Friday, December 28, 2007

Pulp Legacy and the Future

OK. I just got my issue(s) of the new PL.
I actually read both of them. Today. I know, productive day.
I put my vote in now that the CD format be THE format from now on.
I understand wanting to read a magazine copy on the shitter, and that's why they make printers. Print out whatever you have the inkling to gander and voila- entertainment whilst you redeem yon innards. And it's cheaper.
Along with the new format, we can delve into new territories of media such as the videos that Arnett has been posting. Just a little sample of what more we can do.
Like with any zine, there are some that will show more effort and hopefully we'll have more of an issue than a tech demo. There are many more pros than cons in going this new route. I'm curious as to what everyone else thinks. was a great issue.
Kudos all around.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Create a super-heroine

Got this in an email from Marlan:


Most contests in the comic book business are geared toward artists. Shadowline, in partnership with Newsarama, is bucking the tide and creating a contest geared toward writers!According to Shadowline editor, Kristen Simon, “I’d been hoping to see a super-hero book with a strong female lead to act as a counter-point to our popular Bomb Queen series, but none were forthcoming. So I decided to come up with a contest to create a super-heroine for the 21st Century.”

The character will be 100% creator-owned as all Image and Shadowline books are (Trademark and copyright to be shared by writer and artist). The winning entry will be featured in their own self-titled three issue mini-series to be drawn by fan-favorite artist, Franchesco! (She-Dragon, Green Lantern Corps Quarterly) and back-end profits will be split between the creators.

Contest regulations are listed below. Neither Image nor Shadowline can or will be responsible for synchronicity (similar ideas appearing at the same time).

No feedback will be provided on submissions, just a confirmation of receipt.

Contest will be divided into three parts as outlined below, deviation will result in immediate disqualification:

Round One:
Contestants e-mail a BRIEF one paragraph story synopsis by January 31, 2008 to: Stories/concept must be original with original characters. No pre-existing characters may be used unless owned by contestant.
Round Two:
Ten semi-finalists will be chosen from all entries received by the above date and notified by e-mail. They will then be required to turn in 5 (five) fully scripted pages by February 29, 2008.
Round Three:
The five finalists will be announced and their synopses posted on Newsarama on March 10. Newsarama posters will be encouraged to vote on their favorite. (Writers are strongly advised to direct traffic to the contest via message boards, myspace, etc…every vote counts!) Polls will close on April 4, 2008.

The winner will be announced April 28 with initial concept art/character design by Franchesco. First issue will be solicited with a cover date of November, 2008.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A fairly decent movie

I went to see "I Am Legend" Friday night (by myself, but that's another story). To offer full disclosure (and sure ridicule from some), I'm a big Will Smith fan, going way back to the days of "Parents Just Don't Understand" (which, if I remember correctly, was the second rap album I bought...Digital Underground being the first). I'm digressing...

I'm intrigued by the idea of the whole 'last man on earth' storyline. One guy, wondering about with no one else to communicate with or interact with. It's an apt metaphor for socially inept people in junior high and high school. But, even though it's almost a standard science fiction cliche, for some reason that plot calls to me.
Anyhoo, I went to see this movie. Good seats, popcorn and coke in hand. Surprisingly low attendance, even given the weather conditions. The previews, which I insist on watching, were so so (something is coming out in '08). Finally the screen darkens to begin the enjoyment.

Okay, so the plot. A cure for cancer has been found in the year 2009. 100% success rate. The only downside? You turn into a hairless, daylight phobic, extremely athletic zombie type thing. Smith, as Robert Neville, is a military scientist tasked with finding a cure.
Problem number one: Infections are both blood born and air born.
Problem number two: Infection and death rates are near 90%, meaning that 5.4 billion people on the planet are goners. 9% of the population becomes the aforementioned zombie type things. The other 1%? Natural immunity.

The infection starts in Manhattan and the government quarantines the entire island to prevent the spread of infection (unfortunately, it doesn't). So, after three years, Manhattan is a ghost town, at least during daylight hours (do they still observe daylight savings time in this future?) save for Neville and his dog. And apparently the rest of the world too, as Neville spends the better part of his day broadcasting on the AM frequencies looking for other humans. Oh, and Neville has that convenient immunity to the virus that prevents him from turning into a zombie.

