Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Movie Review: Howard the Duck

"Howard the Duck" (1986)

WHAT. THE. FUCK. Or rather, what No, seriously though, this movie is awful. It follows the exploits of Howard, an anthropomorphic duck...thing, who is inexplicably launched from his home planet of "Duckworld" to the planet Earth to make my life miserable. Of course, Howard is played by a midget in a terrifying, full-body, plastic suit, akin to the costumes and general horror of "the Garbage Pail Kids Movie", which my friend Jacob describes as "looking into a nightmare". This movie isn't too far off either. About a half hour in, you will think "wow, this plot is moving fast, the movie must almost be over!" An hour into the movie, you will ask yourself, "Oh God, how much of this is left? I feel like I've been watching this for days..." The best part is that it was executively produced by George Lucas. Yes, that seems like a logical progression, right? Star Wars...Indiana Jones...Howard the Duck. Perfect. You'll definitely feel disgusting after watching this, but you might want to see it all the same just to have something to complain about.

Movie Review: The Forbidden Kingdom & Black Moon

"The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008)

There are some things you may or may not know about me, those things being that A.) I love Kung-Fu and B.) I love Jackie Chan (his older movies, none of that "buddy flick" crap). Thusly, I really liked this movie a lot. The action was cool, the story was exciting, and Jet Li's weird, squeaky voice finally worked for him in his role as the Monkey King. The lead character, a loser kid from South Boston, kind of sucks, but the rest of the movie makes up for it. A lot of people will shrug this off as big budget, Hollywood garbage (something I typically do, e.g. the upcoming "Speed Racer" movie), but this film has a lot of heart and a lot of fun.

"Black Moon" (1975)

I goddamn hated this movie. Sometimes my friends have movie night at their house, and I chose to go over when they watched this. I was really interested by the cool title and original plotline, that there is a war going on between genders. I thought this was intriguing, maybe it might have an interesting twist or lesson, but it turned out that that idea lasts for about 10 minutes. The rest of the movie follows the lead character as she wanders around a house in the middle of the countryside as completely nonsensical stuff happens to her for about two hours. As you can see it was called "An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland", but even that's a stretch. "Alice in Wonderland" was weird, but at least it had a plot. When people make the stereotypical joke about the "French foreign film that doesn't make any sense", this is what they're talking about. I was one of 4 people who managed to watch the whole movie, and there were a lot more when it started.

Monday, April 28, 2008


"Call All My Dawgs!" #1 (and only, probably)

16 pgs. of quickly drawn sketchbook comics about dogs and their everyday personal struggles. This will be available at MoCCA in June and on my book/music tour shortly thereafter.

Speaking of which, dates confirmed thus far:
June 23rd: Strange Maine - Portland, ME (with ID M Theft Able)
June 24th: Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore - Montreal (semi-confirmed)
June 25th: Main St. Museum - White River Junction, VT
June 29th: Cake Shop - Brooklyn, New York

I'm working on the rest, it's going slowly, but I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's done (sort of).

Despite a vast number of loose ends, my unending battle with photoshop, not remembering how certain elements are supposed to fit on a page, and the fact that half of these things don't even fit on my scanner, for most intensive purposes and the sake of posterity, Pizza Wizard #2 is finished. Don't expect to see #3 for an incredibly long time. You'll actually be lucky if I can cobble all of this garbage together into some sort of readable format. New projects on the horizon.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

18 ways to spend my life

Sam Gas Can: "The Story of Artificial Peace" 3" CD-R FAX 011
Faux-Pas Recordings

About the DC Hardcore band from the 80s, lots of distortion, angst. Comes with B&W insert with red watercolor streaks.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

"Hip-Hop" music

This is a portion of my contribution to Sundays 2, which is an anthology put together by the second year of soon-to-be CCS alumni. It is called "the Legend of MC Sleepy ZZZZ", a rapper who only likes to sleep. The book will be premiering at MoCCA 2008, and the first one is still available if'n you don't have it.