posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:31pm on 29/04/2009 under
Was listening to Comic Geek Speak podcast interviewing Scott Beatty talking mostly about doing the new Buck Rogers comic coming out from Dynamite, when he mentions halfway thru he has been trying sell DC on doing the "definitive Ace the Bat-hound" story.

All I have to say is....

Hell Yes!

Being a bit of a fan of all the goofy 60's DC stuff I would love this. Please DC do his Ace the Bat-Hound story. I mean if Alan Grant can do that awesome Bat-Mite story in Legends of the Dark Knight years ago Scott Beatty can do a great Bat-Hound bit. Please. Please. Please.

Also one of Comic Geek Speak's sponsors is Library Binding which looks like a great place to have comics bound in hardcover and probably re-binding things like your Castle Falkenstein rulebook that all the pages are falling out of.
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posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:25am on 07/04/2009 under
Whats with all the crappy stuff happening lately?

Harlan Ellison just posted the following on his website:

Monday, April 6 2009 11:55:36 EXTREMELY BAD NEWS

Len Wein called this morning. More than half of his house burned down earlier today. Len and Chris Valada and Chris’s son, Michael, got out okay, but their beloved dog, Sheba, ran back inside and is gone. In addition to both bedrooms, the bathroom, and much of the office, what was burned first was the original art for the first Wolverine story, the cover of GIANT X-MEN #1 and other art pieces worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Susan and I will be over there as soon as I pick up my car today, and as soon as I’ve met the dental appointment we have scheduled. This is a major catastrophe for one of my oldest and closest friends. Like your Host, Len is a lifetime freelancer and, even though he remains a star of the comics world, even though he created Wolverine and Storm–among other characters–he goes from day to day earning a freelancer’s living, as do I… and these are frightening economic times for those of us out there, to paraphrase Arthur Miller, “on a few words and a shoeshine.”


And...

HARLAN ELLISON
- Monday, April 6 2009 21:15:37

THE CURRENT SITUATION RE CHRIS VALADA & LEN WEIN


Debacle. Nothing left of the master bedroom. Open to the sky. Len is a genuine hero: Chris was at work when a power surge apparently went through the electrical system of the house, shorting out a wall heater that had been in place in the bathroom since the house was built...an appurtenance no one even paid any attention to: it was invisible, like a countertop. But it sparked, caught fire, and the fire caught on towels, curtains, bathroom mat, magazines on the hamper, clothes, and raced up the walls and across the ceiling, into the hall, and into the bedroom where Len lay asleep. Michael, Chris's son, was dead asleep in the loft of the small bedroom.

Len woke and managed to duck under the flames that were crowning. He found pants and got to Michael and dragged him awake, and they rushed out of the house. Sheba ran with them, but then, she wanted to hide, and hiding was what she did in the bathroom, so she ran back inside, was trapped in the flaming bathroom, and was overcome by smoke, and then incinerated.

I don't feel like going through any more. This site has become WEIN CENTRAL, and here is the answer to ALL of you:

There is NOTHING you can do for Len and Chris NOW.

Their insurance company--along with four fire trucks and DWP and the police and many friends--have been there all day. Susan and I got home about 7:40 PM, and I spoke to Len about an hour ago. They're okay, more or less, if you can call cudgeled into stunned immobility "okay." They are just the way you or I would be if we'd lost everything.

The insurance will help them rebuild or buy a new house, but after the loss of Sheba, the worst part is that everything Len had accumulated in a lifetime, from books to comics, to original art to his Shazam Awards (which were melted off the wall) to the complete set of DC library hardcovers that were caught in a heat so ferocious they melted into a 40-book block...spines bright and sharp and all one plastic-melted millstone. What you can do for the creator of SWAMP THING and WOLVERINE, if you are so moved, is NOTHING at the moment. Don't bother them with well-intentioned commiserations that will only distract them. At the moment they are staunchly trying to pull it all together.

Later...SOON...but LATER...you can help enormously when Len presents a cogent list of those items that are replaceable--many were unique and are gone forever, and that's that, so he'll come to terms with it in time--but lots of it is around, some more rare than other, but possible. Hang back; just chill till Len lets us all know what he needs. I'll post it here, it'll be on Neil Gaiman's site, and Peter David's, and Mark Evanier's and on and on.

Give it a rest for a month or so, kids. Let them alone, and I'll do my best to keep you informed. But don't waste your mud with sad'n'sorrowful platitudes. It will only distract.

