Friday, July 27, 2007 

"Wow. Who'd've Thought That Voldemort Turned Out To Be Harry Potter's Father?"

I succumbed. I bought the last Harry Potter book on Saturday, tore through it, enjoyed it thoroughly, and finished it off at lunch today. The verdict? Well worth the 10-20 hours it'll take you to finish it. Payoffs all around.

Here's the funny thing...I was reading the final, climactic showdown (come on, that's not a spoiler, you knew there was going to be a showdown) when what should come up on the restaurant's speakers but Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Now that's some franchise-ending synergy, pairing Harry Potter and the Sopranos. And while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows doesn't hard-cut to black, there's still...well, I don't want to spoil it. We can carry on a spoiler-filled debate in the comments, if y'all are so inclined.

And on my way home, I started coming up with a Sopranos-Potter matchup, a genius work of parodic...uh, genius that would rule the Internet. And then I found someone beat me by a month. Damn zeitgeist! (Read it anyway, it's good.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 

POSTCARDS Drops Today!

For a writer, there's no thrill quite like seeing your work in print. And it's the goal of every writer to walk into a bookstore and see their work there on the shelves. I admit it, I'm a glory hound--every time I'm in a grocery store or bookstore carrying a magazine I've written something for, I flip to my article and point out my name to my kids. (Which is always followed by, "Fine, Dad. Can we get ice cream now?")

Today was a little different. Today saw the release of POSTCARDS, a landmark comics anthology featuring a ton of high-profile comics talent...and me. (Here's the backstory.) The brainchild of my pal Jason Rodriguez, POSTCARDS is the product of years of hard work (on Jason's part; mine was done in a dozen hours or so), and it absolutely shows. Plus, it's a hardcover book, and there's nothing quite like seeing your name on something that could cause actual physical damage when thrown. (One of my secret ambitions is to write a book large enough to be used as a weapon in a CSI episode.)

Anyway, go buy POSTCARDS. Trust me, you're gonna love it. And if you don't, you can throw it at your enemies.

Monday, July 23, 2007 

Workblog, and Chicago Sports Weekly Piece

Working on several different quick articles this week while trying hard not to chuck it all and read the rest of the last Harry Potter book. (Yes, I succumbed. But I passed it off as a birthday gift to my daughter.) Here's what's up:

-A piece on the Atlanta Kookaburras, the city's Australian-rules football team.
-A piece on the Chicago Cubs' minor-league system, and how it's finally paying some dividends.

Here's a piece I wrote on NASCAR for the Chicago Sports Weekly, with maybe my favorite headline ever: Speed, Greed, and Alcohol.

POSTCARDS comes out tomorrow. Big post on it coming.

Friday, July 20, 2007 

Everybody Say Hello To Our Sister Site, RIGHT DOWN PEACHTREE. No, You Can't Date Her.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's with great vengeance and furious anger -- no, wait, with great pride and furious joy --- that I'm announcing the latest entry elbowing its way into the sports blogosphere: Right Down Peachtree.

"Right Down Peachtree," the phrase, refers to a pitch thrown right through the heart of the strike zone. Right Down Peachtree, the blog, will be a division of Atlanta magazine, which is in the process of revamping its entire web presence to take advantage of this whole Internet thing, which looks like it might just stick around awhile. And the powers that be at Atlanta have tapped yours truly to run the show, and it's my aim to make this the first, best stop for news, commentary, and silliness on all things Atlanta sports. Gosh, if only there were stories coming out of Atlanta these days to write about...

Anyway, I'll have podcast capability too, with the eventual intention of getting various Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, Bulldogs, Jackets, and assorted journalists/bloggers/local celebs/opinionated fans on the line for some yapping. Atlanta is also giving me a monthly print column, which will pose a bit of a scheduling challenge -- six weeks' lead time for the print version, six seconds for the blog.

Launch date for the blog will be September 1. Trust me, you'll be hearing a thing or two about it before then. And if you have recommendations or features/ideas/stories you'd like to see explored, email us or post your thoughts here. And join me on Peachtree in six weeks!

