Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Quotes of Legend - Senator Barack Obama

Last week, the three main presidential candidates appeared on WWE's Raw via video and all of them attempted to use some wrestling lingo into their promos. But only one IMHO was successful...

Senator Obama: "I've got one question - do you smell what Barack is cookin?"

Since he appeared on RAW, Sen. Obama has had a tough week. Without a shadow of a doubt, it's time for the real People's Champion to tell the competition to "know their roles and shut their mouths" before he layeth the smackdown!

Monday, April 28, 2008

All the Critics Loved Us in New York

This could possibly be the last report on this year's New York Comic Con to be posted on the blogsphere, but I only just recovered from my trip this past weekend. For some reason, I suffered from massive fatigue for quite a few days after I returned, but I'm pleased to say that I'm feeling much better now and ready for the next con (which will be next month)!

Despite all the drama leading up to the show, this year's NYCC was a fantastic time! I was there first and foremost to promote The Untold Origins of Invisible Scarlet O'Neil and I was very happy that I sold a fair number of books and gave away all my promo cards. I also spoke with a number of folks who stopped by and couldn't take their eyes off the cover image of Russell Stamm's signature character! Many fanboys love to challenge the idea that Scarlet is the first leading lady with superpowers to appear in comic form, so it makes for some interesting discussions. I'm just so glad to see the character getting attention and there is some great news to come!

However, I was not alone in the booth! Bill was there are well - his first time in the Big Apple! He was excited all weekend, but it was hard to tell if it was the city or the great work he has been doing on the new NLP project. We're just weeks from a formal announcement, so be sure to stay tuned!

Others in the booth included a couple of "old friends" - Kathy Messick who is still hard at work promoting Cyber Angels. A great concept and I am amazed that some company hasn't signed her to develop it as a series yet. Also in attendance was Scott Ham of Buckeye Comics, creator of Blood Sentence. Scott's got some great ideas for other horror titles and I'm looking forward to his next project which takes place in the Old West and WWII.

This year we also had a newbie in the booth, Terrance Bernard who was there to introduce the world to Sophia: Awakening and 8-part comic series that takes place in the distant future. The preview book and promo cards and posters did attract quite a lot of attention, thanks in no small part to the gorgeous artwork by Andres Guinaldo! I strongly recommend checking out a preview of the first issue at Parasite Publishing.

But the con was not all work (if you can call hanging out with all the talented folks mentioned above "work"). I also took time to walk around Artist Alley and met some great talent, including Rafeal Navarro who contributed this lovely image of Scarlet for my collection:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Start Spreading the News!

I've made it to New York City! There was a bit of drama involved, but that's the norm in the Big Apple! I'm appearing at the New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan April 18-20. I'll be in Booth #2360 representing Russ Stamm's Invisible Scarlet O'Neil and well as some upcoming New Legend projects. Feel free to stop by and say "Howdy!" and if you want to buy a book, that's cool too...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Quotes of Legend - Model Six

The first entry - in what I hope will be a ongoing feature - is from this week's episode of Battlestar Galactica. There is trouble brewing among the different models of Cylons. The matter is put to a vote, which does not go in the Model Six's favor. She decides a little election reform is in order with the help of a couple Cylon Centurians.

Model One: "Centurions can't vote, Six."

Model Six: "Oh, they're not here to vote."

The Centurions then proceed to do what Centurians do best. Please spare a brief moment of silence for the death of Cylon democracy.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sometimes It Snows in April

It has been over a week since my last post, and wow! What a week it has been! Some extremely good things have been happening which I really can't talk publicly about just yet. And some very bad things have happened, which I cannot discuss publicly. Thus, the reason for the lack of blog entries. A lot of what has been on my mind lately must remain behind closed doors - at least for now.

But I don't want this to be just a post about why I haven't been posting. There have been some things I am more than happy to write about - like two of my favorite shows returning with new episodes!

The fourth (and final) season of Battlestar Galactica continues right where the last one left off. There were already a lot of mysteries left to resolve and so far they have managed to unveil even more. I am not sure I buy into last year's reveal of four of the "Final Five." I get a headache just trying to satisfy the simple question of why the Cylons cannot be detected at all. Not even with blood nor DNA tests. But it is sure fun watching these characters wrestle with the events unfolding and each other. The big question for a lot of folks is Who Is The Thirteenth Cylon? I have a few thoughts, but I think a very big hint lies in the fact that the fleet is searching for the lost Thirteenth Tribe - Earth.
One character I do not believe is a Cylon agent is Kara Thrace (aka "Starbuck"). It's just too obvious! If she is not a Cylon, then what the frak is going on with her? Call me crazy, but I believe that it has something to do with the Seraphs, a mysterious race from the original 1970's series that once stated. "As you now are, we once were. As we now are you may yet become." Sounds like a quote right at home in this re-imagined series.

Also premiering this week was the new season of Doctor Who. I admit that the premiere was not as thrilling as the last few season starters, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Like many others, I was worried that the arrival of Donna as the The Doctor's new companion would be a turn-off. However, her character was really dialed down compared to her appearance in "The Runaway Bride." As long as she does not repeatedly utter "Am I bovvered?" the season will be just fine. And the end of the episode had one of the biggest surprises I've witness on the telly in a long, long time! Even all those Tate-haters out there now have a big reason to tune in. Really looking forward to the second episode, "The Fires of Pompeii" - should be a blast!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Whip It Good!

Yesterday was the opening of the official Indiana Jones online store! I was hoping that it was just an April Fool's Day joke because I don't need such temptations! If it wasn't already on its death throws, my bank account could take a serious beating here. They have some very cool t-shirt designs (I think my favorite is the "Blue Map Indy Shirt"), books, figures, and LEGOS. I wish the LEGO Indiana Jones video game was going to be released for the Mac, but I will probably be able to play the PC version on my dual-boot iMac.

One item missing from the official Indy store is a replica of his signature weapon. But fear not, fellow Indy fanboys! Authentic replica bullwhips are available from the David Morgan.com, a company which has supplied over 30 whips for the production of the four films. I would love to have one to complement the official Indiana Jones fedora I bought over twenty years ago, but the price is steep - the smallest whip (5-foot) is priced at $560! Even if I could afford such an item, I would not be able to resist giving it a try and knowing my luck I would bust my lip or worse. Still, it would be a useful tool to keep our cats in line...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

An End to the Madness?

March is over and I'm proud to say I successfully met the challenge of posting here each day with 31 straight entries! It was fun while it lasted, but I've decided I'm going to put an end to by short-lived blogging career. It just takes up too much of my time with so little return. I think I'll devote the time I have been scheduling to the blog to exercising, getting stuff done around the house, completing some scripts, reaching out to friends and family, spending quality time with my cats, engaging with pundits on the political landscape, satisfying my partner, expanding my mind with literature, and saving the whales. Oh yeah, and helping bring about world peace.


Happy April Fool's Day!!!

On this day I can confidently state that the happy fool is me. While I would, could, and should do many of the above activities, I am pleased to report that this here blog is here to stay! It has actually been quite fun for me and I hope that the half dozen of you who read this (two of which are spambots and another two were mistakenly directed here by some search engine looking for art from the late great Dave Stevens) have enjoyed the ride thus far. I have no idea how long this journey will be nor where we might go, but I am thankful for anyone who takes even the tiniest moment of their time to feign interest in what I have to say. I am not going to promise to post every day. From now on, I'll be posting here because I want to rather than because I have to. And I hope folks will want to read for the same reason. If not, that's okay. I need to keep practicing my typing skills anyway. A lot of days, it is the only exercise I get!