I think Otis Frampton's art is terrific and actually own a few sketch cards. If you're going to be at San Diego's Comic Con, then, for just one dollar, you can get a book featuring 144 full color scans of personal sketch cards plus space on the cover for a personalized sketch. That's an unbelievable bargain. I mean, just look at his Dark Knight and Robin. Link.
Monday, June 30, 2008
(I received a review pdf of Heresy #1 by Jon Brady, Roger Mincheff & Steve Perkins. Apparently, the issue comes out July 2008, although I could find no mention of it at either Ape Entertainment or Spacedog Entertainment.)
The action moves swiftly from modern day United States to 1919 Siberia and back again, as a detective tries to unravel some gruesome crimes - - he aptly describes the murderer as "Bobby Flay meets the Highlander." It's definitely one of the more effective horror comics I've read, and Perkins' photorealistic art suits the subject matter well. My only criticism is that I found the action a bit disorienting and had to reread it a few times to keep the characters straight. But that's always a problem in non-superhero comics.
If you like The X-Files, you should give Heresy a try.
*Comes out late August 2008.
I received a review copy of Santa vs. Satan by Jake Kalish. At first I dismissed it, just like I always used to flip rights past the spreads in Wizard asking whether Batman would beat Wolverine in a fight. (And just like I keep speeding right past information on the DC/Mortal Kombat game.) However, Kalish, who has written for Playboy, Details and a bunch of other magazines actually did something clever - - he asked lots of people their opinion, ranging from bloggers like Will Leitch (formerly of Deadspin), to genuine experts. For example, here's what Jim Nelson, author of Benedict Arnold's Navy had to say about Judas vs. Benedict Arnold:
Arnold would appear to a safe bet. He was, after all, a soldier, a professional fighter. Judas was a ... well, we don't really know what Judas was. Which is too bad, because it could make a difference. If he was a fisherman, like Peter, he might have been a pretty tough hombre, hauling all those nets all day. If he was a tax guy, like Paul (Paul was a tax guy, wasn't he?), then Judas was probably a pretty wimpy guy, and A.D. 31 version of a guy who works at the Department of Motor Vehicles. In any event, we know Arnold was short, burly, and damned tough. He was shot twice, had his leg crushed by a horse, and married a woman half his age and lived to tell about it all. As for Judas, one little setback and he runs off and hangs himself. That shows a serious weakness of character. As a professional historian, my thirty pieces of silver are on Benedict Arnold.
That's actually pretty interesting information. In a nutshell, if you enjoy reading the news/history articles in Maxim, then you'll enjoy this book. It's available at Amazon.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008
lives in a garbage dump, drugs a girl into unconsciousness after she spurns his romantic advances, ties her up, and takes her bound, comatose body on dates. Naturally, she falls in love with him.
Ladies, better keep a close eye on your drinks if you meet anyone that works at Pixar.
*Previously: The Lorax's real message.
$15 kit comes with:
-Detailed & Illustrated instruction pamphlet
-Pattern (can email this to you also if it comes to you damaged or you need another)
-Four pieces of felt (If you'd like a different color for the head/chest, just ask!)
-Large piece of white faux fur
-Four black glass beads (Just in case you lose some)
-Needle & thread
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Flickr link. Via. How often is the older design better than the new design - - 95% of the time?
None available at eBay right now, although they do have Skippy the Propellerized Robot Dog, from the Tick.
More photos here. Will be sold at the Tokyo National Museum.
Man, Bearbricks are the worst designer toy platform. Every good design succeeds despite the Bearbrick shape, not because of it.
*Buy Bearbricks at eBay.
Friday, June 27, 2008
A few days ago a post appeared on the Something Awful forums noting a curious website called Notes to Mary. The notes are a series of threatening letters from a high schooler named Robert to his crush, Mary. The goons figured out pretty quickly that they had an ARG on their hands and went to work on solving the puzzle. Several other forums picked up on the game. Robert began interacting with players, sending them strange messages and several series of numbers that appeared to be some sort of code. A Flickr pool was started. Players even created an IRC channel to swap clues and information in real time. The Notes to Mary site offered a link to a login. All effort was made to crack the user/pass combo. Finally, several days after the game began, users were finally able to log in. The game was solved. The players would be rewarded for their hard work. Where did the login lead? Here.