Man, I have some cool friends. Zack and Nick Keller, both of whom I have worked with on previous audio projects, wrote a comic book series for Death Head Comics called Death Head, a story about a family, a hidden danger in the woods, and a deadly mask. (A note for all you young artists: you want to work on cool projects? MAKE COOL FRIENDS.) I was approached to see if I could make an audioplay out of the first issue (half of the first issue, really); partly in hopes that Dark Horse might want to turn the entire series into an audioplay, but mostly just because it seemed like a neat idea.
And it was.
This features the wonderful talents of two more of my friends, Nathan Bock and Reut Sklar. I work with Reut at the day job and Nathan and I went to high school together (see previous note). Oh, and it’s best experienced with headphones.
It’s release also coincides with Dark Horse Comics’ release of the trade paperback of the entire Death Head series. If the audioplay piques your interest, you can find out what happens later in the story by picking up a copy. Get one from Amazon, Dark Horse, or select comic book stores.
This is the latest audiobook I have finished and it is the first work of non-fiction that I have narrated. While I was afraid that something that included such a ball-bustingly exciting word as “analytics” would leave attempting to end my own life with my microphone, I was surprised to find that not only was the subject a fascinating look into the technology that is running underneath everything we do, but also that the writing itself was charming and approachable. Eric Siegel makes predictive analytics easily understood no matter if you are a techie, a senior citizen, a fresh-outta-school engineer, or even a baby (note: Eric’s infant-teaching abilities have yet to be confirmed).
Written by George Ding
Narrated by Nicolas D. Frantela
Music – Haunting by Cerulean Crayons
(Heads up – It had to be split into two part. If you have YouTube Annotations on, a link to the second part should come up.)
Why is it that so many of my friends are authors? Here is another talented friend that I met in college. George and I met on the very first day at college when I had just moved into the dorm. We were in line to get “complimentary” pizza (when you pay $160,000 on a college education, I don’t consider anything complimentary; you’re paying for it all), and started to chitchat a little. I mentioned that I was an actor and he asked what plays I had done. Not knowing how acclimated to the world of theatre he was, I picked well-known pieces (Gypsy, Anything Goes, Death of a Salesman), to which he gave no reaction. I decided to tell him some of the more abstract pieces I had been in (Marat/Sade, a circus show called Anonymity, No Exit), even though I was pretty sure he would also stare blankly back at me. Instead, his eyes went wide, he gripped my shoulders with his hands, and said louder than I think he realized, “YOU ACTUALLY SPOKE THE LINE ‘HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE’!” Turns out that George was an existentialist and loved Sartre. Extremely smart, with a dry wit that can actually cut you, George is a writer and director, and one of my best friends. I just wish the bastard would move back from China already.
So I forgot a chapter. It’s all in order on YouTube, so quit your whining.
If you have enjoyed the first ten chapters of The Success of Suexliegh, written by Zack Keller, original music from Nick Keller, and read by my own tongue, then you can pick up a copy of the full audiobook on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Here’s a tip: if you’re new Audible, you can get the book for free when you sign up! STICK IT TO THE MAN (please be aware that this deal is strongly encouraged by The Man).
AND THUS IS WAS FINISHED AND, YEA, THE LORD OF NARRATION GAZED UPON IT AND, LO, FOUND IT MOST PLEASURABLE.
Here is the last of the free chapters of The Success of Suexliegh, written by my good friend and storymaster Zack Keller, along with original music from his younger brother, Nick Keller, who can write a glorious piece of music faster than it takes me to ask him for it. And thus ends Suexliegh’s reign on this blog. I hope I have been able to whet your appetite for the quirky characters, zany situations, and oh so many puns that will make you grin, groan, and develop a brain aneurysm all at the same time, that you go out and get yourself a copy of the book, which you can actually get dirt cheap for all the entertainment you’ll garner from it.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Starting today, you can also buy yourself a copy of the full, unabridged audiobook version ofThe Success of Suexliegh, available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes, read by yours truly (of course), and with even more original music from Nick Keller. It’s been months in the making and a true labor of love for all involved, which shows. Give a present to your ears and download the audiobook today. If you like it, buy one for your friends. If you hate it, then buy one for your enemies (or force them to buy it for themselves with threats of chainsaw violence). Either way, a fun time will be had by all!
Regular readers/listeners (although probably not so regular now) might have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. That’s because I have been busting my butt to get the full audiobook of The Success of Suexliegh finished and out the door, an event which I am happy to say is almost upon us. But I have been making cartoons all this while, and hope to start posting weekly pretty soon.