I’ve been a bit too busy this year for Halloween. Not even sure if I’m going out to any of the parties or not. Don’t really have a costume either. So, in lieu of that, I’ll leave you with pictures of me from Halloween’s past! Enjoy:
Kim Jong-Il 2010.
The Crow 1997 (I recycled this costume about 3 or 4 different years).
Cowboy. Steel horse ridden. 2000.
My sister had a combo “White Trash/Pimps & Hos” party. I went as a “White Trash Pimp”. 2005?
Undead Waiter. Old podcast (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) co-host/former roommate/good pal Joe did the makeup for the night shift waiters when we all worked at Serendipity 3 back in 1995.
Big Pimpin’ in 2003.
Me on the right as an “Undead Rapper”. 1998? Tacky, I know.
Zombie Pimp in 2005. What? I thought her brains were down there.
Zombie Ninja 2007. Joe did the makeup again before we recorded our podcast that night and then scared the local neighborhood kids.
Big Pimpin’ again. This time in 2008.
Sense a theme? Either a zombie or a pimp or a zombie pimp! Maybe when Kim Jong-Il passes I can do a zombie version. Until then, allow me to offer you some variety of costumes for you. I’m cheating here as they aren’t from Halloween but from my previous years in theater.
As “The Beast” in Beauty & the Beast. Back in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Theater Jacksonville’s Children’s Theater Co. 1991.
Me as “Jesus” in Godspell. Oasis Theater, NYC. 1998.
As “Yu” in The Chinese Brothers (written/directed by Yours Truly). Theater Jacksonville’s Children’s Theater. 1991.
Me as “Bill Clinton” in old sketch comedy group HomeGroan.
Me as “Samuel L. Jackson” in HomeGroan sketch I wrote. (Concept was “What if Tarantino wrote/directed the movie Sideways?”)
Me as “Barbara Bush” in HomeGroan sketch I wrote called Desperate White House Wives. I think you get the concept.
Me (on left) as “Guard” in Turandot. New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. 1995.
Hope you enjoyed that walk down costume lane! If I get motivated, maybe I’ll go as a Zombie Samuel L. Jackson disguising himself as Barbara Bush who really loves dressing like a Pimp. It could happen.
I don’t like to post about politics or what not on social media. I have my opinions and you’re welcome to yours. That being said, I haven’t mentioned the Occupy Wall Street movement. But I follow the news and know what’s going on. Not completely everything, of course. Being a New Yorker, it’s in my backyard. Recently, I talked with someone about it, also a local, who is completely clueless to it. They are a friend in their mid 20’s. Their reaction was “Oh, they’re just in the way and wasting our tax dollars”. They know nothing about it yet that is their opinion. I started asking them where they get their facts from, do they follow it, etc. NOPE. Just glanced at a news blurb and heard people talking about it. Amazing. This is probably what so many people think. I may not completely agree with how some of the movement is going but I do know that a proper protest IS about being in the way. It’s about peacefully disrupting things so people take notice. And hopefully that notice will lead to change. Doesn’t always work but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an important idea.
This person also has no clue as to what exactly their tax dollars do. (I’d argue that is true for most of us). As I mentioned that to them, they got quiet as I think they realized that they had no idea what they were talking about. (Sorry for the pronoun game, I don’t want to call the person out as a male or female).
Mostly my point is to have an informed opinion. Not just hearsay. You can absolutely be on one side or the other. If after this person I chatted with paid a little more attention to the facts and still had a similar opinion to the one they haphazardly threw out at me, then fine. Or, you can just not care. If you don’t, then you can’t just cavalierly throw out “It’s stupid” or even “It’s the greatest thing ever”. Be informed. THEN make an opinion.
Jimmy Aquino Witnesses Murder at Speakeasy Dollhouse
On Monday, I saw the immersive theater piece called Speakeasy Dollhouse. Full of hooch, cannolis, 1920’s dress up, special coffee and MURDER! It was a lot of fun! Cynthia Von Buhler, whom created the show, says it’s a recreation of events that happened with her ancestors in the early days of New York City. You could follow the actors around and witness various “scenes” and maybe even…MURDER!!
