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Monday, July 08, 2013

Back?

Hmm....
  I haven't posted anything in a while and I assure you I am going to get right  (write) to that. ASAP. The universe is kind of pushing me that way and sometimes the limitations of Twitter just aren't enough to convey my thoughts.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

OUTRAGE! At My Fellow Americans

  Normally I am not one to go around spewing my political or religious view points. I generally believe that who you are as a person is reflected in the way you live and treat people. With that being said I have recently been moved to speak up regarding the mass reactions to the new healthcare bill. It has nothing to do with the bill itself but the visceral reactions that it is bringing out in people I know and even those I don't around the country.

   Let me be very clear. I do not agree with every move President Obama makes and believe in some ways he has tunnel vision  in the same manner as President Bush did.  Motives are very telling in human beings. Now that we have that out of the way let me get directly to my point:

  You people are are outraged and protesting  HEALTHCARE REFORM ?!!!!!! Seriously? HEALTHCARE?!!!!


 Are you really telling me America that all of the Tea Parties and other protests; all of the new fringe groups, all the hatred and outrage being spewed is because of HEALTHCARE REFORM? I refuse to believe that. It simply doesn't add up. You in the back! You, the same Christian Right that shows up at every Tea Party. The last time I checked Christianity is based on I dunno...Christ. Per his own words in Matthew 24:44-45: "Then they themselves will answer, Lord when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of you?" "Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."  Now I'm not sure at this point, maybe it's just me, but the last time I checked Christ was all about helping people. Nah, I must have my Christian beliefs screwed up. Let me join you as we pray together and then go protest HEALTHCARE!

  But wait his bill is just one more step away from erroding our personal freedoms and turning this into a socialist country.

   Riiight. Let's see here.  In the past eight years we've seen the government okay  EMINENT DOMAIN. You know, that little piece of  law that allows the government  to take away private property from citizens and use it for for commercial business use because it's more profitable. That's not erroding American freedoms.  Here in my homestate of Georgia a profitable flower shop that had been in business for decades and paid taxes on time, was forced to close due to this very issue. I guess the right to keep the property you own doesn't piss America off as much as their neighbor having medical coverage.
Who Knew?

Damian,  this is just Obama's next step in forcing his agenda and slowly turning America into a dictatorship.

  Hmm... So I assume from the absolute hatred and venom being shown at the President and his agenda to push HEALTHCARE, a program that in theory is designed to help people, that you are boiling over at fact that:  We are at war with IRAQ  based on an unsubstantiated claim of NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

A LIE.

  A LIE that was backed by the very politicians who herd your anger and steer it toward HEALTHCARE.
Sorry but the math still isn't adding up. If I had a choice between helping my neighbor or going to war I figured helping my neighbor would rank higher. Maybe my values are still backwards. Where's my gun?

  I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Oh that's right. I forgot the PATRIOT ACT.  Nothing says freedom to me like the government having unfettered acces to all of my personal data, where I'm at on the internet, who I email, and who I call.
  Seriously, I believe we need parts of the Patriot Act to track down terrorists who are quite real. However, not all aspects of the Patriot Act are as flattering. If this is not a Big Brother scenario then what is? The PATRIOT ACT is closer to a fascist bill than HEALTHCARE. By design alone it gave the government more power over American citizens than ever before. But boy that HEALTHCARE bill really as got me steaming! That's it! I'm going to D.C. and give them a piece of my mind. I may even call the President a liar to his face or spit on a congressman while I'm at it. Why? Because we have a common enemy to direct our anger toward...HEALTHCARE.

 So in closing to all those outraged by the Obama administration's HEALTHCARE push I'd like to say this:

Thank You.

Thank you for showing me your true colors. Thank you for sharing your real values; the ones you share at home with your friends when you're having a cold one with your buddies and you don't have to uphold the guise of political correctness. You make me proud to live in this country because it takes all kinds.
It's about time we all got this honest about where our anger is really coming from.  Here's a hint: It aint' HEALTHCARE. My Facebook page just got  a lot smaller.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Warren Ellis' Planetary No.27 or Why I still love comics.

  Ten years. It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that it's been ten years since I first picked up a copy of Warren Ellis' Planetary. That's a house; a child going from a baby to middle school; a few jobs; a divorce; and three cars later in my lifetime. I was still using dial up and AOL was sending cd's in the mail every week back then. It's a long investment in a story that most people would've let go of long before now. If they were anyone else but me.

  I rememberPlanetary being the first comic I read in which I was AWARE that it was being written by Warren Ellis. Believe it or not I hadn't read Tansmet yet. But I had read The Authority: Change Or Die; loved the story, and discovered his name plastered all over the front cover. Looking back further it bit me that I had read his work before on Doom 2099. Turns out the guy also happened to be the Messiah of internet as well. But back to Planetary.

  Saturday I picked up issue no.27 ten years after issue one was first published. It was like hanging out with an old friend where time had passed but the adoration you felt hadn't. For me Planetary as a whole is one of those  bomblast ideas that cold cocks Popular Science magazine and all the pulp myths you grew up with  in the face, shoves them in the blender, and makes a Fantastika cocktail. (See Warren for explainations of Fantastika)  Every story stood on it's own legs and still made you want to know where the hell this thing was running off to as you chased behind it. But it also abruptly stopped...and started... and stopped... and started again off again. Yet every time it started I'd head off to the store after it like a crack junkie. I was hooked on a story. And in between stops and starts began a whole 'nother adventure. Warren had come up with The Engine during this time. It was a message board of artist, writers, fans, and other unusual species. It was here that I was introduced to other  writer's and artist whose work I've grown to love. I was turned on to writer Matt Fraction and artist Gabriel Ba' and Fabio Moon's work on a new comic called Casanova. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie pushed out Phonogram for Image. Brian Wood was banging out DMZ, Demo, and Local. Ivan Brandon and Power's Michael Avon Oeming were dropping several works all over. The artist known as Jock work speaks for itself. There were so many people I could list and most of them went on to do bigger and better things that I still follow today. When that grew out of hand Warren created White Chapel. And in the midst of all this I even managed to have a drink and a smoke with he and my pal Raven when he was here in Atlanta.

