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Sunday, September 24th, 2017


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So… looks like a certain little lady is going to have a…

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

So… looks like a certain little lady is going to have a lead role in a production alongside people like Sean Friggin’ Astin and Darren Friggin’ Criss.

I’m speaking, of course, of this little lady:

…though I understand some other people I’m also a fan of will be taking part as well. Can’t wait!

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OMG guys. It’s totally gonna happen. 😍

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

OMG guys. It’s totally gonna happen. 😍

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017





Back The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye Now

They have legit cast a dog as the mayor. Introducing the beautiful Diane.

Oh and Darren Criss is there too

Back now

Can I just say I love how someone was like, “Why don’t you have Diane be mayor?” And they’re just like, “Oh, okay!” Like they are so awesome holy crap back this project please please please


I’m getting pretty emotional over this, but this really touched my heart. Yes this is kinda silly and doesn’t seem like a big deal, but doing this means they are listening to us and changing Wayward Guide a little from their original idea so that their fans enjoy it more.

Not only does that mean that this project is for the fans to enjoy and not for profit or publicity, but this means that they will listen to us should we bring up more serious concerns later. If we have a problem, we now know they will listen and respond to us, not ignore us as so many have done before. 

Thank you Tin Can Brothers. This fun and silly little addition to your production has meant the world to me as a fan. You dorks are amazing and thoughtful people who care about your fans and it truly shows. So thank you, I can’t wait to see Wayward Guide.

I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to be a fan in a Tiny Fandom™️. I’ve gone from mostly being a fan of biggish things to mostly being a fan of smallish things, where “smallish things” means things put together by people who are scraping together whatever resources they can and who definitely don’t have The Very Big Entertainment Corporation of America paying their bills. For those creators it’s a labor of love, a dream. So they sacrifice and make it happen. And especially when they use crowdfunding to do it there’s more of a feedback loop between creator and fan.

When (let’s say just for argument) a humongous mega-budget fantasy epic that has become a tentpole property for the biggest cable network makes some choices in adapting their source material that some fans find problematic, that discussion exists in the fandom, and informs my relationship to the creation. But it’s not like you can see any significant exchange going on between fandom and creator around that. Because the creators are a huge, highly professionalized juggernaut, and they’re going to protect their product and their bottom line, and yeah, the creation is still amazing, and when there are occasional sly winks or meta-commentary within the show, or maybe even a slow, ponderous change of course by the ocean liner to address some of those concerns, I dig that. But it’s just – the asymmetry between an individual fan and the creators is so great that I feel like my humanity gets lost. I’m part of an army so vast, and the decision makers are so distant, that it doesn’t feel like their decisions could ever reflect an awareness of me or my concerns.

Being part of a Tiny Fandom is different. There’s still an asymmetry to the relationship. It’s still in some sense an illusion of participation. But it’s a much truer version of the illusion than Big Fandom offers.

That didn’t used to matter to me as much. But it does now.

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The pledges per day graph at Kicktraq’s page for The Wayward…

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The pledges per day graph at Kicktraq’s page for The Wayward Guide is pretty interesting. When I’ve followed kickstarters like this before there’s usually a big burst at the beginning as the campaign activates its fandom, then a long lull in the middle where things look grim, then a push at the end to (hopefully) get across the line.

The Tin Can Bros. have overcome that mid-campaign slump, though. I don’t know how much is left in the tank, but at least at this point it looks like they have a real chance. Cool.

Anyway: The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye on Kickstarter

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the-wayward-guide: DIANE HAS BEEN ANOUNCED AS THE MAYOR!!!! Oh and I guess Darren Criss is in this…

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


DIANE HAS BEEN ANOUNCED AS THE MAYOR!!!! Oh and I guess Darren Criss is in this too…

Darren Criss fans: Go forth and make this happen! There’s $37K to go and 10 days to get there.

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This could actually happen.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

This could actually happen.

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jaynaneeya: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party is…

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party is packed with brilliant performances by incredibly talented actors. As of today, ten of them have been announced as cast members in Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye, if it’s funded. So if you want to see a bunch of awesome Poe Party people in another project together, please consider pledging.

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The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


Hey ya’ll! I’ve come back from the dead to tell ya’ll that you should pledge to the Tin Can Brothers new kickstarter! It is about a headstrong podcast host named Artemis and her twin brother Paul going to the small mining town of Connor Creek thinking it is just a usual fluff piece when really the small town has a dark and surprising secret: Werewolves! It is going to be 10 episodes long and will have an accompanying podcast, but it is only going to become that if they reach their goal of $100,000! Tin Can Brothers is a comedy sketch group featuring Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, and Corey Lubowich, if you guys didn’t know! A good deal of the Poe Party cast are part of it too: Mary Kate Wiles(Artemis), Sinead Persuad, Clayton Snyder, and a few more (I’m sure) when they are revealed are going to be in it! It will be SO COOL if this project happened, and even if you can’t give money I encourage you to share this around and get it more traction!

Here’s the teaser scene to give you an idea. Somehow I’d missed it until now.

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The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye:


******** VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ ************

So … I think this is the first original post I’ve written in four whole years of having this Tumblr, but I legitimately can’t think of a better reason to break my internet silence! For those of you who have been living under a rock/have an actual life outside of social media, the Tin Can Brothers (Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal) are currently in the midst of Kickstarting their latest project: a 10 episode webseries/podcast called ‘The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye’! This project is sure to be incredible and you can find out more specific details by following the link below!! 

The Tin Can Brothers are the same guys behind the smash-hit musical: ‘Spies Are Forever’, which has amassed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube (if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s pretty dang good, and you can watch it here:! 

This year, they also released their first ever short film, ‘Flopstoppers’ (again, you can watch it for free here: 

On top of Kickstarter campaigning, they’re currently uploading weekly episodes of their hilarious one-act play, ‘The Solve-It Squad Returns’. You can watch the first six scenes here: and/or you can purchase the show in its entirety (along with Behind the Scenes content) here:

Marketing aside, these guys are wholeheartedly committed to producing consistent, quality content that their fans can access easily and cheaply. Their work is witty, original and extremely engaging! Additionally, their projects always include badass female characters with distinctive personalities and independent motivations, who are allowed to be vulnerable AS WELL AS strong; just like real human beings! As a long-term fan of the TCB, I’m 100% positive that ‘Wayward Guide’ will live up to these standards!

However, at the rate that the Kickstarter is moving, ‘Wayward Guide’ is NOT currently projected to be fully funded by its final day (24/09). If it doesn’t reach its $100,000 goal, it ain’t happening! No cards will be charged, no rewards will be given out, and it’ll be like the whole concept never existed! But YOU can change that! By donating just $1 (approx 70p for my fellow Brits), you’ll be helping this project come to life! If you donate $5 (approx £3.80) you’ll not only play a key part in the creation of ‘Wayward Guide’ but you’ll also receive exclusive updates on its progress, right up until its release; all for the price of a Starbucks! There are additional rewards available at increasing price tiers, so the more you donate, the more you will receive! At the moment, the Kickstarter needs to be making around $4000 per day in order to reach its goal! It’s a lot of money, but I’m confident we can do it! As Tescos say – Every little helps!

And if this hasn’t got you convinced, here’s a list of the people who we currently know to be involved in the project, and some things you may know them from! (Additional cast members are constantly being announced as various Kickstarter goals are met, so this list is by no means definitive):

– Benji Dell is Director of Photography! 

If you’ve watched ‘Flopstoppers’ or the ‘Spies Are Forever’ Kickstarter video, he was also DP for both of those! His work is BEAUTIFUL and based on what I’ve seen of him in the ‘Flopstoppers’ BTS featurette, he seems like a really chill guy!

– Chuck Criss is Composing! 

He’s in the band ‘Computer Games’, along with his brother, Darren, who you mayyyy have heard of before! He’s also in indie rock band ‘Freelance Whales’. His musical style is EXTREMELY cool, and if you watch the Kickstarter vid for this project, you can hear some of his tunes first-hand!

– Corey, Brian and Joey! 

In addition to writing and producing ‘Wayward Guide’, the Tin Can Brothers are taking an even more active role! Corey is also going to be directing the project, whilst Brian and Joey will both be acting in it!

– Mary Kate Wiles! 

