I have Chris Rickert, ringmaster behind the Midnight Carnival troupe of volunteers for The Last Unicorn tour (you’ll be hearing more about this shortly), to thank for introducing me to this awesome Kickstarter. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before or it hadn’t somehow come across my radar considering the names involved with this project, but I’m so glad I got to be involved before it was over.

After I pledged, I got a note from Daniela Di Mase, one of the producers of the movie, asking if I’d like to write about it on my blog. Of course I jumped on the chance and here we are. So without further ado: Blood Kiss.

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Blood Kiss: Not Just Another Vampire Movie

There’s nothing supernatural about vampires.

My vampires, that is. In blood kiss, everything’s explained in terms of a symbiotic micro-organism that alters the vamps’ mitochondrial DNA. It renders them allergic to sunlight and silver, but they can still be reflected in mirrors and have no particular aversion to the cross. (Some might even believe in god.) They’re much stronger and faster than humans, and practically immortal to boot.

In terms of story, there’s something very seminal about the way it unfolds. Without going into specifics, I think I can safely say that it hits all the tropes of both the detective genre and the vampire genre, and does so in a very organic way.

You want to bring people to the movie’s end with the feeling that it couldn’t have ended any oher way, that the ending’s inevitability is highly satisfying, and yet they didn’t see it coming. If you can do that, you’ve created gold.” – Michael Reaves.

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That pretty much sells it for me. But if you need a bit more: Michael Reaves, who has written for Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: TNG, and so much more, is the mastermind behind this project and has pulled in quite a few of his talented friends, including Neil Gaiman (yes!), Amber Benson, and Tom Mandrake. Blood Kiss is described as classic film noir with a twist: vampires.

Honestly, I feel like I should stop there because I don’t know what else to say that would make you want to go – the story sounds genius and the list of folks taking part in this is enough for most people to cough up whatever they have in their wallets. You still have 7 days to do so too! Check out the Kickstarter page and make your pledge while you still have time. There are some excellent pledge levels and incentives to give.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and also check out their youtube channel for interviews and more videos. Including this little gem from Neil Gaiman himself:

What are you waiting for? GO PLEDGE TO BLOOD KISS!

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If I’m not careful, this is quickly going to turn into a nothing-but-youtube-videos-and-music blog, but y’all are okay with that right? RIGHT?

(I promise real posts are coming soon – they’re in the works.)

Musical!Inspiration!

I’m absolutely in love with the band Walk off the Earth and this song, Red Hands, it just PULLS at me in a way most songs don’t. I absolutely love it.

I realize that I got red hands, I wanna change this / Don’t ask me why I choose to lie, I stay blind, oh / It’s clear to me that you are human too, your accusations are burning through

The other song that I only just learned about last night is by a band called Alpha Rev who just played Blues on the Green here in Austin and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite bands. And this song, Sing Loud, has been on repeat all morning. So good.

Sing loud from the roof tops / Come dance on the rivers edge / Carry me over mountains to the end of love / Close the gates to the city / Hear the drums on the hillside / Carry me over mountains to the end of love

That’s it. That’s all I wanted to blog about today. Be good. Do good. Listen to good music.

And downright the most geekiest. Honestly I don’t think it needs an introduction. Just watch it.

I was eating a jelly bean while watching this. Bad move. Started laughing so hard I almost choked and passed out… almost like I had been hit with a Vulcan nerve pinch. You’ll get it if you watch the video. Also, who didn’t think that the song Nimoy sings while in the car isn’t the best choice EVER? Have you ever seen THAT video? Well now you have.

GO BILBO!

Found via The Mary Sue.

Haven’t done one of these in so long but I rediscovered my love for illustrative storytelling and have resumed my hunt for awesome webcomics. So without further ado. Today’s webcomics!

Everblue

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Everblue, Michael Sexton
Updated: Usually Sundays
Everblue is a story about adventure, camaraderie and exploration in a world with a potentially bleak fate. In a world of endless ocean, a young shipwright named Luna meets an odd and cheerful drifter when he crashes his flying boat on her city’s dock. When strange circumstances force Luna to leave her home, her once quiet life quickly takes a turn for the unpredictable. In an instant she is swept up in an adventure that will take her beyond the bounds of the charted world and into the Everblue, following the path of an ancient legend with the potential to change the world forever.

Machine Flower

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Machine Flower, Pana Stamos
Updated: Fridays
The children who reside in the Facility don’t have names, they have numbers. They don’t have parents, they have doctors. They don’t have dreams, they have assignments. And yet, one child among them wonders about the family she was snatched away from, about the name they surely gave her… And she dreams. She dreams about an ordinary life and what’s waiting for her on the other side of the wall that imprisons her. Fresh air, freedom… delicious food. Machine Flower follows 9-01′s struggle to claim the human identity that was denied her by the scientists, who see her as nothing more than a weapon to be used in the righteous battle against the villains who would terrorize their nation. But is the selfish need for personal freedom worth sacrificing the safety of millions?

The Intrepid Girlbot

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The Intrepid Girlbot, Diana Nock
Updated: Tuesdays & Fridays
Girlbot lives in a big house in a world with no people, just forest critters and other robots. But she’s unique, and therefore, alone. She’s on a constant quest to be a “good girl,” whatever that really means. Despite living with a few other robotic companions, she’s still isolated and reaches out to others in her own awkward way.

Missed other #WW? Find them here:
Webcomic Wednesday Hourly Comic Special: Emily Carroll, Dani Jones, Jess Fink
Webcomic Wednesday 24: Wondermark, Stuff No One Told Me, A Softer World
Webcomic Wednesday 23: One Swoop Fell, Savage Chickens, Sinfest
Webcomic Wednesday #22: Housepets!, Gronk, Copper
Webcomic Wednesday #21: Lesbian Pirates, Bug Comic, Dicebox
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