I know this one has been around for awhile and I’ve checked it out once before. But I decided to sit down and go through the entire catalog of the web comic, Let’s Be Friends Again. And boy am I glad because it’s really funny stuff! It’s written by Curt Franklin and drawn by Chris Haley. It’s a web comic about…comics! They take on any and all comic books, comic strips, sci-fi, pop culture, etc.
In a way, that sounds like what my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER, does. Except we’re not as funny. Dammit.
These guys are big comic book nerds like I am, so you will need to be familiar with the DC and Marvel universes to get most of these. Still, there are quite a few that are universal to understand.
I wonder if you can guess why I chose the strip above to display? Go find more superheroic gems like this one in the link I provided above.
And bonus! I am moderating a panel that they are on at Heroes Con next week. Woo hoo! One more for you to entice you to check it out:
Facebook has given a new look to their “messages” section and even is trying to encourage people to have their own Facebook email. Whatevs. I gots enough! But, I started deleting all of these old messages that I didn’t even realize where there any more. Things I learned:
Some friends are no longer on Facebook.
Some have dropped me or vice/versa.
I had almost forgotten about the never got anywhere in the first place sketch group that I was a part of (Random Souffle) a couple of years back.
Some celeb acquaintances seemingly dropped me I’m guessing because of what I bitched about last year when I started dropping people. They probably got too many requests from people they didn’t know and my name popped up as “mutual friend”. Thanks, fuckers! (Or maybe they just didn’t want me on there as a friend).
I briefed through a few of the messages. Found some gems:
One from a couple of years ago that still makes me laugh. Someone was putting together a comic anthology and knew that I knew a superstar comic book artist. And, of course, asked me to ask them work on the anthology. Seriously. Hahaha. 1). Said superstar artist wouldn’t just arbitrarily do it for free for someone they didn’t know. 2). Said artist is probably way too busy. Ergo why they are superstar status. 3). The arrogance of the unknown person to assume said artist would even consider it. Not saying artist is too good for it, but come on. And then I replied nicely to them all of the above (except the last one). So, instead of giving me a mea culpa and saying, “My bad. I should have thought about that one better”. Replies with something like, “Oh, I found someone else. They’ve done stuff for Marvel”. Well, good on you. But that person (as I found out) was nowhere near the status of my friend but this guy asking acted like they were on the same par. Think Quentin Tarantino being compared to a good director of a documentary. Sure, they’re both good directors but they are miles apart in success/talent.
Stripper girl I kinda dated tersely emailed me that she was basically crossing me out of her life but without any explanation. It wasn’t in a mean way but just very brief and kind of cold. I was fine with it as I had seen her once and talked to her maybe twice in about 2 years. But asked her why and she just said she wanted to move on in her life. Wow. Talk about taking time to let go. Ha!
Another person who tried to get at a well known friend through me (boy, I sure do love that) got upset that I wasn’t relaying messages to said well known friend. Hahaha. Get a life, ya creeps!
I had emailed this girl I went out with a couple of times via real email calling her out on her attitude last time we were out. (I was actually in the right. I’d admit if I wasn’t. I swear!). She didn’t reply. So, I hit her up on FB to see what was up and suggested she must not have agreed with me over the subject to which she tersely replied, “I’ll reply”. Hahaha. She’s now my baby mama. ;)
Of course, I LOVED seeing a bunch of messages where I sent out to people saying how I pimped their work (be it comics, TV, Film, etc) out on my podcast (COMIC NEWS INSIDER…keep up!) and then they never had the niceties to reply with a simple “Thanks”. Oh, people. Selfishness is the new black.
So many more I deleted that I couldn’t even remember what we were talking about. I should probably do that with my Gmail inbox so it isn’t as full. Now it’s up to you. Go forth and clean out your message box! And let me know any fun back and forths you may have had. Especially if they involved me.
This is a post for friends of mine. As many of you know, I was involved in the acting world for many years. I’ve been out of it for awhile though still dip my toes in the pool on occasion. I have many friends still involved in the game and even though I’ve expressed interest in possibly getting back into it, I feel many of them either don’t take me seriously or don’t think I have the chops. Guess what? I DO. To be fair, many of them are newer friends who weren’t around when I was a working actor, don’t know my resume or all of the accomplishments I have done. Obviously, I’m nobody famous in that world but I have a pretty good resume of work. Allow me to indulge whilst a do a mega humble brag.
