Thursday, August 20, 2009

Race for the Cure 2009


On Sunday, September 13, 2009, I'll be Racing for the Cure (very slowly around Central Park). Please help me with a donation that will go towards breast cancer education, screenings, treatment programs, and research for a cure. If each of you contributes five dollars, we'll donate over $1200 towards finding a cure.

You can donate at this site: Komen Greater New York City - Race for the Cure 2009.

Thank you for your consideration, and your generosity.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

It's Scott Pilgrim Day!

Today is Scott Pilgrim Day, the celebration of the (roughly) yearly release of a new volume of Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s video game-inspired action-comedy-romance, and your intrepid reporter was on scene at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York City for the midnight release party to bring you the story (and to get his book signed).

Bryan Lee O’Malley (pictured above being totally awesome), started signing at 12:01am, the first moment anyone could legally buy the books, and was still signing till well past 1:30am. And up to the end he was delightfully chipper, signing playing cards and drawing smiley faces while a camera crew from Universal Pictures looked on (Universal is producing the Scott Pilgrim movie, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera). And everyone who attended got the special foil cover (IT’S SHINY!) with obi wrap (pictured below)!

For those who don’t know, Scott Pilgrim is the story of a 23-year-old slacker whose life changes when he meets Ramona Flowers, literally the girl of his dreams. But before they can live happily ever after, Scott must defeat her Seven Evil Ex-Boyfriends in Street Fighter-esque combat. By the beginning of the latest volume, Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe, Scott has already defeated four of the seven exes, gotten a real job and moved in with Ramona. Now he has to face his biggest challenge yet, a real relationship.

None of which really tells you what drags over a hundred comics fans out of their basements on a Tuesday night to get an early copy, or what’s going to make Scott Pilgrim THE book for the upcoming New York Comic Con. Some of it is that the books are blisteringly funny; it is riddled with references to comic book and video game culture (the name of Scott’s band is “Sex Bob-Omb”); O’Malley employs an art style that blends American action comics, indie autobiographical style, and manga conventions; and that it has a huge cast of great characters, like Knives Chau, lovestruck high school girl/ninja, or Todd Ingram, who has Vegan super powers.

But mostly, Scott Pilgrim captures the spirit of being young and in love. How getting through a date feels like an achievement. How the past can overcome people not yet twenty-five. How the future can be terrifying (even if it includes jet packs). And how much easier life would be if you could punch it in the face.

I would so punch life in the face.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New York Comic Con

Is this thing still on? Hello?

Um, sorry for the ultra low content mode.

This isn't really a post either. Just wanted to let y'all know I'll be working the New York Comic Con this weekend.

If, for some inexplicable reason, you'd like to meet me, I'll be at the Tor/Seven Seas booth on Friday from 1-4, and Saturday from 4-7, and will otherwise be around for the rest of the con.

See you there!