You may know her as Tatiana from the TCB’s previous project, ‘Spies are Forever’, or from her prolific work with fellow internet comedy group, ‘Shipwrecked Comedy’! (’Kissing in the Rain’, ‘Poe Party’ and the upcoming ‘Case of the Gilded Lily’) She also appeared as Lydia Bennet in Pemberley Digital’s Emmy Award winning webseries ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’, and has enjoyed starring roles in the short film ‘I Ship It’, and in the webseries ‘Muzzled the Musical’ amongst many others! (Basically she’s done almost everything there is to do and I’d be here all day listing her credentials!) She also has a YouTube channel:, which you should definitely check out because she’s great and posts weekly! She’ll be taking a lead role in this project as podcast host, Artemis Schue-Horyn, and I for one, can’t wait!

– Steve Zaragoza!

Steve was an original member of the popular YouTube channels,‘SourceFed’ and ‘SourceFedNerd’, which have amassed over 2 million subscribers in total! He’s also starred as Iggy DeLacey in Pemberley Digital’s ‘Frankenstein, M.D’ and has recently appeared in some Disney Channel and Disney XD shows. He’s a new addition to the TCB universe, and is sure to be wonderful! 

– Dylan Saunders!

You’re sure to know Dylan from his work with Team StarKid! He’s appeared in the ‘Very Potter’ trilogy, ‘Starship’, ‘Holy Musical B@man’ and, most recently, ‘Twisted’! I think we can all agree that he has one of the best voices on the planet, and he’s also one of the most laid-back and friendly guys I’ve ever had the privilege to meet! I’m so excited to see him working with these guys again!

– Joanna Sotomura!

Another Pemberley Digital star, Joanna appeared as the title character, Emma Woodhouse, in the series ‘Emma Approved’! She’s also a new addition to the TCB world, and I can’t wait to see more of her!

– Jon Cozart!

Yep, that’s right – ‘Paint’ himself is going to be involved in this project! Jon is probably best known as the creator of ‘Harry Potter in 99 Seconds’, a.k.a one of my FAVOURITE videos of all time! He’s amazing and extremely creative and you should definitely subscribe to his YouTube channel here:

– Nick Lang!

One of the founding faces of Team StarKid, Nick has been involved in some way in pretty much every creation of theirs to date! Also, he once taught my Dad a magic trick, which my Dad has never managed to accurately recreate. Further proof that Nick is the best!

– Clayton Snyder!

You’ll probably remember Clayton from his wonderfully intense portrayal of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in Shipwrecked Comedy’s ‘Poe Party’ (as members of Shipwrecked have said, he was basically in his own movie). Also, he’s Ethan Craft from ‘Lizzie McGuire’ so that’s pretty dang cool!

– Sinead Persaud!

A founding member of Shipwrecked Comedy, Sinead has co-written, produced and starred in every single one of their projects to date! Last year, she appeared as sassy ghost, Lenore, in ‘Poe Party’, which was a perfect role for her! In this, she’ll be appearing as a ‘Macabre Mortician/Taxidermist’, which is an EVEN MORE PERFECT role for her! 

– Titus Makin Jr!

Titus has done a looottttttt of TV work over the years, (like seriously, so much!) but you’ll probably remember him best as David the Warbler from ‘Glee’! He’s also got a budding music career going, so he’s very talented! Another TCB newbie!

– Tara Perry!

Perhaps you’ll remember Tara from when she coughed a lot and was reallllly into trees on Shipwrecked Comedy’s ‘Poe Party’. If not, she also played boss lady, Vivian DeMarco, in the Tin Can Brothers’ short film ‘Flopstoppers’! I’m also pretty sure that I saw her once in an art gallery in Glasgow, but was 100% too scared to approach her, so who knows?

– Gabe Greenspan!

If you’ve been keeping up with the Tin Can Brothers recently, then you’ll for sure know Gabe from their most recent show, ‘The Solve-It Squad Returns’! He plays a complete a*sehole called Keith, but somehow manages to still make him loveable! Also, he’ll be appearing in Shipwrecked Comedy’s upcoming ‘The Case of the Gilded Lily’, so keep your eye out for that!

 – Ashley Clements!

Ashley is probably best known for her titular role as Lizzie Bennet in Pemberley Digital’s, ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’. Other webseries she’s appeared in include ‘Poe Party’ and ‘Muzzled the Musical’ (as a well-dressed villain both times)! Most recently, you might have seen her in the Tin Can Brothers’ ‘The Solve-It Squad Returns’ where she acted opposite Gabe Greenspan. She’ll be doing that again and it’s sure to be hilarious!

