Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"Sneaked in the back door of publishing as a writer-for-hire," is how Judy Blundell categorized her career as an author before the publication of her first non-licensed novel. I'm not disputing the merit of the book (after all, it did win the National Book Award for Young People's Literature), but apparently she doesn't look upon the 100 or so books written up to this point favorably, choosing to use a pseudonym instead of her own name to sign the work.
I imagine doing so has hurt me at times, but I've always used my real name on projects. The only time a pseudonym has been on the cover of something I've written is due to the publisher (as in the case of the Deathlands novels I wrote under the house name of "James Axler"). I do agree with Blundell about "losing your writer's voice" by continually toiling in the creative houses of licensed properties, but I hardly see shame in the work done there either. Good work is good work, and should be recognized as such.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
... See the glum expression being worn by our pal Illya in the cover photo? Perhaps he is sad at having his head confined in a tiny box, while fellow agent Napoleon Solo gets the full body glory shot, but I think it is because he read the script for this issue and wonders what fresh indignities will be thrust upon him next within the U.N.C.L.E. organization.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
- Poe had a very bad childhood.
- He was cursed.
- His real mother & wife died at the age of 24.
- His step-father didn't like him.
- His last name was Poe.
- Poe was 40 years old when he died.
- He wrote short stories.
- Poe lived in Richmond, VA.
- He's dead.
- His middle name of Allan was not used until after his death.
- He wrote "The Raven."
- Poe was most famous for his horror stories.
- Poe's horrible life was the reason for the horror stories.
- He was weird.
- Poe's mother and wife died of TB.
- He joined the military.
- Hooked up with his 13-year-old cousin.
- He had a weird looking mustache.
- Poe could not hold his booze.
- He liked writing better than I did.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
If you click the photo, it will take you to an article about not only Sasquatch, but also bionics and real-world applications! The author even name checks In Search Of ...!
Fun fact: The bionic version of 'the Foot' is what my father used to terrorize my baby sister into going to bed or otherwise behaving in the mid-seventies! Amusingly, Bigfoot went on to become an almost mythical presence -- like a furry tooth fairy or monster under the bed in our household.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Soon I Will Be Invincible
Deconstructive super-heroism as recommended by Jackson Publick (co-creator of The Venture Bros.). I ended up coming away feeling about this book the same way I did about the movie Hancock. Amazing first half that addresses tried and true super-hero material in a new way, a middling second half that loses focus and, perhaps, tries too hard to make a ‘grand statement,’ and an ending that, while still shaky, still manages to ultimately redeem the material.
A fife-affirming fable about finding what you think you really want, and how to respond when you do. Recommended.
Depressing biography of comic book artist Wally Wood. Overwritten in several places, but well researched and done with love. Even with several (SEVERAL) chapters devoted to comic book history and filling-in-the-blanks of the industry for non-comics readers, this remains a “for fans only” tome.
Heartbreaking young adult novel based on a true story about the relationship between a troubled teen and an elderly man suffering from cerebral palsy. This one will make you cry (I did).
Batman: Hush Returns
A poorly written and drawn collection of Batman comic book stories centering on the villain Hush and his vendetta against the Dark Knight. The Joker subplot is the only thing that makes the volume redeemable, but even that uses chunks of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke as the basis. Everything that is "bad" about modern-day Batman comics.
Superman: Red Son Rising
Surprisingly effective Elseworlds take on the Superman saga as filtered through a Communist Russia lens.
The Boy Detective Fails
The most impressive novel I’ve read in several years. Deconstructs the notion of the “boy sleuth” by revealing his sad middle age, the fates of his foes, and the final mystery involving his mystery-solving sister. Being someone who adored the Three Investigators and Encyclopedia Brown, this book spoke to me on a series of levels.
And Then We Came To The End
An amusing and touching look at 90’s corporate America. Not as good as the hype would have you believe, but well worth reading if you have ever worked in a cube or dealt with middle-management types.
Born Standing Up
Steve Martin bears all in regards to his stand-up career, with time spent on his formative years as a child, and the rich career in movies and literature brought to him via hard work and focused applications of talent. Martin is amazing – find this in the audio book form if you can to fully appreciate how well written a bio this truly is.
DC Guide To Action Figures
Lots of photos, very little text, and a total waste of time.
Fargo Rock City
Heavy metal dreams as filtered through the twisted sensibility of the American Midwest’s own Chuck Klosterman.
Killing Yourself To Live
More Chuck Klosterman. A reflective journey across America searching out meaning from ‘death sites’ of famous musicians and how it applies to his own life.
A thought provoking look at human perception, information retrieval and retention of same … you’ll never “see” the world around you again in the same way.
I Am America (And So Can You)
Stephen Colbert and a horde of television writers bring his “message” to the masses. Amusing, but not as nearly good as The Daily Show’s take on the American History textbook America.
Wonderful non-fiction that actually makes economics and numbers a viable, living presence. A book that will truly "make you think." Witty and recommended
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Has your Internet been running slow as of recent ...? Click the graphic to learn about what might speed things along in the near future.
(Somehow, I sense my future is going to be spent buying new computer equipment and paying higher prices for faster connections ...).
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
'Life Of The Party'
A Visual History of S.S. Adams
Makers of Pranks & Magic For 100 Years
And here, I present to you a pop culture tome of essential reading fun for kids of all ages.
Here are all of the mondo-keen goodies from the back pages of the comics of our pasts ... goodies that we either sent away for and were disappointed with upon arrival ... or wish we had sent away for, never did, and were still disappointed over, because we always wondered what we had missed!
Featured in full color are the actual items themselves, as gazed upon in dime stores and truck stops by a multitude of children. Gags, jokes, tricks and novelities .., along with rarities, original store branding and ads, letters, trivia, company history and much much more.
Hardcover, 200 pages, and oversized at a generous 9" by 12" ... just from the sample pages alone, this is a sumptous treat that will bring back a calvacade of memories. Author Kirk Demarais http://www.secretfunspot.com/ has created an amazing piece of printed shared memory.
Why such an undertaking of love seems to be a well-kept secret is beyond me, but I am delighted to have discovered it all the same.
Click on the GLOP to be swept away to where you can order a copy!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Don't forget, Charlton Heston is also the guy who gave Orson Welles his last chance to make a Hollywood financed movie resulting in the late noir masterpiece Touch of Evil, feuded with, and yet backed Sam Peckinpah against the studio in regards to Major Dundee and was still gracious enough in his declining health to give an interview to Michael Moore in Bowling For Columbine that was as uncomfortable to watch as you might imagine (and I like Moore).
Horrible way for such a virile actor to die however, that's for damn sure.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
So, click ol' Greenskin to enjoy a list of every single indignity suffered by Dr. David Banner that caused him to slip in a pair of white contact lenses, shred his shirt, and "Hulk Out."
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Case in point, these wonderful replicas of Evan Dorkin's mayhem loving dairy products, Milk and Cheese.
They are the perfect additions to my custom M&C color illustration where they burn down my beloved Mayberry and urinate on the grave of Otis Campbell. One of these days, I'll get a good color scan of said scene (obtained in a Fisher-Price Ferris Wheel toy-trade with Evan years ago) and slap it up for all to enjoy, but for now use your imagination.
As far as I know, I actually have all of the M&C merchandise (what little there is), such as the figural magnet, the magnet set and the trading cards.
As for the Milk and Cheese Vinyl Figures set, see the photo below. These retail for $69.99 off the Slave Labor website, but can be found for $20.00 less on eBay (which is where I got mine).