Sunday, December 13, 2009

Update Part III

Wow, a whole month with a post! Geez! WTF?!

Sorry about the month long blog lag there, everybody!

It's been a looong month!

It's not for a lack of material, believe me.

I have a ton of material that I want to post, but I just don't have the time.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to make a better effort to make time for myself to blog.

To build up my blog, and to get a few of my personal projects out the door, and see what goes from there.

So bear with me, 'cause 2010 is going to interesting!!!!

If I don't blog until the new year: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & Happy New Years!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Moving Forward

One of the things that I love about comic book art is when it shows a good degree of fluid movement. It's really hard to do on a cover, as well as in a comic book. I think the way that the way that it is depicted below is awesome! Although, it's kind of cheating (the comic has three different covers), it does convey the motion of something moving.

I give you Amazing Spiderman # 617 covers


Amazing Spider-Man # 617 Something is Coming Variant



Amazing Spider-Man # 617 Rhino is Coming Variant



Amazing Spider-Man # 617 Normal Cover

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Legend of Zelda...MOVIE

Here is a trailer I found online tonight.
I'm not sure if it is legit or not, but here it is....if it is, then it looks pretty interesting!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Jumping from the 60's to the 80's is this week's song "Sweet Child o' Mine" from the one & only Guns-N-Roses.

"Sweet Child o' Mine" was the third single off of G-N-R's "Appetite for Destruction" album. Released as a single in 1988 (whereas the album was released in 1987), suprisingly becoming the bands first, and only, # 1 hit.





Did You Know?


"Sweet Child o' Mine" was made from a combination of Slash joking around during a jam session and an unfinished song written about Rose's then-girlfriend Erin Everly?


Apparently, Slash played the intro in a jam session as a joke, practicing when guitarist Izzy Stradlin asked Slash to play it again, and Axl rushed upstairs to find an ode he'd started but hadn't finished. With Steven Adler's added drum part, the harmony became the core of the song. *

*Info taken from Wikipeida.

Toy Story 3 Trailer

Here it is! The official Toy Story 3 trailer!

Yeah, the quality isn't the best, but all the HD ones are "disabled by request"....


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Planet Hulk DVD

Here is the trailer for the next Marvel Animated movie. Based off of one of Marvel's best story lines involving the Incredible Hulk (in my opinion), "Planet Hulk" comes out in Feb. 2010. I'm not the biggest fan of the animation, but it looks good enough to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comic Art Comparisons # 10

Welcome back to another edition of Comic Art Comparisions! Yeah, yeah, I know it has been a while, but it's back; don't fret little ones!

This comparison brings back memories of the 80's cartoon "He-Man"

"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" was started as a line of action figures in 1981, from the Mattel Company. In 1983, it was brought to TV, under the animation and direction of Filmation. Over the years, there have been many different interpretations of the Masters of the Universe line. In 2002, the franchise was revived yet again, this time with a new show, and a new comic book to go along with it. MV Creations was the company responsible for the comic book portion of the franchise. Written by Val Staples, and penciled by Emiliano Santalucia, it enjoyed some success before being cancelled.

Below is Emiliano Santalucia's art from pencils to colors.

Pencils by: Emiliano Santalucia


Inks by: Val Staples


Colors by: Val Staples

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

7 Years = 7 Songs

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR A SPECIAL EDITION OF MUSIC VIDEO MONDAYS -- ON A TUESDAY!

Not just a SPECIAL EDITION, a VERY SPECIAL EDITION of EXTENDED MUSIC VIDEOS!

Wow, I can't believe it's been 7 years of being together with the Vegan Von Vittle! How time flies when your having fun!

In honor of that, I have decided to post some videos that reflect the way I feel about her. V3, you are my absolute best friend, and I love every day with you!

The first video I have selected is Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This". One of the first songs that V3 & I heard together.




The Next video up is Taylor Swift's "The Best Day". This song reminds me that every day with V3 is "the best day" with her. So, everyday, I'm having the best day! (without V3, not so much)




Next up on the list, is Plain White T's "1,2,3,4". When I first heard this song, I totally thought of V3. Then I saw the video!
Awwwww....

**Sorry about reposting this video...**




The next "video" I want to present is Blue October's "Calling You". I use the "air quotes" because it's not really a video, just the song, with a pic on it. The stupid music companies won't let me embed the song. This song totally says how I feel about V3!

**Side Note**
This song is actually the ORIGINAL version. It's acoustic. It was a bonus track on the album History for Sale, but it was later remixed and put on Foiled for the Last Time. To see the remixed & redone version, please click here .




Up next, is another "video". I couldn't find an actual video, but this one will work. It's a video that has the lyrics of the song. Again, this song totally says how I feel about V3, and then some! It's from the awesome band, Lifehouse.
The song is called "Everything".




Up next, is Jesse McCartney's "Beautiful Soul". I can't really describe it well enough, so I'll just let the video do the talking.

**Note** Sorry about the mark on the side; it was the only video I can actually embed.




Last, but not least, is a video of a singer that I hadn't seen until I met V3. Well, more point of fact, this singer's movie.

The singer's name? George Strait.

The movie? Pure Country.

Again, this song totally describes what I feel for V3.





Well, that's it. 7 years, 7 songs.
I hope you enjoyed the videos!

V3, congratulations for putting up with me for 7 years. Here is to many more years of fun, laughs, & good times! I Love You!

WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR REGULAR BLOG.....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Welcome back to another edition of Music Video Mondays. This week my friends, we're going to go back in time, back to the 60's.

