shipwreckedcomedy: Some recent BTS photos from our Instagram,…

Saturday, September 17th, 2016


Some recent BTS photos from our Instagram, all taken by our set photographer Christopher Higgins.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party now on Shipwrecked Comedy!

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Raven photos by Colleen Gara: “Winter Raven”, “Ruffled Raven”,…

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Raven photos by Colleen Gara: “Winter Raven”, “Ruffled Raven”, and “Raven in Snow”.

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madness-and-gods: Ravens in the snow by Colleen Gara in Banff…

Monday, April 25th, 2016


Ravens in the snow by Colleen Gara in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Sometimes when you have a problem, all you can do is put your heads together and figure it out.

Go Poe Party! You guys can do this!

[Photo info: This image, titled “Raven Love”, received honorable mention in the amateur category of the 2016 Audubon photography awards. Photographer Colleen Gara wrote, “Besides being known for their intelligence, ravens are thought to mate for life. When I spotted this pair one morning, I tried to stay as still as possible. I wanted them to act naturally. Soon they began to preen each other. It was amazing to feel that these birds were comfortable in my presence. I zoomed in, and got this intimate shot.”]

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lurkinghistoric: icarus-doodles: Because I saw…

Sunday, March 27th, 2016



Because I saw @lurkinghistoric say they wanted raven!Max with a cowlick… and I wondered why I hadn’t actually drawn that before??? ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE.

OH OH OH! This is adorable and irresistible. He is SO MUCH Max and SO MUCH a raven: the body language is wonderful. Thank you!

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goat-soap: Ravens and coffee pattern for mazz!!

Friday, March 25th, 2016


Ravens and coffee pattern for mazz!!

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As @shipwreckedcomedy‘s Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner…

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

As @shipwreckedcomedy‘s Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party enters pre-production, I wanted to do my part to make sure the most crucial creative decision (ravens/no ravens) is decided correctly. The correct answer, obviously, is ravens, all the way.

Fortunately, the greater Los Angeles area has a large number of professional actors who also happen to be ravens. Today I was approached by this pair, who, hearing of my (admittedly tenuous) connection to the show (”guys,” I kept saying, “I’m just a Kickstarter backer”), insisted I record this audition tape and forward it to the appropriate parties.

So here you go. You’ll note that they:

  • work well together
  • can perform complex blocking with no rehearsal
  • do their own stunts

They’re currently involved in another production, but anticipate being free by the time Poe Party begins shooting.

Head shots available on request.

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venomad: Differences between CROWS and RAVENS

Saturday, March 12th, 2016


Differences between 

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sylvia-morris-reblogs: sylvia-morris: a single raven waits…

Saturday, February 13th, 2016



a single raven waits impatiently.

a light flickers on, then off.

Shipwrecked Comedy are making a new webseries! Edgar Allen Poe is hosting a Murder Mystery Party to win over Annabelle Lee! If that’s the sort of thing you want to see, check out their Kickstarter here.

I may have only realised after I was too far in that household electricity is a little anachronistic. But given that Hemingway and Christie are coming to the party, I think I get a pass.

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Too often when people are illustrating ravens they actually show…

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Too often when people are illustrating ravens they actually show crows. Which I understand; crow models are a lot easier to come by, and to the untrained eye they’re pretty much the same.

But to the eye of love there’s a difference. And these are full-on ravens.

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Just How Smart Are Ravens? – Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Just How Smart Are Ravens? – Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted):

I read this article a few years ago (and also read Heinrich’s book, The Mind of the Raven). Cool information on what ravens are and aren’t capable of doing, and what it might mean about how they think.

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the-absolute-funniest-posts: wunderscheisse: In recent years,…

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013



In recent years, biologists have recognized that birds engage in play. Juvenile Common Ravens are among the most playful of bird species. They have been observed to slide down snowbanks, apparently purely for fun. They even engage in games with other species, such as playing catch-me-if-you-can with wolves, otters and dogs.[77] Common Ravens are known for spectacular aerobatic displays, such as flying in loops or interlocking talons with each other in flight.[78][79]

They are also one of only a few wild animals who make their own toys. They have been observed breaking off twigs to play with socially.[80]

this is so precious omg

Oh, sorry. I missed this when it was first posted.

But yes, all this information sounds credible to me. Ravens are known to be among the smartest of birds. They can make and use (simple) tools, exhibit complex social behaviors, and (if I’m remembering correctly) have demonstrated a certain amount of basic numeracy. And yeah: they play. I’ve seen the sort of aerial displays described in the post, and that rolling-down-the-snowy-windshield thing sure looks like they’re playing.

A cynic might try to explain it as a type of preening behavior, like bathing or sunning. But I think they’re playing.

I like all birds, and try to appreciate them for how they really are without anthropomorphizing. But ravens are kind of adorable.

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strixvaria: Thick-Billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris).  A…

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


Thick-Billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris). 

A Corvid from the Horn of Africa, shares with the Common Raven the distinction of being the largest in the Corvid family, and indeed the largest of the most diverse bird order, the passerines.  The Thick-billed Raven is omnivorous, feeding on grubs, beetle larvae from animal dung, carrion, scraps of meat and human food. It has been seen taking standing wheat. When seeking food from dung, it has been seen using a distinct scything movement to scatter the dung and extract the grubs.

You want ravens? I’ll give you ravens.

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