Sunday, December 30, 2007

Poll Results

In the previous poll I asked the question, "Which is your favorite Star Trek series?" Unfortunately, I didn't get enough responses to make any sort of determination, and it looks like the same thing will happen with the current poll regarding your favorite comic company.

My polls are about Star Trek and comics (the reasons most people end up at this blog)... Should I consider other poll topics as well?

Happy Holidays!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I've been working on some new wallpapers and hope to have something complete soon.

Enjoy what's left of 2007 and celebrate the New Year safely!

Friday, November 30, 2007

AquaJam Redux!

I found a better background for Tempest, did some recoloring, and moved the logo to make a much nicer wallpaper, IMO.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

AquaJam!

Just something I threw together because I couldn't sleep. These are all great images I've been wanting to use for some time.

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Enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Space Ghost Redux

I found some more great Alex Toth artwork and decided to see if I could improve on my earlier Space Ghost wallpaper. Did I succeed?

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Enjoy!

Friday, November 09, 2007

It's Begun...

And Star Trek has started filming!! And this is going to be one film that'll be hard to get details about. A photographer was able to snap pictures of extras moving around on the studio lot, but they were all wearing full length trenchcoats so you couldn't see their uniforms! Talk about a cover-up! :-)

I have a feeling the uniforms will be tastefully updated and probably follow the original series color schemes, but I think the colors won't be as bright as on the original show. We'll see. I was able to confirm from the pictures that the Original Series sideburns have not returned in this movie. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I wish we could get some pictures of the Enterprise though. I want to see how the art directors re-imagine such a classic design!

Enjoy your long weekend and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Paul Norris Dies

Paul Norris, the man who created and first drew Aquaman, has passed away.

More information in the jump.

Rest in peace,

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Aquaman DVD

I finally got my hands on a copy! Unfortunately, it was priced around 40 dollars, but no sacrifice is too great for Aqua-merch! When there isn't much, you have to support everything you can get, and boy am I glad to have picked this set up!

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This is the cartoon that made Aquaman my favorite hero... This cartoon aired along with the Adventures of Superman as the Superman-Aquaman Hour of Adventure! Also interspersed were cartoons featuring The Flash, The Atom, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Teen Titans, and the Justice League! In fact, these were the cartoons that got me interested in the heroes of DC Comics!

I wonder if they'll ever release a set of all the other Filmation DC Heroes stuff... that would be nice to see some day.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November is Here...

But thankfully the snow isn't yet. I know, I know, it's only a matter of time. I'm just not ready for winter this year.

November is also the month the new Star Trek movie starts filming... Whoo-Hooo! Only 13 months to wait until opening day! Well, 13 months and 24 days (the movie opens Christmas Day 2008) Let the countdown begin!! :-)

I hope it's worth the wait.

Also, I've placed a poll over on the left-hand side of the page. I know this blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, but I thought I'd try to be a little more interactive. I'm planning for a new poll every month, so I'd appreciate your vote! Thanks in advance!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Atom

This is something that just came together at the last minute... I imagine this latest incandescent death-trap is courtesy of The Atom's arch-enemy, Dr. Light.

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and another version with a bigger logo...



I'm sure the Atom will escape... after all, he is a scientist, while Dr. Light is a petty thief who couldn't give the Teen Titans a decent run for their money (at least, according to DCU continuity) Either way, when Ray Palmer returns to the DC Universe, I hope he gets the attention he deserves!

Enjoy!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Flash Family

Something I threw together on the spur of the moment. It's nice artwork by Phil Jimenez, but I think it would have been nicer to have had the hero Flashes by themselves rather than lumping the villains into the same picture.

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Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Galileo 7 Remastered

For your amusement, a wallpaper created by Star Trek.com, altered and posted by me.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Team-Up You'll Never See!

Bart Allen (The Flash) and the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Not that you can see any Legionnaires... Actually, Invisible Kid is near Flash's boot, Shrinking Violet went subatomic, while the rest of the team is relaxing in their HQ as Flash enters the time stream for the trip back to the 21st century!

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For those who wonder where this idea came from... I always thought that the Flash (Barry Allen, who can travel in time via his cosmic treadmill) didn't ever pop in to say hey! to the Legion more often? I mean, his kids, Dawn and Don Allen, were practically Legion reservists. So, once I found the right graphic, I was off and running! (no pun intended!)

