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odds and ends: dinosaur dracula, comic pull list

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

One of my all-time favorite websites is X-Entertainment, a free-for-all tribute site to all the things that made my childhood rad. Updates to X-E have been sporadic in the past few years… but that promises to change with the advent of Dinosaur Dracula, X-E’s newly branded web address!

So far, Matt Caracappa has looked at Garfield and Friends fruit snacks, Fright Flicks trading cards, and my personal favorite, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cracker topper. X-Entertainment was surely an influence on my Thrift Store Finds posts, so I think anyone who likes those would truly love Matt’s writing. Check it out.

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We all know that I am something of a fan of the movies Alien and Aliens. I suppose you could say I had the misfortune of being born too late to see any of those movies in theaters- the only Aliens movies I’ve ever seen on the big screen have been muddled (Alien 3) botched (Alien: Resurrection) or just god awful (any of the Alien v. Predator movies, but I haven’t actually seen any of those).

Well, I’ve finally had the chance I’ve been waiting for last night; my most anticipated movie of the summer has to be Prometheus.

The “not a prequel” prequel to Alien, I was excited enough to see this flick that I broke free of my normal old man routines and went to a midnight showing. Even though director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Daniel Lindelof have been pretty straightforward, saying Prometheus is something new… I mean, c’mon. It’s an Alien movie.

…and I loved it. I loved it despite the cardboard cut-out characters. I loved it despite the gigantic plot holes. I loved Prometheus despite its’ structure, seemingly designed to infuriate the most nit-picky fans of this franchise. It’s a gorgeous movie worth seeing on the big screen.

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My current comic pull list is woefully small, and getting smaller by the month. Right now, these are the books I’m asking my fine comic retailer to put aside for me.

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odds and ends

Posted in commentary with tags , , , on November 19, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Not much going on here lately, to be frank. We’re beginning to gear up for the holidays in our house- for the first time, Ellen and I are hosting Thanksgiving here in Southern Ohio, rather than trekking to far-flung points across the country. We’re inviting some of our neighbors and Ellen’s childhood friend Kelly for dinner and LN and I are both anticipating a good time.

Content wise, last year at Thanksgiving, I went off the beaten track a little bit with an action sequence… and I have a different plan for this year. I’m not sure if it’s going to be any good- I’m worried that the comics I have planned are going to come off a little preachy and self-aggrandizing… but I’m happy about most of what I’m trying to say with them.

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Earlier this week I received a copy of The Complete Making of Indiana Jones from DonorsChoose request. All I can say after having flipped through the book several times is my students have to get in line behind me on this book. I’ve been reading it for the past two days and it is a thing of beauty for fans of the Indy Jones movies. Exhaustive barely even begins to cover how thorough author J.W. Rinzler has been, digging into the flicks.

Preference is rightly given to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with only a cursory glance taken at the last Indy movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… a flick that absolutely everyone hates on as the least of the series. It is the least of the series, but at the risk of sounding uncool, I enjoyed a lot of Crystal Skull and felt it suffered quite a bit from almost 20 years of pent-up expectation.

Anyway, great book, would make an awesome gift for a movie buff.

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I read two mainstream superhero comic books right now- DC Comics’ Batman and Robin and Marvel Comics’ Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

After almost two years, I was prepared to give up Batman and Robin. My main reason for keeping up with the book, writer Grant Morrison, is moving on to other comic projects. I’ve been looking for places to trim my pull list, and this gave me a great excuse.

 

I was not at all prepared for the cancellation of Thor: The Mighty Avenger, a book I picked up on a whim a few months ago and instantly fell in love with. An all-ages retelling of the Thor superhero story, Thor: The Mighty Avenger was seemingly created to introduce new readers to the character in preparation for this summer’s upcoming movie. The book did it’s job well in being set away from the continuity-laden Marvel Universe and all the baggage that entails. A reader could pick this up knowing nothing about Thor and grasp what’s going on with relative ease..

The creative team for Thor: The Mighty Avenger is one of my favorite in comics right now. Writer Roger Langridge is responsible for BOOM Studios’ adaptation of The Muppet Show that I’ve talked up here before, and artist Chris Samnee is, in a word, incredible. You can check out Samnee’s blog here and see for yourself. I’m going to add it to the blogroll because some of the stuff Samnee does with the use of shadow has to be seen to be believed.

Anyhow, Samnee points out over there that there are three issues of Thor: The Mighty Avenger left to be published and although it’s pretty difficult to reverse a publisher decision like cancellation, if you like good comics I highly recommend picking ’em up. It might be a case of “too little, too late” but the comics are so good you won’t regret your purchase.