brandeks: (spidey dance)
Iron Man 2 trailer under the cut... )
brandeks: (spidey dance)
Special Inauguration Issue in shops 14 January 2008:



It's a Brand New Day for the United States of America and Spider-Man's along for the ride!

To celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama, Marvel is proud to present an all-new story teaming up one of the world's most recognizable political figures with the world's greatest super hero as President-Elect Obama joins Spider-Man in "Spidey Meets the President!"

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man's oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States.

Fans can read it in its entirety in Marvel Comics' AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583,

Preview art by
Todd Nauck

available in comic book shops nationwide on January 14th, 2009. Look for the special variant cover by artist Phil Jimenez featuring the President-Elect and Spider-Man!

"When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics' Marvel Universe," says Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Historic moments such as this one can be reflected in our comics because the Marvel Universe is set in the real world. A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man."

For fans of Spider-Man and those wanting to own a part of this historic moment in American history, visit your local comic book retailer on January 14, 2009 to purchase

Preview art by
Todd Nauck

the issue.













Best. Marvel team up. Ever.



Update 10 January 2008 / 12:15 PM - I talked with someone at Lee's Comics last night, and found out that getting the cover shown above will be extremely difficult. They aren't getting any, and to even get the issue at all you need to be on a list. If anyone finds the issue with the cover that has Obama on it please buy it for me and I shall pay you back!
brandeks: (comic book guy)
inked_booksInked Books, the graphic novel book club, will be at 6:30 PM on Wednesday 10 September 2008 (today!) at the usual place: Books Inc. Palo Alto.

We will be discussing Kingdom Come and Ronin, plus whatever else that happens to come up...

Hope to see you there!
brandeks: (south park eks)
  • I've been sick for the past week... I have a chest cold that isn't serious enough to stay home from work but is bad enough to be very annoying. At least I have today off of work.


  • Barack Obama's speech was simply awesome. This guy is going to win, I just know it. If so, the future could be something to look forward to for a change


  • Happy birthday mc chris! Go robot, it's your birthday...


  • Google is releasing a new web browser today. Firefox, thou days art numbered...


  • The Dr. Horrible soundtrack is finally available on iTunes. The official lyrics can be found here. Of course the soundtrack is already on my hard drive and my Zen, but I'll still get the CD when it comes out.


  • I have been reading the immensely enjoyable Artemis Fowl series. I am now on book four and I am barely able to stop reading to make time for things like work and sleep.


  • I forgot just how fun "Men In Black" is. I also can't believe I forgot/didn't know it was a Marvel Comic (kinda)!


  • "Tropic Thunder" was hilarious. Robert Downey Jr. was perfect. I now want to see "Hamlet 2" and "Burn After Reading"
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For some reason the last few days' Tweets haven't posted, so I guess I should post something myself...

I took yesterday off because I was supposed to cover only three hours of someone's shift and I woke up with my neck hurting worse than it has for the last three days. I took some painkillers, which helped a bit, but most of the day I was in pain. djinnethGwynne also took the day off, and we did a few errands after brunch at Boston Market. We said our goodbyes in the early evening and I stayed at my place, websurfing and watching a bit of whatever was on the ol' T.V., plus watched this past Friday's episode of BSG. Got to sleep sometime after 2 AM with music playing softly from the T.V.

Today I've been taking it easy, though I've picked up my room a bit and am in the process of doing laundry. I have the fan I borrowed from the living room going (one of the housemates said it was okay) which helps me bear the heat, but I'm thinking of taking a cool shower. Not sure what I want to do tonight... I think I may hang out with Gwynnie if she'll have me.

Tomorrow is [livejournal.com profile] inked_books at the store, and we'll be discussing The Dark Knight Returns. Should be fun.
brandeks: (comic book guy)


The owner of Comic Relief, Rory D. Root, passed away recently from hernia complications at the age of 50.

Worst. News. Ever...



I hope Lee Hester of Lee's Comics won't mind if I link a post he made about Rory here. It was very moving. Also, here's a nice article from The Comics Reporter.
brandeks: (comic book guy)
It seems that in the last few days I haven't actually posted what I thought about "Iron Man"...

