Hey! A sponsor!*
These ads keep getting funnier and funnier. It's like some strange boobie evolutionary progression.
You're Superman and you happen to be flying past a costume party when your X-Ray vision notices that Robin Hood has accidentally mistaken a real arrow for the cardboard one he was supposed to be using for a party game. He's about to William Tell some kid, so you have to ACT FAST!
Just unbelievably busy. Some things have to be put on hold, I'm afraid.
You would not believe the year I'm having...
Anyhoo.. here's a funny from my favorite daily web comic, SMBC:
Still feeling a bit .. off.. and not really up to a full-fledged post, so here's a halfway finished 'shop that you.. yes YOU! .. can help out with by supplying Sluggo's punchline! Whee!
Tonight, the Treasure Valley Roller Girls are bouting in the biggest venue they've ever been in. See, the Idaho Stampede (NBA affiliate) has worked a deal with them to cross-promote and allow the girls to use the Idaho Qwest Arena for a one time, see-how-it-goes bout during a prime-time weekday. Needless to say, everyone's more than excited ... and more than a little nervous!
This is a huge venue (well, huge for Boise, anyway), and we're really not expecting to come close to filling it up - but any halfway decent showing will have massive ramifications on the future of Roller Derby in the area. I expect my Tivo to pick up all sorts of local broadcasts tonight with colorful news segments featuring the on-the-spot girly reporter trying to skate in a circle before jokingly being "hit" by an actual TVR girl, "*Ouch!* Well, it's really harder than it looks.. back to you, Bob!"
Anyway, as head scorekeeper, I'll be dealing with the jumbotron and the logistics of adapting it to roller derby scoring nomenclature. And on actually working it properly. I'm sure it'll be a mess. Derby scoring is more constant than even basketball, and it takes a lot of communication with the officials to make it work smoothly. There are often corrections, too.. something you never like to see on a live scoreboard.
Well, it's sure to be an experience, at any rate... Oh! And a bonus of having such a large media machine behind this bout... You get to watch it!
That's right.. tune in here at 7pm Mountain (9pm Eastern) and watch a live streaming broadcast of a Treasure Valley Roller Derby bout! You'll certainly see the Roller Girl at some point.. and, if you're lucky and I'm actually on the floor, maybe even me!
If, for some reason, my embedding doesn't stick, you can watch from the TVR girls main page: http://www.treasurevalleyrollergirls.net
From the genius that brought you "Rise and Fall of the Nazi Dinosaurs," comes the next greatest thing ever...
Well, things have certainly been busy this week for a halfway decent out-of-work mandolin player who can show up for late-night events when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday!
Here at The Want List, we have a few sacred cows we like to celebrate every now and then. And, it helps when one of our most treasured turns out to have its very own delicious holiday! So...
I watched your Watchmen last night.
It's a move that I was - quite literally - waiting 20 years to see. And not see. You see, as I grew older and re-read the book over and over again (I was one of those die-hard comic geeks that made a point of reading the book every year since I was 18. Some folks read a yearly Shakespeare, some re-read Heart of Darkness or watch Citizen Kane ... me? I did Watchmen. Every year.), I became increasingly convinced that it would never translate to film very well, in spite of my first teenage impressions of how bitchin' a movie would be. Several key elements could only be captured through the unique pacing of comics - it's camera was not the theater's camera.
Jon slow internal monologue on Mars. The Laurie / Comedian reveal. The ending, by God! - that would never work on film! Veidt as smarter-than-everyone (personally, I think you missed that one). Rorschach (which Haley absolutely NAILED). The costume sex (Zack? Please. That was unnecessary. You know what I'm talking about). The alternate time period and style. The massive character development. All of the background material that fleshed out the world with a subtlety I couldn't imagine working in film.
Part of me was relieved each time a planned film version was scrapped. It made the possibility of me having another "No, really.. the comic is soooo much better than that god-awful movie!" conversation with my non-comic friends that much further away.
So, understand that I went into this thing with (I think) realistic expectations. If not completely on the bottom of the low side. I went to honor a promise I made to my 18-year old self. I was in a large group of people - a nice mix of people who were familiar with the book / extremely familiar with the book / just finished it before the movie (including the Roller Girl) / didn't know anything about it going in.
And even though I know that no film version of Watchmen would ever be a perfect match for what I thought of in my head 20 years ago when I first was reading it (and my version would certainly disappoint scores of other fans), and even though I know (indeed, expected) elements of the book would have to be changed to better fit the vehicle of film, I have to say - that as a movie taken on it's own ... with all you had to work with to give it a proper adaption... based on all of the after-movie discussions..
Hey! There's some kinda weird new movie opening this week! Not sure what it's about, really. Based on the trailers, it looks like a live action Gorillaz video... or The Goddamn Blue Man GroupTM... or some sort of super-hero latex costume porn thing. Not that I've ever watched anything like that, mind you!*
Anyhoo, let's take that opportunity, mix it up with that 'ol Sluggo panel, and make it into a (sorta) theme (semi) quickie (half) week!
I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day. If you "celebrate" that sort of thing, that is. Me? I hate that damn forced "holiday" - for various and sundry reasons which I won't go into here.
Still.. we had our fun, in our own way*...
Nothing like this, though**:
Not one bit***.
Almost a quickie. Once I saw the cover and had the idea, the rest was surprisingly easy!
Well.. it's kinda romantic... when you think about it... sorta.
Totally stolen from Adam. Blame him. But to be fair, when the panels are that good to begin with, I just can't help it. Plus, it's getting near that dang holiday, so it's kinda appropriate. I guess.
So... what'd I miss?
Let's see... Big summer cross-overs are done. That's good. Comics are now $3.99?!? Criminy!! The Watchmen movie "potential boatloads of cash" lawsuit has been settled. Ehh. Batman died...
What, again!? Sheesh!