My friend Katelan Foisy is part of the cast. And she’s awesome in it! Really impressed by everyone. It’s tough doing shows like this. Think a more sophisticated murder mystery party where the guests have to figure out the murderer. You’re not required that here. Just walk around with drinks in hand and enjoy the interaction.
There’s another show on Monday, Halloween night. And I think they are trying to extend it even longer. Click on the link above for the site and get your tickets! For MURDER!!!
I finally saw Kevin Smith’s Red State. If you’re not familiar, you’re not alone. Smith is distributing it himself and showing it on a tour, limited engagements in cities, On Demand and now available on DVD. Not exactly mainstream. It’s a complete departure from his previous work. No potty humor. No dick and fart jokes. No Jay and Silent Bob. A horrofic tale of a super crazy religious cult and some kids who get caught up in it. Like those wackos of the Westboro church but with guns and even more crazy. Great performances by Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo and others. Parks deserves at least a nomination.
Oh, what did I think? I loved it. It’s available everywhere as I mentioned. So find a way to get it in your eyeballs right now.
Reviews: Deadpool MAX 2 #1, Dead Rising Road To Fortune #1, Monocyte #1, My Greatest Adventure Vol 2 #1, Orchid #1,Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #1, Shade Vol 2 #1, 30 Days of Night #1, X-Men Regenesis #1. Batman: Year One DVD
Strap in! It’s another super-sized episode! Sorry for the length but we have over an hour worth of great interviews. Jimmy is joined by Aussie pal Matt Brick again to review tons of comics and chat about Speakeasy Dollhouse, Mekhi Phifer, Once Upon A Time, X-Men anime on G4, Grace Helbig co-hosting Attack of the Show, CDC zombie comic, Marvel layoffs, Dry Seasons preview, The Loxley’s and the War of 1812 preview, and Matt Smith might be leaving Doctor Who. Speaking of…more NYCC interviews with G4TV’S Blair Butler and Blair Herter. Blair Butler swung by the Comic News Insider booth to hang with Jimmy and chat her first written comic book called Heart. They also chatted the comic industry and recent comics as well. Blair Herter came by after meeting Jimmy the night before and having many drinks. They had a blast talking comics, video games and how Jimmy is stealing his fiance’, Jessica Chobot, from him. Kevin Mellon also came by to talk about Heart. You know, since he’s the artist on the comic book. News includes: Ben McCool & Nikki Cook’s Memoir heads to TV, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons announce their comic The Secret Service, Joss Whedon takes on Much Ado About Nothing, 2000AD fills gap in empty Barnes & Noble shelves, The Punisher heads to TV, Spider-Kids dressed up needed for Spidey column, Ed Brubaker’s Criminal heading to film, Red 2 is coming and King Con III is postponed. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
A really awesome evening. Steak dinner with my roomie Ben (@Templesmith) & then saw Katelan (@katelanfoisy) in Speakeasy Dollhouse at a mysterious location downtown. It was crazy fun interactive theater with drinks, cannolis, “special” coffee, flappers, and MURDER!!! Got to meet/hang with creator of it all, Cynthia Von Buhler, and some of the cast. She’s done some amazing stuff and I’m interested in checking out more. If you can still get tickets for next Monday’s show, I highly recommend it. Heck, I may go again, so we can hang! (What more incentive do you need?)
MTA tried to ruin the fun on my way home as I waited for the A train for over a fucking hour before deciding to hop in a cab home. Bit pricey as I was at the bottom of the island and live near the top but worth it to get home.
I shall now make myself feel better by watching my awesome pal Grace Helbig co-host Attack of the Show on G4TV for the first time! She’s co-hosting Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will rock the shit out of it. So happy for her and just another step on her way to superstardom!
That is all the Jimmy info you get. For now. Stay tuned though, tribbles.
