Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blake - Look Forward to Next Year

It's my brother's birthday. He's 8 years my elder making him 37. I found this clip from The Simpsons season 17 episode 11 "On a Road to Doh'where."

Blake, you should watch the whole episode, I think you'd draw a lot of parallels in your life from it. That said, there's always 'snickers pie' to look forward to. Happy Birthday.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Rating / Review: The End Times of Bram & Ben

Written By: James Asmus
Written By: Jim Festante
Art By: Rem Broo
Cover By: Rem Broo
Price: $12.99
For readers age 16+

The cult-hit, Manning Award-nominated miniseries gets collected with bonus content! When the Biblical apocalypse starts, charming bastard Bram Carlson is raptured into Heaven in a "clerical error." After he’s sent back to Earth, Bram decides to cash in the end of the world for all it’s worth! But can his anxious roommate Ben save his friend from himself—and the mounting forces of Armageddon?

End Times of Bram and Ben is 2 parts Kevin Smith's Dogma, 1 part the CW's Reaper, shaken in sophomoric Meatballs comedy, poured over Spaced-reminiscent characters, and served in beautiful Chew-esque art.

This is a fun book that will sit well with those willing to laugh at religion. Readers who appreciate any of the aforementioned cultural references will likewise enjoy and appreciate this collected comic series. Readers who aren't familiar with any of those references and are offended easily might want to pick something else.

Trent's Rating: 3 to 3.5 /4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rating / Review: Action Comics #29

Action Comics #29

Story Tellers
Art: Aaron Kuder
Written: Greg Pak
Superman must protect the sub-terrans from Ghost Soldier and the U.S. Armed Forces! Is he about to become Public Enemy #1?

This issues plays on the ole heart strings of this over-sized comic book fan, but Pak does a beautiful job of showing that Superman really does care that much, that he truly feel responsible for all living creatures' protection -- and when Supes is forced to deal with the fact that he can't protect everyone, everything, that is when we get our best Superman stories.
Trent's Rating: 4/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Rating / Review: Action Comics #28

Action Comics #28

Story Tellers
Art: Aaron Kuder
Written: Greg Pak
Who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military’s battle with subterranean monsters?

This is one of the best looking covers I've seen in a very long time. I liked it so much in fact, I have it framed and hanging in my home as a piece of art.
Trent's Rating: 3/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Rating / Review Action Comics #27

Action Comics #27

Story Tellers
Art: Aaron Kuder
Written: Greg Pak
Superman takes on the brutal Beast Lord as startling revelations are made about our Earth’s underground world! Plus: more on the mysterious Ghost Soldier!

Trent's Rating: 3.5/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Billionaire, Old White Man Is Angry - Also His American Dream Is SUPER Wet

The contradictions in this had me audibly LAWLing. 

The following are my thoughts after reading the above email.

David Green in his 5.5 million-square-foot distribution warehouse in Oklahoma City
Photo: Forbes
I don't know when agency and accountability for one's own choices come into play in religious beliefs, but the choice to pay or not pay is pretty binary. I applaud anyone who stands up for his/her beliefs. Don't do something if you don't believe in it, and then accept the consequences as a true testament to your beliefs (remind me again of that one guy who asked if there was other options, made a choice and accepted the consequences....).

I WHOLLY understand the burden put on SMALL business owners in caring for their employees. AND I too have had to ask for help from the masses to stay afloat [without a doubt the single hardest thing I've ever had to do - those who know my aversion to asking for/accepting help are nodding your heads right now].

However, a call-to-arms (actually there isn't even a call to anything in the email... it's more of a... Oh, life is hard cuz I'm SUPER rich and Christian, rant) to help someone's continued "American Dream" - someone who owns 500+ Franchised Stores in 41 States - oozing in patriotic and dogmatic rhetoric... well... shit. It just hurts my guts, especially as someone chasing the American Dream (not someone who is seemingly laying in the aftermath of its $3 billion nocturnal emission).

So I'm sharing this, because David Green, the poor owner of a $3 BILLION franchise, is calling out the "liberal media" for not cuming in to cover his problems.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Church of Reason

Robert Pirsig and Son
Robert Pirsig and Son
The real University, he said, has no specific location. It owns no property, pays no salaries and receives no material dues. The real University is a state of mind. It is that great heritage of rational thought that has been brought down to us through the centuries and which does not exist at any specific location. It’s a state of mind which is regenerated throughout the centuries by a body of people who traditionally carry the title of professor, but even that title is not part of the real University. The real University is nothing less than the continuing body of reason itself.

In addition to this state of mind, “reason,” there’s a legal entity which is unfortunately called by the same name but which is quite another thing. This is a nonprofit corporation, a branch of the state with a specific address. It owns property, is capable of paying salaries, of receiving money and of responding to legislative pressures in the process.

But this second university, the legal corporation, cannot teach, does not generate new knowledge or evaluate ideas. It is not the real University at all. It is just a church building, the setting, the location at which conditions have been made favorable for the real church to exist.

Confusion continually occurs in people who fail to see this difference, he said, and think that control of the church buildings implies control of the church. They see professors as employees of the second university who should abandon reason when told to and take orders with no backtalk, the same way employees do in other corporations.

They see the second university, but fail to see the first.

Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Ch. 13

The Church of Reason, like all institutions of the System, is based not on individual strength but upon individual weakness. What's really demanded in the Church of Reason is not ability, but inability. Then you are considered teachable. A truly able person is always a threat.

Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Ch. 30

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Up For A Stictcher Award...? Really?

Really though, this blows my mind. But - if we're up for it, I might as well beg for your votes. You can vote once a day and voting is open through the 13th of January. And remember, vote for ALL the SModco shows! (a special video for those who scroll to the bottom of this post)

Also, be sure to vote for Q's pod as well as Roman Mars' 99% Invisible

Now, you know what to do-

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rating / Review: Daredevil #32

DAREDEVIL (2011) #32

Published: October 23, 2013
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Mark Waid
Cover Artist: Chris Samnee
Price: $2.99
The Man Without Fear--trapped in a nightmare situation!Something final is building in Daredevil's life--and building fast!

Par for the course, another great book. Not as powerful as the previous issue, but still better than almost every other comic on the rack. Getting a glimpse of the way Samnee draws Dr. Strange had be pining for a full-blown Samnee Strange book -or I could at least settle for a Defenders one-shot. Waid wrote some great one-liners, that are going into my list of greatest quotes, ever.

"Justice may be blind, but it isn't deaf." -MM/DD

"He who controls the narrative controls the audience, and you're all the audience, every one of you." -The Jester

 Verdict: 4 out of 4 ATOMIC BETA MeV’s.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Rating / Review: DAREDEVIL #31

DAREDEVIL (2011) #31

DAREDEVIL (2011) #31

Penciller (cover): Chris Samnee
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee
Rating: Rated T+
Price: $2.99

The Jester returns! And it is no laughing matter.Plus: Meet Matt's new law partner!Plus PLUS...News from Hank Pym!

WOW! As a comic book shop owner, I am absolutely shocked that more people A-aren't reading the monthly issues of this book- and B-aren't picking up the TPBs of this series. The Waid and Sammnee team knock another one so far out of the park, they had to put them in their own league. This issue beautifully deals with contemporary social issues without being heavy-handed (a task many have tried and few have succeeded -think Speedy does heroine vs Civil War...). Not to mention the continued Foggy/cancer story which -every time they touch on it- makes me cry. I give this 4 out of 4 ATOMIC BETA MeV’s!