Friday, September 30, 2011

Musings of a tired mind

I changed jobs recently and my new commute is nearly three hours every day. This really stinks. T he work is interesting and the people nice, but by the end of the day, I'm brain-dead. I haven't written any fiction since the change. This will improve when I move again next month, but in the mean time I'm just going from day to day.

I have a few things to write about today. The first one is Adam Carolla's The Car Show on the Speed Channel. I've watched this since the beginning and really enjoyed the hour long show. Imagine my disappointment when the most recent episode was reduced to half an hour and they dropped John Salley as a host. I am not amused. The new format feels rushed and I feel cheated. I'll continue watching because I appreciate the insights of the panel.. I've never been much of a car person, but they hold my interest without making me feel stupid. Bring back the hour format!


My second topic is a review of Demon Knight. It is one of the DC 52 #1 issues that are restarting in September. I went into it without knowing anything. This is my favorite of the three issues I purchased. The artwork is superb. The story telling feels a little rushed but it is important to introduce the main characters and show a little action. My "friends" at Comic Geek Speak described this as a Dungeons & Dragons adventure in a comic. I couldn't agree more. I really am looking forward to issue 2.  I rate this as a BUY.

As I was typing this, I thought of something else to mention. Yesterday I thought of a fantastic starting line. "I wouldn't say my neighbors had a bad marriage, but she brought a date to his funeral." This will become a story.

That's all for now.
Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Nerdist TV Show

I know that I promised to write a comic review for my next post, but something came up. The Nerdist TV Show aired on BBC America last night. It is based on my favorite podcast, The Nerdist.

Chris Hardwick, Will Wheaton's former roomate, is the host along with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The podcast is always funny and I never miss it so I decided to give the show a try.

Craig Ferguson was the first guest. I don't watch very much television so I've never seen his show, but he was a great guest. I laughed both times I watched.

The second guest, who was a surprise to the audience, was Matt Smith. For those who don't know, he is the 11th Doctor on one of my favorite shows Doctor Who. He was funny and had a great pornstar name. You'll need to watch the show to find out what it is.

I give this show the highest possible recommendation to all nerds and geeks. I give a good recommendation to non-geeks. The show was well put together and very funny. It is not meant for children, but anyone 14+ would enjoy it. If it returns, I'll watch it!

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon.
Enjoy your burrito.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Men of War review

As stated earlier, DC is relaunching their entire line with 52 new #1 issues. I haven't read comics since I was a teenager and can't picture myself reading a book about superheroes but I was interested enough to try a few books. ( For my readers, I actually was a Kickstarter member for Fracture from Action Lab comics, but that is an exception. I love PDK Blackbox podcast.)

The first one I purchased was Men of War. Sgt Rock starred in one of my favorite comics. I always enjoyed the war stories. I've could've looked this up, but I think that the stories took place during World War 2.

I hoped that this would be an updated version. The cover depicts a modern soldier wearing dog tags with the name Rock on them. The story starts at a climatic end then flashes back to the beginning. Since this is a first issue, it is very important to grab the audience. That's the only reason I excuse this rather lame device. I wasn't concerned, because who is going to kill the main character in the first issue?

The rest of the story is well done. I really enjoyed the backstory and the artwork is good. The color pallet is an excellent device Most colors are shades of gray with reds being the exception.

After the main story, part 1 of a completely forgettable story about the SEALs was tacked on. I felt so little attachment that I totally forgot about this part.

Now comes my big gripe. The book cost $3.99. Why couldn't DC leave off the SEAL story and drop the price to $2.99?

To use my "friends" at Comic Geek Speak's rating system, this is a "BUY". Despite the price, I feel that the main story was good and the artwork excellent. I hope my budget allows me to continue reading this.

The next post will be a review of Demon Knights.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Friday, September 16, 2011

Something Completely Different

DC Comics is relaunching with 52 number 1 titles. I haven't collected or read comics since I was a teenager, but I met the hosts of Comic Geek Speak at Planet Comicon in Kansas City last spring and started listening. I also started listening to The Walking Dead TV Podcast at the same time and discovered the Half Hour Wasted and Legion of Dudes podcasts. These podcasts covered the re-launch and actually attracted my attention.

Even though DCBService.com provides excellent service and great prices, I decided that if I wanted to read comics, I would either download them or go to my local comic bookstore. Digital day and date is a great thing, but I find the price point of either $3.99 or $4.99 for a digital comic to be way too expensive. After all, the e-version of Lucky Streak only costs $4.99.

I looked through the offerings and decided that I would never read a traditional super-hero comic. I'm just not interested. I can't picture myself reading Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, or any of the numerous Batman titles.

Six or seven weeks ago, I thought that it would be interesting to read only three titles. After careful consideration, I picked Men of War, Demon Knights, and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. I enjoyed Sgt Rock Comics when I was a child. Men of War follows the adventures of his grandson. Demon Knights follows the story about a demon who is contained within a man. Frankenstein is about the role of Frankenstein in the DC universe. These titles all contain strong horror elements.

I'll write a review each of the issues during the next week. The reviews will contain spoilers so be aware.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Researching my new novel

I've spent the last few days researching social and climatic information regarding events surrounding the driving events upon which one of my new novels is based. It is important that I stress the important pieces without bogging down the plot. I will need to be careful.

The Dead Horse Society's reading at The Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri went very well. Several people approached me afterwards and said that I did a good job. They also shared the opinion that Lucky Streak sounds very interesting. I even signed a few copies. Every copy that I've signed is dated. The novelty is still mind blowing.

I said that I'd post when the Quarterly Statement from May December Publications arrived. It arrived a few days ago. One would think that this could occur without drama. Yeah, right. I sent an email requesting a correction. They are choosing to ignore it, just like they did my last letter. One final thing, they enclosed a check for $.84.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another 5 star review

I looked on Amazon and discovered another 5 star review for Lucky Streak. So far I've had only five star reviews. It appears that people like it even though Amazon Sales have not been as good as I hoped.

I had a great twitter conversation with Bill Oberst Jr, the actor. He emailed a great still from the upcoming movie Nuns with Big Guns. He's a friendly guy. He traded a signed picture for a copy of Lucky Streak. I don't want to tell him this, but he was supposed to receive a free copy but someone didn't mail it.

I had a long telephone call from a friend who read Lucky. He was very surprised and is encouraging me to complete the rest of the books. I'm seriously torn between looking for an agent and a new publisher and self-publishing this series. I definitely don't want to put out an inferior product. Since I'm not really an editor, I will most likely search for a new publisher.

There was no drama in my life today, although what I thought was a serious allergy flareup has turned out to be a summer cold. I hope I feel better this weekend. I have my kids and this will probably be the last weekend to use the pool here at the complex.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon