A Boy and His Shadow – Cover Revealed!

Mad Sea Dog has released the cover art for the anticipated A Boy and His Shadow graphic novel. Written and drawn by acclaimed comic book artist Benjamin Ilka, A Boy and His Shadow is the flagship of the Mad Sea Dog publishing brand. Head over to the site for more information, and be sure to pick up a copy when it is released in about a month.

A Boy and His Shadow

In other comic book related news, Wes and I are going to see a double feature this Thursday: Iron Man followed by The Incredible Hulk. What’s cool about these two films is that they’re both released by Marvel Studios, and have some interesting story elements that connect them. Apparently, Captain America’s shield can be seen in Iron Man, and he’ll show up in the Hulk as well. Same thing with Nick Fury, and Tony Stark is going to make a cameo in the Hulk too. Sweet.

Scuba Diving in Maui – February 08

Right before Danielle moved back to New York she and I ventured out to Hawaii for a fun filled 9 day adventure in the sun and sea. In between the beach, the galleries and all the great restaurants, Danielle, Stephanie, her friend Emma and I took two fantastic scuba diving trips. These pictures are from the first two dives of the four that we made that trip, and include some of us with a friendly little octopus that we found on the journey.

Scuba Steph
Here is Stephanie giving the “Hang Loose” sign.

Scuba Steph
Danielle giving the “I’m okay!” sign.

Scuba Steph
Me giving the “What….you no like your soup?” sign.

Scuba Steph
Looks like an octopus caught in headlights.

Scuba Steph
Thanks, scuba guy, very articulate. We know the octopus was cool. We know your underwater chalkboard is cool. Show us some sharks now please. Er….friendly sharks.

Toy Story Midway Mania – Anyone for Disneyland?

Toy Story Midway Mania! Is set to open up at Disneyland on June 17, 2008. It looks REALLY COOL. Basically, it’s a combination of the 3-D movie rides at the parks with Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters game. I’ve always enjoyed the Astro Blasters, competing with everyone to see who can get the best score, so this is pretty sure to top my list of favorites pretty quickly. My anticipation for the ride aside, I also really want to see the latest audio-animatronic venture from the Imagineers – the Mr. Potato Head who entertains the people in line looks amazing. Check it out:

Let’s go to Disneyland! Who’s comin’ with me? …and while we wait, I came across these cool facts about the ride:

In each of the Toy Story Midway Mania! games, there is at least one “easter egg” — targets that can trigger the appearance of bonus high-value targets and other changes in the scene.

Toy Story Midway Mania! is the first time that Walt Disney Imagineering is creating an attraction for two Disney Parks simultaneously.

This is the first attraction that Walt Disney Imagineering designed where the Imagineers had to wear 3-D glasses to art direct all the black-light paint elements.

In order to create a show that responds not only to every pull of a guest’s spring-action shooter but also every move their midway tram makes, there are more than 150 computers communicating over multiple networks throughout the attraction.

More time was spent programming Mr. Potato Head than for any other Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Mr. Potato Head will be able to say more lines of dialogue than any Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

“It’s a ride that’s a game. It’s a game that’s a ride,” says Mr. Potato Head to queuing guests. “Step right up and see what’s inside.”

The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure is the first time that an Audio-Animatronics figure can remove a body part and re-attach it (in the case of his ear).

The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure has new, highly expressive and animated eyes that can look directly at a particular guest in the queue when speaking to him/her.

Mr. Potato Head marks the first Audio-Animatronics figure whose mouth appears to form words and vowel sounds.

Toy Story Midway Mania! is the first time that Woody and Buzz Lightyear (along with some of their friends) from the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” films appear together in a ride-through attraction.

They Misunderestimated Me.

The new teaser poster for Oliver Stone’s upcoming film W. Pretty funny.

W Poster

Official Plot Synopsis: Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. W takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life — his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.

W stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Herbert Walker Bush, Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, and Ioan Gruffud as Tony Blair.

Flamenco, Paella and Lake Pleasant

This weekend I did three pretty cool things that I’d like to share with the group.

1. Angie and I went to a Spanish restaurant called Pepin in Old Town Scottsdale for some Paella. I was reluctant at first, considering that I haven’t tried the saffron infused seafood dish since I wasn’t impressed with it back in Spain in 1997. I have since expanded my pallete, and I was ready to try the Spanish delicacy once again. Angie was craving Paella, and I wanted to give it another shot, and I’m so glad I did – I really enjoyed it, even the squid!

2. The Flamenco dancing at the restaurant was really great too, especially since Angie knew all the performers and they stopped by our table afterward to chat with us.

Lake Pleasant

3. It was a 45 minute drive up to Lake Pleasant, and it cost $5 to get in (there goes my American Idol pool money), but the 4.0 mile (roundtrip) hike I did along the Northeast part of the lake was well worth it. The yellow and purple wildflowers that are in bloom along the trail were really spectacular, and hiking around the lake was so much better than sitting at home playing video games.

Well…actually, that depends on the video game. Heh, just kidding!

This…is Your American Idol Pool

Our good buddy Pat has set up an American Idol pool – this will be the first year I’ve participated in something like this but it’s right up my alley! I’ve never been good at those football or basketball pools…now is my time to shine! Here’s the thing – if you want to participate, today’s the day to get your picks done! The pool closes tomorrow when the show starts (I’m guessing East Coast time). After that, I’m taking the link to the bracket down and you’re out of luck.

American Idol

The cost is $5 per entry.
Deadline for brackets is before the Round 3 results show starts (this week).
Deadline for money is before the Round 4 results show starts (next week).
See attached form for details.

Click Here to Download the Bracket

American Idol Wrapup

For all my friends who I want to talk to about American Idol – because I know I’m the only one who watches it. The first video is David Archuleta singing Imagine. This kid has one heck of a voice. The second is Brooke White (who is from Mesa, AZ) singing You’re so Vain. I’m pretty sure that song is about me, by the way.

David Archuleta

Brooke White

Okay, now that you’re caught up…

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