My Favorite YouTube clips

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One of the best parts of being a writer is that I have procrastination down to an art form. It’s true, social media sites are weapons of mass distraction. Below are some of my favorite (funny/cool/interesting) YouTube clips that I still watch, even though some are oldies.

Black20 (RIP) was a cool media site that did mashups like these all the time. Look at that craftsmanship.

The perfect reaction clip. When I heard there was going to be a movie involving Spider-Man’s Aunt May as a spy, it came in handy.

One of my favorite television theme songs (in an era where theme songs are a dying breed) in recent memory. Bear McCreary is awesome!

Oh my, the impressions. THE IMPRESSIONS! #KevinSpaceyFTW

Seriously. Whenever I’m down, I pretend Ric Flair is a member of the Sugar Hill Gang!

 

Until next time,

 

-F

Book Signings… They Never Get Old

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A couple of weeks back, I had the amazing opportunity to sign copies of my comic book, Silverstreek at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming in San Diego, CA. The event was, in a word, phenomenal!

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To see an idea go from fleeting thought to product on the shelf is always great. It brings a validation to what we do rather than being purveyors of  “make believe.”

If you’d like to snag a copy of the e-Comic, CLICK HERE.

Silverstreek is On Sale:

Villainous Lair Comics. San Diego, CA
The Comic Bug. Culver City, CA

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

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Click to see source.

Click to see source.

 

Happy St. Paddy’s day to all who are looking for a bit of luck! Having something green for me!

I’m On The Slingshot Show!

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Hey everyone!

Recently, I was approached by the good people of The Slingshot Show podcast to be a guest. Hey, when somebody wants to listen to you talk, you jump at the chance! Haha. On the show we discuss my background, my approach to writing and comedy, and my life perspective. I thought it was a fun time and it definitely shines through. Shout out to host Jonathan Bowles for making me sound good.

Click the pic to listen to me discuss my background, comedy and life perspective!

Click the pic to listen to me discuss my background, comedy and life perspective!

You can also check the episode out on iTunes.

Catch Me on #MoviePilot!

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This fall, the pen is mightier...THAN DEATH! #Actionmovietropes

This fall, the pen is mightier…THAN DEATH! #Actionmovietropes

 

Hey everyone!

Did you guys  know that I’m a contributor over at Moviepilot.com? That’s right, yet another place where I shout at the top of my lungs from my soapbox. Check it out, by CLICKING HERE and tell me what you think!

In One Word. #motivation #amwriting #meme #create

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Art by Francesco Francavilla. Click to buy the print.

Art by Francesco Francavilla. Click to buy the print.

Sometimes you need a “certain” kind of encouragement.

New SoCal Comedy Dates!

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Hey everyone!

The stand up comedy train keeps rolling as two more shows have been added in the month of February. If you live in Southern California, come on out!

On February 21st, I’ll be in North Hollywood performing at The Rusty Pitchfork Comedy Jam 2! I was an invitee to the first one and it was a great time. These “garage shows” are what comedy used to be back in the day. The details:

5492 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Feb 21st, @ 7:00PM
$5

Then, on the 28th I take my show on “the road” as I travel down to Orange County. The Nest Comedy Community is having a show in sunny Costa Mesa, CA. Check out this swanky flier:

Luckily, it isn't  "Bring Your Own Microphone"

Luckily, it isn’t “Bring Your Own Microphone”

If you’re in town, make sure to stop by! Tell them that ruggedly handsome Flobito guy sent you.

Cheers!

Silverstreek Returns!

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Hello everyone!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard about the trials and tribulations surrounding my original character, Silverstreek. If not, the long and short of it is this:

I wanted to create a ‘fun’ superhero comic book as a response to the needlessly ‘dark,’ conflicted heroes of the modern age. When I was unable to secure an artist, the comic became a novel. When I was unhappy with the first draft of the manuscript, the novel became a short story (Which is available for purchase)

Seee?

Seee? Art by Ciel Nior Studio.

It was fine for the time but it eventually wasn’t enough. After bootstrapping the funds to hire an artist, I actually got the chance to create a Silverstreek actual (one shot) comic book. By the time you read this, it will be available as an electronic download and as a limited edition print issue:

Still smooth sailing

Still smooth sailing. Art by Joe DeSantos.

The saying “nothing is ever finished but rather abandoned” is more true than ever in this case. I felt as if the character of Silverstreek needed his story to be told, though I’m sure it would have stayed in my imagination if I had waited for the “perfect situation” to do so. (Not to mention the odd looks I got when someone of my age is so adamant of making a hero book)

When the first print run arrived on my doorstep, it was surreal to see my imagination actually appearing in physical form. While the mind’s eye fantasizes of some major comic publisher incorporating my character into their superhero canon, I would be just as happy if a handful of people picked up an issue at the local comic book store.

The one thing I learned from all of this is that pays to TAKE ACTION. The world is full of people who have ideas in their heads. Do yourself the favor and make your idea tangible.

As for me, I know I won’t see Silverstreek teaming up with Superman anytime soon (though it would be cool). For now, I take solace in the fact that I’ve given back to a medium that has given me so much in terms of entertainment and inspiration.

 

Interested in obtaining a digital copy? Click the button below.

The Phrase That (Doesn’t) Pay

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Hey guys! Flobo here. Question, do you know what a “groaner” is?

As a part time stand up comedian, I come across these all the time. They are jokes that fall just short of being funny. The reason could be faulty delivery, expectations of the audience, or the joke itself having extra cheese, but for whatever reason instead of laughs there’s a collective groan followed by things like.

“Oh, I get it.”

“I see what you did there.”

You get it.

As a writer, I think there’s times when we come across something similar. Not necessarily “bad jokes” per se, but rather patches of prose and dialog that makes the audience roll their eyes. The result isn’t so much a “groan” but the audiences says something like:

“Wow, that wasn’t smooth at all.” Or my personal favorite:

Jeez, what else is on TV? This show is terrible

Jeez, what else is on TV? This show is terrible

Like a groaner joke, different audiences have different expectations. For example, a couple of weeks ago my lady and I were watching a (recently canceled, thank goodness) television show on one of those streaming sites. Besides having a plot that was overly complicated, there were rough spots in the dialog that increasingly became annoying over time. (Perhaps our media binging culture is to blame for that one). Things like:

One character learns something bad has happened to them. Another character looks on and says, “Don’t worry, we’ll get through this.”

Ugh. Sounds like placeholder dialog to me.

When two characters are talking about something already discussed in a previous scene, one character turns to the other and says. “Like I said before…”

Then why say it again?

A character who is obviously angry tells another character. “I am just so angry…”

SERIOUSLY?

Armchair-quarterback-showrunner-with-no-network-or-cable-television-writing-experience me says, “Oh come on! I can do better than that!”

I turned to air my grievances to my partner and her eyes are glued to the screen, enthralled. The same show was on the screen and it offered two different experiences.

I have to be completely honest with you. I came here to write a blog absolutely burying this show. However while typing it out, I realize that isn’t what I learned from it at all. There’s no show out there that’s perfect, and (despite advertising and salaries) television can be critiqued as art. As creators we never know what’s going to “knock ‘em dead” and what’s going to be a “groaner” until you put it out there. As for me, I was glad the show was canceled. There was too many things wrong at the script stage to get me to care about what was happening on screen.

At the very least, there was at least one fan in the room. A fan that ‘makes me feel pensive.’ ;-)

-F

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