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Mark of the Griffin has Adventures in Poor Taste

January 8, 2013 1 comment

Adventures in Poor Taste Interview with Drew Spence

Drew Spence kicks it with the popular culture blog Adventures In Poor Taste. Check it out. Don’t forget to Like, Tweet and Share! Do the right thing and be a Mark.

Adventures in Poor Taste

Adventures in Poor Taste show Good Taste

“Medium blending is rarely done, especially where more than one is used to tell the same story. Recent examples are video games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age continuing their stories in comic books. But what if someone were to create one story across multiple mediums at the same time? It’s an intriguing idea, but we don’t have to wait to see it in action. Combining short films, comic books and music, Drew Spence has told one story across three different mediums.”    READ MORE

Domino Grey Night Zone MOTG Original Concept- Video Release

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Night Zone Extended NOTES

 The plan for Mark of the Griffin episode 3 was centered on “Night Zone Qualibra Straitor” from the Domino Grey release Get It Up, Lay It Down. I was going to- basically make a video for a song. I had reservations about breaking the MOTG flow- up so early in. I felt like I had just established a pattern and knew that I would be changing direction in the very near future [in two more episodes- to be exact].

I tried slipping Night Zone into the soundtrack, but it didn’t fit and the track “My First Chemistry Set” by Dynamics Plus was already so powerful in the dream sequence. What to do, what to do, what to do.

I also had a few pick up shots that were filmed after the original launch based on the general reaction(s) to the episode. It was supposed to be ambiguous and leave you wondering what was real and what was only imagined by Marcus Griffin. Was the doll really in the woods? Did it really get chilly? Was there really a smell? Was it the same doll? When creating something that’s supposed to be so open to interpretation, you have everyone filling in their own blanks and drawing their own conclusions. I failed somewhat as a storyteller as I was hoping to give hints about answers, but not leave so many questions.

Domino Grey Night Zone

Domino Grey Night Zone. MOTG Original Concept

I knew I could add extra scenes and lessen some of the mystery in the season one full length movie due in early 2013, but I didn’t want to leave this episode hanging for so long. Now I get to include those extra shots and tighten the narrative and create another stand-alone experience. There is an alternate ending that I worked on, but I might be leaving that for the full-length feature.

I present a slight re-editing of the Night Zone story over the original music I had in mind when I was writing episode 3. Thank you again to all involved and for you the viewers. Keep sharing and spreading the word. #MOTG    -Drew Spence

The original episode 3 video is here.

Mark of the Griffin episode 3 NIGHT ZONE

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s a good guess if Griffin’s got a ghost. Is it a ghoulish clue that unglued Griffin or a haunted hint that’s given as a gift?

Marcus Griffin is forced to reconsider his stance on all things supernatural when the riddle of the taken tots rattles his rationale and shakes up his sensibilities.

Mark of the Griffin episode 3 Soundtrack album cover

MOTG NIGHT ZONE

Soundtrack episode 3 Night Zone

Five fearful bits of music bite into this soundtrack. Mark of the Griffin Episode 3 Night Zone.

Video Credits

Episode 3 Night Zone Written by Drew Spence

Gabe Lugo The Tot Taker

Mikey White Gabriel (Keith) Krane

Drew Spence as Marcus Griffin

Camera and Film Nimish Panchal Matt Marra Robert Holmes

Wheelz supplied by Matt Marra

Music by Fallout Shelter $4.99 Direct from Avxp Music

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Dynamica Comics, AVXP Music and the creative Mind of Drew Spence Presents a graphic web series. Mark of the Griffin follows the journal of an ordinary man turned into an Angel of Mercy and Daemon of Vengeance. The story will be told through video, a graphic Novel and episode and music soundtracks.

Mark of the Griffin episode 2 The Mechanic & FREE MUSIC

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Mark of the Griffin web series episode 2 The Mechanic

 

It’s a mysterious mess when a Miss goes missing. Marcus masquerades as a mechanic when murder is the main mission and the Mark is in the mix.

Fallout Shelter makes the music for Mark of the Griffin episode 2 The Mechanic. The soundtrack swings from ambient to aggressive as Dynamics Plus and Domino Grey accent the action.  BUY THE SOUNDTRACK HERE

Mark of the Griffin episode 2 album cover

It’s hammer time. Literally, it’s hammer time.

http://soundcloud.com/dominogrey

Extended Notes and Spoilers

This is a really good episode. Those early teaser clips of the Griffin rolling and picking up his sword had everyone waiting for this one. Johnny Thomas of Titan Auto was kind enough to let us use his shop for filming and Sam Lipford did an amazing job as the bad guy. Sam Wimbley worked the lens as we went hand-held to keep the action moving.

