Monday, March 22, 2010


by Erkuden Sakana, Company Secretary;
May is rapidly approaching and the fleet needs fuelling; not to mention a little seed money to kickstart the convoy. And so, the Company has undertaken a number of commissions to help raise some funds.

"Gambling Christ Lands in Hot Water With His Bookies and Needs Your Help"
"Gambling Christ Lands In Hot Water With His Bookies and Needs Your Help"
(by the Misanthrope Specialty Co.)

Fortunately, there is an abundance of live music and comedy in this city for the Company to tap vampirously into. There was little more to do than send word through the proper channels that the Misanthrope Specialty Co. and many of its individual members were making themselves available for one week to illustrate a limited number of local gig posters at the introductory price of PWYC. It didn't take long before everyone's dance card was full.

But the fundraising drive doesn't end there. Gas isn't cheap, after all.

Phillips & Crown (in colour)
Poster commissioned for Phillips & Crown's upcoming performance
(by the Misanthrope Specialty Co.)

In an shameless endeavor to capitalise twice on the same projects, it has been decided that much of the original artwork for said posters will form the backbone for the Company's next one-night Clubhouse exhibition.

Iron Cobra posterAlign Center
Poster commissioned by Iron Cobra for their final show
(artwork by the Misanthrope Specialty Co.)

Stay tuned for details as they arise. What is known thus far is that the show will consist of gig posters and related hired art both by the Company and its individual members. There will be liquor, music, and perhaps a little dancing. All the art will be sold by donation on a first come first serve basis.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010


by Erkuden Sakana, Company Secretary;
analog editing

Editing the Misanthrope Specialty Co.'s 16mm motion picture extravaganza draws closer to completion every day. The tour's April 30th departure date has set a concrete deadline for this endeavour, coaxing great sweaty strides in the efforts to have it finished on time.

A clear narrative has finally emerged and the film is taking form nicely. Armed with a better understanding of what this story is shaping up to be , one of today's main orders of business included determining the next few steps in post-production.

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The Company's Musical Supervisor presented her proposal for the musical score. It's a loose outline, naturally in preliminary stages; to be fleshed out and refined according to how the film continues to evolve throughout the rest of the editing process.

The Soundtrack promises to be an fun one to work on, as it seems Caulpepper's recent acquisition will be featured prominently therein.

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"A Hog's Christening" (Detail)

Perhaps the easiest item tackled on tonight's agenda was the proposal and debating of possible titles for this classic in the making. The Company had been putting off naming its baby until it could be certain whether it was a boy or a girl.

The votes are in and the film has officially been dubbed Screaming Hell Hogs. Or rather, Screaming Hell Hogs Eat Shit and Die. Lest we forget the Company's agreement with the project's patron
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Monday, March 1, 2010


by Erkuden Sakana, Company Secretary:
Yesterday's Bunker meeting turned into an all-day affair. Little time went into drawing this week with the business of a looming tour becoming the evening's main preoccupation. Scheming
has begun in earnest.

A primary draft of the 2010 Company tour route.

Little is yet written in stone, but already the tentative framework of an itinerary has been agreed upon. There are still few blanks to fill in between some stops, and many of the listed destinations have yet to be confirmed, but the beast is taking shape nicely.

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On the list of new places to try out is Cleveland, Ohio. Some of the Misanthropes have breezed through the forest city once or twice, but aside satisfying late-night soul food joint next to an angry little strip club motel, they found little of interest. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame simply doesn't cut it with this bunch. Still, Company consensus holds that it must have something going on, and any guidance on the matter would be appreciated.

The same goes for Toledo. Not so much for Oklahoma City, which the Company has unofficially given up on.

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