Thursday, July 22, 2021

MANEATERS Hits the Water!

Summertime. When thoughts turn to sun, sand, surf...and sharks! Just in time for beach season, Men's Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle present Maneaters, a deep dive into long unseen shark-themed pulp fiction and savage full-color illustration art drawn from three decades of classic men's adventure magazines (or MAMs), most out of print since their original publication. In addition, these graphic, action-packed tales of shark encounters are paired with commentary and mythbusting by a celebrated panel of contemporary shark experts who separate the stories' fact from fiction.

"My God, the Sharks Got the Women!"..."Shark-Battling Dolphins Saved My Life"..."A Man-Eating Shark Pack Against Scuba Divers"..."The Headhunting Shark That Destroyed a Texas Family"..."The Sharks Got My Legs"...

Wild, untamed shark fiction and hard-nosed shark science collide in one high-octane, full color collection. There's never been a book like it!

Sharks and hard-boiled shark hysteria were an integral part of MAMs from the very beginning, regularly appearing as villains across the magazines' three-decade lifespan, in stories by the likes of Godfather author Mario Puzo and Robert Edmond Alter, and in the killer covers and interior art by pantheon illustration artists like Mort Künstler and Samson Pollen.

In addition to expert commentary and critiques, a preface by Steve Cheskin, creator of Discovery's Shark Week, and an afterword by Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus director "Ace Hannah" (Jack Perez) affirm the sturdy bloodlines between the shark terror of yesterday and today's sharkmania.

Maneaters is available as a 170-page softcover and as a 192-page expanded hardcover with additional content. Click here to sink your teeth in.

Expert contributors to Maneaters include:

Bruce Avera Hunter, marine conservation & naturalist photographer
Jessica Myers, marine scientist
Mark Royer, PhD
Bryan Keller, PhD
Tyler Bowling, marine ecologist
Sarah Fae Torre, marine fisheries biologist
Chuck Bangley, PhD
Gavin Naylor, evolutionary biologist
David Shiffman, marine conservation biologist
Yannis Papastamatiou, PhD
Caroline Collatos, marine biologist

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

EXOTIC ADVENTURES OF ROBERT SILVERBERG on We Are Cult

144-page deluxe hardcover edition (left) and the 120-page softcover. Silverberg portrait by Jimmy Angelina.

Wyatt Doyle, co-editor and designer of the new release from the Men's Adventure Library, Exotic Adventures of Robert Silverberg, talks about the history behind Silverberg's "lost" stories for Exotic Adventures, a short-lived men's adventure magazine/bachelor mag hybrid from the late 1950s.

Read all about it at in "He Watched the Secret Sex Rites of Uganda" on We Are Cult, here

Buy the book from Amazon here.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Carolina's CURSED Out Now!

Proud to announce the digital release of the new album from Carolina, Cursed, on New Texture.

CD and LP release to follow.

Listen here: https://album.link/i/1573801655

Carolina is...

Christofer Lincoln - vocals/guitars 

Matt Brown - guitars 

Morgan Keator - guitars 

Jimmy Angelina - bass 

Troy Williams - drums/percussion

 

Carolina on Bandcamp: https://carolina4.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Arts for Art's On_Line Salon featuring John Blum

"Mark Hennen, John Blum, Jackson Krall in Performance & Discussion. Suggested minimum donation is $5. Donations go towards funding artist fees. Arts for Art's On_Line Salon series features live streaming FreeJazz performances and conversations every Tuesday and Thursday."

Visit John Blum's site HERE.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

First Chance, Last Chance for Four New Zappa Discs

 

First Chance, Last Chance. 

We’re releasing four new CDs from Stanley J. Zappa (and friends). They are available right now from Amazon. They will only be available to purchase until June 4th, a matter of days. We had hoped to stagger these releases and keep them in print indefinitely, but our manufacturer has rather suddenly announced other plans about manufacturing them. (It’s Amazon, and they are assholes.) 

These albums will be made available as downloads; this is great music and we want to keep it available. So if you like downloads, you’re in luck. But if you like CDs? If you like physical media? Groovy packaging, designed by New Texture's Wyatt Doyle? Time is short. Very short. So short, that if you want to own copies of these extremely limited pressings, you’d better get cracking. Like, now. 

Know that since it’s Amazon manufacturing the discs to order and filling your order, and they don’t seem to like us much, you can expect fulfillment to take longer than usual. (We don’t like them either.) 

Think of it like those rare Dylan discs, released to maintain copyrights in small "get 'em while you can" quantities. 

Think of it like those recently released Stones outtakes, which seem to be the same kind of thing. 

Think of it like we’re losing our manufacturer, but we still want to release these albums on CD, because that's exactly what's happening. 

Think of it any way you like, but if you want these albums on disc, you’d better move fast. You’ve only got ’til June 4th. 

Buy links and music previews below.


