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Friday LinkFrogging – 4/29/11

I came to a realization this week.

That realization?  That my kids are getting older and at some point I’m going to have to explain the noble pursuit that is GonzoGeek to them.

Sure, they understand that dear old dad and some of his friends have a website, but they don’t really understand what that means or involves.  It became even more apparent the other night when, upon looking at the forthcoming design of our update, they asked me why we had girls in bikinis on there.

That led us into a discussion of traffic and hits.  It also led to so seriously glazed eyes.

What?  Why yes, I did mention an update.  Thanks for paying attention.

We’ve been promising an updated website since the end of 2010 and now, dear reader(s), its arrival is imminent.  Imminent as in Monday I’m told.  When you drop by on Monday you should see a whole new look for us here at the ‘Geek.  Its a change we’re VERY excited about.

And that’s not our only big news. 

We are currently in discussions with a certain columnist.  If things go well, he’ll be bringing you his musings on all things sporting and entertaining.

But wait!  There’s more.

Just this very morning we got confirmation that a quartet of your favorite Geeks will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego (Whale’s Vagina for all you German speakers out there) in July.  More details on that in the coming weeks.  Just know that we’ve been planning that one for a while and we’re all VERY excited about the chance to attend and report on the premiere Geek event of the year.

Don’t worry, we won’t forget to dance with who brung us.

Cheesecake anyone?

This week’s selection comes from Aamir.  Here’s what he had to say about her…

This week’s Cheesecake is Anna “Aya” Stefanowicz, vocalist for the Polish band UNSUN.  Aya is married to Maurycy “Mauser” Stefanowicz, who is the guitar player for UNSUN and ex-member of the highly lauded Polish death metal outfit called VADER.  She’s got a great voice, is very easy on the eyes, and has a really cute Eastern European accent.  UNSUN are easily and quickly tagged with the “Gothic-Metal” stamp, but I feel they are a lot more accessible than that.  The music is heavy, but the melodies and arrangements are rooted in Pop sensibility.  The latest UNSUN record is called “Clinic For Dolls” and was released in October of 2010.  The production is killer sounding and the songs are catchy, really fun and kinda kitchy too…but who doesn’t like a little bit of cheese now and then.

Well done, Aamir.  Well done.

On to the links. Continue reading

Sketch of the Day: Moon Knight – Finished

This’ll be fun – for me at least.

We’ll start off with the SOTD from last week:  Moon Knight.

There's a bad moon on the rise!

Next, we’ll begin cleanup in Adobe Illustrator.  Since I want to register a few more hits for this particular post, cleanup and finished images are available after the jump. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 4/22/11

 

Good Friday to you all.

We’re back to once again take a trip to the corners of the internet, both sacred and profane. Why?  Because its what we do.  We’re digital explorers.  We bring ‘em back alive and let you view from behind the glass.

Earlier this week, I was lamenting to the missus that I hadn’t come up with a suitable cheesecake selection for this week.  We haven’t hit the summer movie season which makes my life SO much easier and nobody has done anything new and/or mock worthy.

My wife, who gets the feature, said, “you know, this weekend is associated with rabbits. Why don’t you use someone who’s been a Playboy bunny?”

Or words to that affect.

Smart woman my wife.

Say hello to Jenny McCarthy won’t you?

Ms. McCarthy first rose to fame as the 1993 Playmate of the Year.  From there she moved into television, most notably as the co-host of MTV’s Singled Out.  It was there that she honed her brassy broad persona.  Since then she’s acted steadily in the movies and on television.  It hasn’t all been rosy.  Her 2006 movie Dirty Love was eviscerated by the critics and took home a wagon full of Razzies.

In recent years, Ms. McCarthy has become an outspoken autism advocate.

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 4/15/11

Greetings from the Land of ‘Geek kids.

Today would normally be Tax Day, but since Washington, D.C. is closed down for Emancipation Day (?) you’ve got until Monday to “render unto Caesar.”

Until then, why don’t you let us take your mind off all that with some links and cheesecake.

This week’s selection is the very rare double dip.  True, we’ve been featuring two pictures of our weekly selections for some time now, but today, for only the second time ever, we’ll be featuring two different ladies.

Why?

Simple really. 

Scream 4 opens today and as Wes Craven attempts to resurrect his Ghostface slasher franchise, we thought we’d do our part by featuring the ladies most associated with the franchise.

First up, above, say hello to Courtney Cox.

The former Friend and current resident of Cougar Town (make your own joke.  They do.), Ms. Cox plays intrepid reporter Gale Weathers in the series.  She’s been stalked by the Ghostface killer and David Arquette.  She escaped the killer, but got knocked up and cheated on by Arquette.  I don’t think that would have happened if she’d stuck with Bat-Man.  He’s single-minded that way.

Recently, the paparazzi caught her in the nearly obligatory “nip slip” while on vacation.  Never one to miss an opportunity, David Letterman asked about the incident while showing the picture on his show earlier this week.  Good thing he’s a friend of Bat-Man.

