January 27, 2011

Blue Estate

All I know right now is that Blue Estate is a new comic written by Viktor Kalvachev and published by Image Comics.

But that might be all I need to know if the interior of the comic is half as awesome as the cover to the first issue is.

January 19, 2011

Picking Sides in the Bears - Packers War

One of the polls currently running over at ESPN.com concerns the outcome of this weekend's Bears - Packers NFC Championship game.

Ignoring the State of Washington for a moment, it would appear that the cheeseheads in Wisconsin lack a firm grasp of reality when considering how this Bears - Packers game is going to play out.

And poor Indiana. Apparently afraid to pick sides. They probably want to pick the Packers, but know if they do Illinois will come over and kick their ass.

January 13, 2011

Gotham High

I'm familiar with the old adage, "Too much of a good thing"; but I still think Jeff's and Celeste's idea for Gotham High would have been great fun.

Sure, there have been plenty of Batman cartoons over the last 20 years. But that only speaks to the enduring strength of the character, his supporting cast, and menagerie of villains.

This treatment with Bruce Wayne/Batman and all the rest of the characters recast as high schoolers would have been a welcome addition to a strong tradition of animated Batman projects.

January 12, 2011

Dressing Methods

At one extreme we have Ian, who throws on whatever clothes are on top when he opens his dresser drawers.

The other end of the clothing spectrum is Emma, who will stand in her underpants next to the dryer so she can get exactly the outfit she has to wear that day.

Planted firmly in the middle is Zoe, who cheerfully picks through the clean clothes in her closet and dresser to find something she will be comfortable wearing that day.

I know that they are three different people with unique personalities and it's fun to observe and identify these peculiar little traits, but it all adds up to making getting dressed for church Sunday mornings pretty frustrating.

January 05, 2011

So Does He Break Wind or Just Push It Around?

The NHL has teamed up with comic book legend Stan Lee to create a superhero personification for all 30 hockey teams in the league. It's called the Guardian Project.

They have a sparkly 'n snazzy Facebook site and application, which is slowly revealing all 30 heroes as part of a countdown to the 2011 NHL All-Star game.

Nice little gimmick. I became a fan of the site and have been following along with the festivities.

Today superhero alter ego of the Chicago Blackhawks was revealed:

Oh brother! Controls the element of wind?

And the other 3 teams that have had their hero reveals aren't much better. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins have nothing to be embarrassed with right now.

Stan Lee is great and all, but to be honest he hasn't had an interesting or original idea in almost 40 years. Guy is a fantastic showman and may still be a great storyteller, but when it comes to imagining new heroes he seems to have lost a step or two.

January 03, 2011

Gotta Watch Me Some Hockey

For Christmas I gave my dad tickets to the Notre Dame Shillelagh tournament. It's a two day, four team collegiate hockey tournament hosted by Notre Dame played in the Chicago suburbs. Considering my dad's love of hockey and the Fighting Irish, I thought it would be a great gift.

The tickets were for the second day of the tournament and Notre Dame was scheduled to play in the second game of the day. Our tickets were good for both games, but we opted to arrive late to the first game and stay around for the Fighting Irish game.

When the tournament was planned, the second game was supposed to be the championship game. However, on the day before Notre Dame was upset by Minnesota State - Mankato and Boston University (the other college hockey power invited to the tournament) also suffered a surprising loss. So while the organizers got the match-up they wanted, ND versus Boston U, it probably wasn't in the scenario that they expected.

Regardless of the stakes of the game, ND and Boston played a great game. Exciting from start to finish. Notre Dame came back from a two goal deficit in the third period to tie the game and force overtime, then won the game in a shoot out.

While I was enjoying the very spirited third period, I realized how little hockey I had watched so far this season. With the Chicago Bears putting together an exciting season on the gridiron and the Blackhawks suffering from a bit of a Stanley Cup hangover, I realized that I hadn't been staying away from watching hockey games. Watching ND and Boston hit the boards made me remember how much I enjoy watching hockey.

So this morning I added the Blackhawks' schedule to my Google calendar and plan on getting back into the habit of catching a period or two (or even the whole thing) of any televised Blackhawks games.

January 02, 2011

Christmas Surprise

I know Christmas was over a week ago, but I just got around to going through the photos.

This is one of my favorites.

Actually conversation between Emma and I when she burst into Heather and my bedroom Christmas morning.

Emma: "I got a pogo stick!"

Brendan: "You don't know that until you've unwrapped it."

January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping that 2011 is a happy and successful year for everyone.