It’s another interview special featuring the cast of Nikita! Jimmy sat down at the round tables at New York Comic Con and chatted with Nikita cast members Maggie Q., Shane West and producer Albert Kim. Apologies for rough cell phone interference during some of it. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Someone at MTV was taking pictures at New York Comic Con and turned them into a giant GIF thingy. And one of them was of my nephew Maximus eating ice cream while at my COMIC NEWS INSIDER booth! Naturally, I ganked it from the giant GIF thingy. (It was cool but way too much of the bouncy bouncy shaky shaky pictures). Woo hoo! I knew he’d be famous like his Uncle Jimmy.
p.s. Sorry if the bouncy shaky is annoying. But look at the adorableness!!!
It’s an interview special featuring the casts of the MTV shows Death Valley and Good Vibes! Jimmy sat down at the round tables at New York Comic Con and chatted with the Death Valley cast including Texas Battle, Tania Raymonde, Charlie Sanders and producer Spider One. He also sat with the new animated show Good Vibes cast including Adam Brody, Josh Gad, Debi Mazar, Olivia Thirlby and producer David Gordon Green. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Jimmy flies solo this week because it’s the big New York Comic Con recap! His voice is shot from shouting during the raffle all weekend and sleeping about 8 hours total in 4 days. He got tons of interviews at the show and in this episode you’ll hear from James Asmus (X-Men: Regenesis), Marc Bernardin (Alphas), Nicki Clyne (“Callie” on Battlestar Galactica), Greg Pak (Incredible Hercules, Hulk), and Veronica Taylor (voice of “Ash Ketchum” in Pokemon). Jimmy gives his lengthy (sorry!) day by day/blow by blow recap of the 4 days of NYCC. While a blast was had by all, there were a few gripes as well. Thanks to EVERYONE who came by the Comic News Insider table and said “Hi”, bought raffle tickets, dropped off stuff to review, did signings, interviews, donated for raffle or just wanted to chat. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
As most of you know, I do a podcast called COMIC NEWS INSIDER. Have been for 6 years. My original co-host, Joe Gonzalez, left the show back in February. And since then, I have had a rotating set of guest co-hosts. Be it my roommate and famed cartoonist Ben Templesmith, web superstar/G4TV correspondent Grace Helbig, Cooking Channel drink mavens Alie & Georgiaor even pals Jon Hoche, Matt Brick, Mike Cho and others. They’ve all been great and any of them could be in the running to co-host on a more permanent basis. But, I have finally settled on someone. He’s been on the show in the past and even helped out at New York Comic Con this weekend at my booth.
Allow me to introduce you to the brand new co-host of CNI! Here he is!
Yep. That’s my 3 1/2 year old nephew Maximus. Look at his mic skills! How could I not choose him? Expect lots of talk of Spider-Man, cheerios and potty time.
Another rough start. Not due to hungover-ness but ate bad food-ness. Slept about 4 hours. Sent assistant Jen down to open up the booth at 10. I rolled in right before 11 after taking time to recover. And to top it off, my voice was pretty shot from yelling for our raffle twice a day.
My sister, brother-in-law, nephew Maximus and niece Chloe came to visit as well! They tried walking around the show floor a bit but it was pretty crowded so they hung around the booth. Max was dressed as Spider-Man and seemed to have so much fun. Chloe was mostly chilling. It was great to have them around as I don’t see them as much as I should.
Great signings with Kevin Colden, Ben Templesmith and Kelly Sue DeConnick.
Also, my pal Carrie Preston (“Arlene” on True Blood), did a 2 hour signing in the afternoon and was so sweet to her fans. It was fun to watch people do double/triple takes when walking by. Not sure if it was her or not (even though we had a sign saying it was her). We even heard one guy say to his friend who recognized her, “No, that’s not her”. She also helped out with our final raffle. Which was probably our biggest one all weekend. We gave away so much great swag!