Never mind that Bart Allen was created just before Zero Hour and that this era of the Legion came and went 25 years ago, and you can see why this team-up would never happen! Granted, as I mentioned in an earlier post, there are Legion plans afoot for next year. We've already heard the title 'Legion of Three Worlds' in a recent Justice League and it looks like upcoming Action and Superman stories are going to focus on the Legion's meaning in the Superman stories.

Once upon a time, as a teen, Clark Kent met up with some fantastic youths who claimed to be from the future. They invited Superboy to become a member of their super-hero club and so began the adventures of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes! Until 1985.

There was a crisis. A Crisis on Multiple Earths. The timescape of the DC Universe was being altered on a massive scale and in the reimagining that John Byrne was giving Superman, it was decided he never met the Legion of Super-Heroes. Clark Kent's powers didn't manifest themselves until much later, making a Teen of Steel who time-traveled to the future for Legion meetings impossible.

And ever since then Legion continuity has become a square wedge in a round hole.

But with the new cartoon favoring Clark as a teen in the Legion, and the comics moving that way again, it might all be better soon...

Enjoy!

Space Ghost

I found a great hi-res scan of Space Ghost, designed and illustrated by none other than Alex Toth. The same Alex Toth who would work on the first incarnation of the Super Friends (yeah, the one with Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog) I vividly remember watching Space Ghost. Space Ghost and his young companions, twins Jan and Jace, along with their monkey Blip, fought for good. I always thought Inviso-Power was one of the cooler powers they had.

So anyway, this is in appreciation of Alex Toth and Space Ghost.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

What If?? Again?

I wasn't very happy with the logo on the previous wallpaper, so I reworked it. Much better!

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What If??

In anticipation of the new Star Trek movie (due to start filming in November), here is a possible interpretation of the U.S.S. Enterprise, created by Gabriel C. Koerner. He's a talented artist who has worked on Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise and this is his spin on the original 1701. Even though his designs won't be used, I dig it and made this wallpaper with the new logo for the eleventh Star Trek movie.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Legion of Super-Heroes Wallpaper

This is a cool picture of the team (even if some of the costume redesigns are hideous!) I expect a lot to be happening with the Legion next year as it'll be their 50th Anniversary.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

New Wallpapers

Because of the long weekend, I had extra time to play in Photoshop...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

What The !@$%

There's a disturbing story in the media right now concerning a youth who fatally shot a pregnant friend because he thought the baby was telepathically telling him it didn't want to be born. Shocking yes, but what's more shocking is that defense lawyers seem to be stressing the fact that years of crystal meth abuse have distorted this individual's thought processes. He was also abused as a youngster.

Whether or not he was on crystal meth for years makes no difference!!! He murdered a pregnant woman and her child, it doesn't matter why! It shouldn't even factor into the equation. Murder is not justifiable.

Let's say this as an example: What if I injured myself in a Quadding accident and survived, but had brain damage. If I then went out and knocked over a liquor store, would I be able to claim it was due to my injury?

I think not.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Batman

I've been wanting to do a wallpaper with these images for a long time and glad I was able to cross that one off the list!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Aquaman Redux Redux

The original image came from The Aquaman Shrine... it was a scan of a double page spread in a sketchbook. I took the original, and used Photoshop to draw in the portions of the picture near the gutter, because that didn't scan well. It worked fairly well, but due to the fact the artwork is fabulous rather than my attempts to wallpaper it.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

More Good Memories...

Thanks to Superstore, I now own complete the complete first, second, and third seasons of The Facts of Life and the complete first season of One Day at a Time. And the best part is, all four were only 60 dollars! The Facts of Life was interesting because in the first season the cast from Different Strokes (the show it spun off from) came over for an episode or two, and it's neat to see Molly Ringwald in her only television series appearance.

I'm having the most fun however, watching One Day at a Time. I always thought Bonnie Franklin did a remarkable job portraying Ann Romano. And who didn't like Valerie Bertinelli as Barbara? They seemed like a real family to me, and considering my family was pretty similar, I guess it made for some relevant-to-me TV.

Of course, the clothing and hairstyles are outrageous, but that's what the world was like in the late 70's. An embarassing time to be sure, but every generation has one, I think. The shows hold up remarkably well. In fact, the first episode had the newly-divorced Ann Romano moving to Indianapolis, and daughter Julie threatening to move back to her Father's because Ann wouldn't allow her to go on a camping trip where there would be boys and no chaperones.

Even the first episode of The Facts of Life had great relevancy... It dealt with a girl at the school, Cindy, who was a jock and touchy-feely around girls, while Blair insinuated she was a lesbian. Pretty serious stuff, for a sit-com of the period.

