Archive for July, 2009

Metro Med trailer and Facebook page

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I’ve created a new Facebook page for Metro Med.
This also allows me to have an embeddable version of the comic book’s trailer:

If you’d like to embed this in your blog or other web page, use this code:
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If you’re near the Wausau, WI, area, don’t forget to visit WASFen this weekend!

WASFen plans

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Maybe I haven’t ever been to Comicon, but I will be able to say that I’ve attended a convention this year.  The Wausau Area Science Fiction Enthusiasts have invited me to be a Guest of Honor at their convention in Wausau this Saturday!  If any of you are in central Wisconsin, be sure to hit that!

As we haven’t had a vacation trip of any kind since last August, Melinda and I are making it a three-day weekend.  We’re going to stay at a fancy hotel room on Friday night, and then Saturday after the con we’re going to a bed and breakfast somewhere north of there.  I lived in Wausau from 1994-96, and I’m going to show her Rhinelander and Crandon (where my folks lived for a decade), so I gave Melinda free reign to pick the place we stay.  She spent much of Monday night hunting for B&Bs and not finding anything quite right.

Here is our conversation as we were driving to work Tuesday morning:

Melinda: I looked at places in Merrill, Rhinelander and Waukegan.

Me: You could even look in Crandon.  Even that’s only a 90 minute drive after the convention.

Melinda: How far is it from Rhinelander to Waukegan?

Me: I don’t know where Waukegan is.

Melinda: Duh.  I mean Waukesha!

Me: You mean Wausau?

Melinda: Wausau!  Yeah, that’s it.

Me: Are you sure the places you looked at last night are even in the city we’re going to be visiting?

Melinda: Maybe I should double-check.

Note to the WASFen folks: If we don’t show up Saturday, it’s because we’re in Waukesha.

Best picture from Comic-Con yet!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I’m not going to be a bandwidth-thief.  If you want to see it, go to Big Hollywood.

The first commenter wins the caption contest: “For once, middle-aged, out of shape fanboys have the perfect body type for the characters they’re cosplaying.”


Support John Ostrander!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Writer John Ostrander suffers from glaucoma, and many of his industry friends are holding fundraisers to help him pay for his surgeries.  Visit Comix4sight.com.

One of the great sci-fi dramas is now online!

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Several years ago, I posted about one of my favorite TV shows, “Century City”. A legal drama set about 30 years in the future, the show boasted a tremendous cast (including Ioan Gruffud of Fantastic Four and Amazing Grace and Nestor Carbonell of The Tick and Dark Knight), a fine SFX budget, and terrific writing. It was true science fiction, using inventive ideas for future technologies as a springboard for telling compelling human dramas.

Unfortunately, it didn’t catch on and it left the air without even broadcasting all 9 episodes. I’ve since lamented that it wasn’t even available on DVD. Not that I’m expecting some kind of Family Guy-esque resurrection, but at least like Firefly I’d be able to spread the word about an un-appreciated show.

And NOW I CAN! It’s not on DVD, but it is on HULU! That’s the link for the show page where you can view all nine episodes, but for you doubters out there, let me start with this powerful episode: “To Know Her” – A woman claims that a man raped her by having nanites implanted in her fiance and using them to record and receive, and then experience, their lovemaking. The drama is a fine courtroom thriller just like the ones welcome all over our TV channels, except that it mentions nanotechnology. And if that isn’t enough to make you watch, how about for the ability to see Donny Most and Robert Guillaume on TV again!?

All nine episodes! I haven’t even watched them all yet, but I had to share this with you. And you want to hear something even weirder? One of the other TV shows I mentioned in that “I wish it was on DVD” post, Quark, a Star Trek parody from Buck Henry? Turns out that’s also on DVD now, and it just arrived from Amazon this morning! So, on the same day, I now have two of those TV shows to watch. Weird, huh?

I’ll give you a Quark review soon, okay?

Way to go, Brad!

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I’ve posted before about how Brad is now the most awesome character in the Luann strip. I’ve been following his career with great interest.

I CANNOT believe I just quoted “The Phantom Menace”. 🙁

Luann

And that’s the way it was…

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Walter Cronkite, Reporter, Anchorman, Legend, has passed away
Also known as the most trusted man in America, he founded and set the standard for reporting the news which very few have matched.

Rest in peace Mr. Cronkite

Can’t touch this…

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Darth Vader. Sith Lord, intergalactic tyrant, hip hop master:

Wednesday Zingers #3

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

blacklantern

Well, it’s still Wednesday in Hawaii, right? Sorry, computer glitches on my end.

How do I get an accusing monkey?

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

They could make a lot of money if they started selling replicas of the accusing monkey!

Green Lantern: First Flight trailer

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

I’m stoked. Are you stoked?

That’s how it’s DONE!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

A fan made Batman production starring Batman cosplayers

Idleson: “I never want to see Supergirl’s panties again”

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Matt Idleson, editor at DC Comics, wins praise from all of us who have hated the skanky Supergirl outfits of recent years. Why? He recently issued the edict, “I never want to see Supergirl’s panties again.”

For the past few years, Supergirl has been seen wearing little more than a frill that seems to stay across her groin through sheer force of will. Idleson’s pronouncement is actually a surprise to me, considering that many artists draw her skirt in such a way that she couldn’t be wearing underwear underneath it.

Here’s what bothers me: Why would Superman and his parents not say anything about Kara prancing around so under dressed? Does it seem like this would fly in the Kent household? Ma Kent is, after all, the woman who designed her own son’s outfit so that there were some modest trunks worn over the tights.

Supergirl is hardly the only comic book female who runs around in an impractical outfit. I don’t see how Wonder Woman can fly at Mach 5 with the wind howling down her metal bustier, and the butt floss lower garments look like they would need constant readjusting during a fight.

Some years back, there was an Elseworlds theme that ran across DC’s annuals, and one of them featured a future Wonder Woman who wears black athletic shorts rather than a skirt, a bikini bottom or a thong, and the look was not only very attractive but it seemed like the kind of outfit Diana would really wear.

Wednesday Zingers #2

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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Here we go with the second of four. I had three different joke ideas for this image, but went with the least overt. Because I think you’re all that smart. That’s it.