Archive for October, 2007

Hero Happy Hour Update

October 17, 2007

hhhblogtrio.jpgHero Happy Hour is gearing up for its triumphant return. The latest update from the printer indicates that the Hero Happy Hour: Omnibus 01 is currently on the presses. This means that the Hero Happy Hour Super Special Flashback can’t be that far behind. I’m hoping to have both books in my hands by early next week and with any luck they’ll both be available for ordering very soon. Once they’re available you can be assured that I’ll be announcing on how and where to order copies, and information on both titles will be available at the newly redesigned (which should be complete and nifty around the same time).

In other Hero Happy Hour news — I’m in the middle of writing the next all-new issue and it’s turning out to be a bigger story than I originally planned. I’m discussing with my co-conspirator Chris Fason (Hero Happy Hour artist) on whether we’ll make it all one big jam packed issue, or break it down into a two-issue story arc. A couple of things that I can reveal about the upcoming issue… Night Ranger will be sporting a new look and an all-new villain is introduced.

And, speaking of Super Specials… The early stages of planning for the next Hero Happy Hour Super Special is underway. What comic book creator talents will be bellying up to the bar this round? Stay tuned.

63 Shopping Days Until My Birthday…

October 16, 2007

…or if you need a couple of more extra days to find that perfect gift — you have 69 shopping days until Christmas. Now, I’m not just throwing this out there in an attempt to be showered with gifts, but if you were thinking of purchasing something special for yours truly for either my birthday or Christmas I do have a suggestion for you.

Orson Welles’ Oscar to be auctioned

(Associated Press) — Orson Welles’ 1941 Oscar for “Citizen Kane,” considered one of the greatest movies of all time, will go on the auction block in December.

The Academy Award for Best Screenplay is estimated to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million, Sotheby’s auction house said Tuesday.

The golden statuette, believed to have been once lost by Welles himself, resurfaced in 1994, and after an extended legal battle was returned to his estate. In 2003, it was acquired by the Dax Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity. The proceeds will help fund the organization’s worldwide efforts.

“Citizen Kane,” a story about a power hungry publishing magnate played by Welles and widely believed to be based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, was voted the number one film in history by the American Film Institute in 2007 and by the British Film Institute in 2002.

The Oscar will be sold Dec. 11 and displayed at Sotheby’s in New York on Dec. 7-10.

So, if you’ve got an extra 1.2 million dollars burning a hole in your pocket I can make room on my bookshelf between my G.I. Joe with Kung-Fu Grip and my Huntington Beach High School Tower Award medallion that I won my senior year for contributing to our campus television news program.

Monday Morning Musings

October 15, 2007

I’m in two fantasy football leagues. In the “Big Money League” I did alright this week. In the “Keeper League” I need Warrick Dunn to rush for over 60 yards and score a touchdown in tonight’s game.

I’ve been doing a lot of eBaying lately — mostly nerd stuff like comic books and action figures. Apparently the market has bottomed out with the Star Trek action figures. Some old role playing game books are going up next. If anybody is interested in my auctions I use the pseudonym venusmerchant. My apologies if you happen to see a gift you gave me up on the auction block. The original gesture was much appreciated, but both cash and space are tight.

Over the weekend I re-watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End for the first time — seeing how I’m sort of on a pirate kick right now with Pirat Tales. I gotta say that I think the first of the three Pirates of the Caribbean flicks remains the best. The second installment was a bit long and seemed just to get going story-wise when it abruptly ended. The third installment had some “wacky” elements that seemed jarring in relation to the story. But, all in all, I dug all three flicks.

I finally got the staples out of my back from when I had the basal cell carcinoma scraped out of my back three weeks ago. Oh, it feels so much better know. I’ll still have a nasty scar, though — that I can claim was the result of a shark bite.

I didn’t get nearly as much done over the weekend as I had hoped. So, here’s to a productive week ahead!

Flirting With Bettie

October 12, 2007

For awhile now, artist Chris Noeth and I have been flirting with a comic book project that we call Alpha Bettie. The year is 2053. Lieutenant Bettie Swift is an officer and fighter pilot with the United Solar Fleet serving aboard the U.S.S. Patriot. She is a member of the Alpha Squad (hence the name Alpha Bettie). She’s a firecracer, but an ace fighter pilot.

