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 The Unpublished Emails.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.
Crime beat. Beating crime.
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On A Feline by Kate Leth My rating: 3 of 5 stars Look through the reviews, you’ll see the word “cutesy” pop up a lot. And they’re not wrong. If you’ve got a… Continue Reading
Guests and more guest. TWO games. My mother is a car. Diplomatic Immunity. Also, Whoops!
Jughead, Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars I learned a thing! There’s a great joke in this book about Jughead’s name, and it got me thinking. “What is a jug, anyway?” I found out. It’s… Continue Reading
The Sheriff of Babylon, Volume 1: Bang. Bang. Bang. by Tom King My rating: 2 of 5 stars I was confused as hell. There’s a body that we’re investigating for some reason, there’s a Iraqi mover and shaker who is… Continue Reading
Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel My rating: 2 of 5 stars I really like Jessica Abel’s stuff. I thought Out On The Wire was great, one of my favorite reads last year. But this one didn’t… Continue Reading
How many times will you sext before you die?
Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar My rating: 4 of 5 stars Old Man Logan is a lot more effective than Old Man Pete. I’ll say that much. Mark Millar, man, when he’s on, he’s on. And the art… Continue Reading
Chirp nearly killed me.
Please excuse the phone call. It was a kitty emergency. Emergenckitty.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew My rating: 3 of 5 stars I complain from time to time about people who pick up a book and don’t get what they wanted because they were too stupid… Continue Reading
With a BULLET.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 14: The Exorcist by Mike Mignola My rating: 3 of 5 stars Nothing like a good exorcism…to BORE me! This volume wasn’t quite as exciting as the last few. It felt like it relied on… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 13: End of Days by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars This contains a sequence in which a Russian…let’s call him zombie in a containment suit asks a super strong guy to punch… Continue Reading
I got The Clapper when I was a kid. I think it was for Christmas. You know, that thing where you clap and then the lamp turns off, then you clap and the lamp turns back on. I wanted it… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 12: Metamorphosis by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars Is World War II the most interesting time in recorded history? I think it might be. It sorta seems like it. But I’m not… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 11: Flesh and Stone by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ll just make a BPRD related confession: I was explaining to my partner what a homonculus was, which I knew about because… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 10: The Devil’s Wings by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars Then he reviewed the THIRD volume in a row after it was clear he had nothing to say about the other volumes.… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 9: The Reign of the Black Flame by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars You may have noticed that I skipped volume 8 of this series. This is not because of some numerology… Continue Reading
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 7: A Cold Day in Hell by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars Have I completely run out of things to say about BPRD? Probably. Perhaps. Have I run out of things to… Continue Reading
Down in a hole.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 6: The Return of the Master by Mike Mignola My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can’t decide if I’d like to work at the BPRD office or not. On the one hand, you’d meet… Continue Reading
This is where I’m at with my reading challenge this year. 163 books, which is pretty durn respectable, but out of a goal of 5,000, not so hot. 3% to be precise. 4,380 books behind schedule at this point. Why… Continue Reading
Cuddly Holocaust by Carlton Mellick III My rating: 4 of 5 stars In reading this book, I realized that there aren’t a lot of books with the word “holocaust” in the title that aren’t talking about THE holocaust. I did… Continue Reading
A guest. A discussion of much of things.
Thinner by Richard Bachman My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you’re interested, the audiobook is read by Joe Mantegna, who also plays Fat Tony on the Simpsons. And so, because there is a mafia type in the book, we… Continue Reading
Today I saw a book review of a Rebecca Solnit book. The reviewer credited Solnit for inventing the term “mansplaining.” I looked further, and lots of reviewers do the same. And there is a Mary Sue article that credits Solnit… Continue Reading
Village of the Mermaids by Carlton Mellick III My rating: 4 of 5 stars Mermaids are jerks. I looked up some mermaid legends. Turns out that different cultures have lots of different versions of these creatures. Greece: This lady got… Continue Reading
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man by Tom King My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Vision decides to live a normal human life, and so builds himself a family and moves to the suburbs. The writing… Continue Reading
Quicksand House by Carlton Mellick III My rating: 4 of 5 stars Check out this part of the intro to this book: Quicksand House is one of the most personal stories I’ve written. Most people look back on their childhood… Continue Reading
The Running Man by Richard Bachman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like most people, I saw the movie adaptation of this long, long ago, and like most (common-sense-possessing) people, I love it. So ridiculous, so good. It turns out… Continue Reading