The Adventures of Heroman “Repeated Recalcitrance”

 

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Today’s the day, Hero-Fanatics!  The Adventures of Heroman Episode Two: “Repeated Recalcitrance.”

You can listen to the episode using the player at the bottom of this page, or you can download the podcast from the iTunes store or any other podcast app (just search for “Hyperliterature Presents”) and you can also use our direct podcast feed: http://www.hyperliterature.com/feed/podcast/.

No matter which podcast app you use, please hit the Subscribe Button. That’s really the only way we can see how many people are interested in what we do.

If you haven’t listened to episode one, “The Nest of Honesty,” then click here immediately!

In this second episode, we join Heroman and Betterman as they are leaving Heroman’s duplex to ascertain the plans of the villainous Boomerang!

This is the second episode in a 4-part series. We’re going to release these in two week intervals, which means the last episode of this series will drop at the end of February. Join us in two weeks for Episode Three: “A Better Man.”

Subscribe to our Facebook page for all the latest Heroman news. And if you liked the episodes, please share us with your friends, and if you feel so inclined, leave us a message on the Facebook page or in the comments section on this page.

Todd and I didn’t do this one all by ourselves. We had a lot of help, and I want to make sure everyone gets all the credit they deserve.

Written, Directed, & Recorded

by

Mark Gifford & Todd Wright

Original Score and Sound Effects

by

Richard Hall

Voice Over & Betterman

Voiced by

Todd Wright

Heroman, The Red Ruin, ‘Lil Timmy, & The Badge

Voiced by

Mark Gifford

Rosenbaum, Madman, The Boomerang, & Frank

Voiced by

Santiago Longoria III

Amy

Voiced by

Leigh Romero

Lightning

Voiced by

Brooke Ehrhardt Lopez

Captain Peepers

Voiced by

The Young One

 

 

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The Adventures of Heroman “The Nest of Honesty”

 

Nest of Honesty

Today’s the day, Herocolytes!  The Adventures of Heroman Episode One: “The Nest of Honesty.”

You can listen to the episode using the player at the bottom of this page, or you can download the podcast from the iTunes store or any other podcast app (just search for “Hyperliterature Presents”) and you can use our direct podcast feed: http://www.hyperliterature.com/feed/podcast/.

No matter which podcast app you use, please hit the Subscribe Button. That’s really the only way we can see how many people are interested in what we do.

In this first episode, we join Heroman as he begins a new chapter in his life. Still stinging from a tragedy that occurred sometime in the not too distant past, our Hero has been forced to contend with people and situations heretofore unheard of in the life of a Hero!

This is the first episode in a 4-part series. We’re going to release these in two week intervals, which means the last episode of this series will drop at the end of February. Join us in two weeks for Episode Two: “Repeated Recalcitrance.”

Todd and I didn’t do this one all by ourselves. We had a lot of help, and I want to make sure everyone gets all the credit they deserve.

Written, Directed, & Recorded

by

Mark Gifford & Todd Wright

Original Score and Sound Effects

by

Richard Hall

Voice Over & Betterman

Voiced by

Todd Wright

Heroman, The Red Ruin, ‘Lil Timmy, & The Badge

Voiced by

Mark Gifford

Rosenbaum, Madman, The Boomerang, & Frank

Voiced by

Santiago Longoria III

Amy

Voiced by

Leigh Romero

Lightning

Voiced by

Brooke Ehrhardt Lopez

Captain Peepers

Voiced by

The Young One

 

 

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Heroman Cometh Next Week (Jan. 18th)

I’ve already updated “The Adventures of Heroman” Facebook page (please “like” our page if you haven’t already), but I wanted to make sure I have all my bases covered. Next Monday (1/18), we will release the first episode of “The Adventures of Heroman,” titled “The Nest of Honesty.” We’re going to release a new episode every two weeks. This first series is four episodes long, so you’ll get an entire two months of Heroman!

