Monday, June 05, 2006

EMINENCE, PLEASE!

Okay. I think the dvd player is dead. Or at least in need of a good shakin'. When you can only watch a few seconds of an unscratched dvd at each chapter break before the whole deal crashes, something's wrong. If you can even get the player to recognize that the shiny disc you loaded even IS a dvd.

So, I watched the second Beast Machines: Transformers dvd on my puter instead. When the show first aired, I was very disapointed with it. After the 3 wonderful Beast Wars series, Beast Machines was a visually dark, cluttered, confusing mess that ruined some good characters. Watching it now, a lot of the action is still pretty confusing to my ol' man eyes (remember him?), some of the designs are crap (Rat Trap and not-quite-ready-for-Brendan McCarthy Nightscream in particular), and I miss the Megatron of Beast Wars (as well as some other characters) and the slapstick is severly lessened.

Still, though, it looks nice on my puter monitor — really bright and highly stylized — and the story is pretty damn interesting. Cheetor and Primal's relationship is amazing. The Tankor stuff was what worked best when I first watched this, and it's still quite enjoyable. I love the Drone, love the Thrust reveal, and find myself looking forward to the second half of the season in a way I didn't expect.
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Supposedly, HBO and David Miltch have come to an agreement on Deadwood. HBO said 12 episodes was too many, Miltch said 6 was too few. So, they compromised and settled on two 2-hour movies. That's right, folks, halfway between 12 and 6 is now four. I wish I had those negotiating skills.
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I'm done with DC's 52. Four issues in and that's gotta be the most boring superhero comic I've read in a long time. When one of your characters spends a page complaining about how boring it all is, the big reveal needs to be something that actually jars the reader. A dumb lizard-man and his cardboard box of laser pistols — in Gotham City — is about as lame a reveal (or 'mystery') as you can get. Black Adam went from being almost interesting to just killing people and now Steel is turning into metal (missing the point of his character) and Booster Gold is called out on his crass marketing (thanks, Fire) and then a bunch of characters this nerd didn't recognize AT ALL show up in bad shape from space where they did something one time. Then Donna Troy is reminded about the first Crisis for no reason. Wow. I'm on the edge of my seat.

There are only two things that could get me to pick up number 5: an All-Will Magnus Metal Men Red Tornado issue where they deal with the only interesting plot thread: all the super scientists are missing (the others might be interesting, but we still don't know what they are, four issues in).

The other thing would be a whole issue explaining why Colossal Boy came back in time to impregnate Hawkgirl, and the difficult labor that ensued.
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Skyscrapers of the Midwest is weird. It's enjoyable and weird. I wish I had picked up the first two issues. Will have to look for them. It could have just been a competent 'nerds have it tough growing up' story, but then the giant robot shows up. And the kittens with jetpacks. And the bug-faced guy. There's also some nicely dark humor in the text pieces.
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Okay. Printing goes the well. I might reprint some pages that are done. Some ink got smudged while I was cutting the paper. WHEN WILL THIS HUMIDITY END ALREADY??? But, I have most of the books printed and assembled. And then I'll make the display, which will be a pretty simple affair. Despite myself, it looks like I'll be done in time for MoCCA. Cliff Face Comics will be at table A80, the opposite end of the Puck Building from last year. Further from the entrances, but in the bigger room and hopefully with working airconditioning.

It's going to be fun, and it will be great to see people again and see lots of new comics and meet new people. I'm feeling pretty good about the whole thing.
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I'm looking forward to next weekend in large part because this weekend was so much better than last. I got a lot of work done, tried two California Sauvignon Blancs (although one might have gone bad on the shelf, the other is fine) in my summer Blanc obsession, actually had some time to hang out with friends (I don't think I've hung out with Marcos, Kenny and Jeff in a long while), had some complete nerdouts trying to remember the entirety of Chris Claremont's X-Men run and discussed the possibility of starting to let some books go out of print. I even enjoyed driving fot the first time in years. Borrowed Evelyn's car and just enjoyed the feeling (with no panic attacks) of driving. Even when I got lost in Newark for three hours on Sunday, I didn't mind all that much. I can't believe I spent three hours driving around Newark completely lost. It's almost shameful. But I was having a good, relaxing time. Part of the problem was, I've never been to the southside before, so a lot was new to me in that part of the Bricks. I also haven't been to the Ironbound since it got turned into Newark's 'good, company dishes' so that was nice, although it's still really just Little Lisbon with an arts center. Not that there's anything wrong with Little Lisbon. If you're going to spend half an hour stuck in traffic, Little Lisbon is an ideal place to do it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Marcos Perez said...

in cliff face email. there is a party IN the puck building. and a free exhibitor only happy hour!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

Really? That could be good.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

no fuss, some muss

1:14 AM  

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