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Mike Z.
28 June 2007 @ 05:20 pm
Monday: There's no-one to run cameras for the midday news! Seems to be turning into kind of a weekly thing, so I deal with it.
Tuesday: I wake up at 2am to news that Chris Benoit is dead, having hung out with him before and after a Smackdown in Nov. 2005, I was understandably upset.  Then I read an update outlining the double-murder suicide aspect of the story.  I'm utterly shocked, and now have to go to work, where I hope that I won't hear anything about it. Work passes slowly until the midday (again) when there's a freak thunderstorm, that causes a major power-hit three minutes before the newscast, taking out the teleprompter, weather computer, and someting else I can't remember.  After work I'm up until around 8pm, reading/watching the updates on the story.

Wednesday: Up again at 2am, barely awake enough to drive to work.  Everything seems to be going smoothly, then I get home, go to my favorite torrent site, and it's been hit by a major system crash - no new comics this week, go to sleep at 2pm.

Thursday: Work's fine, I hear mention of a major news meeting at 3pm as I'm leaving, laugh about our sister station's capital budget with the guys in engineering, and go home. Download a newsreader because outlook sucks for this type of thing, and go about my nautical way.  Call into work at 3:45-ish to ask what the meeting was about, and hear that corporate legal people are coming in on Monday, but "that doesn;t mean we're shutting the station down"  SUUUUUUUURE it doesn't.  Call the wife about a possible job lead.

I swear, if my luck keeps up, by this time next week I'll probably be dead from an errant meteorite.
Current Mood: blahblah
Mike Z.
20 June 2007 @ 03:50 pm
Last night, the wife came home and I was watching the following video:

During which this conversation took place:

:40 (and paused) - Jenna: "What's that?"
Mike: "That is THE METAL, and coming up is the most metal moment in history"

:51 - Mike: *laughs maniacally*
Jenna:"I don't get it, it's just a guy in a suit."
Mike: "It's a GIANT MAN IN ARMOR DANCE-FIGHTING IN FLAMES! It's a Heavy Metal video boiled down to it's very essence."
Jenna:"It's just a guy in a suit."
Mike: *facepalm*
Current Mood: bouncyMarking Out
Current Music: Tenacious D - The Metal
Mike Z.
14 June 2007 @ 12:29 pm
For [info]neovenator:

Civil War in a nutshell

  1. The New Warriors blow up Stamford, CT
  2. Iron Man, as Secretary of Defense(?) calls for a registration of anyone with or without powers who vigilanties/villains it up.
  3. Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange, Pr. Namor, Fe. Man, and K. Bolt form a super-secret group a long time ago, for the sole purpose of carrying out the "Shoot Hulk into space" plot point.
    • I. Shoot Hulk into space.
    • II. Hope hulk doesn't come back.
    • III. Blow up the Hulk's new family and friends
  4. Lots of mis-characterization of beloved heroes.
  5. The Thing moves to France so JMS can do a JLA analogue.
  6. Spider-Man unmasks because he's an Uncle Ben.
  7. Mrs. Fantastic breaks up with Mr. Invisible Man, in an attempt to salvage their marriage.
  8. Some more poor writing.
  9. Captain America GIVES UP!
  10. A Paul Jenkins Mary Sue berates CAPTAIN AMERICA for not liking Nascar, or knowing what an iPod is.
  11. The US government gives Norman Osborne a team of Super-Villains (and Speedball, the masked pin-cushion) to track down unregistered heroes.
  12. Cap gets shot.
  13. Ed Brubaker tries like hell to pull something good out of this.
  14. The Hulk comes back and he's pissed.

Mike Z.
13 June 2007 @ 05:18 pm


I don't think I've been this happy about a comic in a long, long time.  It comes sort of-close to making up for most of Civil War.  I'll be sure to stay clear of Jenkin's Frontline this time, though.
Current Mood: pissed offGRRRAAAAAA!
Mike Z.
06 June 2007 @ 12:20 pm
In issue #3 of Avengers: The Initiative written by Massive Spidey-Fan/Über-Continuity Nerd Dan Slott, he's got the Initiative's Black Ops team go after Shocker, Boomerang, Hydro-Man, and Spider-Man (they're all having a convenient fight) so they can be de-powered by those nano-tech darts that recently showed up in She-Hulk. These S.P.I.N. Tech darts supposedly cost $500,000 each. Which brings up the question, why are they wasting them on two people who HAVE NO POWERS?

Boomerang and Shocker have always been tech-based villains, I'm shocked that Slott didn't remember that.
Mike Z.
05 June 2007 @ 12:24 pm

First he was shot, now The Falcon's cheating on him! Damn you Snap Wilson, Damn You To Hell for breaking Cap's heart!

Current Mood: sympatheticsympathetic
Mike Z.
31 March 2007 @ 07:41 am

So here's the second drawing to come off my new Wacom Intuos tablet. (LOVE IT!)  A girl takes a smoke break while preparing for her Sweet Sixteen birthday party. The leg came out a little wonky, I think. Overall though, I'm pretty OK with it as a first attempt in a while to get off my ass and draw something. Colored version:

Click on either to see them bigger. Any critiques or comments are more than welcome, and as a special bonus prize, if someone comments I'll give you the secret origin of the drawing!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Mike Z.
25 August 2006 @ 05:22 pm
Kurt Angle Released!

For those who don;t follow pro-wrestling,1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle debuted for the WWF in January 1999, and proceed to tear shit up from day one.  He's got a history of working through some very serious injuries dating back top the 1996 Olymnpics, where he won the Gold with a fractured neck. He has been given time off in the past to heal up, but he always comes back too early and tries to hide the pain from co-workers.  Just last week he severely tore his groin in a match on a Sunday and tried to hide it from the trainers, road agents, and management so that he could work an advertised TV main event Tuesday night.
Mike Z.
22 August 2006 @ 03:22 pm
Stuck for an idea of how to lay out a page?

 Wally Wood's got you covered

I had seen an article on this, perhaps in Alex Toth's column in Alter Ego, a few months ago, and went searching for it online not three weeks ago.  I had misremembered it as Alex Toth's Panels that Never Miss, so I had to finally give up after a long Google search.

Anyway, this seems like an indispensible tool for storyboarding and comic book/strip artists.  I'm sure someone could even do an entire longform strip using those panels, though not in that exact order, and possibly be lauded by critics for their mastery of the comic form.
Mike Z.
22 August 2006 @ 03:09 pm
Apparently there's a small (that is, free) comic book convention this Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Eastland Suites in Urbana. I've always wondered about these free conventions, but I've never been close enough to one to go. It seems to be that the more you have to pay to get into a con, the better your chances of being able to meet an industry pro you'll have heard of.

I get the feeling this will be more of a comic dealer's convention, but maybe they'll have some of those kickass digest-sized comics DC used to put out. (They're my one continued weakness, despite not buying comics anymore)

jim_smith, will you be making the trip over?