Hello there Smart Zombie fans. As I am new here at Smart Zombie I thought I would start off with a little bit of full disclosure; We all do things in college we are not proud of. However, most of us are not subjected to those things being video recorded and in turn uploaded to the internet and live on in perpetuity. This one of those tales… Continue reading
So, we’ve completed the first stage in our “UNITED” project for the York Regional Police. It’s been limited to mostly small time TV, school and shopping mall appearances, etc. But so far it’s been met with overwhelming public support. Every public event we appear at we’re getting the same reaction time and time again. People love it! And why shouldn’t they? It’s for the kids!! The project is the brainchild of myself and my partner Tony Cedrone (Sweathog). It’s a new youth engagement initiative aimed at getting the same messages we’ve been trying to get out to kids for years but in a new and exciting way. Through a cool looking superhero!
The six minute, thirty second film will be premiered this Friday (November 14th) at the Colossus Cineplex theater in Vaughan. Once it’s out, it’s out! After that it’s anyone’s guess how it’ll be received by the masses. But if it’s anything like the Hero’s public appearances it should go over well. Continue reading
So a few of us have been working on a project together at our day jobs that I can’t discuss. Yeah, you heard me. But what we’ve found over the past six months is that the three of us have a good bit-o-chemistry going on when it comes to creative endeavors. And thus, a partnership is born.
A few years back I had to make the oh so tough decision to shelve a web comic project that I REALLY wanted to do but due to the sensitivity of my job it would ultimately conflict with the comic’s… er… subject matter. With the growing success of the day job project that I can’t talk about, my new partners and I have decided to take another stab at “Xenophilia”, redesigned, redeveloped and with a new techy twist that we’re hoping will lay the groundwork for others and their ideas. Plus, we have ideas for lots of other projects that will come about as we try to find our niche as the new SmartZombie team.
SmartZombie.com is about to come alive in an exciting way! A big welcome to Tony and Sean. Now let’s get to work!!
Drove over a chipmunk today. Flattened him! What’s worse I was driving a police car. People looked at me like I was supposed to stop and give it CPR.
Out of respect, and to cover up some feelings of guilt, my partner Tony and I gave it a back story:
His name was “Chippy”. His parents died when he was at the tender age of three. He was raised by his father’s mistress “Claire” but ostracized in his early teens because he refused to learn the French horn.
Chippy had just gotten news earlier today that he was successful in his bid for employment at the Hormel Corporation (the manufacturers of “Skippy” peanut butter). In his excitement, he ran home to tell his wife and eight children the news when fate caught up with him. A fraction of a second before his demise he could be heard yelling, “I regret nothing!”
Goodbye Chippy. We hardly knew you and still, you’ll be missed.
So, I migrated my site over to GoDaddy recently. Good move? Ya… sort of. I’m saving like 10,000% on yearly fees so that’s cool. Problem is my archives are all $#%!! up! So bear with me while I get them back inn order.
There’s a line from Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” that really stands out every time I hear the song. “You can’t start a fire without a spark”. I was planning on writing this blog entry just for web comic artists but I think everything I’m about to say here really relates to all of us as human beings. I don’t think I need to be greedy and take such a narrow aim. So here goes…
I believe that the one thing that hurts us the most and keeps us from moving forward isn’t money, or the lack thereof. It’s not sickness. It’s not geography. It’s not poor time management, not social anxiety, not the weather nor the seasons and it’s not plaid socks. It’s a lack of inspiration. I can think of several examples from more recent times when I was inspired but I’m going to go all the way back to the summer of 1977. I was 6 years old and my dad took me to see Star Wars: Episode IV. I can’t begin to tell you how my imagination was set on fire that night. When we came out of that theatre I felt like I could do anything! We went home and I immediately pulled out my sketch pad and pencils and drew every character, every ship and every bit of detail I could squeeze from my memory. In the following week and months I accumulated quite a pile of drawings. I’m kicking myself now for not keeping them. We didn’t have much money back then so while most of my friends’ parents were buying them Star Wars toys I was making them. Continue reading
I received some bad news recently from the doctor at the walk-in clinic. It appears I’ve contracted a virus that could potentially be deadly to males between the ages of 19 and 93. It’s not the flu, cold or any other typical virus. It’s known to most as… “the man cold” or in medical terms “Man1N1″ and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
I’ll forewarn you. What you’re about to read is not for the faint of heart and may be quite graphic.
