In 2015 I developed and launched an award winning mobile application for iPhone and Android called MyLapse. The concept combined photography and time lapses in a way that gave the user a way to see how time effected them as an individual. The collection of singular images captured through a daily reminder system resulted in a looping gif/video we called a MyLapse.
Some practical applications included tracking of healthy lifestyle and diet changes, seeing the growth of a child, beard growth, dental progression, as well as collages with friends and family during events & celebrations.
After 11 years of off and on doodling around a character, I finally put a product out staring my dreamt up hero, Marvin Stench… or as some know him… Booger Boy.
I wrote the story, illustrated the pictures, and then figured I should try to self publish also since I figured out how to do all the other steps without any previous experience. So far, so good! Marvin Stench is available in the shop and on Amazon.com, & also locally in Chicago. I’m looking to deploy the Stench into Detroit in 2019. Keep an eye on Books By Zeppwhich is where I’ll be publishing more kids books in the future. Rumor has it that the next one might be about a rare hippo who plays a mystical flute, that puts people to sleep when they are anxious and need rest… he’s a weird one, and his name is “The Napapotamus.”
My stories will always combine humor and thought provoking messages about self love that kids and adults can both digest enjoyably.
In 2014 I had a personal experience with a homeless man that motivated me to solve a problem for a group of individuals that are often forgotten. I saw a guy every day in the same spot but always avoided eye contact until one day I changed my routine. Carl was hungry, but had no food, and when I shared my food with him he asked me where I was going later in the day. It was haircut day. I invited him to join me at the barbershop and I’d pay for his hair cut, but he declined because he felt they would not allow him inside. This shook me enough to do something about it. I knew right when this happened what the event would be. I merged the ideas of of family style meals with free hair cuts in a once a year community celebration that gives away free clothes & wellness information for the homeless. This is now a non-profit organization working out of Chicago, IL.
This one was short lived, but I made a news site that only featured good news. Unfortunately, it became a challenge to provide daily content. Maybe later when the world cleans up a bit I’ll reopen this project.