Fri Dec 31 -- Big Momma Update
The dates, cities, locations and times are as follows:
Mon, Jan 3 - Seattle, WA
Come and buy a book, or if you've already got one, come and
get it signed, or if you've already got a signed one, come and get it
signed again in a different color pen!
Then, since I'm going to be gone next week, we've got next week's cartoon, to wit:
And last but certainly not least is this little review of 2004 I did for Vue Weekly that'll be running next week. It's in color!
Movie reviews, what?
The Leaden Angels
Do we even have a chance?
Fri Dec 24 -- The Eve of Christ
Sun Dec 19 -- Contest!
Some people were confused about why the guy in Laffs has sharks stuck to his head. In honor of this character I'm throwing a spot contest, which is that the first person to say who this character is and list the four strips in which he's appeared gets a free book. Act now!
** update **
Contest's over, folks; thanks all for playing. For the curious the guy's name is Remora Joe and he appears in Introducting Remora Joe, Everybody vs. Bob Part 5: The Betrayal, Glutton for Punishment and, of course, Laffs.
Fri Dec 17 -- Nice Out!
Seriously, there's blue sky, some fluffy clouds, doesn't look too bone-shatteringly cold... I guess Jesus really *does* love us, every one.
Anyway, cartoon, huh? Some kind of drawn entertainment? Something to elicit
I'm getting back into reviews a bit more, this week with A Very Long Engagement by Amelie and Alien Ressurection driection Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and I should be doing Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events qutie soon, followed by Joel Schumacher's version of Phantom of the Opera. Brutal!
Just got the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Extended Edition DVD as well. Pretty awesome, though I'd say that the additional footage probably has the least amount of impact of any of the extended editions. I like the new stuff, glad to see Saruman again, liked the touches of humor, LOVED the avalanche of skulls, but I still think this one is, curiously and in direct contrast to my expectations, the closest in feel to the theatrical edition.
Check this link for dates and locations of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow, starting early early early next year.
Was there something else?
I'd thought so, but it's slipping my mind. I'll upload this update now and fix it later if I remember, okay? Awesome!
Tues Dec 14 -- Sleepy!
It seems like every time I do a Tuesday update I'm apologizing for getting it up so late. This time the excuse is that I got up early to see a press screening of House of Flying Daggers (from the director of Hero). Fat lot of good it did me, though; I pretty much fell asleep after the first ten minutes, and not because the movie was bad either. Just too sleepy afte staying up all night to watch old Smallville episodes.
The Leaden Angels
In any case, The Leaden Angels is almost concluded. This week sees the pen-penultimate chapter, The Truth Behind the Compass, an all-out gala of stuff including why Natasha Wilentz is not a witch, some pertinent information on the cheery blue bouncing ball, the myster of the conspiracy to kill someone who's already dead, some whining that gets interrupted, a handy summary of the plot, Dramsheet cracking the case, the nature of the murder weapon, the identity of the murderer, the anihilation of most philosophies, and the release of the Bloodpurge. Hot stuff.
The Penny Drops...
Every since the US election I've just been wondering. Now that the Bushites have their "mandate", which of their criminally foolish ambitions were they gonna go after first? Was it gonna be an invasion of Iran or Syria, in open defiance of the fact that they don't have the necessary troops and equipment to do it? Or would they plow ahead domestically with their privatize-Social Security/bankrupt-America plan in plain defiance of economic logic? Looks like it's door #2, which makes sense since it doesn't require coming up with 100,000 new soldiers. When world confidence in America, its leadership and its dollar is close to an all-time low, what could be better than borrowing $2 trillion to finance a scheme to reroute Social Security money through the financial industry? Brilliant, I say! Brilliant!
Might as well throw up an article by Mark Morford for SFGate about how we Canadians are such dicks.
Fri Dec 10 -- Stuff!
Good thing it's all fictional...
Perpetual Motion Roadshow
Tues Dec 7 -- Snowy Business
A fairly slender update for y'all this time around, but them are the breaks.
The Leaden Angels gets closer and closer to its conclusion, this week with The Secret of Natasha Wilentz, featuring a nice roast beef dinner, Constantine's Devil's advocacy, and the secret of Natasha Wilentz, all in one chapter! Yow!
Got a few random links I got sent. In response to my posting of Sorryeverybody.com a few weeks ago some readers took the time to point out Apologiesaccepted.com as well as Sorryeverybodymyass.com. Fairly obvious what those sites are all about. Here's a site featuring the skeletons of some famous cartoon characters; it's bony! And then in 2005 Japan will offer the opportunity to "encounter diverse robots" at Expo 2005. Read it and weep uncontrollably! And then here's a site called The Rational Inquirer; not bad.
Fri Dec 3 -- Really December
Anyway, here's this week's strip:
Perpetual Motion Roadshow, Jan 3-10!
Mon, Jan 3, 7pm.: Seattle: Confounded Books (315 E. Pine St.)
Tues, Jan 4, 7pm.: Eugene: Feinstein's Museum of Unfine Art (537 Willamette)
Wed, Jan 5, 7pm.: San Francisco: Modern Times (888 Valencia St.)
Thurs, Jan 6, 7pm.: LA: Flor y Canto (3706 N. Figueroa Ave.)
Fri, Jan 7, 8pm. San Jose: Anno Domini (150 S. Montgomery St., Unit B)
Sun, Jan 9, 7pm. Portland: Reading Frenzy (921 SW Oak St.)
Mon, Jan 10, 8pm. Victoria: Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Ave.)
Tues Nov 30 -- Even more almost December
** mini-updated below**
Earlier update is right here, dear reader!