Thursday, April 30, 2009
Haven't done an update on Lost lately, so here's one. Don't read if you haven't seen Wednesday's show yet.
I was glad to see Farraday back. I like his character. Is he really dead? The Island brought Locke back, but will it bring him back. Actually we don't really see him pronounced dead, so we may see him in a hospital next episode. I actually hope so, like I said, I like him. But we are on the slide to the end, so I'm sure that more characters will die in the next year and 3 episodes.
Only three more episodes left of this season. And than next year is the Final Season! Wow, it doesn't seem that long ago since the show first came on.
Who would have thought Sawyer could put down roots? I think he would have been happy to stay where he was with Juliet for the remainder of their days.
I've missed a few recent episodes so I don't know if they've already covered it, but either way I wasn't too surprised when Widmore revealed himself to be Farraday's Father.
If this was the last season I'd be thinking that they were going to blow up the H bomb, cause the plane not to crash and end with everyone landing in L.A. like nothing ever happened. How would that be for an ending?
I still think Charlie will be back in some form, Hurley keeps lugging that guitar around for some reason.
Three more episodes. What type of cliffhanger can they end on this year? And from what I've read we get to see Jacob in the last episode of this season.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I enjoyed myself. I made some money selling some books. I signed some autographs. (Something I will never get used to...someone wanting me to sign my name for them.) One kid even wanted his picture taken with me. Very big ego boost I have to admit, even if it only lasts while I'm at the show. Sitting at the table I got to meet some fellow writers and artists from the area, which is always nice. Was able to talk shop with some fans who are interested in writing and hopefully able to give them a little advice. I mean it's not like I'm some big shot pro, but I know a few things I hoped I was able to pass on.
The picture below is of my spot. The empty chair should have me in it. The comics in front are some of the ones I've written. The big bald guy on the right is RJ, another writer, who writes a cool strip called "Vampire Brat" and the guy in green is Tim, an artist that is really good and has illustrated such comics as "Picket Fences" for APE Entertainment.
Hey, you can tell it's a real comic book convention. There's stormtroopers. It can't be a real comic book convention unless there's someone dressed up as a stormtrooper. I know it's kind of hard to see, but look towards the back, the lighting in this picture sucks.
Someone dressed up as a comic book character.
The guy standing in front holding the plaque is Ronnie, the mastermind behind the convention. The guy standing behind him, in front of the guy in the wheelchair is his Dad. And the guy in the wheelchair is Carl. Now I'll explain more about them. Ronnie and his Dad, who is named Ron, used to own and operate the comic book shop I dealt with back in the 90's called Paper Gold. Ronnie was just a young whippersnapper back than. I think when they first opened up he was maybe 16 or 17. I became pretty good friends with Ron, Ronnie and Ron's wife and Ronnie's mother Pat who is not pictured. After they closed Paper Gold they all moved back to Houston, where I thought they still were until recently when I discovered Ronnie was back with his own shop. While in Houston I found out Ron had a heart attack and nearly died. He actually has had a heart transplant. I was really glad to see all of them again.
Now the guy in the wheelchair is Carl and around here he's kind of the King of the Comic Book Stores. I won't say he had the first comic book store in the area, but he's probably had one the longest and one of the biggest and best. Most everyone that sat behind that table that is any type of professional or semi professional spent time hanging out at Carl's shop and talking with Carl. And I include myself in that number. Carl is one of those guys that always talks tough and acts like he's putting you down, but he actually would give you the shirt off his back. Ronnie had a plaque made up for him thanking him for all his work and dedication. After Katrina Carl sold his shop and I haven't seen him since. It was a really nice thing Ronnie did.
Ok, that's my trip down memory lane.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This Saturday New Orleans gets its very own Comic Book Convention. Actually not New Orleans proper, it's taking place out in Metairie, which a suburb of the city. And no, it won't be like any of the pics or things you've heard about the San Diego Comic Con. This is a small one day affair. It's being put on by an old friend of mine that used to run the comic shop I frequented on the West Bank over a decade ago. He moved to Houston and I didn't realize he moved back. This will probably be fairly small, it's the same weekend as Jazz Fest and it's just starting, but hopefully it'll be enough for him to continue it on a yearly basis. I've always thought New Orleans would be a great city for a comic convention. They tried one about ten years back that didn't seem to take, hopefully this one will.
And the coolest part of it all....I get to be a Guest. He's got a nice list of local artists and writers, some that have worked for Marvel, DC and Image, besides some of the smaller publishers like me. It's been awhile since I've sat behind a table at a convention and signed comics. I'm kind of excited.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I first became aware of Kayla Woodson last year at French Quarter Fest. I was walking from one end of the Quarter back towards the US Mint to see who was performing there when I heard a voice coming from one of the smaller stages set inbetween. It was Kayla. She was only 13 than. Just listening to her I was reminded of LeAnn Rhimes when she was younger. She had that powerful a voice. I was impressed enough that I bought the two cds she had for sale. They were recorded when she was 10 and a few years later. You can hear some of the promise in her voice on those cds, but you can hear the child in the voice too.
