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"KYLE AND LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS THEME"
by TV's Kyle & the great Luke Ski!
Download it now at the FuMP!
www.thefump.com

Today is TV's Kyle's birthday ( :icontvskyle: ), but the gift is for all of you! It's the long procrastinated theme song to our animation podcast "Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons"! Hey, if you had a life-changing development deal at Cartoon Network, your podcast's theme song would be 19 months overdue too. Download the track for free right now at the Funny Music Project, and smile, darn ya, smile!

If you're interested in hearing the podcast itself, that can be found at www.kyleandluke.com .

“MIGHTY MAGISWORDS” is here! 

At last, "Mighty Magiswords", the awesome and hilarious new cartoon show created by Kyle A. Carrozza (a.k.a. TV's Kyle) ( TVsKyle ) is here! Episode One is on Cartoon Network's YouTube page ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=d15FzV… ), and both Episodes One and Two are on it's page at the Cartoon Network website ( www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/m… ), with more episodes coming soon. They're each 3 minutes long, so it won't take long for you to check 'em out and laugh!

Prohyas and Vambre on Hoverswords with logo 400

Also, there are 15 micro-shorts that allow you to "Choose your Magisword" to determine the ending of the cartoon which can be seen on the Cartoon Network Anything App for phones and tablets:
iTunes: bit.ly/1t4XJVy
Amazon: amzn.to/Zg817g
Google: bit.ly/1v71GJz

All of these were created last year, long before I was involved with the show. I am working on the new "Mighty Magiswords" content that's being created now, which the public will be able to see later on down the line. So start watching the show now, so you'll be familiar with Prohyas & Vambre and their entire universe by the time the stuff I'm working on is released. Also, it's an incredibly fun show that I'm such a huge fanboy of. So please watch, and please tell all your friends online about it!

Those of you who have been paying attention to the goings-on of the comedy music acts of the Funny Music Project (The FuMP) know about the “secret project” that TV’s Kyle has been working on over the past year, which has recently become much less secret. Kyle Carrozza (my co-host on the podcast “Kyle and Luke Talk About Toons”) has been working in the animation industry for many years on TV shows such as “Fish Hooks”, “Fanboy & Chum-Chum”, and was a layout artist for the “Spongebob” movie currently in theaters. In the spring of 2013, Kyle got a development deal at Cartoon Network to develop a new show he created, which will be the first program of the new Cartoon Network Studios digital platform, meaning it’s content they are creating specifically for the internet, streaming, tablets, phones, etc.. Here’s a quote from a February 19th article reporting on Cartoon Network’s official announcement of forthcoming programming:

Mighty Magiswords”: From Kyle Carrozza comes Cartoon Network Studios first original digital series about a brother and sister team of “Warriors for Hire,” who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests to collect magical swords.

Meet Prohyas and Vambre, the “Warriors For Hire”!

Kyle and his crew at CN have already created content which will be released later this year, and they have just begun working on what will officially be Season One of “Mighty Magiswords” this week, to debut before the end of 2015.

Back in November 2014, Kyle was asked by his superiors at CN who he’d like to have writing episodes of “Mighty Magiswords”, and one of the people Kyle told them he wanted was me. Having seen the MM content created up til then when Sara and I went to L.A. for Kyle & Lindsay’s wedding, I was very excited and chock full of potential story ideas. I shared about 20 ideas with Kyle, he narrowed it down to 5, and I had some phone meetings with his boss at CN, who liked my ideas, and picked out the one he liked best to eventually develop into an episode of the show. Contracts were exchanged and signed, and since then I have been waiting for things to get to the point where it’s time for me to take the next step in the writing and development process for that potential episode.

Of course, I not only can write funny things, I can also draw funny things, and Kyle wanted to see what I could do in regards to contributing to the show beyond writing potential episodes from my home in Chicagoland. So about that same time, Kyle gave me an assignment. He wanted me to write and storyboard a short scene, just the beginning of a story where the “Warriors For Hire” get hired to do a task by someone, end of scene. I misunderstood his instructions. I thought he wanted me to write and storyboard an entire story of the Warriors getting hired and then going on and completing their mission. I came up with a whole new story (which I hadn’t pitched to Kyle in the previous batch of ideas) and drew 200 panels with detailed notes. Then, being the overachiever that I am and wanting to impress Kyle, I recorded myself reading all the lines in character, added sound effects and some rudimentary music, scanned all the images, and edited together a rough video animatic of the story, to better get across the timing and delivery of the jokes. I emailed the MP4 of the animatic and a PDF of the 67 page storyboard to Kyle. His response was, “Luke, you incredible weirdo”.

