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Kong [Special Ed.]
DaVinci Code Decoded
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So You Think...
by Stephen King
Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais
Creature from the Black Lagoon by Paul DiFilippo
Bad Things by Charlie Huston
Dead by Charlie Huston
Fire Can Not Burn by John Ridley
Comics & Graphic Novels
Dan Curtis - Rest
Monday, March 27, 2006 5:47 PM
best known as the creative force behind "Dark Shadows"
today at the age of 78. Curtis's career
as a producer, writer, and director spanned five decades.
Many would say that the high point of his career was in 1983
when he produced, directed and co-wrote the highly successful
"Winds of War" mini-series starring Robert Mitchum.
But I would argue that his work on "Dark Shadows"
is what most folks will remember.
Curtis created a cult classic
that was "must see tv" for the five years
that it ran. Ok, ok, truth be told, it wasn't until the second
year and the addition of Jonathon Frid as Barnabus
Collins that the series really took off; but boy did it! "Dark
Shadows" spawned two feature films [not as good
as the tv series], comic books, novels, trading cards,
and more. Even now, as I think back at how all of my friends and
I were "into" "Dark Shadows" I have
Curtis's wife of 54 years died
earlier this month. He is survived by his two daughters
and a world of fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with them today.
from Eric Powell
Saturday, March 26, 2006 10:42 AM
Today's banner looks like something that you
might expect in an Eric Powell drawing. As I'm sure most
of you're aware, Eric is the creator of the hugely popular
The Goon series. The Goon frequently finds himself
up against all manner of mobsters and monsters [werewolves,
witches, zombies, etc].
So yeah, that's a typical monster from The
Goon in today's banner, right?
Actually it's part of this
cover that Eric did for Marvel Westerns:
The Two-Gun Kid! Although Eric didn't do the enterior
art [Eduardo Barreto did], it may still be worth a gander.
Steranko Returns -
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 4:13 PM
Steranko is back, baby! Just take a look
limited edition cover for Mr. T.
Man, oh man, oh man!
Steranko shows just why he will always
be considered one of the best to ever work in comics. If you want
to know more about what the art is for, then click HERE.
On another note, it was Kevin
Covais who got sent home last night. Although he
was the person that I felt most deserving to leave, I didn't go
with my feelings when I made my predictions and instead went with
how I thought America would vote.
Still I did pick two of the bottom
three. Bucky should start sweating now.
American Idol - Predictions
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 4:13 PM
We're down to the final 11. In a few
hours it will be 10... so let's see who might be going...
McPhee did well and looked great. She's
Young was in the bottom three last week
and just did "ok" last night. He could be in danger
of leaving soon... but not tonight.
Daughtry had the best performance of the night.
I loved his take on "Walk the Line." He's safe.
Covington didn't impress me. I predict the
bottom three tonight.
Yamin can sing but didn't live up to
his potential last night. He'll be back next week though.
Pickler is safe again... but the cuteness
factor is fading fast.
Tucker was one that I initially thought would
easily get to the final 4 or 5. She was in the bottom 3
last week [shows what I know]. She didn't impress last
night and could be in the bottom 3 again tonight.
can sing and has a great personality...if she wasn't
the best performer last night, she sure wasn't third... but I
still don't think that she'll win.
Bennett has so much talent. She is safe
as can be tonight.
Hicks might have had the third best performance
of the night... and the most fun! He's safe.
Covais had one of his better performances...
still I don't think that he should still be around, but I'll bet
he's safe for at least another week.
My bottom three for tonight: Lisa
Tucker, Bucky Covington and Ace Young.
My prediction for the one leaving: Lisa
Tucker [although I'd rather see Kevin or Bucky
taking the trip].
Rumble in La Rambla
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:54 PM
As I was going through my Previews order
this week, I came across a new comic mini-series that you
might want to check out.
