Sunday, December 30, 2007

Godzilla: Unleashed

Man, it's an unfair review that Nintendo Power gave this gem for the Wii. It contains all the monster on monster action that you might need and diplays it with great graphics to boot. I'm only partly into playing, having beaten it once as Godzilla, and I love it. The play (once I understood the motions) is a nice evolution from the previous iterations on the Gamecube and the PS2. The graphics as such are also improved, as is the user interface from the previous game. You start the game with a few monsters, but as you progress you can unlock more for use to buy in the store. That's the only downside for me as you really have to earn up a ton of credits to buy everything. On the bright side, this encourages multiple playthroughs where you can find more secrets and monsters.

The game is broken up into stages where you fight monsters, but unlike previous games where you basically progressed through the roster by defeating foes, you have several options here. Since the world is being taken over by crystals, you can usually destroy several of them on the stage to win if you don't want to fight a friend or you're in dire straits. Don't let this dismay you, as quite a few of the levels are outright monster mayhem where you must KO your foe to win. Sometimes there are several foes and sometimes you even get an ally to help you out.

All of you favorite monsters and them some are here, though some are exclusive to different consoles. One of these days they'll stop that crap and give us all the monsters in a game for whatever system we desire. One of these days. I'll espouse more as I unlock more, but so far it's a solid purchase and worth playing if you're a fan of Godzilla or giant monsters in general.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas


Hi everyone. Here's an easy custom in honor of the holidays. You may be familiar with my prediliction for giant monsters and how I've put King Kong on the tree in the past. Well now he fits the season. Enjoy and have yourselves a safe and happy holiday and get plastered.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

New Customs


I have a few finished customs that I finally got around to posting in Custom Corner. They are Sinestro, Karu-Sil and Cyborg Superman. Easy repaints with minimal sculpting that were inspired by Dapper Dan's animated Sinestro Corps drawing that I saw so many months ago. I have a few more in the works too. I hope you like them.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Bits and Pieces of December

Sorry I've been so remiss about posting. Nanowrimo took a lot out of me. I did hit 50k words though, so I'm fairly proud of that. I think I still have about 2k words until I finish it as I'm almost done with the third act. However, making sure the novel is complete isn't a requirement so I still won. :) I'm hoping to finish it off for good this week and then start the editing process.

This week marks the release of the new volume of Ultimates, now written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Joe Mad. It was a pretty good issue and set up a whole bunch of intrigue about what is to come. What is really cool is that Hawkeye actually has a costume now and is really bad ass after what happened to him last volume, or rather, should I say is still bad ass despite what happened to him. Well worth checking out and I may pick up the next issue to see how it goes.

I got my new camera and finally I'm able to capture video from it. Apparently FCP 3 and 4.5 were having issues with it. With FCP 5 so far it's been working for the one clip that I took off of it. It's odd watching it capture and display the video behind what's playing on the camera (probably due to the lack of speed compared to newer computers) however it capture and worked out well. I'm hoping this solves the problem I was having capturing analog video lately. My machine was choking where it used to hum. I'll have to shoot a little short to put up with it. Ahh, glorious HD. Now I just need an HD TV.

I saw Superbad last night and it was pretty damn funny. Judd Apatow is forming quite a stable of reliable actors for his films, even if they only get bit parts like Paul Rudd did in this one. He continually cranks out hilarious movies that don't get bogged down by unnecessary sentimentality at the end. Definitely worth checking out, so DO IT.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Go Hokies!

Another year, another win over UVA. God, it's good to know that there's something right with the world on a consistent basis. Cheers to Mix, Jes and G for having a fun day drinking and mocking the Wahoos.

Also, I'm up to 43,000 words or so in Nanowrimo. That's quite a few more than last year around this time, though I haven't had to move or anything like that. I have been busy but my wife is keeping me on pace and making sure I meet my quota for the day. I've been doing 2k words a day since I started off poorly and on the weekends I've been up to 10k over two days. I'm hoping for another big showing tonight so I can finish off the week at 46k and then take Sunday and Monday to knock it out of the park. Here's hoping.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wa-hooo! (No, not UVA)

I picked up Mario Galaxy this week. I was going to get it for my wife for Xmas but she pretty much demanded it now, so I bought it. If you're in the market, I suggest TRU, as you get a $25 gift card for buying it this week, which is awesome. Anyhow, we've played a few worlds of it and it is pretty damn awesome. I haven't played Mario Sunshine to compare, but the game definitely has a Mario 64 vibe to it in in the sheer originality and fun of it.

The story goes like this. Princess Peach is captured. You must save her. To do this, you must help out Rosalina (super hottie star princess) by going to different galaxies and getting the stars there. Much like Mario 64, when you get a certain number of stars, you can enter a new planet. Along the way, there are enemies new and old and powerups that kick booty and some of the weirdest damn scenerios I've seen in a long time, much less in a Mario game.

The gameplay is quite similar to M64, using the control stick to move and using the multiple jump aspect of play, as well as the famous butt slam. A second player can join in and use their controller to control a star which picks up star bits (useful items that can either be used as ammo or to feed hungry Lumas, which are star people) and shoot enemies or hold them down so you can hit them. They can also help you out by clicking on you, which makes you jump and super jump at times. This can be bad or good, since if the second player is just clicking around on screen, they may make you jump when you don't want to and die. This has happened several times to me. It's annoying but you get used to it and work out a system.

It's definitely worth a rental but I recommend buying it for replay value, which I have no idea about since I haven't beaten it but those games are always fun to go back to and try to get that one last star again or just to screw around while drinking. Check it out.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Nanowrimo 2007

Well, I'm subjecting myself to it again this November, and I'm doing alright so far, clocking in around 13,000 words, which isn't bad considering that I lost the first weekend because I went down to my brother's house to have a kicking party with him. That was a blast and I'm still recovering from it but I'm behind a little, probably like 5000 words that'll have to slowly make up. I'm not moving this year so I should be able to finish it and if I don't in November, well hell, there's always December but that should be reserved for editing.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy November

Hope you all had a nice Halloween. Now my countdown is for when I turn 30 in a few days. Drink up.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Review: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

I was pretty psyched that they made a sequel to the sleeper hit, Wrong Turn, which brought hillbily cannibal antics back to the big screen where they belong. Well, they return in this one, but I can't say that it's for the better. This time around, instead of being stuck in West Virginia because of a dum dum dum wrong turn, the cast is part of a reality show that is being filmed where the contestants must survive the wilderness.

The movie begins with a pretty awesome opening scene where one of the entrants not quite making it to the set. I would say the first two acts of the movie are equally as good, featuring a likeable and unlikeable cast and a nice red herring as to the heroine of the film. It's a shame that the male lead wasn't disguised as well. You can pick out who lives out of the manly gender right off the bat and he's alright. In the meantime, we get to see some brutal deaths and Henry Rollins as a marine who goes all Sonny Landham on us as he hunts us some cannibals.

The movie fails when it tries to expand upon the horrors of the original, instead becoming a clone of remake of The Hills Have Eyes and it's toxically deformed family. Where the original harkened back to the patriarchal overtones of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this one pays little attention to that save for a table scene ripped straight from it though gussied up with the "mutant family lol" trappings of the remake. While it does explain where they all came from, it detracts from the original and makes it less about surviving than giving us a retarded insight into the lives of a mutant band. Yes, they can pray and understand speech and electronics, but speak, no, that is beyond them.

I give it three 40s (the lower, the better). Not a bad drinking movie and a way to waste time, but don't expect the fun and power of the original.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Review: Planet Terror


Today I review the second half of the Grindhouse double-feature, Planet Terror. What can I say but that it kicks some serious ass. I think it is the stronger of the two films, providing a very kinetic and bloody feel with interesting characters oozing out of the woodwork. There isn't a forgettable character out of the bunch. And the gore, oh the righteous gore, how it flows from bodies like a river and explodes onto the screen. Seriously. Every gunshot and stab wound sprays blood and grue into the air like it was going out of style. It's awesome.