It all started a few days ago when I was shaving in the bathroom. Suddenly, out of know where, I had a sniffle. I really didn’t think much of it at first but then one sniffle led to another and by the time was finished shaving I was not only suffering from a barrage of sniffles but I felt a slight tickle in my throat. A tickle in my throat!! I tried to shrug it off as allergies but my man brain was telling me this was serious. Continue reading
Well, we made it. And we didn’t blow ourselves up! I can’t say 2013 was a landmark year for me but any year that sees me through to the end with good health and a job is a pretty damn good year. But like every other year of my life it had its ups and downs. We saw some new lives begin and some end. We lost my uncle Alan and our Bernese Mountain Dog “Toblerone.” Lost a lotta trees from the year-end, history making ice storm. But thankfully there were far more good times than bad. I guess it’s all how you wanna look at it.
I discovered something about myself this year. It was something I’ve known since I left the film biz and became a policer officer in 2007. But it became quite evident after attending a seminar a couple months back on the emotional survival of cops. I abandoned my passion!! Not on purpose, it just happens with a lot of cops.
On top of it being really hard to shut off our hyper-vigilance (that “sixth sense” that keeps cops alive) we, as police officers, tend to stray from what was once our normal routines and even our passion. As most of you can see much of what I’ve been posting online prior to the last couple of weeks has been older artwork. I deserted my passion when I got my day job. We become over-emotionally invested at work and under invested in our off duty lives. Our hyper-vigilance runs ’round the clock, 24/7. It’s just damn weird. When I’m off duty and eating in a restaurant I can’t sit with my back to an exit. I need to look at who’s coming and going. On top of that I’m constantly watching people’s hands (the delivery system of a weapon). Pretty messed up, huh? Stats show that living this way means I can expect at least a decade shorter lifespan. But there’s hope. I found that if I can just get back into my old routine by exercising more often and sitting down at my damn drawing desk then I’ll be OK. It all makes sense to me now. I wasn’t given my musical and creative skills/talents so I could abandon them. I can bring my passion along on the job until the opportunity presents itself to one day fly on my own.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned being a cop it’s that anything can change in the blink of an eye. If you don’t make your mark in life while you can it might be too late. So, 2014 is the year I retake what is rightfully mine! I’m getting my groove back! I sincerely wish all of you the very best in 2014 and I deeply thank those of you who’ve supported my artwork through the years and even more recently as I get back into the creative driver’s seat! Lots of exciting things coming in the new year. You’ll just have to tune into smartzombie.com or “Like” my Facebook page to keep up on my adventures!! I promise I won’t disappoint. We’ll have lots of fun. I have no choice but to keep it legal. Sorry.
First and foremost I wanna welcome students of Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Woodbridge College, Holy Cross Catholic Academy, King City Secondary School, Emily Carr Secondary School and Father Bressani Catholic High School to my website!! See, I told ya it was real!!
It was a pleasure speaking to all of you at your schools! Don’t ask me to remember your names though right away. If I have to remember more than three names I’ve already forgotten two of the three. Gimme time to get it right!
Anyhoo, have a look through my site by navigating the tabs above. It’ll give you a bit of a taste for what I’m all about outside my “day job” and hopefully show you that there’s more to me than meets the eye. Basically, I’m a geek! I love everything about SciFi and zombie movies. I have a full-size stormtrooper in my home office as well as a bunch of other nerdy SciFi collectibles. Hey, everyone has a weird side. This web site is a good example of mine!
See ya ’round the school!
KD Mack (K. Douglas MacRae)
Ps. You can also find me on Twitter @1SmartZombie.
2013 will no doubt be a year to remember as far as movies go. We’ve got Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World and Man of Steel to look forward to. Personally I’m looking forward to Man of Steel the most. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Superman movies including the Bryan Singer version. I dunno why so many people were down on it. Maybe I liked it cuz I worked on a TV series for five seaons with the chick hosting the media event inside the plane that goes down in the beginning. Reowrr!
Anyhoo, check out this latest Man of Steel Trailer.