Acted/sang/danced all through my childhood in various shows/productions in hometown of Jacksonvill, FL.
Traveled to the former USSR/Denmark/Sweden to perform on a dance tour when I was 17.
Got a full ride theater scholarship to Florida Community College where I did several productions.
Made my professional theater (i.e. Got paid/Equity house!) debut at 19 in a production of The King and I.
I was offered a full ride theater scholarship to Jacksonville University but turned them down. (Also offered partial scholarship to Dartmouth but couldn’t afford the other half).
I turned them down because I started a children’s theater company at 20-21 with friends that was very successful.
With the company, I learned all aspects of theater and eventually was the ipso facto creative director. I wrote original children’s plays, directed, choreographed, acted, casted shows, built sets, hung lights, ran box office, did PR, etc.
I taught theater/acting/stage movement to kids aged 4-high school. I only had a 2 year degree since I never went to a 4 year school for full degree but was offered (at age 22) to take over a theater program at a local magnet school (8th grade). Turned it down because they were going to pay me less since I didn’t have 4 year degree.
I studied stage combat with Kacie Stetson and was basically her “protege” for a few years. At the time (if memory serves) she was 1 of 3 stage combat choreographers who was recommended by both the US and UK stage combat associations.
I was entertainment director at the local hot nightclub for about a year where I put on perforrmances/directed/choreographed for the crowds.
Upon moving to NYC in ‘94, I immersed myself in the theater scene with classes, auditions, etc.
My NYC debut was a stage combat gig in 2 operas (Turandot and Mathis der Maler) with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.
I left one of those shows to do my first national tour with a children’s theater company.
For 6 years in NYC, I worked my ass off and constantly worked in theater doing at least 3 or 4 shows a year. I worked at some well respected theaters like Westchester Broadway Theater.
My first (NYC) lead was as “Jesus” in Godspell off-off Broadway in the now defunct Oasis Theater Company.
I did a children’s production of The Jungle Book at The Kennedy Center.
I played “Woof” in the 30th anniversary production of Hair at 3rd Eye Repertory here in NYC. Our production was so popular that we extended the run. We even started doing concert versions of the show at a local music spot and recorded one of those concerts live. We were supposed to close down for a few months and re-open at an official Off-Broadway house but the producers got money thrown at them to do a European and national tour.
One of my prouder moments was getting a callback for the famous Shakespeare in the Park annual production as put on by the Public Theater. Sure, I didn’t get the part but it sure felt good getting that callback.
I mostly worked in musical theater as I could sing and dance (by no means amazing but can carry a tune and move really well). But also did some Shakespeare and contemporary theater.
I did some Under-5 work on the soap opera Guiding Light but never really pursued the TV/film game like many casting directors suggested I should do.
I’ve danced with Gregory Hines, sang with Melba Moore, and worked with many people who are now established Broadway stars like John Cudia (Phantom of the Opera/Les Miserables), Natalie Cortez (A Chorus Line/West Side Story), Jennifer Dunne (Chicago), and so many more.
My final national tour was a musical called Selena Forever. I understudied the role of “Chris Perez” (Selena’s husband) and went on a few times. It was destined for Broadway after an ambitious national tour but too many problems with the production team, script, and other things eventually led to its cancellation before achieving that goal.
I studied improv for a few years with the great Martin de Maat of Chicago’s Second City fame.
After leaving the acting biz post-Selena tour, I eventually joined an award winning sketch comedy group called Home Groan Sketch Comedy in 2004. It really ignited my writing and I wrote and performed with them for a couple of years. In one of our shows, I wrote 15 out of the 20 sketches we performed.
In 2005, I started working on a podcast called Comic News Insider with my pal Joe Gonzalez. In 2006 we went weekly and I was full time co-host. It covers the world of comic books, animation, Sci-Fi, TV, film and pop culture. I still write silly sketches and sing songs on it when I can. I’m still doing the show weekly.