Thursday, July 19, 2007 

The First Pages Of POSTCARDS

Jason has posted the first page of every story from the upcoming POSTCARDS anthology at the Eximious Press website. Check 'em out. Mine and Tony Fleecs' is the one in the top right corner.


New Project: Dear Santa, Let Me Explain...

I'm at work on the second draft of a very cool project hatched by my man James W. Powell of Eximious Press, half of the editorial braintrust behind POSTCARDS (hitting next week!). Entitled Dear Santa, Let Me Explain... , it's an anthology of Christmas stories gone horribly wrong. My own entry, entitled "Heir to the Beard," will be about the lineage of Santa impersonators that runs through our family. My dad used the beard to entertain the kiddies; I started out using it to get college chicks to sit on my lap. (Whatever works, bro.)

The anthology won't be ready until XMas 2008, but it's going to be a fun ride getting there.

Don't be naughty, bitches.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 

The New JayBusbee.Com Manifesto

Friends, readers, countrymen (and women)...I'm in a conundrum. As you can see by the date of the post just previous to this one, I haven't exactly been updating this blog with lightning speed. 48 days in Internet time is, like, what -- six years? I've been juggling multiple assignments of late, and has been the ball that the juggler drops and kicks to the side, lest it slide under his foot and totally screw up his entire...well, you get the point.

But, since this site does bear my name, I feel something of an obligation to, you know, not let it wither and die. Bad karma, that.

What, then, to do with

In poker terms, I'm tightening up. I'm refocusing this site to be All About Me. (Hey, self-love is the purest love of all...even if it's often forbidden.) There are plenty of sites that do half-ass book and movie and comic and TV reviews; once in awhile I'll be one of 'em. But I've got a ton of material coming out over the next two-plus years, stuff that needs some serious pimping and stuff that I'd love to give you behind-the-scenes looks at.

So here's what's on the horizon, now and in the future:

-Sports Gone South continues to hum right along, picking up server-crushing links from Sports Illustrated and others every so often. Read it for your daily fix of Southern sports idiocy.

-I've got a new gig relaunching a sports blog for a major publication, but since I don't know if I can talk about it yet, I'll have to keep quiet about it for another few days. Launch is scheduled for August, and it's going to put my sophomoric humor in front of a crapload of people, whether they like it or not.

-Two new comics, RIPPED and THE NETWORK, are nearing release dates. More info on them here.

-Also on the comics front, next week, POSTCARDS hits, with my short story "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland" within. Check the home site for more info on it; I'll post the reviews that mention my contribution here. The rest of them can go screw.

-And still more comics -- I'm writing a four-issue miniseries for Platinum Studios. It's a scripting gig--the story's already compiled; I'm just putting words in the characters' mouths. Hopefully nouns AND verbs. Maybe even an adjective or two, if I'm lucky. Contract's in hand; I'll announce it as soon as I'm permitted to. Scheduled for release January-April of 2008.

-Whew--even more comics -- A one-shot for Arcana Comics that's kind of like...well, remember how badass that scene in Fellowship of the Rings was when everyone was trapped underground in the dwarf mines? It's like that...except not fantasy.

-I'm also a regular contributor to the Chicago Sports Weekly, Bluff, Atlanta, ChopTalk, and the William & Mary Alumni Magazine, and have stuff coming out from each of them in the next few days/weeks/months.

-Finally, down the line, I've got three books in progress -- one on the Braves' playoff dynasty (scheduled publication: Spring 2009), one on the Georgia Bulldogs' championship season (scheduled publication: Summer 2010), and a third that I don't want to talk about yet because I haven't submitted the proposal but it's really cool and will have some GREAT behind-the-scenes stories. Hold On Loosely, that's all that I can tell you...

Amid that, I still do environmental and other business writing.

So there you have it. More frequent updates, more solipsism. Come back soon, y'hear?



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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