Sunday, February 22, 2015

TOURING THROUGH THE MARROW RE-CAP

Almost 5 years ago, I stopped writer/director Adam Green in the hallway of a Fangoria Convention in LA after he was exiting a panel discussion where he had previewed his then-new film "HATCHET 2". I was a huge fan of his previous films and, even earlier than that, a "fan commentary" track that I had stumbled upon for Friday The 13th Part 4 that he had done with Joe Lynch (who is another ridiculously cool writer/director). After I stopped him, as I had genuinely wanted to just say hello, I nervously did just that, introduced myself, and out of instinct I guess, I handed him a little art book that I had made and said something along the lines of "thank you for the inspiration, here's something I made". That little art book that I handed him was called "Digging Up The Marrow."

Last Thursday, in Berkeley, California, Adam Green and I got to show the very first public screening of "Digging Up The Marrow", the film that we have made inspired by that little book that I handed him 5 years ago. That was, in short, fucking COOL. 



Over the following week, leading up to this past Friday, Adam & I (and Zerofriends' own Proak the Fire Hydrant) got to travel across the country, continuing to show our film to new audiences in Boston, New York City, Austin and Los Angeles. That was also, in short, fucking COOL PART 2.

During what felt like the longest and shortest week I have ever had showcasing our monster movie, Adam and I also brought along merchandise, an art display that showcased some of the design work on the film, one of the actual monsters from the film (by the magical Greg Aronowitz), and some answers to some questions regarding the long and amazing process of making a film with about 20 great friends, including my new friend, the one, the only, the impeccably best appropriate hugger ever…. William Dekker himself…RAY WISE!!!

Even though we not-so-bravely fought against blizzards, cancelled flights, cancelled trains, too much luggage, snow-blind driving and basically surviving through a potentially horrific reality-show version of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", the tour went perfectly. Every crowd was great. Every theater manager was great. Every questionably drunk cab driver was great. And every hotel that we didn't have time to sleep in was great! 

If you weren't able to make one of the tour-screenings, "DIGGING UP THE MARROW" is available now on iTunes and all VOD formats (Hulu, Xbox, Playstation, VuDu, Xfinity, etc) in the United States. It will be released in other countries soon! 

If you haven't seen anything about the film, I would suggest going into it blindly, but if you must, here is the trailer for the film:



Thank you to anyone and everyone who bought tickets to the screenings and picked up some MARROW Merchandise along the road, as that was pretty much how we paid to go on the tour! It turns out we have a small handful of "Marrow" exclusive signed tour prints (along with some Marrow Doppelgängers and the original Marrow Booklet that I handed Adam years ago) leftover from the tour and they are now for sale here on ZEROFRIENDS ( and Adam Green has the Marrow TOUR SHIRTS for sale and BluRay pre-order HERE) for a limited time.

Below are a few photos from the tour (there's a BUNCH more on my Facebook page), and although there were a ton of great questions asked during the Q & A sessions (including a super-fun Q&A hosted by AINTITCOOL's Harry Knowles at the Alamo Drafthouse), the one question that Adam and I keep asking OURSELVES is….HOW AWESOME DOES THIS FEEL TO MAKE A MONSTER MOVIE TOGETHER?! In short, it feels REALLY fucking cool!

Thank you everyone. Expect more journeys into The Marrow in the future. We loved it down there. And thank you to Paul Bustamante for a lot of these photos and the photos on my Facebook page.













Saturday, February 7, 2015

MOVING SALE FAQ



MOVING SALE FAQ

Q: What will you have for sale?
A: A lot of things that have embarrassed me at some point in my life. Old zines I made when I was angry, comics, a few paintings I’ve never shown anyone, some rare prints and artist proofs, CD’s I’ve designed, vinyl records, and a toy or two.



Q: Can I buy anything online?
A: For the most part, NO. This sale is like a weird garage sale, and I’ve checked with about 14 weird garage sales, and none of them have sold things online, so we aren’t either! HOWEVER, I am keeping some things aside and will be putting a small number of rare items on eBay starting MONDAY, Feb 9th so that people outside of the Bay Area don’t miss out on EVERYTHING. Stay tuned for the link to the online auction.

Q: How much is stuff gonna be?
A: A little bit more, a little bit less. Plus dollars.