Ah, the 60's; a time that gave us great music from Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix, and the man whose selection is this weeks video, Ben E. King.

King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson, in 1938, was first known as the lead singer of the doo wop group The Five Crowns (still going by his original name). Shortly afterwards, he became the lead singer of the Drifters (after the original Drifters were fired by their manger and replaced with the members of the Five Crowns). In 1960, after failing to get a raise and a bigger cut of royalties, Nelson decided to quit the band and strike it solo. Deciding on the stage name, Ben E. King, he went to work on his first solo album.

This week's video is "Stand By Me", a song that was written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and recorded in 1961, and later on, had a movie named after the song.

**Did You Know?**


"Stand By Me" was almost never made? According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it.King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. It was not until after the "Spanish Harlem" recording session that he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs and King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called all the studio musicians back in to record it. If King hadn't finished recording his other songs early, "Stand by Me" might never have been recorded.**

**Info taken from Wikipedia.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rant of the Day

What is the big deal with embedding videos onto your website, blog, etc.? Why do the big music companies (or other companies, for that matter) block you from embedding certain videos on YouTube? I never understood it, nor do I understand it. Would it not make more sense to have whoever wanted to let people hear and see the video, and get the word out there that there is a new song, product, or whatever now out?

I just don't get it.... can someone please explain it to me????

Middle Aged Corporate Mutated Americans



Wow, first Marvel sells out to Disney, then DC forms DC ENTERTAINMENT, now this. What's next?!

For those of you who don't know, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, possibly the last successful independent property, has been sold to Nickelodeon (which, in turn, is owned by Viacom).

It comes as a shock to fans, yet, Peter Laird, co-creator of the Turtles contends that "...Not only has the idea, the concept of a sale of the TMNT been percolating in my brain for at least the last decade, the actual work on this deal with Viacom has been going on for many months. It was a complicated, grueling negotiation with thousands of details to consider."

Sold for $60 million USD, some people believe that Mr. Laird got ripped off. But, as he states, "...Please keep in mind that I had consulted with smart advisers who know about this kind of stuff, who had studied and researched how to evaluate the dollar value of a property like TMNT in real-world terms..."

So, what now?
Well, pretty much, everything is up in the air.

As for the movie, reports were that the new movie (which was reported to be a live-action movie) was supposed to come out in 2011 with screenwriter John Fusco to create the script and work with with producers Scott Mednick and Galen Walker. Since the sale to Nickelodeon, that has been taken off the table, and replaced with, (according to the press release from Nickelodeon) "...in partnership with Viacom's Paramount Pictures, a new release of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film is also planned for 2012."

As for the comics, who knows how that will work itself out? Although, according to a response given by Jim Lawson on his blog,"...Peter maintains the right to publish up to 18 TMNT comics per year that can be sold via the direct market and/or web site."

While that is some encouraging news, what does it mean? Well, it means the Turtles will be in comics for a little while longer, so stories can be finished up. Other than that, who knows?

As for the cartoon? Well, again, according to the press release, "Nickelodeon also announced plans to develop a new CG-animated television series based on the popular superhero franchise, anticipated to premiere in 2012."

Here are my two cents (and no disrespect is intended if it comes off as a scathing rant, it's just my opinions based of what I've read. I'm not in MA, nor am I involved with knowing any of the day-to-day activities) :

While, on the one hand, I can respect the fact that Peter Laird wanted to sell the Turtles property, because, as he puts it, "...why did I sell the TMNT? There are a number of reasons, but first and foremost is that I have been doing this TMNT thing for twenty-five years, sixteen of them in partnership with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and the last nine as sole owner of the property. That is a long time. It is almost half my life (I'm 55). I never expected to be working on the same thing for this long. And it has worn me down. I am no longer that guy who carries his sketchbook around with him and draws in it every chance he gets. That guy did all of the pre-TMNT artwork you have been seeing on this blog in many of my "Blast from the Past" posts."

I get it. He's burnt out. I totally understand that point. Do I agree with his need to sell the property because he is burnt out and want's nothing more to do with the "bigger issues" that he has to deal with? Not exactly.

Why? Just for the fact that:

A) He reserved the right to publish up to 18 comics per year. Now, from one side, I can see the need to get that to finish up Tales of the TMNT Vol. 2. BUT, to have it that you can ALSO finish up TMNT Vol. 4, "whenever you want" is somewhat irksome. You wanted to walk away, but yet, you don't want to totally walk away?

It will be interesting to see what the future holds.

My hope is that (at least on the comics side) Mirage Publishing figures out a way to get all of the projected books that they had in release out, and to the fans. I think it would be hard, but not entirely difficult.

For example: If, as Dan Berger has stated, that, "...Tales of the TMNT Vol. 2 will continue through to and conclude with issue #70, scheduled for next year.", and it's at Issue # 62 or 63, then that leaves only 7 to 8 more issues left.

He goes on to say that, "TMNT Vol. 4 will continue at a pace that only Peter Laird will be able to decide."

With that statement, it could be weeks, months, or years before Peter Laird decides he wants to go back to the TMNT world (and, arguably, understandable). With that though, you have a possible ten slot comic book that can be produced.

My plan (if I were at all involved), would be to pull the Mirage Universe TPB (which has been done) and break it into monthly books. Now, (as I have seen) there isn't a page count that these can be put into, but, as Dan Berger puts it, "...they are (likely) allowed to do reprints, so long as they are between 32-48 pages, which rules out the publication of any trade paperbacks."
If you keep each monthly book in those page requirements, then boom! Done! And if you want to reprint at some point, Done!

