Archives for category: Promotion

Well, it should have been all easy peasy. But you would not believe what happened last week. As usual, the readers voted who will take part in this year’s Super Dede competition.  To give all contestants the same chance, voting closed on Tuesday, two days after the last contestant was introduced. Unfortunately the management committee gave an example on how someone could still affect the temporary result.  If someone wants Eve L. gone, they could leave a comment on Cool Cats post. NOT COOL at all. Sure enough two people followed that ‘advice’ and left a comment on the cats post, with the result that Cool Cat passed Eve L.

IMG_4887

Of course Eve L was not taking it lying down. As we already know he was working on a complaint but miraculously he also got a comment from St Petersburg, Russia. (Truly, I could not have made this up!)

IMG_4888

No idea what it says**, but nifty as Eve L is, he figured out the rules mention comments but don’t stipulate the language or whether the comment makes sense.

The next day Mouse, the organiser, wanted to chuck it all in after she looked the the revised vote count.

IMG_4891

“This competition is such a mess.” she said. “Now Cool Cat and Eve L. both wiggled their way into the competition and they pushed Push Push, the elephant out. ”

Devil had enough of the kerfuffle “I am making an executive decision here” he said firmly “Eve L is under suspicion of colluding with a foreign power and should be barred from this year’s competition!” Does anyone dare to disagree with Devil?

IMG_4899

Meanwhile Push Push was so anxious whether she gets in this time, that she did her own recount and had to find out that Foxy Lady did better than her as well. Honest as she is, she admitted the fact to Foxy Lady “nobody seemed to have noticed that you have a point more than I as well.” Luckily, Foxy Lady absolutely hates talent shows and patted the elephant sisterly on the back while she replied: “And we won’t tell anyone either. With your colourful circus personality you will do so much better than I. I am just a cranky old liberal academic. No one seriously wants to see me in a talent show!”

Well, she hadn’t reckoned with our readers. Sure enough someone said “I do!” But by then voting had closed.

IMG_4904

Finally the group picture of the five contestants was released. Not a particularly happy bunch, I must say. Who can blame them. After these two chaotic weeks, they were totally exhausted and they were allowed to go off for a weekend of golfing to get a good break before the competition starts in all seriousness today.

IMG_4907

Problem is, the Dedes can’t play golf at all. Gifting them a golfing weekend just sounded good. So, how do the Dedes relax? They went to a spa anyway. Sitting in a hot tub is no good either, as they are not water tight. To make the best of it Cool Cat treated herself to a massage by Chance. Pity the Dedes have no bodies and a massage is somewhat wasted on them too.

…To be continued next week.

**PS: We tried to find out from enders_production what their comment meant. While they responded, they didn’t engage with our request. It happens that we have Russian friends of our own and even though we did not get a direct translation from them either, we were told it is a word of encouragement. And we opted to believe it.

 

Advertisements

img_2538

Top Dog had the feeling the Dedes had returned to their daily routine and sort of forgotten about him. This of course is not allowed to happen. Today he came up with a new scheme. “I want to have all the presents” said Top Dog “Let’s cancel Christmas and have Top Dog Day on the 28th of December instead.”

“Wise move” confirmed Norman T Newbie III “then you can collect everything they will buy at the Boxing Day Sales as well”

img_2521

The Dedes have two anniversaries to celebrate. In the week between Christmas and New Year the first Dedes turn 5. Yes, that is a biggy for some of the Dedes. But today is also a very special day for all the Dedes: exactly one year ago they started their journey on Instagram, and what a journey it has been! In this year they definitely lost their innocence and came of age. They believe it is a story for keeping and are currently collating it into a book, but it is not quite finished yet. They could not have done it without their audience and they want to  THANK ALL THE WONDERFUL READERS who enjoyed and participated in the spirit of the Dedes. As a special gift for you, I have put together a print-ready A3 poster with mug shots of the entire cast to date and their names. No more wondering who is who. If you send me a comment, or an email  I will pass the pdf file on to you.  In the meantime we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Save

img_2509

“Help!” shouted Deutsch Fraulein, who wanted to follow the advice of @francisvalela . He suggested that making Christmas cookies is neither difficult, no expensive. So, she grabbed the ‘Artist’s Survival Cookbook‘ and wanted to make short bread today. “Here are all the ingredients but what do I do now?”

Mouse came to her aid. “Your book is upside down for starters” she said “and I suggest you add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe.”

“Why?”

“It tastes nicer and it’s supposed to reduce blood sugar levels.”

Save

img_2445

“Life will go on” said Skeleton “it always does!”

