It’s Good To Be the Dream King: Part Two

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I was moving an exercise machine – The Total Gym -down to the basement on the sly. My wife and I had discussed moving it from our bedroom – she wanted to keep it there and I wanted to move it to the basement. So, of course I moved the machine behind her back.

Now, the thing weighs about 90 pounds and has ropes and pulleys so it’s awkward to carry. As I wrestled with it coming down the stairs, I missed the last step, and landed on my left ankle. As I went crashing to the ground, the Total Gym followed and came down on my chest…just as my wife was turning the corner. She screamed thinking I had died. When she realized that her idiot of a husband was alive, she started yelling at me for being an ass for carrying it down on my own and reminded me she didn’t want it moved at all. Even though the machine was still on my chest, my wife was crying and yelling, and my ankle hurt like hell and was ballooning up to the size of Schwarzenegger’s bicep, all I could think was; “Shit, the Neil Gaiman book is coming out soon – I have too much to do.” Then I asked my wife for an Advil.

2003 turned out to be an important year, for me and for graphic novels. DC Comics was publishing a BIG book, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights. It was Neil’s return to Sandman comics and it was not a collection of comics, but an original graphic novel. There was the idea floating around the office that maybe, with Neil’s success with his novels and the fact that American Gods had hit the New York Times Bestseller List, we could have a bestseller on our hands. It was of a dream of mine, to have one of our graphic novels become a best seller.

Lost: The Last Recruit

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Tweet I guess tonight’s episode proves you can’t trust anyone, can you? Discuss away.

The Matt Smith Dr. Who era begins (now in US)

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Tweet UPDATE: Episode One airs tonight in the US on BBC America. It is preceded by a clip/preview show with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Episode three aired today in the UK.  All we will say is “toyetic.” Reminder:  Season One/Season 31 of Dr. Who (exec producer Steven Moffat says don’t call it Season Five) […]

Hooray! More Cul de Sac cartoons

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TweetFresh from Richard Thompson’s blog, news that there are four more animated shorts based on the amazingly-super comic strip Cul de Sac.

Lost: Boom goes the dynamite

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TweetDiscuss last night’s Lost episode, “Everybody Loves Hugo”, here. More analysis Thursday.

Lost: "Happily Ever After"

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Tweet Well, not at all what most of us expected, I would hazard a guess to say. Let’s discuss after the break, shall we.

DC Month-to-Month Sales — January 2010

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Tweetby Marc-Oliver Frisch The sky is falling, in case you hadn’t heard. Well, the ceiling in the direct market seems to be, at any rate, although DC seems less affected by that right now than Marvel. DC starts the new year with numbers that aren’t stellar, but then again, they rarely are in January. And […]

Journey into Mystery

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Tweet We’re on the road today with no reliable internet access, so no posting on all the exciting news, like Rob Liefeld’s exclusive comics for Comixology and so on. BUT we will have the DC Month to Month sales along shortly and that should keep you busy for a while.

I’m crazy ’bout my baby

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Tweet Crazy Claire certainly appears to be just that, doesn’t she? Let’s discuss it after the jump.

Just Mostly Gross, Funny Fun: An Interview with CHEW Writer John Layman

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On the occasion of the German edition of CHEW, which debuted from Cross Cult Verlag last week, I had the opportunity to talk to Layman about the series, his prospects in the comics industry and his experiences at WildStorm. An abbreviated and translated version of the interview, which was conducted via e-mail over the course of several weeks, appears in CHEW – BULLE MIT BISS 1: LEICHENSCHMAUS.

Lost: The List of Jacob’s Messenger

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Tweet Well, Lindelof and Cuse had teased a return of the numbers. And well…., let’s discuss it after the jump.

TOY STORY 3 trailer released

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Tweet The new trailer for TOY STORY 3. Look for a special cameo in the trailer. Some people are already wondering if this can do AVATAR numbers. Well, if they charge $3-5 “3D fees,” I guess it’s possible.

Lost: Sayid shot first

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Tweet One benefit of this column’s delay is, for once, a chance to read the legions of blogs and chats about the show before writing. So, in lieu of a running diary after the jump, some quick thoughts.

We’re not here to cause no trouble …

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Tweet The Beat tweets: My billion dollar idea for the day: Peanuts special that airs every year on SB Sunday Eve called “The Day Charlie Brown Kicked the Football” Enjoy the game (or the commercials) if you watch.

T-Minus One Week …

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Tweet You have seven days to go back and re-watch old episodes to get caught up in time for the season premiere next Tuesday night (fittingly on Groundhog Day). The Helper Monkey has been watching selected shows from all five seasons as a refresher course and has a few observations. – The show is so […]

RIP: Eric Rohmer

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Tweet Film director Eric Rohmer, part of the French New Wave in the 1960s, passed away Monday in Paris at the age of 89. He might be best known in the US for MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD (MY NIGHT WITH MAUD) which was nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award in 1971 or his more […]