From the latest update:
"Gee whiz, another month has come and gone. I guess it's true that the years tick on by at warp speed when you're busy... I guess if i wanted life to last longer i'd just sit and suck the electronic teat all day, but then, what kind of life is that? (answer: "teaty")
ITEM: ISSUE NUMBER THREE is somehow available already! That's right, three months have elapsed since the last one, which boggles my mind like you wouldn't believe. We learn lots more about witches and witching-craft in this one, including the identities of the other four Yanks (among other things). Also: MORE ECTO-PONY FUN! How can you say no? Go bludgeon your local comic book guy until he gives you one THIS MINUTE.
(Tell that jerk to reorder the first two issues, while you're at it. He never seems to replace ANYthing, that guy...)
ITEM: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is July 3! Don't know what that entails? Well, it's this really sweet promotion wherein you wander into any nearby comic shop and they give you free special edition comics by some of your favorite publishers, many of them with original material! Last year's event was a resounding success (i guess), and this year's will be even better (i'm imagining). I've done a two-page serenity story for SLG's offering (which will also have something new by the mad genius Jamie Smart as well. BOSH!) and i very much want you to see it, 'cause i like it. And it's FREE, for chrissakes! You like free.
ITEM: Speaking of SLG stuff... The first collection of Serena Valentino and fsc's wonderfully unsettling series Nightmares & Fairytales is now available for purchase, and if you don't already have it, i hate you. I think it's probably the prettiest package SLG's put out to date, and i can't imagine a more deserving work... Fsc is one of the most underrated artists around (honestly, the fact that she doesn't get more attention is proof positive this whole industry is a festering sore), and this collection of eerie little tales is some of her prettiest work. Buy it now!
And since i'm in a ravey (as in "enthusiastic," not "glowstick") mood... If you like gloomy-type spookystuff with a positive message (as i do) you might check out The Ghouly Boys , too. It made me smile, it did.
ITEM: Kill BIll Vol. 2 also made me smile. I know a lot of people really passionately despise Quentin Tarantino, but i just love the bastard all to pieces... It's just really cool to see someone embracing his influences and celebrating them, instead of pretending he has none. So many artists want you to believe they developed their style in a vaccuum, and i really don't understand why... To me, style is all about picking and choosing and blending together bits and pieces of everything you're exposed to, and it's in that mashing and regurgitating that we come up with a fresh and original ideas. The trick is to expose yourself to as wide a variety of sources as you can for the most interesting contrasts. Mr. Tarantino understands that, and isn't all self-conscious about letting his passions show. And that's why Kill Bill is brilliant.
And finally: What was with that one freakish edit in Hellboy? Jiminy Crickets, people thought there was a reel missing, for god's sake..."