Now, about "Forever War". This book, should, no, NEEDS to see the light of day. It was originally scraped for whatever reason, but yet, back on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, Stephen Murphy announced, via his blog, that, "Just came out of a meeting with Peter Laird and CEO Gary and am very pleased to report that the long-delayed The Forever War project has been given a green light and will see print as one of the "special event projects" to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the TMNT in May 2009...". This was from 2007. 2007!!!!

Again, with Peter Laird's current "I don't know when" schedule for TMNT Vol. 4, this, again, is doable. I'm not sure if I am imagining this, or not, but I thought I read that the 18 comics per year can be black & white only (I need clarification on that). I'm not really sure if that makes a difference to anyone or not, but if you have to print it in black and white to get it out, then DO IT! Chris Allan's art work is strong enough to stand up in black and white.

So, if you have Tales pumping along at a book a month (December is when # 63 is supposed to be out) then 64-70 would be 7 books in 7 months (for 2010), put in the Forever War book in there are as well (4-5 issues I think is what it was), that's 11-12 books out in 7 months, and put out at least 5-6 issues of Mirage Universe out( I'm not sure who many books that would break out into),then you have 17-18 books in a year. Perfect for interlacing a Peter Laird Vol 4. book here and there, wouldn't you agree?

Now, as for that special "cartoon". I saw the clip of it that was posted on the Ninja Pizza Blog, and I gotta admit, it looked pretty cool. I'm not sure why that wasn't released (possibly due to the sale), but I have to wonder why that wasn't brought up into any discussions (again, I wasn't there for any negotiations, so I don't know). All that time, and effort, possibly wasted. The fact that it was purported to be for the 25th anniversary makes it even more irksome why that has never, nor possibly will, ever be released. I don't have the slightest idea on how to get that out.

The other thing that I wonder is:
Why was there a 25th Anniversary "shellebration" at all? Was it for the fans, or just to point out that "Hey, the TMNT are 25 years old" to some prosepective buyer? If it was, then why was it (again, in my opinion) done so poorly? Was it because the initial proceedings for selling the TMNT property were already beiginning? I find it hard to believe that if you weren't going through the motions, that the TMNT 25th celebration would have been handled better.

One case in point: The collected TMNT book that was put out had a multitude of errors (see this post for specifics on the errors); that, when asked about, the response was, "It was a combination of things, including laziness and the sense that -- as a reprint -- there wouldn't really be any errors for me to find. Obviously, I was wrong."

And, as Roseangelo (her blog is here) puts it, "...It's not unusual for me to see something from the TMNT25 team, anchored by some folks at Peppercom, and be disappointed by its pointlessness and consistant lack of professionalism. So far we've seen pajama TMNT "costumes" at Comic-Con last year (and they were sooooo proud of these), a pointless Twitter account that gives weather updates more than anything else, a crappy Web site still full of inaccurate information, an April with a Kill Bill jumpsuit, and now the e-mail that arrived today." (her total post about this is here)

In closing, I hope that the fans are treated to a little bit more than what they have gotten. Yes, the franchise was revived in 2003 with a great cartoon, and again in 2007 with the movie, but other than, that? Not much. Playmates has put out toys that have had some success, and others that has been ridiculed for it's ridiculousness.
The 25th Anniversary? A collected book, (with mistakes made), another collected book (from Kevin Eastman), a screening of the ORIGINAL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, a bus made up to look like the Turtle van, some really bad marketing campaigns, and unfulfilled promises of books and movies that are "supposedly" (read: probably not) coming out. Whahoo!(dripping with sarcasm)

Am I totally wrong in my thinking, and way off base with my thoughts?


Some comments were taken off of the following blogs:


http://ninja-pizza.blogspot.com
http://boxburning.blogspot.com
http://plairdblog.blogspot.com
http://the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Amazing Music

The other day, I came across this video.

Totally amazing! I have no other words to describe it!

Enjoy!

Awesome Art

So, I was surfing the Internet the other day and came across this piece of Awesome Art. It's of Mr. Freeze, from Batman fame. I love the cold air coming out of Mr. Freeze's mouth, giving off the toal impression that it is cold; really cold! I love the reflection of Batman in Mr. Freeze's helmet. All in all, just some Awesome Art.

The artist of this awesome work is Mansloth.
You can check out his other work here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Music Video Mondays

This week's Music Video is from a band that hit it big in the 90's and has managed to stick around and still have hits to this day.

Train started out in San Francisco as a two member band, Patrick Monahan & Rob Hotchkiss, who performed in coffee houses and local clubs. After deciding to form a full band, Monihan & Hotchkiss recruited Jimmy Stafford, Charlie Colin, and later, Scott Underwood.

This week's video is called "Soul Sister", and is off of their brand new album, Save Me San Francisco and is scheduled for release October 27, 2009.

*Quick Note* This video is actually a "pre-video", before the ACTUAL video is made.

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Sushi, I am your Daddy!"

TGIF!!! What a week!
I saw this online and just had to post it!!! The title of the post is a vague reference to Star Wars, where Darth Vader tells Luke that he is, in fact, his father. So what does this have to do with sushi you may ask? Weeeeell, feast your eyes on the pictures below! Eating sushi will never be the same again! BWAHAHA!





Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hi, I'm Batman...and I'm Iron Man

As I was surfing the net, I came across this little gem of a video on Youtube. It's a spoof on the "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" commercials. It's original (well, the writing anyway), and it's really funny! Enjoy!

