Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Digital Manipulation Dilemma....
I spent the other afternoon goofing around with Photoshop....something I never really do. It had something to do with not being completely thrilled with how my comics were looking and curious to see if I could make something that looked...ahem....more like "actual" webcomics. Whether I did or not is beside the point...the sad fact is that I sort of LIKED goofing around with Photoshop and more importantly, I kind of like what came out of it.
Why does this make me feel guilty?
It shouldn't, considering how freaking schizo the site is already...but for the most part there's been no digital manipulation on the site yet. Gah.
I swear, I've got to be the only guy moralizing about Photoshop.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Fun with Urinals
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Jesus was a Carpenter...
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Feeling Old + Blog Hate
The next day, I got the results:
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Margot Kidder, Superman, & Plagiarism
I watched the first Superman film the other day. Now I've never seen these things before because:
1. I'm too young. The first Superman film came out before I was born.
2. Superman = lame. I don't know any better way of typing it. With the exception of some of the recent super-violent/cool cartoons on the Cartoon Network (JLU), I've yet to see a place where Superman was anything less than an obnoxious boyscout with x-ray eyes.
3. If your protagonist is all-powerful, there's not much of a conflict. In the Superman movie (just the first one) we see Superman: fly, use super-strength, fly into the earth's mantle to stop an earthquake, use x-ray vision, stop and reverse TIME so he can travel back in it, run at super-speed....I'm sure I'm leaving something out. Wikipedia lists Superman also having the following: telescopic vision, microscopic vision, heat vision, super hypnotism (Supeman can control your BRAIN), super hearing, Super VENTRILOQUISM (Seriously), Super breath, Super smarts and, if you read Superdickery.com, you'll also know Superman has amazing super-knitting powers. Gah. My point is that if your Super-hero can do ANYTHING there's not much of a drama. :sigh:
So my point is just that the first time I really heard about Christopher Reeve was when he broke his neck. I'm sure I'd heard of him before that but GOD... Superman's a horribly dated film staring Marlon Brando's hand and Gene Hackman with an afro. Also if you watch the film it's interesting to see the two things that denote California: A giant bridge (accurate) and a freaking goat farm (potentially not so accurate). I have no idea why the only locals (besides those on the bridge) are prancing about with goats.
Margot Kidder plays Lois Lane in this film. She also had a nervous breakdown after a horrible car crash and, well...things got pretty WEIRD for her. The following is from HouseofDiabolique.com. (I would link but the article and the rest of the site is in "hibernation" something that happens to small-run websites from time to time...luckily I had the article saved on my computer).
Not too long ago, Margot Kidder was found hiding in the bushes behind a house in suburban Los Angeles. She had been missing for over a week. When the police arrived, they tried to convince her to leave the bushes on her own by saying, "There are black widow spiders living in those bushes, you better come out."
But Margot merely replied, "Ha! There are much worse things than black widow spiders after me."
When Margot did emerge from the bushes the officers saw that her head was nearly shaved and that she was missing her two front teeth. They could recognize her only from her voice.
Margot had last been seen a week prior when a friend dropped her off at Los Angeles airport, purportedly to catch a plane to New York. Instead she intercepted a television crew from Nashville, in town to cover the Country Music Awards. She followed them throughout the airport, pointing at their beepers and muttering, "I know you're after me and you're sending signals with those things!"
Margot followed them into a Hertz Rent-a-Car, where she stayed for almost an hour passing notes to the salespeople.
The first one read "Drive my jacket 100 miles from here and throw it."
The last one simply read "I am dead."
Man. When I have a nervous breakdown I can only hope to be so cool.
Friday, August 12, 2005
The Skeleton Key: Why the Twilight Zone should not Inspire Films.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Apologies instead of Epilogues....
Holy crap. Stephen King writes a book without thinking it through and the moral's "I don't have to explain any of this crap to my readers?" So because people are unhappy that the book ends without ANYONE knowing what's going on that's the book's point? Did no one tell Stevie that that sounds a hell of a lot like a cop-out for not knowing how to finish his book? It wouldn't have been a big deal if Stephen "I want to be the Alfred Hitchcock of the Toilet (see Dreamcatcher inteview)" King hadn't ranted and raved about how SURE he was that the story's message was pure and holy and true. If he was so sure about it why the hell did he have to write a couple of pages about how his book's message was that some books don't need messages or even a point or to make sense? :sigh: I'll have to remember Stephen King's advice (I paraphrase): "If you have trouble finishing a novel, maybe that's your moral....sometimes the story doesn't have an ending." Oh God, is that advice retarded.
Moving on we have:
Dean Koontz's Tick Tock.
Before I get into this whole-heartedly, let me explain my thoughts on Dean Koontz. The guy writes great suspense. Lightning, Servants of Twilight, and Intensity were great. However the guy is also a Trekkie at heart and can't help but write goofy goofy sci-fi stories whenever he gets the chance. Half of Koontz's stuff is kick ass suspense, the rest is his hit or miss goofy Science Fiction stories....or so I feel. Let's use Tick Tock as an example:
The PLOT: A Vietnamese-American runs afoul of a voodoo witch lady who unleashes an animated voodoo doll after him that slowly mutates into a man-sized dinosaur monster. He runs his love interest who has potentially one of the worst character names ever (Deliverance Payne) who also happens to hang out with a dog with magic powers who's really an alien. How's that for a goofy sounding plot?
The Apology: Dean Koontz starts his afterword by apologizing to his "hardcore fans" for this book not appearing in hardcover. It's no shorter than some of his other books yet this one went straight to paperback because he "didn't like how it looked in hardback". That's a bad sign. When a publisher doesn't think a name-brand author has made something that won't sell in hardback. He talks about how he originally wrote this book without the main character being an immigrant from Vietnam and he decided to throw that part in to complete the book. If you've read the book you'll notice that that's pretty obvious. There are these completely random "cultural dramas" that randomly show up throughout the book that have nothing to do with the plot. Basically he says the book was pretty terrible so he tried to fix it by making the main character ethnic. When authors start ranting about how they tried to fix their books and confess to just randomly throwing in huge aspects of the story at the last minute, I don't know what else to call it but an apology.
I know that people write afterwords like this to defend themselves but for the love of God the only reason I remember how terrible these books were is because the authors felt so strongly about defending them. Note to self: If I write a crappy-ass novel DO NOT, under any circumstances, write an apology for it. Stand by my crap and no one will be the wiser.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Music Moment: PuppetMastaz
But have you guys ever heard of a band made up of nothing but puppets? I have.
They're called the "PuppetMastaz" and they're a German rap/techno/SOMETHING group that only performs in their music videos and on STAGE as puppets. Scary filthy Muppets is a good description. I actually like the music and suggest hunting it down if you can. They're pseudo-known here in Europe but, as far as I know, still kind of unknown by folks in the states. So if you like weird music AND you like puppets that smoke and do drugs, then the Puppetmastaz may be the one for you. You just can't imagine a group that sets up the stage for a giant puppet-show, what with the puppeteers lurking below the stage while they have their puppets around. God knows they're...special.
Edit: I removed mention of the link to the official PuppetMastaz site because it's under construction. Their old site was awesome....you could listen to their entire first album online. Sadly it would seem that was abused and had to be taken away. :sigh: If you're still curious and want to see their tour dates and OFFICIAL proof that a Rapping Puppet group exists....then feel free to check out their official site here: http://www.puppetmastaz.com. Oh and just in case you're scared of other cultures don't worry: The Puppetmastaz only speak and sing in English. So there.