So, this week mainly I had to work on Powergirl, Jonah Hex and a number of other things, but the real big pain in my arm was a spider bite I got on Sunday that blew up to a weird golf ball sized bump Monday and by Tuesday am was a fun filled doctor appointment for antibiotics that would last all week. You know when you hear those commercials about the side effects of medicines on TV…and they say an estimated 5% of the people taking the drug may have dizziness, diarrhea and some other weird shit? Well, I found out I am part of the lucky 5%. The good news is the bump is going down daily and I have one more day of pill abuse to deal with. I really like spiders, find them fascinating and am glad they are around to capture and eat mosquitoes, but this week, any that get in my way will die an untimely death.
The other thing that drove me nuts was playing that Monsters vs. Aliens game for the ps3. It’s for kids it says, so I played it and hit a wall…took an hour to figure out something, then hit another wall, then…I took the game out of my console and the actual game disc hit my living room wall. To the crew that worked on that game, I hope you all get stuck in traffic each and every day for the next month on the way to your video game job. Shit like that drives me crazy. I actually paid good money for that abuse…and I soooo loved the movie. On to the odds and ends…
THE ART OF JOE JUSKO: I bet any amount of money you have a book with a Joe Jusko cover on it somewhere in your collection. Want to know why? It’s because you have good taste. I have been a fan of his work for many years and he has been a good friend of mine for just as many and I am proud to show off his new collection of his work published by desperado publishing. This is a giant career spanning collection in beautiful color showing just how diverse this man can be with his art. I was lucky enough to have Joe do all the covers to mine and Justin Gray’s 21 Down series, as well as a number of books after. Ask your retailer about this and have them order it. Really…it is just plain spectacular on every level. You have never seen vampire babes, dinosaurs, jungle people and superheroes look this good.
DRAG ME TO HELL: SEE THIS NOW
Well, it is Sam Raimi so I had to run and see it and I sure was glad I did. Reminded me of those wonderful E.C. comics where bad things happen to bad and good people. Everything worked in this film for me and I can’t remember a time when I laughed and cringed so much in so little time. I don’t want to ruin this for anyone, so instead of wasting your money on terminator, or land of the lost, or another mess, run and see drag me to hell ASAP. The only thing that could have made this movie better was having Sam Raimi showing up in the end credits and him announcing he isn’t going to be doing any more Spiderman movies. I really loved this flik.
TERMINATOR SALVATION: spoiler’s here: honestly, I liked the first three better but thought this was…entertaining at best. You may hate the third one, but it took a lot of abuse for nothing compared to this latest movie. At least the third one was fun and moved the story ahead. I felt this grim tale really had no reason to ever be told and it failed on a number of issues with me. Forget that if you really do start thinking about the time line it all falls apart…really, by the second movie Cameron knew this and bailed from making more for a good reason. Visuals were great, action cool…even the acting was fine, but the idea was just plain dumb on a number of levels and it made the biggest mistake a movie like this could ever do…if left me not caring what happened to anyone. Don’t get me started about using kids as main characters, or how they have a signal that can nullify anything created by the machines and they never once test it on a guy that they think is a spy from them. How about the machine can read all large heat signals all over the planet and go after them, but they cannot read where the airbases the resistances jets leave from…and on and on… There was just so much transformers crap going on in this flick I found it hard to care about anyone or anything…and let’s be honest, Christian Bales character must have been a machine, because he took 2 helicopter crashes, gets slammed into steel walls and a spike thru his chest and then what happens? They take the heart out of the one machine that can actually fight the machines from the inside and “terminate” him to save the life of a leader that cannot seem to follow the orders of the people in charge of him. This was a true summer movie. I think the worst thing is I really wanted this to be good so bad I was kind of caught off guard watching it unfold. Maybe next time.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 : not.
MY HISTORY WITH DEBBIE GIBSON: Years ago, I went out with a very talented gal named Carrie Johnson. Check her out.
Carrie was and still is an amazing singer /songwriter and one of her regular gigs was singing background for a lot of pop singers at the time. She worked with some greats including Natalie Cole and some not so greats like Samantha fox. Anyway, she also worked with a really sweet gal named Debbie Gibson who had a lot of bubblegum pop hits in the mid eighties. She lived in a spectacular house in long island and a lot of the time, I would go to the house and pick up Carrie, hang with her and Debbie and so on. Well…its 2009 and I always wondered what happened to Debbie, and then this trailer came along and all my questions have been answered. Ladies and gentlemen, Deborah Gibson starring in MEGA SHARK VS GIANT OCTOPUS!
THE BEST COMMERCIALS YOU WILL NEVER SEE: trust me, these are just amazing and points to Ameriquest for having the balls to try to get away with these on primetime TV.
JACK KIRBY LIVES: oh, maybe not, but a band called Kirby Krackle does and I want you all to give it a shot by visiting their web site. This band is fronted by good friend and lover of comics, Jim Demonakos and his buddy Kyle Stevens. The entire album is dedicated to comic books, video games, zombies and chicks…and there is nothing wrong with that. Seriously, this is good catchy music.
FLASHBACK TO THE PAST: when I was going to the high school of art and design at the end of the 70’s I had a friend I used to hang out with that was not only a fantastic artist, but a great singer and one of the sweetest guys I knew. My friend John Varriano lived in queens where his father was one of a dying breed of cement sculptors in NYC and he had passed along his talent to his son. Anyway, I haven’t heard of seen john since 1980 and a mutual friend of ours sent me this piece from the NY times, with a video in the article and I am glad to see he is still painting up a storm. Give it a read; it’s amazing what happens to friends over the years.
AND LAST…a shout out to all you people posting here. For some reason I am getting around 5 e mails a day telling me the Newsarama posting isn’t working. Listen up…I can help: write your response, hit post…when that page comes up saying this and that, how it won’t post or whatnot, hit the back arrow, scroll down to your post and hit post again. It will work a second time.
See you guys in a few, and let me know how YOU feel about all this…lol. And Brandon thanks for taking Amanda to Ikea. I owe you a lunch.