Saturday, April 19, 2014

AdamMaleBlog Exclusive: An Interview w/ Buying Time Creator Casey J

I first discovered the wonderful animated webcomic Buying Time thanks to my pal Jack who lives down in Florida. He told me I needed to check it out. And, he was right. Buying Time is unlike any gay themed comic I have read before. First and foremost, it is partially animated in a format where the reader controls the pace at which the next panel appears. It's a pretty cool format that I wish more webcomics would adopt. The story follows the life of a charming welder with a not-so-secret creative side as he navigates his way through falling in love in an emotionally difficult, dystopian future where personal interaction comes at price.

Here's the official synopsis:
Buying Time is a sci-fi cyberpunk romance. Set in the future megalopolis of Hyperion City where all forms of entertainment, including our own personal social lives are regulated by a micro-transaction monetary system called Daily Leisure Credit. When Vinnie Smalls, a lonesome welder working for the Hyperion City Core finds he has a crush on a fellow co-worker, he finds he must break away from his usual loner lifestyle and dive headfirst into the inner workings of the Daily Leisure Credit system. Our story deals with the ups and downs of his relationship in the midst of system that makes staying in contact with someone a financial battle.
What is really amazing about Buying Time is that creator Casey J may actually have predicted our futures if the government and citizens continue allowing corporations more and more power. You will see in the interview section that Casey J came up with the Daily Leisure Credit system after being annoyed by video games that nickel and dime you for every extra feature or scenario you wish to have unlocked. But, this kind of mentality is spreading so far beyond video games. We are living in a world where places like Facebook beg you to befriend countless hordes of friends and then tries to charge you if you want more than a very tiny percentage to see your posts. It's really appalling. It's even more appalling that more people aren't raising a fuss over it. But, maybe that's how it all starts. Freedoms are whittled away a little at a time until every single thing in the world becomes a commodity which corporations will gladly exploit for profit. It's terrifying. Casey J's vision is just a little bit too prescient.

However, despite all this, the characters in Buying Time still have hope. Still believe in love. And still are willing to do whatever it takes to be with the person they desire. The human spirit prevails.



Q: How did you come up with the brilliantly terrifying idea of Daily Leisure Credit?
Casey: Videogame trends did much of the work for me! Daily Leisure Credit is my not-so-clever wordplay of Downloadable Content. I used to be a huge gamer, but lately have been a bit turned off by the rampant trends of downloadable content, microtransactions, pre-order exclusives and generally being nickel and dimed at every turn. It wasn't like this a decade ago, and I started to think about why we let it get to this point. Were the changes just small and gradual enough? Are we just complacent? I started to think about what it would be like if these trends affected other forms of entertainment as much as they have the videogame industry. Mainly, social entertainment. We go to someone's house for dinner because it's fun. We chat with someone because it's enjoyable. I imagined a future where instead of thinking "I want that extra mission in the game I'm playing, better shell out the cash." we'd be thinking "I want to hang out at my friend's house tonight, better shell out the cash." And the story started from there.

Q: So what happens when people get married? Does the DLC system apply to their interactions at home?
Casey: DLC applies to everyone! Married couples however, can apply for a license that gives them a discounted rate. Same kind of thing applies for common law partners and family members in general, think of it like all the numerous cellphone plans or Internet packages "that are perfect for your family". Likewise business owners can get a license that benefits their workplace as well, jobs that would require a lot of social interaction like a bartender for example.

Q: What is the penalty for overdrafting on DLC account?Casey: I often describe the penalties being similar to going a while without paying the fine for a traffic ticket. You'll get some "friendly reminders" at first. Eventually you'll start to get some threatening messages, and eventually get a warrant for your arrest.

Q: A good portion of the Buying Time plot involves music. Are you a musician yourself?
Casey: Can't say I am, I have next to no musical talent and am pretty tone deaf when it comes to singing. I learned to play the harmonica a number of years ago but quickly discovered I'd rather be using my creative energy to draw or animate instead. I have a great appreciation for musicians and their passion, and I think that is both why I tried to learn to play an instrument, and have such a focus on it in the comic.

Q: What do you envision Vinnie’s songs to sound like?
Casey: The past 2 years or so I've been on a huge 80's synth kick; both actual 80's stuff and the new-wave-retro stuff from artists like Perturbator, Tesla Boy, Lost Years, Lazerhawk, etc. I listen to that sort of stuff while drawing the comic, and it's exactly how I envision Vinnie's music to sound like.

Q: What does Galena Jules home life look like?
Casey: Galena lives with Papa Obari on Level 10, which basically means they are just barely a step above the slums of the "Sub-Levels". I'd love to be able to do a bit about their home life, and maybe will in future chapters, but I imagine they live in a cramped, messy apartment. They both share a penchant for fashion so I can see them watching Hyperion's Next Top Model together and bouncing idea's off of each other for a future fashion line.

