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Not a ton of links today, but I did a few things with the site and some of my friends have some good stuff going on, so it’s worth a CI!

As usual, me first. If you’re looking to read my Photo Diary entries in one easy place, check out the Photo Diary tab up above or click here.

If you’re interested, my buddy Sean compiled a list of all the posts about Wizard and ToyFare’s demise written and Tweeted by former employees and freelancers on Robot 6.

Speaking of Sean and Robot 6, Tim O’Shea interviewed Sean about his excellent comic Destructor which you can and should read here. The Prison Break story is a favorite of mine and can’t wait to see the full thing in color.

Bloody Disgusting says, via Tony Todd, there might be two more Final Destination flicks. I haven’t seen the fourth, but, seeing as how this is my favorite latter day horror franchise, I’ve got no complaints.

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I was on the now somewhat infamous Venom call with Rick Remender and Steve Wacker which resulted in this feature for Marvel.com. Fun stuff. That book sounds pretty rad. Remender’s a solid writer who has some great instincts when it comes to playing with superhero conventions.

Hey, check it out, Ron Marz read my post about Silver Surfer and Tweeted about it. It’s kind of surreal to have him reading me. Marz reading Dietsch just sounds completely backwards.

Ben Morse calls super speed as his super power of choice. I think I’d go with long range teleportation because I hate traveling but like going places. Super speed would be a close second if I could shut it off.

My buddy Jim Gibbons offers up his thoughts on Wizard’s closing.

Thanks to Whitney Matheson for bringing Amazon Studios to my attention. Looks like I’ve got an interesting place to submit my screenplays to.

A new Planet of the Apes comic from Boom? Oh snap. (via Bloody Disgusting)

I’d like to welcome my pal John aka Cybergeek to the wonderful world of blogging!

Check out F1sh‘s custom Deadpool in the costume he wore when he thought he was an X-Men. Man, that dude knows how to paint doesn’t he? (via Toyark)

You think you like Superman? Jason George has got you beat. I especially like the spinner of watches.

Check out this rad post with scans comparing Marvel characters to football players and their positions. Fun stuff. (via Tom Spurgeon)

And finally, some sad news. John Barry, who composed the James Bond theme along with plenty of other memorable tracks has passed away. RIP Mr. Barry. (via /Film)

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Going from “a lot of dudes worked at Wizard” to “it must have been a boys club” is a ridiculous and unfounded statement. The picture The Beat refers to features several women who worked downstairs, but doesn’t have any of the many ladies who worked upstairs. I’d wager the ratios are pretty similar to those of male and female readers of mainstream comics.

If you’re interested in actual accounts from people who actually worked at Wizard I highly recommend checking out posts by my friends and former colleagues Ryan Penagos, Sean Collins, Chris Ward and Alex Segura.

Wah wah. Gotta love how every single comic news blog revealed who died in today’s Fantastic Four. So much for keeping it all a secret right? Can we all stop acting like this is a big, long lasting deal?

Please, go check out today’s entry on my Tumblr. It is hilarious.

Remembering Wizard

I’m filled with all kinds of emotions and have been all day after hearing about the closing of Wizard and later ToyFare as print publications very early this morning. To make matters worse, the missus woke me up very early because she was having trouble starting her car. I don’t know jack about cars, but tried starting it myself, coming in after it felt like my fingers were going to fall off. I took my car to the gas station, filled the flat-ish tires with air and brought it back for her to drive to work. I don’t like waking up early and actually wasn’t able to sleep in this weekend, so I was feeling kind of punch anyway, especially because I had planned to head over to the storage unit place and move our junk from the smaller unit to the new one. Anyway, that’s all a long way to go to tell you that I was already feeling pretty weird this morning. Then I got the news and was floored. I had actually just started writing for Wizard again, though I don’t know whether the piece I finished will ever run or what the deal is. It was fun to write about comics again.

My history with Wizard is similar with a lot of other peoples’ up to a point. I discovered the magazine at a bookstore in the mall. The issue had a Rob Liefeld/Jim Lee Heroes Reborn cover and announced the new JLA lineup by some guy named Grant Morrison. I instantly fell in love with the mag which was my only source of comic book information and soon enough I devoured each monthly issue. I read the mag all the way through college, never leaving it for the internet. Heck, I didn’t even know there were comic book websites because Wizard was the perfect amount of everything for me. I’m not obsessed with comics, I just wanted to read something fun and find out what’s coming up. My junior year of college I sent a lot of letters and resumes around to Marvel, DC, Rolling Stone and also Wizard to try and score an internship. I heard back from Wizard and that’s when it all began. I spent nine weeks working for them that summer. In addition to being on the inside of a lot of interesting meetings and cutting my teeth writing about comics and doing interviews, I met some rad dudes.

I went back to school, graduated and sat around Toledo for a while before finally hearing back from Wizard, they had a job opening and were offering it to me. Soon enough I moved out to New York and had a gig working in the research department. Like any other job there were ups and downs, but there’s no way I’d be where I am right now without someone at that company deciding to give me chance. Eventually I worked my way up to being an associate editor for ToyFare. I rocked that job and learned a ridiculous amount for a year before being laid off. Sure, I had problems with aspects of that as well and can empathize with the mysterious former employee who talked to iFanboy. But, even then, I was immediately offered the opportunity to write huge chunks of ToyFare, which facilitated my freelance career. I’m hoping that things work out for everyone who’s still there and for everyone who’s not. Again, I can understand that post-firing/lying off feeling and it’s awful and I hated hearing this after I got bounced, but they’re solid dudes who will quickly bounce back.