The story unfolds as a military group takes control of a special gas that seems to turn people into zombie-mutants with a taste for flesh. Slowly it gets unleashed on the populace and the attacks in a Texas town increase until pandemonium reigns. Rose McGowan plays Cherry, a go-go dancer who gets thrust into the mix as zombies take her leg away from her. Freddy Rodriguez is El Wray, her old boyfriend who has a shadowy past that we're never quite sure of. Along with Michael Beihn as the sheriff, Jeff Fahey as his bbq king brother, Josh Brolin and Marley Shelton as a medical doctor couple and Naveen Andrews as a testicle collecting scientist, the cast fights for their lives and tries to make it out of the town alive before they get eaten.

It's definitely worth checking out though the film aging doesn't seem to work as well on this movie as it did on Death Proof. It seems too artificial. I think that's where the film fails as a grindhouse release. It has the gore, but it seems too much like a homage whereas Death Proof seems to ooze 70s exploitation, save for the bits of Tarantino's dialogue that stand out like a sore but cool thumb.

Back to back they make quite a pair and I'm dreading the eventual double release with all the trailers intact. As it stands, Planet Terror only has Machete and I don't think Death Proof has any of them at all. I hope they include them somewhere, as they were pretty damn funny.

Overall, a worth addition to the zombie genre and a must see for fans of horror and Robert Rodriguez.

Hey, It's Not as Goofy as the New Movie


New strip up over at Creative Space. Click over there or on the picture for the full version. It's in honor of Halloween, both the movie and the season, since I love them both. The new version, not so much. I think it's because remakes are so hard to do when you're dealing with a character. When it's something like The Thing, which completely departed from the Howard Hawks movie, it's a lot easier. In this, the main character is Michael Myers, who people have grown up with and love to hate. Any change to him is going to be frowned upon. Zombie did try, but I think turning him into your run-of-the-mill psychopath was a bad idea. It was more fun not knowing what was wrong with him. Now he's just like everyone else.

So I decided to give him a damn good reason to kill. It's actually recycled from a previous strip I was making about Ghost Rider trying to find a new bike and he gets Arcee. I might still do that one with a change I thought of but I figured if anyone needed pink bike motivation, it was Michael.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Review: Devil's Den


What happens when you basically take the second half of From Dusk Til Dawn and make a movie from it? Why, you get Devil's Den, of course. Devon Sawa and his buddy are heading back home from Mexico when they decide to stop by a strip club. Inside, everything seems fine save for the angry Kelly Hu and the odd Ken Foree hanging around. Soon enough, shit hits the fan and Devon, Kelly and Ken are fighting for their lives against a bunch of ghouls.

Despite the plot similarities to FDTD, Devil's Den manages to stand on its own quite nicely thanks to the talent of the main players. Each has their own backstory as to why they ended up at the club and why they have guns and a samurai sword as well. Much bloodshed ensues and the fights are fun and the jokes are funny. There's a fine chemistry between Devon and Kelly and Ken Foree steals the show as the experienced demon hunter.

Clocking in around 84 minutes, the film never feels rushed or too long and by the end you'll be smiling and having a right good old time. Check it out. It'll make your Halloween fun.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Review: Thou Shalt Not Kill....Except

In today's review, we tackle Josh Becker's first feature film release, Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except. It starts with a platoon in Vietnam and then shifts to their return stateside, where Sgt. Stryker is trying to get back to a normal life and woo his old girlfriend. Unfortunately, a cult of killer hippies is coming to town and it's up to him and a few buddies to take them down.

Well shot and paced, the film is a fine first foray into the movie world for Becker. Where most low-budget features don't have much going for them, this one does. It's got a fun cast that can act and work well together. It has decent special effects that are put to the test with several gruesome deaths. It has a few fight scenes that are choreographed nicely and most of all, it has Sam Raimi in a hamtastic role as the cult leader. Unique camera angles help keep you interested and cover up some of the effects, leading to a sustained air of believability. The characters are well rounded and you care for them as they kick hippie ass and you truly despise the villains.

Worth checking out.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Review: All Star-Batman and Robin #7

I think Frank Miller is insane. This is not a bad thing. In fact, for Batman, it's pretty freaking hilarious. This is not the Batman you know and love. This is what happens when Batman loses it and just kicks ass and drops the phrase "Goddamned" every panel, at least once. It's also a retooling of the Batman universe. Think of it as Ultimate Batman. Whereas the All Star Superman book is more of a loving homage to the character, this is Batman at his grittiest and most violent. He won't kill, but he'll come pretty damn close.

The first arc, if you will (it's taken a long ass time to get this far) is the origin arc of Robin. He hasn't appeared as Robin yet. Right now he's in the Batcave training, if by training I mean held captive there killing rats and vomiting. Meanwhile, Batman is burning people alive and making out with Black Canary, a fine Irish rogue. Along the way we have gratuitous ass shots as drawn finely by the always talented Jim Lee and a hectic ride that puts the other Batman books to shame in terms of pure brutal goodness. Not that it's necessarily in character, but it's a fun time. It's a shame that the book is so late since I could read it on a monthly basis, easily.

I don't believe this has been collected at all yet, so you'll probably have to wait if you want to read it from issue one. I think it's worth it. It's a nice take on Batman (almost a parody of the extreme gritty Batman that's been portrayed in comics since The Dark Knight Returns) and you don't have to know much except Gotham is corrupt and he is the cure. You could probably jump on with this issue since it seems to be leading into the next arc with a surprise villain, but you'll probably have to wait a few months.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Final Power Girl

No, it's not a Dragonball Z character. I finished up the painting on the Power Girl custom I previewed earlier. I might do some hair highlights later but I'm digging it so far. Check it out in Custom Corner.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Green Lantern's Light

I came back to work to an unexpected surprise. My Green Lantern (Armored) figure from the Justice line had arrived. It's pretty sweet and a nice change from the usual figures. No complaints from me. It's Hal Jordan, geared up for the final fight in the Justice mini-series and it kicks ass. When I first saw the spread, I hoped for figures and they came through in spades.

Also I have the first semi-finished shot of the Power Girl figure I've been working on. The base was a Superman/Batman Superwoman figure. I think it came out alright an it's my first 6" figure custom. Yay. I'll have a more finished one by this weekend hopefully. I just need to finish up the interior of the cape. I'll probably have the Sinestro Corps as well.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Superman: Doomsday

Since nobody is making a JLU cartoon anymore, the majority of DC Universe cartoons we'll get that aren't Legion or Batman are going to be direct to video movies based on story arcs we all know and love and a few original graphic novels. The first of these is transliterated from the Death of Superman/Return of Superman arc from the 90s and if it is a taste of things to come, I can't wait.

The story starts off with Doomsday and a bang and just picks up steam from there until the main fight. After that, the plot is handled with care and we see how the people in Superman's life deal with the traumatic event, from loved ones to foes. Then it gets all awesome again. The voice acting is different from the cartoon, with Adam Baldwin handling Supes, Anne Heche as Lois Lane and James "Spike" Marsters as Sexy Lexy. They do a great job with it too, particularly Marsters, who's Lex, while lacking the subtle baritone of Clancy Brown, gives it a more intense and manic feeling, a contrast from JLU but it works.

The animation is reminiscent of the series, though Superman has a few different lines in the face that are awkward at first but old hat by the end. New look for Lex as well but it's not as jarring in his case. Other than that, it's top notch and has a great feel and looks like money was invested in it, whereas with the Marvel movies they seem to be done on the cheap.

It just got released this week on dvd, so pick it up or give it a rent. It does better than Marvel's offerings so far and blows them out of the water. Included on the dvd is a special look at The New Frontier, slated to bestow awesome onto your tv in January. It's worth it just for that and I get all giddy from it just thinking about it.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Custom Craziness

I just posted a ton of customs over in Custom Corner. Well, maybe not a ton but I posted individual shots of the JLU Fearsome Force as well as JLU Danger Woman and a Shockini Thom Kallor Starman.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Updates

I've made some changes to the site. Not many, but a few. First off I've updated the Customs section so it's not a shitty list. Instead, it's a shitty table with thumbnails. I thought people might like to see what they're getting into and also, I don't have that many so it's not a big deal to load.

