Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quotes of Legend - Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett to Bill Russell after winning the NBA Championship: "I got my own. I hope we made you proud."

Played with conviction. Celebrated with class. Sure made me proud!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Quotes of Legend - Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert recently spoke to Princeton University graduates-to-be assembled at Class Day, which is held each year the day before commencement. His message was simple and inspiring...

Stephen Colbert: "You can change the world. Please don't do that, OK? Some of us like the way things are going now."

Check out more words of wisdom from Colbert's speech at The Daily Princetonian.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

All the Rage

Guess who made a recent guest appearance on an episode of the DC Comics fan podcast Raging Bullets?

Give up?


Okay, the term "guest appearance" is a bit strong, maybe I should have used the term "cameo." I've been mentioned on a few podcasts, but this is the first time my voice has ever been played on air. While I was at the NYCC, I visited with a few of my favorite podcasters throughout the weekend. When I approached Sean Whelan, cohost of Raging Bullets, he suddenly pulled out a recorder and asked my thoughts on a current favorite DC comic I am enjoying. I was completely unprepared, but I think I managed to not embarrass myself too much. In fact, I had a lot of fun!

For the last couple of months, Raging Bullets has been including a couple of the NYCC fan clips at the end of each episode. The one featuring me is episode #117 Part B and I appear near the very end at the 1:59:30 mark. What DC comic did I choose to pimp? You'll just have to listen to find out! You can find the all the Raging Bullets shows on iTunes, or just click on the link below:

It is actually quite a thrill for me to appear on Raging Bullets as it is easily one of my favorite podcasts. Sean and his cohost Jim "Sensei of the Whatnot" Segulin have a very positive take on the comics industry and it comes through in every episode. The focus of the show is DC Comics and the presentation isn't fancy, but simply two good friends talking about their favorite comics. They rant and rave at length, but always with a good sense of humor. I enjoy the show so much that I often think of them while I'm reading my weekly DC books and I can honestly say that they have enhanced my enjoyment of them. So if you are a reader of anything DC, I strongly suggest checking out the show - even the episodes that do not feature yours truly.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Renewed Rivalry






BEAT L.A.! feels so good to chant that again!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Change Is Coming...

Quotes of Legend - Clint Eastwood

This past Saturday, Clint Eastwood turned 78 and he's just a tough as ever!

A couple of weeks ago, Spike Lee was at the Cannes Film Festival trying to get some press for Miracle At St Anna, his World War II drama about the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division and he called out some Hollywood filmmakers, particularly Eastwood.

Spike Lee: "He did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films. Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version...If you reporters had any balls you'd ask him why. There's no way I know why he did that -- that was his vision, not mine. But I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It's not like he didn't know."

The statements are not so much a critique on Eastwood's work, but a ridiculous accusation that he is racist. Not sure Morgan Freeman, Isaiah Washington, Dennis Haysbert, Mario Van Peebles, or Forest Whitaker would agree - all of whom have had great roles in Eastwood flicks. Lee's mentions that Eastwood did two movies about Iwo Jima, but neglects to mention one of them was from perspective of the Japanese, which had never been done before by an American director. But instead of praising him for his efforts he gets slammed.

Eastwood was at Cannes as well, promoting his new effort Changeling starring Angelina Jolie, but refused to respond to Lee's remarks until days later when in an interview with Focus magazine.

Clint Eastwood: "Does he know anything about American history? The U.S. military was segregated til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach. The story was about the men who raised the flag and we can't make them black if they were not there. So tell him: Why don't you go back and study your history and stop mouthing off!"

The above quote is even more stirring if you imagine it in Eastwood's voice. The only thing missing is the word "punk" at the end!