So, while battling feelings of sadness for the end of an era, compassion for my now jobless friends, fear for the ones I didn’t know about and worry about my own standing with the company that makes up a huge part of my income, what did I do? I built a dresser from Ikea. It helped keep my mind off things and gave me something to do because I had planned to work on my next Wizard feature today.

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Woof, what a day. To be completely honest, I knew about this before the internet and have been losing it on and off all day. I actually just started writing for Wizard again after a hiatus and it doesn’t sound like my work will get published. Strength to all my brothers who were still there and those now looking for other work. I urge the internet to remember that these are real people dealing with real problems. I liked both Tom Spurgeon and Rob Bricken‘s posts about the subject. More on this from me in a bit.

Happy birthday to my buddy Ben Morse, sorry it was tainted by such craziness. To lighten the mood a bit, check out my boy Rickey‘s version of Lil’ OMAC and his cat friend.

Seems weird to hype my stuff after today, but I need to pimp myself now more than ever considering I have no idea where I stand. Hey look, I wrote a thing on the history of Bane for MTV Geek.

I also wrote a list for Topless Robot about 10 awesomely geeky movies for sale via Warner Archive. There’s a lot of good stuff on the site. It’s funny, one of the commenters mentions Green Slime, that was honestly number 11 and didn’t make the cut.

Over at cxPulp the latest edition of Twisted ToyFare Theatre (Volume 11 to be exact) got a 4 exclamation point review! That volume was a ton of fun to work on. Wrote this one last night, it’s bittersweet now especially considering I haven’t gotten myself a copy yet. Fabio Moon drew Sandman! That dude needs to draw more comics.

It’s cool that Kevin Smith decided to take Red State on tour as part of the distribution as /Film reported (see the dates here), but I’m not sure what the point of saying he was going to auction it off and then auctioning it to himself was. Even so, I’m considering seeing the show in NYC if at all possible.

Interesting timing that a few days after getting caught up on James Kochalka’s intriguing American Elf diary comic that he gets named Cartoonist Laureate. Once again Spurge has the deets.

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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.

Crossovers I Want To See: Ghostbusters Vs. J-Horror Ghosts

When I still worked full time for ToyFare I pitched an idea for a Twister ToyFare Theatre that would feature the Ghostbusters heading to Japan to take care of that country’s ghost infestation. My pitch involved the ‘Busters making fun of some of the J-horror tropes that seem pretty stupid by today’s standards. Hey, on the real, kids and water are not scary. Sure that girl in The Ring was creepy, but I’d just kick an evil kid in the face if he came at me. Know why? I’m way bigger! In essence, the Ghostbusters would have gone into the situation very worried about the whole thing because there’s seemingly ghosts in every livable structure, but then it would turn out to be pretty easy and they’d make a boatload of money and become super crazy awesome celebs in Japan.

The whole J-horror craze (both originals and American remakes) has died down thankfully, so it might seem a little tired now, but I still think it could be a fun story to do either in comic form or as a potential Ghostbusters sequel. I know a lot of people aren’t too keen on the whole Ghostbusters sequel thing and I’m wary too (especially after seeing Year One which was written by the supposed GB III writers and sucked), but I think it’s absolutely possible for the right combination of people to come along and play off of Dan Aykroyd’s original idea which had Ghostbusters running around like exterminators in a world filled with ghosts (that’s how Harold Ramis explained it to me when I talked to him, at least). Seems like it would make perfect sense for a group of ‘Busters to head to Japan then, no? I am completely available to pitch this story as either a comic or screenplay to anyone who wants more information.

Some Thoughts On Tablets

Like a lot of you, I was pretty excited to hear about Apple’s iPad (terrible name) today. I was glued to Gizmodo’s live blog of the event and like what I saw. I don’t currently have an iPhone or iPod Touch, though the missus just ordered one for her birthday today (she was hoping the conference would announce some new iPod Touch info and was pretty bummed they didn’t). My cell phone is the LG Envy Touch which works well for checking email, browsing very basic websites and making phone calls, but it has nowhere near the apps that the Apple phones do. The main reasons I don’t have an iPhone are the cost and the fact that it’s on AT&T which doesn’t hold a candle to Verizon in New York. Plus I’ve heard it’s a pretty shitty phone. So, even though my phone isn’t all that rad, it did completely revolutionize my thinking about information. I could literally look anything up at any time. I know people have been doing this for years, but it was a game changer for the way I thought about things. Okay, this post turned out to¬† be pretty long, so hit the jump if you want to read the whole thing. I hope you continue reading and make comments as I’m really curious to see what other people think of this. Continue reading Some Thoughts On Tablets

Magazines Of The Future!!!

I saw this video over on I Heart Chaos and am blown away. Sports Illustrated showed off how their magazine will be viewed on a tablet computer. I love the mix of still photos and video, the flip-through option that allows you to look at spreads and ads that can actually tell you more about what they’re hawking. Coming from a magazine background, I appreciate the layouts and thought that must have gone in to something like this. I’m not sure how the whole magazine and newspaper thing will translate once they’re digital like this (which begs the question, why subscribe when so much is online?), but I can’t wait to see what happens. And hopefully, comics will follow suit very soon. I also appreciate the fact that this will retain the editorial structure that most magazines have and a lot of websites don’t. I think that’s an important structure and relationship that might go the way of the print magazine when everything goes online. Oh, plus, the more magazines there are out there, the more potential freelance is floating around and that’s good for everybody, but especially good for me.