So, what's the review? Smith carries the part well, especially considering it's pretty much him and a dog for the first 45 minutes of the movie. The macho shtick is kept to a minimum, except for a brief scene that was evidently inserted to show off his muscles. Rather than take the tough guy approach, Smith uses some range to convey, with very good success, exactly what it means to be alone. And rather than exude emotion until it runs out of his ears, a la Tom Hanks in "Castaway", Smith goes with the more subtle route. One scene in particular is when Smith takes his daily trip to the local video store. We are given no back story to what he's doing or why he's doing it but instead allowed to absorb the scene and it's ramifications as it unfolds. Mannequins are placed throughout the store, dressed in various clothes. As he walks through the store, Smith interacts with each of them in various different ways, greeting all of them as old friends. It becomes obvious that Smith placed these mannequins in the store at some point in the past to maintain a sense of realism to his world. He even carries on a conversation with his dog about hitting on a nearby female mannequin. At first blush, this scene was written for humorous effect. But subtly, you are given a glimpse into the slow madness that he is slipping into by being alone and the lengths to which he will go to forestall that madness. And later, we return to this video store after Smith loses his only friend in the world, his dog, to see just how far into that madness he as gone.
Solid build up, solid acting, solid scripting for the first 3/4ths of the movie. And then it turns into Resident Evil. Rather than let the movie play out on it's own strengths, the writers felt that more special effects were called for. So enter the massive hordes of CGI monsters to threaten our hero and his new found companions (Don't ask because I was about to walk out when Smith is rescued by a duex ex machina in the form of two OTHER immune humans...yeah, I know). Even with this colossal let down in plotting, I was still engrossed enough to sit through the last 15 minutes to find out what happens. I won't give away the ending here, but the ending redeemed a little bit of the previous ten minutes of CGI madness.

So, should you see this movie? Well, that depends. If you love CGI in all it's myriad forms, then yes, by all means. If you are more of a plot and acting person, then you should go. But do so with lowered expectations. It's still a good movie, but it misses the boat to greatness by about ten minutes.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Pulp Legacy # 38 IN THE MAIL!!!

Thanks to the guys who helped out at assembly last night.

One other thing, and this is made mention in the "finances" page... we've ran up a $214 CopyCo bill over the last two issues. Last night, our group kicked in $50. Add in Tom Boring sending in $20 membership dues, I can take $70 down there today.

Please consider kicking in some money to help us pay this bill. Even $10 helps. You can PayPal it to me at (please note the '2').

I know it's a bad time of the year to ask for cash. You don't have to send money tomorrow. But please consider getting me something by this time next month, when I'll be taking them another payment.

Last night, we had a serious discussion about ways we can avoid $214 bills in the future. I think we have a pretty good solution. It's addressed in issue 38. I'll wait till you get this issue, and then we'll discuss this idea further.

But essentially, it boils down to this: something's GOT to change.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

All the Cool Kids are doing it

So won't you please click here to visit my mini city, Ajasontville?

I got this from my livejournal friend Jens Altmann whose minicity is here (and please click to visit his city, too!) and he got it from some other LJers... you know how these crazy internet things go.

Anyway, please just click through and help me build a bit of population. Then visit every once in a while to see how it's going.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Issue 38 delayed -- again!

Hi guys,

Sorry, but Lawrence has been blanketed in an ice storm. We've postponed APA assembly to Thursday now. Wish us luck...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Pulp Legacy # 38 delayed

Sorry everyone, but the Lawrence assembly team was unable to assemble last week.

Everyone held up their end of the bargain -- especially Copy Jesus, who was all over printing your 'zines this go-round. But then my daughter got sick.

On the evening we planned to assemble, the Jones family was in the emergency room.

My daughter had a fever of 105, started vomiting, got the shakes and lost her pinkish color. So we hustled into the ER. She has a virus, and the doctor said she just has to work it out of her system while we go from feeding her Tylenol to Ibuprofen.

Even more insulting? It was her 1st birthday.

We went in Thursday night and were still there into Friday morning. Some birthday, huh Evey?

If you'd like to see a photo of my daughter giving an apathetic stare to her birthday cake, visit my blog at .

Me and the crew plan on assembling early this week -- Monday or Tuesday -- so the new issue will be just a few days delayed.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Another prop to occupy your time...

Something I did for my friend Rob's new online graphic novel, launching sometime in the next couple of weeks.

I'm getting better at these things...