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Always with the writing, like this CBR piece about Jonathan Hickman’s Secret, America’s Got Powers with Bryan Hitch and Jonathan Ross, Kurtis Wiebe’s Grim Leaper, David Hine’s The Darkness and Nathan Edmondson’s Dancer.

I also covered the Wondercon announcements for Dark Avengers and Hulk for Marvel.com. Check out Sketch Attack where my pal Rickey did a Lobo/OMAC mash-up!Speaking of sketchblogs, do yourself a favor and check out The Cat Made Me Do It. This Doctor Who pieces is a favorite.

Over on his blog, Jim Rugg remembers the indie comics covered in Wizard first in Palmer’s Picks and later Secret Stash. I used to get art for the latter and was introduced to lots of interesting concepts by the former.

I don’t know how I stumbled on Samurai Pizza Cats as a youngin’, but I sure did like it. Can’t wait to watch it again on DVD. (via Topless Robot)By now you guys know that I’m a pretty big Planet Of The Apes fan and will most likely post any art based on the series that I find. This one by Scott C that was shown at Mondo’s SXSW gallery is amazing. I want a print.

I wish this Geek Dad interview would have gotten a little bit more into the writing process of Adventure Time and it’s awesomeness, but it sure was a fun read.

Wired also had a really cool interview with Michael Chabon on writing the John Carter script and being a fan and writer of genre fiction.

I kept this Rolling Stone Black Keys story in my Read It Later for a long time. It’s four pages, but totally worth the read if you’re a fan of the band.

Rolling Stone also tells me that Jet broke up. I think I’ll listen to Get Born today, it’s been a while. Lastly, I love Dave Perillo‘s Treasure Chest Of Fun piece!

Adventures In Freelancing: Picking Up What They’re Laying Down

It struck me recently that my last few Adventures In Freelancing columns have not only been infrequent, but also pretty negative. Taking The Good With The Bad was about my insecurities regarding expired contracts, Learning To Accept Workless Days is pretty self explanatory but also about how not working can result in some work and my wife told me that 5 Things I Miss About Working In An Office made her feel bad for me, though that wasn’t my intent. I plan on being positive with today’s post.

Anyone who pays attention to the self serving links I post in the semi-regular Casting Internets will notice that I’m still writing for Marvel.com and doing the occasional list for Topless Robot, but posts for UGO.com and Maxim.com have ceased to exist. Also, ToyFare, the magazine I had been writing a good chunk of ceased publication. That’s the way things work in the freelance biz. I sound pretty casual about such things now, but I was not happy when it happened (hence the almost three month gap between AIFs). I worried incessantly that I wasn’t helping out enough when it came to finances. I made peace with my wife making more money than me a long time ago when she was bringing in more green as a temp than I ever did in my various professions. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to help as much as possible. Hell, we had a kid on the way and don’t want to live in this condo forever. Was it finally time to ditch this crazy dream and get a job at the Post Office?

Thankfully that didn’t come to pass. As it turned out, some people I knew and some I didn’t know were going through some changes of their own. All that shifting created an opening at Comic Book Resources. They needed a writer and as it turned out, I am in fact a writer. It also helped that I’m good friends with one of the editors there. Never let it be said that who you know is not important. Almost all the gigs I have right now are thanks to friends and former colleagues, plus, I hope, some degree of talent on my part. Anyway, I wound up getting a pretty darn fun gig as the Image Comics contact. There were some growing pains as I got used to their style, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of things. Better yet I like the job itself because the people working on these books have a lot of enthusiasm and are doing really fun and interesting comics that I feel good telling the internet about.

In a weird reversal of fortune from a few months prior, I was contacted about a few more jobs. One I can’t really talk about yet because I’m not sure if it’s happening or how it will work. The other though is for the next evolution of ToyFare now known as Wizard World, a digital magazine. I started off doing some feature work for them, but now I’m essentially the freelance toy editor. It’s like working for ToyFare again, but without having to get on a train or drive 45 minutes every day.

I’ve talked to a few family members who own their businesses about the ups and downs that come with them. They all say that it’s important to remember that there will be another up during the downs, though it’s sometimes hard to remember. Of course, being the pessimist I am, I worried that all my contacts would dry up, my lack of gigs would look bad for potential future jobs and I would become a has-been in this fickle market. Hopefully next time things take a down swing I’ll remember this. We’ll see. Anyway, I’m going to enjoy this high point while it lasts and continue to work on my own projects on the side. Onwards and upwards!

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I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I’m now a regular writer for CBR. My first piece went up on Friday, announcing Image’s Deadlands comics!

The first issue of Wizard World is up and I’m in it! Check out the interview I did with Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman about the Walking Dead toy line.

