Babe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Photoshoot & Contest

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is one of my very favorite books. I love it so much that I read it twice in a row in two days. The movie….alas, notsomuch 🙁

I’ve always been a tomboy and I’ve always liked dressing up as the female version of male characters (e.g. Thor and Batgirl) so a while back I decided that I was going to dress up as Babe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Halloween. I was way overdue for an HNG photo shoot and after talking it over with a few friends and my fabulous photog buddy Jonny Ups over the biggest frappuccino I’d ever seen (next time I’m buying Jon) we agreed that it would be crazy fun to do a Babe Lincoln shoot. I’m very fortunate to have some hot, nerdy friends so I enlisted the help of my friend Meghan who agreed to be the sexy vampire Henrietta Sturges to my Babe Lincoln.

Yes, I know that I’ve got a fake axe and not a real one. Before you give me a hard time about it there are 3 reasons for this. 1) I couldn’t find a real one that had a wooden handle and not a plastic/rubber/epoxy one and none of my friends had any. 2) Real axes are heavy. Great and fine for chopping wood. Not so great for running and leaping while swinging them over your head. 3) (and most importantly) I was not about to swing a real axe at a good friend of mine. Sorry. Her safety is 10 million times more important to me than holding a real axe is. I’m a theatre person. Safety is paramount. Would I have liked a real one for the times when I’m just standing there? Yes. I refer you back to reason #1. If any of you photoshop pros want to take a stab at photoshopping a real axe in there, have at it!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and that you have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🙂

What’s that? You want to win a signed copy of one of these pictures? Ok, fine. There’s a contest after the pics.

My name is Lincoln. Babe Lincoln.

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I’m a Vampire Hunter.

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This is my bff Henrietta Sturges. She’s a vampire.

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Sometimes we get together for tea and training.

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It turns out Henrietta doesn’t like tea.

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But she does like training.

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We practice a lot.

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My frustration amuses Henrietta.

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Until I get mad and chase after her with my axe.

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Sometimes she gets the upper hand.

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But I always fight back.

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It’s all fun and games. Right, Henrietta?

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Training is exhausting.

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Afterwards we head back to my house.

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To, you know, hang out and stuff.

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I like to sit on my porch and admire the scenery.

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What? You don’t like scenery?

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Henrietta often joins me.

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And we share a laugh or two.

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She’s an awesome vampire bff.

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When she’s not fucking with me.

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Until next time, Babe Lincoln out.

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A huge thanks to Jonny Ups for taking such smashing pictures again, to Meghan for being up for anything and making it the funnest HNG photo shoot yet, to Mama Jedi for assisting with everything from shoe changes to stovepipe hat holding to lighting gear stabilizing, and to Darcy for being my constant partner in crime.

Now for a little fun.

Leave a comment below and I’ll throw your name into my stovepipe hat for a chance to win one of five autographed 8″x10″ prints from this photo shoot. I’ll pull the names on Halloween night so make sure you leave a comment by then. This is my first ever contest/giveaway type-thing so here’s hoping I’m doing this right.

Celebrating The Selling

Many of you know that I’ve been a big supporter of The Selling, an independent horror comedy written, directed, produced, and starring some of my fellow SF Staters. I wrote a review of it, interviewed Director Emily Lou, and promoted the heck out of their Kickstarter campaign. They’ve done the festival circuit but today is one more big milestone, the release of the DVD (which you can buy at Amazon right HERE).

Right now they are releasing the film in select theatres across the country. Last night I had the privilege of finally seeing it on the big screen at The Egyptian in Hollywood, a theatre I lived across the street from for a year and a half but never went inside until last night.

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The night started off with a bang. I got to my bff Danielle’s house and wasn’t there for more than 5 minutes before her adorable dog Scamper raided my purse and started eating my zombie apocalypse emergency food that I always carry with me. Bad Scamper!

It’s ok, Auntie Tracy still loves you

We had some time to kill before the reception at the theatre so we drove to Hollywood early and stopped at Juicy Burger on Hollywood Blvd. Funny story, there’s a bit of a running joke between me and some of my peeps about “Gangnam Style” so when the song came on at the restaurant I just had to dance to it even though I don’t really know how the dance goes. We were in the back of the restaurant so I didn’t think anyone could see me. Turns out, they have a mirror hanging from the ceiling so the ENTIRE staff of the restaurant was watching. The cashier girl was really happy cause it was her birthday and she said it made her day. So it was worth hearing the laughter from the kitchen 😉

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Totally random things like that happen when Danielle and I get together. We can’t help it.

Me and Danielly Belly

We headed over to the theatre for the Reception and I was so excited to finally meet everyone who worked on the film! Even though a lot of us went to SFSU together, share a lot of mutual friends, and have been friends on facebook for well over a year now, none of us can remember if we’ve ever met before, at State or since. Not surprising since I was a super shy wallflower, especially my Freshman year when I would have crossed paths with most of them. Over the past year and a half I’ve grown to really adore Emily Lou and Gabriel Diani. They are the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.

Director and Producer Emily Lou:

Writer, Producer and Star Gabriel Diani:

Danielle can’t stop talking about how talented Gabriel is.

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Producer and Star Etta Devine (I still think she has one of the greatest names ever):

Co-star Barry Bostwick (not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to meet Barry):

Star Jonathan Klein (we had a great conversation after the show about old school Disneyland. Totally random topic but super funny and awesome):

Co-star Simon Helberg (not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to meet Simon too):

Co-star Cole Stratton (who I hadn’t seen in YEARS, not since he was doing a comedy troupe thing and I went to see him perform with Trevor Morgan aka the kid from The Sixth Sense and Jurassic Park 3:

Co-star Janet Varney (another fellow SF Stater. I sat in on her Legend of Korra panel at San Diego Comic Con. It was right before the Firefly panel. She’s a super talented and funny lady):

After the film (which was even better than I’d remembered it being) they did a Q&A session:

We then headed next door to the Pig and Whistle to meet up with friend and comedian Chris Porter for some post-show refreshments:

I’m a fan of the Jager Bomb, which Danielle found fascinating. She decided that it needed to be recorded for posterity.

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The above picture with Chris and Danielle shows me after two Jager Bombs. This is Danielle after one glass of water:

God, I love her. She cracks me up.

Now, I’m going to say this one more time. You need to see The Selling. It’s HI-larious, scary but not too scary, and impeccably put together. To say that I’m ridiculously proud of my fellow SF Staters would be the understatement of the year. You can also do Amazon Instant Video or find it on iTunes and a few other websites.

For more information, visit The Selling website.