Archive for September, 2009

Where have you been?

You may be asking this very question.  Whether you are a friend, a co-worker or just someone reading this blog.  Yes, I’ve been gone for a couple days.  Sorry folks.  I took the weekend off to enjoy my 40th birthday (much television and couch lounging was enjoyed).  As the weekend came to a close though, a case of the flu appears to have settled in here at the farm.  I’ve been a bit sick since Sunday but I’m weathering the storm.  As Wednesday approaches, I’m still trying to get back up to speed, but it’s a slow climb.  Fear not, I and the blog will roar back to life soon.  For now though, cat shot (a buddy who has been keeping me company in illness)…

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Farewell Primeval


I’m a little saddened to learn that Primeval’s days are now done.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I thought this series really picked up in the second half of series three.  Despite early reports to the contrary, on June 15th (yea, I’m a little late to this announcement), ITV did in fact cancel the show confirming that there would not be a fourth series.

At the same time, there have been a host of hints and quotes that the production team would attempt to keep “Primeval alive in other ways”.  Rumors about a possible film have been helped along by both ITV and Warner Brothers plus there has been talk of the series making a move to American television.

Would it pick up on the cliffhanger ending of season three or serve as a full reboot?  That’s anyones guess but this on again, off again fan would hope for a resolution of that cliffhanger.

I was on the fence about trying Being Human which tells the story of three twenty-something individuals sharing a house in Bristol, trying to live a normal social life, despite being a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire.  I think with the fall of Primeval, I will give it a try.

The Last 48 Hours

Wow.  The last 48 hours or so have been a blur.  I overslept just a bit Saturday and raced through the morning to grab Brant and make my way up to Comics2Games.  On the way up, the conversation quickly moved from Fringe to comics to a super secret comic project Brant Fowler and I have in the works.  While I was there I secured my books and, after 12 hours of pure comic bliss, returned home and got to reading.

As you know, I like to keep you “in the know” on what I’m reading.  Between 10 PM yesterday and 1 PM today, here’s what that little reading adventure entailed…

Eric and I recorded at 1 PM and you will hear that review podcast on Tuesday.  Yes friends, the boys are back and the Why I Love Comics podcast makes it’s audio return this week.

So, did I stop reading comics after that?  Nope.  I’ve set up sights on devouring a series I’ve wanted to try for a while (from NBM Publishing)… Richard Moore’s Boneyard!  I’ll report back on this one, but if the first eighth of the book is any indication, I LIKE!

I’ll leave you this evening with a peek at a commission piece done by Uko Smith during Comicpalooza yesterday.  Uko doing the girls from Blood and Roses.



Let the games (as in Comics2) begin!



Huh, so I’ve been calling what’s happening tomorrow Comicspalooza for weeks now.  Just noticed in that logo that there is no “s”.  Wonder which single comic is being honored with such high praise…  I’ll have to report back on that.

You know, in all honesty, if you hand me a name there’s a good chance I’ll mess it up for weeks to come.  Just ask Brant or Jackie (running jokes).

Seriously though, I’m looking forward to a semi-relaxed day hanging out with friends, getting to know Uko Smith better and, as I’ve been told, standing center stage MCing the entire event.  They claim there will be a microphone and I’ll be announcing all the fun throughout the day.  We’ll see how that turns out.  Me and an amp… could be dangerous.  Air guitar anyone?  By the end, you may be saying “drop it like it’s not“.

If you missed the initial press release, click here for all the sordid details.  My plan for the day is to grab my CR neighbor Brant Fowler and drive up to Comics2Games arriving there around 9:30 AM.  As we drive, Brant and I will continue talking through our super secret comic project which we are planning.  Yes, he and I have started work co-writing a new comic series.  As they say so often in the world of comics, details to come…

Once there, I’m planning to feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet of comics, comics and MORE COMICS!  I have a Why I Love Comics podcast to record on Sunday and I need books to read for that show!  Interesting how well a comic book store can fill that need.  My pull list awaits and I plan to DEVOUR it.

The store is open 10 AM to 8 PM and the day will be filled with festive fun.  If you know C2G like I know C2G, this will be as much a party as a comic event.  This store shows, year after year, just how much of a rock star event Free Comic Book Day can be and Comicpalooza will serve as a solid “other side of the year” companion to that original comic book national holiday.  Way to go C2G!

I invite you to join us at the show.  I’ll be live blogging photos here and over on the main site throughout the day.  Come join the fun and bring a full wallet as there will be much comic goodness to be had (if I don’t get it all first).

Not familiar with Comics2Games?

Well why not. Here’s a nice video flashback to get you up to speed of this cool, cool store!



docsEvery once in a while I am reminded that my day job is actually pretty amazing. Sure it’s kicking my tail right now but the actual work I do is pretty meaningful as I get to play a role in shaping the future of research.

UK is a research university. That means we’re actual building the science for the next big cultural shift or two. For many years I worked with the college of arts and sciences assisting in the physical sciences. Now, after the recent change I find myself doing grant work for the Markey Cancer Center in addition to a large chunk of the medical center.  I get to do finance work and administer the grant funding guiding and helping pave the way.  It’s a supporting role for people who might just, quite literally, find the cure for cancer.

Sure I may loose sight of that in the mounds of paper but sometimes I have to remind myself that the work I do is real and the studies impact lives.  Today, I read an article that reminded me of all this. It highlighted a new group of doctors I will be working with and whose research I will help foster and facilitate. Pretty cool.

You can read that article here…


New couch. Cool.

Little Obsessions

In life I find that small things really catch my attention from time to time. I kind of think of them as micro obsessions, but in the good way rather than the normal negative way.

Usually I’ll hook on something for a few weeks really intensely, burn out on it and move on. Right now, it’s two television shows and a video game.

The Showtime series Weeds and Californication coupled with Sims 3 (for the iPhone) have been gobbling up the very few relaxation moments I find in life (yep today was another 6am to 9pm long haul at the office)

All the Showtime series have been pretty amazing lately and Sims on the phone has proven a ton more fun than I was expecting. It’s been nice to be a gamer again even if it is in five minute moments.

Another long haul…

It’s another “long haul” Tuesday as I work away here at the office. Definition of long haul… Arrive 6 AM. Lunch roughly 20 minutes. Leave 10 PM. Been doing a few too many of these lately, but I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. That said, it may be a train coming.

Yes, I’m representing with a S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) t-shirt. Who says work can’t come with a little style…

Well, it’s Tuesday.  Can’t let it go without a little Tom Waits…


What a FUN weekend

From playing video games with friends Friday night to hanging out with the wide old CR family Saturday to just sitting and watching some of season 3 of Weeds on Sunday with Katie,  I just had the most amazing weekend.

I know you can tell from the coverage and from the audio that we honestly enjoyed Champion City Comic Con, but tonight I just wanted to take a moment and give a bit of a written honor to all the amazing people who are in my life these days.  From my parents to my wife to my MANY friends in comics, I’m a very lucky fellow and I am also incredibly thankful to know so many talented people.  Here’s hoping it rubs off…