There´s probably Felicia Day and Joss Whedon to thank most for this whole Webseries bonanza going around the Internet, populated as it is now with many many web series (mainly comedy, but there´s everything if you look enough). Some of them arenot making it, some of them are hits, and some of them are just starting the process of evolution into a bona fide web success. Same as in regular TV Shows and series, that can be succesful, cancelled, have good or bad reviews. The big difference is web series don´t get the luxury of the lead in, and have to grow their own audiences from scratch.
Here, at Seriesandtv.com I´m trying to do my best to help, and therefore offering this space to all those webseries creators that may be around to help put the voice out about their shows.
In this first one I´ll start by reviewing Anti-Matter, a Web Series already by episode five.
Despite its Doogie Howser´s type of music, the show is very 2010.
Sometimes the comic books are just behind the action, sometimes they are the centerpiece.
Look forward for some Bernard moments must I say.
How to watch Anti Matter Web Series?
You can visit Anti Matter site.
You can watch Anti Matter at YouTube.
Give it a try.
What is Anti-Matter about? Plot
Set in a comic book store, Anti-Matter features the hijinks that happen with the staff and the idiosyncratic regulars of a NY comic book shop who treat the store more like a clubhouse than a place of business.
Who is the cast of Anti Matter?
Jill Butterfield- “Jane”
Jill Butterfield studied drama at Middlesex University in London, England. Born and raised in New Jersey and a graduate of William Paterson University she now calls New York City her home. A veteran of the stage, Jill has also performed with improv groups and in sketch comedy shows. Her film credits include Lost Track which won the best short film award at the NYC Film Festival.
Christina Calph- “MacKenzie”
Christina Calph is a versatile artist who is very honored to be playing the role of Mackenzie. Christina can be seen playing the role of Sofia in the upcoming film, Arthur. She can also be seen in IFC’s The Whitest Kids U Know, ESPN’s Port 80, Naija Boys’s African Thriller, Rescue Me and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Shannon Coffey- “Kaitlin”
Shannon Coffey was born in New York, and at age 5 moved to Puerto Rico where she spent thirteen years trying to explain what freckles were. In 2003 she moved back to New York and began studying improvisation at UCB in 2006. Shannon was also a regular on GamePlay HD’s sketch comedy series Señor Nugget. She wants more than anything to be on Mad Men or in one of the next Twilight films.
Katie Johnson- “Mrs. Bateman”
Katie Johnson is a Washington D.C. native, became a professional ballerina, nerded it up at Harvard, cavorted on Wall Street and then got down to business and became an actress. She’s been on The Colbert Report, All My Children and can be seen in many indie films. In her free time Katie likes reading about Japanese Manga from the Edo period.
Julie Katz- “Ginger”
Julie Katz is an actor, writer and improviser who studies Drama at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She is a member of the all female comedy collective, Candy Slice, as well as various other improv groups of mixed genders, and the Brooklyn Soundpainting Company. Her solo show, The Number Jane, was selected to be a part of Breedingground’s Spring Fever Festival.
Aaron Kheifets- “Bateman”
Aaron Kheifets is a comedian, writer and director who’s writing and direction has garnered many awards and has been seen on Comedy Central. Aaron also runs A-Side/B-Side at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, and his credits include MTV, College Humor TV, and the cult phenomenon Mortified. His finest moment was becoming a finalist for Playboy’s Mustache of the Year.
Pedro Lee- “Dennis”
Hailing from South Carolina, Pedro Lee is respected as a writer as well as a performer. Pedro has been featured live on MNN and CTV cable. He has appeared on MTV’s FNMTV and has also been featured in two independent films, Revolverand The Greatest Low Budget Film Ever Made. He has also performed stand up in The Black Comedy Experiment Project.
Kirstan Perry- “Kaitlin”
Kirstan Perry is a versatile actress who has found success acting in theater, film, and television. She can be seen in movies such as Smoking Laws and Sober, as well as in several MTV promos. Her theater credits includeHoliday Cocktail Lounge, Den of Thieves, and Lil’ Abner amongst other. Kirstan is also skilled at dancing, pilates, yoga, swimming, scuba diving, driving, and can make a mean turkey taco.
Davram Stiefler- “Jeremy”
Davram is an actor/comedian from Grand Junction, Colorado. He has performed comedy all over New York City, including co-producing and hosting a stand-up comedy showcase entitled Unhand Me Sir!. Davram can be seen in the 2000 horror movie spoof Machine Head, and the 2010 film, Restless, about new pharmaceuticals that eliminate boredom.