Next, I've changed the blog address. It connects up to the journal so you can use that big button up top to get to the main blog from wherever you are on the site.

Lastly, I've changed the news page. It wasn't getting updated by me since January so I through some code on there that will post headlines and dates from the stuff we put in the blog. Much easier to see updates and it doesn't make that page quite so useless. :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Bout Damn Time


Fearsome Force Unlimited. Nuff said.

Recipes/Bases for those interested:
(from left to right)

Worsel: JLU Superman base, scupley glasses, paint, sticker emblem.

Mixmaster: JLU Atom base, paint, sticker emblem.

Fast Choker: JLU Flash base, sculpey visor, paint, sticker emblem.

Big G: JLU Batman base (freaking tall as hell), sculpey mask and shoulders (the cape leaves a HUGE gap when you remove it), paint, sticker emblem.

40oz.: JLU John Stewart Green Lantern, sculpey helmet, paint, sticker emblem.

The colors I used were Apple Barrel brand Apple Red, Black and Silver and some other brand of Peach for skin tone, if you're interested. I'm moving towards higher end paints I think after these. The chalky paints don't really cover well and take numerous coats even with a full coat of prime. Citadel Foundation paints were recommended by the local hobby store owner. I might by one to try it out.

Not too bad and it took me long enough to do because I'm a slacker. I got a room set up (for now) to work in though so I should be faster with it all. Whatchoo think?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Review: Halloween 2007 Workprint

Remakes are hard to do. In theory, they should be easy. Take what works, discard what doesn't, and improve what you have left. The Fly did this. So did The Thing. So did Invasion of the Body Snatchers....three times. This is what Rob Zombie has set out to do with the remake of John Carpenter's classic and pretty much slasher-genre creating film, Halloween.

We all know the story. Unless you haven't seen the first one, in which case, stop reading. Michael Myers kills his sister when he's young on Halloween. Years later, he comes back to his home town of Haddonfield and has another night of terror. Both the original and the remake have this in common. That's pretty much where the comparisons start to fall apart.

In Rob Zombie's film, we find out more about the boy/man behind the mask. This is about half of the film. He has white trash upbringing, an abusive parent, a mean sister and a pretty much crap life. Also, he kills pet rats. The makings of a psycho, indeed. Zombie patterned the behavior off of the definition of psychopathy. Unfortunately, it doesn't come across well in this film unless you know it ahead of time. It also kills the mystique. Michael is no longer an enigma. He's kind of a brat. He's pretty straightforward too. No more sneaky kills. He's jumping people right on their front porch and standing out in the open much more than necessary. In the original, we had no idea what he was after. Now we know, but can't seem to care.

I can't help think this would be a better movie if it was a homage to the original and that was it. If you removed the Michael Myers bit you'd have a decent movie about a psychopath. Instead, you have a beloved character pretty much wasted the entire film and played by a wrestler so not only is he sneaking around, he's also 7 feet tall and sneaking around. Unlikely, no matter ho ninja you think he may be.

The violence is there, but there's a lot of unnecessary language and the script could have used a good doctoring to reflect how people really speak. I'm curious to see what changes were made to the theatrical version of the film. Maybe I'll see it tomorrow. I think it's a rental though, and not much more than a footnote in the path of the original film.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Haunted: Part One



I was inspired by House of Leaves. This is what you get in return. Hopefully more to come soon.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Parallax Boots


The next phase in the Parallax custom is the boots and the knee armor. It took a bit to smoothe out and and need to do some sanding but it looks fairly decent. He's shaping up to be a right nice Green Lantern.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mask of Parallax


No, not the movie with Eric Stoltz. This is the mask that I've sculpted onto Kyle with Sculpey and cured via hair dryer. This method is a littler harder on the fingers than baking since you have to hold him while you blow dry it but it won't melt the figure though it may make the joints and plastic a little more flexible for awhile.

It's modeled after Kyle's original mask since that's what he wears in the Sinestro Corps book after being taken over by Parallax. More to come.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Something Different

Well, since my wife is watching the Hills, I have a bit of time to kill. I'm starting on a new custom project (still have others to finish too but that's for later) and I decided to chronic-what-cle it this time. What is the grand project? Nothing extreme, I'm just making a Sinestro Corps JLU Parallax figure from a Kyle Rayner JLU figure. Said base figure is below.

Now that I've presented the image and been buzzed by a mosquito that made the most terrifying ringing in my ear I will tell you what I have to do. I must go to bed, but first for the figure I will be creating a mask out of sculpey. Parallax uses Kyle's original mask, known affectionately as the "crab mask". It's basically a raised mask that has two levels. I created it but making the bottom half first and cutting out eyeholes and then putting the top half above it. I'll have a photo of that later on.

I've also gotten the other materials that I'll need together. I have a spare cape so I trimmed that and will have to paint it green. Then I have to make shoulder pads that will keep it on Kyle though I'll probably drill pin holes to mount it in a little more permanently since glue sucks. After that, I need to make gauntlets and knee armor, also from sculpey. I'll cure the mask first though and since handling a figure that's still malleable is a pain when you bump something and ruin a good while's worth of work.

I'll be updating with photos as I get them and I might even make a little podcast for ya'll to listen to about my endeavour. Just a photo one. I'd use video but you'll just be hearing hours of me swearing then. :)

I'm also creating the first Fearsome Force vehicle from old GI Joe ones. In this case I'm repainting the HAVOC. I'm doing the hovercraft first to see how the paint looks and in this case. I think it actually looks really good. It's a new type of metallic paint for me to use and it seems to go on well though. I might not do a full coat though since with the streaks it looks like red metal instead of painting plastic with metallic flakes, which is pretty darn cool. I'll post photos of that as well. I'm outtie.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fun-gasm

Man, watching Evil Dead and Big Trouble in Little China should be disallowed, it's so much fun, especially when one of the people watching threatens to puke during Evil Dead. Two great movies and make for a great night of movie watching. Why the hell isn't there a sequel to BTILC? It was so much fun. Nobody had a bad time during it from the looks of it. It was all inspired ham acting and awesome. I love those movies. I might just watch them again. :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Blatheration

-There was a producer on Who's the Boss whose name was Bud Wiser.

-What would happen to Robocop if his fleshy bits were bitten by a zombie?

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Iron Manos

Just picked up the Iron Man animated movie from Best Buy today for 6 bucks and I must say that it was a decent watch. Not quite as good as Ultimate Avengers but way better than UA2. They took some liberties with the story but the Tony Stark we all know and love is in there and surprisingly not acting like the ass that he is in Civil War.

In this tale, Stark Enterprises is working on raising a ruined city in China that perished ages ago during the reign of a little guy called the Mandarin. As you might guess, there are people who don't want that sucker back and as such, terrorist raids are made on the work site. When things go bad, Tony Stark arrives, only to have a near death experience and eventually has to build armor to keep himself alive, making himself an Iron Man, if you will. From there the story escalates as it is up to Tony to stop all the madness and try to get the world and his life in order.

Good stuff and well worth a rent. I don't think you'll be disappointed, save for the lack of modern armor but it makes up for it with some other types. You'll see. Also, there might be a dragon, and dragons=fun.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Question the Answers

Do you like the Question? Sure, we all do. Thank goodness that despite death, he's still around and kicking in true Question style in the latest issue of Justice Leage Unlimited. He's on the hunt for answers that takes him through some of the world's most famous mysteries in order to save the very league itself. The JLU comics has continued where the show left off with fun, standalone issues that feature your favorite characters like you love to see them--alive and happy. Pick this up in a store near you to relive the fun of the series. It's well worth it and obvious...with hindsight.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Annihilation, Book 3

Annihilation, Book 3 (Hardcover)
Collecting:
Annihilation #1-6
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1-2
Annihilation: Nova Corps Files
Cover: Gabriele Dell'otto
Writers:
Keith Giffen, Christos Gage, Stuart Moore
Pencils: Andrea Divito, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mike Mckone, Scott Kolins
304 pages
Marvel, Rated T+, $29.99

Part 1 - Annihilation
This is what it was all building up to. You get all the heroes together again fighting in the battle of their lives. (although if you didn't read the minis this is still a great read) The book starts off with a huge battle and it just keeps going from there. People will die, planets will explode, what more can you want? Don't miss what should have been THE event of 2006-2007.

