Monday, February 07, 2011

Ask Me Anything #6

Welcome to the 5th edition of Ask Me Anything. After taking December off this monthly feature returns and new editions can be found on the first Monday of every month.

Use the comments section to ask me anything you want and I will strive to answer them either in the comments section, or in more elaborate posts throughout the month.

Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything  #1#2 ,  #3, #4 and #5.  Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month.

Now ask away.


Sean Cloran said...

1. When the original Xombi series had to end, you said you had stories planned well into the future, without revealing anything, Are you planning to revisit those ideas that you had but did not get to pursue? I'm curious how much of the overall storyline has changed?
Was there any stories you had planned but because of some factor can not use anymore? (Factors being a broad term, for example, some story that might be relevant in the 90s but won't work in 2011, or possibly a storyline you had planned you can not use because it is too similar to something that already came out and you want to avoid comparisons. Bad examples, just trying to help clarify my awkward question.)
Also, are you going to get to use the "cursed" story that you referred to earlier in your blog?

2. How did you get involved with Gallery 1988? It looks like a fun gallery. I've been fortunate enough to have a few art shows, and I've participated in a couple theme shows in college, but would have absolutely flipped if I would have been invited to participate in a "Twilight Zone" themed show.

Can't wait to read the answers, hope they make interesting blog material, and Thanks again, for the entertaining stories. I've already preordered Xombi #1.

John Rozum said...

Sean, the Xombi answers I will save for a separate post later this month.

As to Gallery 1988, I liked a lot of the themed shows they had done, and noticed that my pal, Kirk Demarais from Secret Fun Spot had participated in a couple. Through him I connected with the gallery and was invited to participate in their He-Man themed show last year, and then three shows this year running into the summer. I'm just figuring out what my pieces will be for the second show, but am really excited for the third. Unfortunately, I cannot announce what those two are yet. I wish I was in the "Twilight Zone" show as well.

I still owe you a post regarding my tools of the trade for my collage stuff. Various issues have kept me from it thus far. I won't bore you with the details, but I will get to it.

Michael Jones said...

How much ground could a groundhog ground if a groundhog could grind ground?
I've been enlightening my Japanese students on Groundhog Day and wonder how big it is in your household/neighbourhood/hometown?

John Rozum said...

Michael, it's not so big. It's more of a curious annual event. I've always wondered how this wives tale began. What makes the groundhog's shadow so special? Why can't I go outside and say "look there's my shadow on the ground. That means the sun is shining today." Spring shows up on the same day every year anyway. My calendar for 2011 came with the date already marked.

On a related note, I've eaten groundhog before and it was pretty tasty.

Michael Jones said...

Groundhog day falls on Candlemas halfway between the start of winter & spring.
According to the old English saying:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

From Scotland:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.

From Germany:
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.
The Germans used a shadow-spying badger to predict the coming of spring and immigrants to Pennsylvania carried on the tradition.

I suppose if groundhog wasn't tasty, you'd upchuck your woodchuck!