Excuse me while I enjoy some classic TV. :-)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Soundtracks of Our Lives

The other day I was listening to a soundtrack from a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon. It was composed by Carl Stalling, who happens to have had two discs released of his collection of Warner Bothers music. There were tracks from a Speedy Gonzales cartoon, a couple of Bugs Bunny ones, as well as other incidental music he composed for other ones. I looked at one of the dates in the liner notes and stopped reading for a moment.

It said the Road Runner cartoon 'Zoom and Bored' was composed in 1957. That was exactly 50 years ago! And then it occurred to me how long Bugs and the rest of the Warner Bothers cartoons have been entertaining people... Since 1940. Coming a close second would be another show called The Flintstones. It was created in 1960 and lasted until 1966. It ran in reruns seemingly forever. For as long as I can remember, The Flintstones was always at noon on CFRN. I remember watching it with Uncle Les at Grandma's house. I recall what CFRN went through when they decided they needed the time slot for other programming. They ran a Flintstones marathon that started Friday evening and went until Saturday morning. They played the most popular episodes and I recorded a few for posterity. (C'mon, Samantha from Bewitched was on one of the shows! And what about Ann-Margrock - I mean, Ann-Margret?) I taped some of the episodes and until recently, still had that video tape.

Sidenote: Yes, I tend to collect things, but these are things that need to be preserved. Thankfully computers have made that a lot easier. I have over 250 CDs of cartoons, shows, and music archived. (No, that does not include porn, these are all regular broadcast shows)


It occurred to me that the soundtracks of Warner Brothers cartoons were always recognizable to me. They were around for such a long time that I bet everyone can recognize snippets of the music if tested. Or recognize bits of The Flintstones soundtrack. And then I thought... are Bug Bunny cartoons still airing? I suppose specialty channels like Boomerang or Cartoon Network probably have them somewhere in their lineup... I would hope they do anyway.

But the point of this post was to highlight the awesome greatness inherent in some of these pieces of music. Soundtrack composers are a very talented group of musicians. I should know... For years I've collected soundtracks and noticed the music used in TV shows. The only soundtrack that has managed to elude me so far are the groovy tracks they laid down for the 60's cartoon version of Spider-Man. You know, the same show everyone knows the words of the main theme... 'Spider-Man, Spider-Man... Does whatever a spider can?' Now that was some really good music! The action music... the groovy jazz... yeah, it was sweetness! :-)

Hmmm... think I better try another search... I know that soundtrack exists, but it's very, very, very rare. I've got some work ahead of me, so have a great day!

Soundtracks listened to while writing this entry:

The Carl Stalling Project - Music from various WB cartoons
The Official Battle of the Planets Soundtrack
The Soundtrack and Underscore from The Flintstones and The Jetsons
Music from Justice League Unlimited
Teen Titans and Brady Kids main themes
The soundtrack from thirtysomething
Stealing the Enterprise from Star Trek III

Friday, August 24, 2007

Project Rooftop Hosts Wieringo Tribute Week

This sounds like a cool thing...

More in the jump.

I can't wait to see the submissions!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tiny Titans

It's convention season again. One sure sign is all the exclusive announcements being doled out by DC and Marvel. San Diego, the biggest every year, was only two weekends ago, but new announcements were made at Wizard World Chicago! One of the bits of news that filtered out over the weekend was that DC was going to bring back comics for younger readers, which is great! I collect The Batman and The Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century for my nephew Cody, but they're a little beyond him at the moment. It won't take long before he'll be able to read them, but there's nothing I can give him right now.

DC Super Friends would be a book made especially for the younger reader, not based on cartoon versions of the characters. Here's a sample...
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...kind of cute, aren't they? Of course to go along with this new Super Friends idea comes action figures, which would include Aquaman and his shark shaped AquaSub.
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The Teen Titans are morphing into the Tiny Titans and going to be starring in their own book. Just for kicks, I took a scan from this weekend's presentation and turned it into a wallpaper.

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Enjoy!

And I hope this does well for DC! It would be nice for the Comic industry to gain readers rather than losing them.

Discuss!

Doilies: Evil Incarnate or Simply Misunderstood?

If Pluto is a dog, what the hell is Goofy?

Partridge Family/Brady Bunch Cage Match: Who Wins?

Teenage celebrities who lost it all: better or worse than Lindsay Lohan?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Mike Wieringo RIP

I found out today that one of my favorite comic artists died yesterday. Mike Wieringo was 44 years young. More in the link. The Comic Industry is diminished by his absence.