**UPDATE** It has come to my attention that not everyone is familiar with the Mac/Pc ads. With that in mind, below the video I have put another video of some "Mac vs. PC" ads.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Adventures of Rhett and Link

A special thanks to the V3 for reminding me to post this video. Rhett and Link are the comedy duo of Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. They are famous for their music and comedy videos on the net and refer to themselves as "Internetainers". Rhett and Link are also musicians (releasing two albums), filmmakers (releasing one movie), and TV hosts (Online Nation - which got canceled). They have been best friends since meeting in first grade.

I could have sworn I already put up this video, but apparently, I didn't. Shame on me. Anyone who knows me, knows I have a love for Taco Bell. Any chance I get, I can often be found either inside or on the drive-thru line, waiting to order my tasty, custom creations! I wish I had the guts, no, the kootzbah, to do what these two guys did! Anytime I go now, I always have the urge to! Hope you like it!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Daily Dose of Dilbert

Here is another dose of Dilbert!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Music Video Mondays

This week's video is from a Native of Detroit, Michigan. An artist whose music I love and I actually respect. This week's video is Kid Rock's "All Summer Long"

"All Summer Long" was released in 2008 as the third single from the album Rock N Roll Jesus. The song is based on Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". The song samples the instrumental part of Werewolves of London and the most well known riff of "Sweet Home Alabama" alongside new lyrics by Kid Rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd's longtime keyboardist Billy Powell plays the piano on the track, including a reprise of his famous piano solo at the end of "Sweet Home Alabama".*

Enjoy!



* Info taken from Wikipedia

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wrestling's Fake, Right?

We all know that wrestling is fake, right? Yeah, well, while wrestling may be scripted, it does take a toll on the body, whether you want to believe it or not. Case in point, John Cena. Cena is one of WWE's premier wrestlers, and the videos below, chronicle what happened to him while wrestling. Watch both videos. It's interesting, cool, and somewhat inspiring all at the same time.

John Cena Neck Surgery Part 1


John Cena Neck Surgery Part 2

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pencil Art

Being the comic book geek that I am, I have to say that I love just plain pencil art! It's so good to see comic book art that is in its plainest, rarest form.
I came across different art below. I will probably add onto the pics.

** I had this set up as a blog post from 6/08. I don't know why I didn't actually post this. I think I was going to make these into Comic Art Comparison posts.**

All Star Batman & Robin # 3(DC Comics): Art by Jim Lee

Teen Titan # 39 (DC Comics): Art by Tony Daniel


Optimus Prime (sketch): Art by Joe Madureia


Ultimate Origins # 1: Art by Michael Turner


Random Panel from a Teen Titans issue: Art by Tony Daniel

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Awesome Art

I love it when I come across really good art on topics or subjects that I love. Case in point, I came across this AWESOME piece of art by the VERY talented artist, Darren Tan.
It's a STAR WARS piece, which just floored me. Wow is all I can say! Check out his work on Deviant Art: http://wraithdt.deviantart.com/

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Superman Batman Public Enemies Clip

Here is a clip of DC Entertainment's newest offering direct to DVD: Superman/Batman, Public Enemies. It doesn't look horrible, although I think I am used to the art style of Batman: The Animated Series, or Superman: The Animated Series. Or Justice League. Now, those shows had some good art work in it. The latest dvd movies, not so much....

So, what are your thoughts?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Welcome back to another edition of Music Video Mondays! Did you miss it?!

To start this up again, I wanted to start it back up with a "bang". What better song than "You Shook Me All Night Long" by the legendary band AC/DC.

"You Shook Me All Night Long" is one of AC/DC's signature songs from their most successful album, Back in Black.It was released August of 1980, and went on to reach number 35 on Billboard's's Hot 100 when it debuted in 1980. It has since gone on to be recognized as one of the Greatest Songs of the 80's by various sources.


Daily Dose of Dilbert

Ah Dilbert. A comic strip created by Scott Adams that took a close look at the workplace. When I started reading them, I thought the guy had a secret camera or something that was videotaping my work life. But sadly, some of these strips were from 1996. And yet these things happen today as well. Hopefully, the strips will put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and a great outlook on your day. Or, it could make you realize other stuff, and make you weep openly in front of your co workers; me, I don't work near anyone, as I sit in the back of the office all day where pretty much no one comes down unless they have to, so no one sees my tears. So, bring on the funny....



Dilbert is created by the great Scott Adams.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Cubicle

Geez, what a week! Some days, I totally feel like this video!
And that's all I'm going to say on this topic....haha!
P.S. Sorry about the quality of sound on this, I didn't make it, I just found it! :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Update Part II

What's up????? Nope, not dead yet! Yeah, been really bad about updating this blog, but not for lack of a better reason than being crazy work wise. I don't think it's going to get any better, so I am trying to adjust and set some stuff up for the future. I tried this once before, but it didn't quite work out the way I would have liked, but we'll see....

In the meantime, I have gathered a ton of material that should keep things rolling for a while, but I think I will also be trying (emphasis on the word trying) to update my other blog as well; so if you don't see an update on one blog, maybe I updated the other, or vice versa, or maybe I updated both (we'll see about that one happeneing!)

Been thinking about changing up the look of the blog, but I'm still up in the air about it; I really like the black background, so I dunno; I'll do some test runs to see how things go.

Nothing really new, just the same ol', same ol', multiplied by ten...

Think that's about it for right now!

Lata!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Update

Hey All! Sorry about the lack of updates here. I just looked in my post listings, and have/had a ton of stuff planned to put up. But the kicker is with all this stuff, I don't have any of it labeled as to what it is! Hahaha! So, I will take a look at it, and go from there!

