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Hello and welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Today our special guest is Chris Williams, editor of the web series The Variants.
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“We’ve done as much as we can out of pocket,” said series co-creator and writer Ken Lowery in a press release. “But to move forward and give this show the production values it needs, we’re going to need a little help.” Lowery and his crew are offering numerous rewards for contributing to the site, including DVDs, T-shirts, artwork and even a walk-on role during season three. If they raise more than the $8,000 they’re asking for, they plan to expand the number of episodes for the season.
The Kickstarter page also notes the addition of two new cast members, Curt Franklin and Chris Haley, of Let’s Be Friends Again fame. The duo appeared in the last episode of season two as a wealthy investor and his attorney looking to expand Zeus into a national franchise.
The Variants, the humorous web video series set at Zeus Comics in Dallas, wrapped up its second season this week. The episode features the cast dealing with a potential investor and his attorney. “Can the Zeus employees handle their scrutiny, or will they throw each other under the idiot
bus in pursuit of vacation days and dental?” The episode also features appearances by Curt Franklin and Chris Haley of the webcomic Let’s Be Friends Again.
The episode wraps up a season that featured some fun moments, like the D&D episode and the guest appearance by Mark Waid. According to Zeus Comics’ Richard Neal, a third season is in the works for late summer/early fall. “There will be a couple of bigger cast and character announcements closer to the launch of the new season,” he said.
The latest episode of The Variants, the humorous web series set at Zeus Comics in Dallas, features the yearly visit of Richard’s brother Will. Will has a secret he’s been keeping from his brother–he’s actually comics writer Mark Waid. And who better to play him than the actual Mark Waid? The Daredevil and Irredeemable writer shows off his acting chops not only in the store, but also in a flashback sequence that shows the two brothers playing with action figures at a young age. I can’t wait to see the episode that introduces their sister …
The second season of The Variants, the humorous web series set at Zeus Comics in Dallas, kicks off today. It picks up with what the employees have been doing since the store was seized by the IRS at the end of last season.
“Oh the places our crew will go to make a buck,” said Chris Williams of Zeus Comics. “Our story continues after the shop closes, the crew have to make their own way in the world — to varying degrees of success. Keli’s peddling comics to little girls, Richard manning a bath house, and Barry waiting tables at ‘The Vertical Smile.’ I know, it’s hammy for sure!”
The first season of The Variants will be released on DVD later this month.
On Sunday, award-winning Dallas retailer Zeus Comics and the web series The Variants present a free performance by comic-book nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock at Alexandre’s Bar (4026 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas). The 8 p.m. show, which also features MC Router, will double as a shoot for an episode of The Variants, the geek-centric comedy series set at Zeus Comics. Check out the press release after the break for more details.
He’s already widely known as an illustrator, a writer and a sharp dresser, but now Ben Templesmith adds “actor” to the list with a guest-starring role in a two-part episode of The Variants, the online comedy series set at Zeus Comics in Dallas. Duck has he wields a katana! Nod as he recounts the world’s worst break-up! Marvel as he makes with the Mary Poppins impersonation!