Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

The 2009 Evertime Realms Halloween Party!

Last years Halloween costume. This year? Wait and see...

Last year's Halloween costume. This year? Wait and see...

Hey, friends! I know the postings have been sparse the last few days, and since my new hard drive isn’t coming in until the weekend, it may still be sparse for a little while. But I’m not going to let that stop me from bringing you my patented brand of seasonal celebration! Tomorrow is October 1, and that means it’s time for the 2009 Evertime Realms Halloween Party!

Last year, in the party, I brought you guys a ton of content — movie reviews, comic book reviews, book reviews, an original novella set in the world of my novel Other People’s Heroes, and the Third Annual Showcase Halloween Movie Marathon. It was a grand old time, friends, and you can go back and read all of those features any time using the categories or tags on the side of the page, or the search function at the top.

This year may not be quite as full. The play Heather and I are directing is opening on Oct. 16 and running for two weekends, which will take a lot of time, but I’ve got a lot of stuff set up already. This year in the party you can expect to see this kind of things:

  • Reviews of assorted creepy movies including (but not limited to) Severance, Murder Party, and Return of the Living Dead Part 3.
  • Novel reviews featuring Drood and The Monstrumologist.
  • No less than three Halloween-themed Toy Story articles.
  • Halloween-themed installments of my Everything But Imaginary column and the 2 in 1 Showcase Podcast!
  • Reviews of every Halloween comic I can find, plus the continuing focus on Blackest Night.
  • The Fourth Annual Showcase Halloween Movie Marathon, this year featuring the classic Universal Pictures Frankenstein franchise! This year, the marathon will be a two-for-one feature! You’ll be able to listen to the podcast version, read the blog version, or both!
  • And we’re going to cap off the month with the launch of my new audio fiction-focused podcast, Blake M. Petit’s Evercast. The podcast will launch on the last Monday in October with a new Halloween short story, “It’s Time to Play the Music.” And don’t worry, if you’re not the sort who listens to audio fiction, the story will also appear in text here at the ‘Realms.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And it all kicks off tomorrow with my first movie review. So tell your friends, spread the word, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Have a creepy October!

28
Sep
09

Upheaval

Things have kind of been in a state of upheaval for me lately, both personally and professionally, so I thought today I’d just give you a quick rundown of what’s what.

The professional stuff first. If you haven’t heard already, last weekend’s episode of the 2 in 1 Showcase will be the last for my co-host, Chase. Some personal stuff is taking over his life these days, and he has to pull back from the show. We’re gonna miss him, we wish him luck, and we’re keeping the microphone warm if he ever manages to come back. In the meantime, I’ve talked to Mike “Techno-Dunce” Bellamy and Emergency Backup Geek Kenny Fanguy about increasing their presence on the show, because let’s face it, you don’t want to listen to me ramble about comic books for an hour solo. It’s much better when you’ve got someone to talk to.

Personally, my computer has been a real mess. Following the well-documented epic battle with the virus last week, I’ve come to the conclusion that I either need a new hard drive, more RAM, or an entire new computer. The first one is the most likely at the moment (and is significantly cheaper than option three), so I’m hoping to get that taken care of ASAP.

Third, the people have spoken, and my next podcast novel, beginning in January, will be the superhero yarn Cross-Purposes. The book needs a bit of editing before I can start recording, but that’s the reason I started working on this so early. The podcast, however, will launch the last Monday in October with a new Halloween-themed short story, “It’s Time to Play the Music.” Stay tuned. Hope you dig it.

27
Sep
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 138: Age of Apocalypse

Because you demanded it! People have long asked us to do an episode delving into the classic X-Men storyline, The Age of Apocalypse, and we at the showcase aim to please! This week, Blake and Chase talk about the overall storyline, our favorites of the individual issues, and which elements from the Age of Apocalypse managed to transcend “alternate reality” status and become part of the regular X-Men lore. In the picks, Blake loved the first issue of Ender’s Game: Command School, while Chase gives us the graphic novel pick, Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One. Contact us with comments, suggestions, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

2 in1 Showcase Episode 138: Age of Apocalypse
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26
Sep
09

What I’m Reading: Blackest Night-Superman #2

The Blackest Night rolls on, with aBlackest Night: Superman #2n attack on Smallville. Superman and Superboy are facing off the Black Lantern Superman of Earth-2, while his undead wife Lois holds Martha Kent hostage. On New Krypton, Supergirl finds her own father has been transformed by the Black Lanterns into a ruthless monster.

Oh, and it gets better. What do Black Lanterns feed on? Why, emotions, of course. And name one dead character who is the master of emotion? That’s right — in addition to the undead members of the Superman family, the Black Lantern Psycho Pirate is turning Smallville into Hell on Earth.

James Robinson is nailing it with this book. High action, incredible characters, and one of the best battle scenes we’ve yet seen in the midst of the Blackest Night. Throwing Psycho Pirate into the mix was a stroke of genius. They can take what he already does best and turn it into a weapon that really makes a difference in these circumstances. The last few pages had me absolutely giddy — the depiction of Martha Kent in the pages of this book is perhaps the best she’s ever been. As for the artwork… my buddy Mark from Comixtreme.com said it simply and perfectly. Eddy Barrows needs to be on a Superman comic book. Now.

Rating: 10/10

24
Sep
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 137: Greg Rucka and Whiteout

A few days late, thanks to Blake’s epic battle with the Computer Virus of Doom, but the Showcase is back! This week, Blake and Chase chat about the work of writer Greg Rucka, whose series Whiteout has hit the big screen. From his early work at Oni Press to works at DC and Marvel, including epic runs with the Batman family, the guys delve into all things Rucka! In the picks this week, Blake is all over G-Man: Learning to Fly, and Chase goes with Guardians of the Galaxy #17. Contact us with comments, suggestions, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com.

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 137: Greg Rucka and Whiteout
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23
Sep
09

Blake’s Universal Rule of the Universe #59

59. If at any point in your day, you turn to a complete stranger and say, “You’re not a cop, are you?”, the time has come to re-evaluate your life choices.

Read the rest of Blake’s Universal Rules of the Universe right here!

21
Sep
09

I’m back — kinda

Good news, folks. After much struggling with the computer and a full reformatting of the hard drive, I seem to be back online. Fortunately, my documents, photos, and music were all saved on my external drive, so I haven’t lost anything, but it’s going to be a pain in the you-know-what to get everything reinstalled and up and running at full speed again.




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