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This podcast has been in progress since this time last year. The podcast is kinda like those old-school superhero radio dramas like “The Shadow” or “The Green Hornet.” There’s also a bit of a “Superfriends” vibe as well, but the characters themselves are thoroughly modern. They also swear a lot. Sorry. We tried to get them to stop, but they wouldn’t listen.

Todd and I started writing at the beginning of 2015, we finished principle recording in the summer, and Ricky and I have been editing fast and furious to get this things into your ears. And let me just say that Ricky has outdone himself on this one. I mean, our original trilogy was awesome (the score for “Wade” still gives me goosebumps), but Ricky’s work on “Heroman” is nothing short of amazing.

You can always listen to our latest podcasts on this page, and you can also download them from the iTunes store. Android podcast apps will find us too. Just search for “Hyperliterature Presents” and you should be good to go.

To tide you over until next week, here’s our newest Heroman-related video. You can hear a bit of the score at the beginning and at the end.

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Heroman Cometh

Thanks to everyone who has liked “The Adventures of Heroman” Facebook page. I’ve gotten some great responses to the first teaser trailer, and don’t worry, we have more fun stuff coming in the next few months, but I promise not to spam the heck out of you. And if you haven’t seen it, and even if you already have, here’s the trailer:

“The Adventures of Heroman” is a throwback to the old school superhero radio shows from the 30s and 40s, but we’re tweaking the concept quite a bit. I’m not going to give anything away, but needless to say, things in Heroman’s world aren’t as easy as he’d like them to be.

Todd and I have been working diligently on the scripts, and we should begin recording in earnest next week. The writing process has been a ton of fun, and I know the recording process is going to be a blast, too. Hopefully it will be as fun to listen to as it’s been to create.

In the meantime, please check out the previous series we created to get an idea of our work. We’ve taken to calling it the “When We Tried to Trilogy” Trilogy, primarily because we couldn’t think of a better name. The first episode is called “When Thomas Tired to be a Graverobber,” the second is called “When Ronald Tried to be a Private Investigator,” and the third and final episode is called “When Wade Tried to Save the World.” All three episodes are related, so listen to them in order.

You can listen to them on the Hyperliterature page I’ve linked, via iTunes, or through any other podcast app you’d like to use. Just search for “Hyperliterature Presents.”

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Beneath the Stains of Time…

Me and Mom 83 or 84My wife and I were jogging along the Embarcadero in San Francisco when we received the news that my mom was dying. We’d booked a ferry to see Alcatraz, and a malfunctioning bus had put us way behind schedule, so we were legging it.

I was out of breath and the blood pumping in my ears made it hard to hear, but I immediately knew that something was wrong because mom was using her “don’t panic Mark” tone of voice that she reserved for bad news.

I remember her saying, “I’m going to be okay.”

I remember her saying, “I feel fine.”

I remember her saying, “renal cell carcinoma.”

I remember her saying, “immediate nephrectomy.”

Then I remember my knees buckling and nearly falling down on the sidewalk amidst the swarms of tourists. I remember people staring at me as I cried hysterically. I remember Leigh taking the phone from me.

And that’s about all I remember.

They removed the cancerous kidney, which, according to the surgeon, was nearly the size of a basketball. Unfortunately, the surgeon was unable to get clear margins, and the pathology report and subsequent scans showed the cancer had already metastasized and was present in the lungs.

There are very clear advantages in having been with Leigh throughout medical school, residency, fellowship, and into her medical practice. Free healthcare & medical advice. Trigger point injections when my muscles hurt. Fantastic company Christmas parties.

But the downside in being well-informed about medicine is that I immediately knew there would be no cure. No amount of chemo or radiation would be able to cure my mom’s cancer. I knew that even hoping for a cure was energy best spend elsewhere. From the moment I took my mother’s call on San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero on the way to Alcatraz, I knew we were simply playing a waiting game with Death.

For nearly two years the chemo held the metastases at bay. But during the summer of 2014, we got the news I’d been dreading since the first day mom started treatment: The metastases were no longer responding to the meds, and they’d begun to aggressively grow and multiply.

