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This Week's Comics Haul

Posted 3/4/2015

NEW COMIC DAY!!!  This wasn't a BIG haul, but it was a good one.  A couple stories came to an end this week, plus DC comics is doing their movie poster variant covers this month, 2 of which I picked up.  My daughter got 2, my son got 3 (although I accidentally picked up 2 copies of Detective Comics--that damned variant cover), and I only got 5.  But here they are (check that awesome Green Lantern variant cover!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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March 2015 Update

Posted 3/2/2015

It's March 2nd.  How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty nice.  I actually had two days off, so I got to relax.  For me, this weekend relaxing meant movies (American Sniper, The Lazarus Effect, and Robocop 2013), lunch out, and plenty of games on Family Game Night (Geek Battle, Jenga, and Smart Ass).  It was a good time.

Last week, I finished up the first draft of The Werewolves of Green Lake, which came to around 26,000 words, but it won't be coming out just yet.  I still need to do some edits.  However, this month will see the release of something, I just don't know what yet.  I decided back in December that, this year, I wanted to publish at least one new title every month.  So far, here's what I got:

In January I published:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in February there was this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the titles to see them on Amazon!

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I don't WANT to hate people; they MAKE me hate them.

Posted 2/26/2015

I listen to a lot of pod casts, about a lot of topics. I listen to comic book pod casts, I listen to horror pod casts, I listen to writing pod casts, I listen to Nine Inch Nails and Prince pod casts, etc.

I decided the other day that I have no choice but to unsubscribe to one of them. I was listening to this horror writing pod cast, and the topic was top 5 classic horror movies, and there were two hosts, both of whom I assumed like horror, writing, or horror writing, and I further assumed these hosts would know what the hell they were talking about at all.

I was wrong.

It all started when one of the hosts mentioned A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and then one of them asked (I’m paraphrasing), “Wasn’t Freddy like burned or something?”

What? Yes, of course he was burned. Der.

He then went on to say he’s never seen the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake.

Sigh. Alright. I mean, you’re the host of a HORROR pod cast and that was a HUGE horror movie when it was released, I would kind of expect there to not be a single horror “fan” alive who hadn’t seen it, but I mean whatever you say…

But the one that got me was when the other host actually had the nerve to ask the following question:

“Did John Carpenter do Halloween?”

ARE YOU F$&KING KIDDING ME??? You’re a f$&king “horror” pod cast host doing a show on top 5 classic horror movies and you have the f$&king balls to ask if John Carpenter made Halloween?!?!??!!

Take your ball and GO HOME, you are NOT welcome on this field. You wanna play, do your homework and learn what the f$&k the adults are talking about and then MAYBE we’ll let you back in.

I admit I don’t know everything about horror, movies, or horror movies, but you gotta be a real low level loser to come into this genre and try to be taken seriously as an “authority” on a topic you don’t know the fundamentals of.

I like my guitars and I like fiddling with them. I know the parts of a guitar and I can fumble through a few simple songs, but that’s where my experience ends. With that in mind, I would be the last friggin’ person to come into a room of guitar enthusiasts and start talking like I know anything. I know sh!t about the guitar.

And these dudes know even less about horror movies. But I’m supposed to subscribe and listen to their pod cast? Why? Because they have one? Sorry, homey, “because” isn’t good enough. You better earn my time spent on your show, and you do that by educating yourself and knowing what the f$&k you’re talking about. Until then, sit down, Junior, and let the grownups do the heavy lifting. You run off and play with your toys. Email me if and when you ever decide to get serious.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 2/25/2015

It is NEW COMIC DAY!!!!!  And nobody cares about anything else today so let's dive in.  My daughter got 2, my son got 5, and I came home with 14!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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February LootCrate: Play!

Posted 2/24/2015

Today was LootCrate day!!!  Actually it came yesterday, and I found it on my desk when I got home last night, but my daughter and I always open it together, so I had to wait until this morning.  Anyway, here's what we got:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 They are, from first to last, the Crate opened, a DIY Munny figure, a Hexbug, Ready Player One in paperback, a Waka-Waka poster, a Superfight deck, and Rock-Paper-Scissors dice game for the crate, which unfolds to reveal a game board.  Overall, pretty good crate this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And also, today I will be reading:

The last time we saw Simon Garth, the bank teller single-handedly stopped a gang of murderous robbers and got shot, bitten by zombies, and med-evac-ed straight into Army custody for scientific experimentation as death and the necrotic infection overtook him fast. No problem, right? Find out how Simon got out of THAT one - assuming he did - and check out his further adventures battling the undead - unless, that is, he's one of them now - in a brutal, gory, disgusting, and awesome re-imagining of one of Marvel's strangest horror heroes that could only be dreamed up by artist/co-writer Kyle Hotz (Zombie) and Eric Powell (The Goon)! Collects The Zombie: Simon Garth #1-4.

