J. Eric Sandoval

THE BIRTH OF A REPUBLIC

For the better part of four years, Mrs S and I had been either selling stuff online, schlupping to retail stores on sketchy consignment arrangements, or doing craft fairs like Felt Club, originally selling just leather-crafts such as belts, notebook covers, handbags, as well as original cigar box art handbags, and t-shirts that we designed and silk-screened ourselves. But something happened in towards the end of 2006. When we first

BEAT IT!

This is a re-edit of our very first stop-motion animation that I had originally developed as a 3 minute stand-up comedy set that I was working through at open mics. CATCH UP (Birth of a Republic if you haven’t read that blog-post yet) But if you already read that one, carry on and keep reading. Shortly after contracting the Swine Flu from Hello Kitty; yeah, you just read that correctly.

WHO WOULD JESUS BOMB?

This is a re-edit of a previously released stop motion animation that was originally titled EVANGELICALS. After a first few webisodes, I started writing and recording separate little webisodes every day. You can probably tell that we were still (still are actually) in the process of figuring out what we are as far as a medium was concerned.  The original idea for Bear Republic Network was always for the small

BECOMING A PRACTITIONER

After a multitude of YouTube “explained” videos and actually purchasing a book on Amazon, the Cryptocurrency Investment Bible, I decided to simply get started by opening a Coinbase account. It was really easy, all I had to do was sign up and after verification of my identity and linking my bank or credit union account, I was off to the races. On Coinbase, you have access to purchasing of Bitcoin,

FAT PRESIDENT?

This is a re-edit of a previously released video. I wrote this on a whim, shortly after Mrs S and I started making stop-motion animation videos. This was an easy one because at the time when I wrote it, it was right after Newt Gingrich made an ass out of himself yet again, and I really just couldn’t help myself. At the time, I was doing stand-up comedy at open

HOW 24 SOLD THE WAR ON TERROR

Frank Zappa allegedly once said, “Hollywood is just the entertainment arm of the Pentagon.”  This is absolutely true, and what started as a joke often wasted on Facebook on numerous comment threads has ended up becoming an entire dissertation for me.  Zappa also said once that “government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex,” which is also true.  Personally, I don’t like the term, Military Industrial Complex (M.I.C.),

MORE ON 24'S SALESMANSHIP

When I first moved out to Los Angeles in 1992, less than a week after the Rodney King Beating Verdict ignited riots that set several, noticeable upon arrival, portions of L.A. ablaze.  Growing up in small town Midwest America, we didn’t have a lot of easy access to alternative media as you would find in a city like Los Angeles.  I’m not saying that we’re particularly unique in that regard because

FOOD PARADIGMS

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Remember that? I grew up believing that statement and it ended up costing me dearly.  I was juicing apples everyday thinking that it was good for me.  You know, it’s “all natural”, right? “Milk, it does a body good.” Remember that little doozy? Maybe not, you might not be that old. Back when I was a kid, Health Education was always a

BILL HICKS BURNING THE FLAG

I grew up loving stand-up comedy ever since I was a kid.  Unlike most other kids I knew, my parents were more open minded and permissive than other parents with what my brother and I were allowed to watch on TV or at the movies.  My Dad took us to see Ridley Scott’s ALIEN when I was in the second grade and took us to An American Werewolf in London

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 2

** SPOILERS GALORE, but it’s old enough of a show that you probably already saw it before.  But I know some who haven’t. Season Two (Day 2) of 24 starts with torture from jump, when in Seoul, South Korea, South Korean intelligence operatives torture a man (#1) and give the supervising American CIA officer the word, “today”, and President Palmer’s vacation with his son is interrupted by news of actionable