promo video

Satan Ninja Promos Commentary Part 2: The Revenge

If you haven’t read it yet, click here to read Part One of my commentary on the making of our live-action SN8X promo videos. That part covered pre-production, now this’ll cover the rest.

Once again, I’ll be sprinkling this post with promo shots taken during the production, like this one:

Jessica Safron & Adam Dravian
Photo by Michael Cook.

There's also a behind the scenes video at the very end of this post.


Satan Ninja Promos Commentary Part 1: Pre-Production

Promo Still: The whole cast of the promo: Me, Izzy, Matt, Jessica, & Gregg.

In the fall of 2015, we gathered with some friends and made the raddest promo videos to ever promote an '80s-themed comic about a nerd turned satanic ninja. If you've somehow missed our video gifts to the world, you can watch them here.

So how did we manage to pull off such a totally radical feat? Great question. In fact, I'm making this blog post to tell you exactly that. In order to keep this from being mega-massive, I'll break it into two parts, with this part covering the pre-production.

I'll also be peppering this with pictures taken during the production, so if you don't give a fuck how the promos were made, you can just scroll down and enjoy the eye candy.


Promo Videos, Death T-Shirt, & Awesome Comics Podcast

Our super-awesome mock '80s commercials for Satan Ninja 198X have been chopped up into separate videos, so if you haven't seen them yet (or you want to watch 'em again, and who could blame you), you can check 'em out here:

Ever wish you could wear a Satan Ninja 198X t-shirt? Well, you can't (yet), but you can wear a shirt featuring some of Jessica's badass art. Check out this shirt she recently designed for Maddox:

Shredding Death T-shirt

You can purchase the shirt in a whole bunch of colors (in standard men's style, or in women's V-neck) through his online store.

Also, Jessica and I got a cool surprise this week when we learned that Satan Ninja 198X was featured on the latest episode of The Awesome Comics Podcast. So go check it out to hear some British chaps talk a bit about our comic (if you're short on time, they start talking about us at the 0:22:29 mark, and it gets brought up again just after an hour into it). We've been approached by several different podcasts at conventions who said they wanted to interview us or feature our comic on their podcast, but none of them ever followed through, so it was awesome to finally get to hear strangers talk about us.


Satan Ninja 198X Live-Action Promo

After a few sleepless days of editing, the live-action Satan Ninja 198X promo is finally done—and it's rad as hell! Check it out and see for yourself:

It's the closest you can get to seeing a live-action Satan Ninja 198X movie—for now.

There's no way this would have turned out nearly as kick-ass if it weren't for so many of our super-talented friends who helped us out with this. We're especially grateful to Mike Cook for the sweet lighting, the use of his studio, his filmmaking advice, his ultra-sweet tunes, and his amazing photography; Izabella VanRyn for doing an incredible job with the makeup; and Jay Barron of Evil Duck Workshop for making the Satan Ninja belt, and for turning a Power Glove into the most badass prop of all: the Shinobi Fist of Hellpower! Also thanks to Nightcrawler, BATTLEDAMAGE, and Greggory Samsa for lending some super bitchin' tunes.

My next blog post will go into some of the behind the scenes details of the promo and I'll share some more of the awesome set pictures Michael Cook took, like the one of the "Satan Ninja" below. But right now I'm completely exhausted and need to get some sleep.

One final thing: if you dig this video, please share it and help us spread the word about our radical comic. It'd really mean a lot to Jessica and me.

Live-Action Satan Ninja 198X Promo set photo

Tagged as

A little preview of what's to come.

The image you see above is a screenshot taken from one of the secret projects we've been working on: a live action Satan Ninja 198X promo. We've been shooting it over the course of the last few weeks and just shot the final scenes for it earlier today. It'll be a series of cheesy '80s-inspired commercials for our comic starring Jessica and I (and some of our awesome friends) in various roles.

We figured this would be a way more interesting way to use our "advertising budget" than to do something more typical like take out add space or whatever. You'll be hearing more about (and watching!) the promo soon, but for now, here's a couple more screenshots:

Jessica as Veronica Dancing Satan Ninja Promo

Veronica & Punks Satan Ninja Promo

Coke Guy & Veronica Satan Ninja Promo