Moe’s New Agenda Cover

The kids have gone back to school now and Moe has officially started drawing all over everything school related again. The first victim has been her new agenda and here’s her official explanation of what we see below… Invader Zim (twice), Gir (twice), Minimoose, Perry the Platypus (twice), Superman (sign), Phantom Girl, X-Men (sign), The Legion of Super Heroes (sign), Maddness, Nightcrawler, Dream Girl (sign), Gates, Matter Eater Lad (sign), Jumpy Ghostface, Doofenshmirtz, Patrick Star, Wildfire, Lightning Lad (sign), Turtle Cannons, Brainiac 5 and (sign), Lightning Girl (me), Orange Lantern (sign), Aqua Lo (Lauren), Pablo (Lo’s pet turtle), Reeses Wonder (Anna), Kent (Kent), Shiny (our friend), Flowber (Anna’s pet sparrow), Slo Moe (My pet snail), Hal Jordan, Commander Apetrully, The Incredibles (sign), Plankton, Gaz, Death Bee, Coco, Bloo, Cheese (retarded cheese), Triplicate Girl, Saint Walker, Quislet, Saturn Girl (ear), Wolverine (hand)

These characters are mostly from the Legion of Super Heroes, Invader Zim, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Hero:108, Spongebob Squarepants, and some other comics and cartoons.

Gotta love it! Here’s the cover:

Moe's 2010 Agenda Cover

Free Comic Book Day 2010 at BuyMeToys.com

Free Comic Book Day 2010 at BuyMeToys.com

The kids and I took our annual trek to Mishawaka, IN for Free Comic Book Day today. Our “local” comic shop, BuyMeToys.com does an awesome job of hosting the event.

Posing with the Princess

They’ve been doing it regularly since the first year it was introduced, where I got my still prized “I’ve Got Issues” t-shirt (or maybe that was year two?). Regardless, they run a great shop and are very supportive of the local comic creators, holding regular workshops. The owner Casey Heying, is the artist and co-writer of a really cool cross-over comic series (with Ben Avery) between Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz based in a current reality where the girls have both grown up and live together. I won’t even attempt to do the series justice by explaining it. It’s called Oz/Wonderland and you really should check it out of you haven’t.

Anyway, as they have in past years, they were giving out five issues to each person that came in to the store today. They had a huge selection to choose from including this year’s FCBD offerings as well as many left over from previous years. Also up for grabs were pins, bookmarks and other comic related items.

We had a good time and left with new treasures to read. My only gripe about this year wasn’t with our local shop at all. It just seemed like there was less variety (especially from the independent publishers) to choose from in this year’s offering of FCBD exclusive books. Regardless, we enjoyed the day and look forward to next year. Thanks Casey and Kelly!

Searching for the five free comics to keep this year

Legion of Super Heroes Comic – Biggest Mistakes

My daughter just whipped up a one-page Legion of Super Heroes comic this evening staring (of course) Brainiac 5, or as she and other obsessed fans call him, Brainy. This is a cute one if you know anything about him as a character… Let her know what you think!

Click for the whole comic…
Legion of Super Heroes - Biggest Mistake staring Brainiac 5

Kill Brainy Week Update

As I mentioned last week, my Brainiac 5 loving daughter is now past the half-way point of enduring the second annual “Kill Brainy Week”, created and produced by her two best friends at school. Three days down, two more to go. I’ve asked her to type out a little bit about what they’ve done to Brainy each day so far, so for your enjoyment (or horror) here are her descriptions…

Monday – First they took a plastic knife and poked his eyes out. Then they poked a huge hole for his ‘mouth’. After that they ripped the paper in half and stuffed one half into a chicken sandwich bun and stuffed that in a french fry container. Then they began to take more plastic knives and stab the box… =O! It was scary… The other half got wrapped in ham and was thrown away. Brainy Pic!

Tuesday – Ok… today they ripped his head off the picture. Then they shredded the body and stuffed it into their mashed potatoes and corn. It was disturbing… =O! (They called it his grave and then said rest in pieces!) Oh yeah, and the head? They dumped it in honey and stuck it to a dude riding his bicycle on the milk carton. After that they smushed the carton and threw it away… Brainy Pic Again!

