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Scary bear August 24, 2009

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this game sucks August 24, 2009

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David Crighton-Pester is the artist.  you can check out his work here.  this art print is hilarious!  i like it with the blurb:

what do you think?  post a message with your feedback on his flickr.

my new job! August 23, 2009

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the search was long and daunting, but i finally found the perfect job in LA! i am working for BOOM! Studios, which is only 1 mile from my new apartment! here’s a little blurb about BOOM!:

BOOM! Studios is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM! Kids, with Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS.

basically, it’s a quaint office atmosphere filled with down to earth, fun, and very hard working people. the CEO, R0ss, is full of energy and loves ‘killin’ Nazis!’ being that he is my new boss, i can already tell we are going to get along. he has a black male chihuahua named Spoon! looks like Pixel might have a new boyfriend!

overall, i am pleased to have found a position at a comic book production company! combining work and comics into one category is a perfect world for me! 🙂

❤ kt

Lego cake pan August 22, 2009

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omg!  i  want this sooooo bad:

this would make the PERFECT birthday cake!  at only $17.99 a piece, it

s a steal of a deal! 🙂

LA’s mobile food truck culture August 19, 2009

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They show up all day ‘n night — this one is Korean BBQ tacos and burritos!

Dad tries playing Wii August 12, 2009

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3.5 years <3 August 10, 2009

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happy anniversary to us!

American Movie — Could This Have Been Me? August 7, 2009

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Rarely do you watch a story and think to yourself, “if things had gone a tad different, that could have been me.”

I found myself deeply sympathizing with the focus of American Movie, a 1999 documentary chronicling the creation of a homegrown horror movie called Coven by would-be Milwaukee suburban filmmaker Mark Borchardt. Even though Borchardt is a consummate drunk whose life priorities are a sloppy mess, the PRB-fueled man with a camera has such passion to make the movie of his dreams.

Man, I can relate. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to sit down and write a movie script, whether something as banal as Puppet Master or Hellraiser sequels (my very own, “man, I know I can do better than that moments” that I’ve never executed on) or executing on a short story based on pages and pages of scribbled notes during boring college courses. Like most, however, I’ve never followed through.

Borchardt followed through, usually to a fault. In spite of the notable consequences — rising debt, ignored personal relationships, questionable parenting — it was motivation I can’t help but respect. It’s what makes American Movie such a touching two hour drama, what stirred me to feel as though, in a different world, I could have been Borchardt.

Ironically, my tastes do not linger long past Borchardt’s own. Borchardt loves violent movies with a fervor he can’t explain to anyone, even the people (mostly his family), financing his endeavors. I’m cut from the same cloth, a person with a self-admittedly peculiar interest in, well, seeing death portrayed on film. The reasons I enjoy constant absorption of such macabre content is a discussion left for another day.

Even though I’m not Borchardt, at least the PBR part can become our common bond. And death. And film. And hope.

(These are cross-posts from my Tumblr blog, which I mainly use for my own personal writing.)

Vampires Are Boring, But I Love True Blood August 7, 2009

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I love movies dripping with blood. Horror is my bread and butter. When I don’t know what to watch, I flip on a horror film. Good, bad, doesn’t matter. I’ll watch ’em all. Vampires have never done anything for me, though. I’ve never found a way to articulate why vampires make me doze off. Maybe it’s because they’re so much like ourselves. Humans, but not. Dead, but not. At least a zombie is a shambling brain eater.

Yet I’ve fallen head over heels for True Blood, HBO’s sex-charged vampire series, currently in the midst of its second season. I’m working through the first season and anxiously hoping there’s enough time to finish the season this weekend.

I can’t yet articulate why I don’t like vampires, but I can tell you why True Blood is so damn appealing. In True Blood, the premise is that science has developed a synthetic blood drink that allows vampires to exist without feeding on humans. It allows vampires to go “mainstream,” as its labeled in the show, and potentially co-exist, albeit not during the day. Death by sunlight is one of the few vampire myths True Blood maintains.

But True Blood riffs on a very common human struggle with change and being forced to reconsider what you think is right, moral and what can and should be “acceptable.” There are obvious links drawn to the breaking down of segregation and the plight of homosexuals today. Except those looking for acceptance can’t even claim to be fully human. They’re dead, largely considered monsters by most written accounts. The reactions by larger society are largely no different than segregation or homosexuality.

It’s a timely, timeless humanity study wrapped in a serialized monster movie. Plus, True Blood strips vampires of their most eye-rolling traits (i.e. bat transformations) and distills them to their core characteristics and the reason they’re so unnerving to humanity. They are just like us, but…they aren’t. Where’s the line? Who draws it?

It’s a question worth asking, even if it is vampires.

(These are cross-posts from my Tumblr blog, which I mainly use for my own personal writing.)