Quick Update and News

July 13th, 2010 by Dave

Dave here,

So, we’ve had a lot going on in the past week. Kyle is off on his summer safari and he’s currently on the East Coast, the natural habitat of the wild Orange Spray-Tanned Guido. Please, Kyle, don’t bring back any pictures. Also, EIC Jamiel and his lovely bride Miss Emily are returning from their honeymoon in Canada. Why Canada? Probably so that Jaimel could re-create the lodge scene from Superman 2 and reveals to her that he’s really Jaim-El, last son of Krypton. So, that means that you’re stuck with me for a while. I know, lucky you…

The plan is that I’m going to round up friends of the show and do some mini-podcasts while Kyle’s gone. Technically, our next podcast is episode 50, but that wouldn’t be right to do the big 5-0 without Kyle here, so we’re going to call these ‘Summer Episodes’, same great geek stupidity and rage, but now with 100% less logic and structure since Kyle is gone.

So for now, here’s a Tuesday blog post in lieu of a podcast. If there are any problems, remember it’s all Kyle and Jaimel’s fault for leaving me alone. Jerks.

RIP Harvey Pekar
Early Monday morning, the comics world lost one of it’s greats. Harvey Pekar, writer/creator/subject of ‘American Splendor’ was found dead at his home at 1 am. Harvey was influential in establishing the new indie comics movement of the 70’s, with his comic taking on the drudgery and trials of everyday life rather than the glamour of capes and crimefighting that comics had become. Harvey spoke from the average schlub’s point of view that most of us deal with: a dreary, boring job and a struggle to make it through the trials of each mundane day. He questioned the motives of just about everything and everyone, most famously on his last appearence on the NBC ‘David Letterman Show’. Our sympathies go out to Harvey’s wife and daughter; the void he leaves behind in comics will never be filled.

Ed Norton Out As Bruce Banner
A war of words errupted on the internet this past week as Marvel Film’s Kevin Feige said that Edward Norton would not be reprising his role of Bruce Banner in the upcoming Avengers film becasue they wanted someone more ‘creatively flexible’. Norton’s manager called Feagie to task, saying that the anouncement was ‘misleading’ and ‘inappropriate’. For his own part, Norton took the high road and thanked his fans for all the support they’ve shown him and said it was an honor to be part of the Hulk legacy.

Personally, the very fact that Feige says they’re recasting because of ‘the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members’ screams to me that the real reason is, in fact, about the fact that Norton didn’t do any publicity for Hulk and (reportedly) demanded re-writes in the script. Saying that an actor of Norton’s caliber, who’s worked with and held his own with some of the greatest actors of any generation, isn’t creative or collaborative, is just ludicrous. Norton turned in an impressive performance as Banner, and if he did do re-writes, then Marvel has him to thank for an exceptional finished product. I liked Ang Lee’s Hulk, but Louis Leterrier’s Hulk felt much more like what a Hulk film should be like, in large part becasue of Edward Morton’s performance. So, bad move on Fiege’s part here, becasue the general consensus floating around fandom is that he’s looking like a schmuck for the casting move and the press release.

Peter Weller Joining ‘Dexter’
Reports are in that veteran actor Peter Weller is joining the cast of ‘Dexter’ in the upcoming season to play a cop under investigation by Internal Affairs, although we don’t know if he’s going to be Dexter’s big target for the season. Peter Weller playing a cop that gets dismembered? That’ll never work…

Reverse Racism For Transformers 3?
So, early production photos are coming out of the shoots for Transformers 3, and hopes that were raised by Megan Fox getting axed seem to be crushed by the pics of 3 Transformers (no word on wheather they’re Autobots or Decepticons) disguised as NASCAR racers. So, we’re loosing Amos-Bot and Andy-Tron only to get Cyber-Cletus, Darryl-Tron, and JimmyJoeBobBilly-Bot as redneck sterotypes?

Romeo X Julliet on DVD 7/13
You got your anime in my Shakespeare! You got your Shakespeare in my anime! Yes, it’s the two young lovers like you’ve never seen them before. He’s a sensitive bishie member of the oppresive nobility; she’s an underground anarchist rebel that’s secretly the daughter of the previous monarchy that was overthrown. Sparks and swords fly (literally since they all have pegasi mounts) in a rather mind-blowing (in a good way) adaptaion of the classic play.

Voltron Comes To Monsterpocalypse
In a move that can only be described as ‘supermegaawesomewinful’, Monsterpocalypse, the collectable minatures game where you field ginat monsters destroying cities and armies, is getting a Voltron expansion this month. Included in the expansion kit will be all five lions, an assembled Voltron mini, Robeasts, fighters….everything you need to pad out the fight until it’s time to form the Blazing Sword and bring the combat to an end. Release dates still haven’t been finalized, not surprising considering the Department of Homeland Security once delayed the release of a Monsterpocalypse players guide becasue they thought it might be a terroist training manual, but check your FLGS to get in on the action.

Well, that’s pretty much it for now. We’ll resume broadcasting with our Summer Episodes this weekend. Special guest TBA. If anyone actually wants to work with me. Or if we still have freinds that Kyle hasn’t run off by forcing ‘Birdemic’ or ‘Lancelot Link’ on them…

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