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So i'm lame...haven't been posting or updating for a while.

Nothing to report really. Job sucks. Got my license back (their fault!) woohoo. Getting ready for a fundraiser next weekend during SPX. And just got back from a funeral.

That one sucked. Going to a man's funeral that practically raised. He was like a 2nd father to me and my brother and I spent a great deal out at his farm growing up. I just remembered growing very attached to the many life lessons he taught me over the years.

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I sometimes think that whatever mysterious force binds us together is really trying to mess with my life.

My driver's license was suspended today. For reasons I argue are the courts and the DMV's fault for being a bad bureaucracy. After being verbally assaulted by a police officer and failing to get my court date this is the reward I get. Gotta love WV.

Hopefully I can get this sorted out.

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The more I reflect on my job, the more I'm getting burnt out and frustrated. Party Politics has taken it's toll on me I feel and it has left me with such a cynical bad taste in my mouth it's left me with little motivation to do other things.

I just want to write.

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The Blurred Productions staff hometown convention.

How was it? Did all the new changes create a better con? Did it grow by leaps and bounds?

Find out!


newjason and dryponder stayed with us in Shepherdstown. Nice being able to put them up and help them out. Plus I got the new ninjasaur!!! and newjason's sweet Ollie Queen print along with a Gizmo Duck.



dryponder did a totally awesome sketch of all four Robin's for me (spoiler is included in this, naturally).


Plus I got a wonderful commission from Stephane Roux of Manhunter. Pics will follow when i get my camar fixed.

Now to the review -

The Baltimore Comic-Con has been one of the best Conventions I’ve been to consistently, but this year it went into some different changes. It was a larger area in the Convention Center which was nice, but it made the place feel empty.

I realize this convention is quite a success story and I’m happy to support it and promote it, but this year, it was poorly organized. The ticket process was confusing and ridiculous, the lines where poorly managed and the staff was not very helpful. It was as if they traded space at the expense of customer service.

While the talent was great and it was wonderful to see some friends and talk to creators it was also disappointed with the panels. There weren’t really any.

I was really looking forward to the DC Nation panel and it really left a sour taste in my mouth. Way too many sex jokes and just overall rudeness from the DC staff made me leave. When there are children present I doubt many want to hear about the ‘Legion of Herpes Heroes’ - Kurt Busiek. I’m not saying people need to be censored. I’m the last person who is for fucking censorship, but some tact is also in order. Tell some fucking good stories and then maybe you will earn the right to talk like a fucking 14 year old.

It just made me feel the fans don’t inherently matter to them. That we can just sit there and take it. When we disagree with their stories, readers are ostracized by the DC staff.

It made me feel rather awful about continuing to buy their products and I’m the biggest DC Comics fan out there.

Logistically this Convention needs to be three days and they should take a page from the Heroes Convention people on organization. They have a very nice system and friendly staff. Also a major gripe has been the Orioles’ and Raven’s schedule. Every time they play they raise the price of rooms 100%. Not good.

I also wasn’t very impressed with the Dealers. Of course there were the usual dealers I go to and support and like. They are great, but there was very little variety.

Plus it didn’t seem terribly indie friendly. Always bad.

However I give John Gallagher of Skydog and Buzzboy huge credit for creating a kid friendly area and table. Hats off. I wish this table success as it travels the circuit. Because this is what comics needs. Kid Friendly booths that actually try to grow the readership and promote good stories and fun. NOT THE SUICIDE GIRLS. That only plays on nerds already terrible grasp and exploitative view towards women.

I give this Con 6 out of 10 bones.

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I am posting this from my other blog:

I will follow up with my Baltimore Convention report later among other things. Right now, I  have to discuss my utter frustration with Green Arrow and Black Canary. I don’t know where this entry will go, I’m just rambling.

I can’t blame Judd Winick anymore for the poor characterization or the terrible exploitative nature of the book towards women. I can’t blame him for his bad writing either. The blame for this goes to the editors and ultimately the senior staff of DC Comics for letting this pattern continue.

There was a time when I idolized Ollie Queen. My father got me into Green Arrow, telling me how he was this ‘hard traveling’ hero stood for social justice and the innate flaws in his positions sometimes. Denny O’Neil and Mike Grell gave the best characterization of Ollie out there.

O’Neil gave Green Arrow purpose and took the reader across the country showcasing many of the social ills going through are society at the time. Grell brought a sense of realism to the book that has not been matched or seen in any DC book since.

I am a fan of Kevin Smith’s relaunch and Brad Meltzer’s reflective time on the book. Meltzer took what was great about the history of Ollie and showcased it in his run. Perfect story.

Black Canary…such a wonderful character taken to new heights by Grell and Gail Simone. Grell took the character through hell and back and she came through it intact. Granted she needed some help, but you got to see the human side of a hero rarely seen anymore in DC. Simone made her competent by empowering her and making her a strong female voice that any reader can appreciate.  All the women in the Birds of Prey have that affect.

For all of Judd Winick’s liberal thought and views, he fails miserably in articulating any one of them into his book.

He had the opportunity of making Ollie Queen a relevant champion for social justice again but instead uses the Star City ‘wall’ as a poor metaphor for Katrina ( I am giving him credit here by assuming that’s what he was doing).

He could have commented on racism, homophobia, economic disparity, sexism, religious zealotry, etc, and  yet he squandered it by being the thing I feel he despises. You made Ollie the kind of person you are. ‘Limousine Liberalism’ was the central theme of that book (I again am giving him the benefit of the doubt by suggesting he had any type of relevant commentary to make). You squandered any type of good Ollie could have done by telling a ‘52′ story in his own book. You had him just throw money at the Star City’s problems as opposed to addressing actual societal ills.  But can we blame Mr. Winick? It’s ultimately an Editorial Position.

That is some awful symbolism. The reader is subjected to three full panels of Deathstroke’s sword in Black Canary’s throat.

According to Mr. Winick, Black Canary cannot fight. She cannot do anything on her own but have sex and make cookies. He truly is pioneering in the field of feminism.

From a sales perspective, why is he allowed to continue to be on this book. Typically when a writer is on a book this long they are doing something truly worthy to the character such as what Geoff John’s did on the Flash or James Robinson on Starman or GAIL SIMONE ON BIRDS OF PREY!

The fact he is allowed to continue on this book after the relaunch makes my stomach churn. His base for this book is probably the small amount of comic book fans who do get off on bad writing and exploitative images towards women, because they are reading Micheal Turner books as well.

He represents the worst of the worst at DC comics and the fact that DC allows this type of filth to be published shows how much their company has respect for it’s readers. You can still tell good stories without mouth raping characters. You can still tell good stories without destroying years of good story telling by people like Grell, Meltzer, O’Neil, Simone and many others.

Maybe if I punch a continuity wall, a sense of clairvoyance might befall the DC Editorial Staff and fire Judd Winick.

I doubt it.

If this entry strikes a chord with anyone please send a letter stating how you feel (politely and articulate) to DC comics:

Paul Levitz and Dan DiDio c/o


1700 Broadway NYC, NY 10019

Until next time...

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Hi all, I'm restarting my L/J account. I got rid of my old one a few months ago and decided to go a different angle on here.

As opposed to using this as an angsty outlet this account will be used to comment about life, comics, pop culture, politics, and to keep in touch with friends.


Is tomorrow. I will be attending as a number of my friends. newjason and dryponder are coming up this evening and will be staying with us in Shepherdstown. Looking forward to the new Ninjasaur. I also hope to get a J.G. Jones commission, but I doubt I will. We shall see.

Till next time I remain you're faithful correspondent

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