Mike kept a blog which I visited twice each week. He'd post a sketch a couple of times per week, and share something about his creative process as well. Or he'd just talk about what was cool in comics, what projects were coming up, that sort of thing. It was always a treat to read his posts as they really showed how much love he has for comics. I was always eager to see what Mike would sketch, and you can imagine my reaction when I saw this:

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I'm saddened knowing that it's the closest Mike got to my favorite hero.

Mike's artwork had a cleaner line than other pencillers, and reminds me a lot of Mike Parobeck (who also died far too young), but what strikes me most about his work is his ability to convey great ranges of emotion with only a few well placed lines. He was a master storyteller whose talent, kindness, and generosity will be greatly missed.

It wasn't that long ago that Mike sketched this in honor of Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash/Flash), a character he helped create.

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I'm going to miss those twice weekly visits...

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Sinestro Corps

Pardon me for a moment while I totally geek out...

To DC Comics; Re: The Sinestro Corps

This is one hell of a storyline!!!

For those of you not in the know, I'll try to briefly explain. (Deep breath) Ready? Here goes.

A long time ago, some blue men in red dresses (The Guardians of the Universe) created a Corps of beings from all sectors of the universe to wield power rings. Power rings harness the green energy collected by the Guardians in the Central Power Battery on Oa (the Guardians' planet). This energy allows a power ring wearer to fly in space, create constructs, force blasts and force fields, among other things. The rings must be charged every 24 hours from a portable battery each corps member has. Each battery is powered by the Central Battery, located on Oa. It takes a lot of willpower to wear a power ring, but those who can and graduate from basic training on Oa are proud members of the Green Lantern Corps.

Sinestro (Green Lantern's enemy) has always had a yellow power ring, but in the Sinestro Corps storyline, we are learning that rather than being powered by the anti-matter universe of Qward, the rings are harnessing the yellow energy (Fear), much as the Green Lanterns harness the green energy (Will). There's another group who harness the purple energy of the universe (Love), and presumably, there are more. For months we've been hearing of a prophecy from pre-Crisis continuity about the destruction of the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps.

To also find out that the Anti-Monitor is back and leading the Sinestro Corps makes me gasp for breath... I certainly didn't expect that! Nor did I expect Kyle Rayner (my favorite GL), to be turned into a host for Parallax, the embodiment of yellow energy, while at the same time losing the embodiment of green energy (Ion). Add the Cyborg Superman and the Manhunters (androids the Guardians created first to wield primitive power rings, but they proved unreliable), and you've got the setup for a great story!!

Here's a wallpaper created by someone else to give you a cool visual... The artist is Ivan Reis (who is currently my favorite artist). The man has talent like I've never seen before... kind of a blend of Neal Adams with Alan Davis. Whatever you classify it, I love it!

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I'm anxiously awaiting the next chapters of this story!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Cashiers Again?!?

Ok, I don't know what the problem is with me and cashiers, but it's starting to get on my nerves.

To preface, there is a lunch place nearby where I sometimes eat. Today was one of those days. I picked up a sandwich and a bottle of Diet Coke. The total was seven dollars and change, I gave the cashier a twenty. He handed back the change just fine, but held onto the ten while saying 'Thanks very much' and 'There's your change', while continuing to hold the ten.

First off, give me my change, you loser! I shouldn't have to wrestle it from your grubby palms. Geez. I know he was trying to be funny (and perhaps start a conversation), but perhaps there's a better way to do it?? A way that does not involve pissing off your customer?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Happy Civic Holiday!

It's that time of year again... This weekend traditionally has pretty bad weather, but it seems this year is not going to be as bad. Sure, there were storms and rain yesterday, but only for brief periods, and the sun did come out more than once.

There's only one more stat holiday left for summer, that being Labour Day in September. After that, it seems like we're into Fall (and sometimes Winter) all too soon.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

What The... !?

People who don't live in Edmonton may have heard all about our shortage of workers and how businesses can't attract people to come and work for them. Pardon me for saying this, but isn't there a tent town full of people looking for work? Has anyone assessed whether these people have skills and talents that could be put to use being employed?

Anyway, I digress. I stopped at a local grocery store (Save-On Foods) this weekend. I had a few things, but not too many for the express checkout lane. The total was 11.43. I had some loonies and toonies I wanted to use so I pulled out four toonies and four loonies and handed it to the cashier. She looked directly at me and said, "Do you know how much this is?" I told her it should be twelve dollars and she took my word for it.

