A discussion I had on the other day — with, among others, Rachael Acks, Thane-Dominic Carr, Abhinav Jain and Paul Weimer — has me thinking about the increasing — and perhaps inordinate — weight movie stingers are acquiring. The point of departure for the discussion was the stinger for Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears to be generating a wide variety of reactions, and the reasons for them, and the strength of these reactions, strike me as interesting. (Spoilers endemic to what follows, obviously.) Howard the Duck was an important figure to me as a comic-reading child in the 70s, and seeing him done right, if only for a few seconds, was a treat, and a salve on the still-burning memories of that awful 1986 adaptation. I read the scene as a quick joke, and no more, and walked out happy. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: comic book movies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe, Stingers, X-Men: Days of Future Past
I’ll be at CONvergence in Minneapolis next week. I’m looking forward to meeting up with fellow Skiffy & Fanty Show co-hosts Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer and Mike Underwood. I hope to meet some of you then too! Here is my schedule: Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: action, Jen Blaylock, short fiction, thriller
In 1994, I tried my hand at a seasonal ghost story to share with friends and family. I thought I would post it here for anyone who would like to read it. It is certainly the work of my younger self, and I wince at some of the rough edges. Still, rather than revise it, I’ve chosen to present it in its original form, as a PDF of the little chapbook I created back then. (You’ll want to rotate it clockwise.) I hope some of you will have some fun with this. Read at night, beside a fireplace, if you can.
Feel free to share, but not, of course, to sell.
Tags: Black Library Weekender II, Halloween, horror, Legion of the Damned, Skiffy and Fanty, Warhammer 40k
I know, I know, you see what I did there. I’m so funny, how do they even let me out of the house?
I’ve been a neglectful blogger again, and this is going to be short, but at least there’s a glimmer from me, yes? And I had to shuffle my corpse around a bit on Halloween. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: giant monsters, Godzilla, kaiju, Pacific Rim, World War Z
That’s the title of a guest post I’ve done for Shaun Duke of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, over at his site. Read it here. It’s all about why giant monsters smashing everything to hell is A Good and Joyous Thing.
Tags: Attack of the Legion, Gamera, King Kong, Man of Steel, Revenge of Iris, Superman
So. Man of Steel. I’m a bit late to the commenting party on this, and I have already contributed my two-bits to a roundtable podcast hosted by Shaun Duke of the Skiffy and Fanty Show (over here). I did, though, want to elaborate a bit further on a point I touched on in that discussion: the unconvincing use of religious symbolism in Man of Steel versus its far more interesting deployment in some giant monster movies. Stick with me here, okay? Read the rest of this entry »