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July 2007

I’m Back


Man, what a week. Going to the Comic-Con is like running a marathon. I’m pretty beat (and beat-up) but I did manage to get quite a bit of stuff written while at the Con, meet some great people and have a good time during those rare moments when I wasn’t running around or pushing my way into this panel or that one. If you’ve got some time on your hands, head on over to Cinematical or Comic Book Resources and check out the Comic-Con coverage. There’s a crap load of it.

One of the best things about the Con for me was getting to spend more time with people that I only talk to on the phone or via email. I also get to meet a couple people in person that I’ve never met before. That was very cool and may lead to other opportunities for me, which is always a good thing. Another major highlight for me was getting the chance to meet and interview one of the head honchos of one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Battlestar Galactica.

I spent some time speaking to Mr. Mark Verheiden, Co-Exec. Producer of Battlestar, about the show, his movie projects and a bunch of other stuff. He was a very nice guy and talked as openly as he could about things. All and all a pleasant experience and one that I would like to repeat again sometime. It was that fun. That interview is up over at CBR now. Right here.


Other than that, there were the obligatory celebrity sightings like Jessica Alba, Robert Downey, Jr. and Ali Larter from the TV show Heroes (who looked smashing, btw). Although, as I live and work in LA and see celebs pretty regularly at my local Starbucks, walking their dogs in the park or eating at local restaurants, that part was less interesting to me than some other things.

If I lived in Minnesota or somewhere like that I would probably be much more excited. Although, seeing Ali Larter and shaking Stan Lee’s hand was pretty darn cool. I’ll come back later with some more info, but in the meantime go to the other sites cause we need the hits. Thanks.

The Death of the Comic Book Industry and some Comic Con News


This is an interesting piece in LA Times regarding the death of the comic book business and how it might be saved by a move to the web. I don’t know for sure if that’s right but I do know I really like the feeling of a book in my hands. I don’t especially love reading things online. I’ll do it but its far more fun to flip the pages and feel the paper when reading a “real” book — comic or otherwise.

Although, the piece makes some interesting points and I gotta believe the cost of production and distribution would drop quite a bit for comics shown on the web versus those in print form. In the end, economics will probably make the decision for most publishers. If comic books sell in print form and make a profit, we’ll still see them sold that way. If not, well then its off to the web we go.

In other (related) news, I will be traveling down to San Diego next week for the madness known as the San Diego Comic Con. This year I’ll be covering it for CBR and also doing some stuff for Cinematical as well — along with my pal Kevin Kelly who is a far more talented writer than I am. So, if you want the latest and greatest news from the Con, check out those two sites next week.

If you happen to be going to the Con, feel free to say hello. Look for me on the show floor, in the various panels or on the CBR boat docked next door at the Marriott marina! Yes, CBR honcho Jonah Weiland got a boat for this years Con. Yes, he’s a pretty fun guy.

Good Luck Today

This morning at the gym I found a penny on the floor and it was heads up. So, I picked it up and put it in my pocket. What could be better than finding something like that today — the luckiest day of all? I don’t know but something pretty darn special better happen to me today. If not, what’s the point of being superstitious enough to pick up a penny on 7 – 7 – 07 anyway?

If you just don’t feel very lucky even though today should make you feel that way, at least you can take a look at this picture of Megan Fox (from a recent FHM Magazine article), currently co-starring in the mega-hit Tansformers. Dating her — now that would be lucky.


Whatever happens, good luck to all of you today.

Happy 4th


I love America but I’m really starting to dislike what its become under the current “leadership” in Washington. I am counting the days until this President’s term is over and we can move on to the business of rebuilding our credibility, standing and respect in the eyes of the world.

That will be a great day indeed and a day when I will be proud to call myself an American. Unlike the other day where I was almost speechless when contemplating the level of corruption and duplicity displayed by George Bush and his administration. Although, I can’t say it came as that much of a surprise.

Until there’s a regime change in Washington, at least we can still celebrate what America is supposed to be about today by having a few beers, eating some food that’s bad for us and watching some cool fireworks. This is still a great country — we’ve just lost our way a little. But I wouldn’t count us out yet — not by a longshot.

Happy 4th.