I did a few interviews at the booth as well. Blair Herter, X-Play host on G4TV, came by to hang out for about an hour. We really hit it off and chatted on mic for about 30 minutes. Mostly bullshitted about video games, comics, his stint on MTV’s Road Rules and his lovely fiance’ Jessica Chobot.
I had other interviews lined up but my voice was near wrecked so only did a quick one with artist Kevin Mellon.
I ran around the show floor for a bit to pass out info for the Dead Dog party I was throwing later that night. I wanted to say some good-byes as well and maybe purchase a few things. No surprise, got me some stuff at the Archie booth!
5pm rolls around and that’s it! Fun times with a few rough spots.
We head back home to drop stuff off before heading down to the party at 7. Even though I was hosting I figured I could be late since it was at a public bar and people could order drinks and chill for a bit. We got there around 7:45 and there were a few folks there and others immediately started arriving. Amazed at the turnout again! I’d say it ended up being around 60-70 people throughout the night. Disappointed in a few who didn’t come, but that didn’t stop me from having a blast even though I was exhausted and practically voice-less. Great to see everyone there!
As usual, it was a whirlwind. Only regret is that I didn’t walk around the floor a bit more as I was either at my booth or in press rooms doing interviews. I did manage to make a few minor purchases though. Great seeing friends and meeting new people.
Here’s the part where the record scratches. Just a few little gripes amongst all of the goodness!
Why was there no rug for Artist’s Alley? Speaking of rugs, the one on the main floor was horrendous. Also, AA was really dingy looking and looked like an actual alley. I think I saw someone get knifed and some prostitutes were on the job.
Podcast Arena wasn’t in the best location this year so our traffic was a bit low.
Foot traffic was at a standstill in some spots. Not handled well. People shouldn’t be allowed to just sit down anywhere on the floor. They should be made to go outside of the convention floor.
Not a lot of press requests. A month or so before San Diego Comic Con, I get bombarded with requests. I heard NYCC kept updating their list and re-sending so perhaps that had something to do with it.
No intercom system? At the end of each show, they had the show workers walk around yelling that the show was over and people needed to leave.
I had several friends help at the booth this weekend. Many were very attractive ladies, which made the nerd boners go crazy. Any time I wasn’t around, they told me that people and even fellow podcasters in Podcast Arena kept hitting on them. Love you guys, but tacky!
Also, if someone is at a booth doing a signing, don’t distract them by trying to talk to them just because you are in the booth next to us or sitting nearby. Sure, they might not have a huge line but it doesn’t give you the right to hang out and talk to them. Often, they tell me later that it was annoying. (As was the case this year).
On that note, perhaps have some courtesy and ask the person who’s running the booth to be introduced to the person signing. You have every right to chat with them, but have some manners if they are at another table. I’ve done it in the past where someone was signing at a booth and asked the people running the booth to be introduced and if it was okay to chat and perhaps ask them for an interview later. Just saying. Niceties go a long way.
People coming to see their favorite writer/artist/celeb…don’t overstay your welcome. The signee doesn’t want to be rude and ask you to leave so have some courtesy and know when it’s time to go. Especially if there’s a line.
PR folks who didn’t reply. Either no reply at all or we went back and forth trying to set up an interview and then just stopped corresponding. Not cool. If the interviewee isn’t available, just say so. I felt a bit jerked around by 2 different publicists whom had emailed several times saying they were trying to work out an interview. Clearly, the person wasn’t available but it would be nice to just have an answer. (MOST publicists were way cool with me, for the record.)
Boy, thems is some gripes! Again, I loved the show and had so much fun. These gripes are minimal at best. Doesn’t make them unimportant though!
