Did ya miss me?

•November 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’m back once again. Hard to believe it’s been a whole year since I’ve posted. I wrote a couple of things for the blog earlier this year but never got around to posting them. A lot has happened since I’ve last been here. Earlier this year I was in a pretty good spot as far as writing goes. I started visiting my local comic book shop regularly which is something I haven’t done since high school. That, then led me to start contributing articles and reviews to a number of pop culture sites. Which in turn led to me pitching a blog idea to ChicagoNow, a blog site managed by the Chicago Tribune. My pitch was accepted and I was only a couple of steps away from the blog going live when tragedy struck. My grandmother, whom I had been taking care of for the past year, the woman that helped raised me, passed away unexpectedly. This is my first time ever openly discussing it and I’ll keep it brief but long story short, my whole world came crashing down. She was the closest person I had ever lost so I didn’t know how to react. I basically shut down, and for months whenever I sat to write, try as I might, no words would come. I couldn’t even bring myself to come up with a few words for her obituary despite how close we were.

Eventually, I found myself inching closer to normalcy. The pain was still there and still is, I just learned how to manage it better. The words started to flow again and I got back on track. I’m sure if you’ve read my blog, you’ve heard me mention my Santapocalypse project that I’ve been working on for a while now. Andrew (my artist) and I decided to change the format from a one-shot to a miniseries. So with that change, I went back and reworked the entire story. He is currently working on the art for the first issue while I’m scripting the next one and plotting out the rest of the series. Look out for that sometime next year.

Other than that, we have plans to start a YouTube channel next year with vlogs, sketches, reviews, and a web series. Once we get the necessary equipment, we’ll get that going. If anyone has any suggestions for a good but not too expensive camera to record with, let me know in the comments. Also, if anyone has any suggestions for future topics or something they would like to see me write about you can either let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail here.

A Stroke of Luck!

•November 26, 2013 • 1 Comment

For the past decade, I have been convinced that breaking all of those silly internet chain letters from my high school days has been responsible for my bad luck. It had gotten to the point that no matter how good the odds seemed in my favor I just didn’t expect things to go my way, and they never did. Then, this year my luck seemed to change. I was doing pretty well in life but in the back of my mind I was expecting the universe to bitch slap me back into hopelessness.

Of course that didn’t happen. Quite the opposite in fact; my luck actually got better. Leading up to Wizard World Chicago, Canadian artist Stephen Burger hosted a giveaway for his graphic novel Talk on Twitter. I entered for the hell of it but what do you know?I ended up winning, and as fate would have it, he was actually coming to Wizard World Chicago that week and wanted me to meet him there to get my prize. In my mind, whatever streak of good luck I was having had to have ended with that.

Boy, was I wrong.

Two months later, while watching one of my favorite television shows, SyFy’s Fangasm, I learned that they too were having a twitter giveaway. The winner would win a trip to Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles for themselves and a guest, complete with travel and hotel accommodations. According to the official rules, the estimated value of the trip was $4,500. I quickly entered, more so out of habit than hope. I really, really wanted to win but the universe wouldn’t be that generous to me I thought. Especially after having already won a giveaway, also through Twitter, only a few short months ago.

October 17th, 2013. I’ve just dropped my mother and grandmother off for a doctor’s appointment. I’m driving through the heart of downtown Chicago, tired and annoyed when my phone goes off. As unlikely as it was, as impossible as it seemed, I fucking won. My phone immediately falls from my hand and I proceeded to scream my lungs out. Thank god I was alone. I called everyone I could and told them. Eventually deciding to take my close friend and Khaos Factory partner, Andrew with me. I spent the next few weeks in a state of euphoria. It still didn’t seem real to me. Every time the thought of winning the trip crossed my mind, a grin crept over my face and I felt as if I was floating. I don’t think it actually hit me until after I got back from L.A. I was just randomly thinking back on everything when I got overwhelmed by joy. I had to stop myself from bursting into tears.

I’ll make another post later on this week about our trip to L.A. for Comikaze. Be on the lookout for it!

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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013

•September 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I know I’m a tad late but I finally got some time to post my Wizard World Chicago 2013 pics. Despite my being a geek for pretty much my entire life, I’m ashamed to say that I had never been to a con before this year. I went to my first con, C2E2 earlier this year and immediately fell in love with conventions. I literally ordered my Wizard World tickets the next day lol. Next year, I’ll be hitting the convention scene pretty hard, with a goal to attend at least five, including San Diego Comic-Con (shits expensive so my broke ass might need some donations…or a sugar mama). Anyway, enough talk. Let’s get to the pics! Oh, one more thing. My friends are selfish bastards and made me the “designated cameraman” for the day, so I’m not in any of my own damn pictures. *growls* *angryface*

P.S. The pics are showing up cropped for width or resized when I post them and I can’t figure out how to change this so just click on a picture to see it in its full size.

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How It All Started

•July 15, 2013 • 1 Comment

Anyone who actually knows me or has read the about section of this blog should know that I’m a pretty big geek. It was actually my geekdom that got me on the path to writing in the first place. I’ve always had aspirations of creating comic books but always as an artist first. In elementary school I probably sketched more than I actually did homework and I was determined to keep getting better with the pencil. Going into high school, I informed my counselor of my decision to become an artist and she laid out a schedule for me that involved taking a plethora of art classes during my 4 year stay there.

