Happy Mothers Day! Bad Day salutes the young men who will spend the day, as well as the lion's share of their disposable income, on eBay trying to replace all the comics their mothers threw out years ago.
Over the years I have shown the spellbinding short film Der Lauf Der Dinge to a good many of my friends. That 1987 film by Peter Fischli and David Weiss was a pretty obvious inspiration for this incredible Honda commercial (requires Flash 6). According to the news story linked from the site this piece took over 600 takes, once again proving my point that advertising directors know more about creativity, luring the viewer, and delivering plain old-fashioned intrigue than most everyone currently making movies.
Alex Lifeson of Rush will be participating in a charity fundraiser called Famous Plates, where Canadian celebrities and chefs will put on what amounts to a live cooking show. This event is put on by CTV, but I've found no evidence that it will be shown on TV. If any of my Canadian readers (yes, I have some) could learn more about a possible airdate for this I would be grateful.
I take great and profound joy in such tales of human idiocy. In the eyes of some folks that might make me a bad person, destined for all manner of damnation and eternal punishment. Fortunately now I can plan out exactly what circle of hell I'll be occupying by taking the Dante's Inferno Online Test. (Site has been going down due to traffic. Be patient.)
Remember that tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. Gather yer kin and significant others and bring them to a local comic store. SciFi is in on the action, and there's been some newspaper and library tie-ins around the country as well. There's stuff for kids and adults available. Just go already.
Big kudos to the Irish theater owner who uses jamming technology to block cell phone usage. I hope he wins this case. The arguments made against him are just stupid. I plan on actually going to a movie theater this weekend (my first time in about ten months) and if a phone goes off within arm's reach it will be damaged.
In Print: The new issue of Barracuda Magazine features a nifty cover story on the Batmobile. If you pass by a comic shop, might I be so bold as to recommend Image'sThe Agents. It's a cool little black & white book that starts with the premise that James Bond, The Thunderbirds, and Green Hornet all co- exist in the same world. Neat stuff.