Good Works Tour

Greetings from San Francisco (again) by wisedog

Greetings Good Works Fans! Wisedog here with a rare update. I know, we never talk any more. It’s awful.

I’m writing this from high above the snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains on my return trip home, after a great day of Good Works Stuff. I spent most of the day yesterday in transit to San Fran (10 1/2 hours on 3 planes. It was awesome, but I admit I missed the van.) But once I arrived in the beautiful City by the Bay, the shades went on and I cruised this hip town in style!

First, I got to go to a reception at the Cartoon Art Museum, where I showed our finished product of The Good Works Tour movie to the attendees of the 2009 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, including our friends at The Good Works Tour casually hung amongst the brilliant works of cartoon, animation, and comic book art displayed in the museum, as I chatted it up and exercised my networking muscles.

The Good Works Tour hanging in the Cartoon Art Musem!

It might be a little hard to make out, but that's the Good Works Tour (right) hanging out with Mel Blanc (top left).

It was great to meet-up again with many of the friends GWT met at Volunteer Match when we passed through last summer. We’d like to thank Robert at VM a million times for inviting us to come to the reception, setting us up in San Franciscio, and for the great connections he helped us make.

I met a lot of fantastic and dedicated people last night, many of whom are doing fabulous things and really helping their communities, and the world through their work. It was an honor to be counted in their presence, and to have our project and our film noticed.

Personally, I was just super stoked to have OUR cartoon [spoiler!] hanging in the Cartoon Art Museum, right next to Mel Blanc, Daffy Duck, and four familiar hobbits for the evening. And it was totally awesome that The Good Works Tour was displayed in the same museum as this:

From the Warner Brothers Collection.  HOT

From the Warner Brothers Collection. HOT

The Cartoon Art Museum had a massive and very comprehensive exhibit on Watchmen, and I got to totally nerd out for a little while.

Afterward, I meandered around the corner to the very chic and sincerely cool 111 Minna Gallery where we presented a screening of the film alongside their usual Sketch Tuesdays. If you were there, you know how awesome a time it was! Otherwise, you totally missed out. Thanks to the great folks at 111 for being so accommodating.

True to Good Works form, I must also thank my friend Rachel for her hospitality for the evening. It helps to have good friends in far places.

All in all, I had a wonderful time, and it felt a wee bit like I was back on the road for one more day!

Thanks for reading, and please keep checking back, to find out when the Good works Tour is showing their film in YOUR area, and how you can soon acquire your very own DVD of our much-hyped motion picture!


“Where’s that Jersey sense of wackiness?” by jamesintrocaso

Greetings GWT Fans!

Today was pretty killer. Oh yes, I said killer. We first visited some of our friends at Meals on Wheels and served food to some friendly seniors at one of their locations. In the afternoon, we washed some of their vans. This organization is SO important to me, because not only do they feed the seniors they serve, but they also provide a way to reach seniors who don’t have friends or family regularly checking in with them. This means a lot to me, since I often wonder what my late Grandmother would have done without a wonderful team of children, my mother among the three siblings, to take care of her. It is great to know that there are people looking out for seniors like her. Check them out here.

We also had a heck of day going to see our inspirations and guides at Volunteer Match. These guys run a great service that the GWT uses to map all our destinations and schedule all our volunteer fun. They are THE SITE for volunteers, and they themselves are a nonprofit that has volunteers on board. Kudos to them for all the work they do. Their offices are beauitful and they made us feel at home as we interviewed them and visited their planning meetings. I highly reccomend visiting their website, especially if the GWT has inspired you to get involved.

One more note, our new camera is a little fussy connecting to computers so there will be a small period of time without some webisodes. We’re working on it as quickly as we can so that we can share all our experiences with you and our new camera works like a dream. Big shout out to my mother for buying that coverage policy on the camera. It saved our butts big time. I love you, Mom.



PS My friend Sean Curry and I wrote another Thought Bubble article. Check it out!

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… by wisedog
August 19, 2008, 12:48 pm
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Good morning from San Friggin Francisco!

It is a foggy, overcast day. I’m totally stoked.

Yesterday, after leaving James’s awesome aunt and uncle in Carmel, we cruised Northern California to visit his cousin Lisa at Cal State Fresno.

Afterward, we spent the afternoon in emergency-mode, as we scrambled about to replace the faithful GWT camera.  James’ baby started making noise that we just didn’t like, and threw a tantrum whenever we tried to rewind. So, to conclude, we have a new camera.  Remember seeing “Forrest Gump” and thinking how awesome it looked?  No?  Me neither.  But, that’s how the rest of the Tour will appear.  In HD.  Maybe.

In any case, today, we’re working with Meals on Wheels in San Fran, and then hopefully meeting up with the folks at, with whom we’ve been working from just about Day 1 to connect us to non-profits.

Thanks for reading; collectively, you are more awesome than you can possibly imagine.

– Wisedog