Mike Bullock Interview – The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks

There have been many Phantoms before the current one – a lineage of fathers passing the torch to their sons,…

The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks #0 Cover

There have been many Phantoms before the current one – a lineage of fathers passing the torch to their sons, an oath to defend the jungles of Bangalla from piracy, cruelty, and injustice.  The story of the modern Phantom, the 21st, continues in The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks, published by Moonstone Books, starting with a #0 issue this week.

We spoke with the writer of the series, Mike Bullock, on Moonstone’s plans for the character and the new series.

Paul’s Horror Flix: Alien Raiders

Tony Almeda is in this film, sans his soul patch! Isn’t that enough to warrant renting this film to begin…

Alien Raiders

Tony Almeda is in this film, sans his soul patch! Isn’t that enough to warrant renting this film to begin with?

A group of “criminals” take a grocery store hostage, looking for “something” that they’ve traced to that location. Of course, as with every siege in cinematic history, stuff goes wrong, the cops show up, there is a hostage negotiator who develops a rapport with the lead crook, etc. etc. Still, sporting a pretty decent cast, including Tony Almeda (do you even care what his real name is?), Mathew St. Patrick (from War and Six Feet Under), and Rockmond Dunbar (C-Note from Prison Break), the acting is better than the acting in any film named Alien Raiders should be. Seriously, they couldn’t come up with a better name than that? I guess all the good titles with the words “alien” or “space” in them were already taken.

Your Morning Head: Insensitivity or Stupidity @ Newsarama

Wow. For the last two days, I have been following a disturbing thread at Blog@Newsarama.  Blogger J. Caleb Mozzoco engaged…

Newsarama.comWow.

For the last two days, I have been following a disturbing thread at Blog@Newsarama.  Blogger J. Caleb Mozzoco engaged in a little link-blogging posted an ill-conceived ‘joke’ concerning a children’s costume event.  The organizers of the event had put out a call for all “superheroes and fairies.” Mozzoco, playing on this wrote:  “Make your own superheroes are gay joke.”

As I write this, there are 15 responses to Mozzoco’s comment and the only ones defending it are Mozzoco himself and another Newsarama blogger.

Paul’s Horror Flix: Red Mist (aka FreakDog)

I’m going to start about by saying I like just about every actor in this film.  I’ve liked Arielle Kebbel…

Red Mist (aka Freakdog)

I’m going to start about by saying I like just about every actor in this film.  I’ve liked Arielle Kebbel since seeing her in Reeker and American Pie: Band Camp. Sarah Carter was just about the only thing I liked in DOA: Dead or Alive.  MyAnna Buring from The Descent, Martin Compston (Doomsday), and Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval and Return to House on Haunted Hill) round out a cast of pretty talented folks.  In addition, Shrooms, the previous film from director Paddy Breathnach, was in my top 10 list of 2008 films.  So I was really looking forward to this film.

This Empire Earth: Character Generation

After we wrapped up our sandbox brainstorming session on our race of cat people Saturday night, I led my players…

This Empire Earth, a Savage Worlds homebrew settingAfter we wrapped up our sandbox brainstorming session on our race of cat people Saturday night, I led my players in the first portion of character generation.   Over the last several years, I have made it a habit to lead character generation through email.  It takes such a long time to make characters that its seems a better use of our time to do all that outside of game night so we can get right to playing.  I’ve been mindful though that we’re starting a campaign and it would be nice to have the characters have some associated, common background before game play actually starts.

See, Rob, I listen to Bear Swarm!

Sandbox Brainstorming: The Ikati

This past weekend, me and the boys got together for our last sandbox brainstorming session prior to starting the game…

Aron Head (left) and Aaron Murphy (right) discuss the Ikati.This past weekend, me and the boys got together for our last sandbox brainstorming session prior to starting the game we’ve been working on since last fall.  We’re using the Savage Worlds system for our homebrew science fiction setting, This Empire Earth.

In our previous session, we considered the empire, developed a new player character race, and discussed what the players want out of the game.

Saturday night, we gathered to brainstorm another character race and to begin character generation (which will be featured on tomorrow’s blog).

When I first came up with the idea for the TEE setting, I knew I wanted to include a race of cat people.  Every group – including ours – has someone that wants to play a big cat-guy and I wanted to meet that need.  Initially, I was pretty much set on ripping off Niven’s Kzinti. He’s done all the hard work and who doesn’t love the Kzin?

Donde Esta Fairy Quest?

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul…

Fairy Quest

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul Jenkins (one of my favorite comic writers) were working on together called Fairy Quest.  Now, like I said, I’m a HUGE fan of both of these guys, and absolutely have loved everything they’ve done together – a run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man, starting up Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2, and finally, and most importantly, Revelations.