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    • Five More Minutes

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 27 Jan 08
    • "Resurrection Daily" This is what I think of when I start my day. I don't wake up with some chipper Pollyanna ease, a bucket of smiles. I usually don't wake up with a smile on my face. Usually I check the clock, to see if I can sleep for another half hour, and hide back under the massive pile of blankets.

      I've been told my IQ is pretty high (Gifted). I've been told I have a lot of talent. I know a lot of random things about random topics, have a BFA, and nearly a B.S. in Bio, and really? it doesn't matter.

      What does matter is that I do get up in the morning. I leave my bed, turn off my alarm clock and get on with life.
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      I'm not rich. I'm not famous. And, contrary to the belief of co-workers, I am not a Just and Vengeful God of washing dishes.

      I'm just another girl, a grab bag of merits and flaws. And the first thing that goes through my mind when I wake up in the morning is not some witty, pithy remark. It's "Oh god. Time to wake up again? Can't I have Five More Minutes?!"

      What can I say? My bed is comfy. But I can't stay there forever. Life calls.
    • WiTCH DOCTOR Workblog 1: Introductions & Inseminations

    • Posted by Brandon Seifert on 27 Jan 08
    • My name's Brandon. I'm the writer on a forthcoming comic called Witch Doctor. It's a "medical horror" comic (think Hellboy meets House M.D.) drawn by Portland illustrator Lukas Ketner.

      Here's the synopsis:
      It's a sick world. Literally.

      The universe is an organism, and the creatures of myth and folklore are invading parasites, preying on the native species and disrupting the ordered systems of the world.

      It's a sick world, and Dr. Vincent Morrow's here to treat it. Headhunted into an exciting new career in the black arts after his excommunication from the medical community, Morrow serves the world with both hands -- one in magic, one in medicine -- as earth's protector. Earth's Witch Doctor.
      This spring we'll be releasing Witch Doctor: First Incision, a 16-page "demo" comic, basically a proof-of-concept for the series. We're releasing it free on the web, accompanied by a streaming soundtrack, and we're planning on debuting the printed edition at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland at the end of April. After that, we'll be shopping the series to some publishers.

      I thought I'd take this opportunity Warren's giving us and run a workblog in this space, with concept and promo art as well as links to music and other stuff that's inspiring the series.

      "It's a sick world" is one of the major themes of Witch Doctor. Beyond that the phrase refers to the doctor in the title and to the state of the universe we're creating, it also speaks to the way we're approaching supernatural horror -- welding the archetypal creatures of the genre to the sickest things in the animal kingdom.

      Take the way bed bugs reproduce -- it's called "traumatic insemination." Male bed bugs don't bother getting the ladies drunk, they just impale them in the abdomen with their penises and pump semen into the wound. There's only a few species of insects that do this. It's good for the males, because it's a way to get around mating resistance in females, but it's obviously hard on the females who then have to heal and often get infections. So female have evolved 'paragenitalia' in the spots where they're usually stabbed.

      (The potential bandname of the day is "Hypodermic Genitalia.")

      Witch Doctor: Traumatically inseminating your brain.

      Until next time, go listen to The Builders and the Butchers, a band that plays rock and roll as invented by poor kids in the South during the Great Depression. It's Americana Gothic, and lots of murder ballads -- plus useful messages like "All true love will leave you on your knees in the rain." Here's their song "Bottom of the Lake."

      The Builders and the Butchers "Bottom of the Lake"

      Next Entry: 2: I eat you
    • Pop Culture Asylum

    • Posted by edyhdrawde on 27 Jan 08
    • You know I read comics, and I'm just an average Joe. But I figured that I would review a comic or two each week. Will it help you choose a new title to read that you might not normally pick up? Maybe. Will it give me something to do, when I should be doing something else? Most likely.

      First, I just want to give a quick review of Messiah CompleX, yes I capitalized the X at the end. I enjoyed the storyline a good deal. I thought it was well thought out. I liked the tough team leader Cyclops. While "Slim" has never been one of my favorite X-Men, this recent change in him is a pleasant change. Not sure what I think of the new "X-Force" though, but I like Crane's art so we shall see. I would prefer Kyle and Yost stay on New X-Men. I like the idea of Bishop gone bad. Not sure I like the "M" on Madrox's face now. There were no big deaths. My one issue with the story's end, just as I had the same problem with the end of House of M. I was just waiting for Cyclops to utter "No more X-Men" ala Scarlet WItch's "no more mutants", I enjoyed where they went with the story after House of M and hopefully I will feel the same about the X-Men, but in both cases it felt a little out of place, especially that Cyclops would end the X-Men with.

      Okay, so I have rambled on incoherantly enough for now. I'm getting ready to sit down and read Virgin Comics, The Stranded. I'll pass along my opinion afterward.
    • Warning: Random Geek

    • Posted by TechnocratJT on 27 Jan 08
    • Ok, off the fence.

      Lets see how long I can keep this up.

      Advance warning friends, I plan to use this to sequester my geekery in a box where it can be prodded and studied safely without the need to infect other places or threads with, say, a 5 paragraph guess as to what Warren is doing with X-men. (See a thankfully closed thread for that).

      For the most part, I expect I will use this to ramble and review things in pop culture that currently are obsessing me. And comment on law and politics as it moves me to do so.

      Or forget about it and feel guilty for not updating.

      One or the other.
    • Z: TBH redux

    • Posted by Z on 27 Jan 08
    • You know where I lurk. Or you don't, and you don't want to know.

      Here's where I'll shout.

      Today I feel like shouting about my busted fucking knee. But I won't just yet, because I'm busy eating a turkey sandwich with french swiss cheese made on bread baked today.

      It is my little victory today.

      - Z
    • Whitechapel Orchestra

    • Posted by offtandiscord on 27 Jan 08
    • So i've had a few submissions already, thank you Malsain, frenchbloke, robinleblanc, Radian and OctEgon. It's half falling into place very nicely and half being twisted and turned in slightly awkward directions tha i hope will be smoothed out once more material has been gathered.

      to be fair, my mixing skills aren't wonderful, which is partly why i wanted to start this project, also i wanted to start collaborating with more people and also had had ideas like this in the past but never the right opportunity to pull it off until now, so thank you all for that one!

      keep it coming, i'll keep it updated, so far i've used everything i've been given and i really hope to keep it that way!

      myspacemyspacemyspace
    • Hello

    • Posted by Andre Navarro on 27 Jan 08
    • First chat entry, so right off the bat:

      I'll rarely bother you with details of my uninspiring life, unless something actually inspiring happens in it. I prefer offering links, discussing news, writing reviews to comics, movies and books, posting the occasional funny picture, etc.

      Warren and Ariana, you two rock. Thank you for the blog feature.

      And to start off: this website below seriously needs funny people. Take a look at the "winners" in the ranking and you'll understand what I mean. Give 'em a taste of the Whitechapel sense of humor.

      http://www.edgecurve.com/captions/