Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Super Librarian #1 Premieres at NJLA!

I'm thrilled to report that, through the auspices of the New Jersey State Library, Super Librarian #1 premiered today at the New Jersey Library Association 2007 Annual Conference. I co-wrote the comic book with Manny (Rosca) Miracle of Somerset County Library, based upon the back story written by Sharon Scaife. Manny, Sharon and I signed premiere copies of the comic book for librarians attending the conference. We had a great time and our fondest hope is that people, both librarians and our library customers, enjoy the comic book and the story we created. It's been a real thrill collaborating with everyone involved with the project. I'd like to thank Manny and Sharon, artist supreme Wes Richards, in addition to Nancy Dowd and Susan Kaplan of the State Library. If you missed out on us today, we'll be doing the same thing on Wednesday at the State Library booth in the Exhibitor's Hall! Hope to see you there! Click on the photo for a closer look at the team behind the comic book! (L to R: Nancy Dowd, Marketing, New Jersey State Library - David Lisa, Co-Writer, West Long Branch Public Library - Sharon Scaife, Backstory Writer - Manny (Rosca) Miracle, Co-Writer, Somerset County Library)

Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood

We need Gorillaz back right about now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Snacky's Journal - Episode 1

Favorite Books

In alphabetical order by title, here are my all-time favorite books:

All In Color for a Dime by Richard A. Lupoff & Don Thompson
Battle Circle by Piers Anthony
The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Complete Professor Challenger Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris
Danse Macabre by Stephen King
Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life by Philip Jose Farmer
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. & E. B. White
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
Private Parts by Howard Stern
The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael J. Weldon
Sin City by Frank Miller
Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

Favorite TV

In alphabetical order, here are my all-time favorite TV series and regular shows:

The Addams Family
The Amazing Race
Attack of the Show (G4)
Big Love
Dead Like Me
Desperate Housewives
Dr. Who
Fear Factor
Green Acres
Howard Stern On Demand
Jonny Quest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
My Name Is Earl
The Office (American Series)
The Outer Limits (1960's)
The Prisoner
Ren & Stimpy
The Sarah Silverman Program
The Simpsons
The Sopranos
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Talk Soup/The Soup
The Time Tunnel
Twilight Zone (1960's)
Twin Peaks

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Favorite Music

In alphabetical order, here are my all-time favorite musical artists:

3rd Bass
Barnes & Barnes
Beastie Boys
The Beatles
Chemical Brothers
Elvis Costello
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Tommy James and the Shondells
Jethro Tull
Daniel Johnston
Steve Miller Band
Nine Inch Nails
Liz Phair
Public Enemy
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Todd Rundgren
Sly and the Family Stone
Steely Dan
They Might Be Giants
Rick Wakeman
White Stripes
Frank Zappa
Rob Zombie

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Favorite Films

In alphabetical order, here are my all-time favorite films:

American Graffiti (1973)
American Splendor (2003)
Annie Hall (1977)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Cabin Fever (2002)
Creepshow (1982)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Detroit Rock City (1999)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Eraserhead (1977)
Escape From New York (1981)
From Dusk Til Dawn (1996)
Grindhouse (2007)
High Fidelity (2000)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
King Kong (1933)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers (2002)
The Matrix (1999)
Metropolis (1927)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Poltergeist (1982)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Re-Animator (1985)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Road Warrior (1981)
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Sin City (2005)
Star Wars (1977)
THX 1138 (1971)
Tremors (1990)
What's Up Doc? (1972)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Encounter at Forge Base Gehenna

Nether-Stalker Nauthus peered at Neq. They both stood high atop the Stormspire in the eco-dome, where lush plants flourished and birds soared, chasing their buzzing insect prey. Outside the dome, the barren, moon-like landscape crumbled against the electrically-charged atmosphere and lightning bolts arced from mountain to mountain. The druid Neq sought to translate the look on Nauthus' face. As a member of The Consortium, Nauthus must have a good reason for requesting her help, Neq thought to herself. "The payoff better be worth my time," Neq pondered, "or I'm heading back to Area 52 for a drink at the Inn."

"Here, take this rod," implored Nauthus, handing Neq what looked like a magical staff. It crackled with a mystic energy. "When you encounter the Mo'ag who guard the teleporters at Forge Base Ghenna, use the magic of the rod to take control of them and turn them against their own creations. In this manner, destroy the Central, Western and Eastern teleporters, get out of there alive and return to me for your reward."

"And just what is this reward that you are promising me?" Neq smirked from beneath her dark stealther's cowl, knowing that the Nether-Stalker could not see her face.

Nauthus suddenly held his arms above his head, brought the palms of his hands together and drew his praying hands down in front of his face. The flowing bandages on his lithe body began to glow and an azure blue bubble encased the Stalker. His eyes turned white and an electrical hum filled the space between him and Neq. He did not respond to her question. Neq knew that there would be no other communication from this representative of the Consortium until she returned. She would either accept the mission or leave Netherstorm.

Sighing at the Stalker's contempt, Neq summoned her flying griffin mount and took to the skies, eventually passing out of the safe confines of the eco-dome. She headed out into the boiling skies of Netherstorm and toward Forge Base Gehenna and her encounter with the Mo'ag teleporter guardians.