Part 2 - Heralds of Galactus
Okay, so everyone wants to know what happened to Terrax, Firelord, Silver Surfer, and that weird blue guy (I forget his name). Here are their stories. They're not very good.

Part 3 - Nova Corps Files
Here it is, Nova Corps version of the Official Marvel Handbook of Annihilation. All the character bios you could want.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hack/Sexy


It's time for another round of things that make my brother say I have problems. :) This is Cassie Hack from the comic book Hack/Slash, which I posted about a few weeks ago. I've been reading it for years since it's been out intermittently in one shots but this is the first ongoing so I wanted to commemorate it and also get more practice in drawing.

It's not done, since I need to add some shading and highlights and I want to put in a slasher or two in the background, or maybe Vlad. I'll have an updated one soon, I hope.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mmmm. Cheesecake

Did another drawing. Instead of using the pen tool to ink, I did it like some of my previous ones by just using the brush. The only downside to this is that my lines are inconsistent and I end up with little jaggies and squiggles all over the place. Kind of annoying when you have to clean them all up. I didn't on this one because I was lazy. I'm getting better with the Pen tool though so when I finish my next drawing, I'll post it so you can decide.

As you can see, the picture is of Power Girl, one of my fave super heroines. She's busty and busts heads and is the leader of the JSA now. Kick ass.

Punk Rock Dad


Punk Rock Dad is the true tale of Jim Lindberg from Pennywise, and how he raises his kids. It's a pretty interesting read, as he mixes in flashbacks from youth, and how he deals with 3 young girls. It's also amusing how he ends up dealing with parents that are most certainly not punk. I'm pretty much going to end up using it as a frame of reference for when I have to raise kids. While not a how-to book, it's certainly gives good insight on how a punk can raise some kids.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Am I A Conservative Punk?

As I was working and listening to Faction on Sirius today, there came about a live report from the Warped Tour that was going on today in Houston or someplace. It's always nice to get a bit of feedback on how things are going but then the reporter started talking about how "the pigs" were there and were trying to stop some people from moshing and maintaining their presence. What the fuck?

I don't know when cops got such a bad rap for our generation. Even when I was a kid, nobody liked the cop. They're just maintaining the thin blue line to keep all of us safe. I wish there were even more of them since things seem to being going so far downhill. Is their presence at a punk show unnecessary? Fuck yes.

For one, the cops probably weren't happy to be their either. There's crime to stop and speeders to catch and instead they have to make sure that the pits don't get too rowdy and there isn't a riot and nobody gets hurt. I'm glad that they're there. I'd want them around if things got bad. They know first aid and can shit stomp that fuck who thinks the pit is his own fucking UFC octagon.

They probably aren't enjoying dealing with the youth of today either. Fuck, I'd probably want to tear gas the whole joint instead of getting insulted for doing their job. Are you breaking the law? No? Then you have nothing to worry about, so quit harassing them and wondering why they give you a hard time as you bitch about being hassled by the man.

It just pisses me off that there is so much disrespect for the boys in blue who've helped all of us at one time or another. From the kids at the show who don't know any better, I can expect it, but for a radio host to start going off on that kid of tangent, that's not punk. It's fucking stupid and it needs to stop. Go out and support the guys who get enough grief as it is without some Hot Topic little shits referring to them as pork products. That shit was done in the 70s and it's even more done now.

So here's to the boys in blue. Let's pour out a little 40 for them and all get along. And fuck you Faction for annoying me in between songs. I don't pay to hear you fucks prattle on. I pay to hear music. I'm sticking to the Punk channel for awhile. At least they make sense.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Hills have Optics

Got a chance this week off (sorry for no updates) to finally check out some movies. A pair I watched relatively back to back were the original Hills Have Eyes and it's sequel. Not a bad pair of movies, but they differ quite a bit from each other.

As you might have guessed, I watched the first film, well, first. The remake took quite a bit away from it, more than I had imagined. If you watch this beforehand, all the scares are pretty much gone from the following, and vice versa. The major difference is that this group of cannibals looks like a bunch of hillbillies, as opposed to the mutants of the remake. I kind of enjoy this difference since I like the idea of a group gone feral as opposed to being irradiated. They work well together and the cast puts in a good performance and it plays like another of its contemporaries of the time, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, what with the gritty feel of the film and the stark wilderness as the setting. Definitely worth a watch.

Next up was the sequel. I haven't seen the remake of this one, but I can only assume it would be better. Where the first movie was a balls to the wall flick about a family that is terrorized by cannibals, this one is about a group of motocross racers who take a bad shortcut and wind up being terrorized by the remainder of the original's clan but picked off in the fashion of a slasher film, complete with gratuitous nudity and blood . Also, several survivors of the original make appearances and there's a super-sensitive blind girl and a dog who has flashbacks. Yeah. It's entertaining if you watch with friends for a few hoots and to see Michael Berryman kick some ass, but other than that, you can skip it.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Transformers: The Movie: The Game: For Wii

With the upcoming Transformers movie, there's a game on multiple consoles that accompanies it. Seeing that I enjoyed the hell out of the PS2 Transformers game (based on Armada or something), I figured I'd check this one out. I've only played a few levels so far, but it's pretty nice so far.

The good:
First off, you can play two branches, Autobot and Decepticon. That's pretty nice, and certainly a change to be able to play both good and bad guys. Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Jazz are some of the Autobots, and Blackout, Barricade, and Scorpinok are some of the baddies.

Graphically, it's excellent. It's probably one of the better Wii games in that regard. I was definitley impressed.

Gameplay wise, it's a pretty intuitive use of the controls. Use the nunchuck's stick to maneuver, aim and shoot with the wii-mote. You also melee by shaking the wiimote. Pretty easy to get the hang of, and it's fun to drive full throttle at someone, then transform and punch them. Also, guns in car mode, which is a nice addition.

The bad:
So far, there's a lot of timed missions, or timed parts of them. It can get pretty frustrating at times. I'd have loved it if it was more like the PS2 Armada game, where it was basically an adventure game, running around the levels. The camera gets a little wonky at times, but you can recenter it easily.

Overall, I'd recommend picking up this game, if you are a Transformers fan. You might want to wait for a price drop, since I know I can't drop $50 for a lot of games.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Wizard World Eric Part 2

Well, in addition to buying prints of big breasted women, I like to buy comics as well when I go to a show. Where's the best place to do that? Well, in the 25 cent and 50 cent bins, mostly. I don't have much luck there though since I'm impatient. I go to the dollar bins where shit is actually organized and I can breeze in and out and get the hell to the next place to drop cash. I did find some decent issues though, so it was all worthwhile. I'm like 16 issues away from finishing up my Starman run and then I can read it all the way through. I was psyched as hell when I found Batman/Hellboy/Starman #2 sitting around at Zapp comics. I've never seen that comic in the wild before. I felt so cool.

Another fun part of the show is half-priced trade paperbacks. I picked up the Essential Nova, Animal Man: Origin of the Species, JSA All Stars and Justice Society of America (which is some sort of collection with Power Girl in it). Couldn't find the trade my bro wanted but I'll be attending some other show to try and find it, this, I command.

