Comic Cast: Southern Dog

Somethings are just too obvious. Sometimes they are so obvious no one takes advantage of them. So when I tell you that Southern Dog is a werewolf story set in the southern United States you aren’t alone when you say to yourself, “I see what you did there.” In more ways than one this series surprised me and once again I am taken to a place I don’t walk often enough…..someone else’s shoes. Jeremy Holt has crafted a very personal story and revealed to me just how far the rabbit hole can go.

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TriConWV: Sean Forney

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In this second episode of TriConWV coverage Jesse Starcher and I chat with creator Sean Forney about his creator-owned comic Scarlet Huntress.

Sean Forney is a professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on colors for a few comic projects to be announced soon. His recent color work can be seen in Marat Mychael’s Notti & Nyce and Blindside #2 (Contraband Comics), along with two covers for WarZone Girls #2 and #3 from Cyber Holdings, Inc. His pencil and ink work can be seen in Cut the Rope from Titan Publishing. A new issue of his creator-owned title Scarlet Huntress called Scarlet Huntress: Tales through Time was successfully funded on Kickstarter and will be released soon. Sean has also worked on Superbeasts (Mini Comics Included), Warlords of Wor (ManOrMonster? Studios), New-Gen New Dawn #4 (APNG Entertainment), Lego, Inc., Mice Templar Vol. 3: A Midwinter’s Night Dream trade (Image), Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Issue, Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 (Zenescope). He also completed color work on My Adventures with Spider-Man by Marvel and Identity Direct.

His pinup work can be seen in Moonstone’s Voltron: United and Drawn, Image’s Hack Slash: My First Maniac, Approbation’s Chaos Campus and DC’s Transmetropolitan Art Book. Sean has published work in the Panels on Pages 2012 and 2011 Fangirl of the Month Calendar and the Big Dog Ink Pinpoint 2011 Calendar, along with the cover to the Kaiju Kaos RPG. He created Star Wars promotional material for LucasFilm/Disney/Blue Planet Gear for the 2009 and 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios and used to spend his days coloring Bakugan illustrations for the national toy line. Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and a children’s book tie-in called Little Red Riding Hood: Origins of a Huntress.

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AlternaPodcast: Bill Oberst Jr.

In this second episode interviewing the cast and crew of The Chair I am brought face to face with The Warden, Bill Oberst Jr.

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Trailer Nihilism – Terminator: Genisys

I loved Terminator so much that I look down upon the other movies in the franchise as wildly beneath it. Similar to how anyone looks at the Silence of the Lambs series of movies. T2 was mind blowing to me as a child and it was only after time and rewatching Terminator 1 that I realized what a hunk of shit Judgement Day was in comparison. Sarah Connor went from a shitty waitress in 1984 who meets a guy from the future, bangs him with no condom, takes the seed and after a couple years is now a Nicaraguan Freedom Fighter turned assassin? Waitress turned combat expert capable of holding off a T-1000 and ultimately helping to kill it? How about after 1, as Arnold grew as a star his character couldn’t be evil anymore. So they made him more and more human with more and more lines. The best part of 1 was that he was just a cold killing machine. The lack of violence? The 0 body count scene with the grenade launcher? I could go on why T2 is a huge let down, but the special effects still hold up to this day and at it’s absolute worse it was an exceptionally fun movie experience.

The biggest fault however, is it brought about the logical progression into T3. Watching the Terminator, a machine with a computer program, override his fucking programming because he felt a true love for John Connor 2.0 was honestly 100 times worse than the holocaust. The descent into humanizing the Terminator, coupled with the typical action movie faults of trying to add in comedic relief and strong woman and children roles. Remember when Arnold put on the stupid sunglasses in T3?

Well I do, and it killed me inside.

Which brings us to today. I skipped Terminator 4, and by what I sat through on the Superbowl I can’t imagine not skipping this one. Also we are up to Terminator 5? Really? With 3 massive rehauls after 2, 3 and 4 in production teams, writers, directors, actors, etc. why don’t we just let the thing die already? James Cameron has nothing to do with this pile of shit, and he has the integrity of a fucking louse. Imagine having so little morals that you would be a part of this? It would take someone involved with the Marvel franchises to play a role in it. Directed by the guy who did Thor 2, you say? Well color me shocked.


