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Wow, long time no write. [Jun. 8th, 2008|04:25 pm]
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Yes, I've neglected my poor blog, but I've been busy reading, watching and writing, so this was one thing that went to the back burner. But maybe I'll try to resurrect it. I'll figure out something to put up here, maybe not eveyday, but hopefully once a week. 

So what's been happening with me? Well, I wanted to move back to Michigan but I couldn't find a job, so the whole plan is kind of on hold. I've got a living arrangement lined up, but I really need a job there to make it work, and with the economy the way it is, things is tough. But, I've still got my job, and a roof over my head, and so I can't complain too much. I just wish I could find my ideal job. 

I'm still writing for Geeks of Doom, which I'm enjoying. I get to write about my favorite things and it's a pretty loose schedule, so I can write when I get the chance and it's good experience. The big news with the writing is that I'm going to my first press junket at the end of the month. I'll be in CA at the end of the month, get to see Hellboy 2 early, and then I get to interview the stars and such. I'm pretty excited but nervous about the whole thing. Never really interviewed anyone before. Need to start doing prep for it. Also need to pcik up a bunch of stuff, a digital camera, probably a voice recorder of some kind, junk like that. I'm really looking forward to it though, mostly cause I've never been to California, and it's basically going to be my vacation this year. Plus it's more good experience, and hopefully opens up some more opprutunities for this kind of thing. I could have done a junket for the USA show BURN NOTICE, which would have been cool cause I may have been able to interview Bruce Campbell, but that one was going to be too expensive for not enough interest by me.

Now I just need to line up some stuff to do while I'm in Cali. Any suggestions?

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That Was A Scary Couple of Hours [Jan. 23rd, 2008|10:59 pm]
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So, it looks like the a/c power cord for my laptop crapped out on me tonight. I was able to get through to gateway customer service and their sending me a new one, but ti'll take 3-5 days to get here. Fortunately, my brother has a universal a/c cord which is working just fine, so there's nothing wrong with the actual machine, and I can keep on chuging, albeit in the office as opposed to my regular spot on the couch. But it's the static electricity from the couch that I think shocked the cord to death in the first place, so maybe there's a lesson to learn. I was worried for a little while there, though.

Also for the first time in years, I missed a comic release day. Roads were too snowy for me to make the effort tonight. But, I'll just brave the cold (high of friggin 10 degrees tomorrow) and pick them up later. Plus I can treat myself to Boston Market, so I'll be looking forward to it all day. Plus, plus, new comic day usually gets me through work on wednesday, and hopefully this will carry me through tomorrow. Or it could make the day last 10 times as long. We'll see. Time for bed though.
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A variety of things as I lay on the couch [Jan. 7th, 2008|07:17 pm]
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First things first, suck it Chicago Blackhawks fans!! That's right, Red Wings win 3-1 and I was there to see it. Hope you enjoy watching us in the playoffs while you sit at home crying.

Second, I got Guitar Hero 3 over the weekend and blew through Medium by Sunday. I think it's a vast improvement over the first two, thanks to the larger number of master tracks and not cover versions, some humorous little cut scenes in between sets, and a better collection of bonus songs, but how do they congratulate you for beating the game? By making you play the longest song in GH history (well, "make" is a misnomer, you don't have to play, but you can while they show the credits.) I'm not convinced by the psuedo boss battles, but they could be more fun against an actual person. My favorite tracks so far are "Before I forget" by Slipknot and of course "One" by Metallica, although "Stricken" by Disturbed is going to make me practice the most since "Go With the Flow" by QotSA on the first GH. Highly recommended.

Ohio State just scored in the BCS title game. Not on the first play, but still pretty quick. Someone remind the play the whole game this year, and not just the first five minutes.