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I’m not sure when Alpha Bettie will finally launch (and with who the project will launch with), but I just couldn’t keep Chris’ great pages tucked away on my hard drive any longer and not share. So, I’m offering a five page sneak peek of our sci-fi work in progress — just click on the above image for larger view. I absolutely dig that first page with the Patriot soaring toward the reader, while other spacecrafts fly off in the opposite direction.

Shiver Me Timbers!

October 11, 2007

“…You’re now a member of the crew aboard the Vile Vermin.”

And, with that I wrap up the script for the first issue of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails — at least the first draft. I’ve found that writing “Pirate Speak” requires tweaking, tweaking, and more tweaking…

So, in honor of launching the completed first script off to Orlando, here’s a peek at some design work of our story’s lead character, Captain Blacktail.



My Complete Life (Well, Sort Of)

October 9, 2007

scrubsmusical.jpgYou see what I did with the title of this post, here? I titled it in a similar fashion to how each episode of Scrubs is titled. And to know me is to know that Scrubs is my end-all-be-all favorite television show. How a guy that digs shows like Star Trek and old episodes of Land of the Lost comes out with a comedy(yet, often poignant) set in a hospital as his all-time favorite show is anybody’s guess — but it is. As for the meaning of this post’s title… Well, as of yesterday, I can officially declare that I’ve seen every episode of Scrubs.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “If Scrubs is Dan’s all-time favorite show how come he hasn’t seen every episode before yesterday?” For some reason I missed the seventh episode of the sixth season (which originally aired on 01/18/07 — so I’m guessing maybe it had something to do with my girlfriend’s birthday) called “My Musical.” I don’t have Tivo (hooked up, anyway) and I didn’t download it off of the internet. To be honest, I wasn’t all that heartbroken about missing the episode. The fact that they were doing a “musical” episode put me off a bit. It was something that I thought I was probably not going to dig all that much. I’m not going to claim that every single episode of Scrubs is gold, but pound for pound, television doesn’t get any better in my opinion.

But last night I caught a syndicated airing of the episode “My Musical” and whatever fears or hesitations that I had regarding the episode were tossed aside. Episode 607 won’t go down in my journal (the one with the horse that has a sword coming out of his forehead — not a unicorn) as my all-time favorite episode of my all-time favorite television series. But, it also won’t go down as the episode that turned me off of Scrubs.

By the way, Scrubs seventh and final season premieres on Thursday, October 25th. “Final” season… It’s going to be a bittersweet 07-08 television season for yours truly.

What’s Bringing The Masses Here

October 8, 2007

One of the nifty aspects of using WordPress is that they provide a daily list of search terms that bring readers to your blog. Some are rather expected, while others can be a bit interesting, if not curious as to why there’s a connection. Below is a list of search terms that brought traffic here during the first seven days in October — with some added commentary for selected terms. Check it out…

dan taylor — Okay, this term is legit.
princess of mars comic book — If only this had ever been published.
ninja logo
rat island eat birds — I believe this band might be opening for the next OzzFest.
people are bastard covered bastards scrubs — One of the best quotes ever from one of the best television shows ever. Like I stated in this post, it needs to be on a t-shirt.
“Shirley Parraguirre”
chicago cubs — Sorry, Cubs fans. Better luck next season.
ninja bandito — Nice to know that people are seeking out Ninja Bandito.
t shirt racks

ninja — A very popular search term I’ve learned.
mad max comics — Again, I think it would be a cool idea.
“rat island”
geek-punk — Hopefully will see more traffic with the upcoming Hero Happy Hour releases and new site design.
Dan Taylor
ninja bandito
star trek comic book blog — Hmm… I’ll have to see if there is one.
avast ye matey
nerdy t shirt designs

banditos baseball
ragnar t-shirt — I agree — there should definitely be Ragnar t-shirts.
girl ninjas — Mmm… I like this idea.
taylor dan
“David Akers” science fiction fan — I have no idea who David Akers is.
PISARSKI, BETTIE — Nor, do I know a Bettie Pisarski.
dan taylor
halo black t-shirt

ninja — More ninjas.
dan taylor
they’re klingons, not maiden — I’m curious about this one.
dan taylor idw
ninja stickers — I do know Ninja Bandito stickers are available.
i vow to you

dan taylor
Dan Taylor
ninja kirby — I’m thinking Jack Kirby ninjas, but I don’t think that’s what this search was for.
monday primetime
Wednesday + primetime
cheap shirt racks
comic rats
daniel taylor green long march

monday primetime
dustin evans baseball — I didn’t know Dustin played baseball.
net ninja sticker
Ninja Gang
letter to my princess
mondays primetime
2007 American League West Division Champ — Yeah. Sigh.