Q: Will you sign something for me? Then will you sketch me something crazy if I buy something?
A: Some things are signed already, but I would be happy to sign anything you buy if you want. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to draw at this event because I GOTTA HUSTLE AND MAKE MONEY TO MOVE TO A NEW PLANET! Space ships aren’t cheap, you know?!

Q: Why is that yellow “Awful Homesick” book so expensive?
A: That is a first edition printing of the book from around 2008. There were only a couple thousand books printed with that cover. After it sold out, Gingko (the publisher) reprinted a lot more, but with a different cover and in a larger edition size. In the Book World, this version would be considered an “older one”.

Q: Will you be selling any original paintings?
A: There are a few small paintings for sale, but I will have one LARGE 3-piece painting that will be part of a “Silent Auction” throughout the day during the sale.

Q: What is a silent auction? Can I still place a bid if I am not a mime?
A: Of course. The way a silent auction works is that you just place your bid on a piece of paper and keep checking back throughout the auction to see if you have been outbid. If your bid is the winning bid, we will contact you at the end of the sale if you aren’t present.



Q: Can I be part of the silent auction if I can’t make it to the store?
A: Technically, yes. You can call and place a bid. However, the silent auction will be for IN-STORE PICK UP ONLY! So if you win, you have to come pick it up! The painting is too big to ship.

Q: How long will the sale last?
A: 11AM – 6PM Saturday, Feb 7th. If there are any left over items, they will still be available to purchase in the store all weekend, but I will not be there after Saturday.

Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yep. Thanks to technology, shout out to Square and iPhone, I will accept credit cards as well as cash.

Q: Do you take trades, like in Bartertown? I love that movie!
A: I love it too, and sometimes in the past I have taken trades, but not this time. I’m trying to move and condense what I have, not get more! Trading time will happen again sometime! Thanks for understanding!



Q: What are you talking about?
A: I don’t know, I’m tired!

Zerofriends SF is located at
419 Haight St (right around the corner from Upper Playground in Lower Haight)
San Francisco, CA
(415) 872-9109


The Moving Sale starts at 11AM and goes until 6PM or until supplies last. See you soon!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I'M MOVING! AND SELLING MY LIFE!


It's time to call The Lucas Bros, because I'M MOVING! And what's the number one most stressful thing that goes along with moving? Survey says……CRYING! Wait, ok, what's the number TWO most stressful thing that goes along with moving? That's right: CLEANING! Cleaning under beds. Cleaning out closets. Cleaning out whatever is underneath the molded zebra blanket that's still covering the shopping cart in the backyard for some reason. Wait…is that blanket…also…moving? Ha, what irony! 

Anyway, amongst my extreme-hoarder-style cleaning I came across literal haystacks worth of rare art prints, personal samples of products that I've made, zines, first-print books, toys, prototypes that NEVER got made, and other random morsels that have collected microscopic dust-creatures for a while. So I dusted them off, hugged each one of them, said thank you to them for allowing me to make them, and then figured that it was about time that they all went and visited other peoples' homes for a while! That's you! You're "other people"! 

So I'm having a MOVING SALE! All of these items, plus more that I'm finding throughout the week, will be on sale at ZEROFRIENDS SF (our San Francisco retail store) THIS SATURDAY! 

Here's the full details:
Saturday, Feb 7th from 11AM - 6PM
At ZEROFRIENDS SF
419 Haight St (Lower Haight around the corner from Upper Playground)
San Francisco, CA
415-872-9109

*Sale will be IN STORE ONLY. First come first served! Nothing can be held over the phone. Nothing will be put online (although there MAY be a couple of silent auctions that anyone can participate in so stay tuned). You have to come to the store! It will be fun! My inner gypsy will be frolicking as I desperately try to raise some money to help with my move! 





Make sure you follow my instagram @alexpardee and the store's instagram @zerofriendssf to see some more individual items that will be up for sale on Saturday! 

See you SATURDAY! Meanwhile, watch this trailer for one of my favorite movies because THIS IS EXACTLY WHATS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TOURING THROUGH "THE MARROW"



JOIN ADAM GREEN AND MYSELF ON A JOURNEY THROUGH "THE MARROW" AND CONSIDER YOURSELF TOUR'TALLY AWESOME!!!!

Starting on Feb 12, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area (technically Berkeley) at Shattuck Landmark Cinema, and ending on Feb 19 in Los Angeles at the Landmark Regent Theater, my 5-year-old-conjoined monster-hunting brother Adam Green and I will be adventuring across the US to 5 cities in one week showing and sharing our new feature film "DIGGING UP THE MARROW" before it gets officially released on February 20th!

These “Touring Through The Marrow” events will include a screening of the film, a pop-up art exhibit of my original artwork that inspired the film alongside never-before-seen concept art and photos from the film’s production, an audience Q&A with Adam and myself, one of the actual “monsters” from the movie “in person”, plus artwork, books, and other exclusive tour merchandise for sale.

Below you will find the specific dates and theaters that we will be stopping in. Please note that the "San Francisco Bay Area" screening is technically now in Berkeley:)

Tickets for the tour will go on sale SOON through each cinema directly.  There are two options for ticket prices.  A REGULAR admission ticket to the event is $15, however if you’re hoping to secure an exclusive limited edition art print from me, we’re also offering a $50 "VIP ticket.”  A VIP ticket is all about the print.  By purchasing a "VIP" ticket you are guaranteed one of the limited DIGGING UP THE MARROW art prints created by me and available on this 2015 tour only.  (Pictured here.) 



Each 16" X 20" giclee print is produced by Zerofriends using archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper.  VIP ticket holders just need to present their ticket at the merchandise booth after the film to pick up this print.  For non-VIP holders, prints will be priced at $50 in person but only available while supplies last at each event (alongside other tour merchandise). So by buying a $50 VIP ticket you can look at it like you are buying the print and getting your admission for free... or you can look at like you are saving $15 off of the print... whichever way you want "dig" it.  But don’t fear, not everyone in your party needs to have the same priced ticket to sit together or to meet us. We will do the best we can to high-five everyone!  Every screening is first come first serve open seating and the guys will be happy to speak with and sign for everyone.  The VIP ticket is only for the print (and a tiny little extra "sample" of the marrow, but more on that later…)

As soon as tickets go on sale we will be the first to tell you! Stay tuned, as I think the Marrow trailer drops soon too...

Thurs 2/12 – Landmark Shattuck (Berkeley, CA) (This is the only San Francisco Bay Area Screening)
2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Mon 2/16 – Landmark Kendall (Boston, MA) – Presented by Rock N Shock 
One Kendall Square, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Tues 2/17 – Landmark Sunshine (NYC, NY)
143 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Wed 2/18 – Alamo South Lamar (Austin, TX) - Presented by Ain’t It Cool / Harry Knowles
1120 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704

Thurs 2/19 – Landmark Regent (Westwood, CA) **PREMIERE**

1045 Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024



Thursday, January 1, 2015

THUNDER BABIES: 2015

BEHOLD! 2015 IS THE YEAR OF THE THUNDER BABIES!



What better way to start off a new year than sharing my BABIES!?
So I teamed up with Mike Taylor and Pretend For Real studios, who made this insanely accurate origin story of The Thunder Babies just in time to ring in 2015: The Year Of THUNDER! More baby-madness coming soon! Want to see more Thunder Babies fun? Or rather, more Funder Babies?! Here's all of the past info and art collected in one little place on the web of thunder!

Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER MONDAY EXCLUSIVESSSSSSS



CYBER MONDAY IS HERE! And in the future, cyber-days are 25 hours long, so to honor the future, we have a special 25-hour-only surprise!
From now until when your current earth-clock reads 1:00AM Pacific Standard Time on DEC 2 (that's 25 hours from NOW), you can purchase Alex Pardee's "CONSOLE WARRIORS" 12" x 12" Giclee Prints.

These prints have never before been offered for sale until now, and they will disappear in 25 hours.
And the best part? They are only $25 each.

We still currently have our BROWN THURSDAY promotion going on as well, which you can get FREE PRINTS by spending $30, $60 or $150!

Happy Cyber Monday! 

By Alex Pardee
Limited Timed Release Giclee Print
12" x 12"
Signed By Alex Pardee

By Alex Pardee
Limited Timed Release Giclee Print
12" x 12"
Signed By Alex Pardee






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BROWN THURSDAY IS COMING...ON A WEDNESDAY!


OUR ANNUAL "BROWN THURSDAY" IS ALMOST HERE AND IT'S SPREADING THROUGH OUR ENTIRE ONLINE STORE LIKE A REALLY NICE FUN & GENEROUS DISEASE!


The most important part of the disease, I mean this announcement, is this:
We are giving away SO MANY FREE PRINTS OUR HEADS MAY EXPLODE! So listen closely to the sound of your voice as you read along with the following information. (Note: It's extra fun if you try to read it in Morgan Freeman's voice).
The Zerofriends Brown Thursday Sale officially starts the night of Wednesday, Nov 26 at 8PM Pacific Standard Time and goes through Dec 7th or until supplies last.

Spend $30 or more (before shipping) on any combination of items on ZEROFRIENDS.COM and receive your choice of ONE of these two signed, numbered limited edition 8"x10" prints from ALEX PARDEE and DAVE CORREIA. 

Choose from the two prints shown here. "OWLEX" By Alex Pardee (Limited edition of 400) or "KRAMPUS" by Dave Correia (Limited Edition of 400).
Please note in the comments section upon checkout which of the two prints you would like (if no print is specified we will send you one of the two at random). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last. If your choice of free print is sold out we will automatically ship you the available print.


But that's only a fraction of the good part! 
Spend $60 (before shipping) and get BOTH of these 8"x10" prints for FREE! Limit ONE EACH per household while supplies last. 

No need to add these prints to your shopping cart, we will automatically ship them to every qualifying order.

But OH MY GOD! That's STILL not the best part! 
Spend $150 and get one of these super-limited signed 16"x20" "SLEEPWALKER" print by Alex Pardee (edition of 100). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last.



And an even BETTER part of this whole deal is that you don't have to wait until someone let's you in from the cold to fistfight someone to get deals! You can do it from the safety of on-your-butt starting on the night of Nov 26th at 8 PM Pacific!

That's right, an entire day before some of you hoarders line up at Best Buy to get a 3-D TV you'll never watch and a 22 Jump Street Blu Ray for 4 dollars, you can ON-LINE UP at Zerofriends.com and check out, alongside BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, the new (temporary) slashed prices on a few Different Signed Limited Giclee Prints, all of our 8" x 10" prints and 5" x 7" prints are on sale, as well all of our t-shirts!
Sale officially starts at 8 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME on Weds night (Nov 26)

Step by step instructions without illustrations:

1. Go to ZEROFRIENDS.COM, where, at the time of the sale, we will be putting up brand new products (you can see previews below before they go on sale0

2. Look around at some of the BRAND NEW PRODUCTS and take a look at some of the sale items (shown below).

3. Take notes. Smile

4. Starting On Brown Thursday (technically Wednesday night, Nov 26 at 8PM PST) Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $30 or more before shipping and receive, along with your order, your choice of ONE of two free 8" x 10" signed & numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Owlex" (limited edition of 400) or Dave Correia's "Krampus" (limited edition of 400)*
Spend $60 or more before shipping and receive BOTH of the free prints!

4.5. Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $150 or more and receive, in addition to the two free 8" x 10"s, a FREE 16" x 20" signed and numbered limited print of Alex Pardee's "SLEEPWALKER", totaling 3 free prints.

5. EAT MORE FOOD (unless food's not your thing)!

*Limit of ONE free print of each print per HOUSEHOLD. While supplies last.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you from all of us here at ZEROFRIENDS.
See you invisibly there!


(below are just previews. some old, some new. not everything is available just yet, but even on the products that are, if you want to get a free print you should probably wait or something! Good advice!)

One last note: Items may go on sale previously to 8PM, but the "Free Print" sale officially starts at 8 PM PST

Be sure to FOLLOW US on all social media @zerofriendsart for updates and surprises


 


Monday, November 17, 2014

THUNDER BABIES: 28 Days Later





28 Days ago (a time frame both Sandra Bullock AND zombies are familiar with), I decided to give myself a personal challenge to create a brand new "world" from scratch in 30 days, using unfamiliar techniques, subject matter and spontaneous storytelling to hopefully push myself to learn something and re-invigorate myself because I had been feeling somewhat stagnant creatively. The goal was to create enough of that "world" in 30-days to inspire myself to keep going and continue expanding it beyond these 30 days, whether it be through paintings, writing, scribbles, an art show, a phone game, etc. 

Well, it's a good thing I'm my own Gollum-like boss because I only have 2 days left and I'm not quite to the point where I would call what I've been creating an entire "world", despite staring in the mirror and yelling at myself in an elvish accent on a nightly basis. 

