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.