The Apple of Discord is taking a break while I come up with new and
interesting stuff. In the meantime, I STRONGLY recommend you check out my
Fantasy Parody Epic, Apple Valley and my brand new 5-day a week humorous
expose of the dark underbelly of the Webcomic world, Webcomic Hell.

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New Literary Project: Webcomic Hell

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Published: September 22, 2009 | By admin

I've never been fond of all these guides, books, and programs that promise that they will bestow upon their users fame, fortune, and ultimate success.  I say bullshit.  If the guides to riches were really actually useful, the people writing the guide would've kept it to themselves, become stinking rich, and never had to write another guide book ever.

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Adventures At Dragon*Con: Wrong Line

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Published: September 21, 2009 | By admin

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Dragon*Con 2009 Report

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Published: September 13, 2009 | By Russ

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Hey there, AoD Fans!  Weirdonian here with my Dragon*Con 2009 report!  Where to begin? Many of my friends and family were surprised that I was going on this trip, especially since I was traveling alone. I was a bit surprised myself by it as it was somewhat out of character, but then I'm feeling more myself now than I have in a very long time (that probably doesn't make any sense to anyone, but it does to me). I went for a variety of reasons, chief among which was that I hadn't experienced a convention like this before. Oh, I had gone to a few local ones back in middle and high school, but Dragon*Con is something different.

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Dragon*Con Time

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Published: September 4, 2009 | By admin

Once again, The Apple of Discord will be represented... sort of, anyway... at Atlanta's giant scifi/fantasy/what-have-you convention, Dragon*Con [1].  As I indicated before, I myself will be unable to attend (due to The Baby) this year, however co-collaborator Russ is taking over my duties kissing hands and shaking babies this year. As I indicated before, in addition to Russ wandering around, Impy and Poe of the webcomic Errant Story and their "studio store" Selling Out for Fun and Profit are going to have a limited supply of Official Apple of Discord merchandise for sale and to give away.  T-Shirts (both the Gayzilla and the Love Triangle models) are $15 each and all three volumes of the AoD Year 1 print collection are available for $5 each.  There's also the free stuff - buttons, some apple jewelery, and even some Golden Apples, available for the asking.  Here's a link to their post describing where they are and how to find them [2]. [1] http://www.dragoncon.org [2] http://www.errantstory.com/2009-09-02/4302

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Updates!  Lots of 'em!

Updates! Lots of 'em!

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Published: September 2, 2009 | By admin

Ok, everyone, I know I've been a smidgen silent the last couple weeks... that's because we finally had the baby!  As you can see, everything was already planned for (thanks to Arne of Union of Heroes [1] for the extended crossover, as well as to Russ for generally covering things) so there was never any interruption of service for the comic, however there have been a decided lack of new news posts from yours truly.  So hold on tight, here's some news (and pictures) at ya: [1] http://www.unionofheroes.com

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Please Excuse the Mess

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Published: August 31, 2009 | By admin

Still in the process of the painless transition between Comicpress 2.7 and 2.8, probably will be working on it off and on for a few days.  I'll do my best to maintain site functionality throughout, you just might occasionally see some background graphics not working correctly. Note to self: don't embark on coding projects when you haven't been able to sleep for a few days.

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Old-time MSTie Goodness… sorta

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Published: August 8, 2009 | By admin

