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If you haven’t checked out Leslie Knope’s letter about the election, treat yo’ self.

 

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Space Pulp #2: Menace of the Space Zombies out now!

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I wore a shirt like this one recently to a Renassance Fair, where someone pointed out that Superman couldn’t become president because he wasn’t born in the United States.

Annnnd lawyered.

 

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Space Pulp #2: Menace of the Space Zombies out now!

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I recently finished The Further Adventures of The Joker, edited by Martin H. Greenburg.  In the past, I tended to stay away from short story collections, thinking that I just didn’t want to handle the constant rolling of the dice.  Sure, you might read one story and really dig it.  But the one right behind it may be a total stinker.  I since realized that was a very dumb thing to do, and I had to be missing out on some gems.   And because I’m the type of guy that tries to avoid doing dumb things, I decided to read The Further Adventures of the Joker.

The book came out right on the heels of the first Tim Burton Batman movie, and you still see a lot of Silver Age influence.  Not that this is a bad thing … as anybody who’s read my work can attest, I enjoy me some campy every now and then.  What did stand out to me about this book was how mature most of the stories were, especially given the time it was released.  I know, I know … Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen had already established a mature ground for this genre, but still–you just didn’t see it much.

I’m not saying everything in this book is great.  Far from it.  But there’s enough good here that–if you’re a Batman fan–you owe to yourself to check it out.

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Space Pulp #2: Menace of the Space Zombies out now!

 

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Warning … spoilers ahead.  In fact, one could say those wanting to avoid spoilers have “no sanctuary.”

Get it?

Ahem … anyway, finally got a chance to watch this last night.  The best word I can use to surmise the episode is this: Exhausting.   Each scene escalates the tension from the one before.  And when the good guys finally get a chance to breathe, you breathe with them.

Usually the kind of slow roll stuff in this episode bothers the ever-loving crap out of me.  But I felt like it was just enough to be interesting, without going into full-on annoying.  Also, and maybe just because I didn’t give it a lot of thought, it surprised me that we eventually had two deaths instead of one.  Which is good.  A story SHOULD surprise you.  And then it surprises you again near the end when we know–because of all the “crap” that’s happened in the “crap day”–that Carl was about to lose a hand, and doesn’t.

As for Dean’s take on Negan.  What can I say? It’s awesome.  He delivers an engaging performance and manages to make me both utterly despise his character, yet I still can’t wait to see more.  For a villain, I can’t think of higher praise.

As for the deaths themselves … I don’t know.  The episode seems to be very polarizing.  Then again, good art often is.

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Space Pulp #2: Menace of the Space Zombies out now!

Space Pulp #2 is now for sale on this kindle store!

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I picked up this book at HeroesCon after attending a panel by some of the authors.  If you’re interested by the nuances of Star Wars, the ideas of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, or would just enjoy thinking about the ideas of Star Wars through a super-interesting and thought-proving psychological lens, definitely check this book out. It would be easily at home in a college classroom, a geek’s bookshelf, or a self-help section at Barns and Noble.

Space Pulp #2: Menace of the Space Zombies on sale September 30th!

suicide-squad.0.0.jpgPerhaps it was because of all the changes Suicide Squad had at the last minute, but the dialogue really felt off-rhythm a few moments in this movie.  As a result, you would often have long, awkward pauses punctuating some of the wedged-in humor.

Don’t let that keep you from the movie though.  It’s still fun and getting the chance to see a live-action Harley Quinn is worth the price of admission alone. Just don’t go in expecting a dark action comedy on the level of Deadpool.

Space Pulp #2: Plight of the Blood Slaves on sale September 30th!