Archive for January, 2009

Do You Know The Way To Monkey City?

January 15, 2009

My new favorite television show starts in less than a month on Animal Planet… Dark Days In Monkey City.

According to a blurb from a press release over at Monsters & Critics:

Using dynamic graphic novel-style animation elements to accentuate the dramatic and violent reality of the stories presented, the 13-part series is an epic tale based on the Smithsonian Primate Project, the longest-running study of primates in the world conducted by Wolfgang Dittus, Ph.D.

In addition, comic writers Joe Kelly and Joe Casey from Man of Action Studios ( http://www.manofaction.tv ), who have written for a variety of titles such as Uncanny X-Men, JLA, The Adventures of Superman and Action Comics , have brought their writing expertise to the series along with Emmy Award winner Ian McGee.

Finally, Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, known best for his role in the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings movies, lends his tremendous voice to the series.

I dig monkeys. And, it even gets better when you throw in rival gangs of toque macaques living roaming the streets of a deserted city in Sri Lanka waging war for turf control. How can you go wrong?

Every monkey knows his place… until he’s pushed too far. Dark Days in Monkey City, premiering February 10 on Animal Planet.

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Getting A Jump On My Taxes

January 13, 2009

Well, I didn’t have anything better to do tonight — at least until the new episodes of Scrubs start at 9:00 — so I did my taxes. I received both my W-2 (from my regular day gig employer) today, as well as finding my 1099-MISC waiting for me in todays mail upon returning home from said regular day gig.

So, I fired up the computer… Jumped onto the Turbo Tax site… Plugged in some number… And, it turns out that I’m actually getting a return from both the Federal and State governments. Combined, it’s not a huge amount — maybe enough to pay for, say… lodging at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Not enough to cover bar tabs, but a place to crash and shower…

But, I might not hit SDCC this year. I’m throwing that out there now for everyone who cares to do their best to talk me into not skipping out on the show and making sure that I attend for what I believe will be the tenth year in a row.

Then again, my pickup could use about $320 of work I’m sure.

“Khaaan!” I Get An Action Figure?

January 8, 2009

I need a favor. I need someone to go to Toys ‘R Us and get me the new exclusive “Khaaan!” Admiral Kirk (As Seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) action figure. Back in my action figure collecting days (mainly Star Trek even) I made regular pilgrimages to Toys ‘R Us. I can’t justify spending the eBay prices (plus shipping) with my current budget. But this is a “must have” figure. I might have to roll out at lunch tomorrow and see if I can score one at the Toys ‘R Us that’s located a few miles from work.

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That may be the best Star Trek action figure… ever!

Pirat Tales 3 — Not To Be

January 6, 2009

If everything had worked as planned the third issue of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails would probably be hitting shelves of your local neighborhood comic book shops. Unfortunately, things don’t always work as planned. Due to low sales, Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails issues three, four, and five will not be setting sail.

Of course, being the series’ creator and writer, my opinion of the comic book series is somewhat biased — but I had really high hopes for this title and the series as a whole. Unfortunately, not enough readers shared my optimistic view. Maybe the comic book reading public wasn’t ready for swashbuckling rats. But, I’m not sure if the comic book reading public really knew much about Pirat Tales to begin with — there wasn’t a whole lot of promotion. I tried to get the word out as best I could, but in today’s market creator-owned, non-franchise, non-superhero, or non-licensed titles face an uphill battle.

I do appreciate the retailers and readers that did take a chance with Captain Blacktail, first mate Peeve, the young mouse Pip, and the rest of the crew of the Vile Vermin. Below I’ve posted images of what was to be the cover of issue three of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails, as well as a couple of interior pages by artist Orlando Baez.

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And, since issue three is likely to never see the light of day… The script for Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails issue three can be downloaded here. Avast, ye ratties!

Help Wanted At The Hideout Bar & Grill

January 5, 2009

Just quietly sneaking this out there for any artist types that might be interested in drawing an issue or two of Hero Happy Hour and happen along my blog before I go more public…

Drop me a line if that might be you.

Super Spike Happy Hour

January 2, 2009

No, this isn’t a post about a comic book crossover event featuring Joss Whedon’s character Spike interacting with the regulars of the Hideout Bar & Grill from Hero Happy Hour. Though if this was something that IDW Publishing would be interested in pursuing their Editor-In-Chief knows how to contact me.

What I’m referring to is the strange event that occurred over Christmas. Up until then, my blog averaged a humble 120 to 140 views a day. Then, out of the blue, my view count jumped from 130 to 15,596 on December 25th. Then the next day there were 24,191 views.

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Almost all of the views were in regards to one particular post — Hmmm… Super Heroes Hanging Out In A Bar… — a post about Hero Happy Hour and the new British sitcom No Heroics. With the surge in traffic I was thinking, “Hey, maybe were finally turning the corner in regards to Hero Happy Hour finally hitting the big time.” Wishful thinking. Turns out it was some sort of foreign-message board-spamming-bot deal. Ah, well… Someday.

Toward A Fine ’09 – Blogging

January 1, 2009

Here it is… The new year. And, with it comes my first post of the new year. This is the day where we all start anew with resolutions, aspirations, and an eye at looking at a future 365 days with the hopes of them being brighter than the previous 365. Throw in an extra day every four years for leap year — in which ‘o8 was one, but ’09 is not. That at least eases up on the pressure by twenty-four hours.

So, what do I have on line for ’09? (Last year it was “what was on the slate for ’08.” Clever, huh? I’ve got 364 days to come up with something for ’10.)

Every first of the year, at least since I started blogging, I vow that I will post every day. I’ve never pulled it off. In ’07 I managed to start the new year with five straight days with a post, and a total of seventeen days with blog posts scattered throughout the month of January — none on the weekends. At least I managed to do slightly better than sharing my thoughts on half of the days of the month. In ’08 I managed to shoot out of the gate by posting on each of the first twelve days of the year (sometimes even twice in one day), as well as managing to post on twenty-six days during the month of January.

Now we’re starting fresh with a whole new year and I’m one post in toward a goal of posting at least once a day for a total of 365 days. Posting every day for a year isn’t the only goal I have for the new year. There are of course the old standby resolutions of “losing weight” and “managing by money better” to throw out a few. Since I call myself a writer, I’m also challenging myself to write and read more — every day as well. And, no, my daily posts here do not count toward the goal of writing everyday, nor does surfing the web reading other blogs count as reading everyday. I’m very lazy when it comes to these two activities for some reason — which is a very bad, bad thing.

And, I’ve got other resolutions and goals for ’09, but I’m not going to cover them all in this post. I do after all, need material to achieve my goal of posting everyday throughout 2009.