... well, having seen it three times in the last four days I would have to say that it is probably the best superhero movie ever. Better even than my own hero's movie, "Spider-Man". Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. have hit one out of the ballpark and into orbit. The right mixture of everything that goes into making a really good movie and then some. Did I mention I saw it thrice? Hell, I'd even see it again if we could get some people together. If you haven't seen it yet be sure to stay through the credits... it's worth it. Oh, and "The Forbidden Kingdom" was pretty good (saw it 22 April but forgot to mention it), "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" are both really hilarious, but not so much "Baby Mama". Yeah... don't bother with that last one.

In other news, I was waiting in line for my second viewing Friday night when I noticed that Cinemark is now charging 50 cents for refills on large popcorn when they used to do so for free. For fun, I decided to tease the manager on duty about it, and after chatting for a bit and telling him that I used to work for Century doing projection among other things he asked if I'd want to work for him! I said yes, but in the excitement of watching the movie I forgot to grab an app on the way out, so I ended up coming back the next night and (eventually) getting one. If everything works out I'll be working the same or less hours at the bookstore and getting the rest of the hours I need at the theatre to cover rent and my other expenses living in Redwood City, with the fringe benefits of my discount at the bookstore and advance screenings of those summer movies I am looking forward to.

Oh yeah... and happy Cinco De Mayo!
brandeks: (spidey dance)
Just got to the theatre. 5 hours until the movie. Of course I am the first in line.

Here's a pic of the Hulk and I:
waiting for Iron Man...

brandeks: (lost)
Yesterday, after dealing with a couple of pissy customers during an otherwise nice day at work, I got home and watched the new episode of Lost. Goddamn, that was a seriously great episode... I was literally on the edge of my seat for some scenes. It asked more questions than it answered, but believe it or not I like those kind of episodes. I know that eventually those questions will be answered, and it's fun to go along for the ride. So after that I found the new Smallville episode online and watched that, but it just completely paled in comparison. Today I watched "Wedding Crashers" on DVD, which while pretty good and funny, wasn't as good as it was hyped to be. I also read more Tigerheart, which keeps getting better and better... it could be a new classic book. I will be sure to make it a staff recommendation at work. I also found a replacement for Trillian called Digsby. Despite it's questionable name it is more functional than Trillian (Pro even) while remaining free of charge (unlike Trillian Pro). I like the fact that you can integrate Facebook and MySpace accounts as well as email accounts right on the buddy list. Anyway. tonight I have a new BSG episode to look forward to, and I'm sure I won't be let down as BSG has rarely if ever done so.

I haven't mentioned yet that I met with the Sequoia Station room guy on Wednesday and locked in the room for either a 19 May or 1 June move, depending on my money situation. As much as I appreciate my coworker and her boyfriend letting me stay here in their room, I look forward to a more stable and long term living situation that is also closer to my job and friends.

And finally, if you were one of those who were watching Firefly and was really getting into it when Fox decided to pull the plug, and think you might enjoy a webcomic about people like yourself, you would do well to check out Save Hiatus, drawn by a friend of mine and high ranking Browncoat extraordinaire lexigeekAdam Levermore-Rich . This is the guy whose design for last year's event Can't Stop The Serenity poster won and was consequently used all over the world. Start here... and enjoy. I know I did.
brandeks: (comic book guy)
Happiness is tickets to an 8 PM showing of "Iron Man" the day before it was going to premier. That's right, on Thursday 1 May 2008 I'll be at the Downtown Redwood City theatre watching Ol' Shellhead get his drink on and blowing things up. And I am off at 2 PM that day, so I get to wait in line for just six hours or so ensuring I get good seats. Woo hoo!

As for today I am going to get dressed and head to Redwood City to meet with the guy with the room for rent on 1 June, check the room out, and give him a hundred bucks, then eventually get my ass to work by 4 PM.
brandeks: (comic book guy)
(x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] inked_books)

Today was the first meeting of Inked Books. I think it went really well. Those in attendance included:We introduced ourselves, talked about this month's book (Watchmen by Alan Moore), and generally geeked out for two full hours before going our separate ways.

Next month (14 May) the book we plan to discuss is Strangers In Paradise by Terry Moore. This time I plan to have snacks and drinks.
brandeks: (comic book guy)


So today at 4 PM I will be leading my first ever book club at Books Inc. in Palo Alto. It happens to be a graphic novel book club (big surprise) called Inked Books. We will be discussing Alan Moore's Watchmen.

