Archive for September, 2010

30
Sep
10

Joplin Globe…Sanity?

Hey, stating the obvious about feminism and conservative backstabber ladies used to be my job. Ah well.

Seriously, socialism sounds sooooo good right now. If conservatives hate it so much, it must be awesome.

Speaking of which, did you hear about the Republican senators who put a hold on a bill to build a women’s history museum in D.C.? Their reason? BIAS!

White guys are the most persecuted people in the world, donchaknow.

28
Sep
10

His Shirt Lacks the Quiet Dignity of the Three Wolf Moon

The Burn A Confederate Flag Day event, due to the unfortunate coincidence of the Koran-burning snafu, did not catch the momentum it otherwise would have. Still, we managed to piss off some lifeless goobers on the Internet. And in the end, isn’t that what Burn a Confederate Flag Day’s really all about?

Speaking of goobers that need to get lives, get a load of this guy who made a video in response to mine.

If the audio was in any way discernible, this could quite possibly be the funniest video ever made. As it is, it’s merely insanely funny.

The NAACP is just as racist as the KKK! He should know! His black friends told him!

24
Sep
10

Top 5 Comics I Found at Hurley’s Heros on a Whim

Me and my friend Whitney freaking love Hurley’s Heros, and so should you. It’s by far the most fun store in Joplin that doesn’t sell vibrators. If you love alternative comics, there’s no doubt that this is the place you should hit first.

As much as we love it, this store is probably bad for our financial health. You see, me and Whitney, we are whim purchasers. We can’t enter this store without buying something. Sometimes it doesn’t pan out so well (coughcoughJurassicParkRedemptioncough), but Hurley’s is so awesome that we rarely regret our impulse purchases.

Here are my top five trade paperbacks and graphic novels that I discovered at Hurley’s.

The Five Fists of Science

5. Five Fists of Science

This is right up your alley if you like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, H.P. Lovecraft, or the mere thought of Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain fighting evil with steampunk mechs. For lo, that is the plot.

Also, this is of somewhat local interest, for Matt Fraction and Steven Saunders are from KC, Missouri. If you frequent Hurley’s enough, one day you may come across these gentlemen in an autographing mood. And Steven has a dope-ass mustache. You have to hunt him down and see it for yourself.

4. Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Volume 1

Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor

This was my first whim purchase at Hurley’s. It was on the bargain rack and I couldn’t understand why. Harlan Ellison? I don’t care how short and grumpy the man is, you don’t put him in the bargain rack!

So I promptly removed him from the bargain rack. With my money.

HEDCv1 (sounds like a viral strain if I put it that way) is an anthology of Ellison short stories adapted in comic form (doy) by various artists. They’re all introduced by Ellison, in a wraparound comic where he gives you a tour of his “dream corridor”. Most of the stories are of a speculative fiction bend, and they range from great to putrid to incomprehensible. Harlan doesn’t limit himself to just sci-fi though; one of the best tails (PUN DEFINITELY INTENDED) concerns a man who takes his revenge on a man with a rat phobia.

Along with the comic adaptations, there’s also some original stories given the text treatment for dessert. What? People still read stories that aren’t broken down into comic panels? How quaint!

3. Street Angel

Street Angel

This one kind of doesn’t count, since I had heard whispers of it on girlwonder.org beforehand, but cripes, I never expected to see a trade paperback of it on the shelf in Joplin. The finding and purchasing of this book all occurred in 2.3 milliseconds. It would’ve been 2.2 milliseconds if the Hurley at the desk didn’t drag his ass. DAMN YOU HURLEY *shakes fist*

Street Angel was a SLG series whose lifespan was inversely proportionally to its badassitude. It was about this 12 year old homeless girl who spent her time digging through dumpsters, skateboarding and destroying living beings with her flailing limbs. For you see, Jesse Sanchez is a world class martial artist. And she likes to kick hinders.

Some of the varieties of hinders that Jesse kicks in this book:

  • Ninja hinders
  • Mad scientist hinders
  • Pirate hinders
  • Satanist hinders
  • Satan’s hinder
  • Machinegun hick hinders
  • Robot hinders
  • Future self hinder
  • Your hinder

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

2. Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

I got this one last night, but I had been eyeing it for several weeks. Does it still count as a whim purchase if I take my time, ponder my options and make a conscious effort into making a wise purchase? Probably not. In fact it’s probably the mutually exclusive opposite tactic. Well tough. THIS IS MY BLOG AND WE’RE DOING IT MY WAY.

Beasts of Burden is your typical mystery-solving-paranormal-investigators-living-in-a-town-with-spooky-occurrences tale, crossed with a Don Bluth movie. For you see, the paranormal investigators in this tale aren’t humans or tormented human/monster halfbreeds, but neighborhood dogs and cats.

This is not like Ghostbusters, however, and it’s not for kids (unless you and your kids are cool and can handle such things). This comic has several outright gory moments, not to mention moments where you don’t see anything and it’s a helluva lot worse. Even worse for any child’s mind than gratuitous violence, the animals often use (gasp!) foul language. Even disregarding the superficial parental boogeymen of violence and obscenities, the book is more like Watership Down then Bugs Bunny. You will cry at least once while reading this book.

I just realized, I’ve been hawking comics while neglecting to mention the artwork of any of them. I should get on that. Ahem.

OH MY GOD THE ART IN THIS IS AMAZING. It’s all watercolor paintings by the amazing Jill Thompson (of Scary Godmother fame).

OH WOW OH WOW LOOK AT THIS

The only big drawback to this book is the abrupt ending. Hopefully, Mr. Dorkin and Ms. Thompson are following it up!

Mysterius the Unfathomable

1. Mysterius the Unfathomable

You know by now that I’m not a big fan of belief in the supernatural in real life. But damn howdy, do I love it in my comics!

Plot rehash: After covering a seance gone wrong, reporter Ella discovers that the womanizing jerk Mysterius is not only a real semi-ageless magician, but that she’s predestined to be the newest in a long line of assistants. A plot involving witches, hellish dimensions, a children’s book author, a cult figurehead, and all sorts of goofy stuff follows.

This book is freaking hilarious, the art is like stuff from MAD magazine (i.e., good), and the story and characters are all top notch.

Mysterius is especially great for those who are into stage magic (you hear that Joe?) as well as the plain old occult. A lot of characters in this book have real-life counterparts in the world of magic, such as David Blaine and Anton Levay. My favorite is John Darby, an obvious take on James Randi of the $1 Million Paranormal Challenge. Of course, in this book he’s a big, mean, unreasonable jerkass that all skeptics in supernatural fiction are. Reports tell me that James Randi is actually a swell, charming fellow. I hope I can confirm it for myself at this year’s Skepticon.

13
Sep
10

It Is Done

How was your Burn a Confederate Flag Day? Ours had pizza and free backrubs.

I hope we can do it again next year!

07
Sep
10

Donate to the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

As both an avid reptile lover, zoo veteran, and anti-wooist, this story makes me so angrysad I want to punch people with my tears:

In the early morning hours of September 5th, a frenzied mob of Mayan-Belizean villagers set fire to the American Crocodile sanctuary that a Colorado,USA couple spent the last six years creating. “We’ve lost everything,” said Cherie Chenot-Rose, co-owner and founder of the American Crocodile Sanctuary for Education (ACES). The sanctuary was located in Punta Gorda, Belize.

The mob was apparently riled in to a frenzy by a Mayan “psychic” who claimed that two children, who have been missing for the last week, had been fed to the crocodiles at the sanctuary. It is alleged that the same group of villagers are responsible for burning other homes in the past several months in the Toledo District, the southern most portion of Belize.[...]

Reports are that the mob shot and killed some of the 17 crocs held in captivity at the sanctuary. Also destroyed were the Rose’s two story home that included a laboratory and nursery for baby crocs. One baby American Crocodile was to be flown to Chicago to the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Ill. USA for the first ever animal exchange program between Belize and the USA. Over $2,500 in vet supplies that were recently donated for a new humane society that Cherie, along with other locals were working on in Punta Gorda were also lost. “This one wrongful incident has effected and hurt many innocent people and animals,” added Cherie.

Add this to the “but it’s just harmless fun” file.

If you want to help the sanctuary, you can donate thusly:

International wiring account number for donations
Belize Bank # 630-1-1-10130
Account# Vince & Cherie Rose Fire Victim Account

Also, my friends at Reptile World Zoo are contributing to the effort as well. Go visit them, donate, check out the critters and have a tasty Safari Burger at their cafe.

Reptile World Zoo
1733 Kodiak Road, Joplin, Mo. 64804
417-206-4443

If you ask nicely, maybe they’ll tell you the story about how I almost got myself strangled by a pine snake.

02
Sep
10

Come To Burn A Confederate Flag Day!

Yeah, remember that thing I talked about? Well, we set it up.

Come hang out with us (gasp! Who is this “us”?!?) September 12!




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