It is my pleasure to announce that the new website has LAUNCHED!
ATOP THE FOURTH WALL.COM!
Now obviously there's going to be a bit of a transition period as you all get used to the new site and I get used to the new method of posting videos, since of course I've been doing things a certain way for almost six years now.
However, there's a lot to explore for the new site, including the comprehensive backlog of videos (with larger video series having fairly complete and easy to look-through archive pages), a better search system, an FAQ to answer common questions (like when's the next History of Power Rangers or why I'm not as popular as the BeeGees), a more interesting design in general, a "Contact Me" page that lists a PO Box address to send donations (you no longer need to rely on contacting me for the address!) and a new Disqus comment system that can be used to permanently ban trolls and keep out spam (which will also take some getting used to).
Now since the system is new, there will probably be some bugs here and there. If you come across anything unusual, please contact the Engineer (whose contact info is at the bottom of the FAQ page) with a screenshot of the problem.
Speaking of, huge props to the Engineer for this website. I think everyone's going to like it there. I'm sorry to say that this means I plan to discontinue posting material on the blog except as a backup space in case the site goes down unexpectedly. Expect the new episode to premiere on the new website tomorrow at the usual time!
Be sure to spread the word on the new site with the various social media buttons! Find any bugs that we can iron out!
And most importantly... ENJOY! Read more!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
It is my pleasure to announce that the new website has LAUNCHED!
Monday, May 19, 2014
In honor of the second DVD's release, the first DVD has been reduced in price to $15! Unfortunately, at this time I have not been able to figure out a way to create a bundle price for the two together, but at the very least shipping is combined!
Click HERE to order the DVDs with a credit card!
Click HERE to order the DVDs with Paypal!
I will also have copies of both DVDs for sale at Animinneapolis this weekend!
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PAYPAL USERS:
While Kunaki asks you for a shipping address for the order, if you don't have a shipping address set up with Paypal, THE ORDER WILL NOT GO THROUGH. The money will still go to me, but you will get nothing. Obviously this is not a fair arrangement, so make sure that when you order it with Paypal that you have a shipping address set up! If you didn't have one before and already ordered it, contact me and I will arrange for it to be shipped to you. Thanks! Read more!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Soooo at Midwest Media Expo, I made a little announcement! Namely that I am working on an Atop the Fourth Wall movie. Here are the things I can tell you right now about the project and what I can't tell you:
1. I cannot tell you what the plot is.
2. I am planning on launching an IndieGoGo/Kickstarter for it... WHEN I'M READY. I decided to officially announce it to start getting some buzz and interest in it early, especially since I have a few more conventions this summer that I can talk to people about it.
3. I'm planning on filming it next year. Because of the amount of time it will take to film, edit, and put together the thing, it is likely that there will be no storyline next year. And that's actually fine by me, since the storyline I have planned out after the Machinations of Worms arc will be VERY involved, very difficult to write, and require a lot of time and preparation for me to get right and there's no way in hell I can do both at the same time.
4. The current stage of development is that there is a script for the movie. It is in its second draft and all relevant parties are reading it and offering me critiques/notes/refusals to have anything to do with me and my idiocy.
5. No, this project will not be on the scale of the Angry Video Game Nerd movie. It will be more equivalent to a TGWTG Anniversary film or the Cinema Snob movie, though centered mostly around AT4W.
6. Subsequently: yes, there are plans for other Channel Awesome producers to be in the film, perhaps even in major roles. Atop the Fourth Wall's storyline has always tried to keep itself strongly tied to the greater Channel Awesome "universe" (for lack of a better term) and the movie would be no different. However, the focus will be on characters of Atop the Fourth Wall for the most part and the other producers will help inform and advance these characters.
7. No, I will not tell you who is in it.
8. I do not know as of yet what the budget will look like for the crowdfunding. I first had the inspiration to work on this project last year and had hoped to film it in 2014, but that obviously is not happening. I got very busy with everything else around here. I'll be taking time during the summer to assess the various costs for what I'm working on. I wouldn't mind some helpful suggestions for groups in Minnesota who do set construction for independent films or something like that, as well as space that could house such sets.
9. I have not decided yet if the movie will be released online first or go straight-to-DVD. While potentially more profitable to go straight to DVD, there is certainly something to be said about keeping people excited about a movie's approach and immediate release that could work well in my favor. I'm open to insight from all about it.
10. I have not yet figured out perks for the crowdfunding. Signed DVDs or special edition DVDs are likely, but other things need to be decided upon later. I am, again, open to suggestions.
11. It will not be a prequel. Linkara's origins are documented in the first DVD.
12. It is entirely likely that all of these things I've talked about will change. I've probably got another year before I hit record for the first time on this and possibly even more if things end up falling apart unexpectedly (and when it comes to movie production, it most likely will).
In the meantime: start talking, start considering, and if you want to help, start telling me stuff to do. Read more!
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 9:15 AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Hey, everyone! So I'm at Midwest Media Expo this weekend, so for anyone else who's going to be attending, here's the schedule!
Friday, April 25th
ATOP THE FOURTH WALL LIVE!
Main Events 1 (Renaissance Ballroom - Cabot)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
I'll be doing a live show! What will I review? Come to it and found out! I'll also show the episode for next week, make a MAJOR announcement, and film some stuff for an upcoming episode!
Autographs (4th Floor West Foyer)
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
I'll be selling merch and signing autographs!
Saturday, April 26th
Autographs (4th Floor West Foyer)
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
I'll be selling merch and signing autographs! Again!
Main Events 1 (Renaissance Ballroom - Cabot)
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
I'm doing my very first 18+ panel! Will I swear a whole lot? MAYBE! What will definitely be happening is that I'll be showing off one of the videos of the upcoming Atop the Fourth Wall volume 2 DVD! It features porn! And lots of people angry about porn! Also: more people filmed for an upcoming episode!
Other things of note:
-I'll probably be attending Team Four Star's panels (not really on them, just watching)
-I theoretically will have a booth in the vendor's room, so if you can't otherwise make the autograph signings, head to that to get stuff signed or to buy stuff!
-I'm bringing my Pokémon X/Y trainer cosplay and my Suburban Knights costume!
-I will be distributing Pokémon on Pokémon X and Y! Specifically I'll be giving away all Johto and Hoenn starters, females, in different pokéballs! That's right, if you wanted, say, a Cyndaquil in a Premiere Ball, I'll be giving it away! NOTE: I'm still in the process of breeding them and it takes forever to get a female out of it (since it's only a 12% chance), so I may not have the SPECIFIC one you wanted, but I'll be working on it to try to get as many as I can (limit 1 per person).
Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Read more!
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 9:33 AM
Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Watch Linkara and his brother ramble about pretty much everything except the movie!
NOTE: I was confused about characters. Baron Strucker and Baron Zemo are not the same people. Read more!
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 5:36 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014
Meant to put this up last week, but been busy with lots of stuff and there were a whole bunch of other cameos and videos I wanted to put up sooo, here's Liz and I from last week seeing the Robocop remake 2 months after it came out or whatever. Read more!
As always, here's the current state of things on the show!
Check below the cut for the list of upcoming episodes and more!
4/7 – SCI-Spy #5
4/14 – Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
4/21 – Athena #2
4/28 – Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey #1
5/5 – Zolastraya and the Bard #1
5/12 – PSA Hell: Superman: For the Animals #1
5/19 – Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos #2
5/26 – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie #1
As always, the schedule is subject to change if real-life events should force it or if I just change my mind. The storyline should be resuming some time in April. When? YOU'LL HAVE TO WATCH EVERY VIDEO UNTIL THE END TO FIND OUT! ...But most likely closer to the end of the month. I have to get my taxes together, plus stuff featured below, so that takes time from editing and whatnot.
History of Power Rangers
Here's the good news: it will definitely come out after this point! ...Yeah, here's the thing I've been holding out on. See, my contract as a member of Saban's Power Force stipulates that any videos I release featuring Power Rangers footage requires that said footage come from a legitimate source, in other words the DVDs. As such, I've been waiting on the release of Operation Overdrive on DVD so I can get the footage from there. I'm still not done with the script, but there hasn't been any rush to complete it because I couldn't make the video anyway. Fortunately, said DVDs have arrived, so they can DEFINITELY be released now. Current progress is about 4 or 5 episodes into Overdrive. Still no signs of improvement in the series. And yes, I've seen Once a Ranger (not counting those in my 4 or 5 episodes in marker). That's a not sign of improvement.
On that note, I'm still getting requests of "are you continuing this series?" The answer is always YES. I started this damn thing and I'm going to finish it. The only things that will keep me from finishing it is death or prison. Trust me, if I decided to stop doing it, I would make a big damn show out of it. But let me throw something else out there: History of Power Rangers is a side series, which means it doesn't get my full attention every week because I've got an actual weekly show to put out and THAT takes priority.
I want this damn thing done and over with and I wanted it over and done with last year. So let me throw out an idea: would people prefer I take, like, a month off of AT4W (post-300th episode in June) and just finally do all the series that I can and put them out weekly? I can probably marathon each season in a two days, writing as I go, record, and edit in two days each, and release them in place of AT4W. Would that be something people preferred I do so this doesn't continue to be an annual event?
Progress! Mainly that a very rough idea of how the website will look has been put together as well as a general color scheme. We're hoping to have the website finished and launched in May, though of course I'll keep everyone up to speed on important updates. The important thing about the site is mostly for the purposes of archive-binging or watching old episodes. New stuff will always premiere on the front page and hopefully you'll be able to find any video you want to see with a minimum of effort.
DVD Volume 2 Update
The bad news is that no filming has commenced yet for the DVD, so it's not coming out when I wanted it to. That makes me a sad bunny because I don't get the extra money for taxes that I wanted. The good news on that front is that means I shouldn't be directly competing with the Cinema Snob DVD that's been released right now. I'm still really, REEEAAAALLY hoping for the DVD to be ready by Midwest Media Expo later in April, but we'll see. DVD contents have not changed since the last State of the Wall post - 2 new AT4Ws, 2 riffs, and 3 new Longbox of the Damned videos.
On the subject of Volume 1, though, shortly after I announced the Amazon deal with Kunaki, there was apparently some snafu with Amazon and they've taken down the option of ordering it there. It annoys me that they did so, buuut hey, maybe they'll fix it all soon enough (they keep claiming they will).
You may have noticed that the flow of episodes has slowed. Mostly that's because I haven't had a good time to do another stream, so right now I'm sitting on about six remaining episodes that are edited and I need to get to work editing some more. I don't want to run out and have another situation like with History of Power Rangers where it's months (or sometimes years) without material. That's just not a good way of doing business.
AT4W Episode Guide
Unfortunately, not much progress to report in that area for the time being. There's enough of a demand for it, so I'm proceeding with the project, it's just that rewatching, writing down thoughts and ruminations, and etc. is time-consuming and I'm trying to focus my efforts on other stuff at the moment, like the DVD or the impending storyline. I still want the project to go forward, and I'll probably be devoting more time to it later once the second DVD is out. The good news is that there IS progress, since Al has been working on the "Classicards" as he calls them, with new title cards for older episodes from before he was my title card artist. You can check them out at his DeviantArt HERE.
Revolution of the Mask
I feel like this update is mostly just "I've been busy, that's why there's no progress," which just seems like an odd oxymoron. It IS true, though. I am WORKING on things. I am spending my time on these things. And as I said last time - issues 3 and 4 of Revolution of the Mask are DONE. Finito. Ready to be released. It's just my "lazy" ass that hasn't gotten around to finally publishing the things. I'm definitely thinking they will be printed in limited numbers and sold at conventions, though, so for those interested in having physical copies, hooray!
The Road to 300
Atop the Fourth Wall is starting to approach it's 300th episode! I think I might actually be the first among my compatriots to have a continuous series actually reach the 300th episode. And naturally I'm not saying what it is, but I will say it's something highly-requested. Like with the 200th episode, I wouldn't mind some ideas for ways to get the fans involved and excited over it.