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Currently Reading: Marvel Universe Vs. The Avengers

Posted 2/23/2015

How far will the Avengers go to save the world?

An unprecedented global epidemic spreads throughout the Marvel Universe, transforming civilians and super heroes alike into cannibalistic monsters.  When the Avengers' brightest minds fail to stem the tide of chaos, an eleventh-hour solution comes from the world's most ruthless tyrant, Dr. Doom.  As Earth's Mightiest Heroes succumb to the contagion--changing into super-powered savages with an insatiable hunger for flesh--will those who remain comply with Doom's terms and appoint him emperor of Earth?  A lone hero perseveres in a broken world on unimaginable horror.  The Marvel Universe may be beyond salvation, but it can still be avenged!

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Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice

Posted 2/22/2015

While driving across the country, father Joe Weber and his son Jeremy … no, scratch that, that was RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT. While driving across the country, father John Garret (Terence Knox, “Tour of Duty”) and his son Danny (Paul Scherrer, “Sons and Daughters”) find themselves in Hemingford, Nebraska where the news is reporting the mass murder of all the adults from the nearby town of Gatlin.

The residents of Hemingford are taking in the orphaned children while the police investigate the goings-on in the town. John, it turns out, is a tabloid reporter, and he and Danny stop to get the story. They rent a room in a local bed and breakfast, then John sets out to work.

Meanwhile Danny meets local girl Amanda … no, again, RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT, sorry. Meanwhile Danny meets local girl Lacey (Christie Clark, “Days of Our Lives”) and the two begin spending a lot of time together.

And while Gatlin may have been removed from the equation, the goings-on there are still very much going on. With their leader Isaac dead, though, the children have turned to a new leader, Micah (Ryan Bollman, “Mama’s Family”), who has been possessed by He Who Walks Behind the Rows. With the children once more on board, the killing of adults in Hemingford gets under way, first with local old bag Mrs. Burke, on whom the children drop a house--literally; she had planned to leave town, and take her house, which is up on jacks, with her--then Micah uses a voodoo doll to make a man bleed to death in church before they go after the local doctor. And when Mrs. Burke’s twin sister, Mrs. West comes along, she’s the next to go.

Back in the land of adulthood, John is desperately trying to get the story--he used to work for Newsweek but was fired and has been working for the Worldly Inquirer ever since, but he’d REALLY like the chance to get back in the game at a major newspaper. But every attempt to get the truth is met by anger from the locals. That is, until he meets Frank Red Bear, a professor at a local university.

Together the pair discover that the elders of Hemingford are selling rotten corn from the previous year, mixing it in with the current crop. The problem is, the spoiled corn has grown a mold which released a toxin in the air. This toxin causes hallucinations in children, and John and Frank decide this must be what’s behind the stories of He Who Walks Behind the Rows telling them to kill all the adults in Gatlin. But before they can act, the local sheriff ties them up and tries to kill them before heading off to a town meeting where he and the rest of the town leaders are burned alive by the children of the corn.

They then kidnap Lacey and Angela, the owner of the B&B where John and Danny have been staying, and with whom John has been sleeping, and try to force Danny into sacrificing them so he can become part of their flock. Just then, John and Red Bear come to the rescue, chaos ensues, and the vampires--I mean the children of the corn--are once again scattered, leaving yet another Nebraska town in tatters.

I suppose if I’m looking for something good to say about CHILDREN OF THE CORN II: The Final Sacrifice, it would be that it seems to at least be trying to be a direct sequel to the 1984 original. Unfortunately, it gets a lot of its inspiration from a different sequel, 1987’s RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT. We’ve got a disconnected father and son traveling together, two people who want little to do with each other. We’ve got that father and son finding themselves in a small town with a secret. We’ve got a father trying to get to the bottom of things while the son is being wooed in the other direction, the locals trying to persuade him to join them. We’ve got the father becoming involved with a local while the son follows suit. We’ve got an outsider who appears seemingly out of nowhere to team up with the father in uncovering the truth. It’s almost like they lifted the structure of RETURN, changed all the vampire references to children and He Who Walks Behind the Rows, and called it a day.

Now, the fact this movie was written by A L Katz and Gilbert Adler, both of whose previous credits include scripts for “Freddy’s Nightmares”, wasn’t great. I guess high drama and authentic horror isn’t exactly playing to their strengths. Then again, David Price at the helm couldn’t have helped; I highly doubt working on SON OF DARKNESS: To Die For 2 was all the prep needed to take on a King sequel. I saw the first TO DIE FOR and that was not a movie that needed a franchise.

But I digress.

The biggest problem I had with CHILDREN OF THE CORN II wasn’t the never ending similarities to RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT, it was that it was just plain boring. We get a few deaths as the children murder their way through town, but those scenes feel forced and silly and as if they were added in later after Katz and Adler finished what they thought was a powerful script only to realize they forgot to include any action. And the He Who Walks Behind the Rows gimmick only barely works here.

