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Thursday, August 6th, 2009
9:13 am - Yet another comic that speaks truth to reality...
by Tatsuya Ishida

You know, I should really start doing comics for Lord Orcus again... I keep ducking his calls.
Blogged with the Flock Browser

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
3:35 pm - For the Comic Nerds

Because it's true.
Blogged with the Flock Browser

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9:50 am - Poll-ish Science Time Again!
Okay, here's a poll that all of you can get into...

So, you have been given one of the following animals to be your Nasty Beast and Protector, devouring anyone who opposes you or simply gets in your way. Which one is it?
Poll #1440098 Hungry Friends

There can be only one ravenous protector!

Prairie Dog
Naturally, if you have other Nasty Beasts in mind, feel free to enter CommentDome!
(and yes, pick one of the above, dammit...)

Hmmm... Even I have one: Hoojib. Ah, well, maybe next time. Nothing beats an underfed telepathic bunnything from space.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
11:10 am - Updates and Stuff
As usual, I've been too damned busy lately to keep up with LJ. Heck, I've been too busy to adequately keep up with Facebook or Twitter, really. Life is currently a blur, what, with all the work, hot weather, kids, family, work and numerous other things I've got going on right now. But don't worry, it's all good times. Even my mom is doing very well. She has adjusted nicely to the chemo and has managed to keep the weight loss to healthy level. She was even talking about buying a 2-piece bathing suit-- something she hasn't done since before I was born. While it might be strange to envision my mother in that kind of swimwear, I'm incredibly happy to see her doing better. On Thursday she and my dad will be up visiting for a few days, and I'll be sure to get some pics to show you guys her improvement.

Aside from my mom on the upswing, the boys are growing fast, and I'm scrambling for time to work on this 4 issue comic series I've been hired to do. I can't talk about it, but I will say it's a pretty cool story that I get to script out and add all of my weirdness to where it needs the weirdness. There are multiple other projects going on, too, as well as some of my comics work finally hitting stores and stuff. Publishing is a slow business it seems, but I've learned to be a patient man.

While The Spark (which I adapted) doesn't come out until September, the company I work for, Studio 407, does have Smuggling Spirits available in beautiful hardback form. Smuggling Spirits will appeal to many of you, as it's nice, dark and supernatural with a very "Sin City" look (and to be honest, I like it waaaay better than Sin City, but YMMMV). Preview it here. The Spark is something that you lot who enjoy teen hero stories aimed at slightly older teen and up audiences will dig. And hey, for around $13 USD you get to experience what are probably the first occurrences of the words "jacktard" and "darkwaver" in comic books (I could be wrong about "darkwaver", but I'm pretty sure "jacktard" is unused or very rare, at least. You can preview it here. (Note: these preview pages look like an earlier version of the translation, but it'll give you a good idea of what to expect.)

Moving on past shameless promotion, here is something in the news I found to be rather disturbing (added emphasis mine):

'An Australian radio show has been suspended after a co-host quizzed a 14-year-old about her sex life on air. Kyle Sandilands, co-host of the Kyle and Jackie O Show on the 2Day FM station in Sydney, also lost his role as a judge on Australian Idol over the row. The Kyle and Jackie O Show has been put "into recess" pending a review by the station. The live program, aired last week, involved testing a lie detector machine on the teen, known as Rachel. The girl was strapped to a polygraph machine while her mother, who agreed to the test, queried her about her sexual history. Rachel broke down and admitted she had been raped when she was just 12 years old. Sandilands, who has a reputation as a shock jock, carried the incident further by asking: "Right, and is that the only sexual experience you've had?"'

Is that fucked up or what? Someone should beat that guy with sticks. Hell, if I'm flown there I will stuff him into a bag and beat him with sticks myself. Ugh.

And that ends my update. Vance has to potty again, and after that it's cleaning up the home... we had a bunch of kids over yesterday and the results bring a whole new meaning to "carpet bombing".

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Friday, July 31st, 2009
4:00 pm - Enterprising Stuff
I seem to have forgotten to post a link to my rather rambling bullet-point ridden write-up of my Star Trek: Enterprise thoughts. Read it here.

In my spare time these last few weeks or so, I've watched all four seasons. I have to say I quite enjoyed it. Hope you dig the "article". Soon I'll start making my way through Andromeda. :)

Also, I may do something about "One Season Wonders" in the near future, and maybe even something else if I re-watch Nemesis. We'll see.

Hope y'all are well, and to you fellow PNWers, I hope you've been holding up in this heat!

Also, also, today has been a great day, full of awesomeness and fortune.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
12:08 pm - I present to you...
...The greatest music video ever created.

I'm sure I've shown it before at some point, but Revo always bears repeating.

current mood: Revo HOT

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Monday, July 20th, 2009
10:40 am - Icon test drive
Just taking this new icon out for a spin... Image courtesy of winneganfake.

And no, I never get sick of tacos. At least not yet.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009
3:25 pm - New RPG Review
I think I forgot to mention that the new RPG REVIEW is out and free for the taking. Just go here and get the PDF!