Q: Your bio says you currently work for a company that develops apps for famous kids television franchises! What is your favorite app you have worked on?
Casey: I was most excited to work on Fraggle Rock, we were lucky enough to do 2 apps for. It was the first franchise I've worked on that was something I actually watched and loved as kid. I watched the original with puppets, the animated version and had some of the toys. So it was a real treat to one day be designing and creating character rigs for it. We go through a large number of franchises, but it's especially fun to work on ones that you are/were a big fan of.

Q: What other comic projects have you done in the past?
Casey: Buying Time is my first serious comic effort. I've done a number of short 3-5 pages stories for personal projects, stuff like doing a little origin story for a tabletop game played with friends or something like that. The bulk of creative efforts have been almost exclusively animation. It wasn't until Buying Time that I started to put serious thought into a comic book project for a wide audience.

Q: What comics/graphic novels have stuck with you from your childhood/teen years?
Casey: I was big into (and still am if it tickles me right) manga when I was younger. So I read a lot of work from Shirow like Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. Battle Angel from Yukito Kishiro, the visuals blew my mind, and I still think his depictions of cyberpunk worlds go unmatched. As far as comics and graphic novels go I was always a big fan of Dale Keown's art, so Pitt and the Incredible Hulk. I also adored Sam Kieth so there was a lot of The Maxx as well. Simon Bisley so I read lots of Lobo. I'm a huge fan of Etrigan, so I collected and read anything he appeared in. Aside from that I generally enjoy all the common favorites like X-men and Justice League (though I admit, tend to focus and enjoy the animated shows and movies more).

Q: Unicorns…or narwhals? Who would win in a fight?
Casey: I'd like the say unicorns simply on the basis they are more fabulous. Though I think a lot of it would depend on the location, if they are fighting in water a narwhal would have a clear advantage, the opposite if they are on land.






*Start reading Buying Time now!
**You can view some of Casey J's earlier illustrations HERE.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Must Have Record Store Day Releases!

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19th! This year seems better than ever with a ridiculously long list of must have releases. Here's our five must have releases. However, since we don't expect everyone's music taste to mirror ours, so you can Click Here to see the full listing of everything available exclusively on RSD.

#1) Cut Copy "In the Arms of Love/Like Any Other Day" 10" Vinyl




#2) The Julie Ruin "Brightside/In the Picture" 7" Vinyl
The newish band from Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame! Both songs, which are previously unreleased, were recorded at Oscilloscope Studios during the sessions that yielded the band's debut record, 'Run Fast', and were mixed by singer Kathleen Hanna. The single is limited to 2000 copies worldwide and released via The Julie Ruin Records. Sadly they made neither track available for preview.


#3) Xiu Xiu "Unclouded Sky" 12" Vinyl
Unclouded Sky, explores themes of death and faith over the course of nine songs originally composed between 1850 and 1920, which are interspersed with field recordings Stewart made in the jungle of Guyana.



#4) School of Seven Bells "Put Your Sad Down" 12" Vinyl
Five unreleased tracks, the last batch of music from School of Seven Bells. Sales will benefit the foundation of bandleader Benjamin Curtis, who died in 2013 of T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.



#5) BIS "Data Panik Etcetera"  12" Vinyl
The band's early releases were on Glasgow's Chemikal Underground label, run by The Delgados, before transferring to Wiiija where labelmates included Cornershop. In the United States, their records appeared on the underground label K Records, and on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label. They toured extensively both in the UK and abroad— their diverse influences reflected in the kind of acts they appeared with: Pavement, Garbage, Luscious Jackson, Foo Fighters and Gary Numan amongst them. The group became a favourite of the likes of Blur, John Peel and Green Day, despite a particularly hostile review by Steven Wells in the New Musical Express entitled "The Sinking of the Bis-Lark".



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #15

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This week, Mike and Molly rally the forces of good against the evils of Star Trek Polls! Also, Molly continues catching up on Enterprise. So, tune in now, before we strand you on a deserted planet with Capt. Janeway!

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Lavender Country Finally Gets A Reissue - First Ever Gay Country Album from 1973!

Widely recognized as the first openly gay country music album—and cited as such even by Nashville institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and CMT—the landmark self-titled 1973 LP by Lavender Country stands as nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political protest document of enormous power, clarity, and grace.

At once a scathing indictment of the injustices perpetrated on the homosexual community, a proud
proclamation of gay identity, and a love letter of bracing intimacy and eroticism, the album radically appropriates the signifiers of the conservative country genre, queering its heteronormative vocabulary into a deeply personal language. Songwriter, singer, and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, a fearless first-generation gay liberation activist and artist, seasons his songs with Yippie deviousness; in the manner of the Cockettes, the laughs both sharpen and sweeten the impact. To our ears the inimitable aesthetics and glimpses of cockeyed humor recall some ethereal psych-folk nexus of the Flatlanders and the Holy Modal Rounders as much as any standard country and western forebears, rendering the biting poetry in an even more otherworldly and timeless light. 