0:08
Right off the bat fuck the spelling of this movie. I know I probably should have addressed this earlier but the intro ran a little long and this needed to be said. Moreover on this screen shot, futuristic planes huh? Where would the future be with everyone’s imagination if not for blue illumination? It’s everywhere in every movie. Would this thing even fly? That can’t possibly be aerodynamic. THAT’S how big engines are now for a fuselage the size of a honda accord huh? I say this all the time, but if this is the future I hope I die in the present. Also flying over the Hollywood sign huh? Thanks for making it real to me, after I saw this trailer that’s actually how I wished Hollywood would look like anyways.


0:20
Couldn’t spend a buck and not get the pyrotechnics from a minor league baseball game? The production cost of this movie was 13 million dollars LESS than Terminator 3, a movie made 12 years ago by a better director that still looked like absolute frog shit. With inflation this movie has the budget of fucking Mallrats. Also who designed these guns? These are guns I wouldn’t even pick up in Halo. I understand they are the resistance but in all honesty I’m 20 seconds in and I am siding with the machines already. Kill us, harvest our organs and use them for hydraulic fluid. If you look closely in the background you can actually see someone giving up.


0:30
The rallying scene of the resistance is going to be a part of every movie from now on isn’t it? I liked Braveheart, but if I knew what that horseback speech was going to give birth to I wish it had never been made. Just kidding, I love Mel Gibson and want him to be richer and crazier. Also for a rebel alliance, they are very well lit, maybe things aren’t so bad. Nice tactical vest dick, what have you got in the pockets? Robot killing bombs? Go fuck yourself. This movie sucks.


0:45
Future combat handshakes of the forearm grab somehow upset the polls and outgayed the naked man to a clothed man proximity in this scene. Why did someone see that in a movie in the early 90s and continue to bring it around to make multiple appearances in different movies even up until this day? How did forearm grabs even become a thing? If someone grabbed my forearm as part of an embrace, I would gather my belongings and just leave the situation. The naked man is currently volunteering to go back in time to save John Connor’s mother(something I think that was addressed IN THE FIRST FUCKING MOVIE) from a robot assassin, and he forearm embraces him? I would refuse and put my clothes back on and ask him to never bring the matter up again. Also how did you find out about another robot plan to go kill your mom? Did you interrogate another robot you captured?


1:16
Ewwwwww a heroine and a repeated catch phrase. Why do you continue to do this to people? Why punish your audience like this? Why is Sarah Connor a fucking waitress and now she is power-sliding armored trucks into department stores and holding off the new Asiany version of the T-1000? Just did some imdb-ing and it’s the stupid dragon lady from Game of Thrones. She is thoroughly intolerable. I have no problem with women hero figures in action movies, but don’t bully an audience into seeing them in a movie franchise that never had any intention of sitting through one. It just seems like moral coaching by the producers of Hollywood and I hate that. Later in the movie she yells at the guy being sent back in time to ‘RUN’ while she drops the cover fire. What are we watching? How long until she figures out time travel and jumps into the future and kills a robot or something? Also how is she getting younger as time goes on?


1:21
Eh. Just, eh. If you watch the trailer he absolutely has the cold dead stare and mannerisms down of Robert Patrick, but let’s review Robert Patrick’s career real fast. He’s an atrocious actor so let’s not pretend like he had impossible shoes to fill. Just impossible for Kristina Lokken(worst actress ever). Full disclosure: I’m glad liquid metal guy is back, I’m glad Robert Patrick is gone, but this movie is still an albatross of horseshit and it just crashed onto my lap. Maybe if I see this movie someday I’ll cheer for him to win. Please kill humanity. Hopefully someday machines become self aware and go back in time and kill James Cameron.


1:33

You.

How
Dare
You.

You’re the one I trusted in all of this. You were supposed to be better than this. How many yachts do you need to water ski behind? How many illegitimate children did you pump into maids? What the fuck is the matter with you? Without you this doesn’t get made. There is nothing to look at without you. You could’ve held out for a better project. Something that wasn’t rushed and embarrassing, gotten the right people aboard. Hollywood has ignored you since your return and you bail them out with this? THIS? This could have been the best action movie of the 2010s and it’s not even going to be the best killer robot movie of July 2015. Also you signed a contract that had the word ‘Genisys’ on it. I swear you should be dead to me. This is the disgusting part, you aren’t. I love you. I can’t stop loving you. You’re my fucking Austrian father and you don’t love me back. Arnold, I’m sorry I said anything, lets just forget the whole thing ever happened and lets go watch Conan….you signed on to do what?


