Okay, I know it's really spelled 'Ciao' but I wanted I just wanted... aw fugedaboutit.
Anyway, I am on my way up to Calgary tomorrow morning, so this will be my last post until I get back in another week.
I'm hoping to have lots of nifty keen pictures (read: embarrassing. probably of me.) and if I'm lucky maybe even some cool videos.
I'm hoping to interview some of the guests while I'm at the show so we'll see what happens.
At the very least, I'll have some new artwork to show off.
So while I'm gone be sure to eat your veggies, respect your parents, get to bed early and treat each other with kindness.
Oh who am I kidding? Have fun!
Apr 23, 2008
Okay, I know it's really spelled 'Ciao' but I wanted I just wanted... aw fugedaboutit.
Here's a little Pokemon humor for you.
Safe for work, but you might want headphones so you don't have to explain what you're listening to.
Apr 22, 2008
Apr 20, 2008
You know how when you're signed off of Blogger but you're on the sign in screen, it'll show recently updated blogs that you can click on and check out?
I was checking out the titles that were popping up. Some blatently ads or junk blogs, others with interesting titles, and some just out and out porn.
So my interest was piqued when I saw the name "Bill Sienkiewicz" appear up there.
Hold on. THE Bill Sienkiewicz?!? He has a blog?
Wow, I should check that out.
I clicked it and then was redirected to another page that loaded up and was actually....
just a porn blog with LOTS of pics of gay men (and a few women). Complete with a video of two (not that attractive) women gettin' it on.
Not cool. Not cool at all.
What about Stephen King on "Man Thing" and Eric Powell on art?
Hmmm? Just a thought.
Discuss it amongst yourselves and get back to me.
There's a first time for everything (and this year seems to be filled with a bunch of them... more on that soon).
I got tagged for a meme recently and so I'm supposed to come up with something along the lines of the following theme: (heh! "theme" "meme"... weird.)
What creators who are usually associated with a certain company (or, indeed, medium) would you like to see writing someone else’s title? For example, would you want to see JMS on Hellboy? Which DC character should Bendis have a crack at? Should George Pelecanos write Batman?
Well me start out by saying that I don't have any dead-set particular favorites when it comes to writers or artists. I kind of take them for what they are at the time, and good or bad I'll read the books. Some I enjoy more than others, be it for the art or the writing, but it really depends on my mood at the time.
While I'm currently enjoying Gail Simone on 'Wonder Woman' I'd like to see Phil Jimenez on it again.
He was the writer that was on the book when I began reading it and really brought a lot of depth to the character in my opinion. Sure he's a bit wordy with the dialog, but unlike Bendis I didn't mind reading lengthy conversations between characters. They actually SAID something.
I'd like to see a limited series or one-shot of 'Hellboy' written by Bob Burden. The character lends itself to the strange on a regular basis, and I think Bob's surreal approach to comics would be highly entertaining.
Maybe even with Andy Kuhn on art duty.
Jeff Parker on "Avengers". Either title. 'Mighty' or 'New'.... or heck, even BOTH!
I have nothing personal against Bendis (I really enjoy "Ultimate Spider-Man"), but c'mon! Give other people a chance to write would ya? I first discovered Jeff via his own book "The Interman" (available in trade from your local comic book shop, by the way) and it was fantastic. Then I read "Agents of Atlas" and "Spider-man & The Fantastic Four" plus the all-ages "Avengers" comic.
This guy writes solo characters or teams and can keep the dialog of each within character.
I think he'd bring some much-needed fresh blood to these titles.
Matt Wagner on "Punisher". Yeah.
Jeez he already writes about a criminal mastermind who can't be taken down by anybody (not even the damn Batman!), so how cool would it be to have a Punisher from the other end of the spectrum? (Not to take anything away from Matt Fraction, though)
Okay, I've tried not to make him the first person on EVERY book, but I had to get to him sooner or later; Terry Moore.
I think everything he works on is gold.
I'd like to see him on "Birds of Prey" again. (He did a 3-issue stint quite a while back). He has a very unique perspective and can write strong female characters. Also, I'd like to see his take on the "The Spirit". That would be something.
Or maybe Terry's art on "The Spirit" and Jeff Parker writing?
