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September 3, 2015


The Super Fins' Indiegogo page

Beginning in 2006 as a story told by one volunteer at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, The Super Fins® cartoon characters finally made their public debut today with an Indiegogo social funding campaign announced by Sherpa Multimedia.

The Super Fins® is the the world's first aquatic, animated news network, as educational as it is entertaining. Led by their intrepid host Toro the Bull Shark© and his faithful, but put-upon producer Scampi the Shrimp©, TSF’s team of correspondents offer reports from all aquatic habitats, introducing audiences to new animals and their amazing superpowers. As entertaining as they are educational, The Super Fins® explain complicated topics in simple terms, which is why we say: The Super Fins® are underwater, but never over your head.

Since 2011, Sherpa Multimedia founder Scott Rowan has consulted with marine biology teachers, retired elementary school teachers, animators and illustrators to create The Super Fins as a fun way for people of ages to learn about the amazing superpowers that marine animals possess.

Grammy Award-winning musicians and Academy Award-nominated animation studios are part of the consultation team assembled to breathe life into Toro, Scampi, Whiskers and the gang. Award-winning illustrator Jim Siergey, one of Chicago's best cartoonists for more than 20 years, lends every character the charm and humor Siergey has created for years.

To learn more about the shirts, posters, books and jobs that could be yours please check out The Super Fins' Indiegogo campaign page.

The Super Fins: underwater, but never over your head.

April 7, 2015

Bloody Young and Backdated:
A Who Photo Retrospective

The Who will play at AllState Arena on May 13 during their history-making world tour and a collection of local photographers will celebrate The Who's 50th anniversary with a collection of previously unseen images from the band's appearances in Chicago. Eleven photographers selected the best 60-plus images ... READ MORE

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation
2120 South Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60616
(located at The former Chess Recording Studio)

May 9 to June 15


March 29, 2015

March 12, 2015


The Super Fins™


The Super Fins™ is the latest edu-tainment creation by the folks at Sherpa Multimedia, whose sports books teach global history. In addition to teach social sciences, Sherpa Multimedia now teaches biology with The Super Fins™ - your one-stop location for all things aquatic. Everyone between 3 and 103 will have something to enjoy at where journalistic stories about new discoveries, conservation efforts and cool animal facts are complemented with videos, photos and our new cartoon characters.

The launch of allows any aquatic fans to learn more about the latest news in discoveries, conservation and biological facts, but soon the site will boast even more user-friendly additions including:

• the largest database of aquatic information in the world of its kind (merging zoological information with entertainment for the most comprehensive information source available)

• cartoons and graphic novels

• downloadable audio and video to enjoy wherever you are is a 21st century way for marine fans of all ages to enjoy learning about our oceans, rivers, streams and estuaries, the inhabitants who live there and what forces are changing their future. Come on in, the water is warm.

The Super Fins
March 10, 2015
Knuckles or Not

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day we've released a new short story that takes readers into the realm of Al Capone and the underground boxing scene in Chicago. Capone altered countless lives. None were altered more than that of Seamus. None counted less than that of Seamus. Unless, of course, you factor in Rory or Megan. Capone didn't cry for them. Neither did The Camel. Some fights need gloves to protect their hands. Other fights have no gloves and nobody is protected. Either way, when Snorky and The Camel are involved in the fight, everything matters, knuckles or not.

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February 1, 2015
You've Forgotten Something

Celebrate Valentine's Day with this new short story that will help remind you of what's important. Romance comes in a variety of forms and locales, it's timing not always convenient or expected. Yet when it feels right, the results can last forever. Gershon knew what felt right. She also knew what felt good. She learned the difference between the two from Eli and Brad. Love can surprise us, inspire us to do things we never thought we would do. Gershon learned that too. She surprised herself at what she was willing to do and with whom. And once she learned something about herself she made sure both Brad and Eli never forgot. For one of the men her reminder was a lifetime of ecstasy, for the other it was a lifetime of pain.

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January 29, 2015

MLB book review
of "The Cubs Quotient"

"...a fun read and all Baseball fans will enjoy it"

"...a neat concept that really makes you wonder how big events touch all of our lives ..."


The review of "The Cubs Quotient" by the book reviewer was glowing! "It keeps you intersted throughout the entire book" the reviewer gushed and we could not agree more. Enjoy your copy of the book today and you'll learn why "a lot of fans will be surprised in what the Cubs were actually a part of, and how they changed the world we all live in."
Here's the review online >>>
October 27, 2014
Foreword Magazine review

"Entertaining ...
part conversational, part academic ... amusing ...
readers ... will be rewarded ..."

- Ron Kaplan, Foreword Magazine
Read Ron Kaplan's review of "The Cubs Quotient" from this summer's Foreword magazine. Sherpa Multimedia was honored that "The Cubs Quotient" was the only sports book Foreword selected for review this summer.
October 9, 2014
Who doesn't love this time of the year? Scary stories. Great costumes. Candy! OK, maybe that last part isn't something any of us needs, but a good ghost story always gets the blood pumping (within the veins, that is!) To help get everyone in the "spirit" of the season, Sherpa Multimedia is proud to unveil two scary stories just in time for Halloween:
"God's Highball" "Lust"

In "God's Highball" readers learn to question the afterlife - specifically, why are all ghosts white people who died long ago? If ghosts really do exist, wouldn't there be more diversity in the haunting realm, and wouldn't that mean that some congested areas of the city where traumatic crime happen would be haunted? Learn why one ghost has the most powerful people in Chicago shaking - all for different reasons.

"Lust" is a horror story that takes the reader on a macabre journey that could happen to any one of us in any city. In this story, we learn the fascinating and fatal thoughts that float through the deranged mind of a violent panhandler in the city. You may have seen him yesterday. Or maybe you'll cross his path tomorrow. But if he wants to make it happen, he make ensure you'll forget him. Be careful who you talk to, he just might be filled with "Lust"!

July 5, 2014  

NPR's Cincinnati station WVXU
features "The Cubs Quotient"

WVXU's Mark Heyne to talk with Scott Rowan about "The Cubs Quotient." You don't have to be a Cincinnati Reds fan to enjoy this interview as Mark and Scott talk about Al Capone, John Dillinger and many other stories from the book.


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