Brother Cobweb is a character I created at the age of seven, in a comic book, which I titled “The Brother Cobweb Chronicles.” Brother Cobweb was a response/revolt/private protest to what I considered my own personal horror of being forced to attend a Pentecostal church, along with growing up in a dumbed down and oppressive fundamentalist environment. Continue reading Brother Cobweb: visual concepts by Todd M. Coe
Sneak Preview: This is the second page of our upcoming graphic novel ‘The Brother Cobweb Chronicles.’ We are proud to announce that the First volume will likely be available in print and electronic editions in the Spring 2021. It follows on the success of our first novel ‘Brother Cobweb,’ published by Open Books Press. Continue reading SNEAK PREVIEW : PAGE 2 (OF 6) OF OUR UPCOMING GRAPHIC NOVEL “THE BROTHER COBWEB CHRONICLES”
Brother Cobweb was released by Open Books Press this Easter. The novel revolves around a Midwestern Pentecostal church and family, but it is broader in its criticisms, reaching from the seeds of Mormon abuse out into Catholicism and its wider social structures. Continue reading Interview Novena News : Alfred Eaker, author of ‘Brother Cobweb’: We, the laity, are the Church, not the hierarchy. It needs us prodigals.”
Sneak Preview: We are proud to offer you a glimpse of our upcoming graphic novel ‘The Brother Cobweb Chronicles.’ Here is the first page, for you to start getting a taste of the tone and aesthetics within it. We are glad to announce that the First volume will likely be available in print and electronic editions in the Spring 2021. Continue reading SNEAK PREVIEW : PAGE 1 (OF 6) OF OUR UPCOMING GRAPHIC NOVEL “THE BROTHER COBWEB CHRONICLES”
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 Continue reading BROTHER COBWEB NOVEL NOW PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE (KINDLE AND PRINT)
As with his surreal and mystical paintings, Alfred Eaker’s Brother Cobweb portrays both the beauty and the horrifying distortion in the search for self-identity and purpose, all while having been deeply entangled in the swampy roots of a kitschy, hamburger-helper, “slut-for-Jesus” brand of Pentecostalism. Continue reading Amaya Engleking: Advanced review for “Brother Cobweb”
Terrorists — usually thought of as enemies of a country — can also be found within families who have access to terrorize a helpless child daily… Continue reading Advanced review for our novel, Brother Cobweb (Catherine Swan Reimer Ed.D., Counseling Psychologist, PhD)
His words contain such a direct and brutal message that it’s impossible to remain indifferent; you’ll feel the same raw energy and transforming power as a gaze from any of his painted portraits. Art at its best. Continue reading Mada Jurado, Novena News: advanced review for our novel, Brother Cobweb
Alfred Eaker’s story is a harrowing tale of violence, abuse, lies, and conflict — yet it ends in hope. There is redemption: in art, beauty, friendship, love, and God, where, in the midst of sin and the wreckage of life, the light of grace pours abundantly through the cracks and crevices. Continue reading Early Review for our novel, Brother Cobweb by Jason Pannone
Artists have the uncanny ability to recognize the beauty in challenging and difficult life experiences. This is exactly what Alfred Eaker has done with this novel… Continue reading Early review for our novel “Brother Cobweb,” by Fr. Justin Belitz OFM
Opening with the ranting of a Pentecostal preacher into the mind of seven-year old Calvin Elkan, who in lieu of attention, creates art in a drawing pad as his derrière numbs atop a hard pew. A caricature of near monster features, Brother Cobweb is born, a minister of pseudo-satanic lunacy. Continue reading Early Review for the novel Brother Cobweb by author Cheryl Townsend
A tale of resiliency, reconciliation, and redemption, with plenty of ass-kicking and comeuppance along the way, Brother Cobweb is a powerful account of self-discovery that will resonate with readers long after the final pages . . . Continue reading Early Review for Brother Cobweb by artist/author Michelle Moore
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. Continue reading Keith Banner, EARLY REVIEW FOR BROTHER COBWEB
No easy, happy endings to this well-told, fast-paced story about the role of “God” in freakish human experience. Eaker’s novel draws a complex picture of religion in which the Weird is graphically made flesh… Continue reading JONATHAN MONTALDO. AN Early review for the novel “Brother Cobweb”
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. Continue reading BROTHER COBWEB, The Novel by Alfred Eaker (April 12, 2020 Open Books Press)
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?”
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.
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. Continue reading Behind the scene of “The water scene.”
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. Continue reading “Thunder-sky” documentary
“Jesus and her Gospel of Yes ” is a visual and aural collage of ‘spiritual irreverence’ which conveys a humanist and optimistic message. It is a surreal, complex, modern, psychedelic film retelling the life of Christ as woman and leader of the Gospel of Yes. Her nemesis and leader of NO is the trans-gendered Moses. Continue reading “Jesus and her Gospel of Yes”