Resident Wii-vil 4

That's right. I had to do it. I've played the Gamecube version like 10 times through and Mercenaries I don't know how many times, yet I had to pick up the Wii version of the game. The fact that it was cheap didn't hurt things. So how does it compare? Well, I'm only about a half hour or so into the game and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I mean, it was a game of the year or at least a runner-up and universally praised, so if you haven't played it, now is a good time. You play as Leon Kennedy, who was one of the characters in RE2. You have to rescue the president's daughter.

I know you know all that jazz and just want to know how it handles. Well, in a word, beautifully. Using the Wiimote to aim. It took me about 10 minutes to shake off the old controls and get used to the new ones, and I probably have a way to go until I truly get the hang of it, but I'm killing shit with the best of them and taking names, and that's the way it should be. You will like this game, this, I command.

If you haven't seen it before, watch this. MC Chris tells you why RE4 kicks ass.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wizard World Philly...Part 2...

Okay, so as Eric said below, next we met Mark Sparacio, who was a really nice guy and even recognized Eric from previous shows. I bought several B&W prints from him including Black Cat, Wonder Woman, Spider Woman, and Power Girl. Spider Woman was the first one I attempted to color. My friend Aly (who is a graphic artist at work) partially colored the Wonder Woman sketch. Then I started to color Black Cat yesterday using the technique Eric showed me.

Anyway, after we talked to Mark a bit we wandered around looking for Amanda Conner, but were not able to find her all day. That is two years in a row I've carried around JSA Classified #1 looking for her...oh well, I guess third time is the charm. I did grab and autograph from Alex Maleev later that day when his table was slow. I got him to sign New Avengers #26, which is one of my favorite New Avengers issues so far (okay, there aren't many good ones to choose from, but I'm a sucker for Hawkeye anyway). The only guy I missed that I wanted to get an autograph from was Angel Medina on Sensational Spider-Man.

Overall, I must say, meeting the artists was definitely my favorite part of the day. I was going to check out a DC panel this year since last year I attended Marvel's Civil War panel. But it sucked so we skipped all the panels this year to be able to have more time in artist alley and to go get lunch out at a local pub with great micro-brew beer. Independence Brew Pub was the name of the place and it was great because it was good food and not crowded at all, unlike the convention center. Anyway, I guess I should have gone to the DC panel because they actually had some great new info that was released about Mark Waid and The Flash. Oh well, I guess that is what the internet is for anyway...

Next up...the vendors...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wizard World Power Girl

Wizard World Philly was fun, if you can't tell by Dave's first review of it. Indeed, shame on you who didn't go with us because you were at a hippy jam fest. It was a nice and cool day, which makes rocking out and walking around less of an issue than previous years where you sweat just thinking about walking. Definitely a plus. We parked in Chinatown because it's close, cheap and full of ancient Chinese secrets.

One of my favorite parts about comic book shows is the artists alley. Most of the artists are fun to meet and really nice guys and they usually are willing to sketch what you want or have awesome prints available. Since I did some sketches last year, I decided to find good prints this year instead, and find them I did.

The first up of the series is a beautiful Power Girl by Mark Sparacio, with flats provided by yours truly. He was selling the print colored personally by himself that day but it was a little rich for my wallet so I went with the black and white for now, with option to color later. Due to a sale he had going on, I got myself two different Power Girl prints, a Black Cat (same as Dave) and a Vampirella. I forgot to check to see any new color prints he had but that was probably safer I didn't, since those cost more but look beautiful and I need to hang the ones I have at home.

Here's the Vampirella. It's still uncolored but I have some time coming up where I can color all I want so expect me to work on it then. I'll try to finish shading the Power Girl as well as work on my own shit.

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Wizard World Philly...Part 1...

So Eric and I hit up WWP this past Saturday and it was good times all around! If you missed it, sucks to be you! We rolled it right around 10am and got in much quicker than last year (we were a bit later last year and had to wait around on line for a while to get it). First off we headed straight for Artist Alley. I had brought several comics to get signed and first off we found Greg Horn who draws the great covers on Ms. Marvel and a few others like She-Hulk. Got a quick autograph on Ms. Marvel #12 (first cover he did for the series) and a sneak peak at the Ms. Marvel #19 cover, which was really cool. He was a pretty cool guy, but we didn't stick around too long and went off looking for more artists.

As Eric was looking through some guy's artwork -- I forget his name, but he did have a pretty neat Optimus Prime print for sale that Eric eventually bought -- I glanced to the right and saw Michael Gaydos sitting there sketching something. I was bummed that I didn't know he was going to be there because his work on Alias is killer and I would have loved to have gotten my omnibus hardcover collection signed (although I would not have really wanted to carry that around all day! My bag was heavy enough as you'll find out later if you keep reading). I did however have a blank cover Fallen Son The Death of Captain America #3 that I was going to ask Alex Maleev to sketch on. I asked him [Gaydos] if he was doing sketches and he said only head sketches, so I asked him to sketch me a Hawkeye on the Fallen Son comic and he said 'Who? And you want me to sketch it on here?' It was pretty funny, but he looked in the issue and once he saw a pic of him he recognized him and started sketching (thank god there was one of him in his Hawkeye costume in there or I would have felt even stupider). I was a bit nervous I had made a mistake in asking him to do it, but once he finished (took about 5 minutes or so) I was super-happy with the results. Best part is, it was FREE! Eric said 'are you sure you didn't just run off without paying him?' Everyone else at the convention was charging for sketches and one guy even posted 'cheapest sketches here $10'. I was feeling a bit bad about it, so later on that day when I walked by again I asked and he said nope, it was a freebie...he's the coolest! I wish I had some more cash to buy one of the original pages from Alias he was selling but I was all out of money by that time of day.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Conquest

Annihilation Conuest Prologue
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover: Aleksi Briclot
Marvel, Rated T+
48 pages, $3.99

I haven't finished Annihilation yet because the third hardcover isn't out yet, but this story is pretty much a self contained sequel. I liked this issue better than Annihilation Prologue actually because it was one complete read rather than jumping around and previewing the four minis that are coming out. The only character we didn't see in the prologue so far is Wraith -- it'll be interesting to see the origins of this new Marvel character. I really like the art and cover in this issue also, it really fits well with the Annihilation style. If this series is anywhere near as good as Annihilation, it'll be worth checking out...

Overall Rating B

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fearless

Touted as Jet Li's last epic film, Fearless is a nice blend of drama, comedy and some kickass martial arts. Jet Li plays a wu-shu master who starts off as a fairly lousy person but ends up becoming one of China's greatest champions when the country needs strength. You find this out in the first fifteen minutes, so there's nothing to be given away there. The acting is alright and the fights are great, but the movie doesn't really feel like an epic. It's definitely a period piece, but it lacks the scope of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or a Hero. Still, it's worth your time to watch if you're a fan at all of Jet Li or fighting. Check it out.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Zombie, Zombie!!

Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #4 (of 5)
Writer: John Layman
Pencils: Fabiano Silva Neves
Cover: Arthur Suydam
Marvel/Dynamite
Parental Advisory
32 pages,
$2.99

I picked this one up off of a recommendation from a friend (Worsel). I was quite surprised in how much I enjoyed it even after missing the first three parts. The writer does a great job with Ash's dialog and the artwork is great. Definitely a fun escape from The Initiative.

Overall Rating B

Friday, June 08, 2007

Joely's new songs

I like them, though I love Pussy Whipped the best. Drinking on the Job seems to have the same rhythm as one of the other songs so it didn't have it's own voice. Pussy Whipped needs to be recorded professionally and released. I love it. It's going to be in the next video. :) If you speed it up a few beats too, I think it'll be really hardcore.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Wiiality Check



This here is the video that I made with my buddy Jarrett and his brother Jesse, as well as Jesse's woman Steph. The latter two helped out for the outside shots immensely, filmed at Brookdale Community College. The interiors were mainly Jarrett and I filming after hours at work. The whole filming process was spread over two days and we did about 2 hours each day. The editing I did this past weekend and that was about 8 hours there. Special thanks to Jarrett for loaning me the MacBook Pro. It wouldn't have been as awesome as it is without it.

