Saturday, November 3, 2012

Introducing: Evil Supply Company

Hello readers, today I have a rather special post to offer you. This post focuses on the up-and-coming spook-tacular project Evil Supply Company, which is of interest to all of us who enjoy a little bit of (silly) villany once in a while. To get the story behind Evil Supply Company, I talked to its creator and lead ghoul, Atticus Q. Redghost (or, as you may know him in the Tumblr sphere, evilsoutherngentleman.)

Mr. Ghost

Evil Supply Company is run by Atticus Q. Redghost (I assume the "Q" stands for something appropriate like "quixotical" or such, but I dared not ask) who, in his own words "dabble[s] in all four divisions of Evil Supply (mad science, the sea, dark arts, undead), but [is] a more crafted constructor of mechanical beings than [he is] in magic, so much of [his] time is spent in the mad science labs." The company, though founded in 1879 via time machine, though its official opening date was Halloween this year. Why the spooky date? Mr. Redghost tells me that it "is the appropriate time. One must be familiar with time travel to understand what I mean by 'appropriate'... it's a matter of equations... and math... and other such... things." Personally, I used that as personal chastisement for never doing well in mathematics courses, so I'll leave the equations and math to Mr. Redghost and focus on the interview instead.

Mr. Redghost, a self-proclaimed professional villain, claims that the inspiration for Evil Supply Company came while he "saw a hero beating up a helpless evil do-er as a child as if the poor bastard was doing something wrong. [He] vowed then and there to stop 'Good' at all cost, and aid [his] brothers and sisters in doing the same." How will Evil Supply Company help? By selling all the necessary supplies of evil, of course! Mr. Redghost has promised everything from death rays and giant robots to minions and henchmen to trap kits and layout plans for secret lairs. No more ridiculous bumbling fools to accidentally free the hero while you are giving your evil monologue, no sir!

But...in the mean time, while waiting for the US government to allow importing evil minions by the crate-full, Evil Supply Company has some other offerings to us. Mr. Redghost explains that it will sell "mostly small and medium things", such as the little ghosty badge he launched a few weeks ago, and a stationary designs in the works. (He confides that "physical mail may be dead, but [he has] necromancers on [his] payroll, [and he his] not overly worried.") Other future offerings may include posters, holiday or birthday cards, "infernally-inspired shirts," pocket business cards, and icon packs for web designers/developers. "In general," Mr. Redghost says, "the items sold will be small trinkets and artifacts that help bring a sense of wonder, magic and delight into one's life." The most expensive of the future planned items will top up at a mere 25USD or so.

Since I'm aware that my readers may have particular concerns as to the products, I inquired if they were "cruelty free." After a short, maniacal laugh, Mr. Redghost informs me that he does "try not to muck up things in the environment as possible." Vegan items might be in the cards as well, especially if what you're buying is...you know...cards... anyway. International shipping is on the table, but Mr. Redghost cannot deny the fact that the evil overlords of postal shipping (not our kind of evil, friends) make the prices for that extremely high. Mr. Redghost apologizes for that inconvenience.

I also inquired about the future of Evil Supply Company, asking about what we can expect. Mr. Redghost refers to this first year as having a mission to "build, grow an audience, survive in the public eye." (An aside: if the one year anniversary of Evil Supply Company, come 2013, is not called "doomsday" I will be a very sad spookster.) However, Mr. Redghost is very clear in his distaste towards the idea of becoming a "cheap-value market" to buy "quirky doo-dads." While I'm a fan of quirky doo-dads, I can understand the reputation of evil, not just quirky, he's trying to build here.

Of course, the question for all inquisitive evil-doers is, Does our input matter? Or, how can we get involved? Luckily for us, Mr. Redghost is most willing to accept input. He even calls it "crucial." After testing to see if this was a rouse, I found myself pleasantly accepting that Mr. Redghost does, in fact, care (Don't tell anyone I told you this, it might ruin his reputation amongst the ghouls.) To get involved, Mr. Redghost suggests that we simply enjoy what he creates and show it to others with similar tastes. You'll note the existence of this blog post, for example. "Responding to things I've written or sketched out is simply fantastic," says Mr. Redghost, "as it allows me to gauge what people get excited about, where I should put pressure and where I should hold off." If your ego wasn't sufficiently stroked already, Mr. Redghost says that his audience "is a significant portion of why [he's] doing these things." D'aw, shucks.

Have I piqued your interest? The blog at evilsupplyco.tumblr.com is where you can find the most up-to-date information about the project and where you (yes, you!) can give your input about what you'd like to see and what you think. Currently available to purchase is the aforementioned badge here, described as Mister Ghost's significantly fancy Undead Appreciation Badge of exquisite taste. I can't wait to get my hands on one.

I'd like to thank Mr. Redghost once again for speaking with me and introducing the project and encourage all of my readers to give it a good look! Personally I can't wait for Paypal to stop being a pain (it does not like that my billing address and shipping address are in two different countries, not one bit!) so that I can purchase a wee ghosty pin and support the company.

Now, go forth, and be spooky! Or villainous! Or, better yet, EVIL!

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