I feel compelled to tell you all about Man of Steel. Its late at night and I just got back from a special sneak preview screening. But dammit I am too wound up to just go to bed without talking about this new Superman movie.
Remember all the Incredible Hulk movies. One was bad. One was ok but still not quite what we hoped for. And then the Avengers comes out and we all ended up thinking “YES! Thats the Hulk we were waiting for!” To an even deeper degree we had to endure some really bad versions of Superman up until now. I mean Christopher Reeves was a likable Superman, but special effects were not ready for a hero with this kind of power. Special FX improved for the second round of Superman. But again the content of the films was downright boring. With so many misses in the past, could anyone break the Superman jinx?
Well the answer is a whole hearted YES!. Putting Batman’s Chris Nolan and 300’s Zack Snyder together cre...
In Defense of Star Trek Into Darkness
I live in the midst of a lot of nerds. I proudly count myself as one. I LOVE science fiction and fantasy. I’ve made a pretty decent living doing illustrations and cartoons for magazines that cater to that fan base. I wrote an award winning novel that is chock full of nerdy goodness. But as one of the icon franchises of sci-fi returns to the big screen this summer, there is a rift in the solidarity of nerds. Some Star Trek fans are more or less boycotting the new Star Trek Into Darkness because Trekkies feel it deviates too far from the original series and Gene Rodenberry’s vision.
What I see is that some fans of Star Trek remember the TV Series the same way that some Republicans remember the Reagan administration. Their recollection is somehow loftier than the actual record would support. And by boycotting the new Star Trek movie they are missing one really good summer movie.
Let me begin with a little name...
Welcome to another week in Bogworld. More cartoons are coming tomorrow night. I wanted to take a time out to observe Memorial Day. You know. Not the part about BBQs and baseball games. I am talking about the reason we get a day off to enjoy BBQs and baseball games. The ultimate sacrifices made by the men and women who have served and are serving in our armed forces.
One particular veteran I am most proud of is my Dad.
Dad now lives in a nursing home in Duluth MN where he gets the care and attention he needs after suffering a stroke a few years back. Dad is a WWII veteran. His story is like a lot of stories of those who felt a calling to help save the world from a threat. My Dad’s story starts out kind of funny. He was all set to be an Army Paratrooper. But just before having to report to boot camp, one of his “friends” shot him in the butt with a shotgun at his going away party. The wound was minor but he no longer qualified for the rigors of jumpi...