Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Thursday, November 04, 2004
...of American soldiers being used as cannon fodder.
...of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.
...of debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off.
...of racists and lunatics for judicial appointments
...of looting the treasury and squandering it on corporate cronies.
...of making enemies faster than we can kill them.
...of fear and darkness and racism and hatred and stupidity and guns and bad country music.
I look at the big map and all of the red in flyover country and I feel like I've been locked in a room with the slow learners. We have become the country that pulls a dry cleaning bag over its head to play astronaut.
thanks to Tbogg for the above
and a big "Thanks alot Fucktards" to the rest of you fucking blind mother fuckers. kisses.
(EDITORS NOTE... I've gotten alot of flack over the above and a lesser man would admit defeat and remove this entry, pretending that it never happened... but I'm leaving it as a document of my attitude at that moment in history. As some have stated in the comments section, it really doesn't sound like me. that's because it wasn't -- it is a re-post from another blog "Tbogg" and just struck a harmonic resonance with me at the time. I have many friends in the "flyover" states and have even been given to loving flights of fancy about moving there -- for the low cost of housing and proximity to the summer conventions. To whit... I love my midwestern brothers and sisters, and my anger is truly only aimed at the hatemongers that seek to undermine the true morals of this great liberal-founded nation of ours)
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
When I tell people that I saw "Team America: World Police" over the weekend, the question they ask first is "was it good?"
In this rant, I shall try to lay out my complicated feeling in this subject.
Act 1: We get introduced to all the characters, and see a lot of explosions.
Great; loved it. Trey and Matt claim that the movie is meant to be a satire on Bruckheimer style action films and throughout this first act they are spot-on! The music is great. Trey Parker has once again shown us his deft ability to satirize cheesy music. Like "Freedom Isn't Free" (a patriotic country song) or the rousing Team America fight song "America, F**k Yeah". Gems--pure gems. Add to that the absurdity of a marionette kung fu fight scene--comedy gold.
Act 2: Team America makes its biggest mistake, the Hero quits in disgrace -- and it looks like all is lost.
Not bad, as second acts go. The music is still good. Plenty of in-jokes for fans like Kim Jung Ill's "...you're breaking my balls Hans, you're breaking my balls" line, which comes from of the "stem cell" episode of South Park. The capper of the act is a song aptly named "The End Of An Act", a love-lost power ballad, that spends half its time slamming Michael Bay and his craptacular film "Pearl Harbor".
Act 3: Mustering courage and faith, the disgraced Hero returns and saves the day.
Not so good. Here Trey and Matt become truly jingoistic in making their repetitive pet statement that the biggest obstacle in the war are...Hollywood actors (a fallacious argument that I will return to in a moment). Distracted as such, even the music value drops here--the main track being "Montage", which any fan of South Park will recall from the "Aspen" episode. I kept waiting for the song's lyrics to be different in some way...but I'm pretty sure it's the exact same song.
Now--there's a lot of talk on the web about Trey and Matt's political leanings. There's even a group of people labeled by the media as "South Park Republicans". South Park, in spite of its coarse language and base humor, often--though not constantly--communicates the Republican position on issues. A common theme on the show is celebrity, and how it damages the kids of South Park [read -- "US"]. Hollywood bigwigs are helpfully painted as assholes, psychos, whores, and idiots. When they come to town, they invariably ruin the lives of these "honest folks without temptation." This is a constant theme of Team America as well. Hollywood Actors are well-meaning egotists that force everyone to think like they do, and we are powerless to think for ourselves, or to stop them. Perhaps it's satire as well, but if so, Parker and Stone play that hand held very tightly to the chest.
Many people say that this movie mocks everyone equally. It's patently untrue. In a movie about the Republican-championed (and thus far, rather ineffectual) war on terror, not one member of the Republican administration is featured. Not one. No Rumsfield, no Ashcroft, no Cheney--no one. In the last act, there's a summit of the World's leaders, yet there is no representative of America. They are conspicuous in their absence. Oh, Team America does execute a marionette representing actress/liberal talkshow host Janeane Garofalo, and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is portrayed as a psychotic suicide bomber. But it's apparently beyond the pale to even include the Sainted Dubya in this little puppet film. Yet who else would be a more qualified puppet, I ask you?
So okay, Matt & Trey, you fucktards--listen up. If celebrity and fame preclude you from having a voice in this democracy, then you--and Rush Limbaugh--had better SHUT THE FUCK UP. If being an actor means that you are too stupid to be trusted, then we'd better do something about the governor of California right quick! Or is it only people that disagree with you that deserve to shotgunned in the face for standing up to be counted?
Fuck you, you Fucking Hypocrites.
That said...the soundtrack is great. Buy the soundtrack.
Monday, October 18, 2004
James Ernest?s Totally Renamed Spy Game the long-awaited remake of... Well... I'd tell you what it was once called, but I am legaly required not to.