The record reflects Haggerty’s experiences: his upbringing on a tenant dairy farm in rural Washington, on the Canadian border; his dismissal from the Peace Corps on the spurious grounds of his sexuality; and his righteous struggles as an outraged young gay man navigating the Pacific Northwest in the immediate aftermath of Stonewall. He designed Lavender Country as a vehicle for what he deems “The Information”: valid cultural communications intended to resonate with those unable to access similar resources. (Playing “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears,” one of the indisputably great country song titles ever, cost a brave Seattle DJ her FCC license.) 

This deluxe reissue includes includes a 32pp chapbook with an oral history by Haggerty, never before published color photos, a download code (vinyl version only), and full lyrics to these ten moving songs of gay liberation. For more info, click here.




Only existing photo of the band from the 70s!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Dance Party: Alpines "No Other Lover"

Alpines debut album Oasis is due out on May 26th on the Untrue label, though this wonderful UK duo has been tearing up the dance floors in Europe for quite some time! Take a listen to the great track "No Other Lover!"



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Watch: Hearts and Hotel Rooms Director's Cut (2007/2014) Short Film

“Hearts and Hotel Rooms” is a gay romantic film written and directed by Justin James that won the Grand Prize of HBO’s “SHOUT” LGBT Short Film Competition (2007). The film went on to win LogoTV’s “The Click List: Best in Short Film” (2008). The film was available on HBO OnDemand and LogoOnline and screened at national and worldwide GLBT film festivals (including the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest, Provincetown International Film Festival, and many more). In 2008, the film played at Warner Bros. Studios in a program called “Socks & Shorts” to fundraise for homeless GLBT youth, and later held a private fundraiser in support of “Vote No On Prop 8″ campaign for marriage equality for gays and lesbians. By popular demand, the Director’s Cut of “Hearts and Hotel Rooms” has just been made available exclusively on YouTube HD in March of 2014.



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gay Comic Review: Deimos 10th Anniversary Special!

Everyone's favorite Taro Demon is turning 10! It's hard to believe this book has been around that long. Seems like only yesterday I stumbled across my first copy in my friend's bathroom. I didn't ask why it was in the bathroom. Some things are just better left alone.

Patrick Fillion created Deimos way back in 2004. Since then we have seen his oversexed antics, not to mention his oversized shlong, in pretty much every sexual situation imaginable. But, thanks to the wonderful work of Fillion, his exploits never seem to get tiring.

To celebrate this huge milestone, Class Comics called on the talents of artists Logan, Jacob Mott, Leon de Leon, Eric Mars, Butch McLogic and Patrick Fillion to collaborate on the DEIMOS: Tenth Anniversary Special. The special features new material and other artist's takes on our loveable lug.

Their press materials explain the new stories best:
Logan wrote and illustrated a short story called “Gab” in which Deimos meets a disgruntled angel freshly fallen from Heaven. Written by Fillion, and illustrated by Jacob Mott, “Cardinal’s Sin” demonstrates that perhaps Deimos’ guardian angel Cardinal doesn’t find him so reprehensible after all. Written by Fillion and illustrated by Leon de Leon, “Life is But a Dream” is a tale in which a Mirage Demon attempts to make Deimos forget he’s fighting a war by making him believe he’s a massively successful porn star living a normal life in a war-free world.
You can view some of the XXX preview pages on their website. Way too hot to show here. Also, they are including Fillion's short story Dead of Winter in the book as well as a couple of pull out pinups! Or, if you buy the digital version, there is a ton of extra bonus materials they couldn't include in the book.

For the $7 print edition price, you really can't go wrong. If you are a fan of adult comics, we highly recommend picking this one up!





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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #14

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, vegetarian/vegan chef Julia Simon from Nourish stops by with her amazing take on Star Trek dishes Hasperat and Gagh! See the pics below!Also, the gang takes on Molly's incursion into more Enterprise episodes! Take a listen!

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Gagh!

Hasperat!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Morning Dance Party: Digitalism Easter Mixtape!

Enjoy Digitalism's exclusive mix for Kitsuné Club Night Easter Special party happening on April 19th at Village Underground, London with Digitalism, BeatauCue, Jerry Bouthier vs Punks Jump Up, Tobtok & LOGO!

Tracklist :
01. Kraftwerk - Die Roboter
02. Red Axes - Caminho de Dreyfus / Rebolle Remix
03. Tiga - Fever
04. Matias Aguayo - Dance Machine
05. Christian S - The Power of Now
06. Metronomy - Love Letters / Soulwax Remix
07. ID - ID
08. Alex Metric & Oliver - Hope
09. College - The Drone




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Friday, April 4, 2014

AdamMaleBlog Exclusive: Googly Eyes on Gay Porn Box Covers #3!

It's been one of those long work weeks and we needed a break! So, we pulled out our favorite past time of putting googly eyes on gay porn box covers! If you want to check out our other two installments, click these links: Googly Eyes #1. Googly Eyes #2.












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