Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sliding Through Another Dimension: Was to be Published, but Hasn't Been Published Yet, Now Added to Society6

I added my weird sci-fi artwork "Sliding Through Another Dimension (Orange Background)" to Society6. This one comes in three different color schemes: full-color on an orange background, full-color on a blue background, and black and white. Here it is on orange:

Sliding Through Another Dimension (Orange Background)

"Sliding Through Another Dimension" is a work I did last year, one that I thought was going in appear in a couple of different publications. I sent both the black and white version and the orange version to an editor back on May 1st, 2014. The editor accepted both works on June 29th, 2014. He originally told me he was going to use the black and white version as interior art in an October 2014 issue of one publication and the color version as cover art on another publication, which publication and which issue of that publication to be determined at a later date. October 2014 came and went and my art remained unused. On November 3rd, 2014, I inquired about the publication status of my art. On November 4th, 2014, the editor told me it might be published as interior art in the January 2015 issue. January 2015 came and went, and my art still remained unpublished.

Now that it's almost the end of October 2015, I figured the time has come to say to heck with it and post the artwork to Society 6. Disappointments such as this one are among the many reasons why I've decided to take a hiatus from doing much unsolicited work for submission to publications and concentrate on adding my stuff to sites like Society6. Considering that this was a double acceptance, it's double the disappointment. When the gatekeepers prove so unreliable, I'll just bypass them completely and find my own way. Quite frankly, I'm sick of seeing acceptances that never pan out in the end.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Snorer Slurper

With all my complaining about Regal Stadium 18's screw-up when showing the TCM/Fathom double feature of Dracula/Spanish Dracula, I forgot to mention another annoyance during that film event - the snorer slurper. A guy all by himself situated a few seats down in the same row as us made verbal comments through a good part of the first half of the English version. However, he must have found the second half boring, since it seems he fell fast asleep. I heard him snoring! Then, at one point during the long break between films, the same guy let those around him know he was going to the men's room. He then purchased a drink, which he proceeded to suck down in a rather noisy slurping manner, complete with the occasional belch! Thankfully, snorer slurper decided not to wait for Regal Stadium 18 to get Spanish Dracula up and running. He left before they started the second film.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dracula/Spanish Dracula Double Feature Disaster: Waited Over an Hour to See Spanish Dracula

What an awful experience! Michele and I went to Regal Stadium 18 in Crossgates Mall to see the TCM & Fathom Events presents Dracula (1931)/Spanish Dracula (1931) double feature. The experience started off okay, though it seems they skipped over the specially produced introduction by Ben Mankiewicz that was supposed to have been shown with the films (according to what it says in TCM's own advertising for this event). The English language version starring Bela Lugosi ran on time with no serious issues. Actually, it was cool to see it on the big screen. One could catch details you simply can't catch watching it on the small screen. Lugosi's face in close-up shots truly looked frightening projected onto the big screen. However, as soon as the first film ended, things took a turn for the worse.

The moment the English version ended, the screen went blank. At first, it seemed the break was merely an intermission, but that intermission kept getting longer, and longer, and longer. Apparently, those running the show at Regal Stadium 18 didn't realize that the event was a double feature.Oops! It took them over an hour to get the Spanish-language version up and running.

The theater was close to empty to begin with, and it got emptier as the wait got longer. Some people didn't wait the hour and left before Regal Stadium 18 got the Spanish language version up and running. There were only six people left in the theater when they finally got it to work.

Funny thing is, last time Michele and I went to a Fathom Event at Crossgates, when we went to go see THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR in the theater, there was a problem with getting the film up and running. We never did get to see the full intro, though the feature itaself played just fine.

Admittedly, Regal Stadium 18 did end up handing out readmission passes for waiting so long to see the second half of the double feature. Even so, I doubt I would consider going to another Fathom Event at the theaters in Crossgates.