Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Tim Gunn's New Book, on sale now

Tim Gunn's New Book, on sale now

Please pardon the interruption from our usual comic book news for this, a moment to talk about someone else’s book, one without pictures, and one that should be required reading.

“In the Internet age, even the word manners seems antiquated. Life moves so rapidly these days that it’s easy to feel justified in being rude.”

That line comes from the introduction of Tim Gunn’s new book GUNN’S GOLDEN RULES: Life Little Lessons For Making It Work and if anyone knows how to make it work, it’s Tim Gunn.  He is the consummate gentleman, an incredibly thoughtful man, and someone who honors everything that has come before worth honoring.  From looks to literature to Legos (yes, Legos), he’s never forgotten what makes things work and what can break a person- in fashion, friendship, and family.  Most of all, he has never forgotten the power of simple manners and etiquette in a time when so many have.  That’s one of the reasons his new book comes at the perfect time and is essential reading.  But that is only one reason.

(more…)

Tune In Or Set Your DVRs!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Attack Of The Show on G4

Attack Of The Show on G4

Tonight (7/14) will finally bring about a long-awaited announcement that’s been in the works for some time now, and it’ll be made on TV!  This is big!  Be sure to watch ATTACK OF THE SHOW on G4 at 7 pm EST as comic’s Girl Friday Blair Butler breaks the news!  Trust me, you DON’T want to miss this!

Roundup! Places to Go, Things to Read!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Mockingbird from HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2

Mockingbird from HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2

This is shaping up to be a busy week!  HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2 is about to leave for the printer, a bunch of folks wanted to talk about what happened in issue one, me working on a Young Avengers story with Chris Samnee was announced, I turned in another script for ANOTHER secret project, and now I am packing for a trip!  Where am I going?  Somewhere you can find me and find out more face-to-face.

Find out after the jump!

(more…)

A little help from My Webfriends – Spy Films

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Hello again today!

Quick change of pace and the possibility of the start of a themed series. A lot of times, message boards can be terrifying pools of snark-infested cyber-water, filled with bile. An update on an old saying should now be: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, post about they WOULD do it better on a message board.” Sometimes, however, you stumble across sites that are that rare gem, with helpful, intelligent people who actually think before hitting “post” and honestly like people. Two such sites are below:

Brian Michael Bendis’s message board – The main site for one of the top writers (and nicest guys) in the comic book industry.

Twitter – I suggest signing up (super easy) and finding people who you don’t mind “following” as they spend 140 characters answering the question “What Are You Doing” (follow me here).

Sometimes, I throw out questions to the masses (that IS what Web 2.0 is for after all) about a variety of topics. This goes back to the research topic earlier. It’s a way to help tap into the knowledge of all those around you may have on a subject you don’t know a lot about or want to know more of. I like doing this because I learn a lot more not just about a topic, but about my webfriends. As I ask a new question, I will post the results here. These will most likely be entries I update/edit as more roll in, but I wanted to centralize some info for myself (easier to go back to when research times happen) and also for others who may be reading this little sliver of the blogosphere.

Today’s question posed: What are some good Spy/Espionage films?

Answers are below in no particular order. Please keep in mind, these are suggestions gathered from others, not solely from me. I have seen some, have loaded others on my Netflix queue, and will look into the rest. Enjoy!

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Ronin
The Bourne films
North by Northwest
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Manchurian Candidate
The Bank Job
Layer Cake
Sneakers
Three Days of the Condor
Casino Royale
Goldeneye
The Jackal
Spy Game
The Recruit
Mission: Impossible
True Lies
Where Eagles Dare
The Third Man
The Falcon & The Snowman
The Ipcress File
Le Femme Nakita
The Company
The Good Sheppard
The Conversation
The Avengers (TV series, esp the Emma Peel years)
Notorious (1946)
The Parallax View
Defense of the Realm
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The 39 Steps
The Spy Who Loved Me
Spartan
The Tailor of Panama
Smiley’s People (BBC mini)
Syriana
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Alias (Especially Seasons 1 & 2)
The Quiet American
Ice Station Zebra
Foreign Correspondent
Charade
Our Man Flint
No Way Out
Marathon Man
Yakuza
To Live & Die in LA
Extreme Prejudice
Le Circle Rouge
Army of Shadows
The Day of the Jackal

Until next time,
KEEP READING (or in this case, WATCHING)!

