May 02 2022

R.I.P. Neal Adams

The great Neal Adams has died at the age of 80 from complications of sepsis.

My first encounter with Neal was not from Batman or Superman or Deadman. It was his creator-owned titles in Continuity Comics.

Continuity Comics Logo

Continuity Comics Logo

I found these on the street for a buck an issue back in the 90s. The art is what caught my eye.

It just POPPED in a way that you have to see to understand. Obviously Neal’s work on Batman is untouchable. But these were characters he created. To my knowledge they never went anywhere, which is a shame. Toyboy would make a great movie (uber rich 12-year-old who makes gadgets and fights crime, hello?) and the epic sweep of Armor and the Silver Streak compares well with Star Wars.

Megalith is also worth mentioning. He’s kind of a weight lifter version of Captain America. I could totally see The Rock playing him. He achieves the mind/body connection and can control all of his muscles with his mind. It’s awesome. Hopefully the family will release some trade paperbacks, or you can get them on eBay for not a lot of money. I’m not selling you mine because I love them and because Neal was kind enough to sign a couple of them.

I interviewed Neal for Babble.com way back in 2008. I’m looking for the audio and trying to find out if it’s OK to release it since it was an interview for print, not a podcast. If you want to hear a solid Neal Adams interview, try the Word Balloons podcast.

If you want to read some of Neal’s work, here are some links:

RIP to one of the greats. Thank you for everything you did.

one of the gods of 20th century comics; an artist who didn’t just define the look of superhero comics, but also pushed back on assumptions of how the industry itself could, or should, run.

Source: R.I.P. legendary DC Comics artist Neal Adams (AV Club)


May 04 2018

LEGO Millennium Falcon Pedicab (May the 4th)

In honor of “May the 4th” (may the forth/force be with you, get it?), LEGO made a pedicab shaped like the Millennium Falcon and set it loose on the streets of NYC. Here’s video of the build, and of Katie Linendoll and Ashley Eckstein taking a ride. Check it out!

Katie Linendoll, Chewbacca, and Ashley Eckstein


Jan 16 2018

DaddyTips Of The Past: Good Passwords Matter

In January of 2016 I wrote a post about bad passwords and why you should teach your kids to use good passwords. Guess what? That tip is still relevant.

PCs All-in-One For Dummies

This is still true. In some ways it is perhaps even more true. Why? Because there are more devices and services in our lives. I have numerous networked thingies in my house, and it feels like I add at least one new account every week. EVERY COMPANY wants you to have an account with their service. Why? Marketing. Selling. AND THE ILLUMINATI. Mostly the first two. BUT MAYBE EVEN THE THIRD. Bottom line: more accounts, more devices, more passwords. Is it annoying to come up with unique passwords for every frickin’ new account? Of course it is! Do you have to do it in order to avoid problems? Yeah. Yeah you do.

Here’s the extremely brilliant webcomic XKCD’s version of how to handle this problem. The problem with this? Don’t use this password because it’s in a comic. HOWEVER! The good folks at XKCD made a password generator you can use.

Whatever you do, don’t use Star Wars themed passwords. With the release of The Last Jedi, I’m gonna guess more than a few people are going to be using “Kylo Smoak” or something even more cleverer.

Bottom line: use hard to guess passwords. If you can’t even remember it, all the better.


Dec 29 2017

Marvel And Star Wars Comics Sale at Amazon

Marvel And Star Wars Comics Sale at Amazon! I know, we do this a lot. Push digital comics sales. And sometimes it’s when there’s only a little bit of time left. But if you read digital comics — and you should — there are some sweeeet deals to be had. Only valid on December 29, 2017, so hurry up.

Hey Kids! Comics!

Hey Kids! Comics!

Here’s the general link. Specific suggestions follow.

Ms. Marvel Volume 1, $1.80:

Man did I love these comics. An actual modern take on the “kid gets powers, has no idea how to deal with them” story. Plus it focuses on a culture that I know very little about. Give it a try.

Infinity Gauntlet, $2.20

The movie is coming out soon, and this is way cheaper than spending $450 on the hardcover.

Planet Hulk, $5.00

Oh man did I love these comics. Thor Ragnorak is based in part on stuff from here. And you can follow that up with…

World War Hulk, $1.80

Hulk mad, but Hulk SMART. Hulk mad and smart is very dangerous for those he is mad at. And oh, is he PISSED.

Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon, $2.20

This was a pleasant surprise. Hawkeye buys a brownstone in Brooklyn and he’s blind, I think. It really wasn’t what I expected at all. Plus the art is genuinely different and overall very awesome.

And…

Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel, 80 cents

80 CENTS! FOR ONE OF THE BEST COMICS EVER! JUST BUY IT!

OK! Some Star Wars comics:

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1, $2.20

Vader in modern comic book form is highly intriguing. Think about it. What do we know about him, really? I don’t mean Spongebob Whinypants from the prequels, I mean VADER. What’s he like? These comics offer some insight.

Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes

Let’s go full Skywalker family, bros! (Sorry about that. I’m not really a “bro” type but it felt OK here. Is it OK? Do I have to give myself a wedgie now? Will it hurt?)

Just hit the link below and explore. Shop. Today only. December 29, 2017. May the force be with you, True Believers.

Source: Amazon.com: Marvel And Star Wars Comics Holiday Sale December 29 ONLY


Nov 24 2017

Mark Hamill Thankful He Knew Carrie Fisher

Mark Hamill posted this lovely image on Twitter this Thanksgiving with the message “#Thankful4TheMemories”.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher

Source: STAR WARS: Mark Hamill Shares Touching Thanksgiving Tribute To Carrie Fisher


Dec 29 2016

HBO Airs Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking On Sunday

Carrie Fisher at WonderCon 2009.

Carrie Fisher at WonderCon 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Press release from HBO:

HBO remembers Carrie Fisher with an encore presentation of WISHFUL DRINKING this Sunday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:20 p.m. ET/PT) on the main HBO channel. Debuting in 2010, this feature-length adaptation of the Hollywood icon’s hit autobiographical stage production tells the intoxicating tale of her life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.  Produced and directed by World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, the special received two Primetime Emmy® nominations, includingOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

RIP Ms. Fisher. You will be missed.


Sep 29 2016

Alien Megastructure WHAAAT?

Scientists have discovered an “alien megastructure” in space.

Bill is alien

Bill is alien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s less cool than it sounds. Despite being SUPER COOL, this picture doesn’t help.

The video over at Business Insider (link) is very well made and definitely gets the point across in a short amount of time. That’s useful. And I’ll admit that the picture of what appears to be the Death Star got me to click.

BUT. Let’s calm down for a second. We don’t really know what this space thing is. And to be fair to Business Insider, the phrase “The peculiar dipping events in the disk-bearing young-stellar object EPIC 204278916” are not very exciting when you have no idea what they mean.

Space news is cool. We’ve discussed this. So if it takes using Star Wars style imagery to draw us in… well, I can live with that. I just hope our alien overlords are nice.

I kid. Sort of.

No one knows why these stars are acting so peculiar.

Source: New alien megastructure star discovered – Business Insider