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Archive for May, 2011

No more days off!

You know, having an extra day off is supposed to be relaxing.  Memorial day wasn’t relaxing at all. I got up early, and pushed the stroller to the parade. Then we ran home, updated and handled some of the administrative stuff for the comic strip then it’s off to a picnic. Back home, just enought time to mess up the comission I’m doing just before I finished it. Lost wallet. Off, pushing the stroller to another picnic, and back home to finish that piece of art and get the car gassed up and running again (it stalls constantly if I don’t turn the engine over every day or two. I guess I understand, I’d be  pissy if I hadn’t been touched for four days too) so I’m ready for work tomorrow.

Seriously, I need a day off to recover from THIS day off.


But on the bright side, there will be new Violent Blue up Wednesday.


Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial day everyone. I rolled Maddie up to the parade while Amy biked Lydia there this morning. I was pleased to see I wasn’t the only one in a Captain America shirt.
If you served, I thank you for doing something I wasn’t brave enough to do.

In other news, there’s a new Volent Blue up! Seems like there’s ben a lot of church related ones lately….

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I miss the days I actually LIKED Star Trek

SyFy is marathoning all the Star Trek movies. Nemesis is on right now. What’s really sad is that I’d rather watch Extreme Couponing on the next channel.
There’ll be a new Violent Blue strip tomorrow.

New strip; The Bibleman Adventure

I always thought there was more potential in this series, it’s a shame they never tried to play it as a straight action series. Instead they kept slashing the budget and making it more ridiculous

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In other news, I’ve also got a guest strip up at MattWL’s site Eleventeen. Go check it out; it’s in color!


It’s Wednesday, that means new Violent Blue today!

Guest Strip on Frekin’ Awful Puns

I actually almost missed seeing this one go out! I love fourth wall stuff….

Violent Blue Updated!

New Violent Blue strip is up!

It’s interesting how much spirituality I heard In the new Pirates movie this weekend. There are Sundays I don’t hear as much about redemption and eternal life…..

I also thought it was really cool that the missionary was such a well done character. usually when you see a preacher in a typical Hollywood movie, he’s the serial killer. I liked that he really was the only heroic character in this movie.

They finally got a Pirates sequal right. The previous pirates sequals tried to bring back EVERY character from the previous films and just overloaded the movies. Enough to sink already weak scripts. This one however, they pruned down the cast significantly and really focused on Jack. They had great villians and a solid script. They still managed to leave it open for a sequal while creating a movie that stands on it’s own. With Dead man’s Chest and World’s End, you really need to see both movies and that’s just no fun.

3d did nothing for me. It actually distracted me more than enhancing the film. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the movie….and I especially enjoyed going to see it with my wife (but no kids).

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Superman 900

I picked up Action Comics 900 last weekend. In it there’s a short story (not even the main feature for Christ’s sake!) where Superman goes to Iran to participate in a peacful protest. He just lands and stands with the crowd for 24 hours then leaves. I thought that was just so cool to see. Great story. Sure the Iranian government got pissed and complained, then the US goverment felt the need to talk to Superman. Same as usual. I’ve seen this before, “Secret Identity” handled it really well. We saw some of that in “Salvation Run” too. Then Superman stated to the government agent that he was going to the UN to renounce his citizenship.
I felt like someone had just punched me in the face.
Those of you who know me – really know me, know how big a deal Superman is to me. It’s fairly visible, The floor mats in my car, the stickers and the steering wheel cover. The constant parades of shirts. The Money clip my Wife found for me. The stacks and stacks of comics, not to mention the drawings of my own. But it’s the character that fascinates me. The character that uplifts and gives us something to aspire to. This isn’t it.
Don’t get me wrong. You can have a global worldview, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing your personal culture, and Superman’s cultural heritage is far more American that alien. Who he is fundamentally is grounded in Pa Kent – and that’s nothing but American. “Superman : Peace on Earth” tackled these issues of mistrust as well, and what is notable was the realization that Clark Kent (in this case helping people reclaim farmland and plant crops) can sometimes be more effective than Superman. Clark the human, Clark the American. That’s at the core of my profound disappointment here. The action of renouncing his citizenship is antithetical to the character.
I have to question the motives at DC on this. I mean, it smacks of cosmopolitan Intellectualism, of people with such open minds that their brains have leaked out. This isn’t revolutionary, it’s not creative, this decision is cowardly. It says, “Lets try to appease the rest of the world by showing how ashamed we are of our homeland.” . America isn’t perfect. But it is a special place, a remarkable place. This is an experiment in liberty that most people 200 years ago never expected to succeed, and certainly never expected the US to become as influential as it has been. It deserves better than this.
You know what? So do I. Perhaps it’s time for me to renounce my citizenship in the DC Universe and immigrate over to Marvel.