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