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My name is Dave Herndon, ever since my homeworld of Gallifrey was time locked I've been just travelling the cosmos, then they invented comic books, and cartoons. Now I run this blog and talk about nerdy things whenever I can. No matter what happens, if you stoke me a clipper, I'll be back in time for breakfast.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Ren and Stimpy" Creative Director Bob Camp To Appear at the GRASP Comic Expo

Bob Camp, the man directly behind the famed 90's comedy "The Ren and Stimpy Show", will be June 27-28 at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center on June 27-28.
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Camp started his animation career as a designer for animated series such as "ThunderCats", "Silverhawks", "TigerSharks", and several other series produced by Rankin/Bass. He then worked as a designer on "The Real Ghostbusters" for DiC, and later as a storyboard artist on "Tiny Toon Adventures" for Warner Bros. Television.

Camp was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created "The Ren & Stimpy Show". He played a major role in the studio's creative force until September 21, 1992, when he left to work for Games Productions(a.k.a. Games Animation), the animation studio Nickelodeon initially created to continue work on the "The Ren and Stimpy Show" series after Spümcø had been fired. At Games, Camp was promoted to creative director of "The Ren and Stimpy Show" and supervised work on the episodes made.

In the 2000s, Camp worked as a storyboard artist on animated feature films such as Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Ice Age: The Meltdown. Camp was the storyboard editor for the 2015 hit film Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water.

"Bob is one of those rare guys in television history that doesn't just push the envelope on what is acceptable but also blows up the envelope and drops an additional atomic bomb on what is left over to make sure," said event director Mark Hodges. "Through this, Bob developed one of the most memorable group of characters of the 1990's and we are glad that he will be a part of our event." 

Yes folks there is a Rand Paul comic book

In honor of the start of the presidential primary season, Bluewater Productions announced today the release of a biography featuring political powerhouse Rand Paul titled Political Power: Rand Paul.  Bluewater is also announcing some other biography comic books for the 2016 election. 
Dr. Rand Paul is the son of former presidential candidate and “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party, Ron Paul, and considered in many circles to be the Republican’s nominee for President during the 2016 elections. Though his short time as the Senator of Kentucky hasn’t been without some controversy, Dr. Paul has made an indelible mark on politics. Political Power: Rand Paul.   Will be released on April 15th
Bluewater’s political slate for 2015/2016 will include those that announce their intentions to run for the presidency as well as those whose power influence the voting public’s choices for leaders.  Titles scheduled for later this year include biographies of Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Elizabeth Warren, and more.  They have already published biographies on potential 2016 candidates like Chris Christie, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton. An update to the previously released Hillary Clinton title, focusing on her time as Secretary of State, will see print soon.
Since, 2008, Bluewater’s publishing line has been addressing current events and releasing entertaining biographies of the men and women vying to become America’s next leaders, a fact which makes publisher and President Darren G. Davis proud. “Growing up, I was a reluctant reader. We hope to reach kids in similar situations that may be more apt to read when a comic book is placed in front of them,” said Davis. “I have guest taught in schools and found comic books to be an excellent way to reach children and young adults.” Davis also added that understanding the realm of politics may seem daunting to some. “It’s my hope that these informative and entertaining books teach readers about the candidates. Comic books have grown up; they’re not just for kids anymore.”  Past subjects have included Michelle Bachmann, Barack Obama, Herman Cain, The Tea Party Movement, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and more. Bluewater has also released one on Rand Paul’s father, Ron Paul. 
Artist Joe Paradise, a graphic designer famed for his work drawing biography comics depicting the Dead Kennedys, Elvis Presley, Joan Jett and the Runaways, and more with Revolutionary Comics in the mid-1990’s, agrees with Davis’ assertion regarding the power of comic books. “If you ask me, political figures are more interesting than super heroes by a mile,” he explains. “The spandex crowd seems caught in a never-ending loop of revisiting stories that were written 50 years or more in the past - but our politicians are constantly inventing fresh new ways to shock, bewilder, confuse, and sometimes even inspire us, and I'm enjoying the hell out of documenting it all on the comic page.”
Writer Michael Frizell, an educator for Missouri State University and freelance writer, agrees. “Dr. Paul is a fascinating figure. As a writer, I always want to craft stories about people who hold strong convictions. His ties to family give readers a glimpse at his character, and his often-controversial stances make him an interesting person to depict in graphic format,” said Frizell. Understanding the impact such a book might have, Frizell added, “The research I needed to conduct was rigorous, as was the writing process. I needed to think like a storyteller and notate like a reporter.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Her Shocking Secret Identity Revealed at Last in THOR #8!