Why'd we decide to do it? Well, I heard about the contest through friends at Rucksack Films (thanks Matt) and when that group decided we couldn't pull anything together in time, Jarrett and I made a last minute effort to try and film something for the hell of it, mainly to see if we could and for the experience. It was certainly a hectic shoot, with little time set aside to write or storyboard, we went with Plan A and kept on it.

After capturing the first set of footage, we realized, like rookies, that the camera mic was off and we were stuck with outside footage with no sound. Jarrett had a song he did awhile back floating around and when we combined that with the video and some sound effects, it pulled together nicely. The interiors were fun and easy since we had control of the lights and had a monitor to use for scenes with both of us on camera. For the zombie part, we used a simply trick of putting the light behind us as the only light and letting it illuminate our ghastly shadows. I think it worked out for the best. I hope you like it and let me know what you thing.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Cool cold Colt 45

What should you be drinking tonight? Why, nothing less than Colt 45! The smooth taste will do you right. Would Lando "Ladies Man" Calrissian lie to you? Look at him. He's got a lady dying to get him, all for the Colt 45. Honestly, I'm surprised in Jedi they didn't edit a bottle or two in during the Death Star run. "Hi, I'm Billy Dee Williams, and when I'm blowing up Death Star's and piloting the Millenium Falcon, I drink Colt 45, and the Empire crumbles before me."

Seriously, get yourself a bottle now. I keep one in the refrigerator at all time, in case of emergency. Headache? Colt 45. Knee problems? Colt 45. HIV? Well, you probably got that from picking up ho's after downing Colt 45, but still, drink another one, you're going to die anyway. Roomate problems? Colt 45. And then stab them with the broken bottle.

Here's to Colt 45! I imagine if Billy Dee Williams was a woman, and was lactating, it'd be Colt 45 that came out. Drink up!

The Flash, now with fresh Game Boy scent


The Flash game for Game Boy Advance is definitely one of the greatest action games for the Game boy. The game has you play as the Flash, in a beat-em-up that reminds one of Double Dragon. Besides punching, you can pinball attack to enemies, where you zoom back and forth between them hitting them, a whirlwind attack, where you run around an enemy striking them, and a ground slam attack. The Flash can also jump into "Flash time", which slows down the enemies, so you can get some extra hits, or get out of danger.

Villain-wise, you fight some classics: Grodd and Zoom, along with Circe, Killer Frost, and Braniac. Additionally, on your last life, if you die, as you stagger, go into Flash Time, and you can fight the Black Flash. It's pure awesome.

Bonus wise, you can race Superman, which is a pretty neat tribute to the comic book races between the two.

Buy this game. It's awesome. The Flash demands it!

New New Warriors

New Warriors (The Initiative)
Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Pencils: Paco Medina
Cover: Nic Klein
32 pages, $2.99
Marvel, Rated T+

So this week we've got a sneak peak of New Warriors (The Initiative) #1. First off, what book at Marvel these days isn't labeled "The Initiative"? Especially a book about vigilantes? How are they part of The Initiative? Lame. Anyway, getting to the book. Hadn't heard of the writer or artist (at least not off the top of my head), so I wasn't sure what to expect. The book starts off with a nice action sequence of the new team taking down the Gray Gargoyle. Nice short and sweet intro. The book then lost me for a while as we follow an ex-mutant named Sophia around for a while. Took me a while to figure out who it was (the only way you'll get it is if you have read the Academy X New X-Men series that launched a few years ago). Anyway, after the first few pages with the Gray Gargoyle nothing really happened for most of the book. It is really just setting up the story of the new team and that will probably take a few issues I imagine. I must say though, once I figured out who the character was, it drew my interest more than I thought it would (this coming form a New X-Men fan though). Should be interesting to see where this one is going...I definitely like it better than it's pro-registration counter-part Avengers: The Initiative.

Overall Rating: C+

Friday, June 01, 2007

Touch the Dead


Seriously touch them. Mmmm. So meaty. Now that we have that out of the way, I can tell you about the Nintendo DS game, Touch the Dead. It doesn't have the honor of being the first zombie game for the DS, but it is probably the first rail shooter with them in it.

You play a a prisoner who has to fight his way out of jail and labs that are filled to the brim with the living dead. You shoot them by tapping on the screen with the stylus. You reload by dragging bullets from the lower right part of the screen to your gun magazines/chambers which are on the lower left. Make sure you make every shot count and don't get caught on a reload, since the dead will hammer your ass mercilessly. You can pick up extra health by shooting boxes and cabinets to see what is inside and get extra ammo for some of your guns as well. You get scored on hit percentage and what you're firing at, so be sure to aim carefully to score high.

It's a fun game, though short, as most rail shooters are. Worth checking out if you like zombies and shooters. It also sports a bitching cover by Arthur Suydam of Marvel Zombies fame.

Nintendos and Don'ts

There's a contest going on that me and some friends are currently shooting a video for sponsored by Nintendo. Basically, you just have to make a short film concerning Nintendo product(s). We've gotten two days of filming under our belts, a rapid fire shoot of which happened today after work. For two hours we bombed through my shitty storyboards. Now the editing begins. I'll let you know more as we go along.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Movie Weekend

Okay, so this past weekend was movie weekend...(i.e. catching up on my Netflix)

First up, some pretty sweet magic and dragons in Eragon. Despite the crappy ass reviews on rottontomatoes.com, I thought it was a pretty fun movie. It is really all you make of it. Most of the reviewers said it was a rip-off of Star Wars (and I agree, it did have a Star Wars feel to it). But you have to remember, Star Wars was a rip off of other movies (Seven Samarai) and Greek mythology also -- so it is no different. I say get over it and enjoy the movie. I'd call it a cross between Star Wars/Chronicles of Narnia/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings. So sit back and enjoy as things go boom!

Next up, we've got Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. This movie was funny as hell! If you haven't seen it, go watch it now! And if you've already seen it, go see it again! It'll be like cum in your ear-pussies all over again!

I also watched Scooby Doo, which I hadn't seen before. It was pretty good, I thought it might suck when I first started watching, but it got funnier towards the end. Worth a watch, but don't buy it.

Next up: Epic Movie

Follow-uo: Ugh, what an awful movie that was...what a waste of time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Change

Congrats to Choker on his first review. About damn time. Also, I changed some of the template code so that the main area is absolutely positioned instead of relatively. It should work better on those of you with small browser windows or viewing on Wiis.

Brotherhood of Steeeeell!!!! I mean, Red Steel reviewed...

Hey all! New contributor here. Anyway, I'm gonna talk about the game Red Steel for the Wii. Basically, you have an FPS for the Wii, that adds some swordplay to the traditional FPS run-and-gun game. The story is pretty straight-forward, with you having to save your fiancee from the Yakuza, and you get embroiled in politics along the way.

Where the game shines is in the use of the Wii-mote to aim, look, and shoot your weapons, making it someone like a cross between Goldeneye and House of the Dead. It doesn't take long to get used to using the controller like a gun, and for the most part, the aiming is somewhat forgiving. Movement is accomplished via the nunchuck, and feels pretty natural.

Swordplay has your wii-mote control the sword, and the chuck control movement & your off-hand sword. It's pretty slick, and easy to get the hang of. If you turn up the sensitivity, it helps, since I lost some fights the 1st few times around because I wasn't responding fast enough.
Anyway, Red Steel is a solid game, showing the potential for FPS's on the Wii. Definitely worth a rental, or a buy at around 20-30 dollars. I think it took about 11 hours for me to complete the game, but I also spread that out over months, and I'm not sure the time accounts for level restarts, as the saving in the game is somewhat odd, and I think mostly just saves at the start & end of a level, meaning if you quit halfway, it's back to the beginning for you. Check it out, shoot some baddies, and look forward to what the controls will be like for Resident Evil 4: Wii edition.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

28 Weeks Later


Maintain the quarantine, indeed. That's the gist of the sequel to the psuedo-zombie hit 28 Days Later. Here, the nation of England is under a quarantine and slowly the survivors and refugees are being let into certain districts that have been deemed safe to live in. The last infected person has been dead for months but the US forces that have taken control are leaving nothing to chance. A family is reunited in this new London just as all hell is about to break loose.

