November 29th, 2014
It wasn’t that long ago that most people thought the Ultimate Universe was doomed and being written out of existence, but we were wrong, it’s come back with some potentially very interesting books, one of them being Ultimate FF.
Here’s my take on the first arc, running issues #1-3.
November 20th, 2014
One of the first comics I have a really strong memory of reading was the Master of Kung Fu Annual #1 from 1976. Sure, I’d been reading comics for a while before that but that particular issue had an impact on me for reasons unknown. It starred Shang-Chi, the titular Master of Kung Fu and his often partner in the martial arts, Danny Rand, Iron Fist. I’ve always had somewhat of an affinity for the characters and so when this new four-issue mini-series starring an updated Shang-Chi came along, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Master of Kung Fu of my youth…
October 21st, 2014
I suppose I’m lucky that I live in an area where there are a couple of stamp shops, or at least they pretend to be stamp shops. I haven’t walked into any of them recently because I haven’t really collected stamps in a while, but since I’ve gone a little nutty of late and gotten a considerable number, I was running low on a couple sizes of stamp mounts, I figured I might as well stop in and see what I could see.
Now I wish I hadn’t.
October 18th, 2014
I was talking to a friend today and he brought up something he read in Linn’s Stamp News and that brought back a lot of memories. See, I used to subscribe for years and years and years to Linn’s, back when it was a weekly full-size newspaper and I actually gave a damn about modern stamp issues. I still have a couple of boxes out in the garage filled with back issues. I used to love going over the pages every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the Internet, which largely killed it, and the enjoyment I got from it.
October 7th, 2014
I ran across something that Adam Savage did on YouTube where he talked about what should be in a person’s basic toolkit and it got me thinking. The video is about 45 minutes long, but I’ll link to it at the end of this article and I think he has a lot of good ideas, but I think there is more to be said on the subject so I’m going to say it!
August 22nd, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with Doctor Who recently, I love the idea, I hate pretty much everything Steven Moffat has done with it since he got his grimy mitts on it. If you go back and read my TV Thursdays when the last season of Doctor Who was on, I pretty much hated it all, even though I really, really, really tried to like it. Since Moffat has started revising 50 years of history to ensure his own fanboy fantasies, I’ve grown to despise the direction of the show. I had almost decided to boycott this new season and any others until Moffat goes away forever.
Then I heard that the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi feels much the same way about Moffat and now that he’s got an air-tight contract, is dedicating himself to ruining everything that Moffat is doing and working his hardest to bring the classic Doctor Who feel back to the airwaves.
Now I don’t know what to do.
July 1st, 2014
Now I know that I can be pretty negative and critical of fans, in fact, I’ve turned it into an artform of sorts. I had someone recently ask me what I’m excited for, what I’m really jazzed about and my answer is simple. Nothing. I don’t get excited about things, at least not overly excited. Maybe it’s because I’m old. I know that when I was younger, I looked forward to things, I sought out information about things, but today, I don’t bother. Things are going to come out when they come out, I’ll see them when I see them, buy them when I buy them and that’s the end of it.
I just don’t get being excited about things anymore.
June 21st, 2014
I’ve been reading science fiction, in particular, for a long, long time and based on when I started, in the late 70s and early 80s, has generally influenced how I look at science fiction writing overall.
I bring this up because recently, I’ve been cataloging my books after a couple of my older paperbacks were damaged and I really wanted to know what I had, where I had it and in what format I had it in. It also got me wondering if anyone wrote the kind of books that I loved and that’s why I’m turning to you, my loyal readers, to see if anyone has any good suggestions.
June 10th, 2014
As anyone who has ever read my other blog, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t do drugs. I also have very little respect for people who do, none of the people I choose to hang around with do any of the above, etc. I’m not a teetotaler, I simply have no interest in any substance that alters perception, I think that if you need to smoke or snort, ingest or imbibe anything that artificially makes you more social or makes you feel better about yourself, etc., you’ve got issues. That goes whether 1% of the population does it or 99% does it. That’s my opinion.
May 20th, 2014
I wrote an article in the past where I said that I have never wanted to reach out and touch an artist or a writer or an actor or whatever, just because I enjoyed their work. And no, I didn’t mean it that way, you pervert. However, it seems that with the wide-spread reach of the Internet, there are a lot of fans who absolutely want direct and unfettered access to their favorite celebrities and the creators are expected to provide it on a regular basis or people get mad. Creators are on Twitter, they’re on Facebook, they’ve got websites where people can ask questions and get quick answers on a wide variety of subjects, just because they bought the creator’s book, painting or DVD box set. They have to be able to communicate and interact with their heroes!
Well screw that. As a creator, I already interact with my “public”, for lack of a better word. I write. That’s the communication. There you go. You’re welcome.