Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My next comic article will be Batman-themed and come out Friday in time for The Dark Knight.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Art Lounge: http://www.iconstudios.org/artshow.html
Thursday, July 3, 2008
My editor at the entertainment section of The Advocate wants to start posting comic book reviews on the website. So, for the next several weeks, we will be experimenting with different topics involving comics books and graphic novels. I wrote the first article that was posted today. It is a review of the graphic novel "Wanted" published by Top Cow and is the source material for the movie of the same name staring Angelina Jolie. Please send this link to everyone you know that has any interest whatsoever in comics. I would love to keep writing about comics for The Advocate, but that will only happen if people read them.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Seattle is a lot like San Francisco (which we visited last year) but without the irritating attitude of superiority. Sure, there’s Obama-ites running rampant but it there isn’t a constant being looked down upon. Despite its fast paced industrial backbone, the city is surprising laid back and our visit was quite relaxing.
Our first night there, we walked around downtown to get a feel for downtown and learn where everything was. We watched the Hornets get a red ass beatdown from the Spurs at the Fox Sports Grill on 6th Ave. It’s a sports bar with an uppity, hipster look. It was nice, but you should never feel underdressed at a sports bar.
The next day we saw some genuine Seattle landmarks. First, we walked to the Space Needle although we didn’t go up because it was a little overpriced. Next, we went to the Pike Place Market to buy some fresh doughnuts, sit on a giant brass pig, and watch them throw the fish around. Later, we met a friend of a friend in Redmond so she could so us around her office at Microsoft. After all, as a programmer it is my Graceland. That night, we went see the Mariners lose to the White Sox at SafeCo field. SafeCo is an impressive stadium with some nice features (like being able to text your order and have someone bring it to you).
The weekend was mostly spent hawking our wares at the Emerald City Comic Con in the convention center. You can read my report on the M.O.P.S. blog. However, on Saturday night, some of our local friends brought us to the Six Arms bar for some Hammerhead Ale. It was one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been in. The atmosphere and décor were truly unique and quintessentially Seattle.
The next part of the trip is what I dubbed the “Stuff Paul Allen Bought” tour. It started with tours of the Science Fiction Museum (a.k.a. Paul Allen’s nerdy science fiction collection) and the Experience Music Project (a.k.a. Paul Allen’s nerdy guitar collection). Both museum were unique and interesting (Frank Gehry designed) but they were small too. We saw both exhibits in about an hour. We capped the night by seeing Iron Man at the Paul Allen’s movie theater, the Cinerama. The Cinerama is a giant state of the art theater that only plays one movie on an almost IMAX-sized screen. It was great throwback to the era of the “moving picture.”
Some of the other places and restaurants we visited: The Athenian Inn, Seattle Museum of Art, McCormick and Schmick’s, Bauhaus, Metropolitan Grill, and Dragonfish Café.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Updated (4/22 2:30 PM): My entire report is now online.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
As you may recall, a long time ago I wrote an article on this site expressing my displeasure with the Peanuts strip.
Monday, March 17, 2008
2007 was definitely the year of suspense thriller, low-brow comedy, and low budget indie inspiration. This year I at least agree with the Academy on "No Country for Old Men." That film is the most complete film I've seen in a long time. It's screenplay is sharply well-written, it's acted perfectly, and it was shot beautifully with brilliant composition making great use of scale, silhouette, and scenery.
I disagree with the Academy whole-heartedly with completely snubbing Fincher's suspense masterpiece, Zodiac (and nominating the yawn-fest, "Michael Clayton" instead). This is by far Fincher's crowning achievement in what has already been a brilliant career. Zodiac surely suffered from it's March release date. It fell off of the radar having been released in film's no man's land. The Academy also goofed big time but not giving The King of Kong a best documentary nomination. This is without a doubt the best documentary I have ever seen. It is engaging and universal. It's a shame that just because it doesn't some left wing agenda, it can't be nominated for best documentary.
No Country for Old Men
J. Cohen/E. Cohen
The King of Kong
Away From Her
Read my review
Gone Baby Gone
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Also tomorrow night ICON Studios will be in Lafayette for the Grinder Creative Arts Expo. Grinder: Creative Arts Expo is a gathering of creative individuals in an effort to inform, educate and inspire the creative spirit. Grinder is held every four months at Grant Street Dancehall in Downtown Lafayette on the second Saturday (Art Walk). Doors open at 8pm.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This week I reached a “virtual” milestone. One of my videos on my YouTube account has recorded over 10,000 views. That’s a lot of views seeing as how all of my other videos combined don’t have that many views, and the most views any of my other videos has is a couple hundred. Like I said, it’s a lot. I bet you’ve never even counted to 10,000 before!
So, what is this video? Is it something I meticulously planned? Is it something I carefully wrote, edited and put many hours or even days of work into? Of course not! That wouldn’t be the Internet we know and secretly browse when we should be working. No, the only video the Internet would deem worthy watching over 10,000 times is of course silly, unnecessary, and a little embarrassing.
It all began when my wife bought me a replica lightsaber for my birthday in 2006. You may have seen this particular lightsaber if you came to our wedding. It was displayed next to my Darth Vader groom’s cake. Well, Christin thought I didn’t like my present since she never saw me play with it. So one night while she was teaching dance I decided to make a video of me playing with the lightsaber. We have this workout video game called Kinetic that works with the Playstation 2 Eye Toy (which is a camera you attach to the Playstation). In the game, you exercise by moving around like a nut and hitting objects on screen. This reminded me of the training Obi Wan subjected Luke Skywalker to in Star Wars when they were on the Millennium Falcon and Luke had to block the laser bolt from the floating remote. So I set up the camera on a tripod and played the game with my lightsaber. The idea seemed a lot less nerdy at the time probably just like it did to Star Wars Kid. I added some background music and uploaded it to YouTube because I wanted some other friends to see it. Now, a little over a year later, 10,000 random people have laughed at my expense (with over 20 leaving comments). It’s even linked on various foreign message boards.
So, I present to you the video that received over 10,000 unintentional views in 447 days (that’s 44 views per day as of this posting):
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Here's the link: http://www.2theadvocate.com/entertainment/featured/13977987.html
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Mobile site launched: Just because there is no strip in January doesn't mean we haven't been busy. Today we have launched the mobile, non-flash version of the M.O.P.S. website. So you hipsters out there with your iPhones, smart phones, and PDA's can now read M.O.P.S. on the go without having Flash player installed. The best part is there is no separate address to remember. Just browse to http://www.wefightdirty.net on your non-flash enabled device and you will be automatically redirected to our text-only, mobile-friendly version of the site. Please let us know if you have any issues.