BROTHER COBWEB NOVEL NOW PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE (KINDLE AND PRINT)

Now Published and available (Kindle and print) Through Open Books Press, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles etc : Brother Cobweb by Alfred Eaker and illustrations by Todd M. Coe

All Calvin Elkan has ever wanted to do is escape his mother and her Pentecostal church, the Lighthouse. Calvin is eternally at odds with the brutal abuses and ignorance of his upbringing in a right-wing evangelical sect in Ohio. Under the guidance of his great-grandfather, he turns to art and music to escape his mother’s blows and the grip of the Lighthouse. He spins the dark world around him into a satirical comic called The Brother Cobweb Chronicles. After high school, Calvin moves out and enrolls in art school, finally free of his oppressive childhood home.
But after a brush with death, Calvin realizes escape isn’t enough.
Through his artwork and a newfound sense of spirituality, Calvin works through the emotional trauma and distances himself from his past only to uncover yet another ugly secret from the Lighthouse—a secret that makes him question everything.
Brother Cobweb is a coming-of-age saga with a misfit, paradoxical artist at its center. Alfred Eaker’s debut novel seeks to change perspectives through innovative language, dark humor, and marginalized subculture. A surreal and provocative odyssey, it is sure to strike a nerve as it exposes the abuses and hypocrisy of an all-too-familiar Midwestern evangelical church.

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Early Review for Brother Cobweb by Keith Banner (Author: “The Life I Lead,” “The Smallest People Alive”)

Alfred Eaker’s Brother Cobweb is a great example of a whole-hearted Bildungsroman – a novel that finds humor and a little horror in the coming-of-age story of Calvin, an artist living in an evangelical universe that constantly enthralls and disgusts him.  Eaker writes about Calvin’s journey with up-close panache, and a sort of Pop Art irony fused with newfound faith.  By the end of Brother Cobweb, you have insight not only into what it means to be free of a religion you don’t need, but also what it feels like to find an actual spirituality that can carry you through.

 

Keith Banner is the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices and Thunder-Sky, Inc., two non-profit arts organizations in Cincinnati.  He is a social worker for people with developmental disabilities full-time and has taught creative writing part-time at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) for over 20 years.  He has published three works of fiction, The Life I Lead, a novel (Knopf, 1999), The Smallest People Alive (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2004), a book of short stories, and Next to Nothing (Lethe Press, 2014), his second collection of stories.  He has published numerous short stories and essays in magazines and journals, including American Folk Art Messenger, Other Voices, Washington Square, Kenyon Review, and Third Coast.  He received an O. Henry prize for his short story, “The Smallest People Alive,” and an Ohio Arts Council individual artist fellowship for fiction.  The Smallest People Alive was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher’s WeeklyNext to Nothingwas nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in 2015.

 

*This is Todd M. Coe’s early, unused cover art for the novel

BROTHER COBWEB, The Novel by Alfred Eaker (April 12, 2020 Open Books Press)

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Brother Cobweb

Alfred Eaker

All Calvin Elkan has ever wanted to do is escape his mother and her Pentecostal church, the Lighthouse. Calvin is eternally at odds with the brutal abuses and ignorance of his upbringing in a right-wing evangelical sect in Ohio. Under the guidance of his great-grandfather, he turns to art and music to escape his mother’s blows and the grip of the Lighthouse. He spins the dark world around him into a satirical comic called The Brother Cobweb Chronicles. After high school, Calvin moves out and enrolls in art school, finally free of his oppressive childhood home.

But after a brush with death, Calvin realizes escape isn’t enough.

Through his artwork and a newfound sense of spirituality, Calvin works through the emotional trauma and distances himself from his past only to uncover yet another ugly secret from the Lighthouse—a secret that makes him question everything.

Brother Cobweb is a coming-of-age saga with a misfit, paradoxical artist at its center. Alfred Eaker’s debut novel seeks to change perspectives through innovative language, dark humor, and marginalized subculture. A surreal and provocative odyssey, it is sure to strike a nerve as it exposes the abuses and hypocrisy of an all-too-familiar Midwestern evangelical church.

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    • Publication Date: April 12, 2020
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About the Author

Alfred Eaker, author

Alfred Eaker has been obsessively working on his first novel, Brother Cobweb, for the last five years and, off and on, for a quarter of a century. Additionally, his first eighteen years were spent in a ho-de-ho, backwoods, sawdust on the floor, wooden pews Pentecostal Church in the Midwest. In other words, Eaker’s been working toward this novel his whole damned life.

In his career as an artist, Eaker’s work has been paradoxically labeled as degenerate, orthodox, heterodox, modernist, mystical theology, provocative, academic, and blasphemous. Indeed, blasphemy is a language that Eaker seems to speak fluently, even when he doesn’t mean to, and he’s been doing it through painting, performance art, independent film, and film criticism for three decades.

