Archive for the ‘Tie-in projects’ Category

Dame Time: Ogden

8/21/22

Recently, I wrote the story bible, the plot outline, and all of the character dialogue for the video game Dame Time: Ogden, developed by MetaVenture Studios, the gaming division of Grow Your Base. Dame Time: Ogden is a puzzle-filled adventure game, it’s exclusive to the Sandbox Metaverse, and it will drop as part of the Sandbox Alpha Season 3, which launches on Wednesday August 24th, 2022.

The Sandbox is a virtual gaming world. You can find out more about it HERE.

But I know why you’re REALLY here. You’re here to see the trailer for Dame Time: Ogden, aren’t you? Well, here it is:

And here’s the official description of the game:

Dame Time: Ogden is an escape room and obstacle course adventure game, which also includes elements of fighting, platforming, parkour, and action. It is a narrative-driven game that mixes genres and also includes several ‘Easter Egg’ collectibles to find.

The player experiences the game through the eyes of US basketball star Damian Lillard, aka ‘Dame,’ while he is attending Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on a basketball scholarship.

After his harrowing exploits in Oakland, Damian arrives at college and is rejoined by some familiar faces – like the Clockmaker and Anzu, the cute demon helper.

Damian is attending Weber State University in Ogden, Utah on a basketball scholarship. This scholarship is one of the last sports programs available in this alternative universe dubbed ‘The Unfinished World’ – a world dominated by half-finished buildings covered in scaffolding – the product of an advanced but collapsed economy. Damian once again runs into the enigmatic Whisperer, who seems determined to cause as much trouble for Damian as possible, as he discovers just how much influence and power the Whisperer wields.

While exploring hidden passageways and mysterious secrets below the campus, Damian uncovers another abandoned lab yielding more information about Dominic Hatch, the mysterious ‘L12 organization,’ and evidence of strange happenings on the moon.

Can Damian get to the bottom of the Whisperer’s plots and uncover the truth about L12? Are they connected? Where on Earth will this rabbit hole lead him next?”

For more info on Dame Time: Ogden, go HERE.  

And to find out more about The Sandbox Alpha Season 3, go HERE.

 

 

Minions Sticker Art Puzzles Book

8/20/22

Hey! Do you like Minions? Do you like stickers? Do you like art? Do you like puzzles? Do you like all of the above? If so, boy are you in luck! I wrote the Minions Sticker Art Puzzles Book, and it’s out now from Thunder Bay Press. You can learn more about the book HERE.

I’ve also written two other Sticker Art Puzzles books for TBP: the Nightmare Before Christmas SAP Book, and the Golden Girls SAP Book. Both books are available now. 

Speaking of that last book, a while back Claire Sewell interviewed me for her website, The Golden Girls Fashion Corner. In the interview, I talked to Claire about what it was like writing the Golden Girls Sticker Art Puzzles Book. You can read the interview HERE.

And I talked about the Nightmare Before Christmas Sticker Art Puzzles Book in a previous blog post. Check it out!

 

Geek Girl Authority interview and John Wilkes Booth humor piece

2/16/22

Here are some things you might not know about me:

  • When I was a very young child, I thought The Count (from Sesame Street) was Jewish because he talked like my maternal grandmother.
  • When my daughter Aviya was a baby, I used to hold her horizontally and pretend she was a tommy gun and that I was using her to obliterate mobsters in the 1920s. See, her legs were the butt of the gun, and her arms were the trigger, and um…Please don’t call Child Protective Services.
  • One time, I formed a boy band with some of my fellow MAD Magazine writers. (Well, more of a “man band,” because we were all adults…technically.) We assigned roles to everyone, because the people in boy bands always have roles, e.g. the leader, the romantic one, the cute one, etc. My role? The sexy weirdo.
  • According to my wife Nadine, the other day I talked in my sleep. I got up (still asleep), stood by the foot of the bed, and yelled, “There should be more comedy concerts!” And I’d just like to say: Sorry, sleepwalking-and-sleeptalking Arie, there’s still a pandemic going on. So there are limits on live indoor entertainment for now!
  • Speaking of the pandemic, one of the things I’ve missed about the pandemic is attending comic book conventions in person. One thing I don’t miss? Being asked by random strangers whether I was cosplaying as Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters, which honestly has happened too many times for me to count. For the record: No, not cosplaying as anyone. This is just what I look like.

Now, I didn’t talk about any of those things when Rebecca Kaplan (no relation) interviewed me for Geek Girl Authority. But here are some of the things I DID talk about in that interview:

Yup, I discuss all four of those writing projects in that interview, which you can read HERE.

Also, just in time for Presidents’ Day, I wrote a humor piece called “Other Catchphrases John Wilkes Booth Considered Before ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis!’” It was published on Weekly Humorist. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

Swamped by Croc!

1/23/22

Happy New Year! Hope you’re having a fantastic 2022 so far!

A few new developments I wanted to share:

Recently, I wrote a Batman children’s book called Swamped by Croc, which is out now! The book was illustrated by Francesco Legramandi and Gabriella Matta, and it was published by Penguin Random House!

Here’s the official publisher description for Swamped by Croc:

“Batman follows the criminal Croc into the dark waters of the Gotham City swamp-but will the swamp’s quicksand prove to be as deadly as his foe? Young Batman and DC Super Hero fans will love the action as their favorite super hero battles the monstrous villain in this full-color storybook that features more than 30 stickers!”

Speaking of Batman: Back in 2019, I wrote a MAD Magazine story called “What If Batman Were Actually 80 Years Old.” It was illustrated by Pete Woods. More recently, “What If Batman…” was reprinted in MAD Magazine #23 (the Batman-themed issue), which is out NOW, and which is cover-dated February 2022! Pete and I both put tons of Easter Eggs into this story. Robert Pattinson even puts in an appearance! (Seriously!) You can see Tom Richmond’s cover art for the issue HERE.

What else? Oh, here’s something: Last year, I wrote a humor piece for Weekly Humorist, called “Thanks To The Pandemic, Nobody Cares That I’m A Centaur.” Earlier this month, it was selected as part of Weekly Humorist’s Best of 2021 List.

And last but definitely not least: I made a video about the history of Jews in animation for the Union for Reform Judaism’s “RJ On the Go” platform. The video is called “Drawing the Line,” and it’s viewable until January 31st. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

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