Archive for February, 2006

Small Press Idol Season 3

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Small Press Idol 3 has begun, and so far there are two former Fanzing Magazine contributors who are in the running. Best of luck to Stephen Legge and Jerry S Loomis!

Small Press Idol, for you newcomers, is the indy press comic version of American Idol, where contestants compete to get their comic idea in front of an audience, and the winner gets published by Dime Store Productions in their Mysterious Visions Anthology. Yours truly, with the considerable visuals of artist Phil Meadows, won the first Small Press Idol with Metro Med, the comic which I’m currently working on, and our initial story was published in Mysterious Visions Anthology #1.

The call for entries is still open.

Spider-Man 3 costume

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

I’m five days late on the black Spider-Man costume in Spidey 3 issue. I haven’t even seen it until today. Thanks to Neal and Chris (neither of whom posted here about this major story; what’s up with that, guys?) for getting me a link when I finally had to ask for help in finding it.

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: GREEN LANTERN – Finale

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Let’s review what’s happened recently. Alan Scott altered his costume, realized his power was internalized, was de-aged to be in his mid-twenties and decided on the new name of "SENTINEL." Hal Jordan went mad with grief, renamed himself Parallax, and decided to do nothing less than remake the universe, an interesting attitude when you consider that years before that he had been the one to tell Barry Allen that it would be wrong to use his power ring to bring back Barry’s dead wife, because altering reality was not about justice it was about playing God.

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Now the only one who wields a power ring is Kyle Rayner. Like Alan Scott, he has no Corps to help him. Unlike Alan Scott, he is a man faced with the idea that he is not only has Hal’s previous reputation to live up to but that he also is the only inheritor of the legacy of the entire Corps itself. Not an easy thing to do.

So what happened next?

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Dark Crystal gets sequel

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Henson Entertainment announces “Power of the Dark Crystal”, a new sequel to the 1982 fantasy movie Dark Crystal. This new film will have the same character designer, fantasy artist Brian Froud, but there will be CGI special effects mixed in with the animatronics. There will also be Dark Crystal spinoffs in other media, including a Tokyopop manga series.

Thanks to ScurvyDawg for the tip!

The dangers of a dirty mind

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Dixonverse features the Panel of the Week, and this one will guarantee that you can never keep a straight face at the phrase “magic totem” ever again.

It’s up, it’s updated and it’s on sale!

Monday, February 27th, 2006

My comic books for sale site is updated. I fixed up the entry page, lowered prices all over the place, added a ton of pictures and tweaked it here and there. The one thing I have yet to do is add all of my trade paperbacks for sale, but that’s going to be a whole separate project. (Don’t wait up!)

You can also buy all of my books online (by which I mean ones I’ve written), including package deals that save some cash. Note that you’ll get a free copy of Job Wanted just by buying $50 worth of comics, so bear that in mind. (If you already have Job Wanted, I’ll throw in something else. Just let me know.)

Thanks in advance for your patronage, and if you get a chance drop me a line to tell me what you like and don’t like about the site. There are numerous technical limitations but I’ll improve it any way I can.

Darren McGavin has passed away, too

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Prolific Darren McGavin, the dad on Christmas Story, the Night Stalker, has died.

Don Knotts dies at age 81

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

One of my favorite character actors, Don Knotts, passed away today. I know people don’t live forever, but in Don’s case I wouldn’t have minded if the heavens had made an exception.

Weekend plans of concern to you

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I have to do another update to Scott Beatty’s web site, and I’m still working on the Metro Med script (it’s a big project), but I have one more thing to do this weekend that you may be interested in.

See, my wife and I are going on a cruise to the Bahamas in April. I’ve never been on a cruise before. My wife’s never been out of the country before. And we haven’t had a vacation proper since our last one which was the second week of September of 2001. Given what happened, I wouldn’t even count that. Suffice to say, it’s probably the only real vacation we’ve had since our honeymoon in ’99.

I now have about six weeks to lose some weight, so I’ll be away from the site even more because I’ll be on the elliptical walker. (Then I’ll take a cruise where the buffets will put all the pounds back on, so I’m not sure what the point is. Still…) But even before that, I need to get one thing done.

I have to raise some cash for the trip. It’s a spendy trip, and the time in Orlando Florida at the end of the trip will be even more spendy. What can I do to raise some moolah fast?

Well, sell my comic book collection, obviously!

I’ve had my collection online for years, though it’s been a long, slow slog from a mere list of titles and numbers to my new full catalog that has a Paypal shopping cart integrated into every page. I’m STILL trying to get more images, put prices on the last 200 or so comics, add in a page of trade paperbacks and other merchandise, pretty it up, etc. Simply put, there’s always more to do. But it’s about time I started aggressively selling them.

So earlier this week I went through the whole thing and started knocking down the prices. This weekend I’ll be posting the new listings with the reduced prices, more comics that I’ve added (about 500 since November) and maybe some discounts for purchasing a certain amount.

In answer to the question I get all the time about this: no, I’m not giving up comics. For one thing, I have two long “keeper” boxes of the stuff that isn’t getting sold. As for the rest, I rarely pull these comics out and reread them.

I will let you all know when the site is updated.

J. Jonah Jameson was right all along!

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Spider-Man Robs Comic Book Store and they have it on videotape!

See, Peter Jackson? You don’t need 3 hours!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

King Kong in 30 seconds with bunnies has been posted!

“Olympics without the U.S.S.R. is like Batman without the Joker”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

One of my favorite quotes from the Bob and Brian podcast. You can listen to their streamed show every day from their web site, or you can download the occasional favorite bit which they offer as a podcast: http://www.BobAndBrian.com/pod/BB_onDemand.xml is the podcast link.

If you just want to listen to the podcast bits in MP3 form, you can listen and download from this page. I could give you links to all of my favorites, but let’s make it simple: I like just about everything on the page that isn’t about sports. The Christmas catastrophe stories are a riot (be careful to not drink anything while listening unless you want it up your nose), and the home destruction stories and bad breakup stories are enjoyable. Steve Czaban, their sports commentator, gives his views on Brokeback Mountain, lists what he eats in one day, and argues why Al Qaeda should have an Olympic Team so they can show off their monkeybar skills. (That’s where I got the quote in the subject line above.) Plus, what do Hillary Clinton and the Wayne Knight Death Lizard have in common? There’s also a fun interview with a local couple that was on Trading Spouses.

I’ve been into Bob and Brian for years, ever since my brother (living in Milwaukee at the time) started letting me hear his albums. Bob and Brian, once a year, put together an album of their best stuff from the year and donate proceeds to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. The latest album is Mexican Balogne Roll. They also offer a mondo super pack of their albums for the last five years, and it works out to about $5 each so I ordered one last week. (And no, I’m not getting any money for linking to it; it’s not on Amazon.)

Visitors to my web site, The Hutch, know that I do some audio editing. I took one of their skits, “Radio Baghdad“, and edited out some of the extended laughter and noise. I’d love to turn it into a Flash animation someday.

I call them “skits” but really they’re live radio improvs. The giggling from other people in the room actually improves many of these.

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: GREEN LANTERN – Part 2

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

All right. We’ve spoken of Alan Scott, the first to be known to us as the Green Lantern. He worked mostly in Gotham during the 1940s and eventually became the owner of the Gotham Broadcasting Company (or the GBC). His ring was magic and his major weakness was anything made of wood. He was married briefly to Rose Forrest AKA Thorn I, who later died and with whom he fathered two children, Jenny Lynn-Haden and Todd Rice, the adventurers known as Jade and Obsidian.

We spoke of Hal Jordan, the test pilot for Ferris Aircraft who later spent years jumping from job to job, only to wind up back at Ferris more than once. His ring was an alien weapon and his major weakness was the color yellow. He had an on-again, off-again relationship with Carol Ferris, who would also fight him as Star Sapphire sometimes, became a founding member of the JLA, and became great friends with Barry Allen, the second Flash, and Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. Unlike Alan Scott, he was not alone but was part of the Green Lantern Corps, as was his replacement John Stewart and his rival Guy Gardner.

Now let’s continue, shall we? Let’s enter the Post-Crisis universe.

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Did DC Direct just spoil the ending of Infinite Crisis?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Reader Don Smith just e-mailed me regarding one of the toys recently unveiled by DC Direct, and oddly enough he asked me a question that I had asked myself when I first saw it yesterday. At first, I wasn’t going to post about it because I thought it was just my imagination, but Don’s message confirms my impression.

It seems that DC Direct may have given away a MAJOR part of Infinite Crisis, which still has three issues left to go.

I don’t want to say any more without putting this in the extended entry, because it concerns the reveal of the figure and a major guesstimate as to what happens in the next few months. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

DO NOT CLICK ON THIS UNLESS YOU WANT TO RUIN A SURPRISE AND POSSIBLY A PIVOTAL PART OF INFINITE CRISIS!!!

Oh, and NO THIS ISN’T A JOKE.

THERE’S ALSO A MONSTER IN THE EXTENDED ENTRY AND GROVER DOESN’T WANT YOU TO TURN THE PAGE!

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Someday they’ll just beam out

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Ashes Of ‘Scotty’ Soon To Be Space-Bound

In the Year 2007….

Monday, February 20th, 2006

as they were supposing in 1987. Surprising how accurate some of this stuff can turn out; there is some percentage points off when it comes to Japanese economic power… but what the hey?

hat tip to Jonah Goldberg.

Batman/The Spirit

Monday, February 20th, 2006

This was originally announced for December 2005, but now Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke’s “Batman/The Spirit” special will come out in the summer of 2006.

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This will integrate the Spirit into the DCU, and it will be followed by Cooke’s Spirit ongoing series.

Batman has been recast for sequel

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Warner Brothers has decided that the Batman Begins movie, while performing well with teens and adults, was just too seriously scary and adult for kids. Casting for a new actor, they have settled on one who will be more appealing for all ages. I’m being vague here to avoid spoilers.

The identity of the new Batman actor is in the extended entry. DO NOT CLICK BELOW unless you want to know!

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I think I know who the new Bird of Prey is!

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Birds of Prey #93’s cover perhaps shows the new Bird of Prey member. I think I know who it is.

I’ll hide it in the extended entry in case you don’t like Spoilers!

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Halle Berry spanked

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Well, the title got your attention, didn’t it? Yes, she was punished recently for making “Catwoman”:

Berry Can’t Escape ‘Catwoman’ During Award

Halle Berry had to write “I will not make ‘Catwoman II'” on a chalkboard four times Thursday in order to earn her pudding pot as Harvard’s Hasty Pudding woman of the year.

I did this post just for the AP picture.

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