Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hey, Chris... Why You No Post?

I wish I had an answer. Because I'm a bad blogger?

No, I think the real answer is somewhere between the day job has been uber busy of late and a lot of side projects have demanded my attention.

Oh, the lovely wife and I podcast now, so there's that. You can check it out here. In fact, I'd love it if you did.

 (of which I'll share the details soon). But excuses be damned! No one's looking to hear a random guy online bitch and moan about being too busy to talk nerdy, so let's do some catching up...


But in all fairness, it's a different Robin than was killed last time (and resurrected almost 20 years later). this Robin was one Damien Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Some folks online cried foul as the character was beloved despite starting out fairly universally hated. Well, it turns out that hatred was by design, thanks to his creator and murderer Grant Morrison. Damien Wayne's death is... fitting, really. Since his debut back in 2007, we've watched him grow as a character someone to be despised with no feelings towards others to that of a selfless, caring hero willing to put his life on the line for others. Rest in peace, Damien. Rest in peace.


Because... why not, I guess? I don't know. I'm fairly indifferent to this. Was anyone clamoring for the character to make a big return? I mean, we do get new Neil Gaiman comics out of the deal, which is always a good thing, but still...


Who knew creative types don't like being glorified typists for editors or having their work constantly tweaked without their input?


And that just makes me sad.

Alright, that's all the time I have for now. I promise, I'll do much better from here on out. I don't know what happened this past month, but let's put it behind us, shall we? Anywho, I'm off once again to appear on HuffPost Live. They seem to like me for some unknown reason...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Veronica Mars Movie (Or, This Changes Everything)

Despite the pomp and circumstance of The Vatican rolling out a new model pope, the big news yesterday as far as all good geeks are concerned was the reality setting in that we are indeed getting a Veronica Mars movie.

And before you ask, yes, I did contribute a small sum to the Kickstarter project to make this move happen.

As I celebrated on Facebook last night, reveling with other fans who contributed to make the movie happen, one dour friend came in and made a very sobering, yet valid point; we had all just essentially gave a major studio money to make a movie.

I’m not gonna lie, I was bummed at first. I couldn’t help but feel a little bamboozled. I love Veronica Mars, but my buddy was right. I’d just handed over some of my hard earned cash to Warner Bros., a studio that makes more money in profits a year than I’ll ever see in many, many lifetimes. I’d been duped! Duped!

But then I got over it. I realized I hadn’t been duped. Everything was fine, even if my money was going to a major studio.

Here’s the things; it ain’t like Michael Bay got up there and asked for money for the next Transformers movie. James Cameron wasn't begging for money for Terminator 5, nor was Joss Whedon organizing a Kickstarter for Avengers 2 (although Serenity 2...).

No, this was a Kickstarter from a guy that created a property he loved so much that even after his show was cancelled he never stopped trying to continue the story, even though a major studio owned the property. This was a Kickstarter from a group of people that had moved along to other, lucrative jobs, but believed in the quality of this one little show so much, they said to hell with it, and got to crowd sourcing (with the major studio’s blessing, of course).

Fans are always complaining about their favorite shows being cancelled too soon. We lament that movies like Serenity don’t make enough money at the box office to merit a sequel despite having rave reviews. Well, as of yesterday, we have a little more power to make things like that happen now, and that makes me happy. Pushing Daisies, anyone?

I think the only negative I can find in this whole affair, however, is the unknown artist that Kickstarter really helps. The filmmakers, the writers, the musicians that don’t have studio, publisher or label support that rely on crowdsourcing to get their art out there. I do worry that an influx of Veronica Mars style Kickstarters could potentially hurt the earning potential of unknowns trying to carve out a place for themselves.

Which is why after I donated to Veronica Mars, I made a donation to an independent project. As much as I can’t wait to see Rob Thomas’ vision come to fruition and see Kristen Bell get all sleuthy, I don’t want the little(er) guy to get lost in the shuffle.

Because, ya know, maybe I'll do a Kickstarter for that webseries I've always dreamed of doing sooner rather than later. Who knows...?