Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds My rating: 5 of 5 stars This story veered dangerously close to a couple kid book tropes that I really hate. But I’m happy to report that both were avoided! Kid Book Trope 1:… Continue Reading
Earth’s Biggest Fan: by John Swartzwelder My rating: 5 of 5 stars These books are so fucking funny. There’s no reason to not read them. This one’s a great starter if you’re unfamiliar. It’s short, and it’s sweet. I wrote… Continue Reading
When asked how long it takes to prep a speech, Woodrow Wilson said, That depends on the length of the speech…If it is a ten-minute speech it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a… Continue Reading
Uh, so I found out the trouble with the dude who made the music that intro’ed and outro’ed the last show is very right now. Which, I assure you, I did not know the depth/breadth of. I don’t have anything… Continue Reading
Every year Maximum Fun does their MaxFun Drive. I’m not sure about the spacing on that. Maxfun Drive? MaxFun Drive? MaxFunDrive? Also, they never answered my letters (shouting out of my apartment window) regarding calling it Maximum Funverdrive. But whatever.… Continue Reading
There’s this great movie called Warrior. It’s about ultimate fighting, sort of, but I swear, it’s great. I don’t like that shit in real life, and I love Warrior. Most people I know don’t love fight sports, and they love Warrior. I would tell you… Continue Reading
Breen is at it again. Plus we had a joke that wasn’t a joke.
Shortly after the release of Rogue One, fans everywhere were speculating whether the characters Chirrut and Baze were gay. And today, the rumoring continues over at Buzzfeed. The quotes from Rogue One director Gareth Edwards: “That wasn’t the original intention…But… Continue Reading
It’s been a little while since the last Bic For Her Update. How’s it going? I hate it. And, you know, I thought I would. But I think I hate it for reasons that I didn’t expect. It’s not the… Continue Reading
Every time I log into the Goodreads app, I have to see an inspirational quote. It’s like working in an office and seeing one of those dumb posters with a picture of, I dunno, a whale breaching, and below it… Continue Reading
1995: A Brady Bunch movie. Huh. I guess I would care about that if I cared about the Brady Bunch. [crickets] 1997: When Leslie Nielsen can’t get a 13 year-old Pete to watch a movie, you’ve failed, Mr. Magoo. [crickets] 1998: Lost In… Continue Reading
Ramblin Man, that is for sure.
Every year we have a very lazy debate about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Why? How can a magazine that touts the accomplishments of ALL athletes still objectify women? It’s a silly debate, and it’s hurtful. It poses the women who… Continue Reading
Protesting, yes. Signs, no. While protesting and marching are a way to show our solidarity and commitment to a cause, signs have become a way to set ourselves apart from the crowd. Indeed, in a time when we’re supposed to… Continue Reading
I’m about to talk about how comics are a great way to learn about writing, and I’m about to do that by talking about a story I invented as a youngster where the Flash’s head filled up with semen until… Continue Reading
How to de-motivate after you are motivated.
Spidey, Volume 2: After-School Special by Robbie Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this one better than the first. WAY less Peter Parker stuff, way more Spidey. I’ve always said that comics are really more like soap… Continue Reading
Riveting conversation with your spouse. Who is me.
I get texts from Amazon when a delivery attempt fails or succeeds. Amazon loves texting me. I don’t know how to make it stop. I feel like I could figure it out with minimal investigation, but then I also feel… Continue Reading
Spidey, Volume 1: First Day by Robbie Thompson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Hmm…Hmm…Hmm… Last year I wrote an article that was critical of comics’, especially Marvel’s, tendency to de-age their characters. They’ve made some diversity movements, and that’s… Continue Reading
The Hero, Book 1 by David Rubín My rating: 4 of 5 stars Holy shit, what a blast! Picked it up because the artwork is so good. Very alive, colorful, and when you’ve got a book with action like this,… Continue Reading
Moon Knight, Volume 1: Lunatic by Jeff Lemire My rating: 3 of 5 stars Nothing beats the Warren Ellis book. That book MADE Moon Knight for me. “What are you supposed to be?”[billy club to the face]“The one you see… Continue Reading
Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Armstrong My rating: 4 of 5 stars What’s so special about Seinfeld? What about that show makes it so different? “No hugging, no learning.” This was the rule, the mantra… Continue Reading
Hi, I’m Pete, founder of Uggo Poolboys. Are you tired of leaving your spouse at home alone to look at an attractive poolboy? I know I am. Especially because our pool is a plastic one for children. I don’t think… Continue Reading
Chew, Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ah, endings. We love to hate an ending. Think about it. Which TV endings were beloved? Any? Off the top of my head, I can remember… Continue Reading
Chew, Vol. 11: The Last Suppers by John Layman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Still great, but what’s with this crossover nonsense? We’ve got Chew and then Revival, two different series, and for some reason they did a crossover… Continue Reading
Doctor Strange, Vol. 2: The Last Days of Magic by Jason Aaron My rating: 3 of 5 stars When we left you last time, your hero (me) was pondering whether the slow burn first volume of this book would be… Continue Reading
Howdy, One thing we like to do here, and that we’d like to do with more regularity, is talk about charities that deserve a moment of your time. Conspicuously absent will be political charities and the biggies. I think the… Continue Reading
Doctor Strange, Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird by Jason Aaron My rating: 3 of 5 stars What I liked is that Doctor Strange, Stevie, uses axes and swords and shit and isn’t just waving his hands around all… Continue Reading
We change orgs.