First thing - you are a CASHIER. That means it is your job to EXCHANGE CASH for goods bought in your store! Second, it wasn't like I handed her a jar full of pennies... there were eight rather large coins to count. It didn't seem like rocket science to me, but apparently it was too much for her.

My patience with people like this grows thinner each day.

Green Lantern Redux

When I saw the background picture, I knew I had to redo my earlier effort!

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Green Lantern

Another simple, but nice, wallpaper.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Aquaman, Ion, Red Arrow, and Superman

I may have been offline, but I had time to create a few new wallpapers...

First up, Aquaman by Tom Grummett;

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Followed by Ion rendered by Ivan Reis;

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Then comes Red Arrow by Gene Ha;

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and finally Superman by Shane Davis;

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Enjoy!

It's Been A While...

And I apologize, but it was an unavoidable break. Regular posting will resume shortly.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

First Day Impressions

So far, so good.

I have a nice cube, but a bad location. I met most of the people I'll be working with, but to be honest, the seating plan and nameplates are going to go a long way. People seem genuinely enthusiastic about working there and don't seem to be under the influence of any outside agent.

I did a lot of reading and am curious to see where my first assignment will be. The only offensive item is the oppressive IT policy. We have limited access to our desktops (hopefully my custom sounds, icons, and graphics will port over) and we can't even load websites like Hotmail. So that sucks, but I suppose that's why I have a home computer, right?

I'm still a bit anxious, but am looking forward to proving myself.

From My Vista...

My new computer came pre-loaded with Windows Vista. Overall, I like the new interface, Windows Aero style, and the Sidebar. Unfortunately, in the switch to the new operating system, I lost use of some wonderful applications.

My Astronomy program, Starry Night, doesn't run on Windows Vista. They are working on releasing a version for Windows Vista, but there is no ETA. My phone comes with software that allows you to download songs, sounds, pictures and video, but the installer is not compatible with Windows Vista.

It's been five months since Vista was released and developers have had the code for longer than that, and still there are compatibility issues? I know no one is in a rush to jump to Vista - I know I wasn't, and this was one of my reasons.

I'm fairly confident that it won't be another five months before I'll be able to use those programs. Fairly.

Monday, July 02, 2007

I Went Out For Shoes...

and ended up getting a new cellular. (I got the shoes too)

I never jumped on the cell phone bandwagon. I never even had one until December of 2000. Up to then, I really didn't have use for one. My first phone was a digital Motorola Startac that I got free with a three year contract. I could surf the web, but never did. I never had Call Display or Voicemail. I never had long conversations on my cell, I used the phone to call from the store to make sure I had everything, to call home to see if I needed to stop anywhere before coming home... you know, those sorts of situations. And it lasted all these years. Well, it was making a weird buzzing noise that would always disappear when the person you were calling answered, but other than that, it was a good phone.

My new phone is a Sony Ericsson W300i. It's a camera phone with 512 mB for video, photos, or music. It's a Walkman including radio, which is going to be great for riding the rails of the LRT. It's got this hands-free earbud/microphone cord that allows you to voice activate the phone and dial certain numbers. I remember when I worked at Telus, the Repair Department had the opportunity to trial a version of voice-activated calling features. As far as I knew, the technology was never released to the public. And I got mine included in a phone for fifty dollars and a two year contract, with an option to upgrade after a year.

Astounding, the difference a few years makes! The included software allows you to import music for ring tones and phone sounds, as well as graphics and other cool stuff to customize your phone.

Any guesses on what theme I'll be choosing?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Captain Marvel

Didn't you ever, even just once, say the word Shazam! and hope you would turn into a super-hero?

Or maybe you twirled around like Diana Prince did when she changed into Wonder Woman. :-)

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Grandma Made My Lunches

Recently, while making a sandwich using home-made bread, I thought of my Grandma and her home-made bread. There was a year when my family lived with my grandparents on their farm.

My sister Tracy wasn't in school yet, but I was entering Grade 1. I remember the yellow school bus that would drive down the dusty gravel road to pick us up every morning. I say us, because at the time, my Uncle Bob was in Grade 12, and we rode the same bus to school. Mirror Elementary was my school and my teacher's name was Mrs. Getz. I remember she was nice, but also kinda scary. She reminded me of my Great-Grandma for some reason.

