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HOTPIXEL POST: The Hot List – Writer/Producer/Director Tom Grey of Player Piano

It’s been a while, but there’s a new Hot List over at the HotPixel blog! The subject of this month’s Hot List is probably very familiar to many of the geeks in my social media feeds – it’s Tom Grey, writer/producer/director and creator of Player Piano on YouTube.


Geek & Sundry alum, writer/producer/director Tom Grey, arrived in Los Angeles twelve years ago, as many others do, determined to break into the entertainment industry. His first gigs were in reality television, which he hated, and after a while they prompted him to leave the industry for a bit to focus exclusively on his writing. He supported his writing habit by working as a laundromat salesman.

That’s right. A laundromat salesman. As in, he sold a lot of industrial-sized washers and dryers. The things we do for love, amirite?

However, he couldn’t stay away from the industry for long. He began freelancing as a camera assistant, taking on several jobs with Disney through HotPixel! Yup, he’s one of ours! But, of course, he also wanted to create his own projects.

“There hadn’t been a movie that I’d made yet, and I started to get a little bit frustrated about the lack of just…making stuff,” Grey explains. “What ended up happening was that I heard from a friend who was making some of those Doritos Super Bowl Ads, and it was sort of ‘Let’s get together and just have an excuse to make something.’ So we made them, and I directed them, and I had a ton of fun doing them. And actually Art and the team over at HotPixel colored them, which was a lot of fun. That led to a short film that I did called Undying Love, and that’s a little zombie short film that I did that ended up going to film festivals and stuff. And that led to me working for Stan Lee.”

For the full post, or to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

HOTPIXEL POST: "HotPixel Meets YouTube Nerd Powerhouse, Geek & Sundry!"

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There’s a new post up at at the HotPixel blog today that I wanted to make sure to include as a shout-out to all my geeks and nerds out there. 🙂


Unplugged allows video game enthusiasts to showcase their skills both in-game and IRL. They compete while playing various video games, then compete while engaging in in-person competitions based on those games. Even better, it’s produced by former HotPixel member, Tom Grey, who has a history of geeky projects, having also created and directed the series Cosplay Piano for Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel!

For the full post, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

ChinaShop Post: WonderCon 2012

Me, Tom Merrit, Veronica Belmont, and Felicia Day at WonderCon 2012.

Better late than never! ChinaShop was severely backlogged due to SXSW and Fashion Week coverage, and so my WonderCon post has gone up today. But that’s a good thing! Because now, I can have your attention all to myself! HA!

Yeah, that’s it. This was all part of my DASTARDLY PLAN. Ahem. Here’s an excerpt from “WonderCon 2012: Comic-Con International Comes to Anaheim.”


This was a first for WonderCon, which usually takes place in San Francisco. Renovations at the Moscone Center necessitated the move, but allowed those in the Los Angeles area easier access to SDCC’s sister convention, giving more L.A. geeks the chance to attend a well-run show with a great track record closer to home. It’s surprising that, despite L.A’s large and active geek community, not to mention all the high-profile geeks that live here, that they have so few conventions that cater specifically to the L.A. market. While it’s likely that WonderCon will return to the Moscone next year, I’m curious about the numbers and whether or not the show had more or less traffic this year. (Official numbers have yet to be released) It would be great if Comic-Con International spread the con love all over California. SDCC in San Diego, APE in San Francisco, and WonderCon in Anaheim would be a nice spread.

For the rest of the post, great photos by Emily Heyer, or to comment and vote (click on the little teacups at the bottom so I know you’ve been!), CLICK HERE.

Tor Posts: Mad Hatters and Magic and Geek and Sundry

Hello there, everyone! When it rains, it pours!

I’ve got two faboo posts up at today. First is my very, very late Once Upon a Time Special for “Hat Trick” as part of the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows. Sorry. Life’s a bitch sometimes, and sometimes she’s a bitch who won’t let you write things.


While the story behind the Mad Hatter is interesting, the character of Jefferson is not. There’s also the fact that this episode revolved around a character we’ve never met before and in whom we had not yet become emotionally invested. Once Upon a Time works best when characters emerge organically and step into the spotlight, rather than when it continually has new characters pop up out of nowhere for their own episodes. Jiminy Cricket and Red Riding Hood are two great examples of character exploration done right. Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel? Not so much. Now, we can add the Mad Hatter to the “not so much” list.

For the full review and to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

Me, Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont, and Felicia Day at the Geek and Sundry signing at WonderCon 2012.

Next up is my write-up announcing the premiere of Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry YouTube channel, which provides an entire slate of geek programming for your viewing pleasure. I’ve actually watched all the eps that premiere today, and they’re awesome! Go check them out!


Yesterday, [Day] hosted a Google+ Hangout “subscribathon” for Geek and Sundry, bringing together high-profile geeks to encourage people to subscribe to the channel, and as of this writing Geek and Sundry has 106,949 subscribers (by comparison, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Channel, also featuring an entire slate of upcoming shows premiering today, has 45,235 subscribers). Clearly, Day owns New Media. The truly great thing about Geek and Sundry is that all of the shows seem to come from a genuine, unironic, fun place. These aren’t geeks trying to be hipper than thou. These are wonderfully dorky and earnest people doing geeky things, and we love them for it.

For the rest of the write-up (as well as descriptions of Geek and Sundry’s programming) and to post comments, CLICK HERE!

Lastly, I also received my long-awaited copy of Womanthology: Heroic today, along with a copy of China Mieville’s Embassytown – my first of his novels. Very excited to read both! Such a great geek day today! 🙂

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