So, here is an update of stuff that has been happening in the world of music, movies, & comics....

1. DISNEY BUYS MARVEL



Yup, you read that correctly. Disney Entertainment has bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion dollars. I'm not sure if Disney got off cheap or if they overpaid for Marvel. I guess we'll see. It'll be interesting how this plays out; what changes will or won't be made, what wil be affected, so on & so on. Hopefully, it's a good deal. I'm a little hesitant to think it is, but hey, I'm just a big cynical jerk sometimes, so I look for the evil in everything!

Ironically enough, now the two biggest comic book companies are both owned by the two biggest media companies (Marvel by Disney & DC Comics by Time Warner)

2. RYAN REYNOLDS IS GREEN LANTERN



Ryan Reynolds has been confirmed as playing the lead role of Hal Jordan in the movie "GREEN LANTERN". Personally, I like Ryan Reynolds. I think he's a good actor with good timing. I think he can do a very good job with it (provided that the movie itself isn't going to suck). Green Lantern is scheduled for sometime in 2010.
Coincidentally, Ryan will be the main role in Marvel Comic's "DEADPOOL" movie. It should be interesting which one does better.....

3. OASIS BREAKS UP



Really? Didn't they already do this? Then came back together? Then broke up again? Geez, can't these guys just decide they can't work together and move on? Or at least make albums by not being near each other? At least with that, people hear there music (which wasn't THAT bad), but they don't have to be in real contact with each other. And yeah, they wouldn't be able to tour, but then again, sometimes, touring isn't all that it is cracked up to be!

4.BLACKEST NIGHT HAS BEGUN



In the world of comics, DC Comics has put out a solid effort with BLACKEST NIGHT, a comic that started off in GREEN LANTERN, but expands into the whole DC Universe. It's very well written, and the art is top notch too. If you are into comics, I highly recomend picking this series up. The tie-in books are good as well, notably BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN.

5. SPIDERMAN MUSICAL (RUMORED TO BE) BACK IN PRODUCTION



This comes straight from the CBR website. You can check it out here...

It looks as if word of the death of the Spider-Man musical may have been premature.

Multiple media reports have "modest" work resuming today on the $35-million Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which halted production in early August because of cash-flow problems on the part of lead producer Hello Entertainment.

But Variety notes that the Broadway show, directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, "isn't quite out of the financial woods yet."

"Not everyone who was working on Spider-Man has been called back to work, it's said," writes Gordon Cox, "which some point to as an indication that while producers have gotten hold of some of the cash needed to capitalize the massive tuner, not all of it has yet been secured."

As we reported yesterday, the rest of the cash isn't likely to come from Disney, which on Monday announced plans to purchase Marvel Entertainment. Instead, the New York Post's Michael Riedel says, the funding could come from the pockets of Bono's wealthy friends.

"Bono's too smart to put his own money in the show," Riedel writes, "but word on the street is that he's tapped into his vast network of rich friends and business associates to restart production."



So, I think that is it for right now.....more to come!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

UPDATE: FUTURAMA

It's official; well, as official as anything really can be in the age of gossip magazines and internet sites. It looks like the original voice actors for the hit show FUTURAMA have reached an agreement to return to the show! Huzzah! Apparently, this was not only confirmed by various web sites, but indiviual actors as well.

So, now you know, and knowing is half the battle!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Comic Art Comparisons # 9

Welcome to another edition of Comic Art Comparisons! This weeks edition is from the red hot Batman artist, Tony Daniel. You can visit his blog here.

This particular piece is from Batman 690, I think.

Inks



Full Color


This next piece is also from Tony Daniel. This is the cover to Batman 677.

Inks



Colors

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Artistic tips for the Newbies and Cannots

For all of you art fans looking how to draw somewhat realistically, here is a clip of drawing a "manga" face. Me, I can't draw to save my life. Well, that's not exactly true; but I can't draw any type of serious figures; so this actually helped a bit. I know some of you out there can already draw, and draw quite well, but for those of us that can't, here's some helpful advice!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Meet the Man

There is an expression that goes, "if you wanna be the man, you gotta beat the man!" In my humble opinion, Jim Lee is the man. His artistic skills are excellent, as evidenced in the video of a drawing he does of the X-Man Gambit. He can do in 8 minutes what most people dream about doing in a lifetime. Hope you guys like it! To see more of Jim Lee's awesome artwork, go to his deviantART page here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Note from around the world of Cartoons and Comics

Green Lantern's light shines brightly on Ryan Reynolds

Variety is reporting that actor Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) has landed the role of Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the Warner Bros. live-action film " Green Lantern ", based on the popular DC Comics series. Production is expected to begin in January 2010. Martin Campbell is scheduled to direct.

Futurama Cast Replaced?

Update: Bender and company could sound very different when the show returns.
by Eric Goldman

July 17, 2009 - Is Futurama being recast? Several outlets, including EW.com, are reporting that apparently 20th Century Fox, who produce the series, are currently auditioning actors to take over all of the major roles on the series, replacing Billy West ("Fry", "Hubert J. Farnsworth", "Zoidberg"), Katey Sagal ("Leela"), John DiMaggio ("Bender"), Maurice LaMarche ("Kif Kroker"), and Tress MacNeille ("Mom").

IGN TV contacted 20th Century Fox and were told, "We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands. While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on. We are confident that we will find terrific new performers to give voice to Matt [Groening] and David [X. Cohen]'s brilliantly subversive characters."

With the show being brought back, certainly it wouldn't be surprising if the voice actors asked for raises – and considering Futurama is now being produced for Comedy Central, not FOX, it's also possible those salary requests were too high for 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central to justify, since cable series typically operate at lower budgets than network series.

However, there are some interesting things to consider here. Several weeks ago, the details of the Futurama panel at Comic-Con were revealed, and they read:

"Futurama: Life or Death?! BE A PART OF SCI-FI HISTORY! Join Executive Producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche for high-stakes thrills as a top-ranking Fox executive decides live, on stage, whether Futurama will make yet another triumphant return, or whether it is gone forever! The very fate of Futurama hangs in the balance! Paramedics will be standing by in case the intense excitement causes any panelists to collapse. Raucous celebration or abject despair to follow the news."

Obviously, the whole "life or death" thing is a joke, since the show has officially been brought back. And then there's the fact that three of the cast members said to be among those being replaced are scheduled to be on the panel. Certainly, salary negotiations could have fallen apart since the panel was first set up, but it makes you wonder… One thing's for certain, it will make the Futurama Comic-Con panel even more of a big deal. If the original cast is there, and this is an elaborate hoax, then fans will no doubt be very relieved. If they're not there, and they are indeed being recast, then it's not hard to imagine plenty of not-so-happy fan questions on the subject, to say the least.

Update: Variety is now chiming in on theFuturama situation, and it looks like this is indeed the real deal, as in not any sort of hoax. Variety confirms that the show has a dramatically slashed budget, and that the salary offers made to the cast were far below what they were asking – which Variety says was likely around $75,000 an episode. The budget cuts (compared to what the show had when it originally was produced) have also led to a smaller writing staff and a shorter schedule to produce episodes.

If there's any hope for fans, it's the fact that a casting call for new voice actors doesn't necessarily mean that a deal still can't be made. In fact, Variety points out that when negotiations were going badly for new deals with The Simpsons cast several years ago, similar casting inquiries were made for new actors – and obviously, in that case, the original cast did eventually come to terms on a new deal. Let's all cross our fingers that history repeats itself here...



FAMILY GUY GETS EMMY NOD

With the comedy series category expanded to seven series, there was a couple of other notable new editions, starting with Family Guy. The past two years, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane had made a major push to get his show in the comedy category as opposed to the animated category, and it paid off this time – making Family Guy the first animated series since The Flintstones to make it into this category.

GEOFF JOHNS TO PRODUCE/CO-WRITE “FLASH”
by CBR News Team, Editor

In what will certainly be welcome news to comic readers, The Hollywood Reporter has published a lengthy piece on the state of DC Comics properties in TV and Film, including word that “Flash: Rebirth” and “Green Lantern” writer Geoff Johns is on board as a producer for an upcoming “Flash” feature film.

According to THR, Warners hired Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman this last fall to act as consultants and writers for its superhero line of films. While details of Morrison and Wolfman’s projects weren’t revealed, it was noted that Johns has worked up a new treatment for a “Flash” film, being written by Dan Mazeau. Johns will act in a producer capacity on “Flash,” which does not yet have a director.

In addition to the “Flash” news, THR said Warner Bros. is taking pitches on films spotlighting Adam Strange as well as Aquaman, which would be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way shingle.

There’s also "Bizarro Superman," written by "Galaxy Quest" writers David Howard and Robert Gordon; a sequel to "Constantine"; two Green Arrow projects, one an origin story and the other the previously announced "Super Max"; and also "Shazam" with Pete Segal attached to direct.

This is on top of already in production films like “The Losers,” “Jonah Hex” and “Green Lantern,” plus the television series adaptation of “Human Target.”

Music Video Mondays

This weeks edition of Music Video Monday brings you a band that was uber popular in the 1990s. Although still around today, they aren't as popular, but just as good musically. The band is the Counting Crows. Formed in 1991 by Adam Duritz and Dave Bryson formed Counting Crows in San Francisco in 1991. They reached the big time in 1994, after their release of "August and Everything After". The song chosen is actually off of their sophomore album "Recovering the Satellites". The name of the song is Angels of the Silences. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Different Takes # 6

The next song is an oldie, but a goodie. Many people may not have heard the original version of the song, but heard the cover version by the popular band, Pearl Jam.
The song that I am refering to is called "Last Kiss". Pearl Jam's version is one of my all time favorite songs.

A couple of intersesting notes about the song:

1. It was originally written by Wayne Cochran who was inspired to write "Last Kiss" after having lived near a dangerous highway where several accidents had occurred yearly. Cochran began writing the song in 1956. He came up with the song's chord progression, first verse, and chorus, although five years would pass before Cochran finished the song.

2. Cochran based the rest of "Last Kiss" on an incident in which several teens were killed and two seriously injured when their car struck a flatbed logging truck. Sixteen-year-old Jeanette Clark was out on a date in Barnesville, Georgia on December 22, 1962, the Saturday before Christmas. She was with a group of friends in a 1954 Chevrolet. J. L. Hancock, also sixteen, was driving the car in heavy traffic and while traveling on Highway 341, collided with a trailer truck. Clark, Hancock, and another teenager were killed, and two other teens in the car were seriously injured. Cochran finished the song, which he titled "Last Kiss", and dedicated it to Clark.

The idea to cover "Last Kiss" came about after vocalist Eddie Vedder found an old record of the song at the Fremont Antique Mall in Seattle, Washington.[7] He convinced the rest of the band to try out the song and it was performed a few times on the band's 1998 tour. The band eventually and released it as a 1998 fan club Christmas single.