I don't remember a lot from that time, and actually, I wish I could remember more. A few things come immediately to mind... catching the bus, collecting eggs from the hen house, the milk truck coming twice a week to pick up milk, following my Uncle Les around the farm and 'helping' with chores (as much as a six year old can help anyway), and Grandma wrapping our lunch sandwiches in wax paper. It's funny, the things that stand out after all the years.

And that's when it hit me - one thing my Grandma made that hasn't tasted the same since the memory. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I don't know if it was the home-made bread, if she knew exactly how much of each ingredient to add, or if it was the brands of peanut butter and honey (you can't get either brand anymore), but they were always so delicious. Thinking of them now just makes me smile.

And that brought back memories of going to town (Stettler) on Saturdays for groceries, helping plant potatoes at the other place, Grandma's stories (what she called her soaps), and learning how to candle eggs. Sleeping in the dishwasher room under a heavy handmade quilt, playing with Laddie; and then later with Frosty, Saturday pancake lunches when most of my cousins (aunts and uncles too) at the time came out for the weekends, and the smell of baking bread.

And while I'm grateful for the memories, I wish I could taste a sandwich like that again.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Aquaman / Tempest

Just something I threw together. Very plain and simple.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Current Legion By George Perez

A while back I was jazzed because one of the greatest comic book artists of all time was going to be depicting the current incarnation of The Legion of Super-Heroes. Well, that issue arrived today and after seeing the gorgeous two-page spread, I decided I had to make a wallpaper out of it. I had to redraw the area where the word balloon was, and I added the logo, but otherwise it's unaltered.



Enjoy!

Showing Support

Here's an interesting article from today's Journal. More after the jump.

Of course those with loved ones in the military would be uplifted upon seeing these decals. I live very close to the base here in Edmonton, and I see those magnetic ribbons all the time. But for people to mandate they be on municipal vehicles? Ludicrous.

I have nothing against our troops and know they have a hard job to do, but statements of this nature are best left to the public. Buy a ribbon and place it on your vehicle, tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in your yard, but don't expect municipalities to endorse your way of thought. Besides that, our cities employ Fire and Police Department members who put their lives on the line also. Shouldn't municipalities create ribbons in support of members of their own departments?

I'm all for showing support, but I believe municipalities should support those things they have control over. Not something like a military campaign, which is a Federal issue to begin with.

Besides, aren't things like reduced prices at certain businesses part of how we support our troops? Does an enlisted person's mother really need to see her local Fire Engine decked out with a support ribbon? Does it make that much difference whether she sees the ribbon on a private vehicle vs. a public one?

Ask one. I bet there's no difference.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Public Transportation

I freely admit the last time I took a bus was during my University years. Or rather , I should say year, because after less than one year, I vowed never again to use public transit. And for the most part, I've been able to. I've occasionally used the LRT to get to and from K-Days and concerts, but never again as a regular mode of transport.

This month I gave up my underground parking spot in the core of downtown and bought a bus pass. I drive to the LRT Park N' Ride in Clareview and take that downtown. The trip takes no more than 20 minutes. As an added bonus, I'm not fighting traffic morning and night. I used to come home very stressed after the drive. Not anymore!

Cost of my parking spot: 160 dollars.
Cost of the bus pass: 59 dollars.

After a week, I noticed I had used an eighth of a tank of gas. I would normally be down to less than a quarter of a tank of gas. If my gas consumption stays the same, I should be able to eliminate 3 fill ups per month!

Total gas saving: Between 100 and 150 dollars (depending on price).

Total savings overall: Between 200 and 250 dollars.

Not bad... The LRT is quick, the incidence of smelly and/or scary transient people isn't what I thought it would be. I'm sure I'll be cursing public transit when the next flu season hits, but for now it seems like a pretty good deal.

Extra Bonus! The walk from the terminal to my destination is also a good bit of daily exercise, and that's never a bad thing!

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Trials Of Shazam! (Wallpaper)

A fine example of Howard Porter's new art style.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fantastic Four

Ok, not the same four as in the movie opening tomorrow, but still nice to look at.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Aqualad

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Those Were The Days...

I was thinking about my favorite Halloween candy and what immediately came to mind was Rockets. Each cylindrical tube of compressed powder had different colours. There was white, pink, purple, green, yellow, and orange (though to be fair, yellow and orange sometimes look the same so maybe there's only five rather than six) and each colour had a specific flavour. My favorites of the bunch (and this is true for all powdered candy type candies) were always cherry (pink) and grape (purple). Even in Flintstones vitamins, the pink and purple are the best flavours, what can I say?