That’s Michael Keaton kids.

 

 Up next, we’ve got Neve Campbell.  Ms. Campbell plays Sidney Prescott, the de facto heroine of the Scream movies.  She also spent some time with the Salinger five and practicing her Craft.  Still, perhaps her most famous non-Screamy cinematic moment is likely her pool makeout with former cheesecake/Mrs. Sheen, Denise Richards in Wild Things.

That’s why they make the Google kids.

On to the links. Continue reading

Summer Movies 2011

Verily!

Every year about this time, we start to get more and more visuals about the upcoming summer movie season.

I love summer movie season.  I don’t have to think or worry about Oscar consideration.  I can just sit back, eat my popcorn, laugh and watch stuff blow up.

And, really, isn’t that what you want in a summer movie?

After reviewing my list for last summer, I can only hope this year’s batch is better (I’m looking at you Jonah Hex).  There are lots of spandex types and some good old fashioned raunchy comedies.

And monkeys in revolt.

Its gonna be a great summer.

Let’s take a look at my highlights, in chronological order. Continue reading

Sketch of the Day: Moon Knight

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Marvel’s ‘Batman’.  One of the first books I read regularly.  At one time I had everything he’d been in from ‘Werewolf by Night’ to the ‘Hulk’ magazines and up through his second title.   Who doesn’t love an Egyptian God’s  schitzo-billionaire agent of vengeance.   In fact, I think ‘Agent of Vengeance’ is about the only title they haven’t tried to slap on one of Moonie’s books.

After they shoe-horned him into the West Coast Avengers, I kind of lost interest.  The big selling point for me was Bill Sienkiewicz’s art and Doug Moench’s writing.  After that, he sort of morphed (or maybe devolved) into a rich ‘lunatic’, which is more Batman’s forte.   Stephen Platt’s interpretation was kind of interesting in a marshmallow-steroidal sort of way (even the veins in his arms had muscles).  I did jump aboard the Charlie Huston/David Finch train, but jumped off after they left and the art went to hell.

I won’t even get into ‘Body Armor Moon Knight’.  Looked like they modeled him after one of the many Batman action figure variants out there clogging the pegs.

So…here we go, my interpretation of Sienkiewicz’s interpretation of the Moon Knight.   Check it out over a cup o’ joe at Gina’s.

There's a bad moon on the rise!

Ah..and a return to the stumpy legged super-hero!  I guess I could go all Liefeld and just draw him standing in smoke.

Something for later.

-Stephe

 

Sketch of the Day: Batman 2 – Finished

Yesterday, I had to return a lot of phone calls, which meant a lot of time on hold.

This is what happens.

I'm Michael Keaton!

And so you can see where I started…in case you didn’t see it yesterday….

I am the Mannydamm Batman!

Or as I like to look at it – Cause and Effect.

It is entirely possible that this image might change before I’m happy with it.

-Stephe

 

Sketch of the Day: Lanterns & Supes and Bats, oh my!

So, I’m sitting at the computer waiting for some files to download and the service tech to come back to the phone.  There’s people dropping by asking me to fix things for them and because I’m not talking on the phone in my ear they just assume I’m not really on it.

Wish I was joking.

Here’s today’s quick sketches.

In brightest day, in blackest night, Geoff Johns will not escape my sight

I am the Mannydamm Batman!

Wait, what? I drew him with real legs and not those stumpy midget legs I've been doing?

I kind of like the Batman, and might run him through the cleanup mill at some point.  Hal looks like an X-Baby.

Five Underrated Songs of the 80s

The other night I took my wife to see Duran Duran for her birthday.  She was a huge Duranie (Durany?  Durani?) back in the day and never got a chance to see them live.  Wednesday night they played a small venue here in Houston and we took in the show.

Let me just say that Simon and the lads can still go.  Let me also say that I had forgotten how strong “Rio” was.

On the drive home we got to talking about songs they didn’t play.  That led, as so many conversations with me do, down the Road to Obscurity (copyright 2011 GonzoGeek Media, Inc.).  I started talking about John Taylor‘s work on the soundtrack of American Anthem.  However, I couldn’t find the song I was looking for on iTunes.  Neither could I find the video on YouTube.

Of course, the fact that it was Andy Taylor (the only original Duran not in attendance the other night) and not John Taylor that did the song could have had something to do with it.

Hey, its been a long time since 1986.

I continued down the Road of Obscurity thinking about other songs from the 80s that I really liked that got lost and/or dropped by the “80s Music” format on FM radio.

Here now is my list.  Enjoy. Continue reading

Stan Lee Draws…?

I stumbled upon this book at the local library earlier today. I was a bit surprised. Stan Lee is known for writing/creating most of the characters associated with Marvel Comics. From the Fantastic Four to the X-Men they all sprang from the fertile frontal lobe of Stan the Man.

But drawing? That really wasn’t Stan’s thing.

Intrigued, I picked up the book and opened it to the first page. Continue reading

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