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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Little Gordon Ramsay

Dina and I have started watching [shudder] Hell’s Kitchen. There’s not a lot of depth to it, but it seems to appeal to some kind of sadistic side of us.

I stumbled across these and thought I’d share. They’re pretty funny. I purposely skipped over part 2. It’s easy enough to find if you want it, but I didn’t find it quite as amusing.


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Monday, February 23, 2009

In Memoriam 81st Oscars 2008-2009

I’m not sure that enjoy is the right word, but I always appreciate this section of the Academy Awards.

EDIT: Not sure of the source of the original video I linked (still included below for posterity) but it wasn’t from the actual Oscars. Here’s the correct one:


And the other one:


Some great talents here.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Suffolk Voice: Devil’s Cape pulls no punches

suffolk_voice I have a Google search set up that generally lets me know when someone writes about Devil’s Cape, but sometimes it misses things. Yesterday, I stumbled across (OK—I did a Yahoo search) an article that I’d missed in November, from The Suffolk Voice.

Here’s an excerpt:

Luckily, Devil's Cape by Rob Rogers exists in a universe where if a superhero gets shot, blown up, mauled, or set on fire, they better damn well have a good HMO.

Very nice review. If you’re interested, you can check out the whole article here.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Awesome Bedlam images

I managed to win the HeroMachine caption contest for a thrilling second time (with a The Brave & The Bold joke—yay me)! The best part of winning isn’t gloating, though. It’s the image that Gentleman Jeff Hebert draws for you as a result.

Dr. Cain Ducett, also known as Bedlam, is one of my favorite characters from Devil’s Cape, so he was a natural choice for me to request as a character illustration. And Jeff, of course, did a wonderful job.

Check this out:

bedlam_hebertIncredible, yeah? Feels like he could jump off the page and kick your ass. And Jeff did a wonderful job of working with me to get an image very much like I pictured in my head.

Speaking of heads, here’s a close-up of Bedlam’s:

bedlam_headGives me chills and nightmares both.

Thanks, Jeff, for a terrific image. I’m going to have to see about getting this colored someday.


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Good Dollhouse Q&A with Joss Whedon

There’s a really good Q&A about Dollhouse here (between Alan Sepinwall and Joss Whedon). A couple minor spoilers if you’re a spoilerphobe, but lots of good questions and responses.

I’m looking forward to this show (set your DVRs, folks: It starts Friday night at 8 p.m. Central time).

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Customer service rant

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts this afternoon. I ended up with a little while to myself and, on impulse, swung into a comic book store that I was passing on the way home. It’s not a store I’d ever visited before, but it was close to the house and I was curious just to get a look at it.

The place was open and nice, with a lot of gaming tables, a pleasing layout of books, etc. What’s more, it had a large selection of quarter boxes with a bunch of recent titles. If I’d splurged and spent three dollars or so, I could have come out with a nice handful of books.

I’m the only customer. There are two people working there—one of them hanging some stuff up, the other behind the counter. They greet me just fine, ask me if I’m looking for anything in particular, and leave me alone after I say I’m just browsing.

So far so good.

Then one of them starts to talk to the other one about how his cat puked in his bedroom that morning.

In what world is this an appropriate discussion in front of a customer? Particularly a new customer who has been in your store about 90 seconds?

I’d been enjoying starting to flip through the quarter boxes, so I decided to hunker down and block it out, but the two start to go back and forth about it and quickly get into a nauseating level of detail that I won’t elaborate on.

My god.

I stalked out of there. Despite the close proximity and the allure of the cheap back issues, I doubt I’ll ever go back.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009



Somewhat to my surprise, given the glacial pace of my updates, Door Number Six has been granted a DARDO Award by the always awesome blog HeroPress. Here’s a bit about the award:

The PREMIO DARDO is designed to recognize unique voices and visions on the Web as well as to promote fraternization amongst bloggers of all sorts. The rules as they were passed on to me are:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another 5 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

I am grateful for the recognition and will in turn nominate five blogs myself. This is tough, as I enjoy a great many of them, but I’ll try to narrow it down to a few, with a particular focus on those that I think people visiting my blog might enjoy. In no particular order, they are:

  • White Flow, by Dal Jeanis. I’ve mentioned this one before; it focuses on the creative moment for writers when everything just clicks. It’s cool.
  • HeroMachine, by Jeff Hebert. It should go without saying that Jeff’s HeroMachine tools for character art are a great deal of fun as well as an awesome gaming tool, but his blog is a very fun read, too.
  • Pretty, Fizzy Paradise, by Kalinara. A fun blog mostly about comic books.
  • The Absorbacon, by Scipio. Another great comic book blog. Its regular “Things That Made Me Happy… (in comic books this week)” feature always keeps me guessing and regretting the issues that I’ve missed.
  • Lair of the Evil DM, by the Evil DM. Fun blog with lots of coverage of fun stuff like action figures, pulp, sword and sorcery, and more. (Warning: There’s sometimes some cheesecake on the site, so be careful who you open it around.)

Thanks again for the award, Tim, and I’ll try to post more frequently to try to deserve it a bit more.

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