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"...And another thing Kent! What's this facination with Superman? Superman doesn't sell papers! Spider-man! Spider-man sells papers! I need you to get out there and get me a Menace of Spider-man story. Are you listening to me Kent?"
"Um, Gee mister Jameson, I'd get right on that, but um, I don't work for your paper."
"Don't work for the Bugle? Then what're you doing in here wasting my time Kent? I'm running a newspaper here, I don't have time for all this nonsense!"
» The new DC Direct Clark Kent action figure is pretty neat.
DC Comics April 2006 Previews Solicitations
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #5 • MAN-BAT #1 - Not likely to get this but the concept is interesting • BATMAN #652 • ROBIN #149 • NIGHTWING #119 • CATWOMAN #54 • BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN #6 • SUPERMAN #651 - Green Lantern • ACTION COMICS #838 • SUPERMAN/BATMAN #26 - Superboy and Robin • SUPERGIRL #7 • INFINITE CRISIS #7 • VILLAINS UNITED: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL • AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #41 - Son of Aquaman, this sounds dumb. • BIRDS OF PREY #93 • BLUE BEETLE #2 • CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 4 TP • CHECKMATE #1 - Greg Rucka • CRISIS AFTERMATH: THE BATTLE FOR BLUDHAVEN #1-2 • GREEN ARROW #61 - GA as Mayor? Also sounds dumb • GREEN LANTERN #11 • HAWKGIRL #51 - Simpson and Chaykin • ION #1 - incredibly dumb costume, but hey, basically 3 Green Lantern books a month? now that's cool, Byte it Batman :) • JUSTICE #5 • JLA CLASSIFIED #20 & 21 • JSA #84 - Levitz and Morales • JSA CLASSIFIED #11 - Vandal Savage • MANHUNTER #21 - JSA • OUTSIDERS #35 • SOLO #10 • SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF THE SUPER-HEROES #17 • TEEN TITANS #35
DC Direct Previews Solicitations
Infinite Crisis Action Figures: Mongul (9"), OMAC (7.25"), Alexander Luthor (6.5"), Earth-Prime Superboy (6.125") and Power Girl (6.25") - Will probably get all 5 (Actually I'll probably get 3 of the OMACS), nice wave, although by the time these hit stores, IC is going to be a distant memory I think.
JUSTICE LEAGUE (ALEX ROSS) SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES Shazam! (7.25"), Black Adam (7.25"), Hawkman (7.5"), Zatanna (6.75") and Solomon Grundy (8") - Might get Zatanna. Already have Shazam, Black Adam, Hawkman and Solomon Grundy in more comic-like styles. These Alex Ross figures are very nice, but I'm resting my wallet and passing on most most of them in favor of the more comic book styled figures.
Marvel Comics April 2006 Previews Solicitations
ULTIMATE EXTINCTION #4 (of 5) • ULTIMATES 2 #11 • MOON KNIGHT #1 • AVENGERS AND POWER PACK ASSEMBLE! #1 (of 4) • NEW AVENGERS #18 • NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 • MARVEL TEAM-UP #19 • RUNAWAYS #15 •
Image Comics April 2006 Previews Solicitations - INVINCIBLE #33 - Continues Marvel Team-up.
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» Make your USB devices wireless (but not wi-fi) This looks like a neat product. $129.
» It's a blanket with sleves, the Slanket. Brilliant!
» Mike Wieringo has a fantastic blog, wherein he posts great sketches It's one of my favorite comic artist sites. Anyone who wants to reccomend other comic artists that do similiar online sketch postings, please post in the coments.
I finally got around to seeing Serenity. I thought it was pretty good. I've seen all but a couple of the TV Episodes and while I'm by no means a "Browncoat", when the TV show was on I did enjoy it and if it was still on I would be watching it each week.
As far as the movie goes, it really felt like a good episode to me, nothing really more than that. That's not a bad thing, but there really wasn't much of a "movie-sized" plot, or I suppose there was one, but it seemed sort of incidental to the real purpose of the movie which I imagine to be an excuse for the writers to write really amazing dialoque. The dialogue on Firefly has always been the best part of the show, real poetry. They can turn a phrase and layer on subtext with an economy of syllables second to none. Great fun for the ear.