 All of this points back to what happens in Planetary no. 27. (Spoilers) Regardless of time and no matter how many detours it took the whole book never forgets what it is at heart: one man trying to move heaven and earth to save his best friend. The difference is that Warren does it in such a grandiose manner you forget that over the course of ten years. All the history, mad science, and reshaped pulp heroes boiled down to this one thing: save Ambrose Chase.

  I can't tell you how it ends. But I can tell you it's the best trip I had to the store in a while and fun waltz down memory lane. I'd wonder what the next ten years will bring but you know what?

Today is the future.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Dragon Con Day 1

Quick Stop Entertainment's KenP.D.Snydecast featuring Widgett  "And I'm not making this up" Walls, Dana "Eye of the Tiger" Snyder, Ken "I'm not hiding behind a laptop" Plume, Aaron (I can't swim even though I live on a damn island) Fever.
NeedCoffee.com's Make The Bad Men Stop Panel feat:
Widgett Walls, J.M. Tuffley, ScottC., Unidentified Madman, Service,  and RoxofSpazhouse
The Supernatural panel feat:
U.M., Iruka Yuywell, and MightyBill a.k.a Satan.
  Hi Folks. Just checking in after a long day at Dragon Con. Needless to say I have lead eye right now but it was all well worth it. I fear for my life over the next two days of attending panel's and helping host panels. Thank God I have a light schedule compared to the  NeedCoffee guys: Widgett, Ken Plum, and Rob Levy; these guys are troopers. Me, I'm taking my ass to bed now in preperation for a full 24hr day tomorrow.

Send Help.
Send Redbull.
Please.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

DragonCon - Panel Schedule

Currently I'm gearing up for DragonCon this weekend. To say the least I'm excited. It's a nerd version of christmas but with guest stars and stuff to buy and hot women in corsettes and comicbooks and costumes and did I mention hot women in corsettes?

Anyhow, two of my favorite track directors, Leigh Bennett-Connor (X-Track) and Caro "MadDog" McCulley (British SciFi Media), asked me to help round out the roster on a few panels.
Why? We still don't have an answer. I'm no expert but I can make it sound good in front of people. If you can't blind'em with brilliance then baffle'm with bullshit is what I always say ( Ok I don't always say that. I say "I'm hungry" alot though). So with all of that out of the way here's the schedule of things I'm not an expert or an authority on:

  • Supernatural - Friday 10pm
  • Supernatural - Religion and Spirituality (Hint: The devil didnt make you do shit you didn't want to do!) - Saturday 4pm
  • BritPop (musing over music) - Sunday 4pm
  • Fringe Fan Panel - Sunday 5:30pm

I'm back!

SOOOO.....

I'm back to blogging. I know you're thinking, "Greaaat. Somebody else who thinks he's important enough to post his ramblings on the web". Yeah that about sums it up. I realize I haven't been using the tools I've been given and the time out I took was indeed necessary. But hey, I'm not that important to anyone but myself. I figure this life is my personal choose your own fate book and I might as well share it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Today was brought to you by the letter W,T, & F.

This all started with a mix cd via UPS. You can thank Widget Walls over at http://www.needcoffee.com for this. It has a song on it that made me want to do some high concept shit I'm clearly not capable of.
It's a webcomic written and set to the song I was listening to. I figure it would be in black and white but done I flash so that the pages change to fit the verses. The story follows a soldier through a figurative week in his life up until the point he considers suicide. Which is depressing as the refrain of the song is "Tomorrow never comes until it's too late."

Why is this shit in my head?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

And I gave it all up for this?!!!!!

So I couldn't sleep the other night. This was the result of me not drinking Coke from tuesday through Saturday and I caved on Sunday. OK, I binged on Sunday and it felt like I had sniffed coke instead of drinking a few 32oz big gulps. I never got to rem sleep but the idea of a mini comic intro came into my head.
I'm still fleshing out the idea of doing a "reluctant bad guy" story I started when this intro story does the humpty dance in my head. It's based on one of the supporting characters. It doesn't help that when it comes to comics I still don't know what the hell I'm doing but here is the premise anyway.

Sadi Stick (Sadistic, yeah I know very fucking clever. Insert joke here.)

Sadinia Stikolovitch is a Dominatrix, fetish model, fashion designer, nightclub owner, and oh yeah,a Russian mob princess who just wants to run a legit business and enjoy her life as a socialite. Too bad her family just won't let that happen. Especially when she needs money.
This is how it all begins as Sadi's accounts get ripped off just as she about to open Club M.
Club M is a fictional club set here in Atlanta that is almost a homebase to every damn character I'm using for another project. The Sadi project is almost a prologue and I'm trying to get it written to be as short as possible. A minicomic if you will to get the ball rolling. Now if I could just get an artist. Oh yeah and money. I guess I'm not headed to San Diego so I no longer have the dealine of something done to pass out by then. Worst case scenario is that I'll put it out as a webcomic.