Those of you who know me know that I used to respect the police a lot. Well I've had them let me down a couple times when I called 911 out to my place so now I'm not happy with VPD. Please enjoy the video.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I agree with the fun theory. One of the things I enjoy most is a cup of coffee and a good novel. If you have any ideas where we should hold our next book signing send me an email at sirbunch at myspace.com. Have an awesome day.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Don't forget about the Book Signing of Suffering Rancor tomorrow night around 5pm at Dolce Gelato. It's easy to find, just drive South on Franklin from Mill Plain and when you hit a dead end (8th street)turn left toward Esther Short Park. Dolce Gelato is on the right. You never know how much fun you're missing if you don't come.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
If you get the chance come down and join author Andy R. Bunch and Illustrator Corey Pennington at Dulce Gelato next to Esther Short Park downtown Vancouver. We'll be signing "Suffering Rancor" and listening to live music as we drink coffee and kibitz (whatever that means.) We've been having great turn outs at every signing and even if you have a signed book its a great way to blow off the steam of a hard week. Did I mention the great Italian Ice-cream and Dulce Belle Baristas? There will be something there to tantalize all your senses. Ooohwah!
● Congratulations to President Obama and first lady Michelle. They celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary this week. After their anniversary dinner President Obama took Michelle back to the White House for a romantic evening, which is the first time since he took office that he has been able to close the deal.
● David Letterman was a victim of extortion this week. I also had the same problem recently. A producer from “Dateline NBC” tried to blackmail me, but luckily no one watches NBC.
● This weekend, President Obama is going to speak to the nation’s largest gay rights group, and members of the group are upset that he hasn’t kept his campaign promises to them. However, the gay rights group says all will be forgiven if Obama makes the speech shirtless.
● The 2009 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to three scientists: a 79-year-old, a 75-year-old, and an 85-year-old. They received the award for successfully programming a VCR.
● A cruise ship is going to retrace the path of the Titanic and will feature the original food and activities Titanic passengers took part in. The activities include sinking and drowning.
Late Show Top Ten:
Top Ten Signs You're Dealing With A Bad Cryonic Preservation Company
10. It's called "Cryonics 'N Things"
9. Cold storage room is kept at 74 degrees
8. At Christmas party, you find grandpa's head chilling the eggnog
7. Motto: "If we don't bring you back to life . . . what are you going to do about it?"
6. "State-of-the-art freezer" is an Igloo cooler in backseat of owner's Hyundai
5. Every now and then, the body of Karl Malden wakes up and eats someone
4. From inside the storage pods, you hear faint cries for help
3. Rated last in "Cryonic Preservation Weekly"
2. For fun, technicians dress bodies to reenact this week's "Mad Men"
1. Representative answers all your questions with "Huh?"
● The Supreme Court is in session for the new year. It was Sonia Sotomayor’s first day. They did a little rookie hazing — Justice Roberts glued her gavel to the desk.
Late Late with Craig Furgeson:
● The group Kiss has a new album out. Some people have never seen an album, so I’ll explain: It’s a flat vinyl disc that goes on a record player, and a toucan on the side of the record player drops his beak into the groove, and everyone dances the jitterbug.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
● Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul was in the audience of “Dancing with the Stars” last night. She was there because she’s homeless.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
● President Obama gave a talk to members of the House and Senate today about options for the war in Afghanistan. The title of his speech was “Any ideas? Cause I’ve got nothing.”
● A new study says that the city with the smartest residents in the U.S. is Raleigh, N.C., followed by San Francisco, Boston, and Minneapolis. The study ranked America’s smartest from one to 55. Fresno, Calif., came in 55th. The mayor of Fresno was like "That's great, but who came in last?”
Thursday, October 1, 2009
We've been getting questions, like why does a fantasy book sponsor a web blog about funny or amazing stuff. The easy answer is that it's an amazing book.
In "Suffering Rancor," Andy R. Bunch, has created a world that is rich and unique, yet not entirely unfamiliar. It pulls readers through cinematic scenes with realist characters at a roller-coaster pace. Seldom does a book take on such epic themes and still remain packed with action. This book will resonate with your heart and rock your view of reality.
But "Suffering Rancor," is amazing in another way. Just as there is a growing Indie Music and Movie genre, there is fast becoming an Indie Book genre. Groups like Bizzarro Press of Portland, OR. have grabbed a sizable market catering to the kinds of books that didn't have a wide enough appeal to interest the five big imprints. Now that the work is out there, of course, the fandom grows and so do sales.
While Suffering Rancor isn't as far out of the mainstream in its story line, the author chose a method of publication that would allow him to produce and promote the book in unique ways. For example Andy was able to pick his own cover artist and include 20 images internally. That's where artist Corey Pennington comes in.
Working together to give more visual effect to the story provides readers a better experience--similar to the way graphic novels aid in story telling. Rumors abound that Suffering Rancor will see its day as a graphic novel, which is another option thanks to the unique Indie publishing style. Corey and Andy are also planning a limited run of 100 books which are completely hand crafted. Each one will be slightly different with saddle stitched spines, leather or wood binding, and unique hand drawn internal art. Imagine buying a book that came with collected artifacts from a world that exists only in the mind of its creators. Now you are getting a taste for the vision of this amazing novel.
A third truly unique thing about Suffering Rancor is how the creators are choosing to promote the book. This blog for one, but also in local signings. The book debuted in Paul's Elbow Room which is a downtown Vancouver fixture. Much of the book was written in the downtown Denny's which has since been torn down, or coffee shops around Vancouver and Portland. Both Corey and Andy are firm in their desire to preserve the books connection to the P-town and Vantucky area, and to the Pacific NW. While not shunning the many wonderful, local book stores, both Corey and Andy want to reach an audience that doesn't read a lot of books or spend much time appreciating art. They believe this book can entertain even the modern ADHD crowd.
A typical book signing for these two is a party. They like to involve local musicians, and hit local art events like last Thursday, and First Friday. They spend their marketing budget on local providers like Sparkfire Agency, and Cara Cottingham's Shameless Productions Radio show on Koug.fm.
"Suffering Rancor," is available through:
Barnes and Noble.com
or on the shelf at:
Barnes and Noble Janzen Beach
Mugs Coffee in Hazel Dell
Angst Gallery on Main Street
Or come to there next scheduled signing at First Friday;
Vancouver's First Friday Artwalk featuring Dancing in the Street
Friday, September 4th from 5:00 - 9:00pm
As always, admission is free!
Dance your way through Artwalk. Main Street will be closed from 7th to 11th for dancing in the street. Starting at 5:00 enjoy Swing, Cumbia, Zydeco, Ballroom and more. Shops will be open and our local restaurants will be serving outside. It's Artwalk with a whole new twist!
* Seven galleries to explore.
* Admission is Free.
* Turtle Place at Main and 7th: Learn Zydeco with Cascade Zydeco and refresh yourself at Burgerville's new mobile kitchen, the Nomad, and the Tin Cantina.
* Main and 7th: El Parral hosts Cumbia - it's Salsa, but better.
* Main and 8th: Vancouver Ballroom brings Swing to Main Street.
* Main and 9th: Arthur Murray will demonstrate all types of dance and the band "There She Goes" plays music live!
* Main and 11th: Enjoy the Mountain View High School Jazz Band.
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