Thursday, May 25, 2006

Radio Free Mick

I'm going to be on the radio tomorrow night, talking about X-men 3: The Last Stand.

I'm just a board op there, but the hosts of our live Friday night show know I'm a comic book geek, so they sent me to a pre-screening and interviewed me about it yesterday. It should air sometime tomorrow night between 9 and 10. I don't know exactly when. You can hear it live here or, you can listen to it after it airs here.

I have no idea whether or not I'll sound like an idiot. I didn't have a lot of time to prepare, and I was kind of nervous. I think I was concentrating a little too hard on making sure I didn't say "fuck."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

My own Free Comic Book Day

So, here's the thing. I can't go to Free Comic Book Day. I've got the first draft of a 15-20 page research paper due tomorrow (tomorrow's Sunday, yeah, but I have to e-mail it to my professor), the final draft of a 10-12 research paper due Friday, and my final Journalism paper due Tuesday. I've been very cranky, very angsty, very stressed.

Knowing that I just didn't have the time to go to FCBD, my lovely girlfriend went for me, to Earthworld, our local comic shop.

And that wonderful creature bought me the first three issues of "Planet Hulk," The Incredible Hulk #'s 92-94. It's the first new funnybook stuff I've had in months.

Of course, I told her she'd opened Pandora's Box. I'd been restricting myself to reprints, and now I'm going to have to get all the "Planet Hulk" stuff as it comes out. I'll probably sell the floppies once it's over and get myself the Oversized HC once it comes out.

She also got herself a signed Wolverine sketch from John Hebert (this year was the first year, I think, that Earthworld had an industry professional visiting for FCBD) and issues 13 and 14 of Astonishing X-men. As far as FCBD stuff goes, she got Tokyopop Sneaks, The Fantagraphics Funny Book, Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure, Superior Showcase #0, and Batman Strikes!. Some of the stuff was from last year. She said the store was pretty crowded, otherwise I'm sure she would've picked up X-men/Runaways, since her most moisture-inspiring superhero is on the cover.

Thank you, my lovely Nicole.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Urethra: Canada's New Crimefighter

Last night, at the end of a Canadian news radio show called As It Happens, there were two stories with a strong thematic connection, though the show's hosts failed to reveal any outward signs that they were conscious of it.

I only caught the very end of the second-to-last story, but the host said the woman she had just finished interviewing was a member of an organization called "I.P. Justice."

The last story was about a man who has developed a substance to help law enforcement quell violent protesters. It's a kind of slimy liquid that's hosed all over the ground and causes the protesters to slip and, in the words of the developer, "fall on their butts."

In describing the liquid, he said it was "white," "sticky," and "slimy."

Justice takes different forms in Canada, but it all comes from the same place.

Hell, if Marvel does eventually end up starting a new Alpha Flight series, they should borrow from these stories. Kinda gross, sure, but it would be an improvement on their previous marketing strategies for the team (i.e., "Buy it! They're Canadian!").

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Superman Returns trailer

I haven't made the rounds to check, but I'm sure I'l be blogger #35645643 to mention the new online Superman Returns trailer.

The thing is, even though it isn't mentioned at all in the trailer and I think it's a safe bet to assume it won't be alluded to in the film, but I guess I kind of felt a post-9/11 thing going on, particularly with Lois saying "How could you leave us like that?"

Which made it feel very weird to see, at the end of the trailer, Superman tearing the wings off a jet.