This year her voice has gotten stronger. Before you could hear pitching problems in some of her songs, today I heard a singer that is getting better and better control of her intstrument. She has a powerful voice. She sings songs from Taylor Swift to Guns n Roses. And she does it very good.
If she continues I think she will have a great future in music. I am very impressed by her.
It's been awhile since I've been out to listen to any live music. I've forgotten how long. But sitting there under the trees today, listening to the Revealers play their combination of funk and reggae I realized I haven't felt this good in a long while.
The below pictures are from today, but in New Orleans they could be from a typical day. You see bands and performers like this on the street playing music any day of the week in New Orleans.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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Monday, April 13, 2009
The porn actress Marilyn Chambers died at her home on April 12. Chambers is best known for the classic porn movie Behind The Green Door. I remember always hearing that she was the Ivory Soap baby but that isn't exactly true. She was the Mother for the baby on the Ivory Soap in the early seventies, before she made it in the porn industry. She was born in Providence Rhode Island to a middle class family. She went to California to be an actress and had a bit part in the Barbara Streisand movie The Owl and the Pussycat. Her first porn film was Behind The Green Door and she talked the producers into giving her a percent of the gross. It was one of the first xxx rated movies that featured a white woman having sex with a black man. In 2004 and 2008 she ran for Vice President on the Personal Choice Party.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The actress Felicia Day twittered that Fox is not going to run the 13th and supposedly final episode of this season of Dollhouse, thus making episode twelve the season ender. To most people this would seem to be the end for the series, but Fox is claiming that it is not canceling Dollhouse. Who believes that?
Cover of Tampa BurnThe first in a series of posts about some of my favorite characters from books. The last decade or so have found me gravitating more towards Mysteries as my choice of genre. In the second decade or so of my life I was enmeshed in the world of science fiction. So my first character I want to write about is from a series of Mysteries by Randy Wayne White.
The series take place mainly in Florida but wander the world. The main character is Doctor Marion Ford. Ford is a Marine biologist by trade and secretly a operative for a very clandestine government organization. As a Marine biologist he can be sent into other countries to investigate the flora and fauna of said country while in his other guise he can be doing other nastier things.
When the books start Ford is finished with his government past, or so he hopes. Somehow during the course of the series it keeps coming back to demand more from him. He is trying to come to terms with some of the things he has done while working for the government.
As a character I would place Ford up there with the ultimate in my book, Travis McGee. Ford is a man that lives by what he considers good and tries very hard not to veer from that path, but being human sometimes finds himself not living up to his hard goals. Like McGee with Meyer Ford has his own sometimes sidekick in his exact opposite Tomlinson, a hippie zen master that lives on a boat in the same marina with the Doc and is his best friend.
This is one of those series where while you can enjoy yourself reading about the action and adventure that take place you also learn something. As Ford is a scientist you might learn something about sharks or the state of Florida or even something about what it means to be human. In a lot of ways Ford is a very old fashioned man about some things.
There have been 16 books about Doc Ford and I consider this one of the best series currently being published. The novels are:
Sanibel Flats (1990, St. Martin's Press)
The Heat Islands (1992, St. Martin's Press)
The Man Who Invented Florida (1993, St. Martin's)
Captiva (1996, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
North of Havana (1997, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Mangrove Coast (1998, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Ten Thousand Islands (2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Shark River (2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Twelve Mile Limit (2002, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Everglades (2003, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Tampa Burn (2004, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Dead of Night (2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Dark Light (2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Hunter's Moon (2007, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Black Widow (2008, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
DEAD SILENCE (2009 G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Image via WikipediaIn the recent online (and probable new issue) of Rolling Stone is an article about LOST. Go read it here. And make sure to read the comments....seems I wasn't the only one that thought of aliens after this week's episode. But I must have missed the comment about turtles they mention, was that in the show?
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Ok, who would have thought it? Ben actually has feelings for someone other than himself. Does anyone else think that aliens might be involved in the island somehow? I'm just not seeing how the "island" is doing all this. There has to be more behind it all. According to rumor they've hired an actor (sorry I can't remember who and I'm too lazy to look it up right now) to play the mysterious Jacob in the May 14 season finale. While I think this episode is getting back to what I like I find myself growing bored with John Locke. I think part of my problem with Lost lately is that I'm not too fond of the episodes that take place back in the seventies. And next week they go back to that time. But I have to admit that they're filling in a lot of holes, showing how people ended up where they did.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Image via WikipediaTwenty five years ago Marvin Gaye, one of the great singers and a staple of Motown, was shot to death by his father. Marvin was not content to just be a hit singer and songwriter, he wanted to do something more. He wrote and recorded one of the greatest protest albums ever created What's Going On? It became his biggest success and is still relevant today. This video is the title song from that album plus "What's Happening Brother?" I think "What's Going On?" is still one of the greatest songs of all time and his singing in it is incredible.