This year will probably be the biggest convention year ever for me as we are entering our second year of making Brax and are working on releasing our first book. While plans have stalled a little bit due to Phil's pending move we are still looking at a second quarter release if all goes well. While we aren't making the big leap of having a table at a large convention just yet, we're definitely going to be at quite a few conventions to promote the book, hopefully doing a panel or two, and just geeking out in general. Here's what's in store for 2010:
Phil and I will also definitely be appearing at L.A. Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention a few times this year since they are nice folks and the tables are cheap. Some of the above dates are dependent on whether or not we have the book published in time. I'm pretty sure we're going to go with Lulu but we're looking at a few other options. Let me know if there is a convention you think we should be at, as long as it isn't put on by Wizard. Ever since the crapfest that was Wizard World L.A. and the fact that they don't offer professional badges I have been really turned off to them. Maybe they can turn things around with this next round of Cons, but we'll have to wait and see.
I don't know the context of this picture and frankly I don't care. It just made laugh out loud and I thought I would share.
This is definitely my kind of documentary as it details a generation's love/hate relationship with the man who created (and some would argue ruined) Star Wars. My good friend Matt Cohen was interviewed for the film, which makes its debut at South by Southwest in Austin. He's the guy in the trailer who says he's not sure if, upon meeting Lucas in the street, he would shake his hand or punch him in the stomach. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this film and hopefully I'll get a chance to see it in the near future.
Looooooooooooooooooooosssssst! I know it is probably a bad idea to get this excited about something, but I really don't care at this point. How about you guys?
In addition to the iPad (what a silly name) I will not be buying the upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray box set. While I'm sure they will look amazing in 1080p, this just seems like a giant step backward for me and a cash grab for those of us waiting for the Extended Editions but really wanting to see LOTR in HD. Well, while I did buy the theatrical releases on DVD out of desperation, I'm not falling for it this time. I've gone this long, I can wait until however long they decided to finally put these out. I know many people won't wait, and that's why studios keep doing things like this and the cycle continues.
Fans of Arrested Development might want to check out today's Shirt.Woot. If you buy it today it is $10 with free shipping.
So, as I am sure you all know, the iPad iTab was announced today. It has a 9.7 inch screen and for all intents and purposes is a gigantic iPod Touch and runs all of the apps the iPhone runs… such as the Kindle App.
Last week, my Kindle 2 arrived in the mail. I love reading on it. But is the iTab a better ebook reader? Should I return my Kindle 2 and buy the iTab? Sure is costs more, but one gets the same functionality plus a touch color screen, access to just about any ebook store instead of just Amazon’s, what is guaranteed to be better handling of PDFs, support for cbrs, etc. And that is just the stuff right now. That is not to mention any future publishing enhancments.
I wouldn't be asking if I hadn't just gotten the Kindle 2...
When it comes to actual tickets sold, it is only ranked 25th of all time and has a long, long way to go to get to the top seeing as how Gone With The Wind sold 869 million tickets and Avatar has sold about 59 million tickets. Just sayin'.
In case you didn't know, I appear regularly on a podcast called Bagged and Boarded hosted by my good friends Matt Cohen and Jesse Rivers. I have a segment called The BrendoMan Minute where I talk about random stuff and answer questions sent to me from listeners. I had a nice backlog of questions going but then Jesse had to take a break from the show due to a move and I appeared as a guest host and had to do some extra Minutes and some other stuff happened so now I'm out of questions. So feel free to comment with your inquiries and I will respond to them and give you a shout out. Also, holy crap:
Just to follow up on my review I posted of the show, Best Week Ever has some awesome set pics and a glowing review of the show. Seriously, just thinking about it right now makes me want to go see it again.
This is pretty much all that's going on in my life besides work. Well, this and all the rain.
Before you go thinking it's not that impressive, here is what I had before:
Yeah. I was one of those guys that was always saying that HD just doesn't seem worth it, I'll never buy a Blu-Ray disc, it's all a big rip off. Then I plugged in the TV, plugged in the antenna, and proceeded to watch the news in HD for an hour. Never mind the HD gaming, Blu-Rays, and other awesomeness. I am no longer a naysayer.
I am honoring the memory of Dr. King by working. Huzzah. This past weekend was mostly awesome. I got a new TV. I knew it was going to be a huge jump going from a small CRT to a 42" 1080p HDTV but man, it still blew me away when I fired that thing up. I just sat there and watched the news for like an hour the first time I turned it on. On Sunday the Chargers lost, which I'd rather not discuss, and I saw The Pee-Wee Herman Show at Club Nokia, which was one of the greatest things ever. It's basically a live episode of Pee-Wee's playhouse complete with the puppets, the full set, and almost all the old characters. Pee-Wee did a Q&A/Meet and Greet after the show for those of us who had bought tickets when it was scheduled at the Fonda and had to go through a bit of an ordeal to get new tickets at the Nokia. We found out during the Q&A that the reason behind the venue change was not to sell more tickets but because the set would not have been able to fit in the Fonda, which makes perfect sense because the set is quite elaborate.
Pee-Wee revealed his plans for a new movie and I got to ask him if Tim Burton will be involved. He said he wasn't sure since Burton has several projects lined up. Someone in the crowd yelled, "Burton owes you!" and Pee-Wee acknowledged that this was true since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure launched his career as well as Danny Elfman's. I'm really hopeful that the movie will be made and if it does happen and is what Pee-Wee described, it will be fantastic. The basic plot is that The King of Cartoons gets kidnapped and Pee-Wee and the rest of the inhabitants of the Playhouse go on a big adventure to rescue him. I also got to thank Pee-Wee for doing the show and told him that it was like my childhood was up on stage. Seriously, it was amazing. Judging by the buzz going around, I'm not the only one who feels this way and it sounds like this really is the comeback we, the Pee-Wee fans, have all been waiting for.
I don't know how it happened, but I'm hopelessly addicted to Animal Crossing again, this time on the Wii. I didn't think I would be that into it since it's so similar to the DS version, but really that is all I need. My schedule literally rotates around the freaking selling of turnips. Turnips! I wake up 5 minutes early now so I can check the prices before I go to work and I make sure to get on before the store closes at night so I can check them again. I also wake up early on Sunday to buy them from Joan. OMG you guys it's like 2006 all over again.
As I've said before, I'm a total OCD gamer. Even if the rest of the world thinks a game sucks, if it involves collecting things or reaching some kind of percentage, I will most likely love it and play it obsessively. Right now I am also addicted to Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. Not for it's awesome multiplayer fun, mind you. I haven't even tried that. I am obsessed because there are over 500 trophies to collect as well as a couple hundred stickers, also some achievements, secret characters to unlock, and who knows what else. You're tearing me apart, Wii!
I read an article in the paper (yeah, those floppy paper things with printing on them we used to read in Social Studies) about Donate Games, an organization in Dana Point that is pretty awesome. They accept donated games from all systems, which are tax deductible, and sell the games on their site for a reasonable price. All money collected goes to raise money for research for rare diseases. You'll probably get more out of your tax deductible receipt than you'll ever get from Gamestop and it's for a good cause. I just bought a few DS games I've been looking for that are usually a tad on the expensive side or just plain hard to find. Check it out!
Today we announced a new sticker which Phil actually designed for me (using custom artwork from Ian Johnston) as a Christmas present. For an unknown limited time we are giving these away for free along with our regular Brax stickers if you contact us here with your mailing address. So there you go, free stuff.
The next time someone in your family is pestering you because their computer is "acting weird," just send them to this site. I can honestly see it having a sort of placebo effect.
I can't believe I missed one.