I used to open the package and sort the flavours before eating, that way I could eat all the cherry ones at once. I used to sort my Smarties too, but not because they tasted different, just because it was fun.

When I was a kid, we were able to buy whole packages of cherry, grape, or assorted flavour SweetTarts. Lik'em Stick flavours were the same... Remember those? They were the candy stick that came with two different dipping powders. I never cared for the lemon or orange flavours, but loved grape and cherry. Except they always sold the good flavours with a crappy one. Grape would be packaged with orange, and cherry with something else.

Now I'm told that SweetTarts have a slightly different taste and you can only get them in assorted flavors.

And still on the topic of candy, during our last trip to California we learned that Rockets are called Smarties. They're packaged like the Rockets we know, but with Smarties as the name (in the same font!) Ok, I admit it, I bought some and they taste identical to Rockets.

Too bad they couldn't make that kind of candy sugar-free...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Believe It Or Not!

This just in...

http://cbs3.com/topstories/topstories_story_162114001.html

Really? Doesn't this sound like a scheme from one of the cheesiest super-villains around?

There's that oxymoron again... Military Intelligence.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Enough Already!

I am not a fan of Paris Hilton. I often think her parents had little influence in her upbringing and Paris Hilton's personality is what happens when you let the house staff raise your kids.

If I was her parent, I would be supporting the judge wanting to throw her boney ass in jail. I'd make her take responsibility and grow up a bit. Do your time... 45 days and you're free you little crybaby. Most people live with far less than this spoiled, self-centered little C*NT. (Yes, it's that word. She's earned it.)

She didn't even have a cellmate, so what the hell is so wrong with her that she couldn't take 45 days with herself? Might it be the realization that she has absolutely nothing of substance or value to offer the world?

The only reason this is news is because the skank comes from a rich and powerful family. A family who thinks her behaviour is acceptable. A family who believe they are above the law and perhaps above reproach. Just goes to show money doesn't buy common sense or basic intelligence.

The drama surrounding this whole non-story is almost unbelievable... but then I recall the O.J. chase and realize it's just the latest in the strange world of celebrity.

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Superboy

Ok, I'm totally ripping off another site, but I love the idea and it's just plain fun!

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Makes you wanna try for for a lacrosse team, doesn't it? :-)

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Facebook

Ok,

I am not into the social networking part of the internets. But I'm dipping a toe into the water and signing up for a Facebook account. I've been convinced I should try it out and so I'm going to give it a week. After that, I'll either close the account or keep it going.

Should be interesting...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Legion ala George Perez

This wallpaper features the roster of the Legion of Super-Heroes at the time of publication. I didn't scan the pages or group the figures. I did, however, add a background and the mission monitor symbols for all the pictured Legionnaires.

I might even attempt to find that digest and scan it myself to see if I can make the images clearer... I tried to sharpen it, but need better scans to start with. Hmmmmmmmmmm...

This was right near the beginning of George's career... Probably around '82 or '83. It was also one of his earlier Legion related pics. He had done some covers for the Legion, but that was about all at that point. New Teen Titans and Justice League of America were keeping him too busy for another project.

It's also interesting because of the costumes. Chameleon Boy, Element Lad, Saturn Girl and Shrinking Violet are in their Cockrum-era duds, Shadow Lass is in a variation of a Giffen redesign, while Cosmic Boy has covered the Grell up in his Giffen redo. A snapshot in time.

And this month we get to see George try his hand with the current Legion in Brave and the Bold!

Too. Cool.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Steel & Power Girl

Comic book or real life?

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Kid Flash

I've been feeling creative lately...

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Adam Strange

From a request. I think I did a not bad job with it. I especially like the logo!

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Current Justice League of America

The current JLA by Alex Ross.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Current Comics Crossover

I know it's been far too long without posting anything, but I did say this blog was updated semi-regularly! :-)

Anyway, here's a great wallpaper by an artist I can't stand, but I love the Legion, so here it is. Add the Teen Titans for the ultimate team-up!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More Classic Aquaman

A quickie for today!

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Teen Titans

The original Fab 4! Founders of the Teen Titans! Ginchy!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Mark Waid Leaving the Legion

It's been almost a week since it was announced that Mark Waid and Barry Kitson were leaving the Legion of Super-Heroes with issue 31. Full story at the link.

