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meet gluck plus a name change

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

First, let me introduce Gluck, the newest member of the GingerDead and Friends cast.  I’ve been toying around with concepts for a couple of weeks and finally fell in love with this guy, perpetual bleeding head wound and all.  Undead, yet dapper, I suspect Gluck will be fun to write for.

I wanted to name him Splinter as I was dying to use that word as a name until I found out there was a Teenage Mutant Ninja character by that name…a rat, I believe.  I came up with the word ‘gluck’ imagining the sort of sound that might escape a reanimated corpse’s mouth.  After tossing around a few other ideas, I realized that I was already referring to him as Gluck in my head so that decided it.

Speaking of names, I have an important announcement to make.  leNoir is bored with people mispronouncing her name so she’s changing it to reflect her feeling on the matter.  As of now, leNoir’s name is officially Ennui.  Hope you guys can respect her wishes and adapt to her new name.

I know you got used to leNoir, but honestly how often do I even use their names in the writing?  Hardly ever.  I really felt like since people can pronounce Renoir it wasn’t a stretch to say leNoir.  I also thought combining the French words for the (le) and dark (noir) was pretty clever but alas, if even a quarter of my readers are pronouncing it lenore, it bugs me. And if I take this comic beyond the internet, it may get confusing.  There is already a comic character named Lenore in the same genre by the talented and ridiculously sexy Dirge, so I had to make an executive decision and give Ennui a name that is completely unique, still French and happens to be one of the means of death in Edward Gorey‘s the Gashlycrumb Tinies (one of my favorite artist/writers).  Besides all that, it’s a name very sentimental to me for the years I’ve spent as a fashion designer in Second Life under the name kaia Ennui.

That’s all I have to say on that.  Now for something really cool…

On Saturday night, I went to a fun local dive to check out a band called Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz which based on the ad conjured images of psychobilly and alternative burlesque.  The show delivered and then some.  The band was awesome putting on a great show in their own right but add the Voodoo Dollz dancers and wow.

The girls did a sort of tongue in cheek style burlesque show in pin-up and cabaret costumes which changed for each number.  They performed practically every other song with a perfomance relative to the song’s lyrics and mood.  There were mock knife threats, voodoo marshmallow roasting and twirling pasties.  So. Much. Fun.  Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls are on tour now throughout the US and then into Europe I believe, so keep check out the dates and check them out if they are coming to your area.  I’d even drive an hour or so to see them.  It was that good. Here’s some links…

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz Official Site

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz MySpace

And some photos…

Photographed by the incredible Jesse Louttit:
Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls

photographed by Leigh Armstrong – (read Leigh’s TBT Sound Check blog for more photos and a review of the St. Pete show):

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz

I think I forgot to mention I put up an Easter-oriented card on etsy using an old Easter comic.

GingerDead Chocolate Bunny Easter Card

Also, I have a Mother’s Day one complete, just need to format it for printing and put it up.  I’ll surely have that done by next week’s update.

Have a great week and please give Gluck some welcoming love through your mad haiku’n skillz!

<3 calan

18 Responses to “meet gluck plus a name change”

  1. How do you do Gluck? Says:

    pleased to meet you gluck
    how did you get that head wound?
    welcome to the world.

  2. Chimera Dragonfang Says:

    ‘Gluck’ (though with an umlaut over the ‘u’) also means ‘luck’ in German.

  3. Seraphine Says:

    renaming a child
    is considered bad juju
    ennui’s black heart beats backwards

  4. calan Says:

    Chimera – welcome! i didn’t know that, thanks! i guess it’s a matter of perspective whether being undead is lucky or not. when i researched the word – didn’t want to have to change it later 😛 – i found there is a famous poet and a composer with Gluck as a surname. that seemed kind of appropriate, particularly the name being associated with poetry in some regard. mostly i was just relieved no one else was using it for a comic character.

    Seraphine – love love love that last line. beautiful!

  5. justme Says:

    call her what you will,
    leNoir or anything else–
    ennui fills my soul

  6. calan Says:

    justme *hugs you* thanks 🙂

  7. Cady Says:

    I feel all happy on the inside that I WAS PRONOUNCING ENNUI’S FORMER NAME RIGHT ALL ALONG. w00t.

    Yet sad, since she was such a perfect leNoir. Ah well.

    I am now in love with Gluck . . . he is the most perfect comic character ever next to . . . well, everyone else in this comic. LOL.

  8. coolioness Says:

    …LeNior. Oops.


    Dear Gluck,

    Though Gingerdead is
    Saddened by your arrival,
    Vendetta is NOT.

    Love coolio.

  9. Kyle Says:

    Glück (German) can also mean happiness. I lived in Lesotho, a country in Africa. Families who had lost a child would sometimes give the next born a name that would make them seem less desirable to whatever spirits happened to be responsible for taking children. I knew someone named Dog (Ntja), a few people named Death (Lefu), and one lucky girl named Murder (Polao). They were all quite healthy. This might explain Gluck’s nasty head wound.

  10. Seraphine Says:

    en’newy, right?
    because i’ll die if i pronounce it wrong
    and have to marry gluck.

  11. calan Says:

    Cady – thanks!

    Coolio – a haiku prediction, very coolio of you. 😛

    Kyle – That’s so interesting. thanks so much for posting. i love learning about different cultures. it’s odd, sure, but it makes sense too based on their beliefs and the motivating factor is to protect their children. i should jot down those names for future characters. 😉

    seraphine – ah, i should have realized some might not be familiar with the word! thanks. it’s pronounced on-wee. it means boredom but in a sort of overwhelming sad way. i chose it when i joined second life because it seemed to perfectly describe why i would be joining in the first place. real life was the pits at the time.

  12. Gabe Says:

    the bones are still bones
    by any other handle
    and still taste as sweet

  13. lovehound Says:

    gluck in the parlor
    a tiny brown spider spied
    later that night died.

  14. calan Says:

    welcome lovehound, my twittery friend. i’m going to cut and paste your lovely haiku into the game of clue comic on the very next page. thanks!

  15. Amy Pritchett Says:

    ack! i’m sorry, calan! i’ll make sure to post future gluckus on the correct page…sorry for the extra work!

  16. calan Says:

    amy, don’t be silly! no work at all 🙂

  17. Chance Abattoir Says:

    I like Gluck 🙂

    He looks a little like a methed-out potato crisp.

  18. calan Says:

    Chance – I freaking love that description! Thanks for the Lulz 😀

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