Thursday, September 16, 2010
TWO MAJOR SUBGENIUS EVENTS IN OCTOBER: NYC DEVIVAL Oct. 9 and MAYBE LOGIC ACADEMY'S 6-WEEK ONLINE SUBGENIUS CLASS - starts OCT. 25
One requires you to go to New York City; the other lets you download hundreds of hours of audio, video and graphics while ensconced at home.
You are more likely to pick up an attractive stranger at the NYC event. Therefore, we urge you to do BOTH.
The powerful Go F--- Yourself Clench of NYC is bringing top SubGenius preachers and bands, and Dobbs only knows what else, to the fabulous Wonderland in Astoria, to entertain you to within an inch of your life. Preachers include Rev. Ivan Stang, Rev. Susie the Floozie, Rev. Bleepo Abernathy, Priestess Pisces, Pope David Black, and Sinphaltimus Exmortis. Music will be by Rev. Phat Man Dee, The Duke of Uke, Fat Free, DJ2B, and Lon DuQuette. It's like an X-Day Drill -- only indoors! "HARD CORE SLACK IN THE GREATEST METROPOLITAN HELLHOLE KNOWN TO MAN! SEE IT before it gets BLOWN OFF THE MAP!" -- Rev. Back It On Up, Hostess
This blasphemous, alcohol-soaked SubGenius event is practically within spitting distance of the sacred "Ground Zero"!
Directions and many more details are on the subgenius.com Events Page:
(There you can also learn about the Nov. 13 Devival in Detroit and an event in Little Rock, Nov. 20… also, links to photo and video reports on the recent DEVOtional and other Cleveland events, 13X-Day Drill and Starwood 30.)
Updates to everything can always be found at the relatively new OFFICIAL SUBGENIUS FACEBOOK PAGE
New Improved SubGenius Online Course at Maybe Logic Academy - starts Oct. 25, Bigger Than Ever
This online course offers two very different and distinct parts, running simultaneously for 6 weeks.
CULT CREATION AND MANAGEMENT is the interactive, participatory part, with several live chatrooms sessions each week. Students who want to create their own cults --- either funny or serious, or both -- work with Rev. Stang and each other to develop their ideas and bring them to life in the form of websites, publications, etc., just as The Church of the SubGenius did in its early days. By the end of the 6 weeks, industrious students will have developed their own proto-cult, ready for the market.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS is a truly huge stash of downloadable multimedia, including practically everything created by The SubGenius Foundation and friends besides the three main SubGenius books that are still in print.
It includes a book's worth of brand new text, a DVD's worth of MP3 audio, another DVD's worth of AVI videos, and yet a third DVD's worth of graphics -- most of it available ONLY through this course.
This course has been running annually since 2006, and in that time Rev. Stang has scanned practically every page of every important Church publication (for instance, all of the STARK FIST OF REMOVAL zines), the most revealing letters from Church artists, writers and even celebrity weirdos, color versions of art pieces and comics previously seen only in B&W if at all, every newspaper or magazine article about the Church, every interview, all the way down to the yellow pads on which the Church doctrine was first outlined in 1977.
The audio on the MP3 files includes all of the SubGenius Media Barrage tapes, all of the BobSong music albums, all of the edited SubG convention, devival and X-Day Drill reports, early phone conversations between Stang and Drummond and other very early collaborators on the project, actual documentary recordings of the various insane people and kooks who have attempted to hijack the Church, dozens of the best Hour of Slack radio shows (and other SubG shows, like Puzzling Evidence and Susie the Floozie's) from each year, going back to 1985, and many sermons from live Church stage shows. It totals literally hundreds of hours of sound, representing 30 years of SubGenius media editing.
The videos, in DivX avi and/or mpeg1 format, comprise another 20 or more hours of multimedia: TV news show segments about the Church, animated and live SubGenius shorts, documentaries about the various X-Day Drills and devivals going back to 1980, music videos, interviews with SubGeniuses, even "anti-SubGenius" shows.
Each year, Stang has added more and more detail to the text history, so that it is now the equivalent of an entire new nonfiction book. As you might imagine, the real-life events that occur with a global group of weirdos and freaks like The Church of the SubGenius involve many stories that seem almost too bizarre to be real, as do many of the real characters that have become involved with the Church in one way or another during the last 3 decades. You'll get Stang's autobiographical accounts of everything from the very first beginnings of the SubGenius concept to the worst and most insane crackpots that it has attracted.
The multimedia stashes will be available throughout the 6 week duration of the course, as it would probably take almost that long just to download it all. For the price of the course, each student has access to materials that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars to procure one at a time, as well as priceless materials that are available no other way.
The strange, inspiring and sometimes frightening anecdotes that Stang presents will prompt all manner of questions and observations about the nature of religion and philosophy, and these will be addressed in the frequent live chat discussions.
At the end of the course, the student will not only have a diploma, but his or her own brand-new self-invented cult and a complete multimedia library of practically everything worthwhile created in the name of "Bob" -- thousands of pages of text and graphics, and thousands of hours of audio and video.
SUBGENIUS MINISTER'S EYES ONLY
NOT FOR PINKS
There is a secret Internet forum for True SubGenii on Google Groups, called ScrubGenius.
For decades -- since 1986 in fact -- alt.slack on Usenet was the main SubGenius forum. Unfortunately, because it was unmoderated, it acted also as a kind of "kook flypaper," and in recent years it gradually began to draw so many -- er, how to put this? Our formerly great newsgroup is now is about 75% what we might call unbelievers, Pink Boys, the Differently Saned, unfunny but overactive Bobbies, obsessive spurned fanboys, occultist ninnies who claim they're Dobbs or God, racist psychos and other "Bob"less paranoid PinKooks.
Our friend Rev. Tater Gumfries started a new Members Only forum on Google Groups. Any SubGenius can join, but anybody can be thrown out too. So, for the finest in kookery and kook-bashing, by all means see good old alt.slack. But for the unsullied SubGenius news, gossip and interaction, try:
You will have to join Google Groups -- most people probably already have -- which costs nothing, and you will then apply to join ScrubGenius. Give your "human name" -- the one you first ordered your Membership under -- and the latest Church Name and/or Internet Handle you are known by. One of the moderators (I, Stang am one) will get back to you and grant you access.
If you give this secret out to the UnSaved, you will be struck down by the REAL Stark Fist of Removal. That will happen anyway sooner or later, but don't risk making it happen sooner. "Bob's" Wrath -- you don't even want to know. He doesn't get a wrath-on very often, but it's awful to behold.
THE HOUR OF SLACK on Several New Stations
The show has been picked up by new stations in North Carolina, Connecticut, Texas, and several Internet stations. The complete list is here:
Almost all of the 1,280 episodes of the show are available for free download! The rich can subscribe and have CDs mailed to them biweekly:
There's some new SubGenius & DEVO related video at my YouTube channel, which leads to many other, more active SubGenius channels:
Another huge collection of SubGenius videos:
SLAKCHAN -- New Sick Art and Photo Forum:
NOT FOR KIDS
YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THE MIRACLE "BOB" TOAST MAKER!
This fellow's toasters will miraculously burn an image of Jesus (or a hemp leaf, or peace sign) on bread… help make the next one a Dobbshead-burner! Scroll down to the survey. "Bob" is already ahead of Moses and Our Lady of Guadalupe, and swiftly gaining on Sarah Palin and Jerry Garcia! (Muhammad remains in the lead.)
Let There Be Slack.
See you sinners on the Saucers,
Rev. Ivan Stang