NRG Energy company does a lot for charity each year involving media and celebrity personalities. This year I was honored to be invited to compete for a charity of my choice. I hate seeing the innocent suffer, so I chose to donate to children’s hospital of Philadelphia. #CHOP received $500.00 on my behalf from NRG.
Since the NFL draft was in Philadelphia, this was the perfect way to kick it off. On April 27th, we took part in what they dubbed the #NRGMEDIACOMBINE. The Combine for the NFL is a series of tests for the players to see how well they rank in certain things like strength, agility, and speed.
There were four events, and former Philadelphia Eagles player Fred Barnett was there to coach us through each. First up we did a standing high jump, where we had to leap as high as we could to hit plastic flags to mark our position. It was all measured according to height so it was fair if 5’8″ me went up against a 6’3″ person.
Next we moved on to the agility ladder. It was a rope ladder where you had to step in each rung and then out again with both feet, moving laterally and as fast as possible. I came in second place for this one, but couldn’t top the speed of the champ.
Then came the horizontal standing jump. My first leap was a mere 5’9″ across, but we all got three tries. Each time I got better with my best being 6’11”. The winner was over 9 feet, so I didn’t come close, but it was still fun.
Finally, we did a football toss into a net about fifteen yards away. I scored 1 out of five tosses with 3 of my other throws rebounding right off the outer ring of the circle. Of ten competitors only 4 of us actually got the ball in the net.
Each of us played hard for good causes, and I hope to do it again some time. Check out some of the pictures taken by Hugh E. Dillon of http://www.phillychitchat.com of the event.
As always, we are extremely busy with multiple projects, so here is a quick update.
Our fourth graphic novel has officially started production. We are hard at work gathering artists, storyboarding and putting finishing tweaks on some of the dialogue for “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.” If you are or know anyone who is an artist that may be interested in working on some great ghost stories, please contact us immediately. Slots are filling up quickly, but there are still vacancies. This is great exposure for any dedicated artist, or for an artist who is looking to do something unique and awesome. – firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also working on the next novel in the Flesh and Leftovers series entitled “Devil’s Dessert.” This time, Gordon Lightcap and his team are up against an ancient war between heaven and hell. The angels and demons have chosen Earth as their battleground, so while an apocalypse is upon humanity, the balance of order and chaos teeters on the free will of the people. Will earth give in to the darkness or the light?
In the works, but still waiting for copyright finalities is the first story in the “M.U.T.S. Files.” This will be a free release online that will involve origin stories of the members of our favorite covert op team MUTS. Artist Kelly Swann will be the first to illustrate a few scenes from the story to make it appealing to the eye as well. Again, if you are an artist or know anyone interested in a project like this, let me know.
Finally, in the early stages of negotiation is a crossover event between sCrypt Comics and Earthbound comics. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the wheels are in motion, and both sides have expressed interest. More news on this to come.
On a charitable note, sales were decent for the month of November, so I am writing a check this week for a third of the profits from sales for last month. This check will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund.
As always, I am trying to get my stories into hollywood and many other outlets so that someone will pick them up, or at least fund us for larger projects. The world of sCrypt comics as well as my novels has no limits, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed, and if you know a connection of sorts, please send them our way.
You, the fans, are the best that there is, so keep supporting us! Thank you again,
Rick Pipito (sCrypt Comics co-founder)