Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009

Holiday Blessings

December 21, 2009

Adrienne designed this Holiday e-card for our family.

Christian Aldo and I began building the spaceship for our new episode of Ten Dollar Tales on Friday afternoon.

After we finished the frame, we worked on my ventriloquism act, which made its public debut later that evening at the WA issue #4 launch party. You can download a PDF of the whole issue here.

The new issue has a 2 page article I wrote about collecting vintage fast food and cereal box toys, with photos of select pieces from my collection.

Here’s the performance from Friday evening. It’s a hit!

Barry Pickles and Alexander McCready

December 18, 2009

I’m debuting my ventriloquism act at Studio Gallery tonight!

Come out, grab a new issue of the WA, and meet Barry!

Ride the Wave

December 16, 2009

Today is the 5 year anniversary of me being interviewed for VICE. I was hired later that night at a party at the Chelsea Room that Pablo Mozo was DJing. Gee whiz! Time flies.

I had an hour-long interview at Much Music yesterday that I think went really well, but I won’t find out if I’m hired until the new year. It’s an 8-month contract for creating and managing blog content for which sounds like my kind of thing to do.

I met up with Jesse Harris, Michelle Williams, Jon Schouten and Patrick McGuire at an Olympics promotion sponsored by Petro Canada at Yonge and Dundas Square this morning, hosted by Olympic figure skater Kurt Browning.

They even had my name (mis-spelled) on a sign to show me where to register!

There were 500 people there to do “the wave” in the bleachers for some Wave-Across-Canada-to-support-the-Olympics sort of thing. I think there were simultaneous events across the country.

I got a free Petro Canada hat! Jon says I look like I work at a gas station now.

Last night Darryl Mahoney and I re-watched Crumb. The first time I saw it was at Shawn Duguay’s house in Windsor in 1996, and some of what Robert Crumb said about his creative process has always stuck with me, so I decided to post it on youtube today.

Darryl’s got an all-access backstage pass to see Cannibal Corpse tonight. Metal Blade put out a 3-disc dvd documentary about them last year called Centuries of Torment that is AMAZING. I’ve shown it to 8 different people, none of whom are metal fans, and they all agreed it’s a great, watchable documentary. It’s funny, Cannibal Corpse don’t seem “crazy” at all. Just guys who are life-long friends with families, who are really into heavy metal and horror movies.

December 10, 2009

Christian Aldo and I are making a movie! A 22-minute sci-fi adventure tale, to be screened at the beginning of February. Huge spaceships! I know we can do it, because he and his brother Marshall have made 25 episodes of Ten Dollar Tales in the past 5 years. By episode I don’t mean “5 minute webisode”. These are all 22 minutes long, made-for-tv episodes! These guys don’t fuck around, they mean business! That is one thing I like about them.

Matt Gallagher has been shooting an online series about Christian for the NFB.

I few weeks ago he was showing Darryl and I his Super Wonder Force action figures and some sculptures from his new series Erecticon: The Erotic Architecture of Christian Aldo. The buildings are each selling for $10,000.

I threw a movie night on Sept 13th in the backyard of 159 Manning, showing TV Carnage and The WIll of Frankenstein, starring Christian Aldo and John Doherty.

Hybrid Moments

December 9, 2009

I picked up some old copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland last week from 1978-79. It covers many of my favorite things like action figures, sci-fi, special effects, horror, and cartoons!

I recorded an acoustic version of Hybrid Moments by the Misfits in tribute to Famous Monsters.

Tim McCready – Hybrid Moments