There's No Time To Explain #9: Dan Flores
I have a conversation with Dan Flores, manager and voice of Fum the Puppet of The Velveteen Band a multi-genre steampunk band that plays Ventura regularly and is a common sight at steam and comic conventions all over California. Dan has been involved in lots of Ventura bands over the years and always brings a sense of a humor and showmanship to whatever project he's involved with. He's a kindergarten teacher who teaches in Spanish and I ask him about the idea behind that sort of education and how he balances work, life and art. We talk puppets and about a certain seven and a half foot tall rabbit that never seems to be in the same room as Dan. Dan's old band, Force 4-D provided one of the most delightful performances in Anal Family Christmas history and we recount how that came about, including the tribulation of Mr. Dan Watson who was stuck in a box for several hours with nothing more than cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey to comfort him. Dan tries his best to drag me back into producing local music events and I recount the saga of the Local Rock Picnic. Dan sells me on the Netflix series Daredevil and we wonder aloud why Marvel comics have translated well into movies and DC comics have not. I offer up an analogy for understanding human conscience and why it's so difficult to equate distant human suffering with suffering that hits closer to home.