How about Joss Whedon on "Titans" or "Young Avengers"? I'm not a Joss disciple but that ought to be a nice change of pace to see how he'd handle those books.
How about Robert Kirkman writing "Jonah Hex"?
I'd like to see him do something out of the ordinary. No zombies or superheroes this time. Just a mean old ugly gunslinger in the old west.
And finally, I'd like to see Warren Ellis take a stab (literally!) at "Green Lantern" or "Green Lantern Corps." And maybe even the "JSA".
That's my 2-cents. Let me know what YOU think.
Apr 18, 2008
I heard the audio for this on my way into work this morning and found the video on YouTube after I got in and turned my computer on.
With my trip to Canada coming up quickly (5-1/2 days to go!), it seemed like a rather appropriate post today.
Ladies and gentlemen... I present to you, The Shat:
Apr 16, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
(So the code came back up and I'm going to try this again. Hopefully it'll stay working this time.)
NEVER let prying prying eyes have access to things they shouldn't.
And conversely, NEVER stick your nose where it doesn't belong.
Apr 13, 2008
After we did the shopping, we had plans to get together with friends in the late afternoon / evening one last time before one of our tribe is due to have her second child (and would therefore be out of the loop for at least another year).
It's starting to become a habit now.
Apr 12, 2008
The video for this seems to have been taken down and I can't find another source for it.
If you're reading this from Google reader (or whatever else you may be using) there is no actual post now.
I've had to scrap it.
scribbled down by Ferretnick around 9:01 PM
Apr 11, 2008
This kid reminds me of... ME!
That is, after about 3 or 4 shots of tequila!
Have a good weekend ya'll! It's supposed to be a nice one.
Apr 10, 2008
Apr 9, 2008
Apr 8, 2008
Actually, truth be told... I'm a tequila kind of guy.
Not a big fan of whisky or bourbon.
But if I had to make a choice, I'd rather drink Wild Turkey from the bottle than have them attack me while driving a U.S. Postal truck.
I know turkeys have a bad rap for not being the brightest crayons in the box, but c'mon...
The trucks are like 10 times their size! (if not larger!)
They've gotta have massive cojones to want to tackle something that large.
Apr 6, 2008
Kind of yesterday's news and I'm not sure if it's true, but I know I sure wouldn't be saddened by it.
The RIAA will die in 2008
I'm not advocating piracy (*cough-cough*), but shooting your customers to hopefully get the thieves is bad business and only breeds more and thieves.
Good riddance to them I say.
The RIAA homepage
Boycott the RIAA
Saturday night Hotness and I attended the ballet to see A Midsummer's Night Dream.
We were both really looking forward to going, as this was the first ballet we attened when we first started getting season tickets, lo these many years ago, and it holds a special place in our hearts as being one of the more fun ones to see.
Unfortunately, we only stayed for the first act (of two).
It may have been a lack of sleep from the previous night on my part, I'm not quite sure.
But once the curtains rose and everything started, we just didn't feel inspired to stay and see the whole thing. It didn't seem as 'magical' to either of us this time around.
All the good parts happen during the first act, so by skipping out during intermission we weren't missing anything.
Thus being earlier in the evening than normal for a ballet night, we skipped our usual post-show meal at Pomodoro on Eastlaske and headed up north to the Comic Stop to drop in, make an appearance and show off our fancy clothes.
It was poker night at Ye Old Comic Stop, so the regular gang was there and welcomed us into the fold.
Palindrome had brought in some home-made cookies that he baked, so Hotness got her fill and was cookied-up for the night.
I browsed the racks (COMIC racks, you perverts!) while some people played poker, and others stood around talking about the upcoming ECCC and all things Jamie Bamber-related.
It was getting late by now and we were getting a bit tired so we left and headed home. This time WITHOUT the added adventure of getting stuck in the snow and having to walk home, thankfully!
In other news:
With my recent trips coming up to Calgary Expo and the ECCC happening real soon, I've been trying to avoid everybody that's showing signs of being sick like.... well, like the plague.
I've started a regimen of vitamin C, echinacea w/ zinc, ginsing, and LOTS of tea involvolving detoxifying herbs and immunity boosters.
