Casting Internets

Writing, writing, writing, I did lots of writing. For CBR I covered Planetoid and Enormous.

Meanwhile, for Marvel I wrote about Ryan Stegman taking over on Fantastic Four, Jamie McKelvie taking over Defenders, Fred Van Lente’s issue of Hulk Smash Avengers, a Harley Davidson Avengers comic and Stegman’s Five Favorite Avengers.

In writing-my-friends-have-done news, Sean T. Collins not only reviewed Shia LaBeouf’s minicomics for The Comics Journal, but also interview the writer and artist for Rolling Stone. I think I might download one or two of these for my Fire. Expendables MiniMates are now a thing! Think of all the customizing options now!

Beer makes men smarter. Yes. Good. (via Esquire)

THR says that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are going to be in a new comedy shooting soon called Internship. Love those guys together.

I don’t have HBO, so I won’t be seeing Girls for a while, but I’m excited to. This THR interview with Judd Apatow from last week helped.

Finally got around to reading this Rolling Stone article from 1986 about the Monkees resurgence and reunion that they posted after Davy Jones passed away. I actually saw them on that tour with my parents and remember being personally insulted that Mike Nesmith didn’t do the tour.

Rolling Stone also talked to former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson about his upcoming poem book Letters To Kurt about Nirvana frontman Cobain. Sounds like an interesting project.

Erlandson also spoke to FuseTV and revealed that Cobain was working on a White Album-esque solo record when he died. Someone needs to get that into existence so I can hear it.

Less interesting to me than the fact that Stephen King is writing a amusement park serial killer novel called Joyland is that Neil Gaiman wrote about hanging out with him and and Joe Hill.

I really like Glen Brogan’s Where’s Waldo-inspired Jason wallpaper that you can download for free on Strange Kids Club.

Hey, remember the Hives? They have a new record coming out soon! (via RS)

I’m not the biggest fan of the name Thrillbent, but I am very excited to see what Mark Waid and John Rogers have planned for digital comics. This could be the future, folks.

In other digital comics news, DC is doing an out-of-continuity Batman comic that will be purely digital. Better yet? Jeff Parker is writing! (via Robot 6)

I’ve been enjoying the Only The Young Die Young Tumblr for a while now. So many great pictures and tracks posted on a daily basis. The guy who runs the site is in a band called The Agenda and recently posted all or most of their songs which I’ve really been digging these past few days. I don’t really care about Banshee, but I do like the idea of how crazy his family is. Therefore, I’m a fan of Luca Pizzari’s Project: Rooftop redesign of the characters.

The description for the upcoming James Bond game 007 Legends is fairly vague, even with a very long press release, but I’m still excited. (via SHH)

Casting Internets

I got to talk to Rob Liefeld about the return of Avengelyne, Eric Stephenson about the state of Image Comics and Cliff Rathburn about Reaper. It’s been a busy few weeks writing for CBR, but I feel like I’m finally getting in the swing of things.
Oh goodness, I love this werewolf/Coors Light combo that Dan Hipp created. Hipp did it again with this Dirty Harry/zombie mash-up. I would absolutely play that video game in a heartbeat.
Reading about the Beastie Boys’ new record Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 on Rolling Stone has me pretty interested in that record. Watching “Fight For Your Right Revisited” was less appealing, I saw it on Spike TV last night.

I’m really getting to like Scott Raab’s interviews on Esquire.com, this one with Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio is no exception.
In one of the worst kept secrets in comics, it was revealed this Wednesday that John Constantine would become part of the main DCU in this week’s conclusion to Brightest Day. Whatever. This just feels like a continuity headache to me. The real question, though is why he looks so damn French in this image from The Source.

My buddy Ben Morse says that Forge is the worst X-Man of all time and makes a very convincing argument for his case. I think y vote would have to go for Professor X though, he just keeps getting more dickish every year. Seems like I haven’t posted art in weeks and now this post is FULL of it. I love Planet Of The Apes, so, of course, I love Dave Perillo‘s POTA artwork. One day I hope to have an office covered in such pieces.

I waited too long to listen to this Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi and Jack White collaboration on Rolling Stone and now it’s gone, but I am definitely intrigued. Anyone know if White’s on the whole album or just a track?

Casting Internets

Haven’t seen a lot online that’s gotten me interested. Don’t really care about the X-Men: First Class images or the new Batman casting news (I’ll believe it when they start filming), so here’s what’s been on my radar lately.

Check out this list I wrote for Topless Robot about how Dark Skies is better than X-Files. I’m sure I’m getting crucified in the comments section, which is why I refuse to read them.