1:50
Ahhh yes, the worsip of ones own mythos. Being a slave to the world previously created is the other opposite end of the spectrum that source material fan boys refuse to acknowledge. When all you do is masturbate to your own made up reality and start thinking things like ‘what ELSE happened in our fun imaginary world’ you get off on the deepest most convoluted boring stories that no one in the general audience could ever possibly find interesting. Matrix 2 and 3 are perfect examples of this. It’s basically being ship wrecked and chugging your own piss. If you filmed it and expected to make millions of dollars showing it to people.


2:13
Oh ok. Bus flips. Finally. Think back at how shitty T1 and 2 are now with out them.


2:23
I don’t actually mind the “I’ll be back” but when your answer to T1’s ability to build suspense and T2’s special effects and action scenes is some CGI blur of Arnold flying into a helicopter rotor then this tells you everything you need to know about this movie. Let’s draw them in with familiarity and then beat them over the tits with our new flashy lights on a screen. This movie will come and go and never be spoken of again. It will win no technical awards and 25 years from now when people will think about the Terminator franchise people will forget there was a 3,4 and 5. I will be dead, but I will be happy.

TriConWV: Harley Heartthrob

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I am proud to bring you our first episode devoted to the guest list of upcoming convention Tri-State Comic-Con. Our first guest is Marnie Riddell, also known as actor, pinup, and cosplay model, Harley Heartthrob. Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Cleveland, OH she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from The Ohio State University and toured with the Columbus Children’s Theatre for four years. She has appeared in several stage productions and a few independent films.

Since long before the term was coined, Marnie has been cosplaying. She has won Best in Show in costume contests at Derby City in Louisville, KY and Tricon in Huntington, WV as well as Best Female Hero for her portrayal of Hawkgirl at Wizard World Cleveland OH. She is proud to be Tricon’s first Ambassador of Cosplay.

Marnie is involved in charitable organizations such as Ladies of Liber-tease and Patriot Pin Ups that raise money for veterans and veterans’programs. She believes in giving back to the community and having fun while doing it. She hopes to continue her career as a successful pinup and cosplay model and inspire other girls with a similar dream to do the same. It’s never too late to follow your dream!

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The Morning After Raw for March 23, 2015

If the night after Wrestlemania is my favorite night to watch the show, tonight could be the worst. It’s the most table setting night of Wrestlemania build ups for the least important Wrestlemania in recent history. I mean I don’t hate the current product so much as I’m currently just sort of bored with it. A week from tonight I will be in a different mood. But for tonight. We snark it into oblivion. Raw is live from Los Angeles and oh god, why is Snoop Dogg here?

This is it. This is your last show. Please don’t start off with some boring remedial garbage, and as Sting’s music hits I realize Vince is going for it tonight. It’s funny what a big deal Sting is in the WWE and what a flat exercise in unimportant nostalgia he was in TNA. Then he picks up a live microphone and I almost pass out from eye rolling.

Steph comes out and pretty much repeats the revisionist history found in every Monday Night War piece the WWE has ever produced and it’s massively booed. It’s funny the WWE has a heel push their narrative to a chorus of boos. It’s like they are in on their own evilness. Sting goes through the canned Steph insults, Steph calls him a dog or something. Stare down with Trips and Sting. I know some people out there care but I’m not one.

WWE ap vote, who should Orton face? Kane, Big Show or Rollins with J and J Security.
Pass.

Dean Ambrose and R-Truth vs Luke Harper and Stardust

I don’t want to keep doing this to Cody because I believe he is ultimately better than this but, I would love a Harper and Dust tag team. Ambrose should be forbidden from doing Bulldogs and the Nigel Clothesline. I missed where he started half-assing these because he’s maligned with the company. After R Truth pins Stardust(ouch) he dances in the ring with Ambrose, oh ok. That should be the end of Ambrose right?

Miz, Sandow, Adam Rose and The Ascension vs Ryback, Zack Ryder, Erick Rowand and the Prime Time Players

By the way the battle royal is still a thing this Sunday. Bill Simmons on commentary. Grab a shave Bill. RYDER SIGHTING ON RAW! Woo Woo Woo still gets a bigger pop than ANYTHING Kane, Sheamus, Ryback or Big Show have done in the last 4 years. Simmons brings up the whereabouts of the rabbit and I realize I have been lied to. Simmons asks JBL and Booker T questions about the actual match. The color team seems shocked and overmatched by having to actually discuss wrestling. Quick someone, talk about pop culture or marginalize the talent! Ryback Shellshock on Miz for the pin.