Needless to say, I've told them there were about 40 phone calls and posts here. They are too stunned to be grateful, but just so you know I passed the good tidings along.

GeezusPeezus, I'm tired; and I was only a day-laborer.

Harlan
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 08:41pm on 18/10/2008 under
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location: home
Mood:: cold
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:40am on 28/07/2008 under
From the comics site the Pulse "SDCC: MARVEL'S SECRET INVASION -- BENDIS PHONES IT IN

If that dosent describe his writing for the last few years I dont know what does."
Music:: Cretin Hop - The Queers
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posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 12:22am on 03/05/2008 under ,
Just saw Iron Man with Gordy....

Just have one thing to say about the Samuel L Jackson's cameo.
Snakes! Muther fucking snakes on the helicarrier!
Mood:: amused
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:23pm on 21/02/2008 under , ,
I just finished reading Lions, Tigers, and Bears Volume One. It’s a fun book about a kid named Joey. He scares easily so when he moves gets a set of stuffed animals from his grandma. She tells him they are his new companions and friends. The names of the stuffed animals are:

Minerva - I can’t read what’s on the box about her, but she is sprightly and has a sense of humor, she is a black panther
Venus - "guardian of the pride", she is a Bengal tiger.
Pallo - "leader of the pack", he is a lion.
Ares - "warrior of the pack", and he is a white tiger

Together they are the Night Pride. The box tells him to place one at each corner of his bed to protect him. He does so when he arrives at the new house. That night he thinks one of the toys protects him from something in the closet. Pallo has seemed to move closer to the closet.

The next night he is drawn into a world where the stuffed animals have come alive and guard children from the beasties that watch from the darkness. He conquers his fears and helps the Night Pride carry the day. There are a few other twists that I won’t talk about here.

The story is written by Mike Bullock with wonderful art Jack Lawrence, who drew Darkham Vale (which was another fun comic). It is definitely an all-ages comic.
Besides the collecting the first storyline it also has a story published in a weekly format in the Arizona Republic to promote the Children's Literacy Program there. It’s a fun story where Joey and his friend lose their guardians packed in the luggage when they go for a trip on a plane. Also a short comic called Tiger-man, which is a comic Joey reads. Also some great pin-ups including one from Todd Nauck. All in all a first opening salvo. Now awaiting volume two to get here from Amazon.com.

On the 2d6 daDiceGuy scale I give it 11 out of 12.

From the gaming side I can really see this being a Zorcerer of Zo campaign from this people could play another child that finds their way into the Stuffed Animal Kingdom and lends a hand in the war with the beasties. I may have to stat up some of the characters from this in ZoZ.
Music:: The Kids Are Alright (The Who cover) - Gravioli
Mood:: okay
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 07:22pm on 11/02/2008 under
One of the truly great comic writers creator of Howard the Duck has passed away. From Mark Evanier's blog


Steve Gerber, R.I.P.

You know, some of these are easy to write and some of them are excrutiating. Welcome to the excrutiating kind.

Steve Gerber died last night in Las Vegas after a long, painful illness. For the last year or so, he was in and out of hospitals there and had just become a "candidate" for a lung transplant. He had pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that literally turns the lungs to scar tissue and steadily reduces their ability to function. Steve insisted that his affliction had nothing to do with his lifelong, incessant consumption of tobacco — an addiction he only recently quit for reasons of medical necessity. None of his friends believed that but Steve did.

I mention that because in the thirty or so years I knew him, that was the only time I ever saw Steve perhaps divorced from reality. He was a sharp, brilliant human being with a keen understanding of people. In much that he wrote, he chose to depart from reality or (more often) to warp it in those extreme ways that make us understand it better. But he always did so from his underlying premise as a smart, decent guy. I like almost everyone I've ever met in the comic book industry but I really liked Steve.

Stephen Ross Gerber was born in St. Louis on September 20, 1947. A longtime fan of comic books, he was involved in the ditto/mimeo days of fanzine publishing in the sixties, publishing one called Headline at age 14. He had a by-mail friendship with Roy Thomas, who was responsible for the most noteworthy fanzine of that era, Alter Ego. Years later when Roy was the editor at Marvel Comics, he rescued Steve from a crippling career writing advertising copy, bringing him into Marvel as a writer and assistant editor. Steve soon distinguished himself as one of the firm's best writers, handling many of their major titles at one time or another but especially shining on The Defenders, Man-Thing, Omega the Unknown, Morbius the Living Vampire, a special publication about the rock group Kiss...and of course, Howard the Duck.