It's called Rumble
in La Rambla from IDW Publishing. I wasn't
familiar with the writer [Felipe Ferreira] or the artist
[Rafael Albuquerque] so I went to the
Rumble in La Rambla website and learned enough
to know that I'm pre-ordering it.
Check it out, you may want to order it too.
As One Goes Down Another
Monday, March 20, 2006 5:43 PM
As I said here,
this is the best tv season in recent memory.
Tonight Prison Break returns. It has
just the right mix of action, romance, drama, and right
when it starts to go over the top, reigns it in. It's a fun
ride, if you're willing to go with it.
And don't forget that The
Shield finale tomorrow night is one and a half
hours long. My gut feeling is that a major character [maybe Lem]
is going to buy it. I'm glad to report that The Shield
will be back for a sixth and possible final season.
I'd like to write more but there's just too
much good stuff on right now.
Scanning the Day Away
Sunday, March 19, 2006 8:41 AM
Yesterday, James Howell [top left],
John Higashi [top right] and I [middle] spent the day at John
Beatty's [not pictured - every time I tried to get a pciture,
he shot a bird! LOL!] We get together every so often just to hang
out, catch up and share a few laughs. We generally arrange a get-together
after a comic book convention to scan in our new art acquisitions
and to share "con stories" like this
one. It's always a blast and yesterday was no exception.
Of course Higashi was the first to arrive
[just as he's always first in line at conventions]. I arrived
second and Beatty was already scanning away. Higashi
unbelievable Star Wars art collection, but he doesn't
just limit himself to the realm of the Jedi. Yesterday
John showed us two really nice Walt Kelly Pogo strips
that he'd picked up, as well as a Stan Drake "Julliet
Finally "The James" Howell
rolled in. James needed to get some pieces for his
Batman collection scanned. James is always
entertaining and yesterday he had us nearly crying as he told
us of his recent charity race. In the last several months
James has dropped 70+ pounds through exercise,
diet, working out and now jogging. He recently decided
to enter a charity run, and not only did he finish, but
he had an experience with "the runs" during the
run. LOL! Luckily there were strategically placed port-o-potties
along the way. James also had us dying as he told us about
special preparations and clothes needed for longer races!
The thought of James "lotioning up" is just not
something you want burned in your mind. Then again, maybe it is.
We decided to go to the Ale House for
lunch. Big Beatty has lost over 25 pounds and limits
himself to a "sloppy meal" every week or so.
He had the Chili-Burger with onion rings. The James, ever
vigilant had a chicken breast sandwich with no condiments, steamed
broccoli instead of fries and a side salad. I normally would have
gone for some wings, but since I've been watching my diet, I opted
for the Chef's salad. Higashi, who doesn't need to watch
his weight, went for the Mushroom burger and fries.
The meal was a lot of laughs. I had to try to
get Beatty to talk a bit quieter when he began to loudly
share with us what to expect during a colonoscopy. Luckily our
meals came and the conversation drifted. We only had one "near
incident" and that was when Beatty asked our waitress
if he could see her "tat" and I misunderstood
his question... luckily she didn't. ; )
After lunch we hit Circuit City. I picked
up a couple of DVDs [Antz and the Thief: Special
Edition], and Beatty picked up two DVDs [Big
Trouble in Little China and Poolhall Junkies] and a
cd. Then it was back to Beatty's for more scanning and
The James, Beatty and I were cutting
up when I looked over to see Higashi had nodded off. How
he could do that with all the noise, not to mention funny stories,
is beyond me. I've seen Higashi work all day [overtime
even], drive through the night and then work [and I mean work]
a convention and still have enough energy to stay up late
into the night, only to rise before the crack of dawn and do it
again. Yet, there he was catnapping! A sixth sense must have alerted
him to the fact that our attention had turned to him and he snapped
out of it and picked up the conversation as if nothing had happened.
Unfortunately, The James needed
to get back to J-Ville, so the party broke up around 5pm.
Still, as we were all leaving, we discussed plans to "do