Now that Desert Bus is over, we understand that you may be feeling a little lost, uncertain of what to do with your time, or where to go on the internet. Well, we have a few suggestions for you.
Desert Bus videos:
Having learned from past years that we always end up being too busy to upload videos of all the crazy stuff that happens during Desert Bus, many of our viewers have taken it upon themselves to post Desert Bus videos to YouTube for all to watch, enjoy and qwop to. We greatly appreciate this! This year there are a few YouTube accounts in particular that have uploaded a huge number of videos, and which are linked below.
One of our crafters has very kindly put together a list of all this year’s Craft-Along contributors who have blogs, websites, Etsy stores, Deviant Art pages or Flickr accounts, along with the links to those places. So if you’re interested in some of the work you saw in the Craft-Along, if you’d like to do a little handmade Christmas shopping, ask about commissions, admire more of their work or tell them how awesome they are, have a look through this list. And many thanks to crafter Helen Cowart for putting together this list!
Nearly all of the Desert Bus crew are Twitter users, so you can keep track of their breakfast choices, favourite ponies and general shenanigans year round. And if you’re not already, you should certainly be following the Desert Bus Twitter feed.
Many of the crew are, of course, also the folks behind LoadingReadyRun.com, the sketch comedy group that began Desert Bus for Hope. They have shows on the Escapist and PATV which you should check out. In addition, Tally writes a weekly crafting blog with a new craft idea and tutorial posted every Friday. Ian, Cori and Beej are members of sketch comedy troupe Synaptic Chaos Theatre, and also post numerous amusing podcasts, videos and panel shows at tiltyhouse.com. Alex is promoting his new collaborative graphic novel project, Shards, and Kathleen draws a daily webcomic called Things My Cat Hates.
It can be hard to get back to the “real” world after Desert Bus, spending time with people who didn’t experience the week of madness and magic and can’t understand why you keep yelling “Africaaaaa!” every time the photocopier breaks down.
To help in your quest for kindred spirits, we encourage you to connect with all the other folks who commented on the Desert Bus Facebook page and Twitter accounts, as clearly you have at least one very important thing in common. The LoadingReadyRun forums are also a great place to hang out, full of very cool Desert Bus-loving folks. And, of course, the chat will likely remain populated and active for quite some time.
We’d also like to remind you that if you’d like your own little piece of Desert Bus, you have until December 1st to order a copy of Mike Lunsford’s amazing Desert Bus 5 commemorative poster. A portion of the proceeds will go to Mike, to pay this remarkable artist for his time and talent, and a portion will go to Child’s Play.
We simply can’t say it enough times: thank you to each and every one of you who tuned in to Desert Bus this year. You made this remarkable experience possible at all, by watching, telling your friends, donating, participating in the chat, bidding on auctions, buying the awesome Fangamer Desert Bus t-shirts, and supporting Team Ashton (the right choice). We are forever grateful for your remarkable support. To all of you: well dong!