Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mighty ! Alpha One

I learned long ago not to judge a comic book by it's cover. Usually it's something outrageous: the hero or heroine on the cover in a precarious and impossible situation, finding out they have an illegitimate child, losing their powers forever, their identity has been revealed, and/or wrestling a reptile-alien of godlike proportions. All of which never take place in the comic in any way shape or form. It's like they have the artist draw the coolest most enticing cover ever only to reveal nothing of the sort on the pages within. The Mighty isn't exactly on par with that discovery but if you look at this cover (above) it looks quite ominous and you would think the pages within are going to contain some major action.

Nope, not at all. For some reason this comic was added to my monthly comic pick-ups; I may have added it because some reviewer on the inter-webs said it was good. It's a comic that is trying to do a lot but it's still dull. It tries to be funny but it's forced. It wishes it was new and cutting-edge but it's recycled. I read 3 issues and wanted to get the 4th, maybe it would grow on me or something would happen that would improve it. However, I gave up on that, why should someone have to get 4 issues of a comic to find out if it's any good. By that time I am out over $10. So yah, I'm done with this comic book.

On the flip side, Walking Dead is a comic book which proves it's value and I've only read one issue! It's about a zombie filled world where the characters- adults and kids- have depth and are interesting. I actually care about their struggle against the zombies, some of which are their friends and family (as one can expect). This lead me to pick up about 5 or so back issues and request vol. 1 of the trade paper back from the local library. However, I might just buy the tpbs anyway because it IS that good.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

United Kingdom Music Presents

Sacramento doesn't happen to get all that many shows that I find myself interested in checking out. However, last night, I was fortunate enough to catch 2 bands: Los Campesinos! and Sky Larkin. My predilection for Los Campesinos! developed sometime ago but I had never heard Sky Larkin. Both bands are from the U.K., have an approvable rough around the edges sound, and have been on what seem to be extensive tours. They've been constantly touring around the USA (and I imagine the world) but were still able to bring massive energy and rock to Sacramento.

Their music isn't for everyone but I dig'em. Sky Larkin reminds me of a Rainer Maria with a bit more pop. Additionally, I've been reading more about improving one's music experience and may find myself investing heavily into a new record player, speakers, integrated amp, more vinyl records, etc. More on that should it come to fruition.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

For the Kids

Yesterday I purchased and built Darth Vader's T.I.E. Fighter. After that I went ahead and did a LEGO version too. It shoots photon torpedoes- eyeballs in my apartment beware.

Following the construction, sounds of "pew pew pew" and "vroooom" could be heard across my street.

Friday, April 10, 2009

RSS Stars

I have starred/saved so many blog posts that going through them gives me a headache whilst the computer cooling unit whinnies and screeches at the sheer magnitude of it all. I will thusly pass on a fine hit with my audience. Bands in Town is a website that provides information on upcoming shows in cities and towns, providing a radius option as well. They display concert results in a cloud of band names. Clicking on a band link leads show info, complete with date and location, picture of the band, map to the venue, and it's all in a web-twopointy format. Bands in Town runs smoother than Pollstar and trumps it presentation too.