A seriously fun and exciting move, 28 Weeks Later approaches the top matter of its predecessor with zeal and a downright dirty attitude, not afraid to shy away from some of the most brutal deaths on scene as things break down in an emerging society. The camera work is top notch, though a little jumpy at times and the action is furious, especially in the opening sequence. A good cast helps the story along, though there are script hiccups (the whole outbreak starts as the result of one of them). Robert Carlyle in particular is fantastic as the father of the family.

This movie is what the Dawn of the Dead remake should have been. It's good, it's thought out and hectic and you actually care for most of the people, even if you haven't been familiar with them long. It's a worthy entry in the not-zombie genre and I wouldn't mind seeing another one if it is done as well as the first two. Check it out.

Well, It's Hockey At Least

It took a long enough time, but there's finally a hockey game coming out for the DS in October. The only problem? It's Backyard Hockey. This isn't a huge obstacle, since the Backyard games are pretty fun, if kiddy-ed up versions of the games. They use real rules but they're non-violent so I don't know how that will bode for one of the most aggressive sports out there.

I'll take what I can get though. It seems like they're putting a lot of care into it, and who wouldn't considering they're in uncharted territory with a hockey game on the DS. The screens look nice enough and the features they're listing are decent in that you can do seasons and there's stat tracking and all that good stuff we love in our sports games. Still, one can only hope that EA or 2kSports decides to step up with a more mature version. Until then, I'm so buying this and taunting Choker with portable hockey. :)

Friday, May 25, 2007

It's Uncanny

Okay, folks, this is where it all begins. If you've never read this classic Claremont run on Uncanny X-men, now is the time. Volume 1 kicks off with Giant Size X-Men #1 and the formation of a new team including Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird! The first ten issues really just build the new team but there are definitely good sub-plots beginning to be laid out here that lead into Volume 2, which is the the return of Jean Gray and the roots of the Phoenix Saga! Also featured are Banchee, Juggernaut and Black Tom.

I missed issues 111-128 (111-121 are available in Volume 3, but I believe it is out of print).

Once you've got the groundwork laid out, jump into The Dark Phoenix Saga, which is one of the best runs I've ever read. I've always been more of an Avengers fan, but this X-men run is tight.

And if you still want more pick up the Days of Future Past TPB. This book contains a great story set in the future starring Wolverine and Kitty Pride (introduced earlier in this run).

So if you're an X-men fan you gotta check this out. And if you're just getting into comics or the X-men, this is where to start.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why Aren't You Reading the Spirit?

Seriously. It's one of the best comics out there and it's by Darwyn Cooke, for whom all of you comic book readers out there should have a hard on for thanks to Batman Beyond and the New Frontier. He's just awesome. If you're not familiar with the series, it's about a man named the Spirit who solves crime in Central City. Might sound a bit like Batman but really it's a story of a normal man who is presumed dead and decides to make the most of his death by taking on the persona of the Spirit, who solves crime with the help of a few friends. It retains a 1950s look but takes place in the current day and the characters are updated slightly with the times but for the most part it's Eisner returned from the grave. Check it out.

Hello, Hello!

MixMaster in the hiz-ouse! Okay, so I decided not to go to the comic shop this weekend because it is a light week. For shame! (and next week is actually worse than this week -- those bastards! I guess that is what happens when Ultimates 2 and All Star Batman and Robin ship in the same week.) Anyway, it gives me a chance to catch up on the two short boxes of back issues I have to read. Up first is GIJoe Special Missions Manhattan. I've been enjoying these and the Declassifieds (GIJoe, Scarlett, Dreadnoks) after dropping GIJoe when it re-launched as America's Elite, which just sounds plain stupid -- everyone knows it is 'A Real American Hero' (Yo Joe!) After that I'll probably tap into the stack of Star Wars Tales I picked up on sale a few weeks ago. Those are always some nice light fun reading.

Oh yeah, and I saw Spider-Man 3 last night. Can't say I'm a huge fan. I would put it down there with X-Men The Last Stand which I didn't like very much. I'm a bit of a comic purist, so there were just too many stupid changes from the original comics that bugged the hell out of me. I did like Gwen Stacy though. Even though her character wasn't used right and should have been in the first movie (and died), I think the actress (Bryce Dallas Howard) did a great job.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Welcome

Starting today, there will be a new contributor to the Mosherpit Blog. Everybody, please give a warm round of applause and bodies to Mixmaster. We're tagging the team with comic reviews but we'll probably endup throwing a whole bunch of stuff, knowing the shit we send missives about on a daily basis.

Satan's Sodomy Baby


For those that might be unfamiliar with the Goon, suffice to say that it is one of the most badass and best comics out there right now. The Goon and his partner, Frankie, kick zombie and monster ass and anything else that pops up in their weird little town and do it with style and incredibly funny humor. When I heard there was going to be a special issue that would be uncensored, it was a no brainer to get it. Unfortunately, finding it anywhere was the real problem, since it was an adult item, not a lot of stores ordered it, including the store I frequent that actually reserves the Goon for me.

Graham Crackers Comics came through for me. They're a chain in Illinois that usually comission pretty cool covers for comics as exclusives and they also run a mail order business. It might not be as massive as Mile High Comics, but it's laid out a bunch better and I love them to death. Thanks, guys.

Anyhow, the gist of the story is that there's a sodomy baby running around and hilarity ensues. There are two backup stories that only last a few pages but are pretty damn funny in their own right. It's not going to be collected in any of the trades, so if you want a good and controversial tale that pushes the boundaries of taste, hunt this sucker down. You won't be disappointed as it is the Goon and creator Eric Powell at their best.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bits and Pieces

I didn't want to take away from the Hack/Slash post so I figured I'd make a second one covering bits and pieces happening around the block.

-I went to see Spider-Man 3 and it rocked. It's a great blend of story and action, though I must say that despite the rest of the cast being awesome (especially Bryce Dallas Howard, who is hotness), Kirsten Dunst has either the worst written character in the world or is just a terrible actress. Every time she's on screen I want bad things to happen to her. She didn't bug me much in the first movies. Now, though, it's game on for annoyance. If you liked the first two movies, you'll love this one. Venom is great, Sandman is great and surprisingly, New Goblin steals the show from all of them and gets the best characterization. Go see it.

-I started playing Spider-Man 3 for the Wii. Fun game. If you like SM2 and USM, then the gameplay should be familiar to you, though swinging around with the remote and nunchuck takes some getting used to. There are a few bugs and noticeably load problems, but I'm enjoying it immensely. It's not perfect and could definitely have stood a few months of testing, but it gives me hope for a 616 game that is made with more care. Plus the black suit fucking rocks.

-Dave made me buy Annihilation TPBs against my own will. True story. He kept talking about the series and then I picked up two issues in the discount bin and now I have to own the whole damn thing. Thanks Dave. :)

Hack Slash


Ahhh, the smell of a new issue of an ongoing comic. It's always so sweet, especially if it's a series you've been following for years in minis and it finally hit the big time. Such is the case with Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. The basic premise revolves around Cassie Hack, professional slasher killer and her compatriot, the mutated monster of a man with a heart of gold, Vlad.

You can see the cover to the left that this girl means business. She's a beauty but with a mean streak and those that seek to hurt the living have a world of hurt coming themselves.

The first issue revolves around a killer psychiatrist and he delves into Cassie's mind to give new readers a little backstory as to why she is the way that she is, which would be pure, unadulterated awesome. It's a great introduction to the series and I can't say I'm not fond of the subject material. If you like horror movies, you've come to the right place. Pick up yours wherever comics are sold or try a few online vendors.

