Archive for September, 2006

Out Of Town

September 27, 2006

I will be out of town through Sunday, October 1st — so there will probably be no posts before Monday at the earliest. I will be attending BotCon 2006 in Lexington, KY.

IDW Publishing Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall and editor Dan Taylor will be on hand to discuss The Transformers’ return to comic books–past, present, and future. With the conclusion of the first chapter The Transformers: Infiltration, an all-new chapter begins with The Transformers: Escalation with Simon Furman and Don Figueroa! And what roles do Transformers: Stormbringer and the Transformers Spotlight series–including the BotCon 06 Exclusive edition of Transformers Spotlight: Nightbeat–play in the the scheme of all things? Also, what does the future hold for Transformers comic books, and how will IDW be involved with the release of 2007’s movie-event?

So if you’re a Transformers fan and in the Lexington area this weekend swing by and say “howdy.”

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My Possible Comic Buy List for 09/27

September 27, 2006

Another Comic Book Wendnesday is upon us and it looks like it’s a pretty healthy week (which means a weaker wallet) of possible titles I might pick up.

  • PREVIEWS VOL XVI #10 — I’ve got to stay on top of what ‘s coming out the month of December.
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 — Though I’m not currently buying a lot of DC titles, I’m on board for this one — for now.
  • JUSTICE VOL 1 HC — Might be worth picking up just for the art. And I’m trying to build my graphic novel library (trade paperbacks and hardcovers).
  • TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD IMAGE ED #1 — Need to keep tabs on my man Tom Beland, the book’s creator.
  • ALL NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z #9 — I’ve been picking these up for reference. Like Marvel is going to call any minute now with an offer to write a one-shot or miniseries for them, right? (You hear that, Marvel?)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #535 — It’s Spider-Man — ’nuff said.
  • DAREDEVIL #89 — I’ve fallen way behind on my Daredevil — my bad.
  • STAN LEE MEETS SPIDER-MAN — I at least have to check it out.
  • ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #100 — I’ve been reading this from the get-go and this is supposed to be a biggie. Congrats to Bendis and Bagley.
  • DRACULA VS CAPONE #1 — Art by Chris Moreno. Eventually I’ll talk him into doing a project with me.
  • WIZARD COMICS MAGAZINE – gotta see if they mention me. They won’t. It’s been a long time since they have.

And a reminder about the various IDW Publishing titles hitting shelves this week:

  • CHICANOS VOL 1 TP
  • CLIVE BARKERS GREAT & SECRET SHOW #6
  • CSI DYING IN THE GUTTERS #2
  • MASTERS OF HORROR TPB
  • SPIKE ASYLUM #1
  • TRANSFORMERS EVOLUTIONS HEARTS OF STEEL #4
  • ZOMBIES: FEAST #4

Super Deluxe Contest Hour Winners!

September 25, 2006

Alright folks… The two winners of the free copy of Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode are Mike Storniolo and Art “The Grafunkel” Grafunkel. Congratulations guys. I’ll be hitting you with emails soon for info on where you want your books shipped. Thanks to everybody that participated, and don’t forget — you can get your own copy of Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode at your local comic book retailer.

Hero Happy Hour Up For Auction For Lea Hernandez

September 22, 2006

A few weeks back comic creator Lea Hernandez unfortunately lost her home and more to a fire. You can find the details here, as well as an update here. One of the great things about the comic book community — creators and fans alike — is the sense of family and the willingness to help one another out in time of need. Miss Hernandez loss is no exception. Jeffery LaJaunie has put together an auction to raise funds to help Lea and her family out. You can check out all of the items currently up for auction here, but there is one item in particular that I’d like to point out — Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour signed by Dan Taylor!

There is also another item up for auction by my Hero Happy Hour co-conspirator, Chris Fason — Original Spider-Man sketch by Chris Fason!

So please check out the auction and find yourself a little something special while helping out a talented creator dealing with an unfortunate situation. Or, you can always donate funds directly via PayPal to divalea@gmail.com. Odds are if you’ve got a PayPal account you’ve got a couple bucks that you can spare. Thanks.

My Possible Comic Buy List for 09/20

September 20, 2006

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s Comic Book Day. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ll probably end up getting during today’s comic book shop run at lunch.

  • WETWORKS #1 — I’ll give it a look-see at the shop, not a for sure buy.
  • CIVIL WAR #4 — While I’m liking this series, I’m not picking up a lot of the tie-in issues other than Spider-Man titles.
  • MOON KNIGHT #5 — Moon Knight is a favorite from when I was a kid, but where in the hell is this story going?
  • SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #30 — ‘Nuff said.
  • UNION JACK #1 — I might wait on the trade for this title.
  • ACTOR COMICS PRESENTS VOL 1 — Since I know a few of the contributors to this project I figure I should pick it up. That, and it’s for a good cause.

And out this week from IDW Publishing. (I’ve already got the following, but I have to make a plug for the company, right?)