Mom has only been gone a little over a week now, but it seems like years since we last spoke. I miss her hands. They were so soft. I miss her smile. It could light up a room. I miss her laugh. It was so infectious.

I just miss her. I miss her so much.

A good friend of mine lost his mother several years ago, and during this whole process, I’ve leaned on him pretty heavily for support and advice.

A month or so ago, as mom’s health started to really nose-dive, my friend told me that the pain of losing your mom never really goes away. The pain, he explained, will change everything about you. It will change who you are and how you see the world.

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Sometimes I feel guilty if I laugh too much. Maybe I’m not supposed to be having fun yet. Is it too soon for me to laugh?

Sometimes I’m so anxious I run on the treadmill for miles and miles.

Sometimes I feel so sad I don’t have the energy to get out of bed.

Sometimes I’m so angry I could punch holes in the walls.

Sometimes I wake up crying.

Sometimes I can’t sleep.

I know these dramatic emotional episodes will probably pass with time, but I have a feeling the emptiness I feel will always be there, just waiting for me when my mind gets quiet and the world falls away.

But the thing that’s amazed me most about this whole ordeal is the stunning generosity and comfort folks have offered to me and my family. Sympathy cards. Emails. Facebook messages. Hugs. Tears. Flowers and food. So many people have done such wonderful things for me.

It’s been overwhelming, the things folks have done, but the generosity of others has really been the only thing that’s kept me from falling into a deep depression and retreating into a self-imposed isolation. Intellectually I know that path only ends in despair, but emotionally, retreating feels the most compelling. I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by people who won’t let me do that, and I can’t imagine what I would do without such a wonderful and lovely support group. I’ll thank them all individually and privately, but I couldn’t have made it through this without all of them.

On March 26th, we laid my mother to rest in Gholson Cemetery. I gave the eulogy at the funeral (click here to read it), and I think it was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to write. There’s no doubt in my mind that it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to read in front of an audience. But I simply could not let someone else speak at her funeral. For one thing, she wasn’t religious and neither am I, so a lot of talk about God, Heaven, and the afterlife would have dishonored and been an affront to her epistemological and theological views. Even more importantly, I wanted the funeral to highlight the beauty of her life, and there was no way someone who didn’t know her could have accomplished that.

I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe in destiny, and I sure as hell don’t believe that everything happens for a reason.

I think things happen, and we use reason to explain them. Mom’s death is easy to explain. Cancer. She drew the genetic short straw, and it killed her. But as I said in my eulogy, she left an indelible mark on the world. Her visitation and funeral was absolutely packed. All of those people are a testament to the woman she was.

I’ll miss you mom.

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When Wade Tried to Save the World

And finally, Hyperliterature Presents “When Wade Tried to Save the World.” This podcast is the third and final part of the “When We Tried to Trilogy Trilogy.” The first part of the trilogy is “When Thomas Tried to be a Graverobber,” and the second is “When Ronald Tried to be a Private Investigator.” Please make sure you listen to the first two episodes before you listen to this one.

The other two parts have all been leading up to this episode, and things get apocalyptically bonkers pretty quick.

The “When We Tried to Trilogy Trilogy” is a collaboration between me, my wife Leigh, my good friend Todd Wright, and musician Richard Hall. Todd and I are writing the stories and providing narration, Leigh voices the female character, and Ricky is scoring and adding the FX to our narration.

I apologize for the delay in getting this one out, but let me tell you, it’s been worth the wait. Out of all the creative projects of which I’ve been a part, this is the most proud I’ve ever been about something I helped to create. I couldn’t have designed a better writing partner than Todd. I love the story, and it’s been a load of fun to write, and I owe all of that enjoyment to Todd. Thanks, man. It was a blast.

I also want to publicly thank Leigh for recording the female character. Leigh’s character didn’t have a lot to do in part II, but she was pivotal in part III, and my girl knocked it outta the park. Thanks, babe.

