New Orleans and the Promises of the New Year

SAP here ~

This one is for everyone out there who digs our stuff, the fans of Perry Brothers goodies, Ponce’s work, my work, and everyone who just digs checking in to see what we are up to.

“Think it Over One More Time….. baby, won’t you please come home….”

Clifton Chenier sings to me as I write my thoughts on the coming new year, assuming the Apocalypse does NOT commence as scheduled, and his words beckon me back home letting me know that it’s waiting to embrace me in its loving, Louisiana arms.

I’ve finished a new screenplay. It’s a horror flick. One I intend to direct in early 2013. The universe seems to be signaling me that the time is here, make the move, push the envelope, get your groove on. So it’s a push back home, to make all the wonderful projects I’ve been building this past year come to fruition. The birthing legs are ready to walk.

Los Angeles has been pretty good to me. I’m not the biggest fan of the city, this is pretty well known. Mostly because of the actual business of Hollywood and the way people are taught to comport themselves in the City of Angels. Louisiana is my homeland. As limited as the big city things I love so much are in Louisiana, it wins on the people, the music, the food, and the way I feel when I’m here. Right now, I’m sitting at Cafe Envie The coffee is so so, the atmosphere good good, and the feeling of being in New Orleans…. well, as they say, Laissez les bons temps rouler!

A lot of my Los Angeles friends have taken to traveling to New Orleans for work in the film industry. The jobs are growing. And once you’ve spent time here, and really taken in the people and the music it’s clear why a person like me feels most comfortable here. I want to make Louisiana a better place to make movies. It’s already pretty awesome, I want to help make it the most awesome.

So, as 2013 rolls in my mind will be on all the wonders that are already in action and the ways they will flourish and grow as time moves forward. I will be creating a lot, from comedy, drama, horror and mixtures of all the above. I feel more roles for Ponceman in movies and TV and all the new forms of entertainment that are cropping up in this new age of internet based entertainments. I have a love I’ve never felt before in my life, and an excitement and drive that has somehow endured the hardest times and crappiest situations to, oddly enough, come out stronger. And I have a happiness that comes from sharing my works and thoughts with fans, true fans, that I feel connected with more than ever. The book signings we’ve done in 2012, the public appearances and just plain ol’ hanging out with the homies have made me thankful for the past, the good and the bad, and has helped me realize how great this ride truly is.

Thanks for sharing the ride.

-SAP

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Superhero by Superhero: Chain-Male

The superhero who had to stay within earshot of his mother

Fallen Superhero: Chain-Male

Model: Josh “the Ponceman” Perry

What can I say about the Ponceman. He is my brother, yes. He has Down Syndrome, yes. He is one of the wittiest people I know, indeed, again, yes. Ponce as a superhero was a natural selection, he is a superhero in real life to many people. He is also held back at times by circumstances beyond his control like the character of Chain-Male.

Ponce was the 2nd superhero we shot for the book. We had cranked out the Double Diamonds at least 6 months earlier and we were going to knock out 2 more heroes in Louisiana, Chain-Male and Infinity Girl. We flew into New Orleans and got our respective shizzles together.

After the initial rifling through of mother’s storage we found boots with silver covers, gauntlets and a cool cape. I had also gotten some choice items from my buddies Ted and Laban, aka 2 headed horse productions. We did segments for the show Stupidface that Ted and Laban produced for FuelTV. They let me borrow this super shiny metallic orange one piece bathing suit and metallic hot pink short shorts. We procured some sweet goggles from Ozzie Dots as well as some spray in hair color. After I went nuts with colored duct tape we had an almost completed Chain-Male. He needed some sort of symbol though.

Lightbulb moment…. I saw a shiny blue bunjee cord and some silver card stock. I twisted the cord and put the silver card stock behind it. It had kind of an Egyptian, ankh-ish look to it. It sat nicely around Ponce’s nipples, which he liked. A lot.

We headed to the 9th ward in New Orleans and found some incredible locations. The giant anchors, 150 pound per link chains and enormous ship buoy were ripe for the picture taking. We just happened to drive by on a Sunday and there wasn’t a soul in sight. This location also gave us a solid element for our backstory.

We cranked out our shots and picked up later that week in Lake Martin, Louisiana. Our Brother in law had family that lived on Lake Martin which has the biggest population of gators in the US and also some amazing bird life. We got the lawnmower shots and discovered a bathtub that was just sitting out in the yard. We cleaned it out and when we turned around Ponce was already naked and ready to hop in. To say he is a sport is not even coming close to Ponce’s excitement on a shoot he really wants to be a part of, and this one was definitely one of his favorites.

An alternate version of Chain-Male in the tub… Uber-tarding

We finished off with a shot of Ponce drying off in the sun. I really wanted the full Monty naked man ass shot but our mother stepped in and handed us the multi-colored towel that ended up in the shot we used in the book. I still kinda prefer the naked Ponce butt shot, so here’s the censor bar version of it for you to relish in at your leisure.

The Black Bar of Naughtiness….

The problem shooting with Ponce is he rarely takes a bad picture. He’s got some of the best expressions and it made narrowing down the pics a very difficult task. In the end it all worked out quite nicely and the storyline is one of my favorites. I love the dialogue between Chain-Male and his mother where she tells him “Nobody is going to PAY you to be a superhero, but they do pay you for having Down Syndrome….” It’s a topic that is close to me. I have encountered a lot of special kids in my life and a lot of parents that want to protect them from everything out there in the big nasty ol’ world that could possibly hurt them. Sadly, a lot of kids are limited in their growth because of this behavior. It makes me sad and I really wanted to have that struggle between the parent and the “special” kid who, even though he was actually impervious to bullets , the mother still couldn’t let go of that overprotective instinct she had built up inside herself. So Chain-Male is limited in his superhero duties to only go as far as the abandoned shipyard at the end of the neighborhood so when mom calls out “Chain-Male!!!!!” he’s still in earshot.

NEXT UP: Iron Meng modeled by Mario Durant

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