Need to get writing, so later.
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Motor City Bowl [Dec. 27th, 2007|10:23 pm]
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I don't have the words to react to last nights game. Three fucking points!! Ugh!! I mean it's basically as good as a win, but geez it was so close to a big time win. We went four quarters with Purdue and hung in there. We have to get a better defense next year, I mean it can't get any worse. And it looks like Central Michigan might be looking for another head coach in a few days. Great. We should keep winning though, since we have one of the best QB's in the country.

And on the plus side the Wings have won the last two nights, so there's that.
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Aliens vs Predators: Requiem [Dec. 27th, 2007|09:44 pm]
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So I went to see this tonight, and I have to say, it wasn't awful. It's not a good movie, but it's a decent AvP movie. The story is pretty simple, but there's lots, and I mean lots of things that aren't explained, and some pretty important things too. I'm going to try a cut here:

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Christmas at Home [Dec. 24th, 2007|11:24 pm]
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I've had more ham than any man should realy eat. I've had spiked egg nog. I've seen "A Christmas Story". I've gotten a few gifts already. It is always a nice christmas at home.

To all you out on the interwebs, have a very Merry Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/Winter Soltice/Festivus/Feast of Alvis/Whatever. I hope you all are healthy and happy.

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Things for next week and other topics [Dec. 15th, 2007|07:28 pm]
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 First things first, Central Michigan beat U of M today 78 to 67, apparently they kicked their asses. Central is now on a four game win streak, and are approaching .500, so yay us!

Not many things exciting me about the books coming out next week. I only have four things to talk about, and here we go:

Rex Mundi Vol 4: Don't call this a Da Vinci Code knock off, this is much better (well, I don't realy know, never read or saw DVC). Imagine equal parts fantasy and history, this series follows the exploits of one man as he attempts to unravel a mystery involving magic, kings, French Nazis, and the holy grail. Kind of like "The Red Star" only about the Frogs instead of the Bears. I gave the issues a try but then decided to stick with trade since I had the first three. I've been anticipating this for a while. Art comes from Juan Ferreyra, whose art I can't describe at the moment, but really enjoyed when I read the issues. Can't wait to read it.

The Escapists HC: I've never heard a bad thing about this series, which sounds like it may be one of the best minis of the year. Loosely based on the book by Michael Chabon, here Brian K Vaughan creates his own characters to tell a story thats as much human drama as it is commentary on the industry. This is another one that I've been wating for, especially since Dark Horse decided to not release this right on the heels of the singles. Gonna be an expensive week.

Mighty Avengers #6: Finally, Frank Cho's run comes to an end, allowing this series to hopefully get caught up to it's New counterpart. Now, that's not to say that this first arc hasn't been decent. It's been a fun story, and I think Brian Michael Bendis has gotten a handle on the thought balloon technique. I just want to see how this book matches up with the big story in the Marvel U. Plus I kind of want to see Bagley's final Marvel art before going to DC. Skimmed through the preview copy and it looked pretty good.

Umbrela Academy - Apocalypse Suite #4: I only bring this up because the first three issues have been so good, and if you're not reading this, do it. Man, three Dark Horse books in one week, good for them.

Update: The Red Wings are now winning comfortably 5-2 so that's cool.
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Booster Gold 1-5 [Dec. 15th, 2007|12:04 pm]
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Why didn't someone tell me this series was so good? Oh wait, someone did. Thanks Steve, cause this series is going on my pull list. I like how each issue is basically stand alone while also tying into an overall story, of which these first five issues barely scratch the surface. Then there's Geoff Johns' using this series to tie together the disparate threads of current DC continuities, thanks to Rip Hunters crazy awesome blackboard. Johns seems to spend a lot of time setting up events in Green Lantern, with references to the Red Lanterns on the chalkboard, and plenty of talk of "The Blackest Night" in issue 2. This is the kind of continuity porn that I can enjoy, fun little shout outs to events that are going on. This series seems to be doing it's best to create a cohesive universe, where Countdown just feels like a cash grab.