Howard, born in Steve's amazing mind and obviously autobiographical to a large degree, took the industry by storm. The creation was in many ways a mixed blessing to his creator. It led to an ugly and costly legal battle over ownership, which Steve settled out of court. It led to the occasional pains when he occasionally returned to the character and, due to reasons external and internal, found that he could not go home again. It also led to the sheer annoyance of watching the 1986 motion picture of Howard (produced with minimal involvement on Steve's part) open to withering reviews and dreadful business. Still, the issues he did are widely regarded as classics...and Howard is often cited as a character who only Steve could make work.

After he left Marvel under unpleasant circumstances in the mid-seventies, Steve worked with me for a time at Hanna-Barbera writing comic books, many of which were published by Marvel. An editor at the company had loudly vowed that the work of Steve Gerber would never again appear in anything published by Marvel. Just to be ornery, we immediately had Steve write a story for one of the H-B comics I was editing and it was published with a writer credit for "Reg Everbest," which was Steve's name spelled inside-out.

About this time, Steve began to get work in the animation field, starting with a script for the Plastic Man cartoon series produced by Ruby-Spears. This led to a brief but mutually beneficial association with the studio, especially when Steve launched and story-edited one of the best adventure cartoons done for Saturday morning TV, Thundarr the Barbarian. Later, he worked for other houses on other shows, including G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons.

Then there were other comic books, including occasional returns to Marvel and even to Howard. For DC, he did The Phantom Zone and later, A. Bizarro, Nevada and Hard Time. Last week in the hospital, he was working on a new Doctor Fate series for them. His other many credits in comics — which include Foolkiller for Marvel and books for Malibu and Image — are well known to readers of the last few decades.

What I feel the need to tell you is just what a great guy he was. In the seventies, when New York comic professionals were banding together to find ways to elevate the stature of the field and the living standards of its practitioners, Steve was at the nexus of so many of those efforts. When Steve was involved in his lawsuit with Marvel, many fellow professionals rallied around him with loans and gifts of cash and some of us put together a benefit comic book, Destroyer Duck, to raise money. People did that because they knew, first of all, that Steve was fighting not just for his own financial reasons but for matters of principle relating to how the comic book industry treated its creators. That some of the more pernicious business practices soon went away had a lot to do with Steve taking the stand he did. Also, those who knew Steve knew that when you were in need, he would do anything to help. He was, in every sense of the word, a friend.

He was one of my best friends and even though I knew this was coming — and even though part of me thinks it may be for the better, given what he stood to go through just to keep on breathing a few more years — it's a real blow. If you knew Steve Gerber, no further explanation is necessary. If you didn't, no further explanation can ever quite explain why.

Details of memorials and such will be forthcoming. I am now about to attempt a hostile takeover of Steve's weblog. I've been given permission to see if I can get in and take care of it but I won't delete anything, at least not for a long time. You might want to trundle over there and read some of this recent postings and especially some of the love and respect shown by his commenters.
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posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 01:58am on 23/09/2007 under , , ,
Been working on these for a few weeks. The problems with some of the MC2 characters is they havent had a lot revealed about them; so its hard assign them Qualities at times.

So without further ado its Spider-girl and her Amazing Friends.......
(Note: The Fantastic Five is next up)

Spider-girl aka May “Mayday” Parker
Good [+2] Wizard with the basketball, Good [+2] Believes in others, Good [+2] Big heart, Good [+2] Natural athlete, Good [+2] With great power…., Poor [-2] Has the Parker luck

Master [+6] Meta-power- Spider powers
(Good [+2] Spider-sense, Good [+2] Wall-crawling, Good [+2] Spider-strength, Good [+2] Spider-agility) Good [+2] Web-Shooters (Stunts: Impact Webbing, Web-shield, Stingers)

rest of the Good Guys behind the cut )

crossposted at [livejournal.com profile] tandj_asmp
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posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 12:19pm on 21/07/2007 under
I really enjoyed Darwyn Cook's New Frontier mini a few years back. So I have been waiting to see how the direct to DVD movie would come out.

Short article here at the NY Times...
Epic Comic Book Miniseries Is Animated for DVD
Mood:: curious
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:20pm on 24/05/2007 under
From some press releases for DC in October....

THE QUESTION VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Dennis O'Neil
Artists: Denys Cowan & Rick Magyar
Collects: THE QUESTION #1-6
$19.99 U.S., 176 pages

I hope this sells well enough for the entire run to be reprinted. It would only be 6 volumes for the main series and probably 8 if the included annuals and the Question Quarterly. YAY!!

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