Archive for May, 2007

Sci-Fi Writers Ready To Fight Terror!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Remember Mark Millar’s first story-arc in THE AUTHORITY? Where he gave us a world where Jack Kirby didn’t become a comic book storyteller but instead was recruited by the government to think of as many crazy ideas as he could and they did their best to make them all real? It led to real life super-heroes and insane technology in the modern world.

So what if that really happened?

Guess what …?

It’s happening right now!

Sci-Fi Writers Ready To Fight Terror!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Remember Mark Millar’s first story-arc in THE AUTHORITY? Where he gave us a world where Jack Kirby didn’t become a comic book storyteller but instead was recruited by the government to think of as many crazy ideas as he could and they did their best to make them all real? It led to real life super-heroes and insane technology in the modern world.

So what if that really happened?

Guess what …?

It’s happening right now!

The Joker Goes IMAX.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The Joker’s debut in the sequal to Batman Begins, along with four other scenes done in IMAX format. Read the details at the link provided. First look: Enter the Joker in the IMAX format – USATODAY.com

Charles Nelson Reilly dead. Also gay.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

‘Game Show Fixture’ Charles Nelson Reilly, Gay, Dies at 76

Kidding. That’s not really what the headline says.

Charles Nelson Reilly and Paul Lynde had three things in common:
1) They were both on Hollywood Squares.
2) They both had colorful, exuberant, ostentatious and ribald personae.
3) I didn’t know either of them were gay until they were dead.

What is this “gaydar” equipment of which you speak?

What can I say? I was a child of the 1970s who had it drilled into me (no pun intended, honest) not to think that any effeminate man is automatically homosexual. It’s wrong to stereotype. Gays can be big lumberjacks or truckers or cowboys, at least according to that All In The Family episode where Archie finds out that the macho guys in a bar are all gay.

So, being a fair-minded individual, I try to never assume that someone is gay even if on TV they have the persona of a raving queen. After all, that’s just TV. It’s not like Milton Berle was a woman, or Ron Perlman a catlike creature who lives in the sewers. So I figured that this was just what Paul Lynde, JM J Bullock and, apparently, Charles Nelson Reilly were doing as character bits. I know that seems naive, but it’s basically how the entire nation regarded Liberace for decades. Dresses up in frilly outfits? That’s just showmanship.

I didn’t even think Boy George was gay. I know, I know, that sounds stupid, but he’s a musician! What, do you think KISS is really made up of alien clown soldiers or whatever they’re supposed to be? No! So it’s reasonable to think that Boy George just wants to get attention in a competitive music industry, so he’s dressing like a girl. Oh shut up.

Despite a lifetime of finding my “benefit of the doubt” indistinguishable in the end from “having no judgment whatsoever”, I still think it’s a good philosophy.

Now, I’m going to get away from all this talk about effeminate individuals and relax with some manly music. First up, Macho Man by the Village People.

Oh shut up! They are not!

First time in history a missile destroyed a space station!

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Careful analysis of the explosion of the Death Star shows smaller explosions on the surface before its destruction! And how can you explain that the “stolen” plans were delivered to the rebels by two droids owned by Darth Vader himself? Was it actually a plot by Darth Vader to seize control of the gas pipelines of Bespin?

The destruction of the Death Star was an INSIDE JOB!!!!

Don’t believe me? See for yourself in “Loose Credits”!

Manga prize news

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

HOLY CRAP UPDATE!: Our friend Josh Elder of Mail Order Ninja is mentioned in the article! Way to go, JOSH!!!

How awesome is it to fire up my morning links and find a news item about manga as the featured top story on FoxNews?! So awesome I’m blogging about it from work even though I shouldn’t…just to share it with YOU!

(The things I do for you people…)

I’m not dead! I’m getting better. I think I’ll go for a walk…

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Sorry to disappear on you, folks. My computer went into the shop…in order to get transferred to my new monster gamer system computer!

I told the guy at Miracle Computer that I didn’t need a gamer system. The only non-Solitaire, non-M.A.M.E. game I play anymore is Small Rockets’ Red Ace Squadron. I haven’t even cracked open Worms in ages. Don’t get me wrong, I love games, but I’m 37 years old and can’t be devoting massive amounts of time to huge adventures, and I don’t have the dexterity to tackle these games that require the use of 30 buttons simultaneously.

I grew up on Pac-Man. I couldn’t even get the hang of “Defender” with its flakey button controls! When game consoles started coming with a bare minimum of 8 buttons instead of a joystick I started losing my love of video games. I like some first-person shooters, but I like creeping around and taking my time to kill everything on every level; watching friends and co-workers as they run like maniacs through twisting corridors that they’ve committed to memory and finishing a level before I can even comprehend it…it makes my eyes hurt!

But I love Red Ace. It’s a flying game without any stupid need to learn to fly a plane. Just start up the propeller, leap into the sky and begin shooting down the hairy hun! Fun. They even came out with a multi-player version a while ago so that once you’ve mastered the missions you can battle with your friends!

If only I had friends that played Red Ace Squadron. Oh sure, there’s probably some public server where I can play against strangers, but there’s no fun in getting shot down by some hardcore gamer equipped with cheat codes, carpal tunnel-free hands and no mercy. I suppose it doesn’t matter that I’m without friendly competition, since I cannot figure out how to play online. Go ahead and laugh. Last time I played a game online it was “Worms: Armageddon” against my college buddy Blaine, and W:A had the easiest point-and-click method to play online I’d ever seen.

