Just a fun little update that shows a bit of the behind the scenes action in the lives of the bloggers here at Great Stories. Jim Cannizzaro of “The Front Row View” column here shows his personality for co-workers at the day job. Going with a video store theme for the upcoming Halloween season, Jim is happy to help you pick out a flick from his own personal collection of favorites.
Browsing Jim’s Shockblister DVD selection has me itchin’ for a scare. We’ll be giving you our thoughts on the best scary movies of all time coming up soon. Have a great weekend!
Chris (for the Great Stories team)
It is time for us to give you all a little update on the state of the business side of Great Stories Inc. Back when the blog started, we promised that there was an evolution in store for the company, and with that evolution comes our first forays into the support of independent art, projects, and literature.
In April of this year, Great Stories started to carry the works of Max West, an independent comic artist in the tradition of Charles Schulz. West’s first creator-owned release, Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, is now available at select outlets in America including Great Stories’ retail site (www.great-stories.net). We’ll be investigating Max and his creative world in future blogs, so stay tuned for that! Until then, you can check out his website http://sunnyvillestories.com/twitter/ for continued updates on all that is happening.
In our fiercely competitive creative world, technology is giving the bold and brave the opportunity of a forum to show what they have got. Enter Kickstarter.com.
This month, we looked to Kickstarter for the new and exciting. The conception of this site offers the perfect breeding ground for new ideas. When we began our search into a project to get behind, we were not quite sure what we would end up finding. Much to our pleasant surprise, we came across the brainchild of one Henry Jasper of the UK. Through his self-started games publishing company, Grublin (www.grublin.com), he took a chance and brought to life the soon-to-be-released strategic board game Cornish Smuggler. We were so impressed by his campaign and the potential of his game, that we decided to jump on board. We encourage you to check out the website if you are interested and know that Great Stories will be stocking his game here in the United States. There will be more details on Cornish Smuggler soon to come on the blog!
These works are just the beginning of Great Stories mission to support independent artists. It is our desire to see more talented and creative folks see their dreams realized and for these visions and works to be shared and appreciated.
We would love to hear from you if you know of criminally under the radar projects or artists deserving of more exposure. Thank you for reading as always friends!
Chris (for the Great Stories team)
Checking in again this week to let you all know that we have our very first guest bloggers appearing for Great Stories starting the week of April 29th, and continuing through the week of May 6th. It has always been a goal to have this blog offer up some opinions outside of what the proprietors of Great Stories, Inc have to offer, and we are excited to begin this pursuit featuring two very good friends of ours. Please indulge me for a couple of moments of your time as I give a little preview of who your blog authors will be in the next couple of weeks!
Jim Cannizarro is no stranger to the blog world, and had his own blog dedicated to movies, a major passion of his. His blog was active through 2005 until pursuits both personal and professional took him in other directions, but he was eager to brush off his great writing talents and theatrical insights for us. Born in Philadelphia in 1965, Jim moved to the New England area quite a few years back. His love of movies is so deep that he can recite every Best Picture winner since the inception of the Oscar ceremonies at will! He is also not just a fan of this creative medium, but also a trained actor. Jim had leading roles in community theater productions of The Odd Couple, Flowers for Algernon, and A Christmas Carol to just name a few (and close to twenty productions in all). He is also no stranger to both big and small screen with appearances in a major hollywood movie, A Civil Action, as well as the independent production Romeo and Juliet, and local commercials. We are not sure what his plans are for his blog entry, but we know that it will be an interesting read during the week of April 29th!
Robert Fossey, a fellow Stonehill College graduate of mine and dear friend of over twenty years will be making a guest spot appearance during the week of May 6th. Fiercely loyal to his friends and to the creative works that inspire his imagination, Robert is sure to bring an enthusiasm to whatever topic he chooses. He’s a devotee of George Lucas, Lord of the Rings (for which he even has a credit on imdb.com), and the artwork of Joe “Mad” Madureira. And he is a fine artist in his own right, published in a college magazine, whose work will also be featured by the Great Stories brand in the future. With a mind full of incredible ideas and the talent to put them into action, we at Great Stories have hopes that you will one day find his work available in a commercial capacity in a time not too far away.
Thank you all for welcoming these fine people into the Great Stories family and giving them a chance to inspire you.
See you next week for our May movie previews. Summer blockbusters start here!
Chris (for the Great Stories Team)
Greetings to everyone in the blogging community!
We just wanted to take a brief detour from celebrating the creative aspects of our world to let you know that Great Stories has hit a major developmental milestone as a formally created corporation. We are now officially Great Stories, Inc. It is a very exciting time for our business, and we wanted to share with you all that the small seed of an idea that began in December 2011 has indeed grown into something more in these past fifteen months.
It all began as an e-Bay business, which soon expanded to Amazon. Following the successful launch of a self-operated business retail site in July 2012 (www.shopgreatstories.com), the entity grew social media arms through Facebook, Twitter, and of course this very blog. We have had a very eventful first year, and will continue to seek new venues and marketplaces to grow the Great Stories brand.
As we mentioned in the very first post on our blog, there are great plans ahead. This is only the beginning of a journey that we anticipate will bring many surprises with it. Thank you for being a part of the evolution of a brand new start-up company that shares your passions of creativity and adventure.
Our next blog will cover a very cool graphic novel series that we hope you may add to your reading list. Look for it to appear here in the next few days!
Chris (on behalf of the Great Stories team)
Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the story of a start-up business that began officially in July 2012 with the launch of our website (www.great-stories.net). Great Stories is taking to the blogging community with a mission. That mission is to spread the good news that creativity and imagination is alive and well within us all. While the family business has a foundation in retail, we have much broader goals than just being some ordinary place of commerce….not to say that what we sell is not interesting. Far from it, since our store features some rare and hard to find treasures for collectors and kids of all ages!
No, Great Stories is far more than that in the minds of its creators and proprietors. It will be far more than that in a future time that remains to be seen. And the beginnings of that vision will unfold within this very blog. It is our hope that you stick around, bookmark this site and come visit us time to time so you can see for yourself the metamorphosis that Great Stories takes on over time. We will do our best to make this blog an interesting place for collectors and fans of all of the things we love so dearly to discuss, contemplate, and immerse ourselves in.
We don’t want to say too much about what the future has in store for Great Stories and our friends from all over, but we are excited to take this journey with you and see where it leads. So, here is to a wonderful 2013 for everyone out there. We hope that you have a year that matches the dreams we have for Great Stories. Love, honor, and courage be your companions as we write new chapters of life together!
We’ll see you on the blog soon,
Chris (for the entire Great Stories team)