Of course, there is more to tell but I wanted to give some highlights. Perhaps too many. But you get the idea. I have many good friends involved in such great projects and I’ve sort of hinted at the fact that I’d like to maybe get back into the game a bit. To be fair, I’m not gung ho going for it or expressing it completely so not really their fault for not thinking of me. I just got a little bothered that it seems like they might not think of me for a project. Again, I’m not actively pursuing so why would they? Still, nice to be asked, ya know?
I hope this didn’t come across whiny and braggy. Honestly, it’s just some information for friends who don’t know a lot of the work I’ve done. If it did come across whiny and braggy, then apologies.
Or suck it. Whichever.
Thanks for indulging! And now I leave you with a montage of pics of me in various theater shows. You’re welcome!
Jesus in Godspell
Woof in Hair
Peter/Simon u/s in Jesus Christ Superstar
Indio in West Side Story (far left w/ a wig on!)
Kim Jong-Il with Home Groan Sketch Comedy
In The Chinese Brothers with the children’s theater I ran. (I wrote this show as well).
Muleteer/Tenorio the Barber in Man of la Mancha
The Kralahome in The King and I (Westchester Broadway)
Chris Perez in Selena Forever
Signing autographs after playing Chris in Selena Forever. (Okay, I threw that one in to brag. Sue me.)
You know Brian Blessed. Classically trained actor. Well known for many, many roles in film, TV and theater. I love him best as “Prince Vultan” in the camp classic Flash Gordon. Great, resounding voice and just commands your presence. I was out with a friend the other night and we were talking Flash Gordon which led to discussing Brian Blessed.
He’s pretty funny too as you’ll see in some of the clips below. Here he is on a talk show talking about how he basically groped his Flash Gordon co-star Melody Anderson (“Dale Arden”).
And here are some of his best funny bits when he hosted a UK panel show.
He’s also kind of bad ass. I mean, that voice alone could probably frighten you out of your pants. Which, if you’re Melody Anderson, he’s probably tried that on you. Back in December, a story was released about him “throttling” a person at a sponsored dinner. The “throttled” guy was being a dick to Brian. He had the audacity to tell Brian he thought Flash Gordon was “crap”. Brian claims that the guy also called him a profane name. Others claim the guy didn’t. Apparently, Brian lost his cool, “throttled” the guy for a few seconds and stormed out. I got mad props for Brian! The dude is 74 and can still take care of business! Sure, maybe he shouldn’t have attacked the dude, but the dude had no reason to be rude and tell Brian that. Don’t fuck with Prince Vultan!
One of his most famous quotes from all of his films is, of course, from Flash Gordon.
And then the big yell that I often use if I’m off to do something big! Or if I’m just bored. Or if someone sneezes. I use it a lot.
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Old pal Richard McAuliffe joins Jimmy from sunny Wales to co-host. The boys chat about the recent Big Apple Con, the current Book Expo, Bristol Expo, TV Wonder Woman’s booty shorts, Grace Helbig’s sketch show and more. News includes: Jim Lee and Geoff Johns at Hero Complex Fest, BBC America postpones Doctor Who, Immortals movie will send you to San Diego Comic-Con, Napoloen Dynamite gets animated, The Walking Dead board game, Chris Hardwick takesThe Nerdist to BBC America, Joe Hill’s The Cape returns, and Todd Klein’s new print features Steve Rude. As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Jimmy will be attending Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. June 3-5. It’s one of the best purely comic book based conventions around and always a favorite of ours here at Comic News Insider. Once again, CNI will have a table so please come by to say Hi! Jimmy will be doing interviews galore as per usual at the table. Plus, he’ll be moderating a few panels. Stay tuned for more information on those. Meanwhile, click on the link above to check out the impressive guest list that is at Heroes Con this year!
I attended my first BookExpo America today held at the Javits Center in NYC. I never applied for press as it’s a book show but friends have said that some comic book publishers attend each year. First impression is that it’s really well organized. So much nicer that New York Comic Con (NYCC) and the atmosphere is lively. Everyone is well dressed too! Far different from the sweaty nerds that overpopulate comic conventions. One thing I noticed that needs to happen at NYCC. There are stickers/markers with the booth number that are VISIBLE on the floor in front of each booth. Can’t tell you how many times I get frustrated trying to find someone at a booth at NYCC because there are no clear markers.
I knew the show wasn’t open to the public. Only exhibitors, retailers, distributors and press. I walked around the whole floor starting at the beginning. Finally ran into a comic book publisher. Michael and Keith of Rebellion in the UK. They publish the 2000AD trade paperbacks and are really making a push in the American market. Great guys. And not just because Keith says he listens (and likes!) to my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER. Eventually, I ran into a few folks I know. Where else? In the area I called “Comics Row”. Diamond, Dark Horse, IDW and Image had booths set up there. I met Sarah at Image, Kari at Dark Horse and chatted with folks I knew like Alan (IDW) and Jeremy (Dark Horse). Also saw pal Heidi MacDonald of The Beat and the Timony Brothers (Peter & Bobby) of Night Owls web comic fame. They kidnapped me after for a quick post-expo beer.
As for the rest of the show, well…lotsa book companies hawking their wares! I did see a bunch of great children’s books. But you know me, if it doesn’t have pictures, then I can’t read it. So, not much interest except for the comic book stuff.
I wasn’t sure how the show “worked”. Nothing was for sale but were they just giving it away? I ran into my pal Phil of Indie Spinner Rack fame and he explained that some just display, some give away or offer to send you in the mail. Since I wasn’t interested in much, I didn’t walk away with anything. Well, Image Comics was smart and had about 10-15 of their $1 comics in stacks for people to pick up. So I grabbed a few that I hadn’t read yet. Dark Horse and IDW had some of their big beautiful collected books for display that I sure WISH I could have walked away with, but alas, not to be. That’s okay though! It was great to see them all there.
I didn’t have much to tweet about but it was frustrating as the Javits has spotty service as usual. Get on that, Javits!
I’m heading back tomorrow for a few interviews and to maybe check out anything else that might relate to the podcast. Any suggestions, please let me know!
How They Could Have Saved the Wonder Woman TV Show
As most know by now, the super-hyped Wonder Woman TV show was NOT picked up. Fan outrage started with the release of the original costume for the show as seen below.
They changed their story after and said she would have a few different outfits. Darker pants and the red boots helped a bit.
But, they just released a photo of Adrianne in a spot on from the comic book costume. Star spangled hot pants!
Maybe had they released this photo first, the nerds might have been too busy drooling to hate on the concept and the suits at the network would have easily greenlit the pick up. Because nothing sells a time slot like hot pants! Alas, not to be.
I’m hoping Adrianne got to keep the outfit. We like to play dress up some time and I’m looking forward to her using the “magic lasso” trick on me and revving my “invisible jets”.
I saw this early in the week when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posted it. (I have “zombies” as a google alert. Go figure). But just think it’s awesome and funny and ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO KNOW WHEN THE INEVITABLE HAPPENS! Screw that rapture, stuff. Zombies are how the world will end! So here we go. The official CDC zombie prep kit. Please go to the CDC site for more info. Enjoy:
Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse
The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog on May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a realemergency.
A Brief History of Zombies We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident Evil
), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.
A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.
In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. TheZombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASAVenus probe (as inNight of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such asprions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies.
The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!
Better Safe than Sorry
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)
Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.
Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.
Never Fear – CDC is Ready
Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).
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I’ve been catching up on watching The Tudors. I just finished season 2. Sure, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry is the focus and is excellent. Future Superman Henry Cavill is pretty awesome as Charles Brandon as well. But the standout for me is Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn. She’s just fantastic! So engaging to watch. And yes, I know the fate of the character she portrays (and they show it at the end of season 2). I only have 2 more seasons to go of The Tudors. I will continue, but without Natalie, I think it’s going to be a very different show. Which, I understand, as they are basing it very closely to actual historical facts. I do hear she appears in a flashback later on in the final episode or something.
As you can see from the above picture, she’s going to appear in the Captain America film! Well, maybe you didn’t realize that’s where the picture is from but you do now! (Of course, that’s Tommy Lee Jones in the picture with her). Seems like she has a small part but I hope it gets her some recognition for more work. A few other things she’s working on that I’m anxious to see as well. Obsessed much? Yep!
