29
Aug

Room rate extended till Sept 2! Pre reg discount ends Aug 31!

Well, this is a surprise! We sold through all of the rooms that we we expected to use for Intervention this year. And the rooms kept selling. The Hilton was so happy that they have decided to extend the discounted price until Sept 2nd.

If the website says we are sold out, go to the regular Hilton website, then send your name and confirmation number you receive to us at hotel@interventioncon.com–we can then have the hotel manually add you to the room block and adjust your rate.

Register here.

If you prefer to call to make your reservation please call 1-800-HILTONS and request group code VEN. Intervention’s group rate is available from Wednesday to Tuesday surrounding our convention weekend.

Intervention Pre-Reg Discount will end on August 31, 2011. Our final discounted Pre-reg rate of $40 will end at midnight on the 31st. After that time you can still buy your registration online, but it will be the at-door rate of $45.


29
Aug

New Guests, and Some Regrets

We are happy to announce the last (probably….) round of guests/events happening at Intervention 2011:


Christopher Baldwin, creator of the webcomics Spacetrawler and Little Dee will be appearing at Intervention 2011.

We also have DJ Dave Ghoul on board to do both our Friday night Goth/Industrial/Darkwave/Techno dance and our Saturday Steampunk inspired dance events.

We have also added 2 new movie presentations to our video room lineup: Ninjas Versus Vampires and “Working Class Nightmare” (a horror web series still in development).

And the last new addition is the band Eien Strife. This “Adventure Rock” group will be playing a show on Saturday evening and will continue their quest to save “The Forest”.

With all of these great new additions we unfortunately need to mention one subtraction: H. Caldwell Tanner, of Loldwell and College Humor fame, has informed us he can’t make it back to the event this year :( –we’ll miss him, but there’s always next year!

With all


28
Aug

Last Chance Con Block Room Reservations Today

Today’s it. Last day for our con block room discount for the event hotel is today August 28th. If you want to register your room for our discounted price you have to do it today: Register here.

If you prefer to call to make your reservation please call 1-800-HILTONS and request group code VEN. Intervention’s group rate is available from Wednesday to Tuesday surrounding our convention weekend so hang around for a while if you’d like!

In the worst case scenario ( as in the specialized web page above won’t let you book your room and you prefer not to call) use the regular Hilton website, then send your name and confirmation number you receive to us at hotel@interventioncon.com–we can then have the hotel manually add you to the room block.


27
Aug

2011 Guest Spotlight: Interview with Becky Harks

Intervention guest Becky Harks is to blogging what Gene Roddenberry is to the science fiction genre. Despite only possessing (I assume) two hands, those hands have been in every blogging-related pot out there. From her own award-winning personal blog, Mommy Wants Vodka, to her side project blogs that encourage the contributions of outsiders, the very funny Harks has made a name for herself in the realm of online writing.

I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Harks about her work. Warning: her answer to my interview’s first question will shock hardcore fans of her personal blog “Mommy Wants Vodka.”

Intervention: I’m certain Mommy has had her vodka at one point or another over the years. Which is your favorite to drink? What do you like to mix it with?

Becky Harks: While it may be shocking to hear (you all should sit down), my favorite drink is actually bourbon. I know, I feel like a fraud. But “Mommy Wants Bourbon” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Mommy Wants Vodka.” And “Mommy Wants Vicodin” sounded too suburban.

I: When you began blogging, you initially weren’t a huge fan of the practice. What is your current attitude towards blogs? How can they improve?

BH: Well, now that I’ve actually had a chance to spend hours every day chronicling my every un-pithy thought, I’ve decided that blogs = full of the awesome. Mostly because I can be as self-absorbed and narcissistic as possible.

I: Do you believe that an anonymous Net handle (Aunt Becky) is important to have? Why or why not?

BH: Believe it or not, I’m actually “out” on the Internet. While I use “Aunt Becky” to blog under, I’ve splashed my given name – Becky Sherrick Harks – all over the place. I decided that was probably easiest since I’m too dumb to remember a pen name for very long.

I: Do any particular blog posts of yours stand out from the rest, in your eyes? Which have gotten the most reaction? Have you gotten any feedback on the title alone?

BH: My favorite series on my blogs are about my daughter, Amelia, who was born with an almost universally fatal (and undiagnosed) neural tube defect called an encephalocele. While I coped with it as best as I could, I found writing to be the most cathartic thing I’ve ever done. People seemed to love the series about Amelia, my Blogging for Dummies guide and my April Fool’s Joke.

I: Please describe your project Band Back Together. Since its creation, do any particular stories stand out? In your opinion, what makes for a good story? What elements must it contain?

BH: Band Back Together was spurred by the birth of my daughter, who, as I’d mentioned, was very ill at birth. When I wrote out those stories, tears pouring down my face, I found a release. By sharing those stories, I was able to heal. People came out in droves to share their stories, glad to finally have found a kindred soul.

In September of 2010, I launched a group blog, Band Back Together. It’s heavily edited and moderated, but the content ranges from baby loss to suicide to mental illness and everything in between. Through the power of the written word, we’re slowly bringing things kept in the dark into the light.

Paired with these stories are over two hundred resource pages so that someone suffering, for example, from Diabetes, can learn more about the subject.

We’ve had people who come forward and put to words their innermost secrets and fears, who have been talked off the ledge from suicide by our wonderful commentors, and who have begun to heal.

To make a good story on the site, it only must feel real. Everyone connects with the emotions and feelings – even if they’ve never felt it before – of our stories.

I: Please describe your project Mushroom Printing. How many people have written rants for it? Again, do any in particular stand out?

