Monday, September 29, 2008

Shout Outs & Links

We interrupt our scheduled post entry for these kind words & shout outs to other creators....

First one up is:
The Cake Wrecks blog .

(Click on the pic for the story on this particular cake)

Not only is this one of the funniest blogs I have ever read, but it also shows just how bad people can be at making cakes. While I feel bad for the people who received the cakes, I burst out laughing anytime I read the blog entries!

I found this next blog through a blog that I frequent, and was so impressed, that I had to give a shout out!

The Springfield Punx blog .

This blog combines two things: Art & the Simpsons. It's one thing to create a cartoon version of someone, it's another to make a "Simpsonized" version of them. The creator of this blog not only does an awesome version of his "Simpsonized" characters, but the details he adds into them are simply amazing. Batman, Spiderman, Conan O'Brien & He-Man are just some of the many wonderful creations that are present on his blog!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Big props to V3 on this weeks song selection. Of the songs that I had in mind, none of them had the "it" factor I was looking for!

This weeks Flashback Friday is "Super Freak" by Rick James.

Discover Rick James!

"Super Freak" came out in 1981, off the album STREET SONGS.

**Interesting Note**
A sampling of this song was used to make M.C. Hammer's smash hit "U Can't Touch This"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Welcome to the second installment of "Flashback Fridays". This particular song was going to be my first pick, but for some reason I couldn't get the link. Now that I have it, here is a little "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister for you! Enjoy!

Discover Twisted Sister!

"We're Not Gonna Take It" is a 1984 hit song from their album Stay Hungry. The song was first released as a single (With B-Side song "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll") on April 27, 1984.

The album came out two weeks later, on May 10, 1984.

**Interesting Note**
It is the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What I'm Reading...

Currently, it's "The Death and Life of Superman" by Roger Stern.

It's a pretty cool book, giving another dimension and feel to the mega 1993 "event" of killing Superman. Roger Stern has written numerous comics, and even was part of the team for the huge "Superman Death Event".

Kevin James Comedy Stand Up

In my opinion, Kevin James has to be one of the best stand up comedians. His facial expressions, his jokes, his actions are all extremely funny. Below is a clip from his stand up act "Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff"

Kevin James - Click here for more blooper videos


**I added the pics of the character renderings for the MK vs. DC Game under the original post.**

***I added the story behind the art on Comic Comparison #6 ***

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Did You Know?

The name "Guns-N-Roses" was formed by combing the names of "Hollywood Rose" & "L.A. Guns", the two bands that the founding members were origianlly part of.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flashback Fridays

Welcome to the first installment of "Flashback Fridays"!
This part of my blog will be updated every Friday (obviously), and will highlight music from the past:the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Maybe even older, who knows!

I thought I would kick it off with a little G-N-R (Guns -N- Roses), a popular band back in the 80's. Here is their hit "Welcome to the Jungle"....

Discover Guns N' Roses!

**UPDATE** After having a conversation with Kelly, he said that I should put a little about when the music came out, and album, etc. And I totally agree! It's foolish for me to think that everybody knows when these songs came out, and even what album they came out on!

With the case of Guns-N-Roses, the song "Welcome to the Jungle" came out in 1987 off their debut album Appetite for Destruction.

Interesting note: The album's original cover, based on the Robert Williams painting "Appetite for Destruction", depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger.

After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull.

The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John.

**Information from INTERESTING NOTE came from Wikipedia**

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Comic Art Comparisons # 6

Art by Peter Laird
(Inks by Unknown, Colors by Unknown)

This is an awesome comparison for two reasons:

1)The stark contast of the black & white drawing against the color art that came out from it

2) The idea, as stated from Peter Laird's original post:

"For the cover, I drew this black and white rough...

...which I then split up into eight overlapping segments. The segments were distributed among the artists to be finished in their individual styles, and the only rule was that they had to keep the basic positioning and shape of the turtle(s) in each section.

After everyone had finished their segments, I composited them together. Below, from left to right: Steve Lavigne, Eric Talbot, Dan Berger, Mike Dooney, Ryan Brown, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Jim Lawson..."

All TMNT-related images © 2008 Mirage Studios unless otherwise noted. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® is a registered trademark of Mirage Studios; all rights reserved.

Batman: Brave and the Bold

Below is a short clip of the new cartoon that is coming out this fall, entitled: "Batman:The Brave and The Bold". I'm not really sure what to think of this yet, but I may check it out ehn it comes out to see.

Ghostbusters 3?!

Columbia Scaring Up Ghostbusters Revival
Thursday September 4 4:32 PM ET

Los Angeles (E! Online) - No need to believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis.

Just believe that the allure of nostalgia and a monster paycheck is strong enough to get Bill Murray to strap on that positron collider again.

Variety reports that Columbia Pictures is gearing up to bring another Ghostbusters film to the big screen, ideally featuring all four main characters from the 1984 blockbuster and its 1989 sequel—Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

Both '80s-era films were cowritten by Aykroyd and Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, both executive producers on The Office, have been tapped to pen the new installment—after which, Columbia will approach its would-be leading men.

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky recently collaborated on the Ramis-directed comedy Year One. Despite a handful of small parts over the years in comedies such as Knocked Up and As Good as It Gets, Ramis—who also helmed three episodes of The Office last year—has had more of a career behind the camera since his Egon Spengler days.

While the project remains officially unconfirmed, the general consensus is that getting Murray to suit up after all these years will be the hard part—although the Oscar-nominated thesp deigned to contribute his Dr. Peter Venkman voice for the new Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

After helping to keep the dream alive for the past two decades, Aykroyd told a radio station last year that the idea of another Ghostbusters sequel was still alive and kicking. But...

"It will not happen as a live-action [movie], 'cause Billy [Murray] will not come on, in the live-action stage anymore for it," the veteran character actor said. "But he will voice his part, and we are looking to do it as a CGI animated project."

But who knows what will happen if the script stacks up?

Ghostbusters II didn't exactly recapture the magic of the original, which grossed $229.2 million (at '80s prices) at the box office, but it still brought in $112.5 million and millions more from home video sales.

Besides, even the lamest sequels are usually good for lines like, "Only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York! "

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Hey, Detroit! News for You!!!

Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick pleads guilty, resigns By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE, Associated Press Writers

DETROIT - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.

The plea deal brings to an end a seven-months-long ordeal that led to felony charges against Kilpatrick and plunged the city, region and state into political chaos.

"I lied under oath," Kilpatrick said in court.

As part of the deal, the 38-year-old Democrat is to serve four months in jail and five years of probation. He also would pay the $1 million in restitution over the five-year probationary period.

During a separate hearing moments after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner accepted the mayor's plea, Kilpatrick offered a no contest plea in an assault case.

The judge also accepted that plea, which called for Kilpatrick to serve a four-month jail sentence that would run at the same time.

Kilpatrick had faced 10 felony counts in the two separate criminal cases.

Groner asked Kilpatrick if he understood he was giving up the right to be innocent until proven guilty.

"I gave that up a long time ago," Kilpatrick replied.

Kilpatrick also read a statement in court and admitted his guilt, saying "I lied under oath ... I did so with an intent to mislead the court and jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice."

The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in the firing of a deputy police chief.

Beatty did not plead guilty and next will appear in court on Sept. 11. Groner said a plea deal in Beatty's case appeared likely.

The mayor will be sentenced on Oct. 28. He will report to jail that day, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

"We did not give an inch and these conditions were basically to a letter of what we wanted all along," she said.

The mayor has to announce his resignation immediately, and it will become effective within two weeks.

Worthy said she was glad that Kilpatrick resigned but that was never a "bargaining chip" for her. She said paying restitution and serving time in jail were far more important.

"You don't just lose your job and walk away," she said.

City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. will succeed Kilpatrick as mayor until a special election is held.

