Today is (obviously) Halloween, but we got the party started yesterday. In the afternoon, we took the kids to the annual Halloween Carnival at the neighborhood park, and Georgia was able to put on her full costume for the first time. Georgia has wanted to be a cat for Halloween this year since about five minutes after Halloween last year, and Allison has been working on making it for weeks. I think it turned out great, personally.
After the kids were off to bed, the grownups put on our costumes, and got ready for the costume party we were hosting. Sonrisa Trippe had spent all day working on the Tardis door, to go along with her Amy Pond costume, and I think it turned out amazingly well. Dean Trippe was Batman (naturally), and as for me and Allison…?
Allison makes a fetching Princess Leia, don’t you think?
As for me, I kept telling everyone I wasn’t dressed as Captain Kirk, I was dress as Captain Roberson, dammit.
But I wasn’t the only member of Starfleet in attendance. Robert Wilson IV and his wife Tiffany drove down from Dallas to join in the fun, though they’d opted for a more Old Skool look than my New Movie version. Still, we’re all one big happy Starfleet, as Khan said.
All in all, we had a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who came! And today we’re finishing the decorating of the Halloween cookies, mutilating a pumpkin–erm, making a jack-o-lantern, that is–and going door to door begging for candy. What could be better than that?
October 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Julian West has made a video for my old friend Chris Cannon‘s “Night Falls,” a track off his album vine street, which you can download for FREE. Give it a listen, and then go check out the rest of the album.
October 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man . Tigether they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound?
Over on the Bleeding Cool site, the cover and description of the long-awaited next installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century has been posted. Behold the awesome:
CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1968, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London’s East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.
And speaking of Thomas N. Perkins, he’s just released a new art book for the iPad and iPhone that’s available through the iTunes Apps store. There are details on Perkins’ blog, and speaking for myself I can say that I paid full price for it and thought it was worth every penny. Just jam-packed with awesome!
October 1st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
So yeah if you put in anything remotely LGBT+ related, it’s too impure for the children. Okay.
oh my god?????
Y’all wanna know another kicker? Restricted videos become demonetized. Some content creators are having their entire channels restricted (for a wide variety of reasons, not just LGBT stuff).
What this means, though, is that LGBT YouTubers are at serious risk of losing every penny of income from their channels. For some people, that’s their entire career. They rely on ad revenue to live. Many big channels support an entire crew of people working to make videos; personalities, editors, camera operators, artists, etc.
Google thinks we’re so inherently dangerous to children that they’re willing to ruin our livelihoods, and the livelihoods of everyone associated with us, in order to make the platform more appealing to big-name advertisers.
That’s it. That’s the whole reason for the crackdown.
They don’t care about their community or their creators. They only care about advertisers.
And they’re more than happy to throw LGBT people and their allies under the bus to win their favour.
I don’t have much to add other than this fucking SUCKS and I hope YouTube gets their act together post-haste
Ganges 6 will be out soon. I am proud of this comic book. You can pre-order it from What Things Do (link). I believe in tradition so I am posting about it here on Tumblr. I would appreciate it if you would help me spread the word, ask for it at your favorite bookstore, or tell a friend who you think might be into it this sort of thing. Thanks——
Kevin Huizenga’s long-running Ganges is one of my absolute favorite comic series. If you haven’t sampled it before, you owe it to yourself to hunt down one of the earlier issues, and you should absolutely ask your local comic shop to stock this forthcoming new installment.
Coming out is never easy — and when you’re coming out to someone who’s more than 60 years your senior, there’s more to overcome than in the usual “here, Grandma, let me explain the internet” conversation. But when 11-year-old Gavin Cueto told his grandma that he’s transgender, it was surprisingly smooth sailing. In fact, Nana Elaine puts any tired stereotype about close-minded older folks to shame.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance review copy of Titan Comics’ forthcoming series set in the world of Kim Newman’s “Anno Dracula” series, written by Newman with covers and interior art by Paul McCaffrey. I am a HUGE fan of the Anno Dracula stories (and of Newman’s work in general), and in fact I’m currently in the midst of rereading the entire series (I just finished Dracula Cha Cha Chalast night and am about to start in on Johnny Alucard). If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the basic conceit is “What if Dracula had won?” The first book in the series takes place in an alternate history where Dracula managed to best the fearless vampire hunters lead by Abraham Van Helsing, and went on to marry Queen Victoria and become Prince Consort. Together the two rule over an England where the living and the undead rub shoulders, and in subsequent installments Newman explores an alternate history in which vampires and humans co-exist openly. Part of the appeal of the series is that Newman mixes in fictional characters from a wide variety of sources in his cast, and for the hardcore fan there’s a lot of fun to be had in playing “spot the reference,” but the stories are structured in such a way that one needn’t have any prior knowledge, either of the characters or the historical setting, to read and appreciate them.
For anyone who has enjoyed any of the Anno Dracula novels, this new comic series is going to be a treat. Newman’s script is taut and clever, and the art by McCaffrey is absolutely gorgeous. But anyone who is unfamiliar with the series will find Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhew a perfect introduction to that world. This is not an adaption of any of the previously published novels, but an original story that takes place a few years after the events of the first novel, featuring characters from various points in the series along with several newcomers.
Anno Dracula is one of my favorite book series, written by one of my favorite writers, and I’m thrilled to see it expand into the comics medium. Look for it in better comic shops everywhere on March 22nd.