Archive for March, 2008

I Crunch Your Milkshake

March 19, 2008

capncrunchshake.jpgCreamy, hand-scooped ice cream blended with real milk, vanilla syrup, and Cap’n Crunch Cereal, with whipped topping (malt powder optional).

I gotta get me one of these. Though I’m afraid that once I have one I might not be able to stop. What is it? The Cap’n Crunch Shake from Carl’s Jr. I first heard about this wonderful and delectable sounding tasty treat last week while listening to my regular morning radio show of choice. The on-air talent were proclaiming great accolades about decadent concoction and I knew then that someday I would have to consume this powerful potion what I can only imagine as being like sticking a straw into heaven itself and suckling its sweet, sweet nectar.

I believe today will be the day.

UPDATE: Alright, I just consumed my first Carl’s Jr. Cap’n Crunch Shake — and probably my last. As shakes go it was definitely nothing special, and definitely not worth the $3.44 that I spent. Oh, well.

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Arthur C. Clarke 1917 – 2008

March 18, 2008

arthurcclarke.jpgArthur C. Clarke, legendary science-fiction author and a personal inspiration to yours truly, has passed away. Probably best known as the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. Mr. Clarke was regarding as much more than a science-fiction author. He was a futurist in the truest sense of the term, as well as an inventor. Besides being known as a prolific author, Mr. Clarke was also known as “the grandfather of the telecommunications satellite.”

I was a freshman in high school when I first read 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I had seen the film previously, it wasn’t until I was assigned the book to read by my Physical Science teacher, Mrs. Stadum, that I truly understood the brilliance of the story Mr. Clarke had written.

According to an aide, Clarke, who had been battling debilitating post-polio syndrome, died early Wednesday morning after suffering breathing problems in his home in Sri Lanka. He was 90.

“The truth, as always, will be far stranger.” — Arthur C. Clarke.

Are You Ready For Some First-Run Programming?

March 17, 2008

It ain’t Monday Night Football, but there is something on television tonight besides reruns and reality/game show programming — and I’m looking forward to it. Sure, some might criticize my television viewing choice for tonight, but I happen to like the regular CBS Monday night line-up that has been absent since shortly after the writer’s strike began back in October. Tonight I get to enjoy two hours of simple sitcom pleasure.

mobigbang.jpgKicking off at 8:00 I’ve got The Big Bang Theory. This freshman effort definitely hit a bump with the strike, but it’s back tonight with the first of nine new episodes. If clicking with this show since it’s premiere makes me a nerd, so be it. While I get all of the geeky comic book, video game, sci-fi/fantasy jokes as if the writers had listened in on conversations that I myself have had in the past, I don’t feel at all offended for “my kind” being the butt of most of the show’s jokes.

mohowimet.jpgAt 8:30 I’ve got How I Met Your Mother. I never set out to be a fan of this show, but over the last two seasons I feel that I have invested enough time with the program that the characters have grown from acquaintances to friends — not quite close friends (they’re far from earning the same intimacy and bonding that I share with the characters from Scrubs). This show about relationships understands me, and I it — neither one of us is looking for a serious commitment, but we’ll hang out together while it’s fun.

motwoandahalf.jpg9:00 brings me Two And A Half Men. It’s the most entertaining multi-camera sitcom currently in first run. So, Charlie Sheen basically plays himself, and Jon Cryer’s awkward “sad sack” character is now middle-aged — but they both play the roles of brothers Charlie and Alan quite well for what is required of them for the show’s premise. The “half-man,” Angus T. Jones is growing quite well in his role between Sheen and Cryer, and Conchata Ferrell as Berta is hilarious. They get away with a lot in this show (in the forms of double entendres and innuendos), and that’s what makes it fun.

monewadventuresofoldchristinecast.jpgAnd, finally at 9:30 I get The New Adventures Of Old Christine. Technically this show has had new episodes for the past few weeks since it was scheduled to start later in the season. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this show — except maybe that it has broken the “Seinfeld Curse” of actors from Seinfeld not being able to have a new series succeed. I find myself separated just far enough from Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character that her neurosis humorous and not painful.

Then at 10:00 I switch over to a pair of Seinfeld reruns on KCOP and fall asleep. Sometimes I’m just a simple man who likes simple sitcoms.

Free Hero Happy Hour Now At WOWIO

March 16, 2008

hhh01wowio.jpgThe first issue of Hero Happy Hour is now available for free via download at WOWIO.

Imagine pulling up a stool to the bar and sipping a frosty pint of your favorite beverage as you listen in on the conversations of the “regulars” that frequent the neighborhood tavern. But, this establishment is unlike any other bar. The Hideout Bar & Grill caters to the super heroes of First City, and provides more than just a place to wash away the troubles of serving and protecting society as crime-fighting crusaders. For these regular heroes it is “a place where everyone knows your name” — secret identity or not.

“I actually wish I would have thought of it.” — Brian Michael Bendis.

“With a concept that’s as ingenious as a two-for-one happy hour and laughs that hit faster than a shot of Wild Turkey to your dome, HHH won’t leave you skunky.” — Wizard Magazine.

WOWIO is a great service that provides free pdf downloads of numerous books of various subjects including an ever-growing library of comic book and graphic novel titles. If all goes well you can expect more Hero Happy Hour titles to become available free via WOWIO. Now head on over and download Hero Happy Hour 01 at WOWIO.