 

However, it was during these art classes that I discovered a sad truth. I was not as talented as I thought I was. Many of my peers in these art classes were much more talented than me and often left me feeling self conscious about my own work as it paled in comparison. It was also around this time that I discovered the wonderful world of play-by-post role playing games based on many of the shows, movies, comics, and games I was interested in. At the time, I thought of this as nothing more than a hobby. But the more I got into, the more forums I joined, many of which called for increased writing skills.

 

It wasn’t until my sophmore year that I discovered that I had actually developed a gift for writing. After completing a short story assignment for my english lit class, my teacher pulled me aside after class to tell me how much he liked my story and that I had a special talent for prose that I should pursue. I took a few creative writing classes afterwards, which strengthened my desire to write. I went into my senior year with a clear goal in mind for my future; to become a writer.

There was only one thing left to decide now; where should I go to college? My first choice (which had nothing to do with writing) had always been the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or U of I for short. I made sure I applied early and that my essay was top notch. The only thing that worried me was that I slacked off most of my time in high school so I only had a 2.5 GPA. And despite my high ACT scores, my GPA ended up being my downfall, as I wasn’t accepted. At that point, I had to start scrambling. I was almost a full semester in my senior year and I was so sure I would be accepted to U of I that I didn’t apply to any other schools. That was when a good friend of mine told me to checkout Columbia College Chicago. I researched their Fiction Writing program and knew this was the school for me. My friend and I decided to attend the open house, where we toured the campus and got to learn more about the program. I was BLOWN AWAY! The rest, as they say, is history.

Quick Update

•June 4, 2013 • 1 Comment

Hey guys! Sorry its been so long since I’ve updated this thing. Just want to give a quick update as to what’s been going on in my life and why I haven’t made a post in so long. I went through a bit of a rough period where things weren’t going so well for me and I pretty much stopped writing completely for a while.

 

Fortunately, this period didn’t last too long. Things have gotten a lot better for me the past few months. I’ve been doing a lot of reading(both prose and comics) which has gotten my creative juices flowing again. I’m in the early stages of development on a new comic series and I’m also working on my first screenplay. Oh, and how could I forget that I FINALLY attended my first con this past April at C2E2! I’ll definitely be going to a lot more of these, maybe even as a creator once these projects start seeing the light of day.

I’ll be checking in a lot more often now so stay tuned!

Guess Who’s Back?!

•August 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Finally! The Rock has COME BACK to Khaotic Expression! :-) Haha. I’d like to start this post off by apologizing to any and everyone that checked out my blog for my inactivity. It’s been a little over a year since I last put up an entry. I know in a previous post I said I’d start updating this thing about 2-3 times a week and then I just fell off the grid. Unfortunately, life kicked my plans/schedule into oblivion but here I am now and hopefully I’m here to stay.

This past year has been a roller coaster ride and while I won’t give you the full rundown of events, I will let you know of some cool, major stuff pertaining to my career and this site.

In September of 2011, a friend (and talented artist as well) and I were collaborating on some projects and bouncing ideas off of each other when something amazing happened. We decided we would join forces and start a collective/organization/entertainment studio with the sole purpose of helping each other and other up and coming creators to produce fantastic work and present it to the world. Thus, The Khaos Factory was born!

The biggest news so far is that the first ever Khaos Factory comic, Santapocalypse is now in production! I finished the script a few weeks ago and Andrew is busy working on the art. We’ll most likely be releasing it digitally with a limited print run following that. More details to come!

Welcome to The Khaos Factory!

What would you do with a million dollars?

•August 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I came across this question quite randomly this afternoon. I was on Facebook, checking up on a few friends when all of a sudden this question popped into my head. If I was to somehow become blessed with a million dollars what would I do with it? How would I spend it? Would I save it? Or go on a luxury shopping spree?

The interesting thing about this is that there’s a plethora of possibilities and no one person will have the exact same answer. In my opinion there is no right or wrong way to spend your money. Since it’s YOUR money only YOU can judge whether you’re making a good or bad decision on what to spend it on. However, there are plenty of cases in which large sums of money have gone completely down the drain due to “questionable” spending decisions.

Now on to my answer. If I was to somehow end up with a million dollars to spend however I see fit my main goal with it would be to invest. There are many different meanings to the word and in my case I would like to invest in several things, mainly the future. Not only mine but for those closest to me as well; family, friends, and friends of the family. I know a lot of talented, creative people who have great material in a number of different media. I’d spend however much money is necessary in creating a company and brand where we can all showcase our talents, whether it be publishing, music, comedy, fashion, you name it. We’d all have the means to make money doing what we’re gifted and passionate about.

Second, I would start a college fund to pay for any friend or family member’s education if they needed it. If the company becomes successful enough I’ll expand the fund to not only help those I know but others around the world less privileged than I who need help funding their education and furthering their goals. I’d probably put maybe $50-$100 thousand dollars aside for any bill and debt assistance my companions needed. No one likes to struggle and if I have the means I’d make sure everybody I knew never would again.

Now I know some of you are wondering why I didn’t mention anything about buying a house or a new car or things of that nature. Simply put, I’m not a flashy guy. I don’t believe just that because you have money you have to spend it. I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy new things just that I’d make sure I was buying them because I NEED them not because I WANT them. Greed is an ugly thing and unless it is concerning food (Yeah I like to eat, so what?) you won’t find a greedy inch on my body.

That’s pretty much it for me right there. Just looking those things over I’d probably still have a nice sum of money left over which I’d just put away in a savings account until I needed it. Now to you guys.

What would YOU do with a million dollars?

What do you think about how I would chose to spend my million?

Would you spend it on material things or use it to better the world?

 
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