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odds and ends: the revolution was televised, lego, iPhone

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by Christopher Pearce

First book of 2013: The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall.

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Sepinwall’s been a journalist and critic covering television for the better part of the last two decades and in The Revolution Was Televised, he highlights the major game-changers in that medium from the past two decades. HBO’s stable of dramas take up the lion’s share of Sepinwall’s attention (as well they should) although he does leave room for network series like Lost, 24, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sepinwall’s prose is as engaging as it is in his online reviews but make no mistake – this isn’t just a case of a blogger repurposing old material. Lots of new interviews with the creators of these programs are included here along with the author’s observations.

I found the book to be a fun, breezy read and I agreed Sepinwall’s idea that most of these shows were successful due to the creative control given to the auteur/show runners by the network.

Outside of the nuts and bolts of Sepinwall’s writing, The Revolution Was Televised could also be seen as a bellweather for the world of publishing. The book was self-published by the author himself, bypassing many of the traditional hurdles normally presented by a project like this. The idea that a writer with some fan following could bring his work directly to the public isn’t exactly a brand new innovation to anyone but in many cases, I like the idea of supporting the writer directly.

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I believe I mentioned this over on Tumblr but not here: for Christmas, Ellen bought me the LEGO Haunted House I became so enamored with this past fall. It was a wonderful, thoughtful gift and I love the damn thing to death… although I’m not quite finished building the thing yet. Here’s where it stands as of today.

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As you can see, I have the first two floors assembled and I plan on finishing the house out this weekend. I’m enjoying the process; I can see why LEGO has so many fans across the world, young and old.

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Finally, I should point out my new phone purchase: I finally took the plunge and got me an iPhone. My phone use is rather limited during the week, as I turn it off at 7 in the morning and back on after school… but my old Droid had been giving me a lot of problems, especially with its’ camera function. Some of you have noticed the lack of chalkboard photos in the past few months. I stopped taking pictures of them because the phone on my old camera was so lousy.

Hopefully the new camera means a return to chalkboard documentation. We’ll see!

odds and ends: ipad comics, alf comics, lego haunted house

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I wanted to make two awesome recommendations to those of you who read comics on your iPad or tablet devices.

Cartoonists Kevin Cannon (Far Arden) and Zander Cannon have launched Double Barrel, a digital comics initiative where the two are serializing their new comics along with a bunch of sketches and letters from readers. Double Barrel is effectively a streamlined comics magazine and it’s AWESOME.

I’ve already written here about my love of Far Arden; it was hugely popular with my students two years ago and I’ve been anxiously awaiting Kevin Cannon’s follow up, Crater XV.

For $1.99, you get 122 pages of content. This thing is gigantic and the creators are crazy talented. As much as I was looking forward to Crater XV, I think I enjoyed Zander Cannon’s oddly sentimental horror riff Heck just as much as the new adventures of Army Shanks. Download through whichever comics app you like (I prefer ComiXology, but there’s iBooks and the Top Shelf app, off the top of my head)

Also from Top Shelf, this week sees the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 2009 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

The summation of Moore and O’Neill’s Century storyline, this book has a bunch of people up in arms over Moore’s appropriation of a certain incredibly popular boy wizard character, refashioned by the author into the Antichrist. As far as I can tell, the work Moore does is all above board and not legally compromising, but I love the tightrope he and O’Neill walk with every new installment of LoEG. I get that a lot of folks are a little tired of the “winky winky” allusions to popular media, but I’m not and 2009 is my favorite book in the series thus far.

I opted to read 2009 on my tablet for three reasons. One, like I said, I’m a sucker for this series and when Top Shelf inevitably collects the first two books in the Century series (1909, 1969)¬†with 2009, I’m going to buy that big collection. I don’t need the individual trades and the big collection. Two, for a book like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the “on panel at a time” format most comic readers use is ideal, because Kevin O’Neill packs SO much detail and hidden jokes within his pages, it’s nice to be able to appreciate each one up close. Three… you get 84 pages of content for $4.99; the print version is $9.99.

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Folks who follow my Twitter feed might already know this, but I happened on a great Half-Price Books find this past Monday.

Fifteen issues of Marvel ComicsALF! I did a comic/sketchbook page about my love of ALF comics and how elusive they are to me. I’ve been looking for two years and I’ve happened on two… maybe three ALF comics in that time. To hit the motherlode like this? What a great day. I wish I was being sarcastic there.

I’m not going to go into any depth about my love of ALF today, opting instead to save those accolades for a later post… but I thought you’d want to see these comics in all their majesty.

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I am seriously considering dropping $180 dollars on this.

Set for release this September, the Haunted House LEGO playset is a thing of wacky beauty. Part of the company’s Monster Fighters series, this is exactly the LEGO playset I wanted when I was a kid, but at that point the LEGO was just getting around to making castles, not elaborate Addams Family style abodes.

I can justify this purchase by saying it will become an annual Halloween decoration in our house, right?