  • ANGEL SCRIPTBOOK #7
  • CVO AFRICAN BLOOD #1
  • ROAD TO HELL #2

Of course I reserve the right to pick up any other titles that catch my eye.

Speculative Review – New Monday Primetime Outcome

September 19, 2006

Quick follow up to the two Speculative Reviews I’ve posted so far for the new Monday night primetime offerings Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and Class.

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip — I think I’m on board for this show. Right from the get-go I was interested in the characters and what was going on — and there’s a lot going on. If I can keep up (and stay up) I’ll be tuning in.

Class — Eh. Nothing really impressed me with this freshman outing. I’m not entirely sure that this show will make the grade, and odds are I’ll be cutting this Class.

I still have to speculate on, as well as check out, Heroes, NBC’s other new primetime offering.

Speculative Review – New Monday Primetime Fall 2006 (Part II)

September 18, 2006

studio60pic.jpgAlright, it’s time to bust out another Speculative Reiview — where I pretty much review something that I haven’t seen yet. I’ve already covered Class, so now I’m taking this one to the wire since I’m looking at NBC’s Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip — which premieres tonight at 10:00 PM. Not to be confused with NBC’s 30 Rock — another new series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at television. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip is probably the new show this season that I’m looking forward to checking out the most. The only thing is — I’ve got to stay awake for a ten o’clock show, which isn’t easy for me to do nowadays.

The “masterminds” behind this anticipated new series are The West Wing creators Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. While I never watched The West Wing, I was a big fan of another Sorkin/Schlamme production — Sports Night, which also took place behind-the-scenes of television. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip starts off with a line-on-air publicity nightmare on a late-night sketch show (something along the lines of Saturday Night Live). In order to save face, and the show I’m assuming, new network president Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) hires back former writers on the show, Matt Albie (Mathew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) in order to resurrect the network’s flagship series.

If the writing on Studo 60 On The Sunset Strip is anywhere near the caliber of Sport’s Night my bedtime on Monday night’s has changed from 9:30ish to after 11:00 PM.

I know, I know… I could always Tivo it, but that doesn’t mean I’d actually sit down and watch it at a later time. Setting myself with a disciplined television viewing schedule dictated by the networks is apparently the only way I can watch a series on a regular basis.

Super Deluxe Contest Hour

September 15, 2006

Alright, I’m going to run a little contest to celebrate the release of Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode this week. It’s going to be a rather simple contest. All you need to do to enter is leave your name or handle (if you’re mysterious) in the comments section with your email address to contact you with should you win. That’s it.

Sometime Friday, September 22nd, around 6:00 PM I will randomly choose two winners. Each winner will receive a signed copy of Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode. The contest is open to anybody on the planet. You only need to leave your name once — multiple entries won’t better your odds. All decisions are mine and final.

Cheers and good luck.

Vaughan Can Be Proud Of Pride Of Baghdad

September 14, 2006

prideofbaghdad1.jpgSo you may have noticed on my blog that I mentioned that the comic book that I wrote, Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode, came out yesterday — which, don’t get me wrong, is great and all. But there was another book that came out yesterday that I think I was even more excited about — Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon from DC’s Vertigo line. And I’m going to go ahead and state right here, right now — this may very well be the best graphic novel of the year, bar none. Even if you’re not a regular comic book reader, I highly recommend that you purchase and read this book.

The premise of Pride of Baghdad is a bit different than most comic books and based on a true story. Set during the spring 2003 U.S. bombing raid on Iraq, a pride of lions escape from the Baghdad Zoo. They wander the war-torn streets confused and hungry, yet free — struggling for their survival.

Without a doubt, Brian K. Vaughan has written one of the most unique — as well as heartbreaking — stories that I have read. And as well as Vaughan has penned the story, Henrichon’s art only emphasizes this powerful story of life and freedom during wartime. Do yourself a favor and get Pride of Baghdad. (And while you’re at the comic shop you might as well pick up Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode.)

ATM Card MIA

September 12, 2006

Damnit. I lost my ATM card. And this time I lost it. Back in February my ATM card got cancelled because the bank was trying to protect me from a fraudulent charge. The charge wasn’t fraudulent and it never went through. Alright, I appreciate the bank looking out for me, but… It took nearly four months to get a new card. The reason was they had the wrong mailing address in their system — but whenever I called I would confirm what address to mail the card to and they said it would be no problem. Well, it was a problem — a big problem. No ATM card for nearly four months?! Not fun.

So hopefully things will go smoother this time. This morning when I took out my wallet to pay for gas for the long work commute the card was missing. I instantly figured out where I lost it — an ATM machine that I used in San Diego, one of those machines that hold onto your card during your whole transaction. I don’t like those — I like the quick swipes. Anyway, I went to the store that had the ATM to see if any goodsamaritan had turned it in. No such luck. I immediately called to report the card stolen and make sure that there weren’t any “illicit” charges — there weren’t.

Now I’ve have to wait 5 to 7 business days for a new ATM card. At least I’ll probably save some money during those days now that my impulse purchasing will be curbed.