Knox and Scherrer are bland, while Bollman as Micah doesn’t even get that distinction. But what else would you expect from a “Small Wonder” and “Mama’s Family” alum? I found nothing natural about any of the performances, and every line of dialogue uttered throughout the entire movie felt forced and stiff.

Overall, this was just a poorly-made movie. We had not a single standout performance, no memorable characters and Micah was an incredibly poor substitute for John Franklin’s Isaac from the first movie.

Unfortunately, this was only the beginning and the Children of the Corn series would continue on for more movies than I care to admit, and not a one of them matched the original. And that’s saying something looking back at that first movie. They couldn’t even reach THOSE standards? Sheesh.

I do appreciate the attempt to tie this story into the original, at least, and I did enjoy the fact it seemed to be giving us a plausible conclusion to that first movie, with the events being reported by a couple who had been making their way through town--Burt and Vicky from the first movie--having the authorities come in and discover all the adults had been murdered, then shipping the kids off to be taken care of elsewhere. I’m not saying this is exactly what would have happened; I can’t honestly see them simply being farmed out to anyone in the next town over willing to take them in, but at least it’s something.

Unfortunately, that’s the ONLY something I was able to take away from this one, while every other single thing about this movie falls so flat it’s ridiculous. As a standalone movie, CHILDREN OF THE CORN II: The Final Sacrifice is terrible. As a King-related movie, it’s an abomination I can’t even begin to recommend. Pass.

  

King on Film

Carrie (1976)

Salem's Lot (1979)
The Shining (1981)
The Boogeyman (1982)

Creepshow (1982)
The Woman in the Room (1983)
Disciples of the Crow (1983)
Cujo (1983)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Christine (1983)

Children of the Corn (1984)
Firestarter (1984)
Word Processor of the Gods (1984)
Cat’s Eye (1985)
Silver Bullet (1985)
Srazhenie (1986)
Gramma (1986)
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Stand By Me (1986)

Creepshow 2 (1987)

Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

The Running Man (1987)

Sorry, Right Number (1987)

Pet Sematary (1989)

The Cat From Hell (1990): 
Graveyard Shift (1990)
It (1990)

Misery (1991)

The Moving Finger (1991)

Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Golden Years (1991)

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Sleepwalkers (1992)

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Currently Reading:

Posted 2/19/2015

The mentally handicapped young Sheemie possesses the awesome power to shatter the very Beams of the Dark Tower - the fulcrum of existence itself. But Sheemie doesn't want to destroy reality. He is in the prison of Devar-Toi, and all he wants is his friends to rescue him. Roland Deschain is coming for him even now, but Sheemie must evade animal-headed guards and the monstrous Great Old Ones while he waits! Plus: traveling through the Desatoya Mountains, Roland comes across a haunted camp. There, he relives one of his past adventures in which he and his ka-tet were trapped by supernatural enemies. How will the young Gunslinger survive the sinister assault? And how does it relate to his current quest? Find out in this exciting prequel to The Little Sisters of Eluria!

COLLECTING: Dark Tower : The Gunslinger - Sheemie 's Tale 1-2; Evil Ground 1-2; The Fall of Lord Perth 1

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This Week's Comics Haul

Posted 2/18/2015

Note: something's screwed up with my pictures on the site, as you've probably noticed, so I'm not using them this time.  --CDM.

 

There are some pretty good comics this week although, as of this posting, I haven't gotten them yet.  I went to pick them up, but due to all the snow we've been getting lately, the UPS delivery has been delayed.  So I'll have to check back later.  I DID, however, get a few trades for super cheap.

The Brightest Day, Volume 1 I picked in HARDCOVER up for $5--couldn't say no to it, plus a cool graphic novel adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem for only $3.  I also found a trade paperback of The Gunslinger: Last Shots for $10, which is more than I would have wanted to pay for it, until I looked inside, because I didn't recognize the title.  These are some of the one-shots in this Dark Tower series that I either hadn't caught when they came out or didn't even realize existed.  So, yeah, $10 was no problem to add this one to the collection.

 

 This week's haul, when I do get them, my daughter will have 1, my son 2 and I'll get 8:

My daughter will be getting:

Regular Show #20

My son will be getting:

Batman Eternal #46

Batman and Robin #39

I'm getting:

Earth 2: World's End #20

Avengers World #17

Green Lantern: New Guardians #39

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #5

Futures End #42

Uncanny X-Men #31

The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Justice League #39

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Currently working and reading:

Posted 2/17/2015

That was a BUSY weekend, and it's still going.  I worked all weekend--have worked every day since LAST Monday, in fact--and would love a day off.  But that won't be for a few more days.  So I'm not ready to get into reading anything too heavy just yet.  I finished the Marketing book over the weekend and since then have been reading random comics I downloaded from Comixology.  Tonight on break, I'm going to try to get through these:

  

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