Grains of Sand: 25 Years of the Sandman

One of the things that Lyssa and I bonded over early in our relationship were the works of Neil Gaiman, in particular the graphic novel which spanned seven years and seventy-five issues called Sandman. It was considered the flagship series of DC's Vertigo imprint and has a community of fans around the world for whom these stories are very important indeed even to this day. Earlier this year the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco hosted an exhibit (which was so popular they held it over) called Grains of Sand: 25 Years of the Sandman. So of course, when Lyssa …

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Movie review: Green Lantern

After dinner this evening, Lyssa, Jason, and I once again invaded our local movie theatre to catch the late showing of Green Lantern, the latest comic book movie of the summer to hit the silver screen. It was a bit of scramble to get tickets because we got there late but we just made it. I have to confess, as a fan of the comic I greatly enjoyed this movie. That might make all the difference between enjoying Green Lantern, and walking out of the theatre at the end feeling a little cold...

Obligatory disclaimer: I have my likes and …

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

When I discovered that Spyglass Pictures was bringing G.I. Joe to the big screen a while ago I was nonplussed until I discovered that Christopher Eccleston, who happens to be one of my favorite actors, was playing the arms dealer Destro, or James McCullen the fourteenth, head of MARS.

Chris, Chris, Chris.. what were you thinking?


I want to like this movie, I really do. It’s just that there are so many things about it that piss me off in one way or another. When I go to see a science fiction movie, I implicitly agree to suspend …

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Leonard Cohen, movies, and a busy life.

Last Monday night Lyssa and I took to the DC Beltway in the middle of rush hour, cast caution to the wind, and set course for the Meriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland to attend one of the rarest of events: the first Leonard Cohen concert in fifteen years. Yes, the man, the myth, the legend himself is on the road once again with a top notch band and a soulful voice and double entendes that'll turn your knees to jelly. From Cohen's rich as whisky basso voice to Javier Mas' talented hands dancing across most every stringed instrument known to …

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Watchmen.

Last night after work I grabbed a couple of hours of sleep before Lyssa, Mika, Hasufin, Joe, Kash, and I threw our circadian rhythms for a permanant loop by driving to Tyson's Corner to catch the 12:01am premiere of Watchmen at the theatre.

If you're not familiar with the story, it is the masterpiece of writer Alan Moore and artist David Gibbons, a cold war tale set in an alternate world in which costumed vigilantes once ran around the night wearing domino masks and funny armored outfits, criminals still wore bandit masks and carried tommy guns, Richard Nixon was …

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