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Anger Mangement

So I was amoungst the millions of rubberneckers who caught the first two episodes of Charlie Sheen’s new show last night. We’re still trying to figure if the train wreck is over and if it’s okay to stop looking now.

It’s not bad. That’s not to say that it’s’s not anything. It’s boring. I think the greatest failing of this show is that Sheen lacks a foil. They have tried to effectively merge his Charlie Harper character from”Two and a Half Men” with the Allen character and combine them into his Charlie Goodson character, and it just doesn’t quite work.

The next door neighbor (Michael Boatman) isn’t really quirky enough for Sheen’s wit to bounce off of. The Ex-Wife (Shawnee Smith, who I’ve adored since she was in Summer School with Mark Harmon) would actually work better for this and has better chemistry, but she’s underdeveloped and according to IMDB, not in the rest of the series!

There’s real potential for funny exchanges during the bar scenes with Brett Butler and the therapy sessions.  Unfortunately, they all fall flat.  That’s a pity, because if done right, they could become real water cooler talk moments – much like the defendants in Night Court. Those segments were peppered throughout the show and were some of the funniest moments in it. A little more time put into it and I think these therapy sessions and bar scenes could do the same.

Having a formula isn’t a bad thing. I used one to create Violent Blue, but they’ve strayed to far from what works and focused on the wrong things. It’s a shame because I like all the actors in this show, but if FX picks it up after the initial 9 episode order without some serious overhaul, they are fools.


Mystery Guest

Okay, this was a while back, but the thing is…I lost the artwork.

It’s ironic, because the scenario this Clix Comic comes from is one I never got to play. I built this team, and even test played it at another venue, but the week I was supposed to do the actual game, it got cancelled.

I don’t remember much except it was during the Superman launch and it was going to be a really close quarters  match, so I wanted close combat experts. I do recall though that this is where I really learned to love the Batgirl figure. I got her because I wanted a complete modern Batman family…who knew she would be such a good piece? She’s nearly impossible to hit from a distance and if you get into hand to hand she’s got close combat expert to drop tons of damage on you! Bronze Tiger’s not to shabby either though I need to mod his mask off so he look more like he did back in Suicide Squad.

I like to imagine that Batman was the leader of this group and the recruitment went a little like this (the “You??” at the end is because one of the rules was that we had to include one figure from a sealed booster) :

Thank you Danny Trejo!

I may not be able to get Fred Williamson, but I’m more than happy to get Danny Trejo instead! He turned this around reasonably quickly so I wasn’t freaking out for too long about sending this poster (already signed by Tom Savini and John Saxon) through the mail!  Thanks so much Mr. Trejo!

A special thanks for singing over Clooney’s mouth. If anyone could shout that blowhard up, it’s you Danny!

Monster Bash!

Been a couple of first time cons this year. Lake Effect Conic Con and Monster Bash! Of course I’ve been wanting to go to Monster bash fro a few years now, but it always seemed to be the one that fell through the crack. It was especially sad the first year, because I missed the Creature from the Black Lagoon…but never fear…this year he was back!

I pulled up to the hotel and immediately knew I was in the right place. Great displays in the lobby as well as the cool banners outside.

One of the thi8ngs I noticed about this con is how many people in costume are around. I love cosplayers and the classic monster types are really cool.

They seem to have as many Horror hosts as Cinema Wasteland, but those guys also seemed to be taking more pictures.

Finally got my Creature from the Black Lagoon autograph and met the ingenue!

Got to meet Arch Hall Jr. as well and get a second autograph on my EEGah! poster!

The movie selection unfortunately wasn’t my thing – I’ve never been real in to Cavemen, but it’s absolutely worth the trip for the guests. (my only complaint with that was the panels were only thrity minuets long! You really NEED an hour!) It’s got a similar family atmosphere that I usually feel at Cinema Wasteland. People are easy to approach and talk too. I had one guy come up and straight out ask “How old is that Shadow backpack?”

It was that atmosphere that helped me find a couple of familiar faces that I didn’t know. I tracked down all the members of the B-Movie-Cast (a podcast I listen too frequently) and it was really fun to put the faces to the voices. The other person I wanted to find was Richard Scravani. He’s listed on the site as a guest, but what they don’t tell you is that he doesn’t have a table. HE hosted a couple of segments and spent the rest of the con attending events like the rest of us. I’m a big fan of his book on my favorite Horror Host, Zacherley and I wanted him to sing my copy….but couldn’t seem to find him most of the day! Late in the afternoon I caught him in the lobby and was able to sit and talk with him about Zach for a while. We both had similar experiences sending him letters and discussed how strange it was that certain areas he’s really well known and in others like Cleveland, he’s virtually unknown. IT was really nice to meet him and speak with him about everything. He left a lovely inscription in my book and seemed embarrassed I even asked him to sign it. Before we headed off to the Black Lagoon panel he told me I made his afternoon.

Of course one of the reasons I go to these things is so I can buy stuff you just can’t find in the real world. My real score was a bootleg copy of Spider-Man : Turn of the Dark. Yeah, that’s right. I have the Broadway musical. It’s AWFUL.

The girls loved the rubber dinosaurs I brought home for them and Lydia wore one of the bat rings I brought her to Church. I also got Maddie a Grim Reaper comic book (Same artist as Tiny Titans) and she had it open as soon as she got it and was trying to sound out words in story.

All in all a good con. I expect I’ll be back, but I’ll be mindful of the programming next time and pick a year with better movies.

Hey Fred! Call your agent!

So I’m getting ready for the bash and pulling posters I want signed and sorting through autographs.

It occured to me that even though I didn’t have my Dusk till Dawn poster a few years back when Fred Williamson was at Cinema Wasteland, I might still be able to catch him through the mail and get an autograph on it along with the ones already on it.

I found his website and there were instructions on sending items to get autographed. there weas a fee – I’m fine with that. It means I have a MUCH greater liklihood of getting my auto back. I shot out an email to his agent (her contact info was on the site, not his. Again, I’m fine with that. It’s smart.) to confirm that the info was up to date and that this was the right place to send the picture.

Her reply was : don’t use that address.  I will get one for you.

That was four days ago.
Not digging it. At this point I’m not sure i’d trust an address even if she gets one back to me. Drag.
Oh well. Got to get some Violent Blue done before I head out to Monster Bash tomorrow morning. 5:00 AM  is ging to come WAY to early.

Monster Bash this weekend!

I’m heading to PA for my first Monster Bash this weekend. Really excited about meeting the Creature for the Black Lagoon!

Barda vs. Witchblade

You may remember some of  this dialogue from the Clix party post a few months back. But seriously, if Big Barda met Witchblade, isn’t this JUST how the two would hit it off?

Still on Vacation

We just got back from Chicago, and will be doing some local Cleveland stuff for the remainder of the vacation. Don’t worry though, Violent Blue will still update tomorrow!



This week I’m taking my first vacation in about eight years. Don’t worry, Violent Blue will update as normal, but the blog is going to take the week off.

See you next week.


This may be my favorite of Maddie’s pictures.  You see this one is supposed to be me.

Maddie got the idea to draw each person in her family one day. I don’t know what became of the other images, but I took mine and hung it up at work. It’s still on my office wall. If you look closely at the shirt I’m wearing, you’ll notice some figures on it. Maddie told me that those are superheros; “Because I know you love superheros daddy!”

It’s funny that she’s identified that with me. Five days a week she sees me in dress cloths with a tie. I do usually wear a superhero shirt to Church (I hope it makes me easier to relate to – it’s something Louie Weaver used to do too) but only sometimes during the rest of the weekend. It still makes the pic one of the most fun she’s drawn for me!