Archive for June, 2009

Wednesday Zingers #1

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


As promised, here’s the first of a set of weekly Wednesday Zingers! (And yes, it’s not fully in color because, when all was said and done, I liked the black and white over a colored background on this one. Maybe a weird choice, but it satisfied me artistically.) Seeya next week.

Almost Transformers

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Lamest. Robot. Invasion. EVER!

Farewell, Mr. Jefferson

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Mr. Jefferson has ended his 50-year childhood.

Here is perhaps the best obituary I’ve seen on him.

Mark Steyn, a great obituarist, talked with Hugh Hewitt about Michael Jackson showing us the price paid for our exploitation of child stars, noting how “Lindsay Lohan is about 22 now. She’s got etched into her face that kind of hardness of a 48 year old woman sitting in a sports bar somewhere in some broken-down loser town in upstate New York who’s been around the town once too often. “

Farewell Angel…

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Farrah Fawcett, former 70s icon and star of Charlie’s Angels, has passed away.

Podcast 2: Batman Movies, part 2

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Our second podcast is finally here, sponsored by In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mr. Mom playing Batman, Erik Burnham and I review the Batman movies directed by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.

Podcast coming!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I’m leaving to pick up my wife while this huge MP3 is being produced.  When I get back, this will go live.


Kryb’s babies

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Just got some Priority Mailers from Scott Beatty filled with tons of comics! I haven’t read new comics since last October.

First priority: Catching up on Green Lantern Corps!  I finished reading Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason’s story arc where the GLC goes after the awful Kryb, who kills Green Lantern parents and then stuffs their babies in her skeletal crib on her back.

Here’s the bizarre thing: these babies are TOTALLY forgotten about!  All this time, I’ve been wanting to see the moment that a Green Lantern cracks open her ribcage and releases all those babies.  But this never happenes.  There’s even a moment where Kryb opens her ribs wide to use them as a weapon, and it doesn’t appear that the babies are in there anymore.

Also, the GLs blast her full force, never worrying about the babies.

Is there something I just don’t understand about this?

Tom Russell’s superhero novel now available on Amazon

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

My novel JOLT CITY is now on sale for $25.

From the back cover copy:

When Jolt City’s sworn protector the Green Knight falls ill with cancer, his former sidekick Martin Rock embarks on an incredible journey: from self-reliance to friendship, from pain to peace, from anger to joy.

Along the way, he’ll fight a jousting match atop a unicycle, team up with a super-speedster, visit an alternate earth populated by talking snails, and thwart an invasion.

Unabashedly in love with its genre but unafraid to take it deadly seriously, JOLT CITY is free of camp, laced with literary wit and heightened with stark poetical beauty. So turn off your bleeper, snuggle up in bed, pull the covers over your head, flick on your electric torch, and get ready for 358 pages of unrelenting two-fisted awesomeness.


Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel prompted me to think long, hard, and deeply about video game design, perhaps moreso than even the experimental games of which I am so fond. But, in the words of the immortal Dav Pilkey, before I can tell you that story, I have to tell you this one.


Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Nick Landime in Hawaiian Nick, which first ran in Shooting Star Comics Anthology #6, is serializing now at www.burnhamania. com. A new page will run every Monday, and when this golden oldie is done a NEW, never before seen Nick story will take its place.

Burnhamania. com’s other regular content includes New T-Shirt Tuesdays (t-shirt designs that aim to amuse, or be bought, or both) as well as sketches, musings, and reviews throughout the week.

Drop on by.

I Am Wall*E

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The audio for the “I Am Legend” trailer synchs up beautifully with the trailer for “Wall*E”! No edits! This is just amazing to watch.

My review of UP

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Well, I just came back from seeing it, and to be honest, judging from the first trailer , I didn’t have high expectations. I remember when seein g it originally, I thought, ookay, flying house and an old man, so where’s the story potential? Even the title ‘UP’ sounded lame.

I’m just glad to be proven wrong.


The story follows Carl Fredricson, who, when he was a young boy, dreams of going on adventures in a lost land somewhere in South America with his friend, and future wife, Ellie. After many years setting up their dream home, and trying to make their dreams come true, however, Ellie unfortunately passes away. This is all covered in the first 15 minutes of the film, through a series of clever montages, as we see the couple date, get married, build a live, and suffer misfortunes.
I can honestly say that no one can go through this part without shedding tears. I can also say that while shedding said tears, it is difficuly to dry one’s eyes while wearing regular and 3D glasses, but I digress…
Carl, in the present day, is in the process of being evicted to a retirement community against his will. To make things worse, he is being annoyed by Russel, an 8 year old scout trying to earn an elderly badge (ah, the scouting days). On the day he’s to be sent to the home, Carl had managed to inflate thousands of baloons, and make modifications to his house, to float away in the sky, to keep his promise to Ellie.
Unfortunately, Russel stows away, and hilarity ensues.

All in all it was a great film. Not as dynamic as The Incredibles, but it really doesn’t need to be. Ed Asner’s portrayal of Carl is on the ball, and Russel, along with the inevitable animal sidekicks, provide wonderful comic relief.

‘UP’ date:
A truly touching story…

Don’t Skeet The Tweet!

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Why would a bird turn into popcorn?

Green Lantern: Best Fan-Made trailer ever?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Best Fan-Made trailer ever? You be the judge.

I wish it were real. Even as I recognize most of the footage and music used in it, I still got goosebumps as if I was watching a real trailer in a theater. Just…astounding!

Conan’s wax figures…where are they?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Doctor Manhattan’s Pants

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

If you gaze into his junk, the junk will… oh never mind.

New Poll: Most screwed over character

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Which character has been the most shafted by The Powers That Be?

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More fun with Conan (O’Brien, not Barbarian)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Yes, Spinal Tap’s new album has just dropped:

Weird Al, he couldn’t get much higher!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Weird Al Yankovic has finally released a new single parodying the musical style of the Doors: Craigs list!

Unlike Jim Morrison, you can understand the words!

The T-Shirt, The Sale, The Zingers, The Brief Reviews

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A hodgepodge post.

CLICK HERE for the t-shirt we all should be wearing right now.

Second, my June commission sale is going pretty well, with about a third of the slots I’d opened sold (which is keen!) Look over at some of the stuff posted (and which will continue to be posted) over at

That’s enough self-serving for now, I’d say.

Remember when I mentioned, in my last post, four weekly Zingers for Monitor Duty? They’re still happening. I got one or two weird character ideas, but I haven’t picked anything yet. If you have any characters you want to see star in the strips, let us know with a comment.

And now, some brief review snippets:

The International: One of the worst movies I’ve seen in quite some time. Disjointed, it expects to be taken very seriously… and then includes a chalk outline at a crime scene. Plus, no real resolution for our hero at the end of the movie. Stay away.

Wii Punch Out: Awesome. Fun. Nostalgic. And they made Glass Joe a challenge. (Plus, if you’re lucky and good, you can take on Donkey Kong!)

Burn Notice Season 3: Two episodes down so far, and yes, the show is still a must-watch.

Friday the 13th ’09: Jason is now, apparently, Rambo. For some, this works. For others “it’s dumb.” The latter folk do seem to enjoy the three-chapter sex scene, however. (Just like the old days, in the 1980s, when kids had lots and lots of sex before the slasher got to ’em!) Also: Jason runs. Jason is smart enough to set traps. And… Jason throws down with a bow and arrow. So yeah. Rambo Voorhees.

And that’s about all I have at 5:45 in the AM.