BEN RISPIN

It’s been awhile since I updated this blog! Here’s one I stumbled upon that I forgot I had written for my friend, director Davin Black. Knowing I’m a huge comic book fan, Davin tasked me with writing something Kevin Smith appropriate. My first jotted down idea went something to the effect “Kevin gets sucked into a movie camera that transports him to a “Yellow Submarine” type universe that floats him through view askew icons & North American cities ending up Toronto - re: The Beatles Yellow Submarine & Monty Python cartoons”. The animators did a great job in my humble opinion. This was for an event called “Kevin Smith - Live from behind”. I never did get to see it.

Another fun little factoid is the music playing is a Saint Alvia demo called “Whiskey Business”. A different version ended up on Saint Alvia’s album “Static Psalms”. B

benrispin:

Hey! Thanks for reading “Story Of My Lie”. This is the second chapter titled “Then don’t pass the Conch”. That gag comes from a term we’d use when partying late night and is a reference to “The Lord Of The Flies”. Sometimes, when under the influence, people tend to think that everyone wants to hear their life’s story in great detail. When someone talked for too long we’d say “Pass The Conch” meaning - Let someone else speak. This whole metaphor described the challenge for me writing chapter two. The first drafts got very self indulgent and went deep into my high school roots. This would only be interesting for so long. So instead of boring folks I decided to trim the fat as they say and get out what needed to be said. AND YES - IT IS INSTRUMENTAL THAT I SHARED THE CARE BEAR STUFF. I wanted to show that punk rock found me at a time when I didn’t even know how what masturbating was. 

   A story needs set up, but too much is a drag. I have A LOT of stories and characters I want to get to and if I need to visit my childhood more to explain things in the future, well theres no one stopping me. The next chapter will start to get into my bands like the VIdeo Dead and Saint Alvia and that’s where it gets really interesting. Anyway, again, thanks for reading. b

Hey! Thanks for reading “Story Of My Lie”. This is the second chapter titled “Then don’t pass the Conch”. That gag comes from a term we’d use when partying late night and is a reference to “The Lord Of The Flies”. Sometimes, when under the influence, people tend to think that everyone wants to hear their life’s story in great detail. When someone talked for too long we’d say “Pass The Conch” meaning - Let someone else speak. This whole metaphor described the challenge for me writing chapter two. The first drafts got very self indulgent and went deep into my high school roots. This would only be interesting for so long. So instead of boring folks I decided to trim the fat as they say and get out what needed to be said. AND YES - IT IS INSTRUMENTAL THAT I SHARED THE CARE BEAR STUFF. I wanted to show that punk rock found me at a time when I didn’t even know how what masturbating was. 

   A story needs set up, but too much is a drag. I have A LOT of stories and characters I want to get to and if I need to visit my childhood more to explain things in the future, well theres no one stopping me. The next chapter will start to get into my bands like the VIdeo Dead and Saint Alvia and that’s where it gets really interesting. Anyway, again, thanks for reading. b

benrispin:

Welcome to a personal little project I’m working on called “Story Of My Lie”. It’s a semi autobiographical comic strip that I’m referring to as a “Graphic Blogel”. I started working on this project 2 years ago but lost all of my progress when my old computer died.It took me awhile to get motivated to start from scratch but here I am and I feel it’s better than ever. The purpose of this exercise is to work on my story boarding, illustrations and give me an avenue for open and honest self examination. If anything, I’ll find it therapeutic but I hope people enjoy reading it. I had a lot of fun making this first segment. Obviously, this whole project is heavily influenced by the late great Harvey Pekar ( American Splendor, Music Critic). I love his work and think he’s one of the great modern contemporaries. He really took comics to a new level. Before Hollywood he saw how powerful this means of  story telling really is and he got a lot of flack for it. So, I figured in the vein of Mr.Pekar, “Fuck It”. Music has allowed me the opportunity to meet some interesting people and has provided some surreal experiences. I hope your interested in hearing these stories and meeting some of these characters. Yours, Ben 

I had so much fun making one of these comic style interviews for my friend Hooch of The Matadors that when I had the opportunity to do one with Mr Chi Pig of SNFU I jumped all over the opportunity. Hope you enjoy it! P.S. I know I’m no “Strombo” but a kid needs hobbies! Yours, Ben 

Here’s an Illustrated interview I did with HoocH Parkins of the legendary Matadors to help a show I’m promoting for them. I hope you enjoy! 

Here’s another Live-Off-The-Floor video I produced and directed for the Great Ballroom Babies. I love the GoPro mounts on the guitars and have recently used this shot in a new video I directed. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s a video we recently shot for the kind people at Exclaim. It’s a song called “Not Our World” from
Saint Alvia’s “Static Psalms” album.

Here is an illustration I did of Luke Bentham of The Dirty Nil to promote a DJ night I host at Casbah Lounge in Hamilton every Tuesday called “Locals Only”.

Here is an illustration I did of Luke Bentham of The Dirty Nil to promote a DJ night I host at Casbah Lounge in Hamilton every Tuesday called “Locals Only”.