February 5th, 2013

Ariel Is Ready For Her Close Up

Signal Boosting: The Key To A Job Search Is, You Don't Need Them, They Need You

So, Art Baltazar and his buddy Franco, two of the sweetest, nicest, and most genuine guys in all of comics, were given the bum's rush out of DC Comics.  Superman Family Adventures, a consistent performer, was cancelled with issue #12 this April, after Tiny Titans was given the heave-ho because...well, I don't know.  It went 50 issues, and even crossed over with Archie.

Baltazar and Franco didn't even know the book was cancelled until it got reported on Bleeding Cool.  Admittedly, this is DC, who in the 90's was known for firing people by fax at 5PM on Friday, and recently sacked Gail Simone by email.  But even by those standards, this was pretty low.  It doesn't help that it was Art Baltazar.  Picking on Baltazar is like kicking a puppy -- you will NOT look good no matter how you try to spin the story.

Baltazar and Franco, however, decided to do what they usually do -- be the bigger person.  They started working on their own indie comic, just like they did with Patrick The Wolf Boy.  They recruited all sorts of other big names who can't wait to work on this, including the awesome Mark Waid.  But launching a comic line is expensive.

So they turned to Kickstarter to crowdsource the funding.  To launch the comic for six months, they needed $15,000.

The fund started this morning at about 9AM Chicago time.

As I write this, it has already made the mark.

I say again -- a pair of creators that DC felt didn't have a big enough following made $15,000 for their comic company in LESS THAN SEVEN HOURS!!!

MLP - Pinkie Pie Party Cannon (animated)

This is what I get for going to work today.  Among the tiers were three involving Mark Waid.  For $100, you could get one of three phone calls from Mark Waid, telling you:

1)  Why Superman is better than Batman
2)  Why Superman is better than Aquaman
3)  Why Superman is better than any comic book character you care to name.

Full runs of Superman Family Adventures.  Full runs of Tiny Titans, complete with Archie crossover.  Getting your own original characters as a pin-up in the back of the book.

I love Baltazar.  He's an incredible guy.

And he's just made DC look like a bunch of chumps.

If you want to contribute, here's the Kickstarter page.  I highly recommend you do it.  If they make $30,000, that guarantees publication for a full year instead of six months with the $15,000.

Support the good guys.  Contribute to this.
Barney Fife

Junior Matlock Club -- This Didn't Happen To Lindsay Lohan

"Now, it is from little misdemeanors that major felonies grow. And it is my duty -- it is ANYBODY'S duty! -- to stop them before they get too far.  NOW THE LAW MUST BE UPHELD!"

And, by completing the oath, you reaffirm your membership in good standing with the Junior Matlock Club, where we look at criminals who really should consider honest work because they don't have what it takes for a life of crime.

Today's subject is a resident of FloriDUH.  Her name is Penelope Soto, who in court to be tried on a drug charge.  The judge is one Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat.

During the hearing, Soto flipped her hair, dodged the judge's questions, laughed at the judge, and generally acted like the poster child for retroactive abortion rights.  Chomat socked her with the maximum fine, $5,000.

Soto kept talking smack to the judge.  He hit her with another $5,000.

When the judge told her he was serious about the fines, she flipped him off.

MLP - Trixie Oh No You Didnt (animated)

The judge, cool as a cucumber, gave her thirty days in the slammer for contempt of court.  And that has to be served separate from the jail time for the drug charges.

So, if you are upset with a judge, vote them out.  Flipping them off, where it becomes part of the public record, is not advised.

Getcher Motor Runnin'

Brits and us Americans with BBC America are getting ready for the next season of Top Gear.

A clip has been released, and it's a doozy.

Longtime viewers remember the time Jeremy drove the Peel P50, in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world's smallest production car.  He somehow got his full 6'5" frame inside the thing.

Now, there's a newer version called the P45, which seems more like a robot suit than a car (the first time I saw it, I shouted, "It's Davros!").

See for yourself.


One Step Closer To Perpetual Motion

President Obama, in his second inauguration address, emphasized that we need to continue to search for alternative energy sources.  But solar isn't developed, and wind just isn't practical.  What else is there?

How about beer?

The Alaskan Brewing Company is buying and installing an expensive new broiler in their beer factory.  The broiler will take the spent grain from the brewing process and turn it into steam, which will power the machinery.  It is projected to reduce the factory's energy consumption by as much as 70%.

That's right, all you green energy folks -- the Alaskan Brewing Company is making beer-powered beer.


The gentleman pictured above is Brandon Smith.  Here's how this whole thing came about:

Breweries usually sell off their spent grain to local farms.  But ABC is in the middle of nowhere, so selling and shipping the stuff wasn't practical.  Enter this idea.  The federal government gave them a $500,000 grant, and the company ponied up the remaining $1.8 mil.  The broiler is estimated to save the company $450,000 a year.

So do your part to help the environment -- drink beer.  And lots of it.
Thor Likes It


I try to keep in mind we are all a little geeky about something.  Some of us are just more obvious about it than others.

Some geek out about their favorite sports team.  Others their favorite soaps.  Some of us geek out about our favorite cartoons.  Everyone has their bag.

This can translate into weddings.  The reason I don't blink an eye when people get married in their Star Trek uniforms is because my sister and her husband had a Nike-themed wedding.  My brother-in-law loves Nike for some reason (it's just a shoe company, after all), and they even got matching Nike Swoosh tattoos.  When they got married, they wore Nike sweats, and mom and dad even had to buy their own Nike sweats and shoes for the big day.  (Me?  I didn't go.  I was working that day.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

So I didn't bat an eye at the wedding I went to officiated by an Elvis impersonator or listening to some of the other more interesting wedding tales.  All the while telling myself I probably wouldn't do something like that.

That ends now.

Jamie and Christopher Chandler of O'Fallon, MO, just got married.  Jamie is a 26 year old aspiring actress who really loves Disney's The Little Mermaid.

It became the theme for their wedding.

Check out the photos, she looks adorable.  And I gotta say, any guy willing to dress up like Prince Eric and see it plastered all over the Internet?  He loves you, lady, you better hold on to him.

...don't look at me like that, I am NOT thinking of doing that for my wedding.

Rat Celebrates

Justice Is Served!

So, I've been following Rich Johnston's updates on the two dipshits trying to scam stuff from comic stores and off eBay and Craigslist with fake sketches.

Apparently, the security cam video showing their mugs did the trick.

The two have gone to each of the stores to return the merch they traded for and to beg forgiveness.  As far as anyone knows, no charges are being pressed.

Just goes to show you -- federal justice doesn't mean much, but social justice works wonders.

Case closed.