Free/Refuse by Jacob Hall, Nick Skrowaczewski, Stanley J. Zappa 

https://amzn.to/3f52gDV 


Crossing Guards by Daniel Carter, Steven Leffue, Catherine Sikora, Stanley J. Zappa 

https://amzn.to/3tZGLbW 


The Stanley J. Zappa Quartet Plays For The Society of Women Engineers 

(Wyatt Doyle, Mark Leonard, Nick Skrowaczewski, Stanley J. Zappa)

https://amzn.to/342EUZm


Turkey Bacon Donuts Bitches by MANZAP REBORN 

(Andrew Wedman, Stanley J. Zappa

https://amzn.to/3f2oxlR


 

Also going out of print (as physical releases): 

Sing-Song Songs by Stanley J. Zappa

https://amzn.to/2SVYB2z


Live a Little by Manzappaczewski 

(Nick Skrowaczewski, Andrew Wedman, Stanley J. Zappa)

https://amzn.to/3wlDEwr



Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New Texture CDs Going Out of Print June 4

For years now, we’ve been releasing music—physical CDs, anyway—via Amazon’s CD manufacturing platform. Recently Amazon sprung it on us that they’re abandoning the service entirely, and abandoning along with it the many artists and small labels who have paid to utilize it these last few years. This decision by Amazon puts many of our CD releases in a tricky spot. (On the bright side, it means we’ll be dealing with Amazon a lot less.) 

Amazon says they will continue to accept orders for CDs manufactured by them through June 4th. Which means after that date, many of our CD releases will be out of print. The download versions will remain available, but until we can sort out new options for physical media production, actual CD copies will be hard to come by. 

So if you’ve been putting off purchasing any of New Texture’s CDs, you’d better get that order in, pronto. They are about to become collector’s items. 

Purchase links below.

 

Reverend Raymond Branch, I've Got Heaven on My Mind 

https://amzn.to/3wlPffc


Stanley J. Zappa, Sing-Song Songs  

http://amzn.to/1Uo5VrF

 

Josh Alan, Sixty Goddammit  

http://amzn.to/2hnHTVX

 

  Map of the Moon (s/t) 

http://amzn.to/2eCSycK

 

 Jimmy Angelina (s/t)  

https://amzn.to/2xZExy8 

   

  Jon E. Edwards, Continental/International  

https://amzn.to/2Gp38SD

 

 Manzappaczewski, Live a Little  

https://amzn.to/2RvZ8Vn


Monday, March 1, 2021

Wyatt Doyle's "And the red death held sway over the dollar store" @ Gallery 30 South, 03/01–03/26

"Doyle’s eye and his camera’s eye capture those moments of junk-store epiphany, of accidental revelation, which lurk un-noticed in the most taken-for-granted parts of everyday run-down America." —Bill Shute, Kendra Steiner Editions 

Abandoned places, decaying spaces, toys nobody wants. Things that are gone, things that remain. “And the red death held sway over the dollar store” at Pasadena’s Gallery 30 South exhibits photographs by Wyatt Doyle from his acclaimed collections Dollar Halloween, I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, Buty-Wave Is Now Closed Forever, Jorge Amaya Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and recent work. 

Photography with a narrative bent, capturing people, places, and things, from California to Tennessee and back again. Through March 26. Books and signed, limited edition prints available via the gallery. The show is available for online viewing here.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Jason Cuadrado's "Reap What You Sow"

 

 

Congratulations to our pal Jason Cuadrado, who's released his painstaking creation of a "new" vintage Twilight Zone episode to YouTube. "Reap What You Sow" replicates the look, sound, and feel of a vintage TZ episode more closely—more perfectly—than any other tribute I've seen. It's a remarkable achievement. But let us allow Jason to speak for himself:

I've been obsessed with The Twilight Zone ever since I was a kid. No other show sparked my imagination and horror like Rod Serling's original anthology opus. I've had to live with the crushing disappointment of missing an opportunity to be part of that seminal moment in television history.  

Thanks to Unreal Engine, I was able to enter The Twilight Zone myself by going back in time to write and direct an episode of the original series.

This is that episode as it premiered in 1964 for season 5.

The film was written and completed in about a month using Unreal Engine 4.25 as the main creative hub (and time machine). Characters were designed in Daz Studio, imported into Reallusion's Character Creator 3 for mesh refinement, and finally iClone 7 as the main bridge to UE via Auto Setup and LiveLink.

Motion capture was recorded using the Perception Neuron Pro system. Facial capture and finger animation were achieved with iClone's Motion Live (plus an iPhone X and Leap Motion controller).

Props and locations from Daz would go through Maya for smoothing before being exported to Unreal. The wonderful Unreal Marketplace supplied the rest.

Audio was recorded with the Rode Wireless Go and a Maono AU-A04H.
The opening credits were done in Unreal and After Effects. The final edit was completed in Premiere.

Although I did most of the performance capture myself, I didn't do it alone. I had to rope in my dad and aunt since, during a pandemic, you work with what you've got. Thankfully my aunt is a professional and my dad is a trooper. Just goes to show what you can create with the resources around you on a single computer in your living room.

This short film was made with love for fans of the series (and just in time for the traditional New Year's Day marathon). And if you haven't seen the show, please check it out in all its incarnations (available on CBS All Access) to truly appreciate Rod Serling's legacy.  

Disclaimer: The Twilight Zone, logo, and its music are the property of CBS Television Distribution. This is a not-for-profit fan production and is not affiliated with the rights owners. This is not for commercial use. It's for the love of the show.

This has been The Twilight Zone...

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