March 18, 2011Went out to the first day of Festival of the West yesterday and met some great people. Always fun to see the fanatic and the faithful. Ran into Jeff Hildebrandt of the Westerns Channel. Here's an inside peek at the Starz-Encore empire. I believe they have some 17 cable channels and the Westerns Channel pulls 31 million views, which is about three million more than their other, more heavily promoted channels. I run into people almost every day who tell me they watch the Westerns Channel more than any other station (and their wives usually roll their eyes as they say this, verifying their dedicated infatuation).
Got up this morning and grabbed a study out of my Failure Pile, adding a vaquero rider on a stallion strutting across the tundra:
This is going to be a sequence for a new Graphic Cinema story to be called "The Mexicali Stud."
Failure Pile Examples
When I say I grabbed a study out of the Failure Pile, I'm referring to scenes like this, which I did last night when I got home from work:
Here's an example of a Failure Pile piece that is in the second phase of development:
It may be a couple years before I get the inspiration or courage to take this to the finish line.
I'm on my way to Palm Springs next Thursday for the big West Fest & Rodeo. Going to be speaking on Thursday and Friday at the event. More details as we get closer.
As you know, I often go home for lunch and whip out one of these studies. A friend of mine on Facebook posted this today:
"Went home for lunch, ate a green burrito, then had a nap. where did i go wrong?"