Wizard World Los Angeles 2008

March 13, 2008

wizardworld_logo.jpgHey, hey! It’s another post that I get to mention Summer Glau, a.k.a. Cameron Phillips of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Though I’m more of a River Tam of Firefly/Serenity kind of guy. (Miss Glau continues to be neck-and-neck with the search term “ninja” bringing traffic to my humble blog.) This Saturday, Summer will be appearing at the Wizard World Los Angeles comic book media convention — I’m not sure of exactly what sort of show they classify themselves as. But, unlike Miss Glau, I am going to go that extra mile and plan to attend all three days of the event — Friday thru Sunday. (No offense, Summer. I’m sure your schedule is much more hectic than mine.) Though, I doubt that when compared to Summer Glau there will be a lot less people interested in me being there.

I’m going more for the business side of things — writing comic books and such. I won’t have a table to hawk my books, no panels to participate on, nor will have any scheduled signings at any booths. I’ll mostly be there to “bug” editors and publishers, scout artistic talent, and catch up with old friends and fellow colleagues in the biz that I haven’t seen or talked to since the last comic book convention (San Diego?) or longer. Swapping “war stories” from the comic book creator trenches is perhaps my favorite activity in attending comic book conventions — both on the showroom floor and after-hours at hotel bars. The comic book creator community is a rather small group — mostly made up of really good people. It’ll be good times.

I’m not going to buy much while at the show. I’d love to — the showroom floor is a bursting cornucopia of geeky retail goods and collectibles that I’d love to pack into my bedroom/office — but I just can’t afford it these days. The one true “fanboy” thing I will probably do is hunt down Donald Faison, being the Scrubs nut that I am.

So, there probably won’t be another post for the next three days. If you’re reading this and plan on attending this weekend’s show I hope to see you there. I should be back Monday, or so.

P.S. Miss Glau, if you are by chance reading this post before Saturday, and happen to see me at the show, feel free to approach me and lets discuss my plans for a Summer Glau/Ninja website.

Dazed And Con-Fuzed

March 12, 2008

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do work wise. My bowling injury really did a number on me — more than I thought — and I’m just now pretty much coming out of a Flexeril induced daze. Last night may have been the worst of it — not so much pain, but the muscle spasms in my leg. If anything, I’ve learned that I am out of shape. There’s no way a morning of bowling should have laid me out so badly.

With the amount of pages that I’ve fallen behind in writing you would think that I wrote with my left leg. I owe Kleid pages, and I owe myself pages. I’ve been handling a handful of personal and business matters  the last couple of days when I was milking my pain for gel-time. One of which is getting ready for Wizard World Los Angeles this weekend. While I won’t have a booth or table this year, I do hope to get as much networking done as possible. Unfortunately, I won’t have as many copies of Hero Happy Hour Omnibus on hand that I had hoped. But, with any luck all of the color art for Pirat Tales: The Curse of the Cat O’ Nine Tails should be in and I hope to show that off.

Speaking of Hero Happy Hour, a new announcement soon. Just waiting for a few minor details to be squared away.

According To Dr. Cox…

March 11, 2008
drcoxscrubsback.jpg…Well, according to actor John C. McGinley — who portrays the brash senior attending physician and Residency Director at Sacred Heart Hospital — and the National Ledger, Scrubs is off of the live support machine and heading over to ABC for a full 18-episode eighth season. The National Ledger is reporting that McGinley has stated, ” I’ve been told to show up at work on March 24, and the 18 episodes we’re going to do starting that day will be on ABC next fall.” While it’s been reported a couple of weeks back that ABC was interested in continuing Scrubs for an eighth season, this is the first that I’ve heard that Scrubs was in fact continuing — and thus making me a happy camper. Fingers crossed it’s true, but I’ve never had any reason to doubt Dr. Cox before.

Is It The Years Or The Milage?

March 11, 2008

Wow! I am really jacked up. I was whining about my back about three weeks ago, and yesterday I was complaining about my hamstring and groin. Well, apparently the latter has effed with the former and I’m hobbling around like an old man. It feels like everything is hurting now — well at least from my knees to my neck. I’m groaning like a man at least twice my age when I attempt to stand or walk. The few stairs at my front door? Forget about ’em. I let out a whimper as I scaled the opposing three steps.

Last night was a miserable attempt at sleep. I feel like I’ve gone a whole four quarters against a Pro-Bowl Defense. I’m a pretty light sleeper and I often switch sides many times in one night. Every time I would roll over the pain would wake me up. And, then there are the spasms. Ah, good times.

I’m trying to get some work done before I call it a day. I hope I feel better and can move similar to a human before Wizard World L.A. this weekend.

Dave Stevens 1955 – 2008

March 11, 2008
rocketeer3.jpgThe comic book industry has lost a class act and one helluva an artist. Dave Stevens has passed away after a battling Leukemia. Like many people, I first became aware of Dave Stevens in the early ’80s with the publishing of his creator-owned The Rocketeer. Dave also played a part in the renewed interest in ’50s figure model Bettie Page, whose likeness was used for the heroine of The Rocketeer, love-interest Jenny Blake. I can freely admit that Dave’s ’50s-style sci-fi of The Rocketeer, as well as his fantastic “glamor/good girl” art served as inspiration for creating Alpha Bettie. Mark Evanier has expressed in better terms than I, or perhaps anybody can, about Dave Stevens on his blog.

I’m A Fragile Flower

March 10, 2008

I went bowling yesterday. I am in pain today. Pulled hamstring. Pulled groin.