This is it! The answer you’ve all been waiting for! The identity of Thor, Goddess of Thunder, finally revealed! Who is this mysterious heroine with the might of Mjolnir in her hands? The question will finally be answered this May in the blockbuster THOR #8 – from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman! As the final battle with the Destroyer reaches its climax, Thor and Odinson call in a little backup. Amid the fire and the fury of battle, questions will be answered. A surprising return! Guest stars galore! And a last page that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe! Don’t miss the comic that will have the world talking when THOR #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WATCH: Dirk Manning gives tips on how to create indie comics

Who wants to go Squatching? Jeremy London talks to Crazy Mark about it

Monday, April 13, 2015

Satellite Klit wins tainted match in battle of the “crapaoke” bands

Satellite Klit with guest Chris Brown performs in the finals.
By Dave Herndon
Twitter @NHDaveH

It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. But as they say, a win is a win. Saturday night there was a war in Toledo, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since that actual War of Toledo.

In the actual War, dozens of people gathered and yelled at each other, one man walked away with a black eye. There might have been more hate and vitriol spun Saturday night when “Satellite Klit,” deftly destroyed “Forbidden Taint” in a battle of the "Comic Book Creator Karaoke Battle of the Bands,” during the Fantasticon afterparty.

The Klits were the heavy fan favorites, boasting Toledo’s own Dirk Manning
amongst its ranks along with Tony Miello and dan Daugherty. The Taints, despite being the reigning world champs, and having a (wo)man advantage with “Kosmic” Kasey Pierce and her backup singers of Erick Gutierrez, John Marroquin and Chris Brown were the dogs.

Officiated by legendary ECW referee AT Huck, the match was equal parts wrestling, and something that sounded like the time I started my car with an opossum sleeping in the engine compartment.

The main event started with Huck giving everyone the pat down to make sure there were no foreign objects –aside from a few mixed drinks-- everyone was clean.
Up first in the battle were the Taints, though they quickly claimed sabotage when none of the wireless microphones worked. What happened next must be experienced to be believed, so I leave you with the video of both team’s opening round performance.
Following the first round, Huck left the choice of winners up to the assembled crowd. Most were unable to vote, having passed out from the audio assault they had just heard, but those that did manage to stay conscious overwhelmingly picked the Klits as the winners by default.
After an intermission where singers that could actually carry a tune woke up the crowd, it was nearly time for round two. Only there was one slight hitch, Chris Brown was nowhere to be found.

The Taints made a substitution, adding in the beautiful Hollie Ogden, who is neither a comic book creator nor retailer. She also wasn’t on either team’s pre-approved roster. The performance was much improved though. I’ll leave it up to the listeners to decide which team they liked before we go on with the rest of the story.

After both songs were done, and Chris Brown discovered at the bar, it was time to declare a round two victor. In a shocker that still no one can explain, Huck disqualified the Klit’s and declared the Taint’s the victors. Knotting the score at 1-1 with just the final round to go.

All three member’s of the Klit claim that Huck was simply confused and read off the wrong name for the team being disqualified, but that didn’t change the decision.

Next up was another intermission, then on to the finals. Brown returned to the line-up for the final round, but he didn’t sound quite right as the Taint’s put on their worst performance of the night. That would all be explained as the song ended, and Brown quickly turned heal and slipped into the Klit lineup. 

He claimed he was betrayed and left alone at the bar, traded in for a cuter model in the second round even. He also claimed that he “just wanted to singe his third song.” Either way, he put on his best vocals of the night and helped to lead the Klit to their best performance as a group.

All that was left was to crown a winner. Neither fan that was left in the crowd cheered for the Taints, while they both went wild for the Klit. That left Huck no choice but to declare a clear victory for SATELLITE KLIT.

But wait, there was one last betrayal. Overlooked in the contract signed before the battle, it was an unsanctioned contest, leaving the world championship with FORBIDDEN TAINT, at least until the next battle.

 

Until next time friends, watch out for both the Satellite Klit and the Forbidden Taint, for they are each coming to a comic con near you!

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