Tuesday, May 30, 2006 

Round up the REMFs

When it comes to politics, I'm all over the map. I'm pro-choice and pro-death penalty. I'm in favor of gay marriage, but I'm not exactly queuing up to see Brokeback Mountain. The Jesus I believe in is pretty damn disgusted by the sins being committed in his name--starting with intolerance of said gay marriages and going up from there. I think immigrants are pretty damn cool, being the descendant of several myself and all--but that said, the line forms BACK THERE. I'm pro-War on Terror in theory, but anti-War on Terror as it's being run by the bumbleshits now in power.

So I'm either a responsible freethinking individualist or a total mushbrain straw man. Whatever. About the only thing that politically offends me is closed-mindedness, whether it's from the braying rightwingers who've already platted out space on Mount Rushmore for Dubya, or the nut-fudge leftists who believe anyone who doesn't pray at the First Church of Hillary is a Nazi stormtrooper. And I'm not alone in this--there are an awful lot of people who are more than fed up with the Way Things Are Done in George W. Bush's America, and this November we could be headed toward a political sea change--if the Democrats can muster a challenge more substantive than "Had enough?" (Granted, they've got a point--but they need to replace the status quo with something better, not just something different.)

Meantime, if there's anybody with a sliver of an open mind who's still thinking that we're on the right path in Iraq, check this diatribe out from screenwriter/comics writer/standup comedian John Rogers. In it, he pretty much flays the REMFs (military speak: "rear-echelon motherfuckers") who, in poet Wilfred Owen's words, crow "with such ardent zest to children ardent for some desperate glory" about the honor and dignity of war without ever serving themselves. Basically, he lays out a way for those who claim they support the war to REALLY do so without picking up a rifle or signing up for the military...and he calls out the "chickenhawks" who fail their soldiers, their mission, and their country by fumbling or dodging their responsibility. Read it.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 

Just When You Thought There Wasn't Gonna Be Any More Star Wars...

...along comes this little gem. It's a deleted scene from the original Star Wars (you know, back before Lucas dubbed it "A New Hope"--eeeesh.) It's about a five-minute clip of Luke Skywalker reuniting with his "old friend," a dude named--no kidding--"Biggs Darklighter." It's a mess of a scene, and it's easy to see why this never made the cut--though I have hazy memories of it showing up in comic book and novelization form back in the day. A couple observations with nearly 30 (!) years of perspective:

--"Biggs Darklighter" sounds so much like a porn name, I'd suspect George Lucas of pirating it off one of those "What's your porn name?" sites if it hadn't shown up in 1977--so we've gotta chalk it up to bad writing.

--Speaking of bad writing--holy crap, is there some ponderous sludge in this one. "The Empire's already starting to nationalize commerce in the inner systems!" Yeah...that's some riveting-ass dialogue there. Makes you realize that the C-SPAN-style gobbledygook from Episode I didn't just burst out of thin air--it was in Lucas's head all along.

--And what exactly is the relationship here between Luke and Biggs? One's already out of the academy, one's still working on Uncle Owen's farm. So there's gotta be at least four, five years' difference in ages--plus, that mustache on Biggs gives one a bit of pause...

Anyway, check it out--it's fun stuff, by no means essential, but interesting for a quick dodge from work.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 

THE NETWORK is...on.

THE NETWORK's making its way out into the world now, and I've got a preview for you right here. Check out the cover and first six pages--no spoilers here; just good ol' superhero escapism. Plus, a hot chick in a low-cut shirt.

Saturday, May 06, 2006 

Free Freakin' Comic Day!

It's Free Comic Book Day, one of the best days of the year. Go to your local comic shop and grab you some free books. And if you're reading this later than Saturday, go anyway--chances are they've got some extras left.

I'm signing over at Dr. No's in Marietta and Great Escape Comics in Roswell, giving away copies of SUNDOWN: ARIZONA and DIGITAL WEBBING #23. I've also printed up a whole passel of promo flyers pitching my upcoming work.

But fear not--you too can grab a promo flyer right here. (Right-click and "save as," since it's big--12MB--'cause I don't feel like trying to figure out how to shrink it. Live with it.)

Coming next week--some full promo pages from THE NETWORK, along with a column on why you're an idiot if you don't like the NBA.


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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