Again, the point of this extra effort was to impress Kyle. Well, apparently it worked, because before the day was over, Kyle showed this ‘practice’ storyboard/rough animatic to his bosses at Cartoon Network. And they liked it. A lot. So much so, that over the months that followed, my name was being brought up frequently in their discussions of forming the MM production team. So to recap, I impressed the Hell out of some creative executives at Cartoon Network as a byproduct of misinterpreting Kyle’s practice storyboard instructions. Kyle likes to call this story “Luke Fails Upward”.

The end result of all this, and of Kyle’s unwavering support and belief in my abilities as a writer and cartoonist is as follows: I have been offered a position as a Storyboard Revisionist on the staff of “Mighty Magiswords” Season One at Cartoon Network in Burbank, California. What this job entails is me taking existing storyboards, referring to the network’s notes made on those storyboards, and making changes based on those notes. There are other skills I will be learning there as well, but that’s the main part of what I’ll be doing.

I, LUKE SIENKOWSKI, AM GOING TO WORK AT CARTOON NETWORK.

On Tuesday, March 24th, I will climb into my new vehicle, a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV, and make the 3 day drive out to Burbank, CA. I start work on Monday, March 30th. I will spend the following 4 to 6 months living on Kyle & Lindsay’s couch, going to work 5 days a week at Cartoon Network with them (yes, Lindsay is on the staff too, as a character designer). I may end up trying to find my own place to live once I start getting paid. Aside from being a Storyboard Revisionist and Writer on “Mighty Magiswords”, I am also hoping to break into doing voice work for animation.

Those of you who know me (or at least have heard my song “Neurotica”) can undoubtedly deduce that internally I am freaking out about all of this, from both the positive and negative sides of things. I don’t want to be away from my awesome wife Sara, “my favorite part”, for months on end. I’m going to miss Carrie, Alex, and all my Chicago friends so much. And I really don’t like the idea of not having my Mom and my siblings within a day’s car drive from me. Despite all of that, there’s no way in Hell I’m not going to do this.

A long time ago, I made myself a promise. My whole childhood and adolescence, my biggest dream was to someday work in comedy animation. A kid or teenager doesn’t spend hours upon end for multiple days during the summer making animated movies with his mother’s 8mm film camera on a whim. That kid is ambitious and determined to make his dreams come true. I went to a fine arts college because they told me they would teach me what I needed to make that a reality. They lied. About the same time their bait-and-switch had fully sunk in on me, I was given the gift of being alerted to the existence of “The Dr. Demento Show” on the local Kansas City airwaves. With that, much like the urban legends surrounding Walt Disney, I cryogenically froze my dreams of working in comedy animation, and turned my laser focus to a new goal: create comedy songs of a high enough quality that I might get one played on “The Dr. Demento Show” once. If any of you reading this don’t know how that venture turned out for me, well, go read my bio page at the FuMP.

So here I am, 20 years later, thawing out a dream that I never thought would become real. I get to be part of a team creating an awesome hilarious cartoon show that will be seen by thousands all over the world. And if things go well, I might get to continue doing it, for years to come. And get paid for it too.

I want to thank Sara for telling me back in October that I should ask Kyle if there would be any openings I could apply for on his show, and for being the most loving, supportive, understanding wife ever. I want to thank Kyle & Lindsay for when I asked them about it, responding with ‘we were already going to insist that you do, and let you live on our couch’. And I want to thank the powers that be at Cartoon Network who are taking a chance on me based on Kyle’s word and the stuff I’ve submitted to them so far (both on purpose and accidentally).

So there you have it folks. I’m going to “Hollywood”. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll run into Orson Welles and he’ll give me one of those standard ‘rich and famous’ contracts I’ve heard so much about in the movies. Until then, I will be happy to help Kyle Carrozza make the awesomest funniest show this side of a mouse-click, and look forward to the day I can be with Sara and all my Midwest family and friends again.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all with me & TV’s Kyle at FuMPFeST 2015.

Luke Ski,

Remember when I said my new album was coming out at Gen Con Indy 2014? Well guess what...



My 11th full length comedy album "4th Grade Talent Show" is available on CD and as a digital download RIGHT NOW at lukeski.bandcamp.com !