– Jim

Welcome Aboard!

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Hello friends, family, acquaintances, fans, and reading-voyeurs,

Surprise, surprise, another blog enters the blogosphere. As you can see in my profile, I make no promises how updated this blog will be, but here’s hoping. “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray, and leave us not but grief and pain for promised joy. Well, hopefully my potential sporadic updates (or complete lack of them) won’t leave you with grief and pain, and I cannot promise you joy with every post. What I CAN offer you is that I will be *me* in these entries.

So, where to start? I’d rather not start off with the traditional “I was born in…” exposition. Zzzzz… Details of my youth, history, interests, etc will hopefully come out in more unique ways, organically, as I (hopefully) write new entries.

Brief aside here- just because I have a blog and a Twitter, by NO means should indicate that I am at all web-savvy when it comes to the bells and whistles of these here Interwebs. I will try to post pictures, art, etc where I can…when I can figure out how.

Second aside – this is intended more as my “professional” blog. You won’t find much in the way of personal info here as I tend to keep that stuff off the web. instead, this is to update my experiences in the world of comics, writing, and wherever this crazy path of life is taking me on professionally. That said, I’m not above raving or ranting about current novels, movies, or TV shows. But don’t look for too many rants, you never know who is reading and when/if you may meet them in person. I’d rather not get slapped by anyone from the “cast” of The Hills because I ranted about that show (for the record, never seen an episode).

Back on topic. Work. I work in Marketing/PR/Conventions/”other duties as assigned” at Marvel Comics. Yes, it is my dream company. No, cannot believe I work there (and I just celebrated my 4th year there– it still amazes me). Yes, I do know how lucky I am. Convention season is mostly over and it is sort of bittersweet. On one hand, I never sleep, eat, or stop moving when at a convention, so it is exhausting. But on the other (much bigger) hand, I absolutely love everything else about it. From the thrill of making a great announcement on a panel and hearing the crowd applaud, to meeting fans one-on-one (without them, no one in comics would have a job), to seeing friends from around the world who work in comics too. Thanks to FedEx and the Internet, people can work in this industry from anywhere in the world, which is great. But it means you really only see them a few times a year. One of the greatest things about this industry is that I have been lucky to make some true friends over the years. Anyone who has seen a Marvel panel should know that we are HUGE goof-offs; joking around with each other, snarky (in a good natured way), and genuinely happy to be together. That’s exactly how we are OFF the panel too. Some call me the happiest man in comics. I don’t know if I can claim that superlative (Dan Slott’s pretty darn jolly, too), but I can say that I am the happiest I have been BECAUSE I work in comics.

(Third aside – I had the Olympics on in the background on the USA network while writing this. At some point, they ended and “Psych” came on. I am convinced I just saw the same cave set used in Smallville and the same woods that Mulder and Scully trekked thru in X-Files. Makes me wish TV had a shared universe where all of these characters ran from place to place, encountering each other. I would never turn off the television…)

Obvious personal fact you should have gathered by now: I am very easily distracted. Another fact – I am obsessed with television.

I know I have far more to say, but this is the beginning. I have to leave something for people to come back to. And there’s plenty! From my history in soap operas, to my present job, to writing my first full comic script, to trying to dance between the raindrops of talking about my new project that I can’t really talk too much about. Speaking of, I should run spellcheck on this entry and publish it so I can stop procrastinating (which, truth be absolutely told, was the genesis of this blog- procrastination) and get back to a more necessary form of procrastinating: research!

Until next time, KEEP READING!

Jim