May 17th, 2011


Shocker Toys Can Shove It

Geoff Beckett.

Let me, in fact, bold, italicize, underline and increase the font on that for you.

Geoff Beckett.

It's important for you t know that name if you are going to try working in the comic book field.

Beckett is the head of Shocker Toys.  Beckett has quite an interesting history, but we are going to focus on the most recent item.  Remember how I posted about Tony Robles, the guy was working with Unscrewed to get money owed to him and wrote about it on his blog?

Beckett's response to this was to contact the domain server for Robles blog and try to get it taken down.

"Defaming and libel actions by a work for hire who has used your servers to attack our credibility and cause our business harm through his fictional comments. He has also threatened to sue us commented on the this same blog post while defaming us and restricting our trade while not discussing any terms with us or our council. He is also using the protected names of the TIA for the "Toy Fair" show and San Diego Comic Con's protected names in the same blog. This is unprofessional and if needed to be handled in court should not be plastered on a website to cause more harm to both parties therefore it only is right to have it removed."

The domain server told him to pound sand.  Thank you for understanding digital rights.

So, if you are approached by Geoff Beckett for work, you are advised to run for the hills with shotgun in tow, and send an assfull of lead at anyone that follows.

And everybody?  I would also suggest not buying shit from Shocker Toys from now on.
Rat Celebrates

Liberty Meadows Lives!

I have been waiting very very patiently for the next Liberty Meadows comic book.  (Liberty Meadows has a special place in my heart.  It single-handedly revived my interest in comics after it had stagnated for years.)  The last one was a couple of years ago.

I figured Frank Cho, the very funny creator of the strip and comic, was just busy doing covers and such, and that's why there were no new issues.  Well, not quite.  Turns out Liberty Meadows had been optioned to become an animated series and the rights finally reverted back to him:

"Let’s back track a minute. About 3 years ago, Sony got the rights to Liberty Meadows to develop it as a downloadable original cartoon series for their new Sony Digital division. I wrote the original pilot episode but it was rejected for being too “risque”. So other writers were brought in to tone it down and make it more kid friendly. Once I read the rewrite, I thought it completely missed the point of Liberty Meadows. So I rewrote the rewrite, and this went back and forth couple of times until we reached a compromised script. We turned that script into an traditional 2D animated pilot episode.

"Enter Sony Television division. They saw the pilot episode and liked it. Liberty Meadows get bumped up to their television division and a TV series is planned. However there is one request, Sony Television people wanted Liberty Meadows to be more “risque” with adult humor like the “Family Guy”. This is the point where I rip my hair out in frustration. Sony Digital people rejected my original script for that very reason, for being too “risque”.

"So I go back and re-polish the original script, adding more scenes to make it longer to fit the television episode time frame. As I’m doing this, a new Sony television contract is being drafted to replace my Sony digital contract. Then the recession hit. Then the three Sony executives who were shepherding this project along since the beginning leave Sony. The new guy who takes over have no interest in projects started by his predecessors. Thus Liberty Meadows TV show goes into limbo… and we wait and wait. Ultimately under the inactivity clause, all the Liberty Meadows rights revert back to me, and concludes my 2 year journey at Sony.

"Now Liberty Meadows is back home, firmly under my complete control again."

Yes!  Bring on the funny!

Some Women Just Attract The Wrong Guys

I like Sandra Bullock.  She's fun, she's not snobbish, and she's a prankster (holding Michael Caine's Oscar hostage is one of my favorite stories about her).  When she met and got engaged to Jesse James, I thought it would work.  The two just seemed to click so well.

Then, the divorce because James cheated on her.  James had some defenders.  I mean, he's a bad boy, so maybe it figures that he would cheat.

However, James behavior since then has done nothing to make his defenders proud.  At first, he tried, saying he took responsibility and hoping he could atone.  But lately?  First, he got engaged to Kat Von D, the tattoo model who he ran around on Bullock with.  Then, last week, he went on the Howard Stern show to talk about how Kat is "100% better" in the sack than Bullock.

Now, that could just be bravado talking, right?  Well, this can't be defended:  he's now shopping a tell-all book about his life with Bullock to publishers.

This has now moved from, "Well, Miss Bullock, everyone makes mistakes" to "What the FUCK did you see in him?!?"
Peter G

Numbers Racket

DC has announced that, with the conclusion of Flashpoint, all titles will reboot and restart at #1.

Are you idiots TRYING to make it impossible for me to keep my comics organized?!?

Zero Hour was bad enough.  The #0 issues are where they are supposed to be in the release schedule.  This is why I'm so glad I put that description label on my bags -- I can note the issue comes after issue whatever, so no, Peter, you didn't fuck up by putting this where you did (my Deadpool #900 and #1000 have notes explaining what is going on).  But if I was a longtime collector of Supergirl, how many different volumes would I need to keep track of?  Marvel has a similar problem with Captain America.

This probably means we're getting yet another Superman origin revamp.  Sheesh!  Supergirl doesn't have this many revamps, and she's been written out of continuity how many times?

I know everyone should care about the stories and such.  But it's getting to the point where trades is the only way to keep the stories straight now.