Also, peep this week’s Crossovers We Want To See at MTV Geek featuring the First Wave characters and Green Hornet.
Something called PaleyFest is having a Freaks & Geeks (amazing) and Undeclared (pretty fun) reunion. I want to own this poster. (via /Film)

Whoa, Quiet Earth says there’s a different, R-rated version of Cyborg out there with a rock score? Holy nards, I am in! If you want one, you can email the director at curnantpictures AT SYMBOL gmail.com.

The moving Conan The Barbarian poster is pretty rad, go check it out. The Beat‘s right, Michael Golden’s Crystal is nice art.

Wired‘s post about 10 Kinect hacks makes me wish I was better at hacking things. The closest I’ve ever gotten is memorizing the movie of the same name.

Even though Beau Smith‘s latest column is about guns, his mention of his grandfather and father running a jukebox and arcade game business makes me want to talk to him about that.

I just listened to Jeff Goldsmith‘s final Creative Screenwriting Magazine podcast. I never once read the mag, but I loved the interviews he’d do with various screenwriters. Hopefully he’s on to bigger and better. Good luck Jeff!

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Happy fourth birthday to Horror Movie A Day (a few days ago). I’ve been enjoying that site for years and can’t imagine the amount of time Brian has put into it. Kudos, sir!

Bleeding Cool says that Terry Jones is working on a four part TV version of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. This should be interesting. This was the first piece of work I read from either writer and I loved it back then.

Tom Spurgeon nails it in this assessment of an interview I linked to yesterday.

Dean over at Springfield Punx tackles Doctor Who and Torchwood‘s adorable Jack Harkness.

I have no idea what “nerdcore” is as a music subgenere, but I will download this free compilation from Nerdcore Now. (via Wired)

I know this is a few days old, but I just got around to reading Wired‘s Scott Thill talking to Daytripper’s Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. I really dug that book even though I had no idea what was going on. Can’t wait to read it again in trade form.

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Bangkok Knockout looks as awesome as The Protector and Ong-Bak. Can’t wait for this one to make its way to the states. If Magnet/Magnolia wants to send me an advanced review copy, I would not be opposed. (via /Film)

I don’t know what iOS is, but I want to find out now that I know that The 7th Guest will be available on it. That was one of the few computer games I ever got into and still remember part of the answer to the first puzzle, something like “The light is ruddy, the night is bloody.” I had to look “ruddy” up. (via IHeartChaos)

I don’t know what to think about the Toxic Avenger remake I read about on /Film. I love how weird, bad and violent the original was (it’s a big part of my childhood), but I can’t imagine a remake topping it. Who am I kidding? I’ll be there in the theater.

I’m not a huge fan of action figure reviews because they tend to be the same, but Fwoosh does a good job with them. Even better are the class pictures they put together like they just did with the 14th wave of DC Universe Classics. I especially like the JSA team shot.

The missus first told me about Cooks Source magazine copying a food blogger’s recipe and printing it without permission and then giving the original writer shit because, as they said, everything on the internet is public domain. According to a Wired story by David Kravets, Food Network is also investigating the mag. Ugh. How do people like this have any business being in journalism?

I’ve never seen The A-List on Logo and I kind of never want to because Tom & Lorenzo’s recaps make me laugh way too hard. This week’s post is no different. I really dig Ace of Cakes and really appreciate anyone who can turn something they love into a job they can share with their friends, so I’m happy for and jealous that Duff got to voice a cake-delivering robot on Clone Wars. StarWars.com talked to the chef about it.

Esquire.com‘s Tom Junod comparing President Obama’s decreasing charm to the idea of Miles Davis losing both his ability to play AND his mystique is an interesting one.

“Imagine Miles Davis losing not just his ability to blow but also his mystique; he might get his chops back, but the aura would be more difficult to restore, along with his ability to captivate audiences by turning his back on them. Of course, Obama has never turned his back on us, but so many Americans have turned their backs on him that it amounts to The Anointed One, as he is sometimes referred, being stripped of something that can never return: his anointment.”

NOOOOOOOOO!Jude Buffum‘s 8-bit NES character meat diagrams are fantastic. He did six, which you can check out here, but the squid from the Mario games is my favorite. (via Autumn Society)

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I decided to kick Casting Internets back up today because I’ve read and seen some pretty interesting things around the nets today. I’m also trying to branch out and read a few more websites than I usually do, so hopefully this will be a little more varied.

Everything kicked off with this old school Frank Sinatra piece that Gay Talese wrote for Esquire back in 1966 called “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold.” It’s such a good piece of New Journalism that it not only made me want to try writing that way, but also made me want to buy Talese’s book. Thanks to Jen for the link on Facebook!

Checking out that link got me reading some posts on Esquire’s politics blogs like this two-parter by John H. Richardson called On The Road With The Birthers (part 1 and 2) in which he follows a group of people demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate. Those two pieces combined with Mark Warren’s article called “The Questions We Have Refused to Ask of the Tea Party” definitely creeped me out. I understand feeling trapped and hopeless when it comes to the economy, but to focus that energy on ridiculous ideas like proving the President is American (don’t you assume that’s part of the whole process?), but this is just scary.