dan taylor
monday primetime
Dan Taylor
average am commute oceanside carlsbad — I’m glad I’m not making that Monday thru Friday commute to San Diego and back anymore.
shark bite tattoo
ninja stickers — Again, Ninja Bandito stickers are here.
angels rock bar bouncers — I’m interested in the story behind this search.
dan taylor blog

Do Or Die… Sigh.

October 7, 2007

angelsgame3.jpgThis is it… The proverbial “do or die” situation for my Angels. The Halos are going into today’s game at home in a must win situation after losing the first two games of the ALDS to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. Boston has won eight consecutive postseason games against the Angels, dating back to the 1986 ALCS when it came back from a 3-1 deficit. The young Jared Weaver is making his first postseason appearance of his pitching career. he will be facing veteran pitcher Curt Schilling.

In other MLB Division Series playoff news… Two of the teams — Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies — I picked to go on to the Championship Series are already out. Both were swept in three games. The Yankees, who I also picked to move on are in the same situation as my Angels, and it looks like Yankee skipper Joe Torre may be checking with come next week.

It’s Time For… Them! Again.

October 6, 2007

them-poster.jpgA couple of weeks ago, I caught Them! on television late one night. I had seen the movie a couple of times throughout my childhood, but seeing it again recently I realized something… Them! is a damn cool movie. It’s a 1954 black and white sci-fi “look at what’ll happen if we’re not careful with the effects of nuclear radiation” monster movie that holds up rather well for a fifty-plus year-old movie.

In an era when we’re rehashing, revamping, and retooling previous properties, it would be so cool to see an updated version of Them!. Humanity struggling against gigantic odds as they battle what normally is one one of Earth’s smallest creatures. It would work well as a new movie, or even a comic book series. Hell, it might even make one helluva television mini-series, but budget restraints would probably leave it lacking. I think a comic book adaptation may be the way to go — for starters anyways.

Note: If you haven’t seen it you can see it here.

Rat Island

October 5, 2007

While the subject may not be directly related to the current project that I’m working on — Pirat Tales: The Legend Of The Cat ‘O Nine Tails — this particular news item did catch my attention.

Biologists aim to wipe out “Rat Island”

(Reuters) — Two centuries after rats first landed on a remote Aleutian island from a shipwreck, wildlife managers in Alaska are plotting how to evict the non-native rodent from the island that bears their name.

Rat Island, like many other treeless, volcanic islands in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) long Aleutian chain, is infested with rats that have proved devastating to wild birds that build nests in the earth or in rocky cliffs.

“They pretty much made the island worthless for a lot of wildlife,” said Art Sowls, a biologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which sprawls across the Aleutians and other Alaska islands.

Rodents have reigned at Rat Island at the western end of the Aleutians since the 1780 shipwreck of a Japanese sailing ship, wreaking havoc on millions of seabirds with no natural defenses against land predators.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Maritime refuge, is drawing up plans to wipe out Rat Island’s rats. A formal proposal is expected in about a month, according to Sowls.

The agency is trying to find an effective way to wipe out rat populations without harming other wildlife. Rat Island is a good starting point, according to biologists, for a removal program because it is small without much other wildlife.

Rats are a problem shared by remote islands all around the world. Biologists said successful rat removal programs have taken place in more than 250 islands including Campbell Island south of New Zealand and Langara Island in British Columbia.

“A lot of people go, ‘Oh they’re just rats, what’s the big deal?’,” said Ron Clarke, assistant wildlife conservation director at the Department of Fish and Game.

Once informed about the environmental destruction wrought by rats, citizens are generally determined to avoid them. Rats are blamed for causing about half the extinctions of various species worldwide since the 1600s and are persistent nuisances once established, said Clarke.

“They’re very good swimmers. They’ll eat anything. They’re just very good at surviving,” Clarke said.

Upon further reading I learned that the only parts of the birds that the rats eat are the eyeballs and the brains. I think I’ll leave that element out of my stories.