Welcome back! Now, which of you is ready to become a zombie?
For those of you who want to skip to the blogfest, scroll on down!
As promised, for those of you who volunteered since last Monday, I will now randomly select one of you to become, not only a character in my Undead Road story, but a bonified, full-fledged zombie! I'm at the edge of my seat! The lucky victim is ...
I'll be in touch with you shortly to discuss the nitty-groady. I might even let you have a say in your demise. Choose your own, right?
Oh, and let's not forget the random winners of these three books!
Email me here with an address or an email to your eReader.
Thank you all for making this 4th Blogoversary a killer! I'll be sure to calender next year's 5th, because that's just asking for a party!
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Like pie in the sky, I am so excited to share the cover reveal for Sky Jumpers, the debut novel from my critique partner Peggy Eddleman that is sure to take the MG world by storm this Fall. Check it out!
Coming September 24, 2013
Congratulations, my friend!
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I just recently heard of this awesome-sounding book, but when I heard the story behind it, I was sincerely heartbroken. I am behind the times, but I'd like to spread the word. Bridget Zinn, the author of Poison, battled with cancer and ultimately left us, before her debut novel became available. It is now, and I sure can't wait to read it!
Thank you for giving us Rosie, Bridget!
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One more cover reveal before we move on to the movie blogfest. This stunning art for Morgan Wylie's Silent Orchids should excite you!
Coming May 9th, 2013
Looking great, Morgan - congrats!
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I told myself, the next time Alex J. Canavaugh does a blogfest, I was going to do it. And here I am. Doing it. How about that? And you know something else? I love movies. I grew up near Hollywood. Heck, I was born across the street from Disney Studios. Pretty much sealed my fate in wanting to create fiction. Now, I love movies so much, I can't possibly rank them unless they're broken up into their own categories. And so, I'm going to let me animation nerd out and share with you my personal Top Ten Animated Films!
This is more than just me liking it, but the impact these films had and the contributions they made to the industry. (In other words, this list is fact mingling with personal opinion). Enjoy the countdown!
#10: Shrek - This film really got the ball rolling for Dreamworks Animation, and it also set a new standard in satire, which is evident in animated films to this day. Taking all things fairytale and spinning it on its head, no one knew what to expect, and we left with happy tears. Not to mention, Shrek also won the very first Academy Award for Best Animated Film.
"Better out than in, I always say."
#9: Toy Story - Ah, yes ... the decorated feature debut from Pixar Animation! While I don't exactly have a very high opinion of what came after, those haven't sullied what made the original a great film. Toy Story paved the way for computer animated features and proved how powerful nostalgia can be in the box office, which led to an industry-wide marketing revolution.
#8: Fantasia - The 3rd feature from Walt Disney himself deserves a great deal of merit. Because it was meant to be a "concert feature," theaters had to upgrade their sound systems in order for the audio to work. That, and it was a hard-earned test of synchronizing music and moving pictures, the most ambitious and successfully executed achievement for animation in its time. Again, another standard setter.
#7: Ratatouille - I'm sure to get a mixed reaction here, as I've heard some say that this film is "boring," but for me, this film really struck a cord, and it also showed me a great and valuable example of properly applied research. The film's director knew nothing about what happens in the kitchen of a 5 star restaurant, so he went to them, took notes, and gave us a most convincing portrayal of one, and with a rat protagonist, no less!
#6: Gulliver's Travels - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is credited for being the first animated feature film - ever - but sadly, that's not enough to make it on this list. Shortly after Snow White, Gulliver's Travels was released by Paramount Pictures and, at the time, was more successful at the box office and more critically appraised for its copious animation sequences and the invention of Rotoscoping. Sadly, Gulliver fell into studio absorption and has been in obscurity since.
#5: How To Train Your Dragon - When the ads for this March release had my attention, I didn't think much about it. I mean, what great movies come out in March, right? But then, when I saw this, I had my mind blown. The story, music, setting, stylistic choices, art, consequences ... I have yet to spot a single flaw in this film, to which other studios have rushed to capitalize on what made this work. This set a standard for 3D in animated films.
#4: Beauty and the Beast - This film is the crowning jewel of the Disney Renaissance era, and the first animated motion picture to ever be nominated for Best Picture. Some previous experimentation with CGI led to the famous ballroom scene, and also paved the way for a new generation of animation leaders, like Chris Sanders, Kelly Asbury and Brenda Chapman. This tale as old as time has passed the test of time. Now, if Disney would stop adding to it ...
#3: Princess Mononoke - I was not a fan of Japanese Animation growing up, not sure if it was the bad dubbing or how the characters always summoned balls of energy from their hands, but it was this film that changed my perspective, and turned Studio Ghibli into the animation juggernaut that it is today. This is a compelling storytelling done right, with a great score and fluid detail. In my opinion, this is the very best of all the Hayao Miyazaki's films.
#2: Pinocchio - This was Disney's response to Gulliver's Travels, outdoing Snow White in every visual and technical aspect, and it also secured Walt Disney's title of "Top Animation Leader" in the world for decades to come. The fact that Walt Disney' Studio's promo theme is still "When You Wish Upon a Star" is telling you something. On many levels, it speaks to my inner child and ancestral roots. That's no lie!
And now ...
My #1 favorite animated film of all time is ...
#1: The Secret of NIMH - Up until this film came out, little stood in the way of Disney's reign, even during it's fizzling late 70's. NIMH was a game changer, and a rare example of a film that outdoes its source material. NIMH caused a revolution, led by Don Bluth, breaking the mold and broadening the overall animation audience, and that scene with the cement block at the end gives me "warm chills" to this day. This also came out when I was born. Destiny!
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Before I forget, let's have a warm welcome to the latest members of our Cosmic Crew! Happy to have you aboard. Grab a virtual cruller!
I'd like to thank Al Diaz for tagging the
"You will serve me pie ... in the sky!"
Okay then ...
What inspired you to start blogging? - James Dashner told me to.
How did you come up with the name of your blog? - I wanted a place for all things sci fi and fantasy - the name was up for grabs.
What is your favorite blog to read? - Too many to name!
Tell about your dream job. - Starfighter Pilot or Dragon Rider.
Is your glass half full or half empty? - I'm too thirsty to tell.
If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go? - Any place where I'm still at the top of the food chain.
What food can you positively not eat? - Shellfish - I love it, but it doesn't love me.
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? - Shut up and take my money!
How much time do you spend blogging? - 5 hours a week, maybe?
Do you watch t.v. and if so, what are your favorite shows? - Only what we get through Netflix - Psych, Walking Dead, choice Animes.
Update: Have you noticed the word meter for Undead? It's finally moved a little. A small setback made me look at a few chapters again, but this time, I promise it's new material from here on out until this thing is done. Our map is almost finished for Woven, and if all goes well, we may have a reveal (for the map - no cover yet). We're also looking into producing a trailer in July. Exciting things are coming your way, my friends, so stay tuned. Get ready for a week of cool posts!
I'm David, and who else is seeing The Croods this weekend?