Friday, May 29, 2009

Movie (Poster) Reviews!

I have lots of opinions on movies. I know what's good, and what's bad. But I don't have a lot of time, I'm very busy twittering so I can't see every movie willy-nilly. But I know you guys depend on me for my movie reviews (right? right?) and I won't let you down.

I know what you're think-typing. "You just said you don't have time to see the movies, Brian. What are you going to do, review movie trailers?" No, smart ass, that is also too time consuming. Trailers take far too long to load. I'm going to review the posters.

Let's get it started. In here.

See, at first glance, looking at this thing from top to bottom, I would say that Will Ferrell plays a giant T-Rex who hates white walls. But then I look further down and it appears that Will Ferrell plays a guy who loves white walls and there is a T-Rex who is constantly ruining them. Will is mad, too, look at how he's stomping as the T-Rex bursts through that new white wall that Will Ferrell put up. I'm guessing it's a thriller in the vein of LAKEVIEW TERRACE.

PULL QUOTE: "An edge of your seat white-knuckle thrill ride. Will Ferrell is Will, Feral!"

THE ANSWER MAN starring Jeff I think it's Daniels. Hmm. In keeping with Hollywood's current thrend of making movies about walls, this is a post apocalyptic event movie a la WATERWORLD that begs the question, what if we woke up one day and all our walls were missing? Jeff Daniels or Bridges has the Answer, Man: we would make our walls out of whatever the fuck we had lying around the house! In his case, books. Lauren Graham plays a widow who lost her husband when all the walls disappeared (known throughout the world as W-Day) and he was squished by the roof.

I bet there's a moment where someone makes walls out of pancakes. If not, there should be.

NOTE: If I hear THE ANSWER MAN goes back for reshoots next week and does that pancake thing, they're gonna be able to make a wall out of all the money I make from my lawsuit.

PULL QUOTE: "Summertime blues? Jeff Goldblume or whoever has the Answer, Man!"

STRIPPED DOWN is about a down-on-his-luck hitman who, after having a mid-life crisis and botching a hit, gets blackballed by the hitman industry. But the movie doesn't end there, no sir, this guy has to take a job as a seamstress to help pay the bills. He hates it, on account of he's a macho hitman and clothes designing is for the ladies, but to his horror finds out that he's REALLY good at it! It's kinda like GROSSE POINT HAPPY GILMORE.

Eventually he embraces his new job and has no need for his massive gun collection. So then, he decides to incorporate them into his designs. Right when he's at his happiest, he finds his old enemies are using his gun-shoe-designs to SNEAK GUNS ON A PLANE and the hitman dude has got to stop him...but the plane thing is scheduled at the exact same time as his RUNWAY SHOW! Can he do both? We'll have to see. I mean, you will, I'm busy.

PULL QUOTE: "Premiering Soon at a Netflix Watch Instantly Near You!"

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 starring Washington Travolta as a doughy man with weird hair who believes everything is made of chocolate, including walkie-talkies.

PULL QUOTE: "123 Pelhams can't be wrong!"

CITY ISLAND is about a very sad family who tries to get a fresh start by moving into JUNO'S opening credits. Things take a turn for the weird when the wife/mom gets trapped in a picture frame like General Zodd. Andy Garcia asks his son Jeremy Sisto to help him, and the son gets offended because he's not Jeremy Sisto. But then Andy shows him a picture of Jeremy Sisto and they laugh because, hey, honest mistake.

PULL QUOTE: "Is it generic in CITY ISLAND or is it just me?"

I feel better now. Five movie (posters) reviewed. Hopefully this will make your movie going experience easier.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pictures for You

First up is my desktop. Going over the PDFs for ANGEL:AFTER THE FALL volume 4 hardcover. Sent in my notes, which means my work on ANGEL:ATF is officially done. Check it---

If you look carefully, you can kinda see the top of the betta tank on the other side of the room. George is no longer with us, he died years ago, but a white/clear betta named Jerry is currently swimming about. I think he's pissed that he doesn't have a character based on him. I'm sorry, Jerry.

Quick note: if you're trying to read the back cover, it will be different. I rewrote it this morning. Mostly it's just an apology to Jerry for not putting him in the book.

Second and last picture, the nightstand next to my side of the bed:

I've been reading COMIC BOOKS 101 every night before I sleep. It's written by Chris Ryall and Scott Tipton, who, of course, are a big part of IDW's ANGEL world but also comic experts, and they've laid out the ins and outs of the comic business and history in one fantastic volume. You can, and should, order it HERE.

It's a fun read, and it's got tons of cool interviews with all sorts of comics writers and artists, from Stan Lee to the very fellow writing this blog. I hope I didn't drag the book down too much.

That was fun. More pictures later? Okay!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Whedonverse Movie Without Whedon

Look, we all know how great it would be to have a Whedonverse movie helmed by Joss Whedon. I mean, just seeing the poster would be a dream come true, no? I can almost picture it...

But let's just say someone else did it. With an all-new cast, to boot? How bad could it be?

Intrigued? Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Email is overflowing with awesome art.

Got new stuff from Franco and Stephen this weekend. Franco's was for ANGEL # 24, aka DRUSILLA part 1. HOLY COW. Just perfect. Franco's best stuff, easily. It is stunning. Beautiful and dark and stressful and bouncy and evil. This is gonna be stellar. AND we got the first seven pages colored. It is shockingly pretty. I am so excited for you guys to check it out.

Also got some more Stephen Mooney greatness for the aforementioned secret Whedonverse kinda sorta issues of something or other. Brilliant work. It's so jam-packed with greatness I don't know where to begin. I mean, there is a ton of different stuff to draw, and Stephen is knocking it out of the park.

I will ask Chris if I can slap up a page or so. So proud to be working with these guys.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stephen Mooney is a genius.

I can't post any preview art because it's still under wraps, but there I got some art from Stephen Mooney today for a Whedonverse related project that will make your eyes pop out of their heads. To say it's a jam-packed full of amazing easter eggs and cameos and shout-outs and eye candy is completely an understatement. My advice to you guys, keep your eyes peeled and start saving money to buy some sick, sick original art.

Mooney's best work, by far. And that's saying a lot. This is going to be wonderful.

Friday, May 15, 2009

I haven't blogged in a good long while.

My apologies. I am busy writing a bunch of stuff, so that more than makes up for it, yes? Please? Whew!

Just handed in my corrections for ANGEL # 23, so that's off to the printer. It's a nice little epilogue to AFTER THE FALL that I do believe you will enjoy. Gunn and Illyria have some unresolved issues, and they begin to work them out in the most entertaining way possible.

Definitely tell your comic store to set aside a copy for you. Franco's art is stunning, whooooa boy did he have to draw some epic stuff. And also some nice little character moments. And he executed everything flawlessly.

Also, the newest issue of GEEK magazine is out, with a wonderful interview with Juliet Landau about our two Drusilla issues (ANGEL # 24-25). She said some nice stuff about me. What a great lady. Get that issue now, Andy Richter is on the cover.

Finally, the ANGEL:AFTER THE FALL volume 4 hardcover has also been sent to the printer, and it is a big'un. The big finale, all the way up to issue 17. Plus a ton of extras, including the original series pitch that was thrown out in favor of the storyline you saw. Pretty neat.

Hope you enjoy the upcoming ANGEL stories, and keep an eye out for the return of MONKEY MAN and ANGRY NAKED PAT. Oh yes. More later...