When Pearl Jam covered the song, it became, arguably, the band's biggest hit. Originally recorded at a soundcheck at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. and released as a 1998 fan club Christmas single, their version would end up reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100. This remains Pearl Jam's highest position on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at number four on the Top 40 Mainstream. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The "Last Kiss" single has been certified gold by the RIAA.

J. Frank Wilson & the Cavilers - "Last Kiss"


Pearl Jam- "Last Kiss"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

When companies fight for your business, you win!!!!

One day, when I was trollin the internet looking for some cool art, I came across this particular piece of art. At first, I did a double take. Then thinking about it, I laughed out loud! Imagine if someone really did develop a fighting video game based on the characters to fast food chains. That would be awesome!!!! Hahaha! I'm the BK King! It's good to be the King!! LOL!

The art is done by an artist named Lysol Jones. If I ever come across his Deviant Art page, I will post a link to it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Different Takes # 5

The next Take 2 in the series is a fmaous Beatles song.
The first version is the original; the video has a pretty cool intro into the song. The second version is about 180 degrees the other way of the style, tempo, and even vocals for the song. I like both versions alot, so I can't tell which one is better.


The Beatles -"I Wanna Hold your Hand"


T.V. Carpio -"I Wanna Hold your Hand"

Monday, July 13, 2009

Music Video Mondays

This weeks Music Video Monday is from a band that was formed in 1991 by vocalist/songwriter John McCrea, guitarist Greg Brown, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, bassist Shon Meckfessel and drummer Frank French. Shon Meckfessel soon left and was replaced by Gabe Nelson. That band is the indie rock band CAKE (yes, all caps on purpose). They are still around today, although I believe the original lineup has changed.

"Never There" is the first single from Cake's third album Prolonging the Magic. It is often considered the most successful Cake song.

The song is awesome, and the video is pretty good too!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Some of the many reasons why I love, and why I want, an Ipod Touch


Yes, you did read that title right. It's the Ipod Touch, not the Iphone that I want. (Besides, I'm sure there are apps out there that would allow me to make a free call now and then anyway...)



Brushes App



Iverse Comic Reader

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Different Takes # 4 - Take On Me

I gotta say, I'm really glad I thought of this one. Growing up, I really, really didn't like Aha's version, but then I came across the Reel Big Fish's version of this song & I lovbe it! It's fun, upbeat, just a really good cover of this song!
**Sorry about the poor quality of the original, it was the only one that I found that let me embed**
Aha



Reel Big Fish

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dukes of Hazzard: The Chase Scene

I don't think I've posted this before, but this is a clip of the chase scene from "Dukes of Hazzard", the movie made in 2005, based on the TV show. While the movie itself was bad, no, horrible; it did have some good moments. One of them was this chase scene. The writing is horrible, but its pretty cool to see the General Lee in all out action! Piece of Advice: click HQ, and turn of annotations! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Different Takes # 3 - Kiss the Girl

I always liked this song. I always thought it was the best out of all of the songs for the Little Mermaid. I like the other version too. It's different from the other version, so all is good!

This Original Version- "Kiss the Girl"



Ashley Tisdale -"Kiss the Girl"

Monday, July 6, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Next up in the list is Katy Perry's newest single "Waking Up in Vegas". It's pop, yet it's a little rock. At first I didn't like it, but it eventually grew on me. The video goes well with the song. Enjoy!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Speed Racer

I saved possibly the best for last!
I always loved the theme from Speed Racer; I wasn't too impressed with the movie, but overall, it was okay.
Sponge does an awesome version of Speed Racer, ready to take you out of the week and into the weekend! VROOM VROOM!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Spider-Man

Almost into the end of the week!
Gotta keep the energy up and going!
Next up, is the Ramones with their version of "Spider-man".
Need I say more? Ramones. Spider-Man. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Underdog

We are at the halfway point here (unless you count Sat & Sun), so moving right along, we have the Butthole Surfers version of "Underdog".
The band is good, the song is good, the lead singer is kinda creepy.
Oh well, two outta three ain't bad...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Hong Kong Phooey

Next up on the list is a little Sublime, with their version of "Hong Kong Phooey".
I hadn't really heard the original, so I didn't know how different it was.
It's an awsome version of the song!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Popeye The Sailor Man

To start this off right, you need an big opening!
Something that will wake you up, and start you off in a great mood for the week!
I think Popeye the Sailor man fills that requirement!
What? It doesnt? Oh, yes it does, if it's done by Face-to-Face!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoon's Greatest Hits

Back in 1995, a cd was released by the title of: "Satuday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits". The premise? Take Saturday morning "cartoon" theme songs (mostly from the 60's & 70s, and some were live action rather than actual cartoons), give them to Alternative artists, and see what happens. The result? This particular cd, which has a ton of great bands, and great songs!(It actually landed on the Billboard charts at # 67!) In honor of how much I love this cd, I have decided that this week is going to be all videos, all week. It's like old school MTV & Music Video Mondays all wrapped into one!



The complete list of tracks and artists are below.


