Sunday, January 14, 2018

Happy 5th birthday, Jade Shade!

Previous years.

Since I want this to be the last bonus feature for the book...

Hahah!! That didn't work out!!

Anyhoo, here we are back to January 14th.
Now I can look back at it all properly.
From seeing the mask at the grocery store, to wrapping the whole thing up last year, and being free of the monkey on my back.

It was a journey, and I'm glad I went on it.

As I mentioned in the 29th Harry anniversary, I ended up taking a year break, and not 100% of my own choosing.

But, I'm glad I did that now too, to clean my head out.

Now, I not only have the next book idea lined up that I mentioned on New Year's, but a new Harry story popped into my head yesterday that'll make the JS/Harry hybrid compilation better, and feel more complete and resolved.

It'll be a final episode of Harry, and will come out on the 30th anniversary.
THEN the book will be finished, and THEN I'll compile it.

Whether I'll start work on the new book before or after that, I don't yet know.

My muse is slow and stubborn, but it always delivers in the end.
It'll all reveal itself to me.
I'll get there.

I repeat last year's message.
Books are on their way.
Stay tuned.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy 29th birthday, Harry Hembock!


Previous birthdays.

Stuff that happened after the 28th.

Anyhoo, this'll be the last Harry bonus feature until the book.

Haha!! Wrooonng-guh!!

Well, like I said on New Year's, I slacked off due to existential crisis.
Details in there.
It'll be in the book too.
If I ever build the thing.

I technically missed this day too, but Google's midnight is 3 am, so I've got a bit before the rollover to tomorrow, and have to add a "belated".

Hmm, y'know, I think I'll wait 'til next year to compile the book, then I'll do the big 30th anniversary thing, and I'll get to include that too.
Yeah, that's the way to go.

"Anything that let's you slack off, huh, Mike?".


Anyhoo, happy year-before-the-big-3-0, Harry!!

When I started the blog, you were old enough to drink, now you're old enough for a mortgage, and an SUV!

Okay, NOW I feel old.
When your high school cartoon character is old enough to be a dad, time to say "ouch!".

Anyhoo, see you next year for the big one!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas loot 6, update!

Last time.

Ahh, finally!

The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991)


The good news-
I've got 120 episodes of the show.
The bad news-
They stripped out the video commentaries on every episode, and the documentaries where they talk to cast and creators. The 15 minute episodes are gone, only the 30 minutes ones are there. All the bonus goodies from the Time/Life set are purged. It's as no-frills as you can get. Even the commercial bumpers and title cards are gutted to make space.
The good news that balances the bad news-
The opening and closing themes are still there.
The menus are simple, snappy, and responsive.
Scene skip takes me just past the theme if I get sick of it.
All my favorites are still here.
And the standalone Slimer episodes from "Slimer And The Real Ghostbusters", episodes are gone, and I don't miss that baby-ish junk at all.
Also, a lot of the bonus stuff I can get back with Youtube, and indeed have already collected.
Nifty observation-
There's no longer any doubt in my mind Katie Dippold binged the first couple seasons of RGB when she wrote "Answer The Call". Once you refresh your memory, there's RGB Easter eggs all over ATC.
That just makes me love both things even more!!
Now I'm even MORE excited for "Crossing Over".

Right now, I'm 5 disks in, with 5 to go.
I'm in the weird position of having STARVED for years for Ghostbusters content, to now having so MUCH of it, I have to stop to take breaks to prevent burnout.
It's a fun and blissful problem to have!

Ghostbusters 101: 
Everyone Answers The Call. (2017)

See here for the issue/arc reviews.

Yep, nabbed the graphic novel.
Got it as a physical object now.

And it has that quick scene where Holtzmann literally pokes her head into the RGB universe, so the two things directly connect!!

Had to carve out a special space on my bookshelf for Ghostbusters now.
What with this, Ectomobile manual, "Tobin's Spirit Guide", "Ghosts From Our Past", and "Get Real", having sprouted into a sizable stack, and the graphic novels for "ATC: What Dreams May Come", and "Crossing Over", and who knows what else coming up the pike.

And there, that's the last residue of Christmas.
I'll retro-link this back to the Christmas loot post.

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No more calendar day.

Nope, not doing these.
I'm done.

I've got search function to find things with.

And as for reminding myself what thingies to post on what days, I'll just use notepad.

Anyhoo, everything from 2008 to 2017 can be found in archives.


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ghostbusters: ATC: What Dreams May Come, Issue #2.

Right here.

Issue #1.

Overall review.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!!!! (this time for sure)

The anniversary of finishing Jade-Shade was Thursday.
I had my mind on Christmas loot instead.

Yeah, I deliberately slacked off on getting the book compiled.
Broke that new year's resolution.

I fell into an existential crisis over what to do with my life with no more Harry or Jade-Shade, and with neither of them making a living for me.
Toyed with the idea of stand-up comedy, but the bottom rungs of that business are a horror show, and you don't even scrape up rent money.
I don't have to be rich day one, but rent, groceries, and electricity would be nice.

So, I tried coming up with other story ideas.
I actually have a bunch of them, but then it was a nightmare settling on just one, and then it ended up being none of them, cuz right when this year is about to die, I had one that topped all of them.
Glad I waited, instead of diving full throttle into the first thing.
The first couple ideas might have been fun to write, but I'm confident they wouldn't have sold.

So, with this new one, I'm excited about things again, and I might be able to will myself to compile the books. (Harry/Jade-Shade, and all my old rants)
And, I'm not blogging this book, gonna try to get it published.
If that fails, I'll self publish it.
Either way, you'll see it.

Jade-Shade turned 4, and I cut off the anniversaries there.
The Harry books turned 5.
NLHH turned 12!
I turned 42!
I rebooted big summer/winter movies to go by year.
Ghostbsuters 2016 has a comic book sequel, threequel, and an upcoming fourquel.
An animated Ghostbusters from the ghosts's point of view is supposed to come out in 2019, so we should start hearing some things this year.
Seen "The Last Jedi", once so far.
"Ash vs Evil Dead", season 3 doesn't come out til fucking February.
Shmegalamonga turned 9!
Halloween and Christmas aren't going to be big movie news/reviews behemoths anymore.
I came to terms and made peace with the 90's once and for all by doing a megalith recap of them.
Disney bought Fox, so we're gonna get X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool in the MCU!

Oh, and where 2016 was all our favorite celebs dying, this year, they were all turning out to be pedos, molesters, harassers, homophobic bullies, and rapists.
Yep, Cosby was just the tip of the iceberg.

Part of me is sad, but the bigger part of me is glad to have the lid blown off.

Oh, and Trump is crazy, and morally infuriating, but I'm not scared of him anymore.
I think he's done for.
We'll see where we're at by 2019, I could be wrong, but it feels like his goose is cooked.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

My Christmas Loot: Part 6, Loot In Space.

Part 5.

Here we go...

Wonder Woman (2017)

See here.

DC's up to date until Justice League comes out on video.

Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

See here.

And Marvel's up to date until Thor: Ragnarok comes out.

Return Of The 
Caped Crusaders (2016)

See here.

Really late on this one.
I dunno why.

Batman vs Two-Face (2017)

The last thing by Adam West.
Well....I think there's some Family Guys left, but...y'know.

Bill Shatner is Two-Face, and they draw him as his young 60's Captain Kirk self.
Two-Face is the one famous villain they didn't get to do on the old show.
And Batman and Classic Star Trek were on at the same time, and Shatner and West have had similar career paths, and places in pop culture, but they never got to team up until now.
So, a lot of dreams come true in this.

They find a clever way to sneak Lee Meriwether in as an alternate Catwoman.
(Spoiler highlight)
They introduce Harley Quinn into the Adam West-verse!!

There's a nice Comic-Con panel in the bonuses on Adam West's life.

Burt Ward has hinted they might continue these without Adam somehow...but I dunno....
Where else could you go, but to turn West-verse Robin into Nightwing, or something?
Maybe Nightwing meets Lynda Carter Wonder Woman in the 70's?
Hmmm...THAT could work....

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

See here.

Love it.
I see more Easter eggs every time I watch it.

Ghostbusters Ectomobile 
Owner's Workshop Manual (2017)

Perfect trifecta with "Ghosts From Our Past", and "Tobin's Spirit Guide".

This is my favorite thing.
Another book I wish had come out when the original films and cartoon were still hot.
It says it's just a guide to the cars, but they loophole it that you can put all the gear in the car, so it's really the whole damned Ghostbusters technical manual.

And to keep it from being all dry and techno-babble-y, and to remind you, dammit, these films are comedies, Winston and Peter interject through funny post-it notes.
And Egon through unintentionally funny ones.
The main voice of the book is Ray.

When they get to "Answer The Call", I guess they just assume you know the universes were merged through "Ghostbusters 101".

The graphic novel of GB101 is out now, I gotta go out and get that....
And while I'm out, what the Hell, I've put it off long enough, the DVDs of "The Real Ghostbusters".
Stay tuned for those...

Aaand, the rest was clothes and candy.


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