Nik Furious

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Nik Furious by Daniel Arruda Massa

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Daniel Arruda Massa is my collaborator on a graphic novel I’ve been developing for a few years that has a working title of “The Bible 2” (why only a working title? because another comic book beat us to it! hahaha).

He surprised me by posting this awesome Nik Furious sketch to the AudioShocker blog in the comments to Everything Blows #11. The image spins out of a story I told on the podcast about how 7 Star Sky Flash Kick was originally gonna be a concept album featuring Nik Furious traveling to the seven corners of the universe.

I colored a human version and an alien version but I’m having a super hard time deciding which one I like more!

Props to DAM for doing this doodle. It’s the best keytar-wielding warrior ever!

Emancipation (redux)

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

“A guy dressed up like Abraham Lincoln smashes a bunch of mirrors, glass, and pottery set to the tune of ‘From the Ashes’ by Nik Furious.”

I made this video in the spring of 2003 for one of my video classes at Carnegie Mellon University. It was filmed in the backyard of 4624 Henry Street in Pittsburgh (in Oakland, right off of Craig Street).

The idea was simple — get my friend (who shall remain nameless unless he chooses to identify himself) to dress up like Abraham Lincoln and break a bunch of mirrors. The execution wasn’t quite as simple, but still pretty easy. However, getting people to understand and/or enjoy the video was pretty difficult.

There’s an underlying theme in Emancipation (though maybe a bit ill communicated). At its most conceptual, the core of this video asks: “Could Abraham Lincoln face himself in the mirror knowing that he ended American slavery to win a war and not necessarily because it the was the right thing to do?”

So that’s why he’s constantly looking at himself and smashing mirrors in this video, because I imagine him subconsciously torn up by the fact that he only did the ethical thing when it was convenient. Pile onto that the layers of meaning added to the situation because the guy wearing the Lincoln costume is half black and half white… and now you’ve got a fine art video!!!

Or not. I mean, it’s still just a guy breaking stuff. Here are some stills:

Originally, this video was set to the song “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Ripperton. I posted that version to YouTube years ago, but the audio was stripped off by the record label and I eventually just removed the video entirely.

Adding “From the Ashes” (one of my Nik Furious songs, a remix of “Bacon”) to this re-edited version gave me an opportunity to tighten things up. The result is a much slimmer 2:40 instead of the original 4:20 runtime.

You can download “From the Ashes” at

Spider-Man vs. Xandu

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

UPDATE 10.14.13: Blip, the video service I use to host Spider-Man vs. Xandu, has emailed me to let me know that they’re deleting my videos next month. So I need to find another way to share this video with you!

“Spider-Man is mysteriously whisked away to the Xandu Dimension, where the evil wizard tasks him with procuring the Wand of Watoomb… which is just a wrench that Xandu uses to steal cable.”

BEFORE YOU WATCH!!! Be aware that this video is NSFW and very stupid.

Lo-fi and low brow, this short Spider-Man parody video was filmed on Beeler Street (near Carnegie Mellon University) in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh in the summer of 2005. It was the first video I ever posted to YouTube. It was also the first video I ever had removed from YouTube because of the boobies.

Here are some stills:

Along with editing this video, I starred as the mugger, Xandu, and Mary Jane. Xandu was a lot of fun because I got to wrap myself up in towels and wear a shaving cream beard. Like I said before, this video is very stupid.

My friend (who shall remain nameless unless he chooses to reveal himself) played Spider-Man. He also sang on the theme song I recorded as Nik Furious:

I posted the “Spider-Man vs. Xandu” theme years ago on the AudioShocker. You can download the song here.

UPDATE: You can learn more about the creation of this song and listen to the instrumental version here.

Catch me at the Pittsburgh Zine Fair!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

On Thursday, September 1st from 5-10 PM I’ll be at AIR peddling my minicomics and zines at the mega-awesome super-bodacious PITTSBURGH ZINE FAIR!!!

Here are my new releases created especially for this year’s debut show:

Tales for a New Gen

I’m thrilled to present this zine of three short sci-fi tales by Justique Woolridge. I did a few illustrations and the book design for TFANG, but make no mistake — Justique is the star here, writing the kickass tales and designing the gorgeous cover.

NoPants Zine Anthology

NoPants was my early 00s satire of corporate magazine culture, full of nonsense and cheeky ignorance. I’ve decided to collect the three original NoPants issues and create a new one just for the Pittsburgh Zine Fair. But instead of printing them individually, I’m collected them into a 48-page anthology of insanity.

Along with these two new releases, I’ll also have issues of Time Log, some Super Haters ashcans, my sci-fi minicomic Passage, the super-mini XLK #1, Poetree (which was randomly featured on the front page of Pop City today (see below for a screen cap), and more.

Still not convinced? Check out this video ad for the Zine Fair:

You might recognize the music — it’s my song Essential from Brilliant Shower. I’ll be playing my Nik Furious music at the Fair from 8-9:30 PM, tearing it up with some of my mixtape mixes, original instrumentals, and favorites from other musicians.

So that’s it. That’s all I’ve got. That’s my best sales pitch. Hope to see you there!!!

Nik Furious: Brilliant Shower sampler

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

UPDATE 02/19/2013 – Now you can download all of Brilliant Shower for free. I re-released the album in 2012, detailing the creation of each song through a series of blog posts. Check ’em out at the link!

UPDATE 01/27/2011 – Listen to the full album!!! (I thought all of Brilliant Shower was streaming below, but it was just 30 second snippets. Whoops! My bad. But now that’s fixed and you can listen to the full album in all its glory.)

Brilliant Shower Tracklist:
01. After the Wink
02. Bacon
03. Essential
04. In Vert Head
05. Invisible
06. Purple Suite
07. RAW
08. Remix the Phoenix
09. Speechless
10. Street Drums
11. Summers
12. Uncanny
13. Wallcrawler

If you want to get a feel for the full album without listening to the whole thing, here’s a 6.5 minute sampler featuring 30 seconds from each of the 13 songs: