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DUDE, I’m in an Obscure WebComic!

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Many moons ago, Tom Croom and I went to BotCon 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  After attending as ‘general admission’ walk-ins, we wrote a review about it.  That review is here, if you haven’t read it yet.

To summarize my BotCon 2010 experience:
1.) It was disorganized on multiple fronts.
2.) It was catered specifically for the high price point attendees.
3.) Almost all other Florida Conventions have a deeper and richer line of programming and activities.
4.) It was a major disappointment.

Pretty simple to me.  I guess I was expecting more, and was let down.  I have grown used to this in my life.  Movies such as Bayformers and TV shows such as Lost and Heroes, all of which I had high hopes for, and all of which failed to live up to anything I was expecting.

Tom and I have put facts up to support our opinion.  These can be seen on the now truly epic BotCon Chronicles on Tom’s Blog.  I guess we have struck a real sore nerve and the rabid BotCon supporters came out to tell Tom and I that our opinion was wrong!  As this discussion has gone on, I am noticing something very telling of those that are carrying the flag of BotCon support.  Trying to state facts to this group is like arguing with Christian Fundamentalists.  When Tom shows that the ‘main panels’ room cannot physically seat all the BotCon attendees, he is accused of twisting the facts.  Tom quotes one of the BotCon staffers regarding point #2 above, and Tom is accused of using quotes out of context.  The ultimate capper is when we are told we can’t comment on BotCon because we didn’t go to every single event, but they are free to ‘poo-poo’ our panel, even though they have never sat through it.  Hypocrisy in action!

Move the WayBack Machine to yesterday, and now Tom and I are the ‘stars’ of an obscure webcomic over at Shortpacked.com.  I have read a good number of David Willis’ strips, and though sometimes more politically skewed than I prefer my ‘entertainment’ reading, not bad, though I don’t think it is any different than the other gazillion ‘geek culture’ webcomics out there, like PvP, CAD or even Penny Arcade.  It may be unfair to compare him to those, however.  It is still a quality product, even if his opinion of Beast Wars is seriously flawed.

I Have an Opinion!

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I have an opinion!

Yes I do… and many have said that I truly hate most of what is produced for the mass media. Yes, I loathe Lost but that show became a parody of itself. I hate Heroes. That show just pretended to be good. Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Star Trek (J.J. Hackbrams) were all movies whose writers needed the crutch from pre-existing fandom. All were nothing like the original but had a ‘BIG NAME’ to bank on. It is the epitome of laziness in mass media today. Today on Facebook, I was challenged to come up with anything I actually *LIKED* “in the last few years”. That time period was defined as 3 years. So, now I will dig deep into my mind and come up with that list, and it may just surprise you!

- Stardust (2007) – I went to see this film initially to just keep people from going to a movie alone. I was truly impressed with the film and own it on DVD and HD-DVD. Yes, I said HD-DVD! :)

- Enchanted (2007) – This film was exactly what it was trying to be. Both cute and a satire on the whole ‘save the Princess’ genre. The cameos by the ladies of previous features kill me.

- Live Free or Die Hard UNRATED (2007) – As much as I loved Die Hard 1 & 2, but loathed 3… the fourth installment of the franchise brought it back. Though this only goes for the awesomeness that is the unrated version.

- Justice League Unlimited (ended in 2006) – I truly love the DC Animated Universe. Keeping continuity for over 10 years on TV is just unheard of. It takes a storyline that began in Batman: The Animated Series, continued through Superman:TAS, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, and Justice League to a final completion with the Lex Luthor, Darkseid and the Anti-Life Equation. Ten times better than Final Crisis attempted to do.

- Three Sheets (2007) – Zane Lamprey created a show that has a camera follow him drink around the world. Oh, and we learn some culture too!

- Kung Fu Panda (2008) – Just plain fun! There is no charge for awesomeness or attractiveness.

- Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) – As good of an adaptation of the series as one could get in the limited time frame. You can check out the podcast for my detailed opinion.

- Stargate SG-1 (ended in 2006) – What started as just a run of the mill science fiction show began realizing that continuity and serialized stories were much better than the episodic drudge that was on TV at the time.

- Watchmen (2009) and V for Vendetta (2006) – Even though each drifted away from Alan Moore’s storyline, these films captured the spirit of the work.

- Iron Man (2008) – You know what you get when you take a superhero and don’t make him extra angsty or closer to the people. You get a good superhero movie.

- 300 (2006) – MANTASTIC!

- Speed Racer (2008) – Yeah, people didn’t like it. The problem with this film was the reason why I truly enjoyed it, own it on BluRay and still watch it at least once a month. It is a near PERFECT translation of Speed Racer to the big screen. People wanted some Transformers style junk. This was exactly what it should have been.

- Hot Fuzz (2007) – I don’t know why, but I thought this movie rocked! Actually, I think it was for the ending.

- Fanboys (2008) – Even though it had its issues and the story is completely unbelievable, it’s cute. Luckily they didn’t completely butcher this, as we expected they would.

- Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Ok, yeah, it won an Oscar, but I think it was one of the most original storytelling films of last year.

I probably missed some stuff… but again, I am old and my mind is going.

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