Saturday, December 23, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Unhappy Anniversary

Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years.

I remember Carl Sagan from TV and the exceptionally well-done series Cosmos. He had a way of explaining scientific concepts in layman's terms, without ever seeming to talk down to people. He was very engaging and animated. His books were a joy to read and I highly recommend any of them for anyone even remotely interested in science. He was, truly, one of those people who inspired others to broaden their scientific horizons. He was a man respected by his peers from all over the world.

We are diminished by his loss.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas Came Early!

I just received my Christmas present from Darren and what a beaut! It's the 13 inch DC Direct Aquaman figure! It's too cool for words! Here's a picture:

The most awesome thing about it is the detail! They got everything right... even the fins on his gloves (which didn't look like they were there from the pictures I had seen earlier) were there! I don't think I'll ever display it out of the box, but it sure is nice to look at! Truly a unique collectible for any Aqua-fan!

I'm gonna go find a good spot to display it...

See ya!

Aquaman by Craig Hamilton

This was colored by me (hence the simpleness of it) but I think it works. I just love that camoflage costume!


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Friday, December 15, 2006

A Little Sad...

Today I learned that scientists have recently declared the Yangtzee River Porpoise extinct. More in the link .

I'm reminded of something I read somewhere...
We haven’t been real kind to Mother Nature. Funny thing is… she doesn’t care. She’s had a lot of different tenants over the last few billion years. Someone or something new will pop up to water the grass and sweep the porch after we’re gone. We really need to start paying attention because the lease is almost up and we've got nowhere to move.

Makes a certain amount of sense, doesn't it?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wallpaper Duo: Green Lantern & Supergirl

I must be restless... I seem to be wanting to make these lately.

Perhaps it has something to do with being able to find nice hi-res scans of beautiful cover art... ;-)


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Green Lantern Wallpaper

Just something I threw together really quickly.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

A Little Bit Sick...

Well, winter is here and so is my cold!

I feel tired, cold, and weak, but what annoys me the most is not being able to breathe normally. A close second would be wearing a t-shirt to bed (because I have Vicks all over my chest and back). I hope it's over soon. I'm at the point where my senses of smell and taste are completely confused.

Hopefully I won't be sick for Christmas... How long do colds normally last anyway?

Stay warm and healthy! I'll post more when I'm better.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Trials of Shazam!

I'll be the first to tell you... I was never a huge fan of Captain Marvel. Sure, I knew who the guy was, what his powers were, and that kind of thing, but he was never a huge draw for me. I mean Aquaman was founding member of the Justice League of America for gosh sakes! Captain Marvel wasn't even on the team!

Like I said, I knew about the Captain and his family, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior, along with Uncle Dudley and talking tigers. It was later I found the history behind the character. How he was created by a different company and was sued by the company that now owns the rights to him. DC Comics lawyers said that Captain Marvel was too similar to Superman and thus was copyright infringement. DC lost. Now the the Captain Marvel Family makes their home at DC and rather than fighting against Superman, he's carving his own niche in the DC Universe.

First off, this is one limited series that really has fans worked up. Reviews have not been favorable at all, most not liking the story thus far. I say the end of the series has been spoiled by the end of Infinite Crisis where we saw the new Captains Marvel. All that was left was the hows, which I think the series is attempting to supply.

It seems Billy Batson has now taken up residence in the Rock of Eternity to caretake the seven deadly sins, as the wizard Shazam did before him. Mary Batson has been left without powers and has suffered grave injuries, placing her in a coma. Freddy Freeman is still alive, and without the powers of Shazam. This is the story of how he regains his powers.

The artwork is by Howard Porter, who was the artist who started out the last, greatest version of the Justice League, the JLA. This time he puts a new spin on the work by giving it a painted look. Much different than Alex Ross though... It still appears like pencilled artwork, but with a brush's fine touch.

The story is somewhat predictable, in that Freddy (the former Captain Marvel Junior) needs to visit the gods who make up the Power of Shazam (Solomon, Hercules, Achilles, Zeus, Atlas, and Mercury) and earn their powers from them. We learn that if Freddy doesn't regain the power, then it will be given to another family, setting up the adversary of the story. What family she's from and her true motivations are unknown, and that's ok - there are 12 issues to the series.

It's an enjoyable trip through what is the new state of magic in the DC Universe... Editorial have talked about setting new rules for magic, but we haven't seen much yet. Again, there are 12 issues. :)

Recommended reading.

Marvel Family Trivia: The Marvel Family had a very famous fan, a young fella by the name of Elvis Presley. His favorite was Captain Marvel Jr. and now you can see where the inspiration for his costumes in the 70's comes from!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Metal Men Wallpaper

And while I'm on the subject of wallpapers, here's the Metal Men by Jim Calafiore (who was also the artist for the classic Aquaman wallpaper posted on November 23rd).

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Another Classic Aquaman Wallpaper

Whenever I find a cool picture, I try to turn it into a wallpaper. I found a good scan of another very nice painting and decided it needed to be my wallpaper. Enjoy!

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