Thanks to EVERYONE who came by the Comic News Insider table and said “hi”, bought raffle tickets, dropped off stuff to review, did signings, interviews, donated for raffle or just wanted to chat. That’s the best part. Meeting fellow nerds. I’ll be releasing the interviews over the next few weeks. Oh, whom all did I interview? Let me tell you:
Ashley Eckstein (voice of “Ahsoka Tano” in Star Wars: The Clone Warsanimated series)
Blair Butler (Fresh Ink, Attack of the Show on G4TV)
Blair Herter (X-Play, Attack of the Show on G4TV)
MTV’s Death Valley cast Charlie Sanders, Texas Battle, Tania Raymonde and producer Spider One
MTV’s Good Vibes cast Adam Brody, Josh Gad, Debi Mazar and producder David Gordon Green
Green Lantern animated series producer Bruce Timm
Greg Pak (writer on Incredible Hercules, Hulk)
James Asmus (writer on various X-Men titles)
Kasra Ganbari, Menton 3 (Monocyte from IDW)
Kevin Mellon (Gearhead, Heart)
Marc Bernardin (Alphas writer)
Nicki Clyne (“Callie” on Battlestar Galactica)
Nikita cast Maggie Q, Shane West and producer Albert Kim
Veronica Taylor (voice of “Ash” on Pokemon)
It’s going to take me days to recover, so this week’s show may be an interview only special. And I may release a few episodes this week and next week to get the interviews out. You’ll love them! Until next year, NYCC. Thanks for letting me in you.
Veronica Taylor (voice of “Ash” on Pokemon), Greg Pak, Becky Cloonan, and Jeremy Bastian all did a signing at my Comic News Insiderbooth. (D18 in Artist’s Alley).
Interviews at the booth with Veronica Taylor, Greg Pak, James Asmus, Menton 3, and Khasra Ganbari.
Press room for MTV’s new animated series, Good Vibes. Round tables with creator/producer David Gordon Green and stars Olivia Thurlby, Josh Gad, Adam Brody and Debi Mazar. Who is a hoot. We ran out of time to get to Alan Tudyk. But I got a friend at MTV pr who promises a phoner with him in the near future. Finally! :)
Interview with Ashley Eckstein at her booth. She’s the voice of “Ahsoka Tano” from Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon. And she started her own geek girl merchandise company called Her Universe. Super lovely.
2 raffles throughout the day and we gave away amazing swag. $1 per ticket or 6 for $5. Our tables aren’t in the best spot so traffic isn’t great. Which makes the chance to win even better! 2 more Saturday and 1 on Sunday. Screaming to get gather people around for the raffle is killing my voice though.
Blair Butler (pictured above with me) of G4TV’s Attack of the Show and her very own G4 sponsored comic review show, Fresh Ink, came by to see me. We’ve been friends for a few years and always is gracious with her time on the podcast. Originally, she didn’t think she’d be able to swing by but did so twice until I was free. So sweet. She’s writing her first comic book and is super excited about it. We had a blast chatting comics and the industry in general. (Yes, on mic as well!)
Dinner with old co-host Joe and his sis and friend at Todd English’s Ca Va. Deelish!
I was going to hit some of the big parties but ended up hanging in a hotel room drinking with 5 hot girls. Yep. I think I made the right decision.
Saturday is going to be rough as I’m gonna be on 3 hours of sleep. Be gentle, kids. Or Papa spank!
Quick overview of preview night for New York Comic Con.
My assistant for the weekend, Jen, and I got there in the afternoon to set up the table. Things were a bit unorganized with the Javits people but we got it all done and ready. We absolutely appreciate Reed Exhibitions for giving us such a great deal on tables for the Podcast Arena. But, if I’m honest, it’s not the best location. We are in a row facing the wall at the end of Artist’s Alley. Hoping we get some good traffic over the weekend.
I did a quick walkabout before the floodgates opened through the 3 main floors. It’s funny. At every convention, Artist’s Alley is always in the back as an afterthought. And we joked how the entire convention center had carpet except for AA. Like they were worried we might spill coffee on Grandma’s rug. :) AA has some amazing top name cartoonists at tables as well as many small press/independent ones. The main room is bright and pretty and full of the big comic book companies like DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Archaia, etc.
Last room was mostly retail and gaming stuff. A bit of a clusterfuck, traffic-wise.
