Wednesday, September 26, 2007 

Three Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad

Good day today. Wrote a piece over at Right Down Peachtree on ESPN's Michael Vick Town Meeting last night, and ended up getting quoted by both Deadspin and USA Today. (Same quote, but still.)

Next, this afternoon, I did an interview with Phil Niekro, one of my childhood heroes, while sitting in a Burger King parking lot. (It was a cell interview, though Phil may have been in a BK parking lot too.) It's for a Smoltz profile in ChopTalk next month.

Then tonight, I hit a headquarters-launching party hosted by TopRight Partners (who I've done some writing for in the past) and Camp Jam (who I...well, can't say anything yet.) Anyway, Camp Jam includes former members of .38 Special and guys who've played with Billy Joel and Sheryl Crow, among others, so the party had basically the coolest cover band of all time--except that you can't really call them "covers" when the guys that wrote those tunes are up there playing them. "Caught Up In You"--say what you will about '80s music, that's one of those solos that puts me right back in high school, so it was sweet to see it played live by the guy that wrote the tune in the first place. Music is cool.

What's not so cool is getting a pitch passed on. I don't know if I can mention this yet, so I won't go into details yet. But it involves comics, and the fact that the continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in comic book form has been a runaway success. A company I'm writing for asked me to envision what I'd do to continue a certain well-known series that recently ended. Pretty big assignment for just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world, like myself.

Anyway, The Powers That Be passed on the whole idea of a comic series. Hopefully I'll be allowed to post the pitches--one for what happened before the series millions saw and loved, one for what happened immediately after. But if not--hit me up sometime and I'll give ya the scoop.

Tomorrow...who the heck knows?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 

The Return Of 23 Shows You Should Be Watching: #17, Sleeper Cell

Hey, we're back with 23 Shows You Should Be Watching. It's taken me so long to do this damn list, we've had some shows end and others begin and force their way onto this list. In order to keep things moving and close the door on this particular feature, let's dispense with the previous formatting and just rant a bit.

Okay, to start: Showtime, as a channel, is kicking HBO's ass. For shows that are still running, Dexter and Brotherhood top anything on HBO except The Wire. And Sleeper Cell was the top of Showtime's second tier, the kind of challenging terrorist-themed show that the networks wouldn't touch.

Basic plot: terrorists are all around us, plotting our doom even as they watch us at the shopping malls and restaurants. Sleeper Cell tries to give us a look inside the mindset of what makes these men tick, and I'd bet that some of the impetus from the series came from those stories of the 9/11 hijackers living it up in strip clubs on the night of September 10.

Sleeper Cell doesn't make terrorists sympathetic characters, but it does humanize them--which has the effect of making them even more terrifying. A trip to Dodger Stadium with kids is a cover for a reconnaissance mission; a mis-timed phone call to a relative results in horrifying consequences. The first season is much better than the second, which relies a bit too much on Roger Ebert's Law of Character Economy. It sure looks like we won't see another season, which is a shame, but you ought to check out Sleeper Cell Seasons 1 and 2 on your NetFlix, Blockbuster or iTunes. Good stuff.


Previous Shows:
#18: Heroes

#19: The Black Donnellys

#20: South Park

#21: The Simpsons

#22: Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip

#23: Friday Night Lights

Sunday, September 16, 2007 

You Will Think Less Of Me After Reading This Post

God help me, I've got a P!nk song in heavy rotation on the ol' iPod. It's called "U + Ur Hand," and this may permanently obliterate my right to comment on music for any number of reasons:

1. It's a dance tune.
2. It's got that groovy new "text-message" typography right there in the title.
3. It's about a chick telling a dude to go jack it and leave her alone.
4. There is no 4.
5. It's P!nk, for chrissakes, a chick who puts punctuation in her name. And I thought Gn'R abbreviating the "and" to "n'" was goofy.

But man, there's something about this tune. I blame my wife; she's all into that Pat Benatar/Billy Idol '80s brassy in-your-face punk/dance hybrid junk, and that's exactly what "U + Ur Hand" is. It's like osmosis crossed with Stockholm Syndrome, man; stuff seeps into your brain and after long enough, you actually convince yourself you like it.

I think I need to go listen to some Cannibal Corpse to cleanse my palate.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 

New Book Pimpin': INCURSION

And now it can be announced--I'm writing a new four-issue limited series from Platinum Studios entitled INCURSION. This is work-for-hire material; on this one, I'm the equivalent of a midseason pickup for the pennant drive. But I shall do my best Mark Teixeira impression--the baseball player, not the comics guy. (In this crowd, you need to make that distinction.)

The plot: a special ops team testing an experimental communications device in Afghanistan suddenly vanishes into thin air, leaving behind only their very confused sergeant. But they're not dead, just passed over into a world known as "Twilight." It's a world of perpetual war--so what happens when men trained for killing enter a land where they're not the predators, but the prey?

Nothing good, my friends. Nothing good at all. Except for the story itself. That's so good you'll throw your first-edition Hemingways in the trash to make room for CGC'ed copies of the fantabulous first issue!

INCURSION #1 hits this November. Contact your local comic shop to reserve yourself a copy, or order it online by clicking here. Get on it, man! The fate of two dimensions is in your hands!

Bio

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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