Highlights from San Diego Comic-Con

Marian shares:  Comic-Con was wild and wonderful again this year – and beyond all the hype, it’s still brimming with the energy of artists and creative minds all there to play.  This year I got to present my own variety show with all the things I like in it:  songs by Seth Boyer, comedy by Joseph Scrimshaw, staged radio drama by Josh A. Cagan & Kayla Cagan, unintentionally hilarious history by David Malki, tragic fiction and hilarious space harmony jingles with Nicole Dieker.  To top it all off we had an interview with two of my favorite Martians, Kim Maxwell and Scott Maxwell, who have sent a little robot to a faraway planet for adventures.

For me the cherry on top was appearing as a guest at w00tstock 8.0, a night of fun and cleverness and madness.  I love w00tstock because I never know whether I’ll wind up singing the Elements with Mike Selinker – or “Shake it Off” with Wil Wheaton – or sea shanties with Paul and Storm – or jazz standards accompanied on sousaphone by David Silverman.

But I’m up for anything. And Comic-Con always stretches what I mean when I say ‘anything.’

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EUROPE AND THE UK – March / April 2016

Hello my dear Adventure Questing companions!  I’m crossing the sea to play concerts for my friends abroad!  Spring tour dates:

March 6 NEW YORK – The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A. 7pm, $10-15 artist donation
March 17 AMSTERDAM – ‘Skek, 21:00, free/€10-15 donation
March 18 ROTTERDAM – Impacthub Rotterdam (open office concert) .. Continue reading

In May 2015 Marian Call, Molly Lewis, Patrick Race, and Seth Boyer create a sweded version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” video, rewriting the song using only the 1000 most common English words — in the style of Randall Munroe’s Up-Goer Five diagram.  Credits and more details on Youtube or at Alaskarobotics.com — and hey, this little homemade video made it to the official David Bowie website and the front page of xkcd.com!

Kickstarter-2015-skinny-headerMarian and her fans have reached a new milestone — her Kickstarter in August 2015 raised $67,035 to make it the fourth highest funding Kickstarter in the state of Alaska.

The funds are for Marian’s next studio album, Standing Stones, due to be released in 2016.  But fans also helped to fund the creation of new original songs, music videos, custom vinyl, an acoustic EP, and an EP of jazz standards and covers, all now in the pipeline.  For more information visit Marian’s Kickstarter page.

For details and concrete advice about crowdfunding in general, see Marian’s comprehensive blog “Kickstarter Math is Weird,” a good reference for any independent artist or group looking to raise money from their audience.