I love Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and miss it dearly.  Even with the revival of the art form through Riff Trax and Cinematic Titanic, there's still something about the good old Shadowrama theatre seats, the Mads, the Satellite of Love, and the Bots that strikes a chord deep in my heart and makes me feel warm and fluffy inside.  I still honor the old traditions, like the Turkey Day marathon (now run off of VHS) and bot building [1]. I'm also a big fan of the fan MSTings, and have a large collection.  It started with hard-to-obtain-at-the-time copy of a Alaskan fan-made riffing of Star Trek V and has grown into an impressive collection of the best (and worst) of other people's riffing attempts.  From homages that honor the original concept like Mystery Spatula Theatre 11 [2] to new creations cut from whole cloth that do a damn good job at capturing the spirit like Incognito Cinema Warriors [3].  But out of all of those, I've rarely seen anything as good as Mystery Fandom Theatre [4]. MFT3K did three fantastically done Riffings back during 2000-2003, which are now available online for the first time ever (see below).  They do a spot-on recreation of Mike-era MST3K, complete with a full and working SoL set and a reasonable excuse for why they don't have a Deep13 set (The Mads may have taxed the nuclear reactor a wee bit too much, and have had to retreat to the basement Deep 13 B until the radiation levels drop.  The episodes are complete with well-produced host segments, good-quality Shadowrama theatre sequences, and as much of the look and feel of the original series as they could manage without... you know... kidnapping the original cast. The group stalled out a few years ago, but is in the process of rebuilding a full cast and crew and plans to get back into action soon.  I have offered my years of experience being snarky at movies and knowing too much about pop culture in the capacity of a riff writer - we'll see how far that goes.  I'd love to be on camera too, but since they're West Coast and I'm decidedly East Coast, chances are it's not going to work out.  In the meantime, however, while waiting for new episodes to emerge, I recommend you check out the back catalog.  The existing MFT3K episodes are: MFT3K_Ep_F01 - Little Red Riding Hood [5] - A creepy Mexico-tastic retelling of classic Little Red Riding Hood, with cinema quality and general uncomfort that puts Season 8's Jack Frost to shame.  Aside from a little awkward premise-juggling in the beginning of the episode (explaining the lack of Deep 13), host segments are well-done and generally well-acted.  Sound is a little rough on this one, you can hear the bots clacking when they talk, but for a first attempt it's far above and beyond a lot of other more polished productions. MFT3K_Ep_F02 - Invasion of the Animal People [6] - This may be the best fan MSTing I've ever seen.  The host segments are tight and well-written, especially the big break half-way through.  It comes with two shorts, one of which is sort of the "ultimate" short, the classic Duck and Cover safety film, courtesy of the US Civil Defense Department.  The movie is a mind-numbingly stock-footagey bad sexist romp through the snow covered hills of... somewhere.  The riffs are clean and plentiful - in one short span, I heard callbacks to classic MST3K, Doctor Who, They Might Be Giants, Monty Python, and Weird Al. MFT3K_Ep_F03 - Starcrash [7] - Honestly, I haven't actually watched this one yet - I'm saving it for later.  Maybe I'll stealthily insert it into this year's Turkey Day marathon as a treat. The only criticism I would offer is that there is occasionally a slightly lower sound quality (the bots occasionally clack and clank as they move and talk, especially in the first episode) and a mild continuity issue with the premise (this is supposedly in the Mike era, but their "Mike" still does invention exchanges and generally looks/acts/reacts much more like Joel would've).  However, if you consider that these were all done in the early 2000s without the advent of modern digital editing, none of these issues are significant to ruin the episode's otherwise overwhelming awesomeness.  I strongly recommend you check these out, as they are easily on par with Best Brains' official MST3K episodes. [1] http://www.theappleofdiscord.com/gallery/bot-building/ [2] http://mst11.com/ [3] http://www.icwxp.com/ [4] http://www.mft3k.com/ [5] http://www.archive.org/details/MFT3K_Ep_F01 [6] http://www.archive.org/details/MFT3K_Ep_F02 [7] http://www.archive.org/details/MFT3K_Ep_F03

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Throwing Down The Gauntlet

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Published: July 21, 2009 | By admin

Day two of the art auction - and I'm sweetening the deal. Currently, the opening bid for the Gayzilla shirt (on eBay [1]) is $10.  Here's my offer... next week, I will do one additional comic for every $10 incriment that gets bidded upon.  So as soon as someone bids the $10?  That's an extra comic.  We hit $30, that means you get 3 extra comics. How am I planning on doing this?  I have no friggin' clue... but I'll figure it out.  This is such a good cause, and one of those causes that rarely ever gets any love, so I'm willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we Discordians represent.  Do you want to let Eris down?  Do you?  Get the hell over there and bid NOW! [2] [1] http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=170361270134#ht_500wt_1182 [2] http://art.wingnetwork.com

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Gayzilla Shirt For a Good Cause

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Published: July 20, 2009 | By admin

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[1]I am donating one of my exceptionally rare not-currently-available-to-purchase Gayzilla t-shirts to the LGBT Webcomic Chairty Art Auction.  Why a t-shirt for an art auction?  Well, they asked for art, and this was the best I could do...  all kidding aside, this auction is being organized by friend-of-the-comic J Gray, the author behind Mysteries of the Arcana [2] (and the now-hiatused 2nd Shift [3]).  It benifits the Point Foundation, a scholarship-granting program for LGBT students who've been hurt (or at least not helped) by their gender identities. Also, it's currently the only way to get your hands on a Gayzilla shirt. Visit the auction's main page here [4] or if you're impatient and just want a damn Gayzilla shirt, saunter on over to eBay [5] and remember... bid early, bid often! [6] [1] http://aod.krl.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/gayzilla-shirt.png [2] http://www.mysteriesofthearcana.com/ [3] http://www.2ndshiftcomic.com/ [4] http://art.wingnetwork.com/ [5] http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=170361270134#ht_500wt_1182 [6] http://art.wingnetwork.com

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