Wednesday – Alrighty! =) Today they tore it in half (again). They gave the bottom half of it to my friend and he used it as a napkin. The other half endured worse; they took my empty milk carton and filled it with our lunches, (salsa, chips, milk, sour cream, nacho cheese, etc) Then they put gold fish in it. We usually do this every time we get goldfish and it’s called “Fishie Island”. Except this time they stuck the top half of Brainy into it and crushed it and threw it away… =( !

So there you have it.  She talked about Brainy so much, she drove her friends to breaking point. I’ll update once more at the end of the week to let you know how the rest of the week went…

As a bonus for any Legion of Super Heroes / Brainiac 5 fans that stumble on to this post from a search engine, here are a couple shots of her latest Brainy custom figure. It’s a repainted Spiderman Mighty Mugg…

Brainiac 5 Custom Mighty Mugg View #2 Brainiac 5 Custom Mighty Mugg View #3 Brainiac 5 Custom Mighty Mugg View #4 Brainiac 5 Custom Mighty Mugg View #5 Brainiac 5 Custom Mighty Mugg View #1

2nd Annual Kill Brainy Week Starts September 27th

As I’ve mentioned before, my teenage daughter is a huge Legion of Super Heroes fan. She fell in love with the comics (which she now has hundreds of), as well as the cartoon series (which ended abruptly because apparently they didn’t have enough batman series yet – whatever) and the rest is history. She also happens to be OBSESSED with the character Brainiac 5. Yeah, I’d say it’s bordering some sort of crazy “crush” of sorts. Not that I can say much, at her age I was equally obsessed with a cartoon character. And her’s is not nearly as dorky as mine was…

So yeah, back to the subject at hand. I found out today that some friends of hers at school created a “Kill Brainy Week” last year at school during which, each day they would print out a picture of Brainiac 5 and proceed to destroy it (rip, tear, cut, etc…) in front of my daughter in order to torture her. They get a bit tired of her comparing everything and everyone to Brainiac 5, specifically how whatever or whoever isn’t as awesome as Brainy.

This came up because she realized today that they are gearing up to celebrate the second annual “Kill Brainy Week”, this coming week. She’s thinks it’s funny (as we all do), but I think she’s actually a little sad that she’ll be seeing him “killed” each day this week in various ways. I’m curious if they plan to get a little more creative this year with the ways they’ll do him in.

Oh yeah, and my early teen crush on a cartoon character? Ariel. Yes, the Little Mermaid… *hangs head low* Though I did have a thing for Tank Girl too… Does that redeem me at all or just make me that much more of a dork?

The Mouse to own the House of M

In yet another show of “ooh, we want that too!” the Walt Disney Company announced that it will be acquiring Marvel Entertainment. Yes, the Mouse will now own everything from the X-Men and Spiderman, to the Hulk and Iron Man. Disney is reported to be offering a cash/stock deal in the area of 4 Billion dollars.

I personally don’t care much about what that means for the movie franchises, but I AM wondering if this will have any repercussions on the comic book industry. I don’t read many of the Marvel books (none regularly) but decisions made by Marvel management (usually bad decisions) tend to have large impacts on the rest of the comic book world. Disney isn’t the kind of company that instills confidence in these kind of cases. At least they didn’t go after DC who seem to try to maintain some level of integrity to their titles.

You can read more on the deal here at RTTnews.com…

I can just see the show at Disney World now climaxing in a big singing number featuring the Hulk and Wolverine… *shudder*

Update: Playthings.com has posted more information regarding the acquisition

Emily the Strange Pushes Jones Soda

Or is it the other way around?

I’ve been meaning to post about the limited edition bottles that Jones Soda have been producing in partnership with Dark Horse Comics for quite some time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it until now. Which stinks because one of the two sets they did (The Goon) are now sold out. The set that is still around is based on the comic series Emily the Strange. The 6-pack contains a variety of different sodas, each with its own Emily the Strange label…

Emily the Strange

Included are two different versions of Pure Cane Cola, two different versions of Cream Soda, and two different versions of Strawberry Lime. As I write this, there are 233 6-packs left which really isn’t that much.

