FLUKE 2015. You will enjoy.


I will be at FLUKE this Saturday with all the coolest folks you could possibly imagine (click here and see their names). Ok, most of them. We will just say it is a gathering of a large majority of the coolest folks in existence. So if you are cool, then you will be there. If you are beasty then you will also be there. We are also letting in totally rad folks and a couple awesome dudes and dudettes. At least one neat person will be there along with a few amazing creators and a couple of ladies that are jiggy with it. Don’t even get me started about the attendees that are coming from miles around to gape at the glorious goodies that will abound in mounds atop the tables within the 40 Watt Club.

Yes, FLUKE is at the 40 Watt which is itself a fantastic place made for fun. I do not believe there will be any YOLOing aloud this year. But I’ve not seen any official documentation to support that so you may be able to if no one is looking.

So come hang out with us. Bring yourself and money and your friend who also has money. They will be serving alcoholic beverages so there may be a few people who are crunk before the end of the show. But we don’t let them crush our good time vibe or anything.

Mini-Comics & Zine Festival

Saturday 11th
40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
$2 bucks admission
You Will Enjoy

2015 FLUKE poster_web

I remember the first time I went to FLUKE, I died right on the spot. Thankfully they had a resurrection machine on hand because Bizarro Wuxtry was a sponsor and they have everything. You should try and stop by there while you are in town. You will not be disappointed, I assure you. I am not kidding in the least. You will be a better person after you walk the rooms filled with relics that will sooth your beasty soul within. It’s cathartic or something.

Speaking of replenishing the soul, FLUKE is a great place to meet new people and future friends. Many long lasting buddies have met on the floor of FLUKE. Not lying down drunk on the floor but walking the floor. Communing in comics and regaling in shared commonalities are great ways to build bonds that will hold stronger than any man made substance. The ethereal kinship that can form around stacks of stapled paper are unlike any others. It’s true and when you come to FLUKE you will see. You will enjoy.

J Chris Campbell Returns to SPX

I’m happy to announce that I will be returning to SPX after a few years of not being there. My journey and arangements are thanks to grants from the Ullman Foundation, the Daughhetee Cooperative and some help from AdHouse Books. I will be tooling around in grand ole Bethesda Maryland this weekend, September 13th and 14th. I will be seated with fellow Wide Awake Press pals Rob Ullman and Jared Cullum at booth number C3. Stop by and say hello!

SPX 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is very long

Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out today. I saw it yesterday, but not at the midnight showing. We got to see it at 7 pm. I’m not sure when they stopped the midnight showing debut for movies but it sure does make for a soft opening. There were 10 people in the theatre with us. It seems that since they’ve taken away the midnight showing it breaks up the crowd and makes it less of an event. Apparently the 9 pm showing was when the action happened. I didn’t see the size of that crowd because the movie was 2 hours and 22 minutes long. And it really does feel like it is that long.

I was excited to see the return of the classic costume in action. The animators really did a great job of making it look more realistic. With wrinkles and fabric flapping in the wind while he swings thru the city. There were some really fun “go pro”views of him shooting webs and zooming past buildings. I’m a long time Spider-man fan so that stuff was pretty fantastic to see.

In the first movie Andrew Garfield really annoyed me. He played Spidey a lot more cocky than I think he should be. I like my Parker humble and my Spidey a little cocky with some quippy mixed in. In this movie, He felt a lot more even and I think he does a pretty good job at being Spider-Man. Especially in this movie’s first scene with Spider-man trying to stop a heist. It’s full of great humor and neat stunts, even if they are cg.

Making fun of bad guys

Humor is another reason I loved the comics growing up. But it was always balanced with terrible things that Spider-man had to endure. Especially the many deaths he could have stopped from happening. AS1 and AS2 both have pretty major death scenes that are also a part of Spider-man loir. It’s hard to sit thru with a younger kid, especially the one that happens in this movie. It’s pretty heavy stuff.

The chemistry of Andrew and Emma in these movies is pretty undeniable. So it’s no surprise that they are a couple in real life. Every scene they are in together feels right and Emma Stone does a great job at creating a Gwen Stacy for today’s girls. She’s smarter than Peter and is strong willed with her own agendas and things to add to the story. She is a pretty crucial part to both the movies. Unlike Peter’s parents who they keep putting emphasis on.

I’m not sure where they’re getting this stuff about them being super genius millionaire scientist. But it really bothers me. One of the appealing things about Spidey is that anyone could have been him. You could be Spider-Man kid! It was an accident and had you been there instead of Peter, you’d be swinging around New York with your costume flapping in the wind. But no, everything has to be connected and nothing is by chance. The “magic” is lost and everything happens for a reason.

Not bad for someone with the power of a spider

I really did enjoy the movie. Sure there were some parts that were a little strange, like the german scientist torturing electro. Or the horrible CGI that showed Paul Giamatti in the Rhino suit and the music playing electric tower things. But it’s a movie based on a comic book character! So I wasn’t surprised.

I was surprised at how little there was of Spider-man in action. Or rather how little it felt like there was. It was a little painful waiting thru all the story just to see Spidey in action again. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see this as a kid. It’s full of lots of stories and lots of talking and after a while you do start to look at your watch and say “How long is this movie?”

The internet will find a way to edit it down I’m sure. They’ll be several versions like the all action AS2 or the Electro Story.I’m looking forward to the Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy scenes edited to create a romantic comedy. There’s something for everyone in this movie and I guess that’s why it had to be so long. I’m just glad it wasn’t a midnight showing.

Free Image

Until you go see the movie you can enjoy this lock screen image of old web head that I made for myself.

Spidey Wallpaper