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.

    • Our Price: $18.99 + $3 S+H for one or more copies in continental US. Contact us for school and book club discounts.
    • Print ISBN: 978-1-941799-74-1
    • eBook ISBN: 978-1-941799-75-8
    • 310 pgs – 6 in. x 9 in. matte paperback
    • 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.

THE WILD AND ZANY WORLD OF TODD M. COE

Todd M. Coe is one of those secret finds that is all too tempting to keep secret.

Todd’s animated shorts evoke the decade of the 1970’s, which  he is hopelessly in love with.  Drive-in commercials, exploitation, cheesy horror, 70’s adult  posters, variety show television specials, low budget spaghetti westerns, robots, the rock group Kiss, Aaron Spelling cop shows, feathered hair, plaid bell bottoms, and, of course animation are all manna from pop culture heaven for him.

From Todd on Carl the Mountain: “This is my friend, Carl… and he’s a mountain. He’s really cool too! But he’s got a slight problem that annoys him.
Anyways, since the eBook market is growing and I’m an illustrator/animator, why not embrace this new technology and have fun with it?”

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Todd could undoubtedly add a few thousand items from that decade to the list, such as one of his favorites (and the delightfully of it’s period) Paul Lynde Halloween Special ,with Donnie and Marie Osmond, Mrs. Brady, Witchie Poo and Billy Barty all trading groan worthy barbs with the inimitable and much missed Mr. Lynde. Todd discussed this perennial favorite in a series of emails and his enthusiasm was admittedly infectious.

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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

“THUNDERSKY” DOCUMENTARY NOW FOR SALE ON DVD AND STREAMING

OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM THUNDER-SKY is finally out.

DVDs are for sale here…

https://www.createspace.com/400375

and can be streamed on a computer, phone, tablet, or smart TV at…

https://gum.co/czFmn

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THUNDERSKY BELOW, INCLUDING TRAILER:

Alfred Eaker and J Ross Eaker of Eaker Productions have produced and directed a documentary about Raymond Thunder-Sky. The film, now making the rounds with film festival review boards, documents Raymond’s life and influence through interviews with Cincinnati artists, co-workers, construction workers, and fans who knew him. The cumulative effect of the film is a portrait not just of Raymond as a man or artist, but as a cultural and spiritual figure who through the persistence of his art-making and brave exploration of his own aesthetic universe, and through the persistence of those his life touched, became a touchstone for what it means to be creative and alive.

http://www.theindependentcritic.com/thunder_sky