And finally, I need to thank Ricky. In the interest of full disclosure, Ricky and I have yet to meet face-to-face, but he’s become such an integral part of this podcast that I feel as if we’ve become fast friends. His music and sound FX have rocketed our little story into a completely different universe. The music is so good that even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, I was still moved emotionally. So thanks, Ricky. We couldn’t have done it without you.

So sit down, crank up the volume, and prepare yourself for “When Wade Tried to Save the World.” It’s gonna be one helluva ride. And if you enjoy this podcast, and honestly, even if you didn’t, do me a favor and share it on Facebook and Twitter. We all worked super hard on this project, and I want to get as many people to hear it as we can.

If you have an iOS device, you can download the podcast from iTunes here. Please subscribe to the podcast to automatically receive updates of new episodes.

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When Ronald Tried To Be A Private Investigator

And now, Hyperliterature Presents “When Ronald Tried To Be A Private Investigator.” This is the second part of a three part series, so if you haven’t listened to “When Thomas Tried To Be A Graverobber,” you should really do that now.

This series is a collaboration between me, my wife Leigh, my good friend Todd Wright, and musician Richard Hall. Todd and I are writing the stories and providing narration, and Ricky is scoring and adding the FX to them.

I’m really proud of this series. The story Todd and I wrote is really fun, and I recorded this one (Todd did the last one). And just like last time, Richard’s score and sound effects really take this whole thing to another level. I got chill bumps the first time I heard the final mixdown, and I knew what was coming because I helped write the damn thing.

Like last time, this one ends on a cliffhanger just as everything is going sideways. We’ll wrap up this story in part three.

I hope you enjoy this one, and if you do, please share it all over the web. I wanna see this thing trending on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have an iOS device, you can download the podcast from iTunes here. Please subscribe to receive updates of new episodes.

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When Thomas Tried To Be A Graverobber

For this episode of Hyperliterature Presents, I collaborated with my good friend Todd Wright and musician Richard Hall, and we recorded a short story called “When Thomas Tried to be a Graverobber.”

I’m really proud of this podcast. The story Todd and I wrote is really fun, Todd does a magnificent job performing it, and Richard’s score and sound effects really knock the whole thing outta the park. This is the first part of a trilogy, so don’t get aggravated when it ends on a cliffhanger. We’ll pick it up in a month with part 2.

I hope you enjoy this one, and if you do, please share it all over the web. I wanna see this thing trending on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have an iOS device, you can download the podcast from iTunes here. Please subscribe to receive updates of new episodes.

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Three Bad Brothers

Two years ago today we lost Adam “MCA” Yauch to cancer. His death hit me pretty hard. If I had to create a soundtrack of my youth, the Beastie Boys would feature quite prominently. I wrote a blog post after he passed, and since this is the two year anniversary of his death, I decided to record that post as a podcast. It’s only about 8 minutes long, and it’s filled with vertigo, water balloons, and a nymphomaniac with a penchant for fist fights.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed recording it and cutting it.

RIP MCA

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Ty Wolosin & David Barrow

In this episode of Hyperliterature Presents, I sit down with Ty Wolosin and David Barrow for an excellent conversation about local farming, farmer’s markets, and sustainable foods. You can listen to it below, or click here to download it at the iTunes store. We also discuss David’s new film Farm-City, State, which will be premiering in Austin in a few weeks. Ty and David are great guys, and we had a lot of fun recording this episode.

Couple of things: In the podcast, I mention an article at the Freakonomics blog by Steven Sexton, and during the intro, I reference another article by Tom Philpott. Click those hyperlinks to read the articles.

If you’d like to catch up with Ty you can find him every Sunday at the HOPE farmers market at east 5th & Comal from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Everything he sells is quality, but do yourself a favor and try some of the goat. If you’ve never cooked it before, ask Ty for tips. He’ll be glad to help you out. You can also visit the Windy Hill Farm website where Ty has an excellent list of all the places you can find his wonderful products.

Also, if you’re in the Austin area, be sure to visit the website for David’s film Farm-City, State. He doesn’t have a date yet for the premiere of the film, but when he does, I’ll update this post.

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