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Fangtastic Friday: Twilight-inspired artwork & comic by Mangled Stare

This month, Austin comic artist Will Rodriguez celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his quirky web comic Mangled Stare, a dedicated accomplishment in today’s fickle entertainment market.  The Mighty Mangler may be the brain and brush behind MS, but he’s quick to give credit to his family for the handy supply of situational humor and for the occasional coloring assistance of his junior-graphic-artists-in-training.  When asked about awards and honors earned by Mangled Stare, Will said…

Aside from the praise and admiration of my family, no other awards really carry the same priority or worth. ^_^ (Though, I don’t mind mentioning that I have held the Chipotle Chowdown Champion title at each convention I’ve attended in the last 6 years.)

Aww.  And, congratulations… I think?  *wink*  Earlier this month, MS published a comic that Twilight fans everywhere, especially the significant others of TwiFans, will appreciate…

Psst – click to make it bigger and open in a new window!

Q&A with the Mighty Mangler!

From the comic, it’s clear that your honey is staunchly Team Jacob.  How do you feel about all the Twilight hype?

You’d never know if not for  her “Team Jacob” tshirt, keychain, posters, or bumper stickers, huh? Yes, my wife is extremely Team Jacob. I think Stephanie Meyers took a genre and turned it on its ear. She spun a story that built a very strong and dedicated fan-base and I applaud her for that.

So you visited Forks on your Spring Break… how exactly did she talk you into that? (hopeful TwiFans everywhere are holding their breath…)

She smiled and asked me in her sweetest girlie voice. >_< We were planning a road-trip and since I’d never seen the Pacific Ocean, I agreed that a drive to the west coast would be fun for the whole family. Besides, my wife supports my artistic endeavors and other geeky obsessions so it’s only fair that I support hers.

Did you enjoy the trip?  What did you like best about it?

Well, we all had a fantastic time. The drive from Texas to Washington is a beautiful one. Utah was just breath-taking and the Quileute Reservation was humbling to visit. The best part of the trip, though, was when we surprised my wife by telling her that we were staying in the “Jacob Cabin” right on the treaty line, from the books. The entire cabin was Twilight-themed and each of the rooms was named after a member of the Black clan. We had the entire cabin to ourselves and made use of that fact with all of our children.

Do you have any advice for fellow TwiFan significant others?

Unless you have a significant other who enjoys a battle, fake it! Even if you think vampires should be fanged, stone-cold murderers, pretend to like it or, if nothing else, don’t bad-mouth a Twihard or their stories. Play your cards right and you’ll reap all the benefits of his or her Twilight addiction. ^_-

Can we look forward to any other Twilight-inspired comics in the near future?  (Breaking Dawn is coming!  *nudge nudge*)

My wife is counting down the minutes until the first part of Breaking Dawn releases! If she has any say in the matter (and she nearly always does), I can guarantee plenty more Twilight humor from Mangled Stare.

How did you get started in comics and what have you done to keep yourself motivated all these years?

When my wife told me she was pregnant with our first child, I knew that my childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist had no better springboard than the milestone of parenthood. I wanted to be able to leave a legacy for my children and show them that any of their dreams were achievable. Their praise and the continued support of my wife and readers, in addition to my love of cartooning and making folks laugh, make motivation easy. Ten years-easy, as a matter of fact!

Do you have any goals or plans (besides world domination, of course) for Mangled Stare that you’re excited about?

World domination comes with WAY too much responsibility! Keeping my three kiddos in line is enough for me, thanks. I am working on a graphic novel with a great friend of mine which will serve as a sort of precursor to Mangled Stare. I’m also working on some other stories I’ve been dying to tell since high school through animated cartoons as well as future graphic novels.

What advice would you give to young artists just starting out in the industry?

Be true to your craft. Never “settle” or compromise your passions for creativity in the attempt to “succeed.” Hone your craft and never stop learning. Art is organic and dynamic, so you should never stagnate your style. Draw something every day; anything! Just keep drawing. Accept constructive critisism and avoid being defensive; art is subjective.

And finally (no, you can’t skip this one!), declare your Twilight “Team”!