Oh, and he has a few degrees in theology and art.

Our Short film: “Hallows Dance” (2008)

This was our short film for the 2008 48 HR film festival.I supplied the narrative (co-scripted by myself, J. Ross Eaker, and Terry Dellinger). It is based of the tragic, true story of my assistant manager (having taken place in the early 90s).

James Mannan and Robin Panet co-directed. I co-acted with Jason Hignite.

Our Short Film: “9” (2009)

This was made for the 2009 48 Hr film contest. It was written by myself, using the poerty of John M. Bennett. I co-directed with Robin Panet and co-acted with frequent collaborator James Mannan.

After the premiere, one of the judges took me aside and said: “I dig your film and really wanted you guys to win, but you just broke too many rules.”

We did indeed.

LA LONTANANZA NOSTLAGICA UTOPICA FUTURA (short film)

http://www.theindependentcritic.com/la_lontananza_nostalgica_utopica_futura

THE FILM IS ALSO TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING (WITH STATEMENT) @

http://366weirdmovies.com/la-lontananza-nostalgica-utopica-futura-2014/

IMDB LISTING

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4258080/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_2  James Mannan as Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.James Mannan as V. Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.

LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 8Alfred Eaker as Gauguin (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.LA LONTANANZA SHOOTLA LONTANANZA SHOOT 2Alfred Eaker as Gauguin2 (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futuraJames Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.

Rogue Cinema’s review for our film: La Lontananza nostalgica utopica futura.

http://www.roguecinema.com/la-lontananza-nostalgica-utopica-2014-by-brian-morton.html

Co-directed by James Mannan and Alfred Eaker.

Written by Alfred Eaker

Starring James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh and Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin.

Edited by J. Ross Eaker

Makeup: Jen Ring

Camera: J.Ross Eaker

Produced by Eaker Productions, LLC and Liberty or Death Productions, LLC

Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura II James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura Alfred Eaker as Gauguin2 (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Gauguin (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as V. Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as VG in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.LA LONTANANZA SHOOTLA LONTANANZA SHOOT 1LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 2LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 3LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 4LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 7LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 8James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura (human misery)

BEHIND THE SCENE OF THE WATER SCENE

The following are behind the (green) scene shots of an upcoming short film: The Water Scene. Written by Wendy Collin Sorin, Alfred Eaker, and John M. Bennett.

Co-directed by J.Ross Eaker and Alfred Eaker

Art direction: Todd M. Coe

Starring: James Mannan & Alfred Eaker

©2014 Eaker Productions, LLC

WATER SCENE WATER SCENE A DUET BETWEEN ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND J. ROSS EAKER (things that make you go 'hmmm') WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND J.ROSS EAKER WATER SCENE Alfred Eaker and J.Ross Eaker hmmm2 WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES D. MANNAN WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN (filming) WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN (frequent collaborators) WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER JAMES MANNAN DUET WATER SCENE DIALOGUING ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE II WATER SCENE III WATER SCENE IV WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER AT WORK WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER CO-DIRECTING WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN (filming) WATER SCENE JAMES D. MANNAN WATER SCENE JAMES D. MANNAN AND ALFRED EAKER (waxing John M. Bennett) WATER SCENE JAMES MANNAN (IN PINK) WATER SCENE James Mannan and Alfred Eaker (pink & blue) WATER SCENE prophecy James Mannan and Alfred Eaker WATER SCENE V Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler WATER SCENE VI J. ROSS EAKER, JAMES MANNAN, AND ALFRED EAKER WATER SCENE X J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XI JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XIII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XIV JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XV J. ROSS EAKER AND ALFRED EAKER WATER SCENE XVII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XX

BEHIND THE SCENE PHOTOS OF DAVID ROSS’ PRODUCTION “UNREQUITED”

More behind-the scene photos of David Ross’ film: “Unrequited.” The plot, so to speak (and if one is really required) has something to do with BlueMahler’s descent in Wonderland. As for the unrequited part-let us say it has something to do with a pretty girl named Alice (Jessica Froelich).  Photography by James Mannan (who also appears in the film),  and J. Ross Eaker

DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler in a broken wonderland DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler. Yuk DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED J. Ross Eaker filming Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED, Alfred Eaker (as BlueMahler) with broken egg DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED, Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler, with David Ross DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Director and egg DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Ross directing Alfred Eaker as BlueMahlerUNREQUITED SHOOT 2UNREQUITED SHOOT 5UNREQUITED SHOOT JAMES MANNANUNREQUITED SHOOT 1UNREQUITED SHOOT 3UNREQUITED SHOOT 4