But that's not to say that I haven't been having fun BUILDING a new world. And that's not to say that I didn't meet my goal, because 28 days ago, I had no idea about the legend that tells how Zeus, The God of Thunder, got drunk, mistook a dying planet for his wife, had sex with it and ultimately got that dead planet pregnant. 28 days ago I had no idea that Zeus' godly-sperm could mix with the dead planet's infinite elements and give birth to a never-ending collection of Thunder Babies! I had no idea a planet could even GET pregnant. 28 days ago I had no idea that hundreds of years prior to Zeus's "coming", a race of tiny happy farmers covered the surface of that planet only to be invaded by giant alien chickens, in turn destroying the planet. I had no idea about The Ancients that arrived to use the Thunder Babies' blood for fuel; or what happens when multiple Thunder Babies are genetically combined. I had no idea about the city made of moisture that exists in the clouds. I had never thought about Gus Mountain, King Plenty or the vast but deceivingly gentle forest range called the Elijah Woods. 

But now I do. And that's fun for me. And so is creating an ongoing roster of babies out of imaginary elements, knowing they are infused with the sperm of the God of Thunder. 

There may not be a lot of visual content to go with much of this YET, but I did get a good start on a direction that I can now leisurely expand upon until I get tired of it, which, if "BUNNYWITH" is any indication, may be never.
I'll be continuing to post some of the "Thunder Babies" ideas, concepts, paintings and mythology that I have been creating when I can, alongside whatever else I'm juggling at the time, starting with this first Thunder Baby, forged from pollen, vengeance, and the godly-sperm of Zeus. 

"Bud"
Gouache, ink and digital on paper.



Read the previous Thunder Babies updates here:
THUNDER BABIES: Day 1
THUNDER BABIES: Day 2
THUNDER BABIES: Day 2.5
THUNDER BABIES: Day 3 
THUNDER BABIES: A HISTORY LESSON



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THUNDER BABIES: A HISTORY LESSON

Sometimes, like now, I feel completely selfish and fairly uneducated. I never liked real world history in school, and could never seem to remember a lot of it, with the exception of some fun facts like the Abe Lincoln assassination, the invention of silly putty, and how the CEO of the Segway company drove offof a cliff on a Segway.
But FAKE history, on the other hand, I was always fascinated by. Imaginary historic events like the great Battle For the Infinity Gauntlet or the day Marty McFly saved the clocktower from lightning in 1955 are historical times I’ll never forget.

Every fictitious world has some kind of unseen/unheard private history that made that world work in the capacity that we get to enjoy it in. Star Wars, for example, started as one movie with one story, but George Lucas had an idea of events that happened hundreds of years before and after the first movie was even filmed. But even something smaller in scale like Scooby Doo has SOME kind of creative history. I mean, those oddball detention kids had to meet somewhere, and there had to be some kind of insane checkered past reason why they were more afraid of a museum curator than a fucking TALKING DOG and his crackhead homeless owner. Whatever unknown history took place before we stepped into both of these worlds as voyeurs made them palpable enough for us to accept and immerse ourselves in them.

So when creating any kind of world, story, or universe, I create and use fake-history as an art-director of sorts. As little as it may ever come into play within the actual project, if I’m creating another planet or another universe, such as I am trying to with Thunder Babies, I HAVE to make up some history revolving around it. Without history, I have no context to set the current story, and no direction as to what the current world’s “rules” are. Plus, the ability to make up historical events and inhabitants is just kinda cool. It’s like being my own Dungeon Master in a lonely role-playing game.

That being said, the only way I was going to be able to create weird elemental God-babies that were birthed from a dying planet’s core with any kind of confidence was that if I knew a little bit about that planet that birthed them, whether anyone else ever needed to know about it or not.

So that’s what I’ve been doing over the last few days. Maybe I’ll sprinkle some of that history into whatever I end up drawing over the next couple of weeks, or perhaps it will never be necessary or interesting to anyone but me and it was simply an exercise that I needed to do in order to, as I said before, “keep the troops motivated.”

For whatever the reason, I am now motivated and I know a TON of made-up shit about the made-up planet of Oo’tarus, the birthplace of the THUNDER BABIES.

In case it ever comes into play, here's a little glimpse at the history of the planet of Oo'tarus:




Follow the progress here:
THUNDER BABIES: Day 1
THUNDER BABIES: Day 2
THUNDER BABIES: Day 2.5
THUNDER BABIES: Day 3