The Jones Soda site says the following:
Emily’s not your average thirteen-year-old girl. Pink is her worst nightmare . . . she wears the same black dress every day. She loves math and science. Her best friends are her four BLACK CATS! She’s into old rock and punk, but also digs newer bands like My Chemical Romance (BTW, Gerard Way is featured in her Dark Horse comic book, “Revenge at Last.”) Emily is so anticool she’s cool . . . A subculture of one, and a follower of no one but herself.

Designers, including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs, have paid tribute to her, but she doesn’t care! Emily wants you to be yourself, think for yourself, and DO IT YOURSELF. There’s nothing more boring to her than copying everyone else. Emily is the link to the Stranger in us all.

When asked what she thought about her delicious new soda pops from Jones, the leader in creative DIY labels, Emily rolled her eyes and coolly responded, “Whatever.”

If you’re curious what the labels looked like for the Goon, you can see them here…

Legion of Super Heroes Exclusive Action Figures Available May 15th

From what I’ve been able to tell from listening to the “comic geeks” at the local comic shop, you either really like the Legion of Super Heroes, or you couldn’t care less. Crazy super-powered kids from the future saving the galaxy and messing with Superman’s time line. My 13 year old daughter happens to be in the “really likes” category, in fact she’s obsessed with them. She’s been gobbling up every back-issue she can get her mitts on and can talk Legion history with the older guys (the majority of Legion fans would be men in the 40′s and 50′s).

She’s known about the 4 exclusive JLU-style Legion figures (Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Brainiac 5) coming out on MattyCollector.com for some time now and has been reminding me often that I’ll need to be online on May 15th to order them as soon as they go on sale.

Legion of Super Heroes Action Figures

What cracked me up this morning (May 15th) is that I woke up to a house filled with reminder notes that she has placed about before heading off to school. On my night stand, on the refrigerator, by the coffee pot, on my computer desk… Pretty much anywhere she knew I’d be today.

Legion of Super Heroes Exclusive Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Braniac 5 Figures

So yeah, like a good geek dad I’ll be waiting for the figures to go on sale today so I can order them for her. For those interested, here’s the description given…

“From the far reaches of the 31st century come four brand-new JLU action figures to complete your collection! We welcome the arrival of Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Braniac 5 by offering them as four individually carded figures shipped together in one slip case—the first time you can get ‘em this way at MattyCollector.com!”

Not sure how fast they’ll go, so if you want them, better go get them!

Free Comic Book Day 2008 @ BuyMeToys.com

Today was the 2008 Free Comic Book Day, and I spent it with my kids at BuyMeToys.com as I have every year (but the one I missed) since 2004 when it all began. This is a really fun day for the kids and my oldest daughter’s best friend has now joined us for the past two years.

I’ve heard of other comic shops having really limited selections and only giving one or two copies away to each person, but BMT has consistently had a huge selection of FCBD comics and they give out five issues to each visitor. It’s definitely worth the trip if you live anywhere even close to Mishawaka, IN.

I personally picked up Arcana Presents (Arcana sampler), Gekiga! (Drawn Quarterly sampler), Cartoona Palooza (Ape Entertainment sampler), Free Scott Pilgrim (Oni Press FCBD comic from 2006) and The Preposterous Voyages of IronHide Tom (2006 FCBD comic from AdHouse Books)…

I haven’t read them yet except for the IronHide Tom book which my daughter picked up at a previous FCBD and I loved. I had to have my own copy when I saw they still had one.

So here you are, the couple pictures I snapped while we were there…

Free Comic Book Day 2008 – May 3rd

Yes, Free Comic Book Day is fast approaching and my kids are getting pumped. OK, I’m getting pumped too. When I showed up for my weekly dosage of comics today, my local comic shop happily gave me a handy dandy FCBD pen! Ooohhhh… You know you want one!

Free Comic Book Day Pen

Free Comic Book Day Pen logo

I’m not sure if these official FCBD pens or just something my local shop had made, but either way it’s a nice geek find for me… :)