all honesty I smirked to myself when I first saw him. The guy didn't look much older then a graduate student, and he wore this ridiculously polished suit. Still, the guy had a good sense about him and was a real pleasure to talk to out on the street in front of the gallery.
It would only be a matter of months before I stumbled into a little known class called "Self-promotion" which was taught by Mr. Mullins, and any sense of him being a push-over, green-behind-the-ears teacher was immediately kicked out the door. This guy was looking to bust some heads with his strict class agendas and no-nonsense teachings. I went in looking for an easy "A" and came out with more street smarts in the business then I knew what to do with.
The guy had dedication! Especially to his students! I remember he would come in on weekends to help me with projects. He even helped redesign the "ARFstudios" paw-print into something a bit trendier and more stylish (look all over blog for the paw, you'll see Jeremy Mullen's handi-work).
The especially great thing about Jeremy would be the words he'd throw out in conversations. My favorite Jeremy lingo being "Janky". If there was something not looking right in your art, it wasn't "wrong" it was "I don't know about that ghost in the corner...he's looking a little janky." But, whatever the words he used it was never in a manner of talking down to you. Jeremy made you feel like you were one of his pals.
I ran into Jeremy only minutes after I graduated this past May. I shook his hand and thanked him for what he had done for me. He smiled the same warm smile and gave a reassuring approval that I, like so many other students he taught and mentored, were ready for the world...even if the world wasn't ready for us.
That was the last time I spoke with Jeremy Mullins, the last time I'd see him would be on Broughton Street, two blocks ahead of me. I knew it was him because my attention was focused on a glimmering object which was of course his very well polished bald-head, attached to a perfectly groomed, taillored suit. Looking back, it's sort of surreal having only seen Jeremy from behind...as he walked away...and then turned a corner.
Life is always precious, and we often take it for granted. While we usually expect to lose people in all manners of ways, we never expect really the abruptness of it. It's usually long and agonizing or justified and stupid. You can say "He had it coming." or "He was suffering for so long." but neither come into play with Jeremy Mullins, an outstanding gentleman with a great sense of honor and inspiration.
To the whole situation Jeremy, I call it "pretty janked up", but it goes without saying you will continue to inspire and teach no matter where you are.
(Check out Mullins's website , but be warned, it's graphic!)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Centuries ago we were persecuting women who used herbal remedies or kept to themselves, claiming them to be witches and either burning them at the stake or throwing them in rivers. The witch hunts that went on were a devastating and cruel part of our history that even reached the shores of the future United States of America.
But today, all over the world, the "witch" gets a very different wrap. Part of it is thanks to the better understandings science and modern medicines (no longer considered the potions and spells of the dark arts), part of it is thanks to the rising interest in the religions of Wicca (not to be mistaken as some sort of magical cult) and of course part of it is thanks to the writings of one middle-aged british woman who writes about a little bispeckled boy who discovered he was a wizard.
Soon, come this Halloween (if all goes as planned) the arrival of another fictional spell-caster will make her mark on the literary world. I speak of course of Miss Alison Stewart or as she prefers to be called, Raven.
I came up with Raven as the answer to the "female equation". I felt Flagler's Few needed a strong female character. While Claire plays the damsel in distress, I didn't want my feminist friends to ridicule me for not having a woman who can stand up for herself. Not only that, but I wanted a bit of magic and mystery in the original group and so Raven solves the problem on both counts.
When I was preparing to film "Flagler's Few" I had a hell of a time finding a female to portray Raven, but the answer arrived via AOL Profile Search. Yes, sad to say I got my actress via stocking the web-verse. Her name was Yvonne Droese and she was a theatre major at U.F.
When my assistant director (my sister) and I sat down with Yvonne at a Chipotle diner on University Ave. I was immediately impressed with Yvonne's professionalism and so I agreed to give her a copy of the script. She read it and eagerly agreed to lend her talents. While her character appeared in fewer scenes then any of the other cast her scenes were definitely far and beyond excellence and she gave most of her male co-stars a run for their money when it came to expressing the character.
Today, as I scribble the pages of "Flagler's Few" and come upon the chance to draw Raven, I find that it was Miss Droese, like Jujuan Burton, Jon Lane and Talon May, who made the character something original. She changed Raven from simply a practicing witch, into a smart, classy and intelligent character. After the film was shown at Gator Cinema, her character was praised by the audience, and much later she herself thanked me for the chance to play the role.
All I can say today to Yvonne Droese is, thank you for introducing me to Raven.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
More pages to come soon, and keep a look out for updates on "Flagler's Few" appearing in paranormal magazines. I'm working out the kinks to the pages, but you might be able to pick up something sooner then you think. ;-)
Til next time me matey's!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Enjoy the show, and remember, DON'T DO THIS AT HOME KIDS!!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I've received a lot of positive feedback, and was honored that so many teams answered my call. This is a perfect example of the inter-networking and community collaboration that the paranormal society should be based in. I will of course promote the groups via my book.
The following are groups that have donated tips thus far:
Michael Carrico of Las Vegas Paranormal Investigations
Larry Braziel of Research Investigators of the Paranormal, Inc.
Craig Kimmel of Pennsylvania Paranormal Research Association
Emmi Grossard, Paranormal Producer of NorCal Ghost Talk
Candice Shatkins of Kenosha Paranormal
Terry Hofer of S.P.C.T.R.
Jonas Brihammar of Ghost Augustine
Angela of S.O.S. Tidewater Paranormal Research
Kelly and Diana Elkins of P.I.T.O.N.
John Eagen of Sarasota Paranormal Investigation and Research
Mark Keyes of Pennsylvania Paranormal Association
If any other investigative groups want to donate tips, please e-mail me at ARFstudios@aol.com.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I was able to letter 6 pages in less then an hour or so once I got the hang of it, and now for your viewing pleasure the first six pages of Flagler's Few penciled, inked, and lettered! I'm considering going back and possibly re-doing these pages because I've improved a lot as an artist since the time I did them, and a few editors have mentioned this to me.
Enjoy these for now. :-)