Below the jump, some overdue updates on where I'm at and when you'll start seeing my web presence kick up again. But first - Did you know you needed this in your life? Because you needed this in your life:
I wonder how many people who're seeing this in 2015 even know/knew that DINOSAURS was a "thing?" Anyway...
So. Haven't given a status update in a little while, mostly because we (meaning I) have been in holding-pattern mode for a bit. I don't have the kind of life, friends, colleagues, family or loved ones that would've let me sit around feeling bad for myself while "between jobs" (and I'm impossibly grateful to them for that) which means I've actually been keeping/been kept pretty busy - hence the lack of daily/weekly/etc "progress reports."
Also, what progress HAS been made (and it has!) can't really be fully announced yet (stay tuned!) But, still, a little update in FAQland never hurt anyone. SO...
I'VE BEEN ON MARS FOR TWO MONTHS. WHAT HAPPENED?
I am no longer with The Escapist. You can find some elaboration about that in the original FAQ located HERE.
WHERE IS YOUR VIDEO CONTENT?
Coming. When I said that being cut off from my steady gig came at the least convenient possible time, I meant it. This was always going to be a crunch-time period, as I'd already set in motion the end/reboot of Game OverThinker and was already prepping Really That Good's YouTube launch. As such, what time I might've dedicated via necessity to reviews or Big Picture episodes? Well, that got filled up right quick. I was honestly planning to put up a video review for CHAPPIE, but life and PAXEast got in the way of that one.
Fortunately, the finale of Game OverThinker is about 45% completed and should be up very soon. After that, I expect to have Really That Good's "pilot" debut ready shortly after.
WHAT ABOUT THE "CLASSICS"?
As I've mentioned elsewhere, unfortunately I was not the owner of the IPs to either Escape to The Movies or The Big Picture, so those two "brands" will not be making a return any time soon (at least not with me at the helm, for sure). However, while I cannot share the details as yet, an arrangement is in motion with some old friends which I think will make fans of both Big Picture and the "old-school" Game OverThinker very excited.
As for movie reviews? Well, right now I don't have an outlet that's looking to pick up a video review series (do you know of someone who is? By all means, contact email@example.com!) That doesn't mean I won't be producing video reviews, but it DOES mean I probably won't be producing them on a regimented schedule for now - when I want to do a video review, and I have the time, it will be done (remember, we're still in the "empty" season!)
WAIT - WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT GAME OVERTHINKER?
Actually, since this is an IP that I own outright, I can afford to spill a handful of beans: When Game OverThinker's current incarnation ends, it will do so in a way that will effectively see the series' two components (game-culture analysis and wacky comedy hijinks) into two separate entities. The first of these will be a series very much in keeping with what the show was for its first 50 or so episodes (read: 95% commentary and "overthinking") while the second series... will be a surprise you're just going to have to wait for :)
Where you'll see these and other projects end up, either on my YouTube channel or elsewhere? That's one of those things I can't talk about yet. Sorry :)
SO IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE GOING TO BE ALIGNING WITH SOME BIGGER PARTNERS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WHAT ABOUT YOUR PATREON?
The MovieBob Patreon is not going anywhere.
Of all the things that have changed about my outlook following my departure from The Escapist, a certain hardening of my stances on employment, freelancing, etc is the most noteworthy. Simply put: I no longer have any interest in "de-facto" or "in-all-but-name" employment. With anybody. Until such time (which may be never) as you see me as a full-on insured/benefited/bonded employee of somewhere with the protections that implies, I'm a freelancer whose work is going to show up in a lot of different places and/or on my own outlets.
And while that definitely comes with an increase in freedom, it also comes with a decrease in security and stability month-to-month. That, plus my equal lack of desire to ONLY work on things that someone else has contracted me for, means the Patreon is staying right where it is.
YOU'D MENTIONED BEFORE THAT YOU WANTED TO TRANSITION FROM YOUR TWO SHOW-BLOGS TO A SINGLE WEBISTE. IS THAT STILL THE PLAN?
Yes, but it is delayed for now. You'll likely see the new shows find their footing before I'm ready to blow up my existing infrastructure and build anew. Watch this space, though, because there's a very real chance that I'll be looking for web design help.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEELINGS ABOUT VARIOUS PERSONS HIRED BY THE ESCAPIST IN THE WAKE OF YOUR DEPARTURE?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE THOSE FEELINGS?
WHAT DOES YOUR CONVENTION PRESENCE LOOK LIKE IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Right now, I can't make any definite statements re: the con circuit. Many contacts for cons, expos, events etc that I had were handled through an employer I no longer affiliate with, so I'll need to rebuild/restructure some of those relationships.
That having been said, if you are part of a convention that would like me as a guest/panelist/etc or a convention attendee looking for an extra panelist or event-partner, please feel free (and encouraged!) to get in touch with me about that.
I'D LIKE TO HIRE/CONTRACT/WORK-WITH YOU - HOW CAN WE GET IN TOUCH?
Bobchipman82@gmail.com is best for right now.