Justin Tyler- “Mike”
Justin Tyler is a writer and actor in New York City, and a member of the late UCB Harold team, Havana Clambake, as well as a founding member of sketch/improv groups Cubicle and Tybrus. Justin is a monthly contributor to Jest Magazineand the artistic director of Pig Brooch Inc, which produced his play, Happy Mundanes, in the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival.
Walter Vincent- “Bernard”
Walter Vincent is a native New Yorker. He showed an interest in acting from a young age when he used to perform Jim Carry impersonations in his basement. Walter learned to play the base and formed several neighborhood bands, and grew into a composer, songwriter, lyricist, musician, and vocalist. He majored in theater and music at Wagner College and studied improv with the Upstanding Citizens Brigade.
Who is Chris Walker? Writer and Director of Anti Matter
Chris Walker is a NY based writer, filmmaker and visual artist. He developed and produced Manga Vibe, for Starz Media and Manga Entertainment, and his artwork has been used in Addidas, Marvel and DC Comics, Virgin Records, XXL, and Sony Pictures offerings.
Walker has worked with many iconic characters including Batman and Superman. He likes to beatbox in his spare time, much to the annoyance of his friends.
Who is David Gelston? Cinematographer of Anti – Matter
Born in Montreal, David works as freelance photographer and cinematographer in New York. In 2008 he co-founded Shenanimedia Inc. a multidisciplinary media company specializing in the production and distribution of low-budget, hi-quality audio and video content.
He graduated from Cornell University in 2007 and can trace his interest in film back to middle school when he used to film and edit sketches with his friends.
Complete List of Characters from Anti-Matter Web Series
MIKE (Justin Tyler) is a nice guy who loves old comics. Managing the store for several years, he pretends to hate the store, staff, and the regulars, however they are a large part of his life and he wouldn’t trade them for anything.
KAITLIN, (KIrstan Perry) the senior manager of the store is a bit of a domineering control freak with a tendency to get on everyone’s nerves. Although perceived by the stores regulars as a kind of disapproving parental figure, she is actually secretly proud that they have made the store their unofficial club house.
GINGER (Julie KAtz) is the cool, knockout at the store who also sidelines as a slash everything: writer, band member, bartender. She tries hard to feign apathy towards her status as the store’s resident hottie, but she’s covertly obsessed with being cool and the indie boy regulars who think she’s the hottest thing since fire.
DENNIS (Pedro Lee) dreams of making it as the next big Marvel artist and serves as the store’s artist and hip-hop aficionado. He’s a little too friendly with the regulars and is more likely to join in on their shenanigans than discourage them.
BERNARD, (Walter X) a brand manager and web architect, is an uber cool nerd who has been coming to the store since he first arrived in NY for college. He’s the good natured ring leader of the regulars and will do anything for them and the staff whom he considers family.
TAYLOR (Johnathan Fernandez) is the youngest of the group, but he is also a bona fide genius having graduated from college at 16. Despite his intelligence he’s a little awkward, and his perception of social interactions often leads to him speaking before his thoughts have been properly filtered.
JEREMY (Davram x) is your mid-twenties, comic-obsessed, unemployed, still-lives-with-his-mother “by choice damnit” comic book store main stay. He pulls often crazy antics which are really more funny than mean spirited, and refuses to get a real job, instead banking on a series of ridiculous “get rich quick” schemes.
BATEMAN, (Aaron X) who does well for himself working in finance, is as crude as he is crass. He uses the store as a kind of escapism from MRS. BATEMAN (Katie johnson) his tight-reigned, overbearing, lawyer wife who sees his affiliation with the store and its regulars as a distraction. He often acts out and instigates trouble at the store.
MACKENZIE aka Mac and cheese, (Christina Calph) is a physical trainer, is the group’s personal cheerleader, always supporting the regulars in whatever goals they have. She is obsessed with super heroes and wants to learn as much as she can about them, and while she can be a bit gullible, she is clever in her own way.
KAYLA (SHANNON COFFEY) a grad student and resident otaku, works as a research assistant, and while she appears calm and shy on the outside, underneath she is an incredibly passionate, vivacious person. Her laid back personality makes her a bit passive aggressive and sarcastic, but through it all she is a sweetheart.
JANE (JILL BUTTERFIELD) is a professional speaker and business coach who enjoys using analogues from comics to give the super hero perspective to her business clientele. She’s good natured, helpful, and a bit of a goofball, but she can also be a bit cocky and smug at times.
So, will you watch Anti Matter? The Web Series comedy about life in the comic book store?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.