Gamma-infused Pizza Party

If you picked up the truly excellent Dark Horse Presents #20 last month, you had the distinct pleasure of reading a radical little story by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas. Comics Alliance wrote a great piece about the nostalgia-fueled pop culture-laced fun bomb of a comic that is Gamma, so I suggest you read what they said and then track down the three appearances of Dusty Keztchemal, monster trainer and coward.
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I’ve truly entered the comic book world.

If you read comics for long enough and pay attention, you’ll begin to notice that writers and artists love to work tons of references into their work. Subtle references, clever references, inside jokes, bizarre gags and obscure imagery that are often a treat for eagle-eyed and perceptive readers. Sometimes it’s as simple as a song lyric worked into a line of dialogue or a portrait of a writer as an “extra” in a scene, other times it may be as overt as an editor’s head showing up on a pike on a battlefield in front of a conquering army—just ask Philip Simon or Patrick Thorpe, they’ve both been decapitated in comics before! References like these in comic books are the easter eggs that über nerds like me love. I’d be lying if I said that I never hoped my career as an editor would lead to some obscure nod to yours truly.

And now, thanks to artist Evan “Doc” Shaner, I’ve officially been referenced in a comic book! Continue Reading “I’ve truly entered the comic book world.”


Arty Party!

Earlier today, I was scrolling through my Google Reader and I came across a link on The Beat that struck my fancy. It seems there’s a Kitty Pryde tribute art show called “Full of Pryde” where some modern comics artists are doing their take on the X-Men’s phasin’ vixen and it’s all a fundraiser for the Oregon Hemophilia Treatment Center.

By Joelle Jones
By Joelle Jones

This, I like.

Now I’m no art critic and would never claim to be one, but as I guy who reads a ton of comics I’d like to think I’m at least entitled to a “I may not know art, but I know what I like” opinion after poring over pages and pages chock-full of panels. And it’s that propensity for comic art ogling that makes me pretty partial to any sort of “fine art” (whatever that means, right?) that has some of it’s roots in pop culture or fantasy.
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Brutal Combat

Challenged by my long-time amigo and former roommate Jon-Erik, I have entered the realm of a super simple and super fun online flash game: My Brute.


Here’s the basics:

Head to, or accept an invite to fight me (PizzaPartyMan) by clicking here.

Then you enter a name, get a cool little warrior generated for you (which you can customize a bit) and then enter the arena. You don’t do any of the actual fighting, but you get to watch these crazy little battles play out—like cockfighting, but not tasteless, illegal or real.


The more you fight and the more people you recruit (Seriously…fight me now and be recruited to my dojo!) the more experience, items and moves you get.

My Dojo and my many pupils.
My Dojo and my many pupils.

It’s a jolly ol’ time and is played with the click of a single button—click “Fight!” and just sit back and watch a tiny, minute-long battle of epic proportions—so, why not try it out?!