I've got to remember to stop fucking around with genius. I'm referring to the fact that I went and posted my thoughts and genuine feelings about the Sky Captain movie that I saw last weekend which is opening in theaters across the country tomorrow. Of course, It will be more exciting to read the local press critic reviews, knowing your desires are set in stone and not a scathing or a belittling review is going to change how you feel about the film, because you've beaten them to the punch. I went and posted these thoughts pertaining to the film and when I posted the first draft, everything seemed to be all ok. But when I went back to do some editing and provide a 'link a thon' and then press publish, half of the piece that I labored for a hour and half on mysteriously evaporated into cyber dust. And if you click on some of the links in the previous entry - you find that they don't correspond to what it was supposed to be linking to.
Beats the fuck outta me. I have no way of explaining what the hell happened. I had to keep going back and try to make sense of what appeared and what didn't. It could have been overload of some kind or I didn't bother to press the save draft button during the composition- but it doesn't really matter, I can't go back to try to recapture what was lost. Must press on.
A multi-task of topics today:
Tomorrow, I think I will be sending a submission to Diamond Comics of the first act of the Deposit Man & The Last Great Gate of Mortality to my contact. With Larry Nadolsky now working on the third act, the time may be right to finally get these books out on a regular shipping schedule. Now note, that I said submission, and not solicitation - someone in my camp is a little worried that I'm jumping to conclusions on how I'm going to market my products and all I have to say (and this just came to me) that this person's name will not be appearing in the solicitation. I don't recall many book designers' or editors' names listed in the solicitations alongside the writer and artists's byline anyway. I really don't think that there is anything for you to worry about. I'd thought I'd address it now before I suffer yet another 'dissention in the ranks'.
Ever since, Alan Sinder told me that Howard Chaykin was doing a six-issue series on the Challengers of the Unknown, I've been sort of trying to catch up to other events that are taken place in the Marvel and DC Universes. One thing I am not too keen on picking up, even though it' heralded as the current 'rave' thing is this seven issue overpriced 40 page baxter book called 'Identity Crisis'. Yeah, it's all great that Hardback best selling novel authors are coming to downsize the comic industry population, putting old comic book writing war horses like Chris Claremont, Len Wein, or Marv Wolfman out to pasture, but golly gee, do they have to price their comics like you were shopping at Barnes % Nobles? I'll wait under the fervor dies down and pick up the overpriced tp of whenever it comes out.
I'm intrigued by the current Amazing Spider-Man storyline that's cropped up in that issue's mag - Spidey verus.... Gwen Stacy's illegitimate twin children?!! From what I can gather, the history of this doozy according to writer J. Michael Straczynski is what transpired in between the events of Amazing Spider-Man # 119 - 122 (old school) was that Gwen Stacy was out in London getting a little action on the side while Peter Parker was out playing dodge the footsies with the Incredible Hulk in Montreal. Of course Parker never found out about Gwen's little illicit rendezvous, because Gerry Conway was too busy having her whacked by the Green Goblin!! So basically, Parker is getting threats towards his family, namely wife Mary-Jane Watson and his fragile Aunt May (yeah, you know from the movie) from the Stacy Wonder twins and there's this bit about some dead letter that finally arrives on the Parker's condo doorstep some twenty-years after her death that sort of explains things - but Parker as Spidey tries to gets the letter authenticated to unravel the plot due to some ink has fading from the pages AND to find out who the real father is. PARKER know it wasn't him becasue he confesses to Mary Jane that he and Gwen never got around to trying out that spiffy batch of new spider-web prophylactics that he happened to stuff in his pockets after one of Harry Osborn's acid dropping parties - but isn't it just convenient that Mary Jane happens to know WHO the REAL FATHER is? Well, I won't be finding out for myself until next month's issue (SINS OF THE FATHER, perhaps?). Kudos to Straczynski, I didn't see this one coming a mile away.
Gwen Stacy brings back to me a lot of pleasant memories of high school. Once upon a time, I purposily asked out this blond buxom girl in the tenth grade named
Linda Freeman who already had achieved notoriety for being awarded third place in the Miss Teenage New Jersey contest. Since I so indentified with Peter Parker, I was hankering for my Gwen Stacy. We had an off and on thing going until months before my Senior Year ( I think her refusing to go to the prom with me was an sure indication that things weren't working out) Sadly we didn't get around to sealing the deal ourselves. I guess in some maniacial way, I still have a little Peter Parker left in me.
While I'm waiting for Chaykin to get the Challengers out of his system. I've been checking out Jim Lee's version of Superman- really not much to say, except that it's very pretty, the Julius Schwartz tribute issues with wonderful farewell rememberances written by Alan Moore and Harlan Ellison, The Avengers kill-them-all-thon in issues #500-503 made possible by writer Brian Michael Bendis (I should also play catch up with Daredevil, possibly the only real redeeming product that Marvel put out under the screwloose iron fist of Bill Jemas) and I'm hitting the comic shop calisthenics regularly for my weekly dose of the War Games storyline that's happening in the current Batman line of books.
But this is all temporary- I'll probably go back to hibernation again once Challengers finishes. I find no point in indulging in others when I'm responsible for putting my own out. It's somewhat distracting and I really don't want to be accused of stealing other's ideas if the accusation would ever arise.
Here's a couple of things that have been pissing me off of late:
Britney Blasted for Making Two-Year-Old a Paparazzi Target
Britney Spears' love rival Shar Jackson has blasted the pop star and her ex Kevin Federline for turning her life into a paparazzi nightmare. The actress fears Spears' decision to allow photographers to snap a family portrait with herself, fiance Federline and his two-year-old daughter with Jackson, Cory, has endangered her child's safety. Jackson was far from happy when she saw the "family portrait" on the front cover of America's People magazine last month - and not just because it featured her daughter with her superstar stepmother-to-be. She says, "I can't leave her (Cory) alone. You know how sometimes you take your kids to the park, you let them run around. I can't do that. I have to sit there and watch her like an eagle now. It's very, very scary. Somebody came in my backyard and was like trying to take pictures through the house. I called the cops." Jackson is determined not to let the same thing happen to her newborn baby son Kaleb. She adds, "She (Britney) hasn't even met Kaleb yet."
Usually I don't give a royal shit about Britney Spears and little Monkey See Monkey do proteges like Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. Sex with them is probably as disposable as scraping a dull twin blade razor across your scrotum and tossing it in the trash. But I saw this picture at the supermarket check out and I thought how much I would like to kick both her and her fiance in the teeth - just for playing around with this little girl's psyche. I mean, what the fuck is wrong with this Britney Spears? Where does she get the freakin' right to pose with someone who is not their illegitmate child? Britney- go pop out one of your own with that fucking loser whose family you destroyed with a mere wave of your multi-million dollar hand and go exploit that kid. Goddamn, I hate step parenting- I wish it was made against the law. And goddamn, her records really suck too. I fail to see as what is so original about her that people keep buying her record.
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