Players take the roles of super-villains, earning points by luring secret agents into their dastardly lairs, taunting them with deadly devices, and then killing them.
The Spy Game contains 112 cards, including Spies, Taunts, and improvements to your evil lair, illustrated in glorious color -- with every single card featuring MY ART!
Thursday, October 14, 2004
my favorite bits....
...He [the pizza guy] got back into his car to drive away, when Darth Vader, mask, black outfit and all, suddenly materialized. In a presumably commanding voice, the evil Sith Lord ordered the deliveryman to give up all his cashand...
..."Thank God nothing happened to the victim," Dearmas told the TV station. "We are very fortunate for that." "But things could have been much worse," he added, possibly considering the awesome power of the Dark Side.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
My 19 year-old (former foster) son, who has never been interested in politics, sat down with me and began silently watching about 10 minutes into it.About half an hour later he turned to me and said, "Dad, am I able to vote?". I told him he
would have to register but that yes, he could vote. I asked who he wanted to vote for, and he said "Kerry's the tall dude, right?". I said yes, and he said, "I'd vote for Kerry".
I asked him why, and he replied, "Because, I can tell if they were both captured by terrorists Kerry would keep telling them to go f*** themselves, and Bush would cry like a baby and tell them anything they wanted to know".
Today we registered him to vote. -- Proud Dad
You can read more about this from the Proud Dad, KOS, here.
Monday, September 27, 2004
it's going on week 3 of this Arcane Times production slump. Still no comic. Almost a month without even a news update. I am really sorry. I will now give you my reasons (not excuses) for such an apalling lack of content provision.
1 - The Gen-Con trip really put me off my game.
2 - I have been working very hard on my first comic story. A six page back-up story for the next Girl Genius trade paperback!
3 - I got pulled out of town for my birthday.
4- I'm a dork
All of the above are true... May one or all of them aswade your disgruntled mind.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
look back at it with some sort of objective opinion. First of all I had a
great time hanging out with folks I normally only know by their screen
The con as always felt HUGE on day one and tiny the rest of the week. I
think it has something to do with relativity. The more time you have to goof
off the larger the main hall appears to be. And I had very little time to
In the course of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday... I ran an Introductory
adventure for Necessary Evil called "Fighting the Good Fight" seven times. I
was only SUPPOSED to do it six times, but I through one more in for good
luck. The feedback I got from the folks that played was positive. Of course
by the last session I was in "the zone" and kinda wished I could have had
the chance to re-do the original days games. Ah well -- the wayback machine
is still on the fritz so maybe next year.
I did get to PLAY in one session, Joe Unger's "Red Rising" which promises to
be one hellva "Hard-Sci-Fi-Alternate-History-Cold-War-Espionage" game if I
ever saw one...
To be clear... I don't mean that it has a lack of culture or fine after-hour
establishments for the traveler looking to drink and be merry... I mean it
smells... rEEEaly bad. Even to I, a veteran of gamers cons, this town made
my eyes water. Like some sort of fermenting manure was leeching up from
beneath the city. It stank like one pictures New Jersey is supposed to. Had
an animated rotting corpse clawed it's way from a manhole cover to feast on
the flesh of the living I would at least be able to point and say "AH!
that's where that smell came from". A friend tells me that this is common
not only to Indianapolis but to all of Indiana itself. Good god, those poor
people... the STENCH!
No wonder the setters kept moving west.
Best game to play drunk -- F*CK THIS
Best line of the Week -- "now if we can only find a place that smells this
bad with even fatter residents... we will be like GODS!"
Best Epiphany -- "Dude that's not the skipper... that's Gill Gerard!"
Thursday, July 29, 2004
As for why there was no strip this week, I am working furiously to finish an art order for Cheapass Games before I leave for Gen-Con on the 18th. The strip will be back next week and I may even post some previews of the art I did as well to make up in some small way for the delays.
Thanks again for your patience... both of you
Thursday, July 15, 2004
He also said "I tried to get a hold of you via IM -- but you weren't on all day".
"nope" I replied "the IM on my home computer is all wonky, it hasn't worked for weeks".
"Well I got something I want to talk to you about..." He said "can I call you?"
"ok" I said and made sure he had my new phone number.
We talked for a bit, while our superhero avatars stood twiddling their thumbs. When we were done, I had a 3 book deal and strange mixture of elation and dread churning in my stomach. "This was the big time" I told myself "you do this right and you could be up there with the likes of Elmore and Brom in 2 or 3 years -- Screw it up and you are over..."
Then Shane's avatar piped back up. "Hey wanna go do a mission? I got one in the sewers in Boomtown."
"Sure" I said
And off we rode into the sunset -- killing zombies as we went.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Give me a deadline and I'll meet it. I'll cancel parties... I'll turn down movie passes... I'll say "no" to large breasted women. All in the name of making my deadlines. That is until last Friday.
Last Friday I slipped out of a perfectly nice poker party at Phil & Kaja'a and headed to meet my dealer Freddy. You might know Freddy, he maintains a fairly plain looking storefront in Greenwood called Fred Myers. Everything's for sale at Freddy's... much to my dismay.
