Archive for April, 2007

Grindhouses couldn’t get “Grindhouse”

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I decided last weekend to finally see Grindhouse. Unfortunately, I couldn’t. It was already gone from both multiplexes in Rochester. And it sounds like my experience wasn’t unique.

The movie has bombed, and it may be that the movie wasn’t able to reach the right audience. Actual grindhouse theaters and even the Grindhouse Film Festival were unable to get the movie “Grindhouse” screened to their eager audiences! Meanwhile, the people catching it at their googleplexes didn’t get it; many such theaters had ushers or managers bring up the house lights before the movie to tell the audience that the film was supposed to look shoddy!

Would finding the right audience have saved it? Uncertain. a review by an actual Grindhouse patron and enthusiast, though another grindhouse fan felt that Tarantino’s portion is something that grindhouse films never were: talky and boring.

Guess I’m waiting for the DVD. Perhaps many people are in the same boat. Or maybe they just want to have a pause button. Sorry, but when a movie is over three hours, you shouldn’t put in an intermission as a joke…you should have a real intermission!

Will Ferrell movie generator

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The Will Ferrell Movie Generator

You just know it has actually been used by Hollywood a couple times.

Theater Hopper becomes a weekly

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Theater Hopper will now come out only on Wednesdays, as Tom Brazleton devotes more time to his new son.

Scientists find Kryptonite

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Not that I’d try to stop a Man of Steel with it.

Best $2.99 you can spend this week!

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

J.S.A. Classified #25.

Written by Tony Bedard.

It’s an honest-to-God “Done In One” story!

No continued next month, no part one of an overwrought six part story arc designed for a trade paperback. It’s 22 pages long, a complete story…and it’s GREAT! It’s more satisfying than many long storylines are.

Thank you, Tony.

Micro-Con, the One Day Wonder, is this Sunday!

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

This Sunday, I’ll be appearing at Micro-Con at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Running from 10-4PM, it’s your chance to meet dozens and dozens of comic book pros and indy creators, including special guest of honor Herb Trimpe.

As always, I get to say hi to Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke, then check out Bob Lipski’s table and see how the Uptown Girl animated series is coming along. But one thing will be very different this convention:

I’m looking for an artist for Metro Med, so I’ll be doing (gasp!) portfolio reviews.

When Scott McCullar announced at a convention that he was doing portfolio reviews, we never saw him again. Granted, that was WizardWorld Chicago, but MicroCon is only six hours long and it gets enough of a crowd that I may not get a chance to breath until the end of the day.

Or maybe I won’t see any portfolios because no one wants to do it, and I’ll come home a broken and miserable man.

Oh, the trepidation!

Then again, it’s MicroCon. It’s always fun, and what I love about it is that the day is six hours long. Enough time to do all your shopping and meet everyone, but short enough that the guests’ buttocks don’t begin melding with the chair. When you do a con that’s eight hours long, you begin to realize you’re putting in a full work day.


Thursday, April 26th, 2007

For approximately fourteen years, I’ve been reading comic books. And for about that length of time, I have tried– and tried— and tried— to get a letter published in a letter column.

And now it’s happened. I direct you all to your copies of this week’s Astro City: The Dark Age, Book Two # 3– and you all are reading Astro City, aren’t you?– where I have, at last, achieved the pinnacle of comics glory. I feel like I’ve come of age– it’s like puberty all over again, only without the hair growing in new and strange places.

WWII fought by giant robots

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

CGI robot battle

Frankly, I’m not a big Giant Robot fan, but this is pretty cool. Actually, I’m more stunned at the quality of the everyday stuff like walking “extras” and water effects.

Dear DC: Concerning “52”, Week 51, Page 19…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

You owe me $2.50.

Oh, not that I want my money back or anything. Not at all! That was an awesome payoff and I couldn’t have figured it out in a million years even though in retrospect it makes total sense.

But I barfed all over the page and had to get a replacement copy.

Actually, I haven’t opened my new copy yet. Let’s take a look…


Maybe Firefly Did It

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Was Firefly mad because he isn’t a featured villain in the upcoming The Dark Knight? Could be. There was a fire in a vacant Chicago post office building where filming has been occurring for the upcoming Batman Begins sequel. Onlookers assumed it was part of the filming, but the District Fire Chief confirmed it wasn’t. He said it was caused when insulation inside the building’s “very old ventilation system” caught fire.

Bunnies of the Caribbean

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Starz Bunny Club: Pirates Of The Caribbean

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: WONDER WOMAN! ( Pt. 3 )

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

And here is the conclusion of our look at Wonder Woman.

This is continued from Part 2.


Spidey Swings To The Bright Lights Of Broadway

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Webbing will soon be decorating a Broadway stage as a musical based on Spider-Man is in the works. It will be directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor and feature songs from U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge.

A sign your child watches too much Chuck Norris

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

This 3-year-old girl has a plan for coping with monsters in her room.

Just a reminder…

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Venture Brothers Season 2 DVD is out today!

Welcome to America, Julianna Meadows!

Monday, April 16th, 2007

I previously posted that Phil and Sherry Meadows were on their way to China to finish their long adoption process. Today I received word that they are now back in the U.S.A. with their daughter, Julianna!

Congrats, Phil and Sherry! Let’s see some pictures!

Peeps show!

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

This week has seen a number of people having fun with the Easter treat, Peeps.

Mary Katherine Ham tells the news via confectionary:
The Week In Peeps!

The St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press ran its Fourth Annual Peeps Diorama Contest, with the winner “Run Silent, Run Peep”. They have a slideshow of the entrants.

A Peeps diorama contest was also held for the first time by the Washington Post. One of the entries is Batman and Robin as peeps. However, the best one is “Soylent Green Is Peeps!” (See the Gallery.)

It’s certainly better than eating those awful things. Now if only people could do contests with those inedible orange circus peanuts.

Gail Simone’s Wonderous New Gig

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Gail Simone has been officially named the new writer of Wonder Woman. Her run begins with issue #13, which follows a 2 issue arc by writer J. Torres.

Gail Simone to write Wonder Woman

Friday, April 13th, 2007

When the dust settles from the upcoming “Amazons Attack” story, Gail Simone will be taking over the writing of Wonder Woman. Simone is a fan favorite, probably best known for her time on Birds of Prey. Her first issue of Wonder Woman will be issue #13. For more on her and the title, see this Newsarama article.



Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Here is an image of Tony Stark’s Mark I armor. That’s right, boys and girls. The Mark I armor does indeed make it into the movie!