I'm no Slim Goodbody or anything, but I'll be SUPER-pissed if I wake up the morning before the show and I've gotten the flu.
The other day I ran across a pen that Hotness picked up on one of her business trips.
So I see this pen in our "cup o' pens" that we have and I'm thinking it was a memo-recording pen. I thought that the holes were for a tiny speaker and microphone. You know, you think of something cool but you don't have a notepad handy so you speak into the pen and write it down later.
Except the batteries seemed to have died so it wasn't working.
No problem, I'll just take the batteries out and switch them around. Sometimes you can get a little extra juice out of them that way and I can play with it for a minute or two.
Unscrewed it, swapped the battereis around and put it all together again.
Then I pushed the button and noticed that there was a light coming out of the end of it.
"Oh, so it's not a pen with a voice recorder, it's actually got a tiny flashlight. Cool."
I turn the light-end towards me and puch the button. A white LED lights up and flashes in my eyes.
Then I push the outher button and a red one lights up.
"Hmmm, the red one isn't as bright.... OH! CRAP! It's a laser pointer!", as I'm pointing it directly into my eyes and looking at it.
Here's some 80's fluff for you straight outta Japan:
Um... words escape me.
P.S.: The band is Denki Groove and the song is called "Shonen Young"
Apr 5, 2008
Dude, it's 4:00 in the morning! What the heck?!?
I woke up at 2:50a.m. and was wide awake. Went and got a glass of water and then.... couldn't get back to sleep. Which sucks.
So I'm on here complaining about it 'cause I have nothing better to do.
I have a late evening planned for tonight, and I'm going to be falling asleep because I didn't get enough the night before. This'll be fun.
As for burgers, Guitar Hero and Long Island Iced Teas? Check, check and check my friends.
It was a perfect triple-play.
I actually went to the grocery store and picked-up burger fixins' with the intention of making them at home and thus mixing up my own drinks for the evening before passing out with a guitar controller under my face (and the cat curled up on my back).
It turned out that Hotness decided she wanted to go out for dinner, so we went to a place in town and I got my burger and drink there. (FYI: the drink was made by a heavy-handed bartender and thus was muy bueno. I could only drink one, as I fear another would've put me in the hospital!)
But before we left to go to dinner, I got in a short set of Guitar Hero.
It's all about the "Ace of Spades" and "Paranoid" baby!
Apr 4, 2008
Apr 3, 2008
So I was just reading that Wil Wheaton will be a guest at this year's ECCC.
I went over to his blog to read up on what's new 'cause he's apparently a geek and loves to blog.
Hmmm... something seems familiar here.
It sounds like he's going to be a fun guest and I'm looking forward to seeing him at the show, which is just a month and a half away.
Anyway, he had a post on there in which he reminisced about some TV programs that were from my misspent 80's youth. Stuff that seemed really awesome at the time but in retrospect had a very good reason for me to forget it. (Although the "Time for Timer" one still sticks in my head and occasionaly I'll sing it in the kitchen while Hotness looks funny at me.)
It reminded me of a Colgate toothpaste commercial that used to also play at that time back when I was a young, impressionable lad.
I had SUCH a crush on the girl in the black & white dress at that time.
I don't know why. She's not in it for very much of the time.
Apr 1, 2008
April is Poetry Month!
I thought with today being the first day of the month, it was a good time to let everybody now about it.
(You know, instead of waiting until like the middle of the month or something like I usually do)
I also wanted to throw out a little reminder to go check out vregopoetry.com.
She's updated her site with new poems again, so if you haven't been in a while now's a good time.
Not to embarrass her, but she's been having a bit of writer's block lately. Which is a good thing actually. She recently found a special someone that is sharing her life and she's been so happy she hasn't been able to sit and write.
Go drop her a line and wish her well, would ya?
Speaking of poetry, check out this song by (former?) rapper, Queen Latifah.
It's called "Poetry Man".
Anybody remember the computer-animation movie TRON?
That was a pretty spectacular effects movie for it's time.
One of the best scenes was the Lightcycle race.
Here a French filmaker re-created it using cardboard vehicles and construction paper.
Dang cool, if you ask me.
By way of the Presurfer.