Well, if I have to choose, I guess I’m team Alice, though I’ve always had an affinity for werewolves over vampires, just because shapeshifting is cooler than drinking blood…

Pfft, blasphemy (from the GT Team Edward corner)!  Thanks to Will Rodriguez from Mangled Stare for allowing GT to pepper him with Twilight fangirl-type questions and feature his work.  =)  Best of luck and we hope to see many future Twilight-inspired MS comic strips!

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Fangtastic Friday: How to host a Twilight party!

First of all, WTH is Fangtastic Friday?

It’s my new “celebrate the awesomeness of vampires” day.  Friday is a pretty awesome day all on its own, so jazzing it up with a little fang can only make it better… right?!

Read on, my friends, and check out our first Fangtastic Friday recap!

This past Sunday, my friend Monique (TxTwilightGirl) had a big Twilight-inspired birthday bash.

Now you might be thinking “ok, that’s weird”, but it’s actually pretty appropriate considering we all met through the Austin Twilighters meetup group.  That, and Monique is generally enthralled by all things Twilight… and especially Edward.  But hey, as long as he leaves his shirt on, who can blame her?!  *grin*

Anyway, the party decorations were fantastic (erm, fangtastic anyone?) so I took a few photos to share with all of you.  Sonia, a craftily talented new member of our group, did all the heavy scrapbooking and she did an awesome job.  Monique and our meetup group Coordinator, Ashley, also whipped up a yummy red velvet cake and decorated it with Eclipse-themed photo icing (purchased from this Etsy store).  To see the eye candy, check out the photos below (and above!)…

SO!  If you’re a Twihard, or are hosting a party for a TwiFan, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Get out of your headspace and just have fun. Don’t feel silly or think you’re “too old” to enjoy the theme!  Women (and men!) of all ages love this series, so don’t be ashamed to enjoy yourself.
  2. The invites can be as reference-rich as you have the smarts to make ’em.  Monique made up a cute little rhyme for her evites (I’ll put it in the section below this) that matched the style of party she was having.
  3. Photos of/references to Edward, Jacob, and Bella are a must, but don’t forget about the other cast members! Maybe your Twihard has a Carlisle crush or keeps an eye on Alice’s fashion trends?  Feel free to go with that instead of overdoing the Holy Trinity deco.
  4. Quotes from the movies/books set in inexpensive frames (scrapbook style) can look trendy and fun and still be affordable.
  5. Table settings and other accent decorations don’t have to be “official” twilight items, nor do they have to be expensive “vampire” novelty items.  Look for things that represent items or themes from the books that are more widely available, like large chess pieces (pawns or queens) and red apples.
  6. The menu can be anything from chocolate strawberries to fresh berries and cookies to red velvet cake with photo icing.  Find out what your Twihard likes, and be imaginative!
  7. The entertainment can be anything from a sparkle-tastic poolside shindig to a cozy living room viewing of your favorite Twilight movie(s)… or anything that brings your group together!  (We voted between True Blood S3 and Van Helsing… and of course True Blood won out, because who can resist Eric Northman?!)
  8. Last, but certainly not least, find out if your Twihard is Team Edward or Team Jacob, and try to find one of those life-sized cardboard stand-ups of the character.  Comic book stores usually have these, although they can be pricey, or you may have some luck online.  If you order online, keep in mind it will probably have to be folded, so shipping might be higher (and unless you drive a school bus, you’re going to have to fold it to get it into your car anyway… 😉 ).
“How long have you been 24?”
Let’s just say…Awhile….
It’s time to bring on 25 with a brand new style!
The party’s out by the pool
where the sun is hot, and the water’s  cool.
So, don’t worry if you sparkle,
this isn’t Forks High School!
So bring your towel and your swim suit, and jump in the pool with a loud woot, woot!
I’ll have food to satisfy your thirst,
but you can bring your favorite chips or “snack” in case you’re eternally cursed 🙂
Come for food and some games,
And maybe a movie if it rains.

So, I’ll say it…OUT LOUD,
HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!
Let me know if you’ll be part of the crowd!

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