Casting Internets

Well, I wanted to stay a little more timely with Casting Internets, but with the holidays, I got WAY behind not just on doing posts, but also reading stuff. Over the past week, I got really caught up. Not much was worth linking to, but I do have a few here that were fun.

Even before hyping my own links, I’ve got to call out this amazing post from Topless Robot. My pal Rob Bricken tore through a Washington, D.C. news report about DC comic books not being appropriate for kids. Mind you, they are clearly labeled as not for kids. His indignation is palpable and amazing.

In addition to my daily posts over on Spinoff, I also wrote a really fun piece about Mattel and their DC action figures for CBR in addition to pieces about Hoax Hunters, Rebel Blood, Near Death, the Artifacts finale and I even helped out with the CBR Top 100 Comics of 2011!

I also wrote about Black Widow’s costumes for!Phil Noto drew Hellboy!

If you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan and saw the episode from a few weeks back, I highly recommend checking out the Puzzles website, especially the calendar and menu. Looks like quite the NYC hang out.

Whoa, there are 700 unreleased Thin Lizzy songs according to The Onion. They will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine. Maybe I should get the rest of their existing records, too. The Superman: Earth One book only looked interesting because of Shane Davis’ art, but the Batman version by Geoff Johns and the always amazing Gary Frank? I’ll buy that for some dollars. (via CBR)

I am definitely on board for this Bruce Lee documentary called I Am Bruce Lee. Like how they put it right on front street. (via /Film)

Casting Internets

Hey gang, this is going to be another long one with some fairly old links, but I think there’s a little something for everyone in here.

First and foremost, I have yet another blog I’m working on. In addition to UnitedMonkee and my dad blog Pop Poppa, I have also started a food blog called Monkeying Around The Kitchen. Check it out and enjoy! If you want to keep up on everything I write, follow me on Twitter @PoppaDietsch because everything gets linked there.

In other me news, I talked to Mark Kidwell about ’68 one-shots, Rick Veitch about The Big Lie, Justin Jordan about The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Paul Grist about Mudman, Dennis Hopeless about Lovestruck and Bob Schreck about the CBLDF Liberty Annual all for CBR.
I’m amazed that this is the first time I’ve ever even thought about a Warriors/Ramones mash-up. Thanks for enlightening me Nathan Stapley! (via Gallery 1988)

There’s been a lot of back and forth between Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen, Andrew Zimmern defended his fellow Travel Channel host on his blog. It’s a great read about food awareness and cooking.

Speaking of food blogs, I just discovered CB Cebulski’s Eataku. Everything he eats looks amazing.

Reading the Horror Movie A Day review for Twice Dead made me want to watch that movie again.
Wynn Ryder drew Sean Connery’s James Bond from Dr. No. I of course and reposting and linking to his site.

Why oh why didn’t Sly Stone just record an all new record instead of the same old songs? Hopefully I’m Back will remind Stone of how fun recording can be and he’ll do something more original next time! (via Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone also tells me that Krist Novoselic will be performing the entirety of Nevermind with various Seattle bands in that town on September 20th. That is a show I would like to hear live complete with everything Novoselic says on stage. While I haven’t fully written about my love of Planet of the Apes or even reviewed any of the flicks on this site, I am a HUGE fan who hopes he can get out to see Rise in theaters. In the meantime, I’ll settle for Dan Hipp‘s art inspired by the movie. And by “settle” I mean “bask in the glory of.”
Have you guys seen Giorgio Comolo‘s Galactus art? It’s amazing. (via Kirby-Vision)

My Performing Songwriter Record Reviews

For a brief, shining few months I was an honest to goodness record reviewer. It was a dream I’d had ever since I realized I loved both writing and music (probably around 8th grade). While I might have envisioned myself writing for Rolling Stone or Spin (is that mag even around anymore?), it was a now-defunct mag called Performing Songwriter and my buddy Jesse who made the dream come true. I hadn’t heard about PS before he started working there after he left Wizard, but after I started reading it, I realized it was pretty great. Eventually I bugged Jesse enough and he gave me a shot at writing for PS, my first issue was the September/October 2008 issue where I reviewed Raine Maida and Amy Macdonald’s records. I’d go on to do nine total reviews (there would have been more, but PR people wouldn’t get back to me or records wouldn’t be done on time) up until the magazine called it quits with the June 2009 issue. And let me tell you one of my all time favorite writing memories was the time I went into a grocery store near my house and found both Performing Songwriter and ToyFare (my day job at the time) on the same rack. I put them next to each other and left them like that for the next person, maybe they’d make the connection.

All told, my output included Amy Macdonald’s This Is The Life (Sep./Oct. 2009), Arizona’s Glowing Bird (Nov. 2008), Courtney Fairchild’s 11 Chances (Jun. 2009), Erin McCarley’s Love, Save The Empty (Jan./Feb. 2009), Hinder’s Take It To The Limit (Dec. 2008), Juliette Commagere’s Queens Die Proudly (Dec. 2008), Laura Izibor’s Let The Truth Be Told (Jun. 2009), Raine Maida’s The Hunter’s Lullaby (Sep./Oct. 2008) and Tina Dico’s A Beginning, A Detour, An Open Ending (Mar./Apr. 2009). To be honest, I hadn’t heard of most of these artists when first given the assignments, but I really liked Arizona and Laura Izibor. I ended up reviewing a lot of records by women that I didn’t really like, but I swear it’s not because I dislike lady singers, it was just bad luck of the draw (I’ve been mentally putting together a list of rad female singers in my head for a while now that I’ll get to soon). Anyway, here are the record review scans. You can’t really see it, but the images below are in the same alphabetical order as the list above, so enjoy. I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had writing them.