This CD has the Logan Award winning Disney-buys-Star-Wars parody medley"When You Wish Upon A Death Star", as well as my 2014 hit from the Dr. Demento Show, "Fake Adult". It also has tributes to Scooby Doo, 80's media franchise mascots, a Tyrannosaurus, and a deep dive into the dark crevices of my mind, if you dare to go there with me. The album features appearances by Devo Spice, Insane Ian, Carrie Dahlby, TV's Kyle, Lindsay Smith, Tony Goldmark, a whole lot of folks from the FuMP, and Doug Walker "The Nostalgia Critic"! It's 70 minutes of content for $10 + shipping on CD, or $8 digitally.

Here's what a bunch of people who are totally-in-the-bag-for-Luke Ski have to say about "4th Grade Talent Show":

"I love the recurring 'D.P.I.' bits!" ~ Devo Spice

"I laughed! I cried! I smashed things in anger! I set fire to a bus full of war heroes! What were we talking about?" ~ Tony Goldmark

"This is the best Luke Ski album since the last one. Maybe even the one before that. Some of the best original and parody songs of Luke's career." - Insane Ian

"Destined to be the first comedy album in decades to hit #1 on Billboard! Wait, what?" ~ Tony Goldmark

"[This] new album rules in the most rulingness of ways." ~ Kornflake (The Flopcast)

"The new 'the great Luke Ski' album, "4th Grade Talent Show", is quite possibly his best album yet." ~ Tony Goldmark

"I've always considered my brother to be a creative genius.  This may not be widely held belief by most people and that's a shame. Then again, most people believe that Maroon 5 and the new Transformers movies are great. So really, who cares what most people think? You, fair listener, are one of the lucky ones who can horde this wordy, nerdy maniac and come to love him as I have, not at a distance but out of resistance to the boring, snoring music and media all around. Luke speaks my language, I suspect he speaks yours too. So, buy his damn album already! " ~Michael Sienkowski ("Sleeping In The Aviary", "Eyebeams")

"Legend." ~ a can of Coke Zero 


If you're attending Orlando Nerd Fest or Gen Con Indy, you can pick it up on CD or as a download card at my merch table there.

Thanks everyone, and until next time, welcome to the "4th Grade Talent Show". :)

~ Luke Ski, 8/8/2014
www.thegreatlukeski.com
- "BECAUSE OF BOB", the new song by the great Luke Ski!

In 2012, I did a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so I could acquire new tech that would aid me in making and performing new creative endeavors in art, comedy, and music. One of the donation prizes was that I would write and record a funny song inspired by the donor, and release all of these songs on an album. I participated in FAWM (February Album Writing Month) in 2014 as a means to write and record the 9 remaining songs I owe to those donors and release the album. This song, the first and title track of that album (available now at my Bandcamp page, see next story), is inspired by my largest Kickstarter donor, Bob Mathews aka 'Number 11', whose donation directly led to everything mentioned in the song happening, most importantly, fulfilling my promise to anyone who donated over $1,750 that I would mow their lawn. Bob donated $2,200. So while you likely won't understand much in this song or on the rest of the album, you'll certainly sense the fun and the appreciation I feel for all the folks who donated to my first Kickstarter. Thank you to all of you. Especially Bob.

Download the a free MP3 now at the FuMP! www.thefump.com

Click the following link to see the music video I made for this song full of pics and video of many of the actual events described in the lyrics:www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHwy6R…




- "BECAUSE OF BOB: LUKE SKI'S KICKSTARTER FAWM ALBUM (SONGS I WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE FOR MONEY)"

The previous article already explained what this is, so I'm not going to recap it. You can listen to the 10 song, 27-minute-long EP for free at its Bandcamp page. You can also buy a digital download of it for $4.99, or buy a CD with digital download of it for $5.99 + shipping. Note, I haven't decided yet whether or not I will be reprinting this album as a physical CD. As of me typing these words, there are 7 copies of it remaining on CD for sale at the Bandcamp page. So if you're one of those fans who likes to own physical copies of the CDs by your favorite acts, I'd advise you to purchase it now, since you may not get another chance. The direct link to the album's page is: lukeski.bandcamp.com/album/bec…
Today is my 40th birthday.