As of this point I haven't finished the book, although I know who killed The Comedian at least. I think I will be going in early and try to read the rest of the book before, you know, leading a group about it.

Here's a link to the Inked Books page on Facebook.
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So today I really started in on moving out procedures. Made a few calls and emailed some people regarding their ads on Craigslist, which felt good. I got a hold of one guy who had a place literally within walking distance of here, but it turned out their roommate is staying after all. Anyway, I also started packing CDs and some books, plus threw some stuff away and did some laundry. I just need to keep doing this until I'm ready to move out, which is going to be happening sooner and sooner.

Before all of that I watched "SubUrbia", which was pretty good. It actually was responsible for getting me to get my ass in gear regarding the move... and it had Giovanni Ribisi (whose naked ass I could have done without seeing) and whom I was just talking about last night while at dinner with djinnethGwynne, angry_wolfCarl, and grendelsmRudy. The guys and I ended up watching South Park episodes ("Beefcaaake!"), which was fun, then Gwynne and I watched "Super Troopers" because we wanted to see the opening scene and decided to just keep watching because it's always so damned funny. According to IMDb there's going to be a sequel, but it's not due out until 2010. {sigh}

I woke up with my lower back really hurting. It was hurting a bit last night too, but today it was worse. It's seemed to have gotten better as the day has gone by though.

In work news I'm trying to mentally get ready for my first Inked Books meeting which is in just a little over a week from now. I haven't actually finished Watchmen, so I really need to do that this week. I also have never been to a book club meeting before, so I'll be winging it, but I'm sure it will all work out. At least for the next 4 meetings I'll have co-moderators to help me. Woot!

Also, OREOs with strawberry milkshake creme are frakkin' tasty, yo. So are Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos . Fufu Berry Jones soda is just okay.
brandeks: (geek inside)
Today was a very geektastic day:
  • I started off talking to a former coworker of mine, spider_goldM.P., about upcoming comic related movies and generally geeking out

  • I got dressed, wearing my "this is my secret identity" t-shirt with my Spider-Man club shirt over it, plus my Autobot symbol hat

  • After watching a trailer for "The Incredible Hulk" (among others) I saw "Superhero Movie" with djinnethGwynne, and it was actually much funnier than I thought it would be. Seriously... the audience was laughing pretty hard throughout the movie and even applauded at the end

  • From there Gwynne drove me to 7-11 so I could get an Iron Man head Slurpee cup filled with tastiness

  • Then it was off to Lee's so I could get my comics and geek out more with another former co-worker, thehulkisnotredAndrew

  • Finally I got home, and after reading the comics I bought, I watched an episode of Smallville

  • If that's not enough there's a couple of Battlestar Galactica specials on SciFi tonight that I plan on watching
brandeks: (cons)
So I got up very early for the store meeting yesterday, got myself down there, and was among the first to arrive. The meeting went well, then I got home and before too long djinnethGwynne and I were on our way to the city... but first we stopped for brunch at Lyon's. Arriving at the Moscone Center we were a little daunted by the fact that there might be nowhere to park, but we actually found a spot fairly close to the convention. I got autographs from Terry Moore on my copies of the first and last issues of Strangers In Paradise as well as Sergio Aragones' on yet another Groo issue. After that we decided to attend some panels... the end of the "Wall·E" one, a "Shutter"/"X-Files 2" one, plus "Harold and Kumar 2", and the Iron Man one. I then tried to get J. Michael Straczynski to sign my Supreme Power hardcovers, but even though I was able to meet him he wasn't able to sign. We walked a bit more around the dealer's room and ran into our friend Chris, dressed as Darth Maul, or as some people were calling him Mini-Maul : )

Anyway, we left the con and headed to San Bruno to meet up with angry_wolfCarl for dinner at Pasta Pomodoro... as good as the chicken parmasean was, their chocolate souffle' cake was to die for. Carl went home while Gwynnie and I headed to flowermistressColleen's house for a get together. We kicked it there for awhile, but I was tired even before we showed up so we cut out early and headed home for some much needed sleep.

Woke up to finding the power had gone out, so I went back to sleep. Woke up again very groggy and not feeling that well, and once I finally got the internet working again I have been websurfing since.
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Just got home from the con and the concert.