Until now, Kilpatrick had refused to resign even as the calls for him to step down grew louder and the controversy overshadowed all else at City Hall, tarnishing the national image of the much-maligned city even more.

Kilpatrick leaves a mixed legacy. He persuaded big business to invest in a city staggering from the auto industry's woes and a decades-long exodus of people, but he failed to live up to a promising political future due to repeated scandal.

The son of a Detroit congresswoman, Kilpatrick was just 31 when he was elected in 2001, becoming the youngest mayor in city history.

His pro-Detroit rhetoric and diamond stud earring endeared Kilpatrick to many blacks, especially young voters who embraced the "Hip-Hop Mayor."

But Kilpatrick's first term was marked by political immaturity and fiscal irresponsibility. He racked up thousands of dollars in travel on his city-issued credit card and the city's lease of a luxury Lincoln Navigator for his wife, Carlita.

Less than a year into the first term, rumors surfaced of a wild party involving strippers and members of Kilpatrick's security team at the mayor's mansion.

Former Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown filed a lawsuit in 2003, claiming he was fired for looking into the alleged party and investigating the actions of the mayor's bodyguards.

During the 2007 trial, Kilpatrick and Beatty sat in the witness chair and denied having a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003.

But a bombshell rocked Detroit in January: The Detroit Free Press published sexually explicit text messages recovered from Beatty's city-issued pager that contradicted their courtroom denials.

He and Beatty were charged with perjury and other felonies.

More text messages released in April revealed the evolution of flirty and sexually explicit exchanges to professions of love and promises of marriage.

In May, the City Council asked Granholm to remove Kilpatrick from office, saying it was misled into approving a $8.4 million settlement with Brown and two other officers. Council members said they didn't know about provisions to keep the text messages under wraps.

In July, a sheriff's detective trying to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend said he was shoved by the mayor. Assault charges followed.

The next month, a judge ordered the mayor to jail for violating the terms of his bond by traveling to Canada. He was released the next day, but the incident prompted some politicians and community leaders who had remained silent on the scandal to call for his resignation.


Warners and Fox continue to battle over the film's release
Updated with the trial date!

By Josh Wigler
Posted 9/02/2008

UPDATE: The "Watchmen" trial date has been set for January 6. Read all about it here.

If you thought that this whole "Watchmen" legal situation was as ugly as Walter J. Kovacs, just wait—it's getting even uglier.

The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox filed a joint report to a Los Angeles federal court regarding their "frenzied fight" over the future of "Watchmen."

Says the report: "Fox has said it will seek an injunction blocking Warner's planned release of the film next March. Warner has argued that Fox should not be allowed to stop the movie, after standing by while Warner and its partners on the film, Paramount Pictures and Legendary Pictures, spent more than $100 million on the production."

"Fox, which filed a lawsuit in February, has claimed in its own filings that [Producer Lawrence] Gordon did not keep the studio apprised of his plans, as required by a 1994 agreement," continues the report. "That deal granted Mr. Gordon rights to 'Watchmen' in 'turnaround' — an industry term for arrangements under which producers can move a project from one studio to another under certain conditions."

Warner Bros. claims that Gordon, who isn't named a defendant in Fox's lawsuit, offered "Watchmen" to Fox back in 2005, but the company "simply rejected it."

"Warner said Fox had gone so far as to grant it rights to the title 'Watchmen,' which Fox had earlier registered with the Motion Picture Association of America."

Included in the report are conflicting requests for a trial date. Fox wants a trial as early as next June, whereas Warner is requesting an April trial. In either scenario, the trial would take place after "Watchmen's" currently scheduled March release date. The real question, then, is not which side will win the rights to the film—it's whether we'll see the film at all.

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Blog Neglect

Yes, I admit it; my blog has been suffering from some serious neglect. Shame on me, and apologies all around! Well, I am going to try to make a better effort of updating this blog, but I'm not making any promises!

On with the blog!!!!!