One idea that my brother has been pushing is a live stream (and possibly a fundraiser for certain future projects, but I'm getting quiet about THAT right now), which I'm actually very much in favor of. He thinks it should just be me, him, and some friends BSing around and doing improve games to entertain and whatnot (with the aforementioned fundraising). I am more in favor of a general celebration stream, possibly with prerecorded bumpers and, more importantly, an Atop the Fourth Wall Viewer's choice kind of thing. I used to LOVE Viewer's Choice stuff on TV - I remember Star Trek, for one of its big anniversary years, held a marathon of the Top 10 Next Generation episodes as voted by fans and I'd be in favor of that, as well. My brother thinks people don't want to watch stuff they can already view on the web, but I'd like to hear all of your thoughts to see if it's something you guys would be interested in (particularly if, perhaps, we premiere the 300th episode (or a new episode) to you on the same day).
Convention season is coming up! Yaaay! As I said, I'm hoping to have the second DVD ready by Midwest Media Expo, but if not by then, then definitely by Animinneapolis. At the very least, I'll still have copies of the first DVD, plushie cybermats, badges, and prints ready for MME. As always, just remember that if there's a convention you want me to attend, you need to get the convention to invite me - I just don't have the money or time to go to conventions simply for my own enjoyment (aside from a local one or two that are more business trips for me to find new material to review). There may be another convention or two to announce later, but here's the definite list right now:
Midwest Media Expo
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 12:51 AM
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The long-awaited seventh episode!
Linkara as Amuro, Kai, Old Guy 3, and Ryu
Little Kuriboh as Narrator, Char, Garma, and Old Guy 2
Nowacking as Sayla and Random Woman
Takahata101 as Captain
Lanipator as Old Guy 1, Marker, and Mr. Popo
KaiserNeko as Bright
Megami33 as Mirai and Fraw
MasakoX as Omar
NOTE: Originally an April Fool's Video labeled as a History of Power Rangers video. Rest assured, I only relabeled it for easier archive searching now that April Fool's Day is over. Read more!
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 9:02 AM
Monday, March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
I participated in the Nerd to the Third Power Podcast, wherein a recent speech given by the President of Image ruffled a few feathers. Read more!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Linkara continues his exploration of the Wonder Cave, but must contend with UPROAR!
Linkara readies himself for his battle with the Superior City Gym Leader!
EDITED TO ADD:
The stream I play on is HERE
There is no set schedule. I do them when I feel like it. Read more!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
In this episode, Linkara proceeds into a forest and acquires Lil' Petti, who will cut ya if you cross her!
Linkara ventures into a dark cave in Superior Town and must battle ninjas, vigilantes, and broken hearts! Read more!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
After an extended production period, the next in Suede's review series is finally up! Who is the mysterious guest? Find out, today!
NOTE: As always, a reminder - the Pokémon videos are made by SUEDE. Asking me when the next one will come out is pointless, especially since it's unlikely I will be contributing much to future ones seeing as this is around the point I stopped seeing the movies. You may return to asking me about History of Power Rangers. Read more!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Linkara begins a new Let's Play! This one is for the fan-made Pokémon game Pokémon Omicron! But does he have the swag to save his home from terrorists?
In episode 2, Linkara begins capturing Pokémon! It involves lots of butts. Read more!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
A helpful guide from the Center for Disease Control on dealing with the impending zombie apocalypse. Seriously.
NOTE: Only AFTER I've completed the episode do I realize that this episode really should have been a "PSA Hell" segment. Read more!
Monday, January 20, 2014
As always, here's the state of things for the show and various other projects going on!
Check everything out under the cut!
Schedule of Upcoming Episodes
2/3 – US-1 #3
2/10 – Youngblood #6
2/17 – Star Trek: Generations
2/24 – Gameboy #3
3/3 – The A-Team #1
3/10 – The Wild #1
3/17 – Kamandi at Earth’s End #5
3/24 – Nova Girls: Kissing Canvas
3/31 – Avengers #200
As always, the schedule is subject to change depending on outside factors or if a comic just doesn't have that much to work with. However, this set has me FINALLY looking at Avengers #200, a widely-requested comic, so hooray for that, at least.
For those in Texas who'd like to see me, come to the one-day speculative fiction convention HelioCon in Lewisville, Texas on Sunday, January 26th! More details HERE!
