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I only ever did one sketch for Harry Moon, scanned it in and traced it in photoshop, tidied it up, sent it to Alex and then suddenly it was on a t-shirt. 

I only ever did one sketch for Harry Moon, scanned it in and traced it in photoshop, tidied it up, sent it to Alex and then suddenly it was on a t-shirt. 

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Unused album art. Parrot Stories.

Unused album art. Parrot Stories.

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fishingboatproceeds:

Lena is a 19-year-old Canadian business student, Harry Potter fan, and fanfiction writer who also makes beautiful minimalist posters about stuff she likes, including The Fault in Our Stars. I really liked her artwork, so we’ve decided to make a few of them available as 12 x 12 prints through DFTBA. The first 950 of each will be signed by me, because I like to sign things.

They’re available for preorder now and will ship in mid-November. (They’ll arrive before Christmas if you live in the US, the UK, or Canada. Otherwise, no guarantees, because customs.)

I fell in love the way you fall asleep.

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

Okay.

These would be good as coasters I think. They’re gorgeous anyhow. 

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alandistro:

“Transistor” by The Caulden Road
Written by Alan Lastufka, Christian Caldeira, and Kaezie.

Available now on iTunes: http://dftba.com/transistor
And on Bandcamp with flex pricing: http://music.alanlastufka.com/

All vocals, instrumentation, arranging, mixing, and production by Christian Caldeira. All visual design production and concepts, bass guitar, and executive production by Alan Lastufka.

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This is it! My band’s first new original song in OVER A YEAR! I am very happy with the way this song evolved and I hope you guys have as much fun listening to it as we did creating it.

No long winded post this time. Just time to rock out! And maybe a little bit of time left over for a reblog?

I really really enjoyed my first listen through of this and am looking forward to many future listens too, it’s great!

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dftbarecords:

edwardspoonhands:

We’ve been working on these for a long time now. Can’t wait to get mine! Nerdfighteria Crest Designed by Vondell Swain.
Available Now


DFTBA has just released Nerdfighter Lapel Pins! They’re green and silver in color, made of super shiny metal, and come with a butterfly clutch pinback. Show your nerdfighter pride on collared shirts, bookbags, or wherever!


Oooooo!

dftbarecords:

edwardspoonhands:

We’ve been working on these for a long time now. Can’t wait to get mine! Nerdfighteria Crest Designed by Vondell Swain.

Available Now

DFTBA has just released Nerdfighter Lapel Pins! They’re green and silver in color, made of super shiny metal, and come with a butterfly clutch pinback. Show your nerdfighter pride on collared shirts, bookbags, or wherever!

Oooooo!

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alandistro:

karenkavett:

Today I wanted to share a story about my friend Alan Lastufka. If you don’t know Alan, he runs DFTBA Records, has produced music with Tom Milsom and Luke Conard, among others, and used to make videos on the channel fallofautumndistro.

Back in 2008, when I was first starting to make videos and become a part of the YouTube community,  I was having a hard time getting any traction on my channel. Looking back now, the videos I was posting were awful, but back then I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t getting many views or subscribers. At that point, most of the friends I had on YouTube were people I already knew from the Harry Potter fandom, but I was really excited about the YouTube community and wanted to be a part of it. I had heard about Alan’s book YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts, and one day when I was in Barnes and Noble, I saw a copy on the shelf and read through most of it in one sitting. This was on April 13, 2009, and I sent Alan a YouTube message just telling him how much I enjoyed it and his videos.

I wasn’t really expecting a response, since I saw Alan as somewhat of a celebrity, having such a huge channel as fallofautumndistro and having been part of fiveawesomeguys with Alex and Charlie the previous year. But he did respond, and he subscribed to my channel and put me in the featured channels module on fallofautumndistro. This was huge, because every time someone would subscribe to fallofautumndistro, they would be asked if they wanted to subscribe to that list of featured channels, which now included mine. It was through that module that I got my first big burst of subscribers and regular viewers, and it gave me the confidence I needed to continue making videos and not give up. All I really needed was one friend who was “in” on the YouTube community, and that just opened up so many opportunities and made me even more invested in the community myself.

I’ve met Alan twice now, once in 2010 when a bunch of us went to his house for a weekend, and then just a month ago right before LeakyCon. I’m so happy that we’ve stayed friends this whole time, and I’m always inspired by how hard he works and how much he’s contributed to the nerdfighter community.

The reason I’m writing this post now is that Alan recently started daily vlogging on his new channel persistenceofvideo and he just finished the first week of videos. If you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at DFTBA (and follow the saga of the broken treadmill), you should definitely subscribe.

And the other moral of the story is that if there’s someone who has made something you love, or who you think would love something you’ve made, just send them an email and let them know. They just may surprise you and become one of the most important people on your way to success, and really, what do you have to lose?

What perfect timing! I was just talking to John about the new channel:

John: well it takes time to build an audience.
me: no I know, it’s doing fine, I just want to be a SUPERSTAR
John: ha
John: well good luck in the new youtube.
John: but you’re doing well
John: you average more views than the first 100 vlogbrothers videos.
me: that’s so weird to think about!

I forget that it takes time, because you typically don’t hear about someone until they’ve “made it”, even in the limited meaning that has on YouTube. And it all looks and feels like an overnight success story. But behind that new video with 100,000 views is YEARS (or at least months) of making embarrassing, poorly edited videos, and learning from each and every mistake. And just praying your subscribers stick through it all with you.

And sometimes those that do stick it out with you, end up becoming pretty good friends. Thanks for this post Karen. <3

I too have really enjoyed Alan’s daily vlogs. You can tell he knows Youtube really well and that he genuinely cares that his viewers feel welcome. 

Go, watch some!

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dftbarecords:

Happy 2nd birthday to Alex Day’s “The World Is Mine”!
Celebrate by picking up a copy solo, or as part of the Alex Day Super Bundle, which includes all four of his albums for only $30!

Physical includes the lyric booklet in which is an odd little doodle by me. 

dftbarecords:

Happy 2nd birthday to Alex Day’s “The World Is Mine”!

Celebrate by picking up a copy solo, or as part of the Alex Day Super Bundle, which includes all four of his albums for only $30!

Physical includes the lyric booklet in which is an odd little doodle by me. 

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alandistro:

dftbarecords:

What’s this?! A brand new, out today compilation album from DFTBA! Featuring songs from some of your favorite DFTBA artists, as well as a few new up-and-coming YouTubers you may or may not have heard of (but who have boatloads of talent), this album is available in PHYSICAL FORM ONLY. Get yours here!

I spent a ton of time making nerdfighteria this mix CD. Hope you guys enjoy it! Check out some of the new artists on here. They are all so so good.

Purchased! Looks like there are going to be some beautiful tracks to listen to on this. :D

alandistro:

dftbarecords:

What’s this?! A brand new, out today compilation album from DFTBA! Featuring songs from some of your favorite DFTBA artists, as well as a few new up-and-coming YouTubers you may or may not have heard of (but who have boatloads of talent), this album is available in PHYSICAL FORM ONLY. Get yours here!

I spent a ton of time making nerdfighteria this mix CD. Hope you guys enjoy it! Check out some of the new artists on here. They are all so so good.

Purchased! Looks like there are going to be some beautiful tracks to listen to on this. :D

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“Broken seatbelts and fastened windows”

This lyric has been going around my head for days now.

I’m fascinated because it would work as fastened seatbelts and broken windows too… and it took me far too long to pick up on this!

Alan Lastufka the lyrical wiz.

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alandistro:

Today is DFTBA Records three year anniversary of existing.

Happy three years!