– Corey Dorris

You’ll probably best remember Corey as Big Tallywacker in ‘MAMD’, Yaxley in ‘AVPS’, Kingsley Shacklebolt in ‘AVPSY’ and the Grandpa in ‘The Trail to Oregon’! When I saw the show in New York, his character was called ‘Ol’ Man River’, which is, in my opinion, the BEST NAME HE COULD EVER HAVE HAD! He’s also Juilliard trained which is prettttyyy cool!

– Sean Persaud

Another founding member of Shipwrecked Comedy, Sean has also co-written, produced and starred in each of their projects, along with his sister, Sinead. He played the titular role of Edgar Allan Poe in ‘Poe Party’ last year, where he exhibited his uncanny ability for deadpan hilarity! He’ll be playing a ‘Desperate Pastor’ in this project and I can’t wait! 


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The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye on KickstarterSome…

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye on Kickstarter

Some familiar faces showing up in this town. 🙂

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The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye:






ICYMI the Tin Can Brothers have a new project on Kickstarter that looks absolutely awesome and you should totally check it out and pledge if you can! Obviously they had me at “Tin Can Brothers project starring Mary Kate Wiles”, but every cast reveal is somehow making me more stoked. This needs to happen!

We need some serious sharing support from y’all to make this series happen. I promise there is some really awesome stuff planned and those of us involved in it are so stoked about it. Keep sharing, and even if you can only give $5, every little bit helps!!

TL;DR – Support independent productions! We need more original content in the world! I did, and you should, too.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty disillusioned/bored/frustrated with a lot of popular entertainment mediums right now. Especially movies. I feel like so much of what’s being mass-produced doesn’t have any heart; it’s just out for the cash grab. There’s not a great value placed on narrative, on plain good storytelling and character development, on substance. 

If Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is going to be anything like the other productions I’ve seen from @tincanbros and their associates (many of whom are cast or otherwise involved in this project), it will be an original, refreshing, subversive take on familiar tropes. It’ll also be smartly-written, well-acted, and hilarious. 

It’ll just be quality. And the world needs more quality storytelling, more original content…. more well-done sh*t in general. 

I think this project can do all of that. So, support these creative people as they do what they love! I did, and you should, too. 

^YES! THIS! I know I’ve been kind of obnoxiously obsessed with certain independent webseries lately, but THIS IS EXACTLY WHY. Thanks to the internet, there are a whole bunch of talented creators making their own quality content, not to make money, but because they have awesome stories to tell, that they then make available to everyone who has an internet connection for free. The problem is, money is kind of necessary to make the quality content in the first place.

I know not everybody has a lot of cash to spare on independent projects. I know $100,000 probably sounds like an overwhelming amount of money. But the Tin Can Brothers have over 20,000 subscribers on YouTube, which means that if every subscriber gave just $5, they’d exceed their goal. FIVE DOLLARS. That’s less than it costs to go to a movie, and you’re getting a 10-episode series AND a podcast out of it. I don’t want to tell you what to do, but please at least consider pledging.

Make this happen! If you’ve never seen a Tin Can Brothers production before, go to their YouTube channel right now and watch some. The work speaks for itself! Let’s give independent productions the support they deserve – because remember, in the end, they are the ones who do the hard work to create the stories we end up loving and watching again and again. So even if you can only afford $5, pledge it and share away. You’ve got nothing (except $5) to lose and everything (mystery, werewolves, intrigue, plot twists, werewolves, quirky townies, spooky stuff, werewolves, adventure, action, WEREWOLVES) to gain!

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Monday, September 4th, 2017


Words cannot express how excited I am for this. As much as I adored Lenore,  s̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶b̶a̶b̶l̶y̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶f̶a̶v̶o̶u̶r̶i̶t̶e̶ ̶P̶o̶e̶ ̶P̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶a̶c̶t̶e̶r̶ I’ve been absolutely dying to see Sinead in another role where she gets to be creepy and hilarious so this is the best news I’ve heard since… Well, only since Wayward Guide was announced because that was pretty great news in the first place. This is going to be so freaking amazing I’ll probably watch the whole thing three dozen times.

If you haven’t already you should definitely back it. Like, now.

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