Okay, enough scary political nonsense, check out Abigail Chu’s audition tape for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World that Edgar Wright posted on his blog. Reminds me of the time I went to the first Bonnaroo and Jack Johnson was playing with a seven year old drum prodigy named Scarlett. I have no idea how I remember that. Anyway, cool video. I just started reading Tom Spurgeon’s The Comics Reporter. Good timing especially because he linked to Paul Tobin’s rad gallery of Jim Steranko covers. Steranko was the first old school comics artist I got into, so this gallery is right up my alley. I know the above, from Steranko’s non-consecutive three issue run on Captain America, isn’t a cover, but it’s one of my favorite pieces of art (not just comics) ever. Rad.

In semi-related comic book news, AMC had a bunch of zombies right outside of Penn Station to promote this week’s premiere of the Walking Dead TV show. When I worked in the city, I walked up those steps every day and I’m afraid that I’ve seen so many–read: too–that I would have either run back to my train and skipped work for the week until the zombie apocalypse died down or found the nearest blunt object and done my part for society. Either way, I would have gotten in trouble. (via Bleeding Cool)Speaking of TV, I’m bummed I haven’t caught up with Doctor Who yet. Why can’t those DVDs come out faster, or better yet, just make their way to Netflix Instant? Anyway, I really dig this piece of art by Ian Leino featuring most of the previous Doctors. I’ve only watched one older Doctor Who series, but I love the idea of all these guys being together in one place. (via Fashionably Geek)

I also love Dean’s renditions of the Cybermen over at Springfield Punx. They should get him to do a webisode or Saturday morning cartoon.

One last bit of TV news I saw today over on /Film that got me kind of got me excited is that Comedy Central has approached Waiting‘s Rob McKittrick to work on a series based on the movie for the network. I honestly haven’t watched Comedy Central on a regular basis in years and I didn’t like the crappy Waiting sequel, but I’m still hopeful for this, assuming it doesn’t butt up against a show I already watch.

/Film also informed me that there might be a plan to convert the Indiana Jones movies to 3D along with the Star Wars flicks. Sign me the hell up. Seeing those movies on the big screen again is worth it, I don’t care what it takes to make it happen. Let’s chill out on all the whining. NECA makes some of the raddest figures on the market, take this Army of Darkness Medieval Ash figure they revealed on the TwitPic account. I might not be as big of an Evil Dead fan as the rest of the horror community, but I still know a damn good figure when I see one. The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club revealed their 2o11 exclusive club figure today. Generally I wouldn’t care too much, but it answers a mystery from my childhood. I had the original Dial-Tone figure, but I found him somewhere or was given him loose, so I never knew his name or which side he was on. I figured he was a bad guy and also French thanks to the mustache, beret and the red symbol on his arm. Finally, something about this image blew me away. There’s no information about what this is either on Ffffound (where I first saw it) or the Could Even Be The Best One Yet picture set (where it came from originally), but I’m guessing that it’s a hand colored image of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. I hope that’s what it is. Kind of took my breath away.

Wired Is Awesome

Thanks to the good folks at /Film I heard that Lost co-creator and producer/director extraordinaire J.J. Abrams (a fellow initialate) is the acting guest editor of this month’s issue of Wired. So, being a huge geek, of course I picked it up.

I was slightly familiar with Wired thanks to my time living with Rickey Purdin. He’s one of the biggest purchasers of magazines I know. As a producer of magazines, I’m thankful for his ilk, even though I give him copies of ToyFare for free. Anyway, he always had a good stock of Wireds in the bathroom and I would…partake when the opportunity presented itself.

Anyway, I’m only through the initial news bits in the beginning of the mag and haven’t gotten to the features yet (that’s magazine lingo for articles), but this is a great magazine. It’s a great mix of science and entertainment. Plus, a friend and colleague from the good old days at Ohio Wesleyan Jen Trolio has a bit in there called “Life’s Secret Codes” on page 20. I completely freaked out when I saw her name in the byline and then got really jealous, but mostly it’s cool to see someone else from my incredibly boring Journalism 110 (and also a fellow first semester freshman in a class full of upperclassmen) doing something in the magazine world.

Employment of friends aside, I’m also really impressed with the clean design sense of the magazine. It never feels cluttered even when there are a ton of elements on the page. I was also impressed with how easy to understand even the more complicated articles and sidebars. Plus, I haven’t come across any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors, which does the tiny editor part of my heart good.

But hey, if you’re even remotely interested in science or like Star Trek and Lost, you should probably grab this issue and dive in. I think I’m going to get a subscription. It’s about time I start doing my part for the industry that I make my living off of.