Archive for December, 2007

is this an allegory?

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Ah well, regardless of the questionable notion, Irregular Webcomic is still a hilarious webcomic.

So I ask you, the reader, is David Morgan-Mar funnier than Scott Kurtz? If he isn’t you must admit that the strip is damned awesome. It also comes in promptly every day.

Now what could be an interesting conversation, but won’t be, is whether the government efforts should be made to counter a possible threat if not a definite threat. This is topical scientifically not militarily or geopolitically. Now you can see the specific threat in the fiction, but if one were looking at it the way I look at it…. well my views on asteroid threats involve shooting stuff at the space rocks.

However, if planetary climate effects are threatening humanity but it can’t be confirmed, perhaps acting to prevent something that might not happen anyway may create something worse.

Perhaps the point really is that DMM (David Morgan-Mar) has killed a character here. Maybe that is the only point.

Go Speed Racer!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

The trailer for Speed Racer is up…

http://www.imdb.com/rg/VIDEO_PLAY/LINK//video/trailer/me60811758/

 

Pulling for my buddies

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Kurt Belcher and Phil Neundorf, two gents I had the pleasure of working with on “Job Wanted“, are attempting to get a book published by Alterna Comics and they need your vote

All you have to do is post a comment and give them a star rating (the higher the better).  No registration is necessary and the comment process is simple.  They need to be in the top five vote-getters to advance, so please spread the word and tell your friends.

More Superman music videos

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Sorry.  Got on a kick. 

Christopher Reeve tribute

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I’ve been getting into Five For Fighting (a/k/a Jon Ondrasik) recently, mainly due to Jon’s recent tour of the radio talk shows to promote his new projectCD For The Troops.”  I figured it’s about time I bought some Five For Fighting albums, but I wanted to check out more of his music.  Not content with those 30-second iTunes samples that cut off right before the chorus ramps up, I headed over to YouTube to browse his videos

…and I found this:

Cool, isn’t it? 

Oh, and I found some even better resolution videos online.

Do me a favor?  If you feel like buying some Five For Fighting albums, grab them from our Astore.  I have to renew our site’s hosting soon and could use some kickback dough!

Oh, there’s an Alien vs. Predator 2 movie out?

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I know some people were excited about the trailer for AvP2.  Seeing the two beasties battling it out on Earth, in America, in the present… it at least sounded like a better plot.  Plus, it was clearly going to be an R-rated movie, as the previous film should have been.  Still, it was curious that there wasn’t a lot more publicity for the sequel than a red-banded trailer released online. 

That smell?  That’s the smell of a studio dumping a turd of a movie near the holidays in hopes of scooping up cash from the people who are just hanging out a theater looking for something to watch.  The movie is doing terribly in the reviews, though it did manage to garner some $10 million on its Christmas Day opening.  My guess is that word of mouth will ensure that the film doesn’t make too much beyond the opening day take.

I think the big problem is the lack of humans we care about.  Alien means little without Ripley’s character in it, which is why
Alien is all the poorer in these post-Ripley films.  Predator was all about
Arnold, not the Predator; the main problem with Predator 2 was that the
good ensemble cast was headed up by Danny Glover.

What the AVP films needed, and what any
future (fingers crossed) Predator film needs is a bankable star that
people care about playing a likable character. Heck, put Keanu Reeves
and Drew Barrymore up against a Predator and I’d go see it. (Yes, so
would all the people who hate them…in hopes that they lose.)

The Most Highly Anticipated Film of 2008 (Or Not)

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

There’s a little bit of kissing/sighing going on in this trailer, but I think it’s fairly innocuous.

Hell’s Highway

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Contrary to popular belief, the most gut wrenching, goriest, sickening films from the late fifties and sixties were NOT directed by George Romero, shown in Grindhouse cinemas, or even, surprisingly the focus of complaints by parent action groups.  According to this clip, they were funded by state governments, used ‘real’ corpses and shown in our high schools.

 

All for the sake of teaching us to drive safely. 

Justice League: New Frontier Trailer 2

Friday, December 21st, 2007

This is the second trailer. The first one was on the Superman/Doomsday DVD

A New Contest For Writers!

Friday, December 21st, 2007

In comics most contests are geared toward artists.  It’s just the nature of the beast that aspiring writers don’t have the opportunities to get their stuff seen like artists do.  Well, Image Comics’ Shadowline imprint (Jim Valentino’s publishing house) and Newsarama mean to change this by creating a contest to find a new 21st century super-heroine to balance out the Bomb Queen character.  But you better hurry as the first round of submissions must be in by January 31, 2008.

You thought Greedo Shooting First was bad

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Now George Lucas has just gone too far!

Congratulations to Operation Gratitude!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Operation Gratitude, who we’ve supported with our “Comics For Soldiers” fundraiser for the last few weeks, just announced that they have sent off their 300,000th care package.  Actually, that happened on December 15th… and by the time I logged in to create this blog entry the number on their counter was up to 314,786, meaning they have packaged up another 15,000 just in the last 4 days.  Amazing!

Though their holiday drive to gather items to put in the care packages is over, It’s never too late to donate money.  Remember, $10 pays for one care package.  $50, a not-too-unreasonable amount for the average comic fan, pays for five care packages.  You may donate easily with Paypal or by sending them a check. 

Thanks to all of you who have donated.

Spider-Bun 3

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The Bunnies are now re-enacting movies at their own URL:  starzbunniestheater.com

Up first: Spider-Man 3.  I guess it says something about that mess of a movie that the re-enactment can barely skim all of the plot elements in 30 seconds.

Dark Knight: Full Trailer is up!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Heath Ledger is turning in a good performance as the Joker so far, even though it’s clear that they’re deviating more from the comic book origins.  (No chemical bath as far as we can tell…it’s just a mysterious psycho in makeup)

Check it out at atasteforthetheatrical.com

The Hollywood Stock Exchange

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Invest in films online with fake dollars!

Okay, I don’t know what the point is.  I guess it’s just fun.  I mean, you can get stuff.  Like, if you earn 3 million “dollars” profit you can exchange it for 3 actual dollars off of a shirt that says “Hollywood Stock Exchange” on it.

Message: Japanese girls are creepy

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

The GrudgeAfter watching The Grudge 2 last night (and recently watching both the original and the extended version), and then thinking about that movie series and the Ringu movies, I’ve come to the conclusion that Japanese horror films are all based on Japanese women having creepy hair. 

I mean, Ringu/The Ring and Ju-on/The Grudge both draw 90% of their scares just from the sudden appearance or zooming close-up of a woman with her eyes wide open behind her stringy hair.

My heart goes out to Japanese women.  I’m sure there are good portrayals of them in Japanese films somewhere, but as far as films that get any international play there seems to be three stereotypes:

  • Stringy-haired, pop-eyed evil spirits
  • Geishas
  • Baby-voiced, giggling, uniformed schoolgirls whose panties get a lot of screentime

Of course, if America is judged internationally by its movie output (and it is), the world must think all American women (including nuclear scientists) are underfed, under twenty-five and baring their midriffs.

While we’re on this subject, the trailer is up for One Missed Call, yet another American adaptation of a Japanese horror film.  This one’s written by Andrew Klavan of the Libertas blog.  Way to go, Andy!

Dark Knight posters unveiled

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

The Dark Knight Poster: Batman

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Hat Tip: Libertas.

Who is the mysterious Mr. W?

Friday, December 14th, 2007

How long will it take you to deduce his identity?

Comics For Soldiers UPDATE

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

There are only a few days left of the Operation Gratitude donation drive, and they are also closing in on their 300,000th care package sent.

As part of our first Comics For Soldiers drive, I have just mailed off 40 copies of “Job Wanted” and 100 copies of “Metro Med”, all of which were signed, for Operation Gratitude to include in their care packages.  I’ve also sent a check for $100, enough to cover 10 care packages.  I’m mentioning this not to brag but to emphasize that I’m walking the walk and not just exhorting you to donate while I play it safe.

Shortly after I announced our effort, I heard from the great Nick Post of the Midwest Comic Book Association.  He asked how many comic books I wanted for a donation to Operation Gratitude.  I told him to put together a fair-sized box.  He replied, “I was thinking more along the lines of ‘How many pallets?’”  (Did I mention Nick is one of the best friends the comic book industry could have?)

It’s not too late, folks.  Donate comics, games Beanie Babies or small toys.  If nothing else, send cash.  They always need the money for sending more care packages.

Rob Liefeld is a great artist

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

One of the areas I’m awful at is art criticism.  I can’t draw much more than stick figures, so when I look at Rob Liefeld’s art I have to say, “Hey, it’s way better than I can do!”

Sure, the human body doesn’t bend like that, and that poor woman has the worst case of scoliosis I’ve ever seen, and I don’t see how it’s possible to see an overhead view and a front shot and a back shot of Wonder Girl in one panel and when I was designing a four-armed character for Metro Med the first thing I asked myself was, “How would his skeleton be modified to make that work?” while Liefeld just sticks an arm out of a body mass and calls it done.  But when all’s said and done, I can’t draw.  Liefeld can.  Those forty great art pieces by Liefeld prove it.

Be warned: the vulgarity is thick.  But warranted.