BH: Mushroom Printing is a similar group blog, except rather than heartfelt stories, it’s designed for snarky, funny rants. It’s actually my first URL, only converted into group blog format. Since its launch in July 2010 (I was busy that year, clearly), we’ve had about 500 posts go up and over 300 people register for the site.

All of the stories there are good, I think the ones that can combine humor and snark are probably the best.

I: A producer asks you to choose one of your three projects to make into a TV series. Which one do you choose? Who would star in it?

BH: Probably Mommy Wants Vodka, only because it’s funnier than watching television about the dark things – even if they’re positive.

And I’d like the role of me to be played by John Goodman. Or Tori Spelling in a wig.

I: Anything else you would like to add?

BH: I think kumquats are sorely underrepresented in today’s media. We should change that, and quickly.


27
Aug

2011 Guest Spotlight: Interview with Tony Digerolamo

While they differ greatly in terms of codes, backgrounds, and of course names, most college fraternities are basically the same.  A handful of students on either side of the Age 21 boundary line are grouped into a giant old house coated with Greek letters.  They refer to each other as “brothers,” bond regularly through nights in or the infamous frat party, and kick the asses of non-members who claim that they “buy their friends.”

For the brothers at Lambda Sigma Rho at Ryesmore University in upstate New York, however, an entirely different bond cements their brotherhood.  It is the same bond that ties together the Justice League, the X-Men, and the Griffin family in that guest-written episode of “Family Guy” back during its first season.  That’s right: they all wear uncomfortable-looking form-fitting clothing.

Just kidding.  They’re superheroes.

Tony Digerolamo’s webcomic Super Frat details life within the Lambda Sigma Rho frat house, currently occupied by a band of superhero college students.  I was fortunate enough to interview Mr. Digerolamo and gain some insight behind his creations.  He will be one of the guests appearing at Intervention.

Intervention: Prior to your creation of Super Frat, do you have any other background in comic creation/art/writing?  Or is this your first comic?

Tony Digerolamo: Super Frat was my first webcomic, but I started in print.  My first self-published comic was Jersey Devil, which ran 12 issues.  Then The Travelers, which was picked up by Kenzer & Company and then Wingnut Games, which ran 25 issues.  I also self published four issues of The Fix, based on the same character from my novel.

I was inspired to get into webcomics by the guys at Penny Arcade.  I saw them at a show selling T-shirts all day.  It was awesome.  They were collecting the money with both hands.  At the end of the day, after struggling to see three-dollar comics, I said something to one of the guys at their table like, “You guys had a great day.”  The reply was something like, “Are you kidding?  We’re never coming to this con again.”  I turned to Chris Moreno, artist for The Travelers and now Super Frat and said, “Chris, we have to get into webcomics.  Now.”

I immediately contacted Christian Beranek, who I was working with at Silent Devil.  I had pitched Super Frat to a few publishers and Christian was the first to immediately recognize its potential.  I called him and said, “Print is dead.  We have to switch to webcomics.”  Although he totally believed in Super Frat, he was unsure about webcomics then.  Eventually, we started posting them on the Silent Devil site along with a few others (HoCal, Fiction Clemens, Jim Reaper).  It did well for our hits, but we hadn’t figured out the money end.

Long story longer, eventually I moved Super Frat to its own domain and after a few years, I’m completely out of the print world.

My second website, The Webcomic Factory, was the next step.  Christian and I partnered on the site for the first year.  As writers, it was incredibly freeing.  We had several different projects at once and we were constantly writing and creating.  Now the site is my central nexus point for all of my webcomic work.

I: Is Lambda Sigma Rho based off of a real-life fraternity (or particular fraternity chapter)?  If not, which existing fraternity do you believe best mirrors it?

TD: LSR is a fraternity in upstate New York at Ryesmore University.  I was doing a comic book signing up that way when I met the bros.  We signed a deal.  The bros later stole my car and dumped it in a cesspool in Tijuana.  I’d rather not talk about it.

I: Are any of the Super Frat guys based off of you or friends?

TD: In many ways, the bros are a lot like myself since I do all the scripting.  I like Ira because he’s the young, angry political guy that wants to change the world.  Although I think the character design looks more like Chris Moreno than the real Ira sometimes. There’s a lot of Jack and Norm in me as well, the calm, reasonable guy and his nervous, geeky friend.  You can’t help but infuse yourself when you write stories.

I:   A Hollywood producer has decided to give you a crapload of money to turn “Super Frat” into a movie.  A) Do you think it would *work* as a movie?  B) Who would you cast in the roles?

TD: The Super Frat movie has been in the works since the moment I came up with the idea.  It’s totally a movie.  Casting over the years keep changing because you need young, college-age guys.  The Jackass crew would be perfect for some of the supporting cast.  Jack Black was a thought early on for Brother Dick, but he may be too old for the role now.  I could see Michael Cera as one the leads, probably Norm.  Jonah Hill as Dick.  If David Cross were ten years younger, he would’ve made a perfect Bitter.  John Cho as Mistah Shit.

I:   Ten years go by.  Where are the Super Frat guys now?  Are they still in school, a la Van Wilder?  Are they in the professional world?  What do they do for a living?

TD: After getting kicked out of every major superhero organization, they are most likely stuck in boring jobs.  Except maybe Ira, who’s probably running Anonymous and/or WikiLeaks.  And Biff Kapow, who’s probably got his own line of skateboards.

One of the concepts behind the strip is to make it about their character, not their superpower.  So many comics are about superpowers that are occasionally real characters, these are real characters that sometimes use their powers and usually badly.

I:  Anything else you would like to add?

TD: Yes, for all the up-to-date links and webcomics, visit the Webcomic Factory daily at www.thewebcomicfactory.com.  It contains all the Super Frat links and a new webcomic every day.

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