“It has to” confirmed Mouse. “We have to decide what to do for our anniversary next month.”

“Yeah, time to come out of the closet and dance like there is no tomorrow” sang the skeleton and shook her lovely bones.

Mouse admitted she hasn’t got very far with the preparations yet, because no-one is helping her. Yesterday, though, she put on the Dedelive website some background information. Click on the button “Why I play with puppets” on the front page for a brief presentation by the artist. It sheds some light on the reason for the Dede’s existence.

img_2370

Top Dog was very happy of course. He had achieved what he so desperately wanted and that was it. No more work required from him. He can rest on his laurels now and let his minions to the work. The Dedes who had supported him sprang into action making the best use of their new power. Someone suggested that a sovereign had the right to mint and issue coins. In an era when images were as rare as hen’s teeth, this used to be the most important propaganda vehicle. The subordinates had to look at the ruler every time they traded. The idea of printing money appealed tremendously to Top Dog, but he is business savvy and had an inkling that in a world of electronic transactions it wouldn’t fly.

“I can tell you what would be much more effective,” said Norman T Newbie, who is eager to earn brownie points. “Print your image and your programme on a coffee mug and all those urban people who dislike you so much will be reminded of you daily.” He even had ordered a sample.

“Good thinking, my man” said Top Dog as he admired his photo. “I promote you to chief-advisor.” (Mugs available at http://zazzle.com/dededesign*)

img_2373

The other camp was in total shambles. Yesterday Devil found Foxy Lady at the edge of the cabinet. “What are you doing here, my love?” he asked, dragging her away from the abyss. “I don’t know myself anymore” she said depressed.

“What makes you say that?”

“At first I felt so helpless and angry about Top Dog’s speeches that I wanted to push him of his shelf. It was totally against my nature and I felt so bad I had to run away. And now, hearing more speeches, I am angry I didn’t succeed.”

“Don’t worry, most of us would feel the same” said Devil and gave her a big hug.

img_2376

Devil thought it might be an idea to consult Esta Blished, the fairy godmother. Remember the old lady suffers from Alzheimers and has forgotten how to cast a spell. Back in August she had mumbled some interesting words, that didn’t make sense at the time. In the light of recent events, though, they are perfectly clear. When Devil arrived at her place she was lying on the floor cursing and swearing. He rushed to her aid. Angry and embarrassed about her fall, she pushed him away and screamed “Oh, man, it takes more than one devil to get me on my feet again. Where the heck is my magic wand!”

There is obviously some fighting spirit left in the Esta.

img_2361

Mouse and Devil spoke out today. They have been the dynamic administration team from the start. Right from the beginning when the Dedes where born as no-bodies five years ago. They got very tired recently and Devil discussed with the artist if it was worthwhile carrying on. “Well” said the artist, “I certainly think so. Let’s face it, you guys only have to deal with Top Dog. Our friends in America have Trump!” Devil nodded and said “you’re right, we have to continue the battle against the self-promoting narcissists and continue to embrace diversity!”

img_2351

“Who wants to look at a sourpuss Monkey on their coffee break?” thought Alien. After Monkey had gone, he sneaked up to the computer and logged into the dededesign zazzle store and removed all coffee mugs, leaving only his one. “That is so much more uplifting” he said rubbing his hands together. The other side of the mug shows the Dede motto: “I smile, because I have no idea what’s going on.”

He was just about to leave when he heard a big hurrah from the Top Dog camp and someone suggested: “Good idea, these coffee mugs, we need to have on too. Let’s think up a catchy saying over night!”

img_2348

Monkey got good response yesterday, when he reminded the readers about the Artist’s Survival Cookbook. This encouraged him to revisit the dededesign zazzle store wondering if this was something he could promote as well. And yes, he found coffee mug with his image. Monkey is a bit of a klutz and Alien felt uncomfortable seeing him at the computer. “Hey, what are you doing on the artist’s laptop, Monkey?” he asked and added “You know very well only Mouse and Devil are allowed to touch that.”

“Someone has to look after the Dedes’ interests. Everything seems to have gone to the dogs.”

“Please, please not you, we don’t want monkey business!”

img_2340

“It really annoys me that you Dedes seem to think life is just a big fat joke” said Monkey, as miserable as ever. “Truth be told, we will need to earn a living soon or we all have to go back into the big recycling bin where we came from.” Then he held up the book the Dedes created last year. If you want to support the Dedes, it is available from Amazon.com or Createspace.com

“If you just wouldn’t look so miserable, Monkey, you really put the punters off,” said Milky Bar Devil, the coverboy.