The other thing I like about this series is the way that Johns and co-writer Jeff Katz get the reader up to speed on Booster's back story with out shoe-horning it in. Not having read any of Booster's adventures beyond 52, I didn't know anything about his past, but the reveal is pretty seemless and unforced. It pays off in the 4th issue with the reveal of one of the bad guys. Booster comes across in this series as a great loveable loser that I can't wait to read more about. 

Dan Jurgens is one of the great superhero artists of the last two decades and it's great to see his work here. He handles the action, he makes the characters believable, he can do emotion. He can do it all and make it look easy. This is exactly the kind of book he should be working on. I hope he doesn't leave for a long time.

I can't believe I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I'm glad I picked it up though and now I can't wait for the next issue.

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5 books coming out this week to look for [Dec. 10th, 2007|10:09 pm]
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Here's my five books (or so) to look for this week:

The finale of Sinestro Corps War - Three Green Lantern books come out this week; Green Lantern 25, Green Lantern Corps #19, and Tales of the Sinestro Corp – Ion #1 (which is not only a super long title, but kind of silly, since isn’t Ion in the Lantern Corps?) GL 25 is the finale of the event of the summer. This story fired on all cylinders every month, and I’m looking forward to the finale, although I’m sure it won’t be a complete end. GLC 19 is I believe the first epilogue story, so it should be a good jumping on point. The one I’ll have to check at the store is the Ion special. The Superboy prime special was decent, but had a good creative team on it. The other two kind of sucked, so I’ll have to check this one before I buy it. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to how this one ends.

 

Fables #68 – Always one of the first books I read when it comes out, Fables has really been on top of its game recently, with the “Good Prince” story. I would say that maybe it has gone on a bit too long, but it’s been an enjoyable ride. It will be interesting to see how this affects the status quo once it’s all said and done. I love this book and recommend it to everyone. Maybe don’t pick up this issue as a first one, but any of the trades are excellent.

 

DMZ #26 – The other half of the Vertigo two-step, I always wish this came out on a separate week than Fables, just to spread out the goodness. The last issue kind of disappointed me, mostly because of the art, which was pretty bad. If this is another fill-in issue, hopefully they got someone better. The current arc is a series of done in ones looking at different characters in the book, some old, some new. Can’t remember who this one looks at, but I’m sure it will be good. Brian Wood is writing so many good books right now, but this is till the best.

 

Pirates of Coney Island #6 – This one has been delayed for a few months, so I was kind of worried about its status. I’m glad to see it’s still going though, and I’m really looking forward to it. This is a fun series dealing with a bunch of kids fighting a gang of girls, trying to steal undead cars, and getting into other adventures. The story has been great, and the art really stands out. It’s hard to describe, but it’s kind of angular but not sketchy. The colors are generally bright but always fit the mood. I may need to break out the first five issues and re-read them, but that’s no chore.

 

Ultimate Iron Man II #1 – Returning after a bit of a delay, what has it been, a year? Artist has changed from one of the Kubert Bros. (can’t remember which one) to Pascual Ferry, and I couldn’t be happier. I missed out on his work in Ultimate Fantastic Four, because I couldn’t care less about UFF, but I loved his word on Adam Strange a few years back, and this seems right up his alley. The design looks cool and I can’t wait to see his pages. The story on the first mini was decent, but I don’t worship at the alter of Orson Scott Card, so he doesn’t have name recognition for me. It was perfectly fine though, so it’s not a turn off either. Really, I just want to see the art though, and that’s fine sometimes.

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Random Chuck note of the day [Dec. 6th, 2007|05:40 pm]
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 Jeff Spoting!! - Apparently, your favorite Buy More Associate (or at least mine) once spent Thanksgiving at the Coens of "The O.C." fame. I'm watching an episode, and who do I see walking in the door, but good old Jeff. And it looks like he's basically the same character, sans job. He must have made quite the impression on creator of both shows Josh Schwartz. Ah, cameo craziness.
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