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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Raising Her Right!

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Hey, reading is fundamental!

But, seriously, that's one reason that spinner rack is in my office, so that the kids (any kids, not just mine) will feel free to pluck a comic off and read. I don't care how they learn, as long as they do.

The other reason it's there is because I got it for $7.00. I know a good deal when I see one.
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Johnny Quest Rocks!

That statement probably sounds somewhat childish, coming from a 37-year-old man, but there it is. I just emailed a review of a Johnny Quest-related comics story from the 80's called Jezebel Jade, and have been viewing old Johnny Quest episodes this morning. Between the two, I'm geeking out on Johnny Quest material. By the way, the story within the pages of Jade could compete with any James Bond flick I've ever seen. It would definately make a great movie. Of course, this being the age of t.v. shows being re-tailored for the big screen, where IS the Johnny Quest movie? THE most popular prime-time animated series in history, and no movie? I mean, the Flinstones got a movie! What's up with that?!?

By the way, great site here for Quest fans.

Now YOU Can Be a Broadcaster!

You'll have to forgive me for being late on this; I'm not on the cutting edge of technology like Terry is. I just learned about "vlogging," otherwise known as video blogging. Fascinating concept, this. I discovered it last night while watching a news story which talked about average people being able to do a world-wide broadcast; something that, only a few years ago, you had to be a big broadcasting company to do. The story focused on a gentleman who had set up his own "vlog," and employed an aspiring actress to give a daily three-minute commentary on news and current events. The guy even has other vloggers "on location" all over the U.S. who are part of the broadcast. When asked how much his operating costs were, he said about $25.00 per day. Hold onto your hats, now: When asked if there was any money-making potential, he stated that, based on already conducted research, he could tack a 15-second ad onto the end of each broadcast and clear $250,000.00, annually! YIKES!! Pretty good return, if you ask me!

Watch this, I'm going to turn this into "Four Color Commentary:" It would take VERY little effort on someone's part to to a comics industry news vlog, and I predict it will happen within the next couple of years. Think about it: a fan who makes all of the cons in his area, or even a multiple-state area, or lives in NYC, the "comics production captital" of the U.S. (At least, that's where the Marvel and DC offices are), and has close access to comics pros. All this person has to do is score some video interviews, mix it with his own commentary, and viola! He's got a show!

Yeah, I may be over-simplifying it a bit, but not by much. I'm sure there is much more that could be added to such a project, like news/commentary on the latest in animated features, dvd releases, comics industry gossip, comics movie could go on and on. And, you know, there is Fanboy Radio, a well-established radio show about comics which includes news, commentary and interviews. So, again, I don't think a serious comics vlog is far away.

On a personal aside: By the way, Terry, I could see your wife doing a John Stossel-type feature, reporting on the ridiculous things in the news, ala "Give Me a Break!" Can't you imagine? It'd be a HOOT!