I didn’t check out the Manga/Anime fest nor the stage/kids area. Forgot about them until later.
Hung at the table after seeing way too many friends and meeting others. Lots of folks came up and started pitching their wares to us right away. (We are new media after all). Some interesting pitches and I’m hoping to read some of the stuff they dropped off.
While chatting with pals at the Dark Horse booth, I met Tom Morello from the band Rage Against the Machine. He actually introduced himself to me! He’s doing a comic book for Dark Horse. Super nice guy.
The floor was only open for 3 hours so it came and went quickly. Dinner after with my roomie Ben Templesmith and crew which included Dennis Calero and Enrica Jhang.
Afterwards, I hit the CBLDF bash. Great spot, if not a bit pricey. Got to hang with some pals and what not.
Off to other spots after and then eventually…home.
Tomorrow is a full day with interviews, raffles, signings, picture taking and more. Come by the COMIC NEWS INSIDER booth (D18) located in the Podcast Arena in Artist’s Alley! Meanwhile, enjoy the sexy Marty McFly cosplayer I ran into. She made me go 88mph. In my pants.
True Blood-ing with Comic News Insider at New York Comic Con
UPDATE: Looks like my pal Carrie Preston, aka “Arlene Fowler” on True Blood, CAN do a signing at my booth at New York Comic Con. Come by the COMIC NEWS INSIDER booth (D18 in Artist’s Alley) this Sunday and see her from 12pm-2pm! Bring some TB swag to sign if you’d like.
Crazies not welcome. Especially those damn shifters. ;)
As usual, my podcast COMIC NEWS INSIDER will have a table (D18) in the Podcast Arena (this year located in Artist’s Alley) at New York Comic Con! And again, we’ll have plenty of events going on at the booth! Some signings, our annual raffle and maybe we’ll sing a song for you. (No, we wont). Here is the schedule for the weekend.
Preview night! We’ll be running around getting our bearings.
11am-12pm: Veronica Taylor (Voice of “Ash” on Pokemon)
1pm-2pm: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl)
2pm-2:30pm (2:15pm start time): Raffle
3pm-4pm: Greg Pak (Hulk, Herc, X-Men)
5pm-5:30pm (5:15pm start time): Raffle
5:30pm-7pm: Becky Cloonan (Demo, Wolves)
10am-11am: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Osborn, Castle, Supergirl)
11am-12pm: Becky Cloonan
12pm-1pm: Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I Rule the Night)
1:15pm-1:45pm (1:30pm start time): Raffle
1:30pm-2:30pm: Veronica Taylor
2:30pm-3:30pm: Ben McCool (PIGS, Choker, Memoir)
5:30pm-6pm (5:45pm start time): Raffle
6pm-7pm: Ming Doyle (Tantalize, Marvel’s Girl Comics, The Loneliest Astronauts)
10am-11am: Kevin Colden
11am-12pm: Ben Templesmith
2pm-2:30pm (2:15pm start time): Raffle
3pm-4pm: Kelly Sue DeConnick
If you listen to the podcast, you may have heard a few other names tossed around that were tentatively going to do signings. Alas, due to scheduling conflicts, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston and Paul Pope will not be able to make it. Sorry kids! Rest assured, I’ll get them on the show at some point since they are pals and I’ll make them. :)
Also, some of these signing times are tentative and may change due to schedules. A few other folks may pop over to do a signing if they have time so always good to check in on us. For the most part, it’s a lock!
I wont be at the booth at all times as I may be off getting interviews but do stop by and say “Hi!” any time. Jen Timms will be my right hand at the show and several other friends will be helping out as well.
The raffle will offer some great prizes so come on by! Lots of graphic novels, signed comics and other treats were donated for the raffle. Thanks to the likes of Dynamite Entertainment, G4TV, Garth Ennis, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, NBC, Ben Templesmith, Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak, Dean Haspiel, Mike Maihack, Richard Starkings, 2000AD, Dan Panosian, and more! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Best bet is to show up right before the raffle, buy a boatload of tickets and hang out to win! Plus, your ticket stays in the box so you can win again all weekend. And remember, the more tickets you buy, the better chance you have to win. Go figure!
