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All in!
All in!
Hey, I just noticed that my little blog here on wordpress has just ticked past 3 000 000 views. It now joins the lofty likes of the CNN Political Ticker, Celebrity Baby Blog, and, of course, Lolcats ’n Funny Pictures of Cats – I Can Has Cheezburger? Congratulations to all. But especially me.

Yes, it’s thanks to the support of longtime regulars. But the contribution of surfers who stumbled upon us while looking for something else entirely shouldn’t be overlooked. And what were these unwitting visitors seeking? Well, a quick check of the Search Engine Terms for the past seven days reveals that some of the word searches that led these first-times to this blog included: “butterscotch liquor“, “funnel weaver spider mating“, “reconstitute dried cuttlefish“, and “alien hand of god”. Hopefully everyone found what they were looking for.

Well, I stopped by The Comic Shop this afternoon and went “all in”. And by “all in”, I mean ALL in. I picked up every new title in sight. I’ve got to say, nothing quite equals the burgeoning excitement of walking into a comic store. The clatter of the register. The flash of those glossy covers. The scent of nerds. Just browsing the racks takes me back to a youth spent reading The Mighty Avengers and The Uncanny X-Men, cradling each issue as I gingerly turned the pages, devouring the latest installments before carefully bagging and filing them away for future sale to some eccentric comic book collector looking to pay top dollar for Micronauts #1 and the severely underappreciated Shogun Warriors series. Anyway, each book has two issues to impress (Sometimes only one if the writing is that dire which, incidentally, one of last night‘s reads definitely was. The other scored a resounding meh.). If it doesn’t, I drop the title and move on. It’ll be interesting to chart the attrition rate is as it will be to see how all of your recommendations pan out.

A reminder that tomorrow we begin discussion on the first of April’ book of the month club selections – Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?. Haven’t read it yet? Come on! I read it in one night! Author Brian Michael Bendis will be taking reader questions so move your asses!

Today’s pics: Brie drops by for a visit.

Mailbag:

Ytimyona writes: “What does XXX mean?”

Answer: What it means is that I’ve forgotten to replace this place holder with a proper link once I’d transferred my entry from Word to WordPress.

Jeff Ford writes: “Joe: This isn’t a superhero comic, but if you can get Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch, I think you’ll really appreciate the storytelling and, perhaps, the art work as well.”

Answer: Hmmm. No luck at my friendly neighborhood comic shop. Guess I‘ll try the unfriendly ones.

Jeff Ford also writes: “I see you’re writing a short story. I missed this development — have had my head in the sand lately. What’s it for?”

Answer: It’s for an upcoming anthology. Well, that’s the plan anyway. It’s been an admittedly torturous process, but one that has given me even more for respect for the work you do. It takes me, on average, about a month to write a Stargate script from concept to finished draft. To date, I’ve been working on this short story going on six months now. It‘s been grueling and, occasionally, extremely frustrating. Much of it, of course, could have to do with the fact that the story I want to tell is taking much longer than expected.

My Name Is Scott writes: “Hey, if you are interested in the volume 4 of Green Lantern, which is essentially Geoff Johns Wonderland, I have written a detailed-yet-brief catch-up on all you need to know about GL before jumping into volume 4…”

Answer: Thanks, but I think I’m just going to jump right in.

Whovian writes: “I am wondering, do your dogs ever spend time in John’s office?”

Answer: Nope. Whenever they come to work with me, I spend the entire day chasing after them. I’d rather have someone else chase after them – so they go to doggy daycare.

Daniel Willis writes: “Does anyone know how behind the mail bag is?”

Answer: Uh, what was the question?

Bridjess writes: “Is dandelion nice to eat? “

Answer: I don’t know about the flower, but my parents used to pick dandelion leaves and use them in salads. Good but a tad bitter.

Deni B. writes: “Re Joel again, does he give you (the collective “you”) various music choices for the show’s theme? Does he view an episode or scene and then add the music (and then, who decides if the music fits the writer’s intent)? Can you explain the process to me (and ignore my naivete in such matters)?”

Answer: Joel will have a preliminary conversation with Brad and Robert, then he’ll go off and come up with a piece of music that will reflect the mood and tone of the series. Brad and Robert will listen to it, provide notes, Joel will make some adjustments and then, when all have signed off, he brings in the orchestra to record. Individual episodes are either tracked (using our music library built by Joel) or scored (in which case Joel comes up with original music for the episode). The producers will give their music and sound notes during the Day 1 Mix, adjustments are made, we’ll sign off on the final mix and we’re good to go.

Michael A. Burstein writes: “Superman is spending the year off Earth and living on the planet New Krypton, in the comic book Superman: World of New Krypton. The books Action Comics and Superman are covering other characters taking over for Superman on Earth. James Robinson, who wrote the acclaimed Starman series in the 1990s, is writing some of these stories, so that’s worth picking up.”

Answer: I really enjoyed Robinson’s work on Starman. Will definitely check it out.

