Holiday Updates and end of year thoughts

Assuming that The Keymaster doesn’t meet the Gatekeeper, heralding the return of Gozer the Traveler on December 21st, a new Victorian Cut-Out Theatre will be on its way to you soon. I don’t yet know if the cluster of Christmas and New Year’s Eve will change the schedule for the next episode, but it is coming. It includes cults, monsters and the necronomicon. I’m excited.

It’s crunch time and as is custom during the end of the year, I find myself mired in projects. The difference this year is that many of them are paid, which means that they require my constant attention. Add in Christmas shopping, holiday travel and my day job obligations, I’m barely holding it together. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, which is why I look haggard and concerned in nearly every Christmas photo ever taken of me. But come Christmas Eve, my thoughts will turn to loved ones, delicious food and winter diversions.

Some new stuff:

I recently received a comment from fellow YouTuber The Gentleman Gamer asking where I had gone and if I was going to continue to develop original content for my own channel. Both fair questions. Over the past several months, I have been working exclusively on Victorian Cut-out Theatre. Since I have been doing it for distribution through Cinevore, I haven’t seen the point in posting this new content on both Cinevore and my own channel. Because of this, it would appear to my subscribers that I’ve gone missing. The truth is, I really want to develop more stuff, and do have plans to do so, but I don’t know if I can post like I used to unless it becomes my full time job. It is for this reason, and I realize that in today’s entertainment climate that I’m asking for a lot, I ask for your patience. I may not be able to post as much/as often as I would like, but I do hope you continue to check in both on my YouTube Channel as well as this site. Other than VCoT, most of my efforts have turned to writing and if you don’t check into this site, you might miss most of what I’ve been up to. If blogs aren’t your thing, I have been toying with the idea of new Ani-Logue episodes and will likely do a few, just to see if they’re something you guys want to see. Let me know what you think.

Rick Destree, the genius behind The Undead web comic and the CBP website, is currently working on a new site for me. We’re simplifying the design and making blogs, series and videos easier to find. We’re changing the feel of the site and I couldn’t be more pleased. Because I’m just one man, I can’t hope to be a hub of entertainment like Cracked or Cinevore, I just don’t have the volume of content. But what I can do, is offer thoughtful blogs and articles along with VCoT and perhaps other videos. I want to sell the site less as a channel or network and more as the personal thoughts and portfolio of me, Rob Walker. I want a site where fans of my work and potential employers would feel comfortable as well as get a sense of what I do. I think we’re on our way.

I’ve also been thinking about a name change. For pragmatic, search-engine/ “branding” reasons, the name change is necessary. But more than that, Cigarette Burn Pictures isn’t really something I identify with anymore. Cigarette Burn Pictures began as a trio of twenty-somethings still in college. We were ignorant, eager and did some really good work back then. But through life changes, the trio has morphed into a one –man show and when people hire me to do a job, they hire 30 year old Rob Walker. When people talk about the stuff that I do, they don’t mention CBP they mention the individual projects. Don’t get me wrong, I love to collaborate. I’m still a team player, but I’m no longer a member of a team. I feel a little like Batman or Wolverine, I’m “team worthy”, but there are long bouts of self-reliance. Simply put, it’s just me. And that’s okay, but I would prefer a name that is new, memorable and reflects this change in my attitude and work. Any ideas?

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday and a Pleasant Winter Solstice. And thank you, as always, for your support.

-Rob