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That alone is sad news. I'm a HUGE Legion fan! I've been collecting them since I started reading Comics. And as a long-time fan, I have to say I was liking the current incarnation of the Legion better than anything since the 5 Year Later period. While other creators had their takes on the Legion, I know I've enjoyed this version from Mark and Barry. The uniforms, the powers, even the reason for existing is slightly different than anything else that had been tried. And I thought it was working. I will miss Barry's art as well. I've been a fan of his from before his L.E.G.I.O.N. days!

But what makes me really sad is the comment from Mark Waid himself, saying how the internet would be applauding once the news hit. I thought his work was wonderful. This is a top-notch writer folks. He's one-fourth of the writing team responsible for the first ever weekly comic! His reverence for continuity is well-known. He was an editor before he wrote (or maybe he did both at the same time, I don't know).

He edited the Legend of Aquaman Special. It was that book that compelled me to write a letter. I had questions regarding Aquaman's continuity, where the first mini-series fit, and other things. It never got printed in a letter column because Aquaman didn't have an ongoing book at the time, but what I got was 10 times better! Mark Waid wrote me back – on real DC stationary! He responded to my questions, thanked me for purchasing the issue, and now that letter is tucked in with the comic. It was a special thing for a kid from Edmonton to get a response from the editor himself! The only other time I came close to being famous in a comic was the time my question to the Answer Man (Bob Rozakis) was answered in the Anniversary Issue of World's Finest (number 272, to be precise, great George Perez cover!). I could never make it to any of the conventions in the States because of the cost and most comic creators don't come to Edmonton, so you can see why getting something like that would be a special thing.

And then there was the time that Joanna Draper was working for DC and she asked for articles about comics in local papers be sent to her. At the time in was in University and the student paper had a huge article that I sent in. In return, she sent me an almost-complete set of Justice League Postcards (art by George Perez). I had never managed to get a set when they were originally released, but I appreciated the cards and they're still in my collection. Joanna's blog is something I read daily. Neat, huh?

Anyway, back to the point. Mark Waid did some really cool things with the Legion and he should be congratulated. Even though it looks like the Levitz era Legion is coming back in the pages of the Justice Society of America. I like Mark's version better than the 'Archie' Legion, Legion of the Damned, The Legion, and most other interpretations since the 5 Year Gap version.

Hopefully Mark and Barry's ideas and vision stick around. I liked their Legion.

Monday, March 19, 2007

First Thoughts...

Ok, the new comic previews are out and it looks like the Arthur Joseph Curry is getting a re-tooling. Please, please, please!!! It didn't work with 40 issues ago, what makes them think it's going to work out now?

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Seriously.

The book is just reaching 50 issues and Aquaman has been rebooted within his own series three - now four times! First was the debacle that began the current run of the book, Wil Pfeifer and his 'Aquaman is a King, King Arthur is a King - it's the Atlantean version of the Round Table' take on the character. Which was followed by the Sub Diego storyline. This was a return to the green and orange, but updated for the new millenium. A cool logo and insignia completed the look. It introduced a new Aquagirl and I was digging the new change. Then came the Sword of Atlantis phase (even the Sword of Atlantis part of the title bothers me), which is NOT Aquaman!!! And the horrible art. I've never cared for Butch Guice's artwork and I don't think he gained many fans while he was on the book. It looks muddy and unfinished and if I have trouble telling the difference between King Shark and AJC Aquaman, well, do I need to say anything further?? Aquaman is not Conan under the sea, no matter how many times people try to tell (or sell) us that. Arthur Joseph Curry will probably be revealed as a long-lost-2nd-cousin-on-his-father's-side relative of the REAL Aquaman. And now he's getting another revamp. Just bring back the REAL Aquaman and forget the rest.

I, for one, was hoping for a return of the pre-Infinite Crisis Atlantis of the DC Universe. (Try saying that 10 times fast). Call me weird, but I like the domed city of Atlantis, her sister city Tritonis, and all the water-breathers and surrounding areas... Shayeris, Thiera Na Oge, and more. Use Tempest (find a way to ditch Dolphin and the kid), Mera, and Vulko and start telling good underwater stories again!

I know I'm asking a lot, but even this loyal fan is considering not purchasing Aquaman comics until the original Arthur Curry is back.

Seriously DC. I have the 13 inch DC Direct Aquaman, Waterglobe, every other Action Figure (except for the harpoon version you got with the JLA set released last year) produced. I buy everything Aquaman. But I may not buy the comic in the near future.

It worries me, too.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Aqualad Wallpaper

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

New Wallpaper

A quick one for now...

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Red Tornado Wallpaper

A new wallpaper...

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