NEW FuMP SONG:
"FAKE ADULT"
BY THE GREAT LUKE SKI

Download it for free now at www.thefump.com

Hey everyone! Allow me to officially launch my new Bandcamp page…

LukeSki.bandcamp.com

To celebrate that, I have dropped all my CD & MP3 album prices to $7.99 for single CDs, and $11.99 for 2-CD sets and DVDs! I also marked down the "Bad Rapport" podcast CDs to $5.99 for the '11/'12 2-CD set, or just $2.99 for the 2012 CD! And I have the last 3 of the "Bacon: Shut Up!" t-shirts (Size Large) for $6.99. These are limited time offers, not guaranteed to last past 11:59:59 pm on Monday, December 2nd, so take advantage of this offer while you can!
lukeski.bandcamp.com/merch

Another amazing deal there is The Ultimate Luke Ski CD “Box Set”, which contains one of every piece of physical media I’m currently selling at my live shows, all for $100! I only have ONE these sets left, so if you’d like to snag it for yourself or as a gift for a friend, get it quick.
lukeski.bandcamp.com/merch/the…



Also, the Luke Ski Phase 1 USB Drive is finally for sale via the web. It has 320k MP3 versions all of my main albums, plus bonus tracks (including “When You Wish Upon A Death Star”), plus “Worst Tribute Ever”, all for just $50!
lukeski.bandcamp.com/merch/luk…



And finally, I’ve whipped up a new digital compilation of all my holiday tracks on one MP3 album, “The Fanboy Christmas Collection”! It’s got 6 tracks, 40 minutes of geeky holiday goodness, all for just $4.99! You probably already own all of these tracks, but you can always share the link to the collection with your nerdy friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!
lukeski.bandcamp.com/album/the…

Well, that's everything! Thanks for reading, and enjoy my new Bandcamp page! :D

~ Luke Ski, 12/2/2013

Hey Deviants,

Today I posted my long awaited illustrated music video for my 'Disney buys Star Wars' parody medley song "When You Wish Upon A Death Star"! You can see it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb0Hms…

If you like it, please share it with your friends on Facebook & Twitter (etc.), and please put in a REQUEST for it for "The Dr. Demento Show" at drdemento.com/request , and be sure to include your email address so it counts towards the monthly Top Ten countdown!

You may also want to watch its video predecessor, which was done for a song I made in 2009 when Disney bought Marvel, "Marvel Poppins", which can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzueL0…

Sometime in the near future, I'll post some of the art images from both those videos here on my DeviantArt page. For now, I have to get some other projects done. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the videos! :D

- Luke Ski, 8-22-2013
Okay, so I have now uploaded all of the art files I initially gathered when Kyle got me started on Deviant Art. I think it's a pretty good selection of the art I've done over the past several years. The next phase will involve me going through the hard drive on my home computer and finding more pieces to post, and higher-res/size versions of some images I've already posted to swap out on their pages. The next phase after that will involve going through my external storage drives looking for even more images.

I would also like to buy an 11 x 17 scanner so I can start scanning a lot of physical art pieces I have here at home to post. I tried looking for one online just now, and the most inexpensive one I could find was about $200. Can anyone recommend a good inexpensive 11 x 17 scanner? I don't mind if there's a color printer attached to it, but being a scanner will be its primary function.

Also, I was wondering if I should post the individual cartoon components of larger pieces, like the MarsCon Dementia Track T-shirts. Would posting dozens of those just clutter up my Deviant Art page, or will doing that improve my Deviant Art presence? Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Well, I guess that's it for now. Thanks for reading, everyone. Below I will leave links to the thing I am usually always plugging. Talk to you later,

- Luke Ski

THE GREAT LUKE SKI - comedy music for pop-culture geeks - www.thegreatlukeski.com

THE FUMP .COM - The Funny Music Project, 2 new free comedy song MP3s posted every week - Luke's page: www.thefump.com/artist.php?id=…

ART BY LUKE SKI .COM - See Luke's professional illustration work, caricatures, cartooning, and more - www.artbylukeski.com

LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT - The fortnightly podcast where Luke never shuts up. - badrapport.com

DEMENTIA RADIO - Listen to Luke Ski & Devo Spice record The Funny Music Podcast live Thursday nights at 9pm CST on - www.dementiaradio.org

CIRQUE DU SO WHAT? - Luke, ShoEboX, Devo, & Chris' sketch comedy group - www.cirquedusowhat.net

MARSCON DEMENTIA TRACK - Luke is the chair of the comedy music track at the sci-fi convention MarsCon in the Twin Cities - marscondementia.com

THE DR. DEMENTO SHOW - Still on the air, still the best show ever. Listen anytime at drdemento.com
Sitting in the apartment of TVsKyle (check out his awesome artwork here), I have finally gotten a Deviant Art page started for myself thanks to his encouragement. So far, I've uploaded all the celebrity caricatures whose images I had handy. Later, I will add more caricatures of people from the general public, as well as my cartoon art and other fun stuff. But for now, Kyle and I have other stuff we have to do in the little time I have left here in Burbank. Thanks for checking out my art, I hope you like it. :)

~ Luke Ski,
4/23/2013