1."The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" - Liz Phair with Material Issue
from Banana Splits Adventure Hour
2."Go Speed Racer Go" - Sponge
from Speed Racer
3."Sugar, Sugar" - Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic
from The Archie Show
4."Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" - Matthew Sweet
from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
5."Josie and the Pussycats" - Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donelly
from Josie and the Pussycats
6."The Bugaloos" - Collective Soul
from The Bugaloos
7."Underdog" - Butthole Surfers
from Underdog
8."Gigantor" - Helmet
from Gigantor
9."Spider-Man" - Ramones
from Spider-Man
10."Jonny Quest/Stop That Pigeon" - The Reverend Horton Heat
from Jonny Quest/Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
11."Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In" - Frente!
from The Flintstones
12."Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I Love You)" - Violent Femmes
from The Jetsons
13."Fat Albert Theme" - Dig
from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
14."I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" - Face to Face
from Popeye
15."Friends/Sigmund and the Seamonsters" - Tripping Daisy
from Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
16."Goolie Get-Together" - Toadies
from The Groovie Goolies
17."Hong Kong Phooey" - Sublime
from Hong Kong Phooey
18."H.R. Pufnstuf" - The Murmurs
from H.R. Pufnstuf
19."Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" - Wax
from The Ren and Stimpy Show

Monday, June 15, 2009

Music Video Mondays

This weeks selection was a hard one. On the one hand, the selection stands well enough alone for it to be on Music Video Mondays, yet I'm sure I could have used it for Take 2 as well. Oh well, gotta go with the gut on this one; and the gut says Music Video Mondays.

The name of this weeks song is "Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole. Who is "Big Iz" you ask?

Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced [kaˌmakaˌʋiwoˈʔole]) was a Hawaiʻian musician.

He became famous outside Hawaiʻi when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.

Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Iz remains one of the major influences in Hawaiʻian music over the last 15 years.**



**Info taken from Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's Baaaack!



Yes Friends! The rumors are true...

FUTURAMA is coming back!


After a six year hiatus, 4 direct to DVD movies, the show that America loves is coming back to Comedy Central. Much like Family Guy, fans of the show have set out to correct a grave injustice, and correct it they have. Starting mid-2010, Comedy Central will air not 13, but 26 NEW episodes!!! Double of what was originally expected. Man, talk about going big, or going home!

Fox is still a possibility for a major network to show the original episodes before Comedy Central, as 20th Century has the option rights to Futurama.

**The full story is here.

**Taken from IGN.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just a Quick Note...

Hey all,

Just a quick note; I think I finally have my format down. I've noticed that the blog has kinda taken a turn from comics oriented to music oriented. That wasn't planned, it just kinda evolved like that.

That being said, I think I have mapped out a nice schedule to keep it up to date (assuming I can find the time to actually keep it up).

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday - Music Video Mondays - Awesome music videos, from any time period.
Tuesdays - Take 2 - 2 different versions of one specific song.
Wednesday - Variations - Different takes on comic book art.
Thursdays - Take 2 - 2 different versions of one specific song.
Fridays - Comic Art Comparison -A look at different stages of comic art; from pencil to inks, or pencils to colors, inks to colors, etc.

I think that's about it. I will probably set up the week's worth of posts on the weekend (or try to anyway). Along the way, I will throw in posts about other things here and there; it could be movie related, comic related, or incidents involving crashes with candy or snacks. Haha! (No, I'm serious about that!)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Different Takes # 2 - My Heart Will Go On

Probably one of the most recognizeable songs ever, from the movie "Titanic". The first video is from the original person who sang it, Celine Dion. The version below that is from New Found Glory. I'm torn as to which one I think is better. Thoughts?

***Apologies on the videos, these were the best of the bunch....***

Celine Dion



New Found Glory

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Star Wars fan. Seeing things like this really upsets me. Why you ask? It's simple, really; if you have the tools to make a CGI movie that would come out like this, and you don't grab the opportunity? Instead, you put out that "Clone Wars" movie? C'mon! Really now! How is it that Lucasfilm can "kill" a movie franchise and make the video games 10, no, 100 times better than what was the original premise (the movie)? Am I missing something here? What is the logic in that scenario?

The following clip is a cinematic trailer for the game STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC.
It was taken off of: the Star Wars The Old Republic website

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Different Takes # 1 - Who Put the Bomp...

Whenever I'm bored, I always take to the internet looking for some good music. A few years back, Kelly, from Rabbits vs. Pirates , turned me onto two really good bands: New Found Glory & Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Both bands are primarily punk bands, and both are cover bands, with some original material thrown in.
When I heard their versions of different songs, I was instanly amazed on how different a song can possibly be. In honor of that, I decided to throw this section in my blog, which shows the difference of a particular song, done in a completely different style. First song up: "Who Put the Bomp".

"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" is a Doo-wop style hit song from 1961 written (along with Gerry Goffin) and recorded by Barry Mann.


The original is below, followed by the "different take" of the song. If anyone has any suggestions for future editions, please let me know.

Bill Mann



Me First & the Gimme Gimmes

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Observe & Report

Can you pass these three tests?
These come from the show "The Mentalist" on CBS. It's a good show, if you haven't seen it. Well worth checking out.


Test # 1: Guards



Test # 2: Cards



Test # 3: Football

Monday, June 1, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Ok, it's Monday.
Start of another long week.
Time to get you pumped up about the week, and get you going!

This weeks video selection is from the band Face to Face. The name of the song is "Disconnected". "Disconnected" was released in 1992 on the Don't Turn Away album, the debut album for Face to Face.



Did You Know?


"Disconnected" wasn't even supposed to be on their first album?

Face to Face had recorded their debut album Don't Turn Away in October 1991, but due to complications with the record label (Dr. Strange Records)nearly a year had passed and the album had still not been released. In the meantime, the band met aspiring record engineer Jim Goodwin, who offered to record new material with them for free. They agreed and recorded five new songs including "Disconnected" with Goodwin at Soundcastle in August 1992. Goodwin also remixed all of the material, and the new songs were added to Don't Turn Away which was released on Dr. Strange in 1992.*

*Taken from Wikipedia.com