Michael A. Burstein also writes: “Booster Gold is a great series, especially if you’re into time travel stories. The premise is that he’s fixing time anomalies throughout DCU history.”

Answer: This one sounds particularly intriguing. Was only able to pick up issues 15 and 18. Will check out another comic book store for 16 and 17.

Dasndanger writes: “Another new book that’s just started up with Bendis on it (three issues in) is Dark Avengers, with Norman Osborn as leader of the team, as well as leading what used to be S.H.I.E.L.D., and is now H.A.M.M.E.R.”

Answer: Really? Is he the Lex Luthor of Marvel now?

Dasndanger also writes: “X-Force is a bloody mess, and I love it! A killer X-Men team, what more could you want?”

Answer: Sold!

Dasndanger also writes: “I see you have Amazing Spider-Man – not sure if you know what’s going on there – but the character has undergone a major retcon – and I am loving it! No Mary Jane dragging him down.”

Answer: Retconned as if they never got married? Or retconned as if they never hooked up? Or retconned as if there is MJ in Peter Parker’s universe?

Sprinkles writes: “Will MS be appearing in the Stargate Universe premier?”

Answer: Michael will have a cameo in the premiere.

Zoniduck writes: “Joe, I’m probably the 50th person to link you to this by now, but given the theme for today’s Cake Wrecks blog Sunday Sweets post…”

Answer: Love it! Wonder how they taste?

StellaByStargate writes: “On the Stargate DVDs each episode is divided into chapters for easy navigation. Each one of those chapters has a title. Are those titles created by you, the writers, as the episode is written, or are they done after-the-fact by someone putting together the DVDs?”

Answer: They’re added by whoever is printing the DVD’s.

Major D. Davis writes: “Is Andy Mikita directing Time?”

Answer: Time will be a Robert C. Cooper joint.

Vincenzo1992 a ecrit: “1) Quelle est ta meilleur recette de pancakes ?

2) Combien mesure Amanda Tapping ? et vous ?”

Reponses: 1) Je les fais avec des morceaux de chocolat.

2) Je mesure 5”10.

Translation: 1) I like to make pancakes with chocolate chips.

2) I’m 5”10

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Jenny Robin

Quick, Joe…hop on over to cakewrecks.blogspot.com to see an amazing cake of the SG-1 style stargate.

Narelle from Aus

Congratulations on the 3,000,000! What no prizes? Streamers? You just don’t care about us like you used to Joe.

Awwwww, sleepy Brie.
Wasn’t Uncanny X-Men a band?

Any more casing of your place of late?
Just some advice on Bow and Arrow vs Crossbow. While the bow and arrow takes a little longer to setup (as a young tacker it took leaning all my weight on Dad’s bow to bend to string), once done it’s much faster to reload than a crossbow. The older I get the stranger my childhood was.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Brie is just too adorable for words. Normally I don’t like adorable. But I’ll make an exception for Brie. Nice picture.
You’ve got me drooling over all those lovely comics. But I’m going to have to draw the line at picking up that habit again. I’m not the most fiscally responsible person in the world, but if I want my books and dvds to have a good home, I have to make sure at least some of my income goes to the basics of life. Still, I appreciate the tidbits folks offer here, to see how far behind I’ve fallen in my readings.
to anyone with friends or family over in Italy, I hope all is well with them. a 6.3 quake is not your everyday rattle-the-dishes tremblor. All the 24 hour news channels are running canned shows, so no way to see how bad things are. Funny how even in a day of instant communications there are situations when the information flow drags.

TrueCat
TrueCat

Bubba looks like a cat sitting up on the couch like that.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Man…with that haul, you are gonna be totally confused! lol

As far as Spidey goes – retconned in that MJ made a deal with Mephisto to erase their marriage (and memory of) from reality in order to save Aunt May from dying (she was shot after the Civil War thing, partially due to the fact that Spider-Man revealed his true identity). She also made Mephisto promise to restore Spidey’s secret identity, and a few other things. I didn’t start reading until after all of that, but I believe in this new reality MJ and Peter had dated, but they never married, and are now leading seperate lives. I just think it’s a pretty decent, well-rounded book without all that sappy romantic stuff to weigh it down.

Now – arencha glad you asked?! grin

Here – this’ll help you get ready for Wednesday (provided that’s when Canada gets their new books):

http://previewsworld.com/support/previews_docs/orderforms/upcomingreleases.pdf

das

TrueCat
TrueCat

Also sorry I didn’t put it in my original comment:

“Answer: Retconned as if they never got married? Or retconned as if they never hooked up? Or retconned as if there is MJ in Peter Parker’s universe?”

I think Dasndanger means ‘retcon’ as in the memory loss pill used in the BBC series Torchwood.

Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

Hi Joe,

Its exciting to think that the Exec Producer of SGU and other SG series has responded to a question of mine… Even though it was “what question” grin

My question is:

I live in Australia and I am currently studying Film and Television production. I am only in my first year of a two year course, but I would like to see if it would be possible to do work experience/volunteer work for SGU next year? I know I am rather early, but if it is possible, I would like to set a goal to save, so I can come over to Canada… At the time I would like to come, I would have to be 21 so I could rent a car… If not, is there anything offered for prospective screen production students etc. for the show?

I’m guessing they havent got you back for your April fools joke. I hope we’ll get to hear what it was; however disgusting, or bad it is!!!

Daniel Willis (from Aus!)

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Oooo…I just noticed which Iron Fist you picked up – love that cover! Zircher shared it at the Benbo a while back:

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?p=5534990#post5534990

Good stuff!

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Oh, stupid question…

How does the book discussion work – do we ask BMB questions now, or discuss it first…or what. I really haven’t paid much attention to the routine in the past… oops (And I sure hope I’m not the only one who read it, or we’re gonna be in a pickle.)

das

Bailey
Bailey

I would probably tune in to Universe if one or more of the Atlantis actors were to make a cameo appearance, so I bet quite a few SG1 fans are looking forward to SGU for those little glimpses you are promising!

Morjana

Hi, Joe.

Saw ran across this tonight — Anime Evolution Convention in Vancouver, June 12-14. Alex Zahara is going to be a media guest! smile

http://www.animeevolution.com/?page_id=91

Loved the new video clip with scenes of SGU – SCI FI 2009-2010 at: http://video.scifi.com/player/?id=1077502

I have screen prints at: http://tinyurl.com/dgnz56

Best wishes!

Bailey
Bailey

So, guess the SGA movie really is on hold, sad
Sure hope the economy gets better soon. I am sad.
http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/2009/04/wright-and-cooper-spill-on-stargate/

ytimynona
ytimynona

3,000,000!!!! Congrats! That’s pretty special.

Is Brie an acting/modeling puppy or something? She’s so photogenic! And of course your puppies are just adorable! Especially Lulu! Thanks for the puppy pictures… as usual, you’ve made my day grin

Luis
Luis

Brie is cute does LULU harass’s Brie like she does the other dogs???

Luis
Luis

Joe!!! I dont see the Flash you dont like Barry Allen????

James
James

Congrats on the 3,000,000 milestone. Yours is truly a fun blog to read.

I’m curious Joe if you read green lantern?

If not you should try the paperback “rebirth.” I started with that one and have been following the series ever since.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Gorgeous photos. Love Bubba posing. Brie is VERY photogenic, to whom does she belong? any video of her mingling with your crowd? How does Lulu like the competition? You really ought have a licence to have access to that much cuteness in one go. Thanks for sharing and give your guys an extra special fuss from us fannish types please(Jelly looks especially cute today!).

sprinkles
sprinkles

Answer: Michael will have a cameo in the premiere.

Thats great, thank you for answering.

Kraut

Congrats! 3 mill. views, that’s quite a record.

but, but… …won’t there be something in for us? Like a contest? Neil Gaiman had one for 100.000 followers on twitter, and 3.000.000 is worth a lot more than 100.000, nah?

Prizes? Puppies? Jobs on SGU? No?
Oh, well. I’ll take the cute dog pics, then.

Morjana

Hi, Joe!

At Atronic: Stargate SG-1 Casino Slot Machines!

http://www.atronic.com/Games/Linked_Gaming/Stargate

Vegas, I’m on my way! smile

Madwelshboy
Madwelshboy

Hey Joe, since you like comics have you heard of The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection and The DC Comics Super Hero Collection from Eaglemoss Publications? Both are collections for cast lead, hand painted figurines of the characters with a magazine detailing the history and relationships of the characters.

jeremsg1
jeremsg1

Hi Joe,
Stargate Universe is filming in HD, like Atlantis? Or in 35mm like the seasons 4 to 7 of sg1?
And about the Atlantis movie, it will be filming on HD or 35mm?

jeff ford
jeff ford

Joe: Good luck with the story. Yeah, it can get pretty grueling at times. Although to someone like me who writes short stories regularly, writing a script seems impossible.

Becketts Patient
Becketts Patient

Hi Joe,

this mornig I woke up and a thought came to my mind.

The wraith came into being because the iratus bug turned slowly into a more human form after feeding again and again on humans over thounsands of years. So I wondered now if that was an ongoing process. Whether the wraith are still becoming more and more humanlike by feeding on humans. If that were the case, the retro-virus Dr. Beckett came up with only accerlates something that would happen at one point anyway (although probably not in the foreseeable future). If that is the case, are the wraith aware of it?

Loong question, but it kept me awake until 10 min before the alarm went off wink

Michael A. Burstein

Regarding Booster Gold: the first issues of the series were collected into a book, so you might want to check those out as well if you can. And Robinson’s been writing Superman stories for about a year or two now, and again, some of them have been collected.

I remember when the only way to read the older stories was to scour the back issue racks and hope. How times have changed.