After initial editing, I went back and shot some pick up scenes to help flesh the story out more. Candice Holmes, who was also in the Domino Grey video for Call It Off, appears at the start as Melissa Karn. Her father, Robert Holmes was there to film a number of the intro scenes.

Although I explained it in the 2nd Graphic novel, the Griffin wears a gas mask because he uses chemical weapons- along with the guns, knives and swords. I needed to make that connection as early as possible so The Mechanic was released earlier than I originally planned. There are a few more bits to the origin story and we’ll be showing them in future episodes.

The choreography looked very real because it mostly was. We are very careful with locking things in or landing blows, but I had some serious bumps and bruises after this one. Beyond the small continuity gaps, there are some very cool Easter eggs in the episode. Some were planned and others are just happy accidents. Spoiler! You’ll find a Domino Grey reference and a nod to the 1st comic book, Failure of an Angry Man with a Gun.

What else? I think that’s it for now. I’ll drop more information about the soundtrack and comic book once they get closer to completion. A big thank you to everyone that made this episode and the Mark of the Griffin series possible. Don’t forget to be a Mark and share this web series. The more people know, the more we can do. #MOTG

– Drew Spence

http://www.MarkoftheGriffin.com

Comic Con 2012 New York City

October 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I went to Comic Con 2012 in New York City with Sam Wimbley to spread the word about MOTG. While we were there, we took video and flicks.

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.

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Mark of the Griffin FIRST graphic novel + FREE SOUNDRACK Failure of an Angry Man with a Gun

Mark of the Griffin Failure of an Angry Man with a Gun graphic Novel

40 Pages, deluxe printing, full color $9.50

Mark of the Griffin. It’s about a regular guy who gets recruited into an organization called the AGENCI and grows to become a fearsome vigilante-like detective.

Before he was marked, Marcus Griffin thought he could change the world with a gun. He was wrong. Drew Spence creates a graphic web series that follows the adventures of a vigilante turned special agent.

If you’ve seen the web series episode -1, then you know how it all starts. The graphic novel adds additional layers of depth and another adventure to the mix. Get the full story.

The printed graphic novel goes live for only $9.50. It’s 40 pages, full color. Buy the print version and get the combination graphic novel and web series soundtrack for FREE! That’s right, order the book and get the download package sent right to your email.

This package is the combination of the web series episode -1 soundtrack and the First graphic Novel soundtrack. Separately, this package would cost you $19.95 – that’s more than 50% savings!

Mark of the Griffin Combo Soundtrack Artwork cover

Web series + graphic novel soundtrack $4.99

Here’s the track listing:

1 Distance Changed + narration [Domino Grey]

2 Alarms ring + narration [Drew Spence]

3 After the Failure Reverse Psychology + narration [Dynamics Plus]

4 Ask Anything [Dynamics Plus]

5 Drag Step [Domino Grey]

6 I Don’t Know [Domino Grey]

07 Distance Changed instrumental [Domino Grey]

 And images from the FIRST graphic novel

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Mark of the Griffin Graphic Novel 2nd Villainy of the Vile

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Mark of the Griffin 2nd Villainy of the Vile

Violence, victory and a vile vial!

The Griffin is asked to investigate strange happenings at a secret bio-chemical facility. Theft is involved, but instead of breaking in, it appears the villain is breaking out. It’s an open and shut case of cut and paste until the case is opened and the Griffin might be the next to get cut.

Fallout Shelter fills a test tube with the music from episode 0; Technique without Passion is Limited and episode 1; Villainy of the Vile.

READ THIS JOINT HERE!

NOTES and Stuffs….

So we combined episode zero and episode one into a single graphic novel. It was simply for the sake of storytelling and to sort out the soundtracks since there was different music for the videos and the books. Plus, episode zero (the Kung Fu school fight) Technique without Passion is Limited is so tied to the resolution here. I didn’t embed the soundtrack behind the GN  since our host is still limited with play controls. I understand you want to FFWD and REWD and just streaming music isn’t as cool. If you hit us up enough and show votes going the other way, I’ll embed the music like in episode zero. The soundtrack is done and is out for digital distribution so by the end of September I’ll be posting links for purchase.

That’s about it.

Don’t forget to be a Marker and share, post, blog and tweet. The more people that get involved, the more we can do.

Thanks for supporting Dynamics Comics and the Mark of the Griffin.

– Drew Spence, the AGENCI and the Mark of the Griffin crew!