WoB Talk

April 19, 2013

First Looks at Two New Music Projects

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:47 pm

Hello, all.  This is a sort of pre-pre-announcement in both these cases, since the actual products aren’t yet available.  However, I think the covers are neat, and I want you to see them.  This weekend, I am bringing out a collaborative CD with Leslie Hudson and Devin Melanson; it is entitled Pirate Elves in Space.  There is a limited print run (100 copies), and it’s also about to go up on the site Bandcamp, though it hasn’t yet quite done so (I’ll edit this post if it does so later on).  We’ll have the CD with us at FKO (a convention) this weekend, but we’ll be making leftover copies available for sale afterwards.  Bandcamp will also offer the album in digital form.

The album is a sampler containing ten songs.  Three are mine:  “Everybody Hates Elves,” “Being Watson,” and “Damn Those Dwarves.”  The other seven are Leslie and Devin’s; three pertain to Star Wars and four to The Princess Bride.  Here’s the album in all its glory, with a cover by Karl Stahl:

Pirate-Elves-in-Space

But wait…there’s more!  I have also been engaged in bringing out a solo album.  It’s taken an absurdly long time, but it’s now almost ready.  I have all the components and just have to order the CDs and put the music up on Bandcamp.  Now, if only I didn’t have all this marking to do…

(And yes, I know how good at procrastination I am.  I still haven’t sent out last summer’s swag.  I have not forgotten about it.  After this bout of marking, I shall force myself to make good on all my promises.  I also still haven’t done anything about a WoB book, though again, I haven’t forgotten about it, and I’m actually planning to make a giant compilation after the comic has come to an end.  I’m sorry I’m so bad at completing anything except actual WoB comics in a timely manner.  The only reason I’ve been able to get anything done with the music is that I have lots and lots of people nagging me.)

At any rate, here is Erik Mohr’s cover for the solo album, which is called Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off:

Beowulf-bigger

And on that rather creepy note, I must now create a syllabus, then mark like the wind.  The fun never stops around here.  But as a bonus, here is a video of Devin’s son singing along to “Everybody Hates Elves” (he had absconded with the master copy of the CD and had apparently just listened to it about ten times):

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10 Comments »

  1. I think Elves deleted “West of Bathurst” from Massey’s website.
    The link (http://www.masseycollege.ca/alumni/westofbathurst) no longer works.

    Comment by Preethi — April 27, 2013 @ 2:14 am

  2. Thanks, Preethi. Something really weird is going on. My password has stopped working. However, the main Massey site still exists. I don’t even know who to ask about this any more. I’ll see what I can do, but it’s possible it will take a while.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — April 27, 2013 @ 2:18 am

  3. It seems the site has been hacked. With luck, it will return eventually.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — April 27, 2013 @ 2:24 am

  4. I’m sure they’ll sort it out during the work week.
    It looks like they are updating the Massey website.

    Comment by Preethi — April 27, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  5. Well, I wish they would “update” it in a way that wouldn’t destroy my entire portion of it. If they want the alumni site to look more up-to-date, fair enough, but they could at least give me a chance to put redirects on my comic pages. Ah well. I’m sure it’s just a misunderstanding.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — April 27, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  6. I agree, that does suck.
    Maybe you could completely move over to comicgenesis and then you’d be in more complete control.
    The only thing missing on it is an archive though
    it looks like some other people have got it to work e.g. http://route148.comicgenesis.com/
    and http://quest.comicgenesis.com/archives.html etc.

    Then again, it looks like you are really swamped with work. Congrats on the CD’s.
    I like the cover for Beowulf pulled my arm off.

    Comment by Preethi — April 27, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  7. Yeah, but I still haven’t figured out how to make other pages on Comic Genesis; it won’t let me load any images that aren’t the comics. If I move the comic, I’ll buy some webspace and shift the westofbathurst.com domain over to it so that at the very least, people will be able to find the index page. But it will be maddeningly annoying as far as links from other pages go. Everything will have to be changed.

    The Beowulf cover was created by Erik Mohr, who does some really fantastic stuff (mostly book and magazine covers).

    Comment by Kari Maaren — April 27, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  8. p.s. Totally different topic; what do you think of Elementary?
    I actually like it now. Watson is a strong character in this version
    and there is no hint of romance.
    & it looks like they are bringing in Irene Adler soon,
    although they already implied she was dead so not sure if this will be a flashback or not.
    I hope they don’t mess it up.
    Is it too much to ask for one TV/movie adaptation of Sherlock Holmes where Irene Adler remains the original “Woman”.

    Comment by Preethi — April 27, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  9. I haven’t watched Elementary for a few weeks; I need to get back into it. The whole “Irene Adler is dead” thing kind of annoyed me, and I’ll be downright angry if she’s a pawn of Moriarty again in this one. The thing that’s bugging me the most about Elementary is that it’s still not much more than a typical procedural. But it’s not outright anger-making and has some good bits. I appreciate the lack of romance between Holmes and Watson.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — April 27, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  10. Mrs. Hudson made an appearance a couple of episodes ago.

    Comment by Preethi — April 27, 2013 @ 11:42 pm


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