METALSHAKE!

No, the other side,

-Shady

Giant Robot

…and my answer is always twofold.

First, on our end of things (the creatives who were actually putting the magazine/website together), life happened. We got jobs, we got married, we had kids, etc. Understandably, these things tend to happen as you get older, and I hold onto no resentment because of it.

But on the other side of things, Tastes Like Chicken was done in by big business. Specifically, a group of shady-as-fuck distributors we had trusted. Even more specifically, Tower Records (though, in my humble opinion, they’re all garbage). For these companies, I still hold onto an extreme amount of animosity.

In layman’s terms, we got fucked by these businesses. Sadly, we weren’t alone.

Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot fame felt that same sting. Read more about his experience here.

Today I’d self-distribute,

-Shady

KB and her mystery man!

The scariest part? When I showed it to KB, she said, “Wow. Who is that guy I’m with?” And she was 100% serious; she wasn’t kidding in the least.

KB has no idea who this guy, in this clearly staged photo, is. No shit.

All of this begs the question: What will she say about our wedding photos twenty years from now?

Doomed to become a mystery man,

-Shady

Like this! Only worse!

…for this MySpace article! Dig it!

I need a respite,

-Shady

Dicks sexy!

That’s his Christian name,

-Shady

Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.

QUOTE BOARD:

“We already moved the M&M’s and Grandma’s ashes just in case.”

– Milan1/23/16

Better safe than sorry when it comes to Mr. Fabulous,

-Shady

Yay! Grey postcards!

Thanks to G-Ma, Great Uncle Bob, and DNI for sending the first batch!

Keep ’em coming,

-Shady

HOOO!

…for this MySpace article! Dig it!

Bubbles,

-Shady

…who you may remember as the artist behind this beasts portrait.

We bought ourselves a beautiful The Nightmare Before Christmas print…

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" print from Jason "McFly" Kincaid.

…commissioned this original Carl Spackler (Bill Murray in Caddyshack) drawing…

Carl Spackler by Jason "McFly" Kincaid.

…and he even threw in this Star Wars: The Force Awakens print.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from Jason "McFly" Kincaid.

Now all we need is a place to hang all this sweet art!

Go ahead and buy prints and/or commission art from Jason here.

To the Spackler that never made it,

-Shady

Seriously? Wow.

I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking beer and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of my writing has been on long-form projects. Because of this, I sometimes write a short (most times comedic, other times not so much) to break up the monotony of those longer projects. But while these shorts are fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

To remedy this, I’ve decided to share them here. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my computer.

2. It’s my hope that someone might be inspired to actually do something creative with them. Want to film one as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating one? Go for it. Feel like performing one live onstage? I dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where it’s due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product.

The twenty-sixth of Shady’s Shorts is called “Real Conversations: Stainless Steel.”

Unlike previous Shady’s Shorts, “Real Conversations” will be an ongoing series of shorts that document actual conversations I’ve either recently overheard or had with people. The fourth of this series is titled “Stainless Steel.”

Download it by clicking below.

DOWNLOAD “REAL CONVERSATIONS: STAINLESS STEEL”

Number twenty-five,

-Shady

“Real Conversations: Stainless Steel” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2016.
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