This issue:

Administrivia and Editorial
Hot Gossip: Industry News
B. Dennis Sustare Interview & Article
Sorcery & Demons and Mimesis Designer's Notes
Age of Fable: Online Text-Based Roleplaying
RuneQuest Tribes of Eyah
Spent Chambers, Empty Shells: A Feng Shui Western
Young Gods: Champions meets Deities & Demigods QAD
Star Trek XI Movie Review
Lord Orcus Listens!

Another great installment brought by a freaking awesome group of contributors-- and it wouldn't be possible without the most excellent tcpip!
You rock, Lev.

And as a personal plug: Yes, Lord Orcus is back doling out advice and baby heart nuggets of wisdom to us petty mortals.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
3:10 pm - Teasings

(click on it to embiggin)

It was only a matter of time be for I was roped into something to do with the undead.
Art by Nicolás Peña

More on this soon!

In other news, the infernal device I am developing to give me a 30 hour day is progressing nicely. Just needs a few more baby hearts...

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
11:05 am - Here's one for the Warmongers reading.
Howdy hi, folks. Time for another poll, and this one is for those of you who enjoy military history. The following poll consists of some of the wars I love to study (and use for story fodder). So yeah, pick your favorite!

Poll #1429765 War...

...What is it good for?

World War II
World War I
Crimean War
Franco-Prussian War
The Winter War and The Continuation War
The Seven Years War
The Boer Wars
The Hundred Years War
The Peloponnesian War
The Warring States Period

Once again, I wish more options were available. But hey, that's okay! Just pick which one of those you dig the best and then talk about your favorite war to read about in the comments. Or even break down your choice. For instance, many would consider the Soviet-Finnish wars to be a part of WWII, while The Hundred Years War and The Warring States Period are comprised of many individual wars and conflicts.

And sure, bring on some fictional wars, too!

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Monday, July 13th, 2009
12:55 pm - And now a special update from Vance, age 3
Vance would like you to know the following... So pay attention!

Vikings are cool. Plunder is awesome.

See? Tacos make the best plunder.


And yes, he can say "Daddy! The taco! It beckons!!!"

Enjoy your day. :)

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Friday, July 10th, 2009
12:25 pm - Oh no, it's the Pollishings!
Now for a new poll. Why not, I ask. Why. Not.

But before we get started, I'd like to direct your attention here. My buddy Matthew McLean and I are working on a project called DAUNTLESS, and it's currently in need of an artist. The concept is simple: Take Sir Francis Drake + an English Spymaster + the Spanish + the New World and multiply that with madness and tentacles. Madness! If you want to skip Matt's eloquent description of the project, you can go right for the jugular and read the script for issue #1 here. Sure, we could go through the usual channels for an artist, but we thought we do an Open Call and see who's interested. I can't promise much in the way of spoils aside from eternal glory* in Her Majesty's service. Oh, yeah, here's my email addy: steve (at) studio-407 (dot) com

(*and complete and utter madness)

And here's the poll... Instead of focusing on TV this time, I thought we could do something historical and still light enough for those of you who don't really jive with Ze History.

Out of this lot, who's your favoured explorer man-person?

Poll #1427941 Finding new lands! Meeting new peoples! And subjegating them for fun, profit and Gawd.

Well, who, then?

Sir Francis Drake
Christopher Columbus
Marco Polo
John Cabot
James Cook
Thor Heyerdahl
Ferdinand Magellan
Prince Henry the Navigator
George Vancouver
Sir Walter Raleigh

Sadly, the poll allows for only so many choices... So I encourage you to pick one from the above and talk about your fave explorer not listed-- real or otherwise!

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009
12:30 pm - More Poll; Moar T'Pol
Welcome to The Science, my friends. How about more Great Pollish Action? Great! I thought you'd dig it.

Today's Poll concerns canceled Sci Fi TV shows... And maybe one that isn't quite SF, but I love it so I included it. I also forgot Dr. Who on yesterday's poll... To those Whovians oot there: I'm terribly sorry.

Here we go!

Poll #1427454 Taken Out and Shot

Which of the following canceled shows do you miss the most?

Star Trek: Enterprise
Space: Above and Beyond
Odyssey 5
The Dresden Files
Time Trax
Max Headroom
The Starlost

It's pretty much all over the place... But which one do you wish was back??

NOTE: If Firefly doesn't win this, I'll be surprised. I love Firefly, myself, but I loved S:AAB a wee bit more.

And for participating in Ze Science, I give you this wonderful image:

As usual, click on it to make it bigger!

The above is a Yetti that appears in an upcoming Salvus story, The Horns of Triglav. The art is executed by the highly talented Freedom Drudge.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
10:58 am - Poll time!
Hey, it's been awhile since I did a poll, okay?

Let's keep it simple. I've been watching Enterprise, and aside from the theme song (DEAR GOD WHY???), it's really not so bad. Anyways, this makes me think of great sci-fi TV shows... so here are a few to pick from. Decide: Which is the best?

Poll #1426946 Handful of Sci-Fi Shows

There can be only ONE.

Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica (new series)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Lost in Space
Blake's 7
The Prisoner
Star Trek: The Original Series
Stargate SG-1

Look, there are a LOT of SF shows... and a LOT I like and dislike. I picked a few of the best, which are my personal faves. These are mostly "space" SF shows, too, with a couple exceptions. I didn't include Firefly because it wasn't around all that long. Sure, I love it; but I may love the concept and "what could have been" more than the series itself. Still, it was a great show and I hope we see something of it's ilk in the future at some point. Another personal fave I didn't add was Space: Above and Beyond.

Hmmm... maybe the next poll should concern shows that were cut down way too soon?

And for your vote, here is yet another great Transformers comic panel:

Clicking on the image makes it EVEN BETTER.
Be sure to pick up Best of UK Transformers: Time Wars from IDW!!

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
9:50 am - And now an update...
I'm really slam-banged with work currently, and I'll have a lot to report soon enough about my life and such. But, until then, I leave you with perhaps one of the greatest comic book panels of all time!

(Click on ze image to Biggertron it.)

Source: UK Transformers Annual 1988: "Altered Image" (Where Megatron and Galvatron fight!!!!)
Reprinted in Transformers - Best of UK: Time Wars #1 by IDW Publishing

Note: Dan Abnett did some writing on these!!

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
10:32 am - Lord Orcus Listens...
Okay, so my most dreaded Lord Orcus needs questions to answer for the next LORD ORCUS LISTENS, which will be in the Summer edition of RPG Review.

Fire away!

Don't forget to add how you'd like to be credited! Thanks. :)

(Note: Questions can be nerdy in nature, related to gaming usually; but feel free to ask whatever and we'll try to fit it in. Also, while you're at the RPG Review site, check out the first 3 issues-- it's great stuff... and free!)

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009
1:37 am - And now for an important update...

That is all.

current mood: tacos

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Monday, June 15th, 2009
1:10 pm - And some other things...
The Secret Cross comic is nearing "ready for public consumption" status. For your enjoyment (hopefully) here's pages 2 through 4, nice and complete, from Humanity in the Execution, the first chapter in the Secret Cross saga: Check 'em oot here. This first chapter will appear in the UK anthology FTL, starting off in two 6-page installments. Speaking of FTL, if you go to that link, I've posted the direct link to FTL #1-- which you can read online in its entirety! Trust me, it's really damned good.

Other items of note: Friday was Sharon's birthday. How can a woman now in her late 30s still stay so gorgeous? How, I ask?? Has she been stealing my baby hearts when I haven't been looking? Sneaky wife-unit.

Vance turns 3 on Tuesday. Yes, we have a big party planned, complete with bouncy castle. How sad is it when you're too freaking busy and need to hire a party planning service? Heh. When we start using the maid service (and we probably will-- at least monthly), I think we'll have finally made it to Upper Middle Class Jerk status. Although once my shoulder is fixed, I'll be doing the lawn again. I could be a billionaire and I would still mow my own lawn. It's the prinicple of the matter, you know?

Aside from being overworked and overstressed, things are good. Drake and Vance are all ready for Kindergarten and Pre-School, respectively. We're just as excited as they are, I think.

Alrighty, back to work and family. But mostly family.

And to quote vance right now: "Daddy! Daddy! I'm laughing! I'm laughing! And look! These cows and horses and dragons are going to find aliens!!"

That's my boy.

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12:45 pm - New family pics
Hey, it's been a little while since I've updated. Busy, etc etc, and this last weekend my parents were in town. They leave tomorrow, so I don't have too much time to post. Yesterday we went to Butchart Gardens, which I've never been to before. Wow! Totally worth the price of admission. The staff was very helpful and nice, and they even provided a wheelchair for free. I got a good workout pushing my mom around, and Drake and Vance took turns riding Grandma.

Wait, that's not supposed to sound so bad. Hmm...

Anyway, here's a few pictures:

I'm not going to lie to you. I wasn't prepared to see my mother after she's lost so much weight so quickly. Luckily, there's always Drake and Vance around to cheer everyone up. I cite you this example...

As always, click on those pictures to make them bigger. I didn't include any pictures with the oxygen tubes and stuff. Then the battery died on the camera before we could get Sharon in any of the pics... d'oh!

We're getting year-long passes to Butchart, as my mom would like to go back a few more times while she has the time and capability. She must also feel like I need to get in better shape... Man, there's a lot of hills there. Oof!

A great time was had and we ended the day with some great fish and chips from Naughty Nellie's, which is one of the best F&C places in town. Tonight? Tacos. Yessss... tacos.

So, how y'all doin'?

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm - Sorgon Offerings
I didn't want to post this with the last post, even if my mom was all cool about it. Just felt weird. Especially considering what Sorgon means in Old Low Franconic.

Below you will see an image. It will take you to Rolf Lejdegård's new, as of yet unlettered Sorgon pages:

And this is the last panel of the first story, Lithan. Just for you LJ friends out there...

It's beautiful.

In other news, we may have to change the Sorgon name. How was I to know a drug company would come up with it as a play on "Sore Gone"? Fucking herpes... fucking with my ideas!

If I had herpes then maybe there could be some justice in it.

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