August 3rd, 2008

Blow My Mind

Note to Dream-Self: The HELL?!

So what could the 2007 Rancho Bernardo fires, my former housemate Antonio and the Brady Bunch house have to do with my current mental state? You're being especially obscure, Dream-Self.

That said, recently you've been showing me...interesting homes, dwellings, and abodes. They look like cool places to live. I should try to describe what they look like to my architect cousin Rob Paulsen. Maybe I'm dreaming my dream home!

The State of the Serenity (Firefly tidbits I'd meant to post)

Somehow I never did an entry going into detail about June's Can't Stop the Serenity weekend here in Portland. Odd, because I took notes with the full intention of passing along at least the news tidbits from that weekend. But now for my fellow Firefly/Serenity appreciaters, some words!

Several people from Dark Horse Comics (based just south of here in Milwaukie, conveniently) attended the Portland screenings, so we got news directly from those who make the Firefly/Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. Among their updates:

* "That's not a Shepherd": Joss Whedon has finally decided to do a Serenity prequel that will show how Derrial Book became a de facto priest, which is a particular hole in the backstory that fans have wanted filled. It's being called A Shepherd's Tale, and should be out in either late 2008 or early 2009.

* Dark Horse's goal is to do a Serenity miniseries once a year. These are likely to remain prequels because Whedon wants to keep his options open for stories that take place after the events of Serenity. Yes, the direct-to-DVD sequel to Serenity is still a possibility, though how sure or how not-sure a possibility is something I don't and can't know. (Ask my 2010 self! Maybe he'll know. Always in motion is the future...)

* Cool real-life backstory: back in 2002 Dark Horse talked to Whedon and 20th Century Fox about the possibility of a Firefly comic book. Whedon said to hold off on that until the show had had time to develop.

* Speaking of: if Whedon's new show Dollhouse is a hit (it's coming to Fox in January, paired with 24 so it's getting a high profile), Dark Horse has already talked to the Powers That Be about a comic based on that, should circumstances warrant it (i.e., if it's a hit).

* Detouring to Buffy stuff: that comic book continues apace, with various writers continuing the "Season 8" story arcs. A story on the back-burner is a continuation of Fray, the vampire-slayer story set hundreds of years after Buffy. If more Fray is written, only Joss Whedon will write it, same as before.

* Scott Allie, Dark Horse's senior managing editor, has passed along his Serenity editing duties. The new editor working with Whedon and the other Buffy and Serenity writers is Sierra Hahn, who moved from a DC/Vertigo Comics job in New York to work for Dark Horse. Another convert to Dark Horse and Oregon (he crowed)! Allie'll stay plenty busy with his other work, but trusts the Whedon crew to keep doing interesting comics.

Oh, and I have one other photo to share from that weekend, courtesy Mike "Culture Pulp" Russell. I'll put that up later.
Good Omens

"Bring it on." "Oh, it has already been brought-en!" +

Radio drama!

As he explains here, reviewer/artist/good guy Mike "Culture Pulp" Russell and reviewer/podcaster/good guy Aaron "Geek in the City" Duran sparred on Cort and Fatboy's Friday podcast over why Duran liked The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and why Russell hated it. (By the way, for reference, Aaron's Mummy 3 review is here; Mike's is here.) And in a battle heard only on the Cort and Fatboy podcast (meaning that profanity was allowed and liberally used), Russell and Duran have their ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny say.

The direct link to the podcast is here. Also on it are David Walker's thoughts on Super Fuzz and Hot Fuzz, Aaron Duran's on-air segment about comics, and more beer-fueled goodness as broadcast from the Bagdad Theater and Pub prior to the showing of Super Troopers.
+ Oh, my title? I was sitting with Mike and Gina in the Bagdad's front pub when Cort came over, apprised Mike of Aaron's presence, and asked him to do this very battle royale that you can now hear on that podcast. Mike accepted eagerly. I quoted that bit from Not Another Teen Movie. Now you know.