Thursday, March 24, 2011

Return of The Venture Bros.

I love this show. 

It's brilliantly written, amazingly hilarious and is a polished parody about a past generation of animated series.
I remember when I was young, I would watch shows like the original Scooby-Doo and shows like Johnny Quest and the various Superhero shows.
Classic Cartoon Network, you know. They were more or less what my parents grew up on; or at least watched ironically.
Then my best friend shared this beauty of a show with me.
It was violent, cruel and held a sarcastic mirror up to that television history.
Mostly I stayed for the violence. Ultimately I fell in love with the theme of the show; failure.
The show is about what happens to our heroes of yesteryear when life throws them a hardball and beats them down. We've all been there.
Part of the original core of comedy is tragedy; we laugh when others fall. Comedy is pretty dark and sadistic if you think about it. At least the good humor is; mom-and-pop humor from the cold war isn't exactly entertaining any more, if it ever was.

I almost came when I heard The Venture Bros. was renewed for a new season.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Paging Dr. Deadpool....

Though it may seem like I'm a one-topic pony, this is actually a nice segway into my next post.
Remember when I discussed my love for the Dr. McNinja web comics?
Well it seems that my love for ninja-themed web action is getting eloped with my love of Marvel mercenary comics.
As a normal person would say, Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja is going to write a story for Marvel's Deadpool!
It has to do with hammers. Get it? Hammer time. Yeah.
Personally, I can't wait. I'm ecstatic. Giddy. Hastings is an amazing writer, and perfectly captures the inexplainable mindset of these comics. The deranged humor, the impossible-yet-plausible plotline for stories like these, and the clever-yet-imaginative violence. Hastings is a professional at writing all three.
I don't care if you don't like comics, I don't care if you don't like me, but please. I beg of you. Give these a try. Spend the measly four dollars and buy the first comic when it comes out. Make the industry proud. Even if the market is swamped with Deadpool stories. (Didn't they recently cancel one? This seems counter productive.)
In case you can't tell, I happen to be a big Deadpool fan.

Did I mention that I once dressed up as Deadpool for Halloween?

Monday, March 7, 2011

One of my major obsessions...

I'm fanatical about them. The last time I checked, I have almost 100 different sites bookmarked. Granted, they all don't update daily. Though I still shuffle through a good couple dozen each day, reading them.
Sometimes it feels like an addiction. Sadly there's no rehab for this.
There is a long list of why I love this medium. They're free, hilarious, and independent. Mostly. 
From time to time I will talk about some of my favorites; most you may have heard of, most you may not have. 
This week is brought to you by: Dr. McNinja.

The series is written and drawn by Christopher Hastings, and colored by Anthony Clark. When I say series, I mean a damn good ongoing one.
I was drawn in during my high school days, and still read it through college.
Is it confusing? Yes. I love that.
Is it ridiculous? Yes. I love that even more.
Amazingly they leave no plot holes, and introduce some of the most ridiculous characters and media commentary I've ever seen.
If you had to start reading somewhere, try the newest story arch: Found here.
Everything is pretty much explained as it goes along.
Just learn to accept that a giant gorilla with a pet cat (with an eye-patch) is driving the car.
Just roll with it.
Did I mention that I once dressed as the good Doctor for Halloween?

What luck, to find a gorilla in high school.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

This was perhaps one of the most important choices of my video game career.
Not just in regards to my weird obsession with Pokémon as a child, but through my entire video game history. Probably because it was my first major decision in my first major game.
Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander?
The Pokémon I picked decided the entirety of how I played the game, though I didn't know it at the time.
It decided how I would play the first  few hours of the game; grinding to fight Brock or breezing through him. It decided the makeup of my team; I would never need another fire, water or grass type if I wanted decent coverage. 
Since I had a brother who also played these games, my decision how I would play in contrast to him. We didn't want the same starter, so we had to come to some sort of agreement; when you're 10 that boils down to yelling and biting. 
This was so monumental because Pokémon was my first videogame that I played seriously. "How do you want to spend the next umpteenth hours in this game? We won't tell you anything about these little guys. Pick wisely." Part of the nostalgic magic of these games come from that thrill of your first serious, honest choice as a gamer. Never again will you get that first experience.
So who do you choose?
Squirtle forever.

(Also, if you find the original source of this art please tell me. I would like to accredit the artist.)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nostalgia is super effective.

I'm all about nostalgia. The old games I played when I was a kid, the old shows I used to watch. Most of it still entices me to this day. Honestly, it's used more of an escape from my responsibilities than anything.
That's why I found this video pretty interesting. A friend sent it to me, and it speaks true.
Sometimes even your favorite hobbies can't block out the challenging things you find.
Also Pokémon is funny. All I use it for is procrastination.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An origin story.

Well, I finally did it. I made my own blog.
Let's see how long I can keep this gravy train sailing.
To the three of you who will read this, welcome. I hope to keep you somewhat amused.
I will talk a lot about "geek" culture. Though that is hard to define.
Stay tuned. Soon I will post interesting whatevers.