Handicapped Match
Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins and J and J Security

JBL and Cole making jokes about Noble and Mercury’s career. Booker T drops in a ‘Randy Orton is ready for this one’. I miss Simmons on commentary, these guys really are not good. RKO on Noble 123. Yelling match between
Seth and Randy from 120 feet apart. It’s Wrestlemania time guys!

WWE Divas Title Match
Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella vs Paige w/AJ

I’m excited for this match? I like this feud? What’s going on here? Hey they have that apron led banner thing from NXT. That thing is awesome an I’m glad it’s here considering the WWE stopped bringing around a lot of props to save time and space like Barrett’s podium, Fandango’s outline fire thing, some pyro, Zeb Colter. But now they can drag around this giant led screen that can’t even be picked up by the hard camera. Rad. Nikki doing push ups midmatch again, I can’t believe I like Nikki Bella in 2015. Paige and Nikki proceed to have the best non-NXT divas match I’ve seen in years and I’m excited for this match at Wrestlemania. AJ accidentally takes out Paige and we have a seed of conflict between the faces! Yay! 123 and Nikki retains. After the match, the seed becomes a fist fight and I guess the whole seed thing was an understatement.

Snoop Dogg comes out with divas dancing with him and everything sucks. Curtis Axel comes out to try and bring something to this poisonous segment, instead here comes Hulk Hogan and I’m miserable. Snoop and Hulk fit well together. Both peaked a long time ago and have been hanging on and embarrassing themselves ever since. Axel is made to look like a dick while these two hacks pose off.

Intergender Interspecies Mixed Tag Team Match
Tyson Kidd, Natalya and Cesaro vs Los Matadores and El Torito

Oh fuck off. A match from Smackdown? Really? Usos on commentary, in face paint. Seems like a lot of work just to go out there dressed like jerk offs to say nothing worth hearing. Cesaro and Torito do some athletic things Uso and JBL argue over it while Cole just adds ‘WOOOOW!!!!’ Ok. The midget in the bull suit rolls up Natalya and I wonder who is watching this and getting excited?

Jack Swagger vs Rusev w/Lana

Leave Jack alone you big bully. Lana still filming an atrocity of a movie I will rush out to see. Rusev locks in the Accolade and doesn’t let go until Cena comes out and takes a massive beating. JBL says Rusev set a trap, Booker T says ‘I don’t think so John’.

Oh then what was this Book? Rusev just suckered Cena into coming out to beat him down and put him on the commentary team for The Accolade… But it wasn’t a trap? Anyways, after this beating it looks like Cena wins. Rusev is great at this.

Bray Wyatt has been great during this push to Mania. Bray cuts an an elite promo here complete with special effects of lightning. This was awesome.

Diesel in HOF. I love Nash. Well deserved.

Dolph Ziggler vs Daniel Bryan

Ambrose voted special guest ref, can he stick around as a ref from here on? Well with the Reigns with Brock and Heyman segment to close Raw I hope this goes long as this will be the last match I will enjoy this week. I know I complained earlier about a repeat match from Smackdown but shut up. A very good 12 minute match between Ziggler and Bryan ultimately ending with a Zig Zag 123. Bryan pinned clean on Raw huh? Weird. Then comes the extracurricular activities.

Ambrose attacks Ziggler. All 4 members of the match to try and club the ladder and no this is dumb. Ambrose climbs the ladder? What is with wanting to hold the belt ahead of time? Why? All 7 men come down and brawl for whatever reason and that’s where we are at I guess. Good segment. In theory. I mean why climb a ladder to not win a belt? I mean let’s pretend motives are a thing here and this feud is good.

Heyman comes out and cuts a very nice promo. Not to be out done Reigns is out next and we finally get our altercation. Reigns grabs the belt they tug of war and why am I watching a commercial?

That’s it? Raw ends with a tussle?

The Good and The Bad
Good
1
Bryan vs Ziggler
2 Wyatt’s promo
3 Simmons on commentary

Bad
1 Snoop and Hogan
2 tug of war
3 commentary