You’ll also see me doing interviews at the booth with your favorite creators! I’ll be at various parties all weekend and am throwing my own Dead Dog party on Sunday night. Alas, not open to everyone but if I know you and there’s room, I’ll see what I can do!
And…if you’re a cosplayer, please stop by so we can take pictures!
So come on by the COMIC NEWS INSIDER booth (D18) in Podcast Arena in Artist’s Alley this weekend! See you there!
My pal Grace Helbig is running for the King of the Web! I don’t know what it means either but I just want to support her. Of course, you all know her from her web show, Daily Grace. She be funny, smart, clever, unique, and cute as a Red Buttons.
Anyway, after a few drinks, I decided to record a little something for her to help her campaign. I played it on the recent Episode 362 of my podcast,COMIC NEWS INSIDER. Which I know you’ve all listened to as it’s the big Pre-New York Comic Con special!
I took “Down With the King” by RUN-DMC and changed it up a bit. Not my best effort as I was getting liquored up and we were running short on time. Special thanks to current apartment guest Jen Timms for the opening vocals. Hopefully, it will inspire you to go vote for Grace! She’s in 2nd place for some unknown reason. But very close! I don’t get how she’s behind as she has almost 80,000 subscribers on YouTube and the person beating her has only 11,000. Come on Grace Facers! Get your vote on! Here’s some drunken inspiration for you. Click and listen!
Reviews: Avengers 1959 #1, Blood Red Dragon #0, Chopper #1, Huntress Vol 3 #1, Last Of The Greats #1, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1, Frank Miller’s Holy Terror
Jimmy is joined by yet another Aussie sitting in the guest co-host chair, Jen Timms. She works in the gaming industry and is in town for New York Comic Con (NYCC) staying at the Aquino/Templesmith palace. She is also Jimmy’s right hand at the CNI booth (D18) in Podcast Arena located in Artist’s Alley. They give some love/reverance to the late Steve Jobs, Jimmy talks about the Warehouse 13 and Breaking Bad finales and tells of his love for Karine Vanasse in Pan Am. They also nerd out over the new Avengers trailerNews includes James Robinson back on Starman, Barnes & Noble yanks DC books, Locke & Key screening at NYCC, Archie Comics brings back superheroes, and Stieg Larson’s trilogy comes to comic books. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
NYCC is this weekend (October 13-16) and CNI has lots of great stuff lined up at their table D18. Signings at the booth (CHECK BACK AT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO SOON) with the likes of Greg Pak, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Colden, Becky Cloonan, Ben Templesmith, Ben McCool, Veronica Taylor, and Jeremy Bastian. Tentative guests include Paul Pope, Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. The annual raffle will be held this year as well! It’s a fundraiser for CNI so we can get some new equipment/pay for trips/etc. Great prizes in the raffle as per usual with donations from Garth Ennis, Bryan Fuller, Ben Templesmith, Rafael Kayanan, Paul Pope, John Cassaday, DC comics, IDW publishing. Dark Horse comics, Smith Micro, Fred Van Lente, Dean Haspiel, Dan Panosian, Dynamite Entertainment, 2000AD and more! Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. The more you buy, the better chance to win! We’ll do the raffle once on Thursday and twice a day from Friday-Sunday. Swing on by D18 in Artist Alley to see all of the exciting events happening with Comic News Insider at NYCC!
If you’re not watching the Onion News Network on IFC, then you should be. Host, “Brooke Alvarez” (real name Suzanne Sena), leads you through hot topics with her hard hitting reporting. If you don’t know The Onion, it’s all jokes, people. But what’s great about this show, “Brooke” as played by Suzanne, used to be an actual reporter at one point. And she plays a very Fox News style reporter very well. Sardonic and plays it straight.