I’m excited to announce that me and my brother have completed Digitally Stimulated: Issue 04. The Mario Issue! It’s probably kinda dumb to write an issue about Mario. What’s left to be said? Everything from the Kuribo Shoe to the… Continue Reading
I’ve thought a lot about what I would teach if I were to teach a writing class. So, as a challenge, I’m going to try and write a short essay/assignment weekly for the next 15 weeks. Enjoy! For today’s class,… Continue Reading
A Couple of Stops by Winifred Holtby My rating: 5 of 5 stars Great collection. Delivers on the premise, good stories that are short enough to read over the course of a couple train stops. The Tom Spanbauer story is… Continue Reading
I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs. The Unpublished Emails. by David Thorne My rating: 4 of 5 stars Oh, David Thorne. You give trolls a good name. For those who are unfamiliar, David Thorne is in the… Continue Reading
Emails, Nazi Pens, and the Experience.
I’ve thought a lot about what I would teach if I were to teach a writing class. So, as a challenge, I’m going to try and write a short essay/assignment weekly for the next 15 weeks. Enjoy! Have you seen… Continue Reading
A while back I was hoping to find more spots for donations. That’s been pretty inconsistent, which tells me it’s a total Helpful Snowman project. Today I wanted to point everyone towards The Empowerment Plan. The Empowerment Plan is about… Continue Reading
Good Nintentions: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the Nintendo Entertainment System by Jeremy Parish My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you’re looking for a pretty thorough cataloging of NES games, this is a great resource. Most games have at… Continue Reading
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Scene: [DEMON comes to earth to possess a human] [PETE is walking down the street, minding his own business. These two things go together,… Continue Reading
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Re-read/listen. I listened to this entire book, read by the author, in the time it took me to get ready… Continue Reading
Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first 4 pages might be my all-time favorite Wolverine pages. Well, barring, “Now it’s MY turn!” We get this cold open, and then a frank conversation between… Continue Reading
As promised, here’s an excerpt from the project I’m working on. It’s a long piece. It’s fairly polished, but not complete by any means. I hope you enjoy it, or at the very least, feel better that I’m making good… Continue Reading
Last time, when we talked about these pens, I brought up a thought that went a bit unfinished. Namely: If I was presented the challenge of selling Bic pens to women, how would I do it? And let me flesh… Continue Reading
Helpful Snowbowl 2013 pt II is here! Brace yourselves.
I bought it! Yeah baby I bought it! Well, we finally have the pen no one asked for. A pen for ladies. And I am the proud owner of TWO. A pink AND a purple, which covers all the girl… Continue Reading
How’s The Writing? I get asked this question from time to time. Mostly because I haven’t shared a lot of what I’m working on. Because…well, I don’t know what to say. I’ve been so busy working on it that working… Continue Reading
March: Book One by John Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars The trials and challenges of John Lewis are very interesting, and I did feel like there were times we got to know him a bit more as a… Continue Reading
I got on Amazon today, and I had a new book review! For Conntra: Wads of Power. Here is the review preserved in its entirety: wtf wtf wtf… if you are reading this comment, you are the most screwed up… Continue Reading
The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years by Will Eisner My rating: 3 of 5 stars A mixed bag, but a great piece of comics history. The Bad:I don’t normally start with the bad, but I’m going to in this… Continue Reading
Electrifying! Get it? Because Electro. Well, whatever.