Like an episode, nothing really feels much wrapped up at the end of the movie, and it seems that part of the intention might have been to use the movie to jumpstart another television show or something. There seem to have been some rumblings on the net to that effect recently. Hopefully that comes to pass.
(Backing up to the nothing wrapped up part for a minute: I suppose that a couple characters have had their arcs wrapped. Not sure why they decided to wrap them up in the way they did. If anybody knows of a non-story driven, like say actor desire reason, reply in the comments. The Shepard and the Pilot, well I was left scratching my head on those developments.)
Not a popcorn blockbuster, but a real fun flick none the less. Good Stuff.
Overall[good] Story [good] Special Effects [ok]
key: [awful] [poor] [ok] [good] [great]
» Need 2¢ stamps! Now! Arggghhh!
» Just got around to reading the Mike Allred SOLO issue. good stuff, they could have squarely shoved that entire book into a Bizzaro Hardcover, and noone would have noticed the difference. Absolutely fantastic art. Great retro coloring style throughout but especially on the titans story where they simulated the halftone dots and newsprint paper.
Y'know what makes the panel at right even more disturbing? Aqualad is eating uncooked fishsticks.
» There was a line in Star Wars III that's had resonance for me this week: "Only a Sith deals in absolutes."
Technically when you think agout it, that statement is itself an absolute. Probably it should have more properly been: "Generally only a Sith deals in absolutes" but I suppose that wouldn't have been as dramatic. Absolutes do tend to resonate better, don't they?
» Watched the opening 2 episodes of the new Battlestar Galactica season last week and this week. Continues to be very well done.
» Interesting Bruce Sterling discussion on the Well.
» Spice up your Monopoly games with these alternate house rules
» Katamari remote control stuffed animals If you've seen the game you've got to see this. It has video.
» Why do birds suddenly appear? Especially since teleportaion is proven not possible on a macro level. Just like me they wish to transverse space instantly without crossing an intervening area.
» Support the positive and desired illusions. Help hide and suppress unwanted truths. hmmm.
» Just read a 1995 One Shot Titled Amazing Fantasy #16 Starring: Spider-man. It's a painted book that fills in the story between Amazing Fantasy #15 and Spider-man #1. Good story, very akin in concept to Alex Ross' Marvels or It's a bird (the author of which escapes me at the moment). Although it doesn't explicitly say it is set in the 60s, every illustration in the book seems lifted from that era. It really felt right reading the character set in that time period, even though the overall sensibility of the storytelling was more modern. Good stuff if you can come across it in a back issue bin.
» I just listed a Human Torch Variant Super Skrull for a friend of mine on eBay. The lucky toy hunter actually picked up a regular Super Skrull, an invisible Super Skrull and the above mentioned Torch Skrull which he offered to me. I'm still holding out on finding my own regular version but I offered to put the torch version he didn't want up on eBay for him, and I did. If that's your sort of thing: Go bid.
Cable News as Liftetime Television Drama.
12 lost miners is a bad thing. But according to the news, 22 or so people in that field are killed every year. That total is down from 44 people a year 10 years ago. 3 people on average are dying over in Iraq every day, plus many more injuries (and that's just "our" side), and there is nowhere near the "personal coverage" on the news that these 12 miners get.
Cable News as Liftetime Television Drama.
» Someday I really want to learn how to sculpt. There are suprisingly little on the topic on sculpting anything in book stores. Anyway... at right is a 'Mazing Man I played around with in supersculpty tonight, it's nothing I'm going to finish or keep, but it's fun to squish around the clay while watching tv. Here's some background on the character.
» Happy New Year.
Clicking around the web this weekend I've noticed the typical new years' year in review type articles. It got me thinking about my own year, so I read through my blog and flipped through my Outlook calendar and took some time to think over the year.
The only conclusion after the excercise I have is that it is interesting how elastic time can be. Some things that seem like a long time ago, really weren't and some things that seem very recent were abit back afterall.
Let's Go Surfing
» University of Michigan Bans Coke, the cola.
I don't spell check and my grammar, sentence and paragraph structure on this site leave alot to be desired. Most times I forget to go back and reread a post to see if it makes sense. Sometimes I type the word "Fnck". Flip the "n" over... I don't have a problem with the word myself, I just type it that way to slip it past overzealous work censorship programs and for the benefit of those that are sensitive to that sort of thing.
1/10/06 90's Flash TV show on DVD
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