They had what I had come for, it was even on sale. 5 bucks cheaper than the list price. I Took it to the counter. The clerk was very nice I suppose. Innocent even. I felt so ashamed I couldn't even make eye contact -- something I always try to do with retail clerks. Outside the store I ripped open the package and immediately began to devour the contents.
They say your first hit is always the sweetest. By the time I got home my heart was pounding in anticipation I could barely hear anything. I stumbled to my study and began to jack in. Good God! I had been warned how powerful it was, how taxing it could be on your system. How dangerous it could be if you couldn't handle it. I didn't care. I needed that hit and I needed it now!
As that first wave of blue washed over me I knew I was hooked. I would do anything to sneak away and squeeze out another hit. and just lie there bathed in it's cool glow.
City of Heroes. I am your bitch.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Tuesday... while snacking on some Crunch and Munch: Butter Toffee flavor, I cracked a back molar. No pain, but it was really sharp.
Wednesday... I called up my dentist Dr. Hackney (honest!) and got an appointment for tomorrow... For 7AM! Ugh! Then I went and saw a screening for "The Day After Tomorrow". (more on that later) A good movie, the biggest letdown was just me not getting to eat any popcorn for fear of making that molar worse.
Thursday... I hauled my Zombie-ass off to an ungodly 7AM appointment. $540.00 for a new crown, and It looks like I'm not going to get that X-Box after all.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The Major Item of Note
Best Roleplaying Game
Savage Worlds, from Pinnacle/Great White Games
YEAH BABY! COME TO PAPA!
And for some of my other, highly emotional picks for Origin awards include...
Best Abstract Board Game
Chief Herman's Next big Thing from Cheapass Games
Best Traditional Board Game
Dork Tower, from Steve Jackson Games
Best Board Game Expansion
Zombies 3: Mallwalkers from Twilight Creations
Best Graphic Design of a Board Game or Expansion
Dork Tower Board Game from Steve Jackson Games
Best Traditional Card Game
Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island, from Z-Man Games
Best Graphic Design of a Card Game or Expansion
Give Me the Brain, Special Edition from Cheapass Games
Best Fantasy Miniatures Series
Warmachine series from Privateer Press
(So pretty - So deadly)
Best Science Fiction Miniatures Rules
Diceland: Space, from Cheapass Games
Best Science Fiction Miniatures Series
Street Violence, from Wargames Foundry
(they are to drool for)
Best Game Aid or Accessory
Bag o' Zombies from Twilight Creations
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
...in fact -- if you do like, you may notice a new "Comments" link under my posting. This service is provided by the nice folks at HaloScan and provides a nice way to say hi, and helps provide the proof that people look at this site. VALIDATE ME!!!
Tommorow's strip is done and ready to go up tonight at midnight. It's part 4 of the Stages of Van Helsing story, and was the original ending. About halfway through the strips, I realized that I had written "the FIVE stages of the Van Helsing veiwer" as the masthead of the peice... but i had only written 4 strips... EEEP!
So a new fifth strip was done up toot sweet and should be ready by the self-imposed Thursday deadline. Enjoy!
Monday, May 10, 2004
"But Wait" I hear you ask... "didn't Cheyenne star in the first 6 strips with the zombies?" -- that was "Golden-age" Cheyenne, this strip features the adventures of "Silver-age" Cheyenne... a much nicer, streamlined version of the character..
And look for the forthcoming, bitterly honest, gritty, "Modern-age" Cheyenne. You know the balding, overweight, lump of worthless flesh. -- kisses!
Friday, May 07, 2004
In other news, I finished my art order for PEG's new game suppliment "the Adventure Deck"; which will show off some of the coolest color work I have done to date. And about 3 hours after I turned in the final peice I got an E-mail from James Ernest of CheapAss Games with a full color project that he wants me to work on... I can't talk more about that yet but it's cool and very unlike the other stuff I've done so far.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
I am intrested in adding a comments section -- as people seem to like that sort of thing -- so if anybody has any suggestions on how to do that let me know, also the name of the comic is ATC (ArcaneTimes.Com) only by default. the suggestion box is open.
Monday, April 26, 2004
I attended Sakura-Con this weekend. For those that don't know, Sakura-con is/was a 3 day convention for anime enthusiasts. it's 4500 anime fans (median age 16) showing off the most elaborate hall costumes I have ever seen outside of the San Diego Comic-Con. the Highlight of the con was meeting the Penny Arcade guys and performing in the Girl Genius Radio Play. Lowlight goes to our table being stuck in the "dealers room 3 ghetto".
Monday, February 16, 2004
Cheyenne will be working with his good buddies at the Studio Foglio booth (L1 and L2, "near the south door"). Where he will gladly sign any Savage Worlds books of your choosing -- and if it's anything like GenCon, many lucky folks may even get a sketch!
See you there!