You can check out the Hack/Slash section of the Devil's Due Publishing site here.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Portrait of Ruined Load Bearing Boss

Just beat Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin today. Man, Dracula was a chump once I had my pattern down. Greatest 5 for the win. That thing just does some awesome damage and then you can basically spam it if you keep dropping potions like science. Great game. Check it out if you have a DS. Honest. It's awesome.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bad Poetry in Bad Times

“That I May Serve”


That I may serve against the agents of twilight,
a guiding hand through the dim lands of forever.
That I may serve, a beacon in the place without light,
in a time where the shadows threaten to fall.
That I may serve, helping the helpless and those in need,
a voice of reason in trying times.
That I may serve, a shoulder of support in times of grim hope
when tears flow freely in the face of the greatest provocation.
That I may serve, with love, with honor, in defense of the land I called home
through many a year, learning the things that would make me the man I am today.
That I may serve, in the cause of family and friends and those that share my adopted home,
fighting to the last those that threaten to hurt or destroy my brethren, falling only when the job is completely done.
That I may serve and stop the horror already visited upon us, fighting time and tide to make it right again.
That I may serve so that it never happens again.

Ut Prosim.

Today We Are All Hokies


Ut Prosim.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Horrible, Simply Horrible

There's no real word for the emotions that are going through everyone's head today. 33 dead at least in Viriginia Tech in the most horrifying massacre to ever sweep through a school. There's no reason it should have happened save that some people are just sick fucks and instead of doing themselves away with decently, they have to try and make a mark and take out innocents with them. If the gunman wasn't dead already, I would hope that he died a most horrible death. As it is, I can only hope that some special hell is reserved for him and torments him the way the families of the departed must be feeling right now.

It's a shame that things like this have to happen in the world, much less at my alma mater. My condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones and if you're a friend of mine down there and haven't checked in yet, please do so.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

MC Fun

Just got back from the MC Lars and MC Frontalot show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Well, not really just back, but I had stayed over so I didn't get home till this morning. It was an awesome show, as usual. Both MCs are uber-nice and happy to talk to fans and hawk their wares, but they're in it for the music for reals. Go see them if you get the chance. Nerdcore WILL rise up.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Black Thursday Rule

Sad day today. I found out that film legend Bob Clark died with his son as the result of an accident involving a drunk driver. Clark is best known for A Christmas Story and possibly Porky's, but to the genre fans, I'll always like his horror work best, with groundbreaking and truly terrifying films like Black Christmas and Deathdream. My condolences go out to the family of the deceased and I raise my glass to them somberly in hopes that they are in a better place and that their killer gets his due.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Black and....Purple?

That's right. Purple. Can't tell really from my bad photo but I found the new Spider-Man 3 figures and Venom is indeed, purple. Granted it's a deep and scary purple, but it's a purple nonetheless. I wonder if this is due to his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man, where he is also more purplish in appearance, though whether that is due to shading or not I have no idea. Pretty decent figures and if the characters look half as good in the movie, it'll be awesome. The whole wave of movie figures is amazing. There's a few repeat Spideys but mainly there are a lot of villains, like New Goblin, Kraven, Scorpion, Rhino and Lizard. I think Doc Ock might even be in there too. It gives the whole line a rather full appearance and saves us from tons of gimmick figures to real figures in the ration department.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

For Sparta

300 is a manly movie. It's also a fantastic movie. Sure it smacks of fiction in parts and the styling is pure Frank Miller, but that only makes it awesome and not the Sin City wannabe that other places might tell you. Who, I don't know. But I'm sure somebody will. It's about 300 Spartans fighting off the armies of Xerxes who kinda seems like a Stargate reject but has lots of troops to back his ass up. What happens is a lot of blood and valor and you'll find yourself smiling at it all. Go see it. Seriously.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Rats in the Balls

Okay, so the subject has only a little to do with my posting. You'll understand some of it if you watch Flushed Away. The rest, well, that's just me being odd. It's a good movie if you've seen it. I understand it was an underperformer at the box office but I think that's because the majority of it was aimed towards adults or at least semi-adults. Singing slugs aside, a number of jokes, especially those concerning Tom Jones, would fly over a youngling's head. Not so much an adult. Great movie. I was laughing throughout and would gladly watch it again. Doesn't hurt to have some of the great actors that are around to help out on everything.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Departed

Just finished the Departed and man, that was a great flick. Just when you think you've got it figured out, BLAM, and then after that, BLAM, it all comes together. Great movie and you may have heard of it and its awards. Can't say I've seen the original yet, but I've wanted to. Infernal Affairs tops many lists of must see movies. That said, I don't think this film should have won for adapted screenplay. Adapted to me, means, not from another screenplay. That's just cribbing. If the plot was taken from anything else, it would be all right, maybe even a movie of yesteryear, but a movie that is only several years old and foreign? Fuck that noise. That's not adaptation, that's just stealing.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nekkid Comics


What? Did I actually make a comic. Nope. This is just a cover that I was working on to get a feel for composing a scene and all that jazz. I think it ended up alright though I couldn't find a nice place to fit MixMaster in right now. Maybe i can sketch him in riding G's shoulder like Master Blaster or something. Could work.

One tip when drawing naked women--don't even try to explain to your wife what you're doing. She'll just shake her head and sigh. It's the truth. I must say, I have been on a chick drawing frenzy as of late. Don't worry, non-believers. I'll draw some more of the FF soon enough. I just wanted to finish this little scene since it got stuck in my brain first.

Any ideas what should come next?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Killing Christmas

No, I'm not talking about the holiday. I'm pretty sure that's unkillable. I'm talking about the Black Christmas remake that I just watched. You know, you'd think it would be a slam dunk to make a remake of such a groundbreaking film. I mean, the original had everything you needed to sell a flick, with a dark atmosphere, competent leads and a decent plot. Verily, it was the prototypical slasher movie, what with the POV shots of the killer that may have been stripped from the giallo. To update it, one should only have to modernize the "killer in the house" reveal that took place by tracing a phone call. Even in the age of caller id and cell phones, they probably could have used a GPS trace or maybe make it IMs or VOIP and someone has to do an IP trace. The characters could stay the same, same with the plot.

No, that's not what happened. Instead, we got a half-assed remake that tries to cash in on the name and story of the original while cribbing from Halloween. The identity of the killer in the original is quite a mystery. In this one, it's just about hammered into your face again and again and we're presented also with an escaped killer who used to live in the house as well, who tries to go home every Christmas and manages to escape this time. The girls are vapid but pretty and we don't end up feeling for anyone. Indeed, the survivor at the end had me trying to figure out why I should even care that she lived. The whole movie is just a setup for Christmas-themed deaths and several shots that capitalize off of scenes from the original, namely the bag death and the shot of the killer's eye, ramming them into the ground and defeating the point of the scenes in the first place.

There are better films out there to waste your time with, and if you want to see a good Xmas slasher film, rent the original. Lacey Chabert and Michelle Tractenberg can't save this film. Indeed, only fire could save this film at all. Ugh.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dirty Dirty


Another chick pic for ya'll, though to be honest again, I used another picture as reference. It's helping though and teaching me more perspective. Little by little.

Cindy Boo-Hoo


Just for my brother, it's the newest drawing of hockey player Sydney Crosby, who probably whines more than he scores, which sucks because he's the scoring leader for the league. Everyone touts him as the next Gretzky but he seems to lack the sportsmanship so far. Of course, he is young so he has time to learn it all while he's in the NHL, but it's annoying to see him bitch and moan about clutching and grabbing whereas you never hear a word about Ovechkin doing that. Of course, he's also scary, so that helps.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Weapon She


Well, I think I have a design for the chick villain now, though it came out of nowhere and wasn't quite what I was going for. She's the combination of two people, quite literally, since Weapon D/Mixmaster fused her together during a drunken rampage. As a result, she has mouths in weird places and can stretch her body to double her normal reach to make up for the added mass. It's very scientific, you know. Kinda looks like a blonde Freddy from A Different World, save for the stretchiness. Watch those hands fellas....they're not for show.