I have recently contributed to a chapter alongside two very skilled and knowledgeable researchers; Dr. Aaron Drummond & Dr. James Sauer. The work looks at video game violence and what we can/can't say about how it relates to real world societal violence.
The work has now been published in the psychology text: Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention. Our work is Chapter 2 titled (and I hope you like puns): The Infamous Relationship Between Violent Video Game Use and Aggression: Uncharted Moderators and Small Effects Make It a Far Cry from Certain.
You can purchase the book HERE in either ebook or hardcover format, it will be available for anyone with ebscohost or other academic search engine access also.
More research on the way!
'ReWind' is a semi-regular column posted on The Weekly Spoon a pop culture review and news site. ReWind, written by Shaun Garea, looks back at some of the greats in comic history picking up and reviewing older works mostly and reexamining their place in today's landscape. View the segment HERE
A short novel 'The Cult of the Giant Teapot' has been on the burner here on and off for some time, with work being dedicated to it between Estrata and academic commitments.
The Cult of the Giant Teapot is the story of tribal peoples warring over, yes, a giant teapot. As ridiculous as this may seem, our protagonist - lost and a stranger to these peoples - may be judgmental of these practices he witnesses but are these odd rituals and the resulting violence any different from events closer to home?
Is worshiping a teapot any less ridiculous than established alternatives?
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Going forward there will be some PDF's available for anyone interested in Comicbook screenwriting and also some screenplays of our film projects completed in the past.
There is a WHOLE website decidacted to this project - with characters created by Shaun Garea and Alex McMahon - so please get more info HERE. The first story has just been published in print with the Funtime 30th issue (Funtime is NZ's longest running comics anthology) and Gareus was lucky enough to receive the blessing of Mike Allred and Mike Norton (Fathers of the Eisner and Harvey winning Madman and Battlepug respectively) to feature their characters in our silly, silly little world. Oh and Gareus may just be appearing in a video game in the near future too. Just sayin.
Ah the bittersweet look at projects past.
Arcadia will never die but it is in a coma. The work is a direct continuation of the story of Hell's Gate (Estrata's first independent short film) and widens the scope of evil nasty monsters from a small rural house to a town on the outskirts of nowhere.
A six issue run has been planned with story and script work done for the most part so really its just up to a matter of time, patience, and just a little bit of inspiration.
If you hop over HERE you will find the video we did for Jordan Reyne's track 'The Arsonist'. Estrata also did two separate single page comics to expand on the story and give a little more depth to the characters (who are played by two of our favorite people!).