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



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!

**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!


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) " 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?

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Amazing Music

The other day, I came across this video.

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


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".*


* 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