If you’re wondering what to watching on TV the rest of the week, check out my TV column on Maxim.com! Gotta love it when the TV Guide descriptions don’t exactly match up with the actual episode like this week’s How I Met Your Mother did.

If you haven’t been keeping up on my Tumblr you really should. Yesterday’s Ad It Up is pretty rad.

I’m in full support of collecting We3 in the Deluxe format, especially if it means including 10 new pages of story according to Vertigo. Seems like the best way to present such a visually interesting story.

Fabio Moon waxes poetic about writing and research for writing. In my experience he’s dead on.

Hey, Ricky Gervais might finally be appearing on the American Office as David Brent. Brilliant! (via TVLine)

And finally, a new way to pour beer (via Wired).

Coors Light Home Brew Commercial

I snapped a picture of these awesome refrigerator kegs at my local grocery store and posted it over on my Tumblr. But when I went to pick up some groceries this week, they were all gone! Seeing this commercial today during the Saints/Vikings game made regret not grasping the opportunity when I had the chance. I also wish Ditka would come to my house.

Our Whirlwind Tour Of The Midwest

I was going through the pictures on my phone and realized I had a bunch from our trip to Delaware, Columbus, Toledo and Valparaiso. Yeah, this is the same trip where we encountered the creepy clown in the bar. I’ll think you’ll get a kick out of at least a few of these. Let’s jump in shall we?Our buddy Heather took us to Eddie George Grille 27 (the added “e” makes it fancy, just ignore the 70 TVs playing sports, some of which aren’t even in season right now) in Columbus after our reunion shenanigans. They ordered deep fried cheeseburgers (the missus snapped a picture of hers with my phone at my request) while I got a deep fried Italian sandwich. Mine was awesome and so were the burgers. While visiting my parents in Toledo, the four of us all went to a Toledo Mudhens game (that’s the minor league team that feeds into the Detroit Tigers). I got the tickets for my dad for his birthday and the seats turned out to be pretty awesome. Also, the beer was cheap. And, to answer your inevitable question, no, I don’t know what a mudhen is.
The great thing about the new(ish) Mudhens stadium is that it looks like it was just dropped in the middle of downtown Toledo. You can see how there’s buildings all around it. Some of those are hotels and apartment buildings, so you can just hang out and watch a game from there. Of course, that also means you can get hit by a ball if you’re just walking down the sidewalk. I was disappointed to find that Tony Packos hot dogs were not served in the stadium, though there is a restaurant across the street. This is how close we sat to the bullpen, by the way.The next day we left for Indiana for my buddy Geof’s marriage to the lovely Eileen with my folks driving (they were also invited, though they probably would have driven us and gone back home if we asked cause they’re awesome). Just outside of Valparaiso we stopped at a rest stopped that a carload of my friends from Toledo also happened to stop at. It was all very serendipitous. Anyway, there was a little gift shop that had a ton of statues like the dragon and fairy here. I contemplated buying one as a wedding present, but the missus reminded me we already had a gift and I’m not that generous. And finally, the day after the wedding we had a crazy-early flight out of Midway in Chicago that my parents were nice enough to drive us to. While walking through this strange new place, I was delighted to see them celebrating Chicago’s two finest sons Jake and Elwood Blues. There were actually two statues, but with the sun coming in through those huge windows, this was the best I could get. The other photo was completely washed out. There you have it. It was a great trip filled with friends, family and fun, plus we didn’t have to drive out, so you can’t really go wrong with that!

They Say It Was My Birthday

Hey gang, you might have noticed a serious dip in posting over the weekend. That was because yesterday (Saturday) was my birthday. My folks came out from Toledo on Friday and spent the weekend with the missus and me. It was the first time in years that we saw each other on my actual birthday which was pretty cool. We got lunch at a great place in New Paltz, NY called The Gilded Otter. In addition to being a great little restaurant, the place is also a brewery where, instead of getting a beer, you can get what they call the Beer Garden which is eight shot-sized samples of their beers with a list explaining which was which. I’m pretty sure they were mislabeled, but it was still a lot of fun. We got a growler of one of them for later in the evening when some friends came over and we had a good old time hanging out, talking and playing electronic catchphrase. Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy b-day on Facebook, email and sent cards, like this one from my buddy Chad who’s in Japan right now.Super extra double thanks to everyone and anyone who hooked me up with one of these lovely gifts. Thanks to the Lost Season 5 DVDs, all the Nightmare On Elm Street movies and Modern Warfare 2, I’ll have plenty to watch and do. The Beatles CDs will keep my ears buzzing and I’ll look sick as hell wearing the Superman shirt while drinking out of the Green Lantern mug and playing with my 3 3/4-inch Freddy Krueger figure. Thanks again to everyone!