Check it out Tuesdays at 10pm on IFC. And repeated throughout the week. You’ll laugh and stuff.
I finally watched the new show Pan Am and am now caught up on the first 3 episodes. Gotta say, I find it quite charming. And as with a lot of shows, the big star is not the one I find myself drawn to. Sure, we all loves us some Christina Ricci. And she’s the big star.
But…it’s Karine Vanasse as “Colette” that is the standout for me. Never heard of her? Me neither. She’s a French-Canadian actress who is making her big U.S. TV debut.
Sure, sure. She’s stunning. But the press photo doesn’t do her justice.
See? C’est magnifique! Mon Dieu! Ooh la la! Other French expressions!
And besides all of that. She’s a fantastic actress. See episode 3 to confirm that. Now go check out the show and let me know what you think. And if you know Karine, tell her I j’adore her tres a lot. Oui?
With whom would you rather be bored around? Ming the Merciless (Flash Gordon) or Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in her dark magic phase?
"Klytus, I’m bored".
Both could flail you in an instant. And there’s no escaping either. Unless Flash or Buffy Xander are around. Probably best to be bored on your own. Though I’d probably risk it with Willow. She can flail me any day.
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Two years ago today, my sister Marsha had one of the scariest days of her life. She gave birth 17 weeks early to a 1 lb. 5 oz. baby girl named Chloe. She was less than a foot long. For the first 7 months of her life, she spent it in the NICU surviving in an incubator. It was touch and go and we were all nervous she might not make it. 10 years ago or so, she might not have. She finally went home but troubles still persisted. She had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in. She’s still having some minor problems but for the most part, she’s meeting all of her goals and is doing swimmingly. (As pictured above with me back in July).
I’m not one to believe in miracles often but there’s no denying that she is one. I love this little girl more than anything and look forward to spoiling her for many years to come.
Happy Birthday, Chloe Bell. Uncle Jimmy loves you.
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There is a new animated Batman series coming in 2013 called Beware the Batman. It will be CGI animated and star a classic looking Batman. His ever trustworthy butler, Alfred, will be there as well, toting some guns. But filling the role as sidekick is NOT whom you would think. No Robin. It’s Katana. A Japanese female sword wielding sidekick. I assume it’s a take on the character of the same name from the old Batman and the Outsiders comic book.
Yep. Her. She also made a few appearances in the recent Batman: Brave and the Bold animated series as a teen.
Here’s what has always bugged me about this character. Her name. While having a fellow Asian hero is always exciting, sometimes, I groan at the names. If you don’t know, a katana is a type of Japanese sword. So, if she was American, she’d just call herself “Sword”? French she’d be “Epee”? English she’d be “Broadsword”? (That works on 2 levels…think about it). Arabic she’d be “Scimitar”?
Heck, let’s just use any type of object and where the person is from to create new heroes! Warning: Minor racism ahead! It’s okay because I’m a mix of so many races.
Shillelagh: Ireland’s newest hero wields the country’s most famous type of club. Catch phrase: "Erin Go Bragh!"
Didgeridoo: Australia’s lamest hero. He plays that annoying instrument until you give up. Catch phrase: "G’day, mate!"
Chopstick: Beware China’s chopstick wielding hero. No bowl of rice is safe! Catchphrase: "General Tso!"
Vodka: You never know what type of drunk that Russia’s hero will be when you encounter her. Will she cry? Hit you? Sing? Get sick? Beware, villains! She’ll either share her bottle or hit you over the head with it. Catchprhase: "Nazdrovia!"
Poutine: Canada’s nice and friendly hero shoots you full of gravy and cheese curds. Catchphrase: "Sooory, eh?!"
I could go on. Seriously, I could. But you get the idea. What are some of your ideas for these type of heroes? Send ‘em in and I’ll mention them on COMIC NEWS INSIDER tonight. We’ll be recording in a couple of hours so get to it, ya mooks.
*All just jokes, kids. So don’t get your knickers in a twist.