Since people have been asking, the new storyline (titled "The Machinations of Worms") will begin sometime in April. I wanted a few months to work on these other projects and get them done, plus what the last storyline taught me was just how useful it was to have all the scripts for said storyline in the can ahead of time instead of just having a pretty good idea of where the storyline was going. Since this storyline is also horror-themed, it will end in October.
MAGFest Live Show
The MAGFest Live Show will be put up (hopefully) later this week. I'm going to be focusing my efforts on getting an episode and another live show script ready for HelioCon. Since HelioCon is a new convention and I don't know how much of a fanbase I have in that area who will be attending, this will be another case of "that live show will go up depending on how many people are there." Live shows are always more fun if there's more of an audience, so while I'll most likely film it, I may not put that one up and just reuse the script for the next convention.
Atop the Fourth Wall Episode Guide Book
As I'm always seeking new ways of merchandising the show and offering products and things that people would actually be interested in having, I can announce another project which is in the works: the Atop the Fourth Wall Episode Guide Book! Still haven't figured out a name for it, so I'm open to suggestions. Basically, I asked on tumblr if people would be interested in such a work and people definitely liked the idea. As such, it's currently in the works, with me rewatching the old episodes, figuring out my favorite joke, writing about the storyline events that happen, and putting in my ruminations and thoughts about everything.
The book will be structured very similarly to Mystery Science Theater 3000's "Amazing Colossal Episode Guide," though obviously some differences since the show formats are different. Still, I'll try to include stuff like crossovers, commentary from other producers involved with the material in question, and other neat little factoids or the like. Now obviously for copyright reasons, I can't include artwork from the comics in the book (with exceptions for stuff like Neutro, which is public domain), but we'll be getting around that with title cards from Al, including new ones for older episodes from before he worked on the show. Another thing to note is that the book will probably be only the first volume, with hopefully more in the future. We're approaching 300 episodes right now, which means even if I kept it to 1 episode per page (which isn't all that likely to happen considering my tendency to ramble), the book would be far too big as a single volume. As such, the first volume will probably cover the first 100 episodes or so depending on length and if there's more interest in it, I'll make more volumes covering the rest of the series.
DVD Volume 1 on Amazon
Kunaki, the service responsible for publishing the DVDs, has now set up a service where the DVD can be sold on Amazon! If you're someone who has had difficulties with Kunaki's system for one reason or another, you can purchase the DVD from THIS AMAZON LINK!
People have also asked if I get more money through Kunaki or through Amazon. The answer is I get more from Kunaki - they take out $1 and the cost of shipping, leaving me with around $19 per DVD whereas Amazon takes out a few bucks for themselves, meaning I get $15 from them. That being said, it's more important to me that people are able to purchase the DVD at all, so I prefer you use whatever works best FOR YOU.
DVD volume 2
For those asking, there will indeed be a second volume of the DVD! The current hope is to have it done by March/April so it'll be around for the summer Con season. The tentative title for it (like how volume 1 was Secret Origins) will be "Editorial Mandate." The tentative contents shall be:
-2 Brand new Reviews!
-2 Brand new riffs!
-3 Brand new Longbox of the Damned episodes!
Since storyline stuff tends to be the thing that takes the longest to shoot and complete for these, there won't be a storyline for the two episodes. If there's a high enough demand for one in the future, it'll probably be incorporated again, but for the moment we'll see how things go with just reviews, riffs, and really poor makeup application for Moarte. The volume 2 DVD will also be available on Amazon when it's ready.
History of Power Rangers
Sooo yeah obviously that didn't end up happening at the end of last year like I hoped. No change here except I've finally seen the first two episodes of Overdrive, so progress IS being made, if slowly.
Revolution of the Mask
Yes, this series IS continuing. As I said in a previous State of the Wall, it's more just a matter of finding the time to get them set up at a new publisher. Issues 3 and 4 are complete and we'll see if I'll publish them simultaneously or separate in order to space them out a bit. As always, time is my enemy. However, things should be less hectic after HelioCon, meaning I'll have time to work on this and all the other projects.
That's all for now! Feel free to ask any questions and check out the new episode when it premieres later this morning!
Posted by Lewis Lovhaug at 3:14 AM