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Friday, 8 September 2017

“Of the Month” September 2017

Show of the Month

The Tick

I’m surprised at just how well the Tick always seems to work. There have been 4 iterations of the character and premise and they’ve all been great (though later comics that weren’t written by Ben Edlund didn’t quite grab the mustard as mightily as they might’ve). This latest version on Amazon Prime has much of the same absurdity and humor as the other versions (see: Very Large Man), and Peter Serafinowicz’s performance in the blue suit is full of the blind, enthusiastic gusto that you expect from the Tick. But this is the first version where there is actually deep, psychological development of some of the more “regular” characters, especially Arthur. For the first time these characters aren’t just send-ups of superhero tropes (though they are still that), but they’re actually fully-developed characters that have real lives. I’m also very surprised that Edlund decided to go for a much more mature-rated program: there is lots and lots of realistic blood and quite a but of foul language. But somehow the contrast between the Tick himself and this more-realistic world makes the character even more himself. Also: I <3 Dangerboat.

Link of the Month

I Went Gaming

A pair of people, the Lundy brothers, who make video games. They’re in the midst of a “game a month” spree throughout 2017 (though they’re a month behind). Are the games any “good?” It’s… hard to say, but the appeal lies in their absurd and funny themes and aesthetics. All the art is hand-drawn by Laramie Lundy (the Olive Fool of Fools Play Improv) in his signature disturbing style (he’s one of the artists behind The Abyss art book that came out last year). There’s a menu-based street fighter game, a punk Guinea pig racing game, a door-to-door knife salesman game, a game about joining a cult, and the like. They’re completely unpolished and rough, but there’s something irresistible (for a few minutes at least) about the worlds that they create.

Podcast of the Month

The Official Steven Universe Podcast

This podcast, all about the best TV show on the air right now, is actually recorded at the Cartoon Network offices and hosted by an intern there. As such, it has unprecedented access to all the people involved in the show; they mostly work literally just outside the room where this is recorded. It’s full of amazing insight and anecdotes and behind-the-scenes work about making the amazing Steven Universe.

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman Trying to Leak Mike Eagle’s New Album!

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman of DCTV’s DCPN Tonight news show has uncovered an exclusive preview from the ultra-top-secret upcoming Open Mike Eagle album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream! Take a look (and more importantly, a listen) here:

Wasn’t that just scintillating? I think that Cam Pebbleman is the most professional and ethical journalist in the business today.

Also, I’m very excited for Trauma’s upcoming match on DC Championship Wrestling this Tuesday at 6:00 PM!

“Only two things you can do about that: nothing and deal with it, damn it!”

I hope the bunnies in that rabbit sanctuary will be safe from the eagle sanctuary next door.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Go See Fools Play in Olympia This Saturday… For Me!

'Cause I ain't gonna be able to be there!

‘Cause I ain’t gonna be able to be there!

It seems like Fools Play was just in Olympia a couple of weeks ago (because it WAS), but it’s back this Saturday the 12th! So you’ll need to go see it… for me, because I won’t be there.

*GASP!*

It’s true; I will be camping this weekend (in all the hazy glory right now) and will be unable to attend. But that just means that now’s your chance to finally see this show without my ugly mug messin’ up the view fer ya!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, August 12th 8:30PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

I will see you there! NOPE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Conspire to See the Gentlemen of Leisure Tomorrow (Thursday) Night!

GOL.LIFE

The Harper Conspiracy headlines the show.

I know Thursday is a school night ‘n’ all, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to see a fantastic live performance by the Gentelmen of Leisure!

Details:
The Harper Conspiracy, Gentlemen of Leisure, Whitney Mongé (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, August 10th, 9:00 PM
@ The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107 (map)
21+, $8.00

And guess what: despite the fact that it is a school night, Carrie & I plan on being in the audience! Wut-wut?

C’est vrai! But the only reason we can pull that off is because we have Friday off from work. Otherwise we might just be too old to go gallivanting around town listening to those crazy kids and their jungle music. Where are my ear plugs and my walker?