Sure, she’s beautiful but she’s got some major acting chops. I’d like to see some of her other work. If they ever try to revamp the Lara Croft: Tombraider franchise, I’d love to see her tackle the lead role. What do you think? Until then, I’ll just have to seek out some of her recent film work and anxiously await her upcoming work. Or if you know her, just tell her to call me. I wont bite.
I always love getting good feedback about my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER. In this week’s episode, the awesome Grace Helbig co-hosted. She “reblogged” my post on tumblr and got a few notes. Most everyone “liking” or “reblogging” it. Here’s my favorite comment though.
“scottswan said: That guy kinda sounds like a douche. You were great tho.”
Thanks, Scott! I’m sure you sound awesome. You sure can type awesome. And I agree, Grace is great.
I think the world WILL end on Saturday. I always told myself that if a listener said I sounded like a douche then life is over as we know it. Sorry, folks. Blame, Scott. I just wish I had his smooth vocal nirvana and could go back in time to do the show to please him. Sniff. Sniff.
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Jimmy is out at the bar and who better to join him for drinks and hosting than Grace Helbig! You remember when she and her comedy partner Michelle co-hosted back in Episode 323. We bring a little bit of Grace’s web show, The Daily Grace, to the podcast as well! They chat about some TV season finales, the Smallville series finale, Bryan Fuller in town and drinks! We also plug a new show called Planet Bugle coming soon to a TV near you! News includes: the official Castle comic book, new Wonder Woman TV show is not picked up, Seth MacFarlane to re-vamp The Flintstones, Trickster comes to SDCC, and a Batman first-person shooter! As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Recorded live at Betti Bar on the 2nd floor of The Hourglass Tavern in NYC. 46th st. b/w 8th & 9th aves. If you’re ever in the hood, swing by for a great time! Thanks to Josh and Beth! (And our bartender Alana!)
I’m watching the SyFy original movie Almighty Thor. It’s so bad but I can’t stop watching it. Richard Grieco, (whom I loved on 21 Jump Street, Booker & still think his first film If Looks Could Kill was a fun ride), is just deliciously awful as Loki. Not even trying to put on a voice or accent. Every time he says “hammer”, it’s with his own New York accent so it sounds like “hyammur”. The guy playing Thor is pretty bad too. It’s like they purposely found a bunch of bad actors. Surely there are some really good actors out there who would have done this job for the money? I mean, the script isn’t any good, but a good actor could have at least made something out of the words. There is the hotness that is Patricia Velasquez playing a Valkyrie whom I loved from The Mummy films. Kevin Nash looked cool and had a good voice as Odin but that was about it.
Ooh, look. They’ve now transported to Earth. Thor breaks up a mugging. Why’s the mugger gotta be a black guy? Oh Thor! Justice has no color! And wow..they found guns quickly and the Valkyrie knows how to use them! How convenient. Awful and laughable effects. The hammer looks like something out of The Flintstones. Yabadabadoo!
Yet…I CAN’T STOP WATCHING!!!
Someone please take the hammer and knock my eyes out. Nah, keep ‘em in. It’s an unintentional comedy!
I’m admitting it. I like iCarly. Hold up! Before you call me creepy, allow me to explain! When I was at my sister’s place for Christmas, they had Nickelodeon playing on a loop. My little (now 3 years old) nephew knew all of the shows and the names of everyone. iCarly was on and I gotta say, it was pretty funny. My sis and brother-in-law (being parents) knew it pretty well as they watch it with the kids. I still watch a lot of animated shows because as you know I’m a kid at heart. SpongeBob SquarePants (don’t judge!) was on Nick and they had commercials for iCarly coming up next. I remembered watching it and decided to check it out. Gotta say, I laughed out loud a lot. It’s really well produced and the actors in it are quite good at their age. iCarly herself looked familiar and I couldn’t remember why. After IMDBing her, I found out she was the precocious little girl in the film “School of Rock” with Jack Black. Black has even guested on an episode (along with many other stars).
So, there it is. It’s a fantastic and very funny show! That iCarly girl is gonna be a big star post-Nickelodeon. Get in on the ground floor and see where she earned those acting chops. Just don’t start a website or blog about her. Then that would be creepy.
I’ve worked in bars and restaurants off and on for years. (Mostly on for the past 10+). You have “regulars”. You know, the people who come in often. Over the years, I’ve had several at various places I’ve worked at and many have become friends. Some don’t want that. They come to their favorite spot, enjoy the attention and that’s it. That’s cool too. Others, expect free stuff all of the time and get upset if they don’t get it. (Which is annoying). And others still, act like they own the place. (Which is REALLY annoying).
Most are pretty great. Yet others…not so much. I worked at a place over 10 years ago. We had this one regular who was really annoying. Never spent that much money. Always tried to pry into the lives of the staff. Tried to become friends with the staff even though none of us wanted that. Constantly overstepped bounds. If they found out something about us, they’d ask personal questions that were none of their business.
So, once I politely said something and asked them to not do that. Next day, they complained to a co-worker that they were really upset about it. Of course, the co-worker could care less but this “regular” kept going on about how upset they were. When in reality, they were just seeking attention AS PER NORMAL.
This person was clearly lonely which is why they always tried to befriend us. In truth, it was harmless but super annoying. At least once a year, the manager would ban this person for at least a month. As soon as the ban was up…that person was right back at the door.
If you’re a regular at any place, be the nice ones. The unassuming ones. Not the “I deserve free stuff/Hey let’s be best friends/I act like I own the place/I stick my nose in everyone’s business” type. Because you will NOT be liked. And eventually, you’ll not be welcomed.
You know how I just had a fried Oreo the other day? Well, my friend Gretchen and I were talking about other things we wish we could fry. And we both have mad love for Girl Scout cookies. Samoas being our favorite.
Gretch is tenacious when it comes to seeking out the goodies and she found this article which talks about a deep fried samoa for a limited time here in NYC!
“If you enjoy the gut-busting dishes and desserts at Lavo, you definitely want to try their Zeppole, which will pay homage to the popular Samoa Girl Scout cookie. According to Eater, Lavo, which made the site’s list for the “weirdest and most spectacular dessert options,” will be serving a Samoa filled Zeppole for a limited time for $18.
The “fried concoction drizzled with pineapple caramel sauce” is sure to be as rich as it is expensive.
Visit Eaterfor the full list of their favorite desserts.
Jimmy had dinner with Paul Pope, Sam Hiti, Steve Manale and Joe Midthun on the Sunday night after the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). He pulled out the ol’ digital recorder and the boys got to talking comics, the industry and influences! You’ll hear silverware clinking, sips from drinking and lotsa heavy thinking! It’s like you’re there with us. Lotsa fun too especially with the questionairre at the end. Tory Woollcott sits in to intro/outro the show with Jimmy once again! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Unless you are about to take a picture of someone, DON’T tell them to smile. It’s rude and annoying. I had someone do that to me last night. Just because I’m not conforming to what YOU think is the proper way to look, doesn’t mean I’m not happy. I’m just thinking about something or concentrating. I told the idiot that said it to me, “don’t tell anyone that because it’s rude”. They just laughed and said, “I know I shouldn’t but I do it anyway”. So…you KNOW you’re an asshole. Well, at least there’s that.
Jimmy got so many interviews from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival that we decided to release a special interview only show! Once again, Tory Woollcott sits in with him to guest co-host. Though unplanned, it’s serendipitiously full of all-Toronto residents! Fantastic chats with the boys of Kill Shakespeare, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger. If you remember, when we first reviewed it back when, we didn’t love it. But Jimmy has read more since then. Will he eat crow? Tune in! Willow Dawson chats about her DIY comics book for kids. Steve Manale chats his webcomic Superslackers. And Jim Zub speaks of the awesomeness that is Skullkickers! As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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Jimmy went to Toronto for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and all he got was some awesome poutine. (Well, that and an awesome time at the convention!) He’s still in T-Dot and is joined by guest co-host Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind). They give their TCAF recaps and chat about the whole weekend. News includes: Record sale on Dark Knight Returns splash page, Marvel brings back the Ultimate line, a Minnesota politician talks smack about Neil Gaiman and Dark Horse brings free digital comics. Tons of TCAF interviews: Angela Melick, Philippa Rice, Dustin Harbin, Adam Cadwell, Kayla Marie Hillier and Faith Erin Hicks. As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!