Had a great time at WonderCon. Met people, took pictures. Here's a few for the time being: )

The above pic of Brian Wood has him holding a copy of Local, a comic book that djinnethGwynne likes to read. I had him sign the first issue to her as a present. I bought myself a Heroes t-shirt and an Autobot symbol hat to replace the one I lost last year. Talked to a ton of people, walked way too much, but generally had a good time. Looking forward to going again tomorrow, this time with Gwynne, and plans to see some panels.

As for the concert, I really enjoyed the opening act, Paul & Storm. As far as I was concerned they could have kept performing longer. However, Jonathan Coulton just rocked the house (with help from the duo as well as a few other guests) and the only downside was an audience that didn't know when to keep quiet. I can't wait to own the DVD they're making with the footage shot tonight... perhaps Gwynnie and I will be seen in it!

Anyway, off to bed... so very tired and I have an early staff meeting at work. Unt.
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Went out today and stopped by Lee's to pick up comics and get Wondercon tickets. Good thing I just got my tax return. Anyway, read a few of the comics at Taxi's while I ate lunch, then rode the bus from teenager hell back to Redwood City and got myself home. I ended up watching the season finale of Flash Gordon, the second episode of Eli Stone, and two BtVS episodes (we left off with this one). Also had yummy pork chops thanks to Gwynnie applying heat to a pan and stuff.

Well, gotta be at work at 9 AM so it's time for bed!
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Work: Been working the last three days. Trying to get as many hours as I can since I'm down to about 20 a week now. I really need to find additional employment soon... money is getting a bit tight again. However, I got to see the new store today and it looks quite good despite not being finished yet. I may post some photos, if not tonight or tomorrow then sometime soon. It looks like I'll be starting a graphic novel book club at the new store in March... I have full approval from the manager and two huge thumbs up from someone at the main office, plus a few of my coworkers are interested. Could be fun... my first pick is Watchmen.

T.V.: djinnethGwynne and I started our evening tonight watching Futurama (penguins!) and an episode of Flash Gordon, which IMHO is really good now. After that we finished another disc of Buffy... Riley came back with his new wife.

Okay, Gwynnie is calling me back to the living room. More to come later...
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So I won't be getting that job at the Palm store... because they're closing. So much for that. Also, some asshats at Wikipedia keep reverting something I think should be in an article, but I won't give up until they ban me (again). In good news I'm still at the bookstore (which is moving on 1 February 2008 to Town and Country.. tell your friends!) and with any luck there will be a miracle and I'll get more hours there. Also in the good news, "Cloverfield" starts this Friday and I have plans to see it Sunday. Oh yeah, and I'm thinking about either cutting back on or giving up collecting comics... but anyone who knows me knows this probably won't happen.

Last night after work djinnethGwynne and I had dinner at Chili's followed by dessert at home watching "Revenge of the Nerds", whereupon much laughing ensued. Today I enjoyed my day off of work by watching Buffy all day with Gwynnie as she had the day off due to the sickness. She made pancakes and eggs for breakfast, which were tasty, and then we had a marathon of season 5 episodes. For those keeping track, Glory has just realized that Dawn is the key. Can I just say though, regarding an earlier episode (The Body): don't watch it if you have ever lost a family member or if, you know, you have any fucking emotions. I cried like a little girl through most of this episode and I doubt anyone else wouldn't. This dialogue, especially the quote from Anya at the end, had me bawling: )

It's more emotionally powerful during the episode I guess...

Anyway, It was a nice relaxing day off with my sweetie. Back to work tomorrow though. For now, dinner!
brandeks: (south park eks)
In the last week or so I have:
  • Met Joe Montana on Monday and saw Dwight Clark yesterday, both at Sharper Image. Geeked out with Joe and shook his hand.

  • Had a very nice birthday dinner with my friends at Max's Opera Cafe. Thank you to everyone who was there!

  • Watched more 2nd season Buffy episodes. Angel has lost his soul after doing the nasty with Buffy, and now he's like a typical guy who finally "gets some"... only worse.

  • Improved my RSG % at SI, making my boss happy. Also signing up a lot of cards, which makes my wallet happier.

  • Got my comic books from Lee's (as much as I could without spending more than $50. I dunno... I think I need to stop collecting at least some of these titles.
Not a bad week!

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