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s Broadcast is Derailed by Mike Eagle’s Search for “95 Radios”

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Professional newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s recent report on an Internet Outage in Los Angeles got derailed by an inattentive field reporter and a cameraman who irresponsibly handed his camera to a young boy. Watch it here:

“95 Radios (feat Has-Lo)” is the a beautiful new track from Open Mike Eagle‘s not-yet-released new concept(!!) album, “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream,” out September 15th. You can (and definitely should) pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

Now go back and listen to the song again. It’s one of Mike’s most lovely songs, dripping in wistful, sunset-tinged nostalgia. Anchored by a Has-Lo verse in the first half and Mike’s own complexly-rhymed verse in the second half, this is an amazing preview of things to come.

I can’t wait.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

“Of the Month” August 2017

Video Game of the Month:

Mighty Gunvolt Burst

A while back, two of the people who were the driving forces behind the Mega Man and Mega Man X franchises created their own video games: Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt respectively. The first one had… problems. The second one was pretty good. Well, now they’ve been combined in an 8/16-bit game that truly does feel like you’re playing a brand new Mega Man game. The main difference is that you don’t gain specific weapons by defeating bosses; instead you gain weapon configuration options by finding hidden modules throughout the stages. These let you craft your own weapons: trajectory, speed, # of on-screen bullets, etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum. Seriously, the sheer number of configurations you can do is insane. The only problem is that the menu system UI is not user-friendly, and since there is no instruction manual it is pretty difficult to figure out how to navigate it. But the game itself is a lot of fun, especially to me since I do so heart the original Mega Man series of games.

Show of the Month:

Castlevania

Lemme ask you a quesion: Do you like the writing of Warren Ellis? If you do, then this show is for you, because it was written by him and is full of the kinds of touches that he loves to include in his works. This “series” is really just a feature-length pilot episode inexplicably broken up into four parts. I don’t know why they bothered to do that. It serves to introduce us to (most of) the main characters based on the video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (my favorite of all the Castlevania games). It is surprisingly well-done for a video game adaptation, and the inclusion of a corrupted church as the real villain of the piece is an inspired (and very Ellis) choice. The characterization of Trevor Belmont as a disgruntled former hero who is now basically an alcoholic is great. There are a couple of great, well-choreographed action scenes that let you see just how much of a badass Trevor actually is, and towards the end of the series when he rallies townfolks and shows them just how you defeat demons is a great moment where you really see, holy shit, this guy is something. I do wish the show took place in more than one location; the Castlevania III game has sprawling, varied settings, from swamps to forests to caverns and clock towers. You get some hints of that in this pilot, but I do hope the actual series coming later expands the setting to include all of the crazy, wacky things that you can find in a Castlevania game.

Comic Book of the Month:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

A comic book about an absurdly intelligent little girl, Lunella Lafayette (in recent issues it was discovered that she is actually the single smartest human being currently in existence), who gets bonded to an enormous, pea-brained dinosaur. Most of the fun of the book comes from playing off Lunella’s immense frustrations with the fact that because she’s just a kid she doesn’t have any of the resources or freedoms to take advantage of her huge intellect. She’s often railing at the sheer stupidity and lack of understanding that surrounds her, from her well-meaning-but-clueless parents to the idiocy of the superhero community that she gradually becomes a part of (she develops crime-fighting gadgets and eventually the superpower of being able to swap minds with Devil Dinosaur). It’s a great read, Lunella is a fascinating character, and the art does a great job of expressing the emotions going on in this preternaturally gifted girl.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Oh, Hey, There’s One of Them “Fools Play” Things in Olympia Tomorrow

Yeah, one of them things.

Oh, oops, heh-heh. I kinda forgot to make any posts on this here website for basically the entire month of January. Whoops! But here we go:

I’ll be performing at the Fools Play Improv show that’s happening tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th) in Olympia, Washington. You should be there, too! But to watch, not to perform. Unless you who is reading this is also one of the other Fools who will be performing. Then you should perform. With me. Ahem.

Details:
Fools Play in July: Olympia Edition
Saturday, July 29th 8:30 PM
@ The Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-ages, Only $5!

SEE YEEE THEEEERE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.