I’ve strayed a bit from my subject. Anyway…I installed Red Ace Squadron on this new system, fired it up…and found out how much fun it is to play when I can crank the settings up to maximum! The game doesn’t hickup when I start playing, either!

If any of you play Red Ace, give me a shout out on the Forum and maybe we can arrange something.

Ah yes, the Forum. Speaking of which…

As soon as I get my software installed on this new computer, I’ll be updating the PHPBB system. They just revealed the new 3.0 system. I’m going to install that, then get some good plugins for it that will screen out the spam. Due to the massive influx of spam registrations, no one has been able to get a membership on the board for ages. I’ll get that fixed.

I’m also working on some blog system updates. No promises…I’ve still got a garden to get in the ground…but hopefully we’ll have some new capabilities soon.

Heath Ledger’s Joker Revealed

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Chris Nolan and Heath Ledger have both been reassuring everyone that their vision of the Joker will be dark and menacing in the upcoming movie THE DARK KNIGHT, sequel to the hit BATMAN BEGINS. Heath Ledger himself has said he is basing his interpretation largely on Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke.” If you’re unfamiliar with “The Killing Joke”, go buy it. It involves flashbacks to the Joker’s possible origin, a horrible kidnapping of Commissioner Jim Gordon, and is historically important as its the story wherein Barbara Gordon was crippled, leading her to go from the original Batgirl to becoming the new hero Oracle.

Below then is the first OFFICIAL PHOTO of Heath Ledger as the Joker.

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March of the Bunguins

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Starz Bunny Club Exclusive: March Of The Penguins

New Transformers Trailer

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Yet another trailer, this time showing some serious action scene footage as our favorite robots battle each other and the U.S. military.

What are you waiting for?

More TRANSFORMERS MOVIE images!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

You ready for this?

This is a companion piece to:

Interview With Optimus Prime/Peter Cullen

and

Kistler on the Transformers: Movie vs. Cartoons/Comics

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A Shoggoth on the Roof. It’s Broadway… ARKHAM STYLE!

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

I just came across this. A proposed, but never produced spoof of a Broadway musical set to the Cthulu Mythos. The play being spoofed is Fiddler on the Roof (popular in the 1970s). Anyway, heres the link…

I guess there are some things that were never meant to be adapted into musicals (although they should have tried one with HAIR)

Free Comic Book Day in Dearborn

Friday, May 11th, 2007

As some of you may know from the previous postings, I spent my Free Comic Book Day at Green Brain Comics, the best comic book store in Michigan. (Eat it, Vault of Midnight!)

I got to speak with such local luminaries as Matt Feazell, Suzanne Baumann, and Marty Hirchak, as well as owner/Lil’ Lulu advocate Dan Merritt. Scott McCloud was there, as was John Hickey.

Who is John Hickey? John’s another filmmaker/gamer/fanboy like myself, and I was very pleased to meet such a like-minded spirit. John also documented Free Comic Book Day at Green Brain Comics, and so I present to you both short documentaries.

First, here’s mine:

It’s the shorter of the two, clocking in at 2:32. Most of my youtube videos are between 1 to 3 minutes long, simply because I can’t make them any longer without going over the 100 MB limit, at least not without sacraficing the quality of the video/audio itself. I find it challenging and a bit restricting at the same time.

John’s documentary, by contrast, is nearly nine minutes long. And I think it looks pretty good, even with the compression. I like the structure of it, which pretty neatly divides the film into two halves, and I like the general overview of the Free Comic Book Day event. Mine kinda assumes that you know what Free Comic Book Day is already. And so, here’s John’s:

And there you have it. Two very different perspectives on one cool event.

We’re back!

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Sorry to disappear on you all. Unbeknownst to all but the contributors, we ran into a small problem in upgrading the Movable Type system and the system was down. (Don’t touch that light switch, The Cheat!)

It’s now up. And the infrastructure has definitely changed. All you contributors had better log in and post something!

No, I don’t know what’s wrong with the formatting buttons in Firefox. I’ll fix it.

My YouTubes of the week…

Monday, May 7th, 2007

I gotta get in on this…

Old Games apparently never die. They somehow wind up in Brooklyn…

The scariest part about this next piece is that they’re probably as old as the ACTUAL Who!

Getting out the ten foot pole

Monday, May 7th, 2007

R.B. brought to my attention a rather small controversy-that-wasn’t, and at first I wasn’t going to post about it. Partly because it’s political and I try to avoid that on this site, where I mention politics maybe a few times a year when it comes up in news related to comics. Partly because I like Chris Muir’s “Day by Day”, even linking it on the site. Mostly, because I’d read the strip in question and I’m surprised at the hullabaloo; in context, the strip is perhaps a little on-the-nose obvious, but it’s hardly worth the foofaraw that has resulted. However, ultimately I decided to discuss this in terms of what it means for comics and self-censorship, and how political correctness can get in the way of satire.

If the mere mention of racial politics bugs you, skip this one.

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I’m a Marvel… and I’m a DC

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Perfect commentary on the state of DC’s movies:



Hey, it’s YouTube goodies night!

Some great scenes from Venture Bros. Season 2

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

I’ll admit: This scene is pretty cool.

This rocks:

But this is hands-down the geekiest and funniest scene ever!

(Someone’s been watching me get dressed in the morning.)

Hopefully, posting this was pointless because you all have the DVDs. But just in case you don’t…

And don’t forget Season One

The Simpsons Already Did It

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Granted, the Simpsons already did everything. Still, this makes a good case:

Plagiarismo!

Galactus vs. Lil’ Lulu

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Finally, an answer to the ultimate who’d win?