In Memoriam – Wes Craven

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Wes Craven has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

I don’t know what to say right now. I’m crying and I’m heartbroken. Not only was Wes Craven a genius in his field, he was also, from all accounts, one of the kindest men in the film industry.

I first saw the original Nightmare On Elm Street in 1985, when I was five years old. I have had nightmares about Freddy Krueger ever since. For all my life I’ve dreamed weird, full senses active, that sort of thing. I’m capable of feeling pain in my dreams. It’s pretty fucked up.

I had always dreamed of sitting down with Wes Craven and discussing dream theory and nightmares with him. I’ve wanted to have my dreams studied. I owe a lifelong fascination with dreams and nightmares to the films of Wes Craven.

Scream, of course, was brilliant and completely rewrote the rules of the horror genre. Nearly every horror movie since has become self-aware, its protagonists having grown up with horror movies like Wes’.

Horror has lost a titan and a friend. And we’re all a little poorer for having lost a man who showed us how to be strong and fight the demons in our heads.

Rest in peace, Wes. Thank you for all the times you scared the holy living shit out of me.

Please donate to the American Cancer Society in his memory at http://www.cancer.org/

[News] Take The Fire From My Hand

Hey, I’m bored. Want to start a podcast? I think it would be a lot of fun.

When Dayna and I started Made of Fail six years ago, we had no idea it would become what it is now. We recorded the first episode on my laptop, sitting on her living room floor, an audio splitter plugged into the microphone port so we could both use our gaming headsets. We didn’t do any editing, just immediately uploaded the finished show to LiveJournal so that our friends could download and listen to it.

Our first guests were our friends and family. Our first episodes were scattered and unfocused, as neither of us really knew what we were doing, but we learned as we went. We got better. We took advice. And through it all, we made new friends, gained new family.

Through it all, we’ve always maintained that This Should Be Fun. And to make sure it stays fun, we’ve made some changes over the years. We brought Devin on board as our dedicated audio editor, and he very quickly rose to the occasion. I retired from hosting three years ago in pursuit of my own projects, and George filled the role splendidly. The show has remained important to all of us, and we’ve always strived to keep it fun for you, our listeners.

This winter, we have another exciting change for all of you. Following our next episode, we’ll be passing the reins of the flagship podcast to new hosts. Fret not, for they’ve been part of the Made of Fail family almost since it began, and neither Dayna nor I could leave it in more capable hands.

Cleolinda Jones is a blogger and recapper that many of you may have known longer than we have. Emily Whitten has been all over fandom and has the con badges to show for it. We’re thrilled to have them on board, and we’ll be making the transition as smooth as possible for them.

Dayna will be taking my role as Executive Producer, and will be handling more of the back-end production duties, to leave Cleo and Emily free to make Made of Fail uniquely theirs.

As for me? I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be around anywhere you can find me – I just won’t be in charge anymore. And for that matter, I haven’t been for quite some time; the show has largely been self-sufficient, and I couldn’t possibly leave it in better hands.

The end of an era is always swiftly followed by the start of a new one, and I know I’m looking forward to see what happens as Made of Fail finds its way through the future.

[News] Hiatus

To all friends/fans/listeners of Made Of Fail-

You may have noticed we do not have a July episode up. We regret to inform you that George has been let go from the show due to setbacks with his ongoing struggle with alcoholism. He is currently rededicating himself to the Alcoholics Anonymous program and is working incredibly hard to get himself back on track. Unfortunately, actions do have consequences, and we’re afraid this is one of them.

Kevin and I are in talks regarding the future of the flagship podcast, and for now we will be placing it on indefinite hiatus. But don’t fear! Made Of Fail Productions still hosts a number of excellent podcasts and blogs that update frequently, and now is a wonderful time to check them out!

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and we’ll be happy to answer them. Also we ask that you give George your love and support during this time, because no one in the Made Of Fail family ever stands alone.

Thank you-
Dayna

[News] Funeral Donations

[edited to reflect actual cost of funeral]

Dear Made Of Fail friends and family:

At 12:30 am on Monday, October 21st, Dayna’s grandfather passed away. She is currently in Illinois assisting her family with funeral arrangements and other necessities.

At the moment, Dayna’s father John is unemployed and the family has no money for funeral expenses. The cost of the funeral has been billed at $11,000, and the money is simply not in the family at the time and is needed ASAP. If you can help in any way, there is a link below directly to John’s PayPal account. If you cannot help, please spread the word – reblog, RT, anything you can do. John will also be listing auctions of musical equipment and comics in the weeks to come on eBay, and Made Of Fail will be posting those as they go up.

The October episode of Made Of Fail will unfortunately be cancelled due to both Dayna’s bereavement and also Kevin’s, whose great-Aunt Ruth passed away on the same night. We will be back in November with a guest.

Thank you all for listening, and for your great hearts.





Kickstarter Update – MorBacon Theatre Company

Kevin here! We’ve been fundraising for a couple weeks now, and we’re in the home stretch! The Kickstarter for my upcoming theatre company is at 73%, with only nine days remaining!

If you’d like to support geek theatre in Chicago, want to help a Discworld play be staged, or just generally support the Made of Fail crew (joining me are The Burnham Society’s Rowan Bristol and Made of Fail’s own Tessa) (also support her breaking by watching her eversion videos!), please consider backing our project. Take a look at some of the fantastic rewards! And please share this with your family and friends.

Thank you, everyone. Without you, Made of Fail wouldn’t have come nearly as far as we are right now.

Kickstarter – The MorBacon Theatre Company

Hey, Kevin here, and I’m here with some fantastic news.

This summer, I’m forming the MorBacon Theatre Company, with fellow Made of Fail veterans Rowan Bristol and Tessa, and we’ll be putting on Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters”, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. There’s a lot going into this, not the least of which is the royalty payment to license the play itself, so we’ve just started fundraising.

We’ll need $5,000 to put this show on here in Chicago, and for that I’m asking you for help.

Our Kickstarter is now live, and will be up until April 10th. Please consider donating if you can, and please pass the link around if you can’t. There are some special rewards and donation incentives, so take a look and see if there’s anything that interests you.

Thank you so much for being with us for the past nearly five years, and I look forward to going on this journey with all of you as well.