Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Oil: Bush's answer to everything

With Hurricane Katrina devastating the south (my friend Jeannie has no idea if her wedding reception hall is still standing) Bush comes to the rescue by opening the federal reserve of oil. Which is perfect for flooding because, umm, oil and water don't mix?

Also, he's planning to visit the hurricane sites by going straight to Washington. Which the hurricane is expected to bypass completely. He may actually go to Louisiana and Mississippi but you know, only if he doesn't get in the way. Leadership in action.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

So 100 people walk into a blog...

I started this blog on Thursday. I started running a hit counter on Friday. And now, five days later, 100 of you have come by to see what I'm saying.

I can't believe it. I told about 25 people I had a blog and yet there are one hundred of you. I don't know where you're coming from. Maybe you followed my link on a message board. Maybe one of the 25 told you. Maybe you love Jack Kirby. I don't know.

I just want to thank you. I don't know how many hits blogs get these days but this is way beyond my expectations and it really gives me hope. I've got a lot of plans for this place (and a bigger site around it). I hope you like what you've read so far and more than that, I really hope you come back. I'll keep posting.

Marvel Masterworks

Speaking of Kirby, here's my own tribute. I contributed to this for two years, eventually creating over 300 pages before I realized that was way too much work for someone else's site.

My reviews are Fantastic Four Volumes 1-6, Spider-Man Vol. 4 and 5, Uncanny X-Men 3 and the intro pages for Silver Surfer Vol. 1 and Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1.


If you listen closely, you can hear celebrity eating itself.

Monday, August 29, 2005

All Hail Jack Kirby!

Hey, it's Jack Kirby's birthday!

Or it would have been if he hadn't passed away in 1994. But let's not let that stop us. Let's all visit the Kirby museum which opened today. If you're not a fan, it will give you everything you need to become one. If you are, it will make you smile.

Now I'll admit something. I wasn't always a Kirby fan. I loved his creations (The Hulk, Darkseid, Captain America and the Fantastic Four, to name a few) but when I was a kid I found his wide faces kinda ugly. Fortunately, back in 1997 I wrote a comic book (that lasted one issue) with an artist who was a Kirby fanatic and he set me straight. Basically, look at any comic from the 40's. Then look at a comic today. Now thank Jack Kirby. Because without him, a comic would literally look the same as it did 60 years ago.

Hurricane blog

Hurricane Katrina is currently slamming New Orleans, a city I love but would not want to be anywhere near right now. Miles O' Brien is currently blogging from there. I'm a big enough geek that for a moment I wondered how he got off Deep Space Nine.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

40 Year Old Virgin

Renee and I went to the local movie theater last night to see it. We like this theater because it's a nice long walk and there's a Coldstone nearby.

Anyway, it's the best comedy we've seen in the movies in a long time ('The Aristocrats' was hilarious but I count it as a documentary). I always lower my expectations for movie comedies. While television comedies contain regular brilliance like 'The Simpsons' or 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' movie comedies are for the most part 'Anchorman'. '40 Year Old Virgin' goes way beyond my lowered expectations and shows what you can really do with a couple of hours and a strong idea.

Steve Carell is going to be HUGE. I first saw him on the Daily Show and hated him. He was constantly going over the top when that show calls for a very deadpan delivery. Thankfully, he got better. His version of 'the Office' will never get out of Ricky Gervais' shadow but it's surprisingly decent. Now he's proved he can carry a film. Ten bucks says he starts getting Will Ferrel's scripts.

Judd Apatow deserves to be bigger than he is. Look at this guy's roster. 'The Ben Stiller Show'. 'Larry Sanders'. 'Freaks and Geeks'. 'Undeclared'. 'The Cable Guy' (watch that again, you'll love it). And now he directs 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'. Some of the cuts are choppy but that seems to come from the improv feel he set. It really looks like he let the actors go and kept what was funny, not worrying so much about transitions. And everything comes out of character. What was the last movie you could say that about?

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Everybody is a nerd.

I remember when these people were the only ones we gave the name ‘nerd’ to. And we were right to do so. These people also qualified.

But something’s happened over the last few years. Suddenly there were toy nerds. Movie nerds. G.I. Joe nerds. And Muppet nerds. Yes, Muppet nerds. I’m as shocked as you are.

The turning point came when I realized there were guitar nerds. Weren’t guitars supposed to be the pinnacle of cool in American society? But yes, there are people that obsess about every piece of equipment in a guitar’s signal chain. And they want to talk about it.

And the ipod? What’s more fashionable and trendy than the ipod? But there are nerds there too.

The fact is, we live in one of the few countries where we have time to wonder what guy performed what puppet on what episode guest starring an obscure celebrity from the 70’s. And the internet gives them all an outlet. No matter what your interest, someone’s devoted an entire website to it. So the depth of knowledge for anything, is exponential. Which means there can be fashion nerds. Beer nerds. Home improvement nerds. Car nerds. Even, in what seems like an oxymoron, sports nerds (listen to some of these guys rattle off statistics and you’ll see what I mean).

At some point, nerds took back the word 'geek' and made it their own, much like homosexuals took back ‘queer’. I like ‘geek’. It implies some sort of technical savvy while ‘nerd’ implies labored breathing, bad comic timing and a snorting laugh.

But we need ‘nerd’ too. If everyone’s a nerd, the insult has to disappear. Having a hobby shouldn’t make you an outcast. Let’s stop feeling like it. But ‘classic nerds’ need to be called out somehow. We’ll need a new word to label those people who are so uncomfortable, they make us uncomfortable.

I nominate ‘dork.’.

(P.S.: I belong to every one of these message boards.)

Friday, August 26, 2005


My buddy Steve Klausner has been working on this screenplay for years. Now it's finally come to fruition. Headspace has its own website so I guess it's cool to mention it here.

I read this script about a year ago and thought it was pretty cool. I had no idea how cool the final product would be. Look, it's Sean Young! The mom from 'E.T.'! Juliet from the Zefferelli movie! The jerky lawyer from 'Ghostbusters! And that guy, from that thing! I'm looking forward to seeing this movie and I'm proud that Steve was able to get it produced. And now that he's officially on imdb, he's my hero.

Red Headed Stepwriters

I hate 'reality' television. So I don't watch it. That puts me in a special category. I have yet to meet anyone who admits to enjoying these shows and yet, the networks are thick with them. Because they're cheap.

One of the reasons we're told these shows are so cost effective is they don't hire people like writers. Turns out they do. They just don't treat them very well.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

So these five monkeys are beating a sailor with this ashtray...

This is where I'm supposed to introduce myself. Well far be it from me to fly in the face of tradition...

I'm a 33 year old New Yorker and I'm a professional writer. Currently I work at Ogilvy writing ads for IBM but I've written for comic books, greeting cards, screenplays and lots of other things that didn't sell. I also play lead guitar in the band Saving Grace, of which there is a link on the side. I'm married to the only woman who puts up with this nonsense.

But most importantly, I'm cranky. Lots of things make me irritated and since polite society will have none of it, this is where you can hear all about it. You can also comment and tell me how woefully wrong I am.

Until then, here's a picture of Sideshow's Dr. Doom. I like Dr. Doom.

Well here it is.

I've been waiting too long to start this. Now I don't know if I have.

Looks like it. Yessiree.