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Just me ranting and raving on most things sci-fi, action and fantasy. By the way, I have horrible

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9/8/2007 10:56:14 PM permalink

Just got back from checking it out. Total mindless fun!!! Worth seeing on the big screen Kind of like taking Bug's Bunny, Yosimitti Sam and Desperado and shoving them in a blender. Add a dash of Monica Belluci for flavoring and you have Shoot 'Em Up. Just pay your admission, check you brain at the door and prepare to blown away. Not a great film by any means, but a lot of fun.

I heard it's not doing so great at the box office. So, if you're like me. And, you like seeing movies on the big screen, check it out quick. 'Cause, it'll be gone quick. That is, unless a bunch of us bullet junkies go see it this weekend.

Tags: action, guns, up, shoot, em, bullets

Zombie Action Figures... Thor, Wolverine, Hulk...

8/27/2007 10:44:31 PM permalink

Follow the link. These are really cool!

Tags: action, zombie, hulk, thor, wolverine, figures

Zombie Action Figures... Thor, Wolverine, Hulk...

8/27/2007 10:44:08 PM permalink

Follow the link. These are really cool!

Tags: action, zombie, hulk, thor, wolverine, figures

Diabetic teen and brother create comics

5/27/2007 1:24:22 AM permalink

By ANDALE GROSS, Associated Press Writer Sat May 26, 10:01 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The evil Dr. Diabetes leaps from a hospital window, crashing through the glass, determined to infect anyone in his path with the chronic, debilitating disease from which he takes his name.

The imposing, green, wild-haired monster scowls, punches the air and taunts, "I will make sure that everyone on the planet feels my pain. The whole world will have diabetes."

In real life, 13-year-old Kamaal Washington — one of the creators of the Dr. Diabetes comic book character — faces his own battle with diabetes. The teen says the adventures that he and his 11-year-old brother, Malcolm, capture in their comic books are meant to spread awareness about the disease and empower those who have it.

"You control the disease," says Kamaal, "don't let it control you."

The comic books tell the stories of children who learn they have diabetes and find themselves visited by Dr. Diabetes. But his wicked intentions are foiled by the heroes of the comics, Omega Boy and later, Mighty Boy. The books are sold online but will be available soon at Walgreen and CVS shops in the Kansas City area and comic book shops nationally.

Kamaal and Malcolm are working on their third diabetes-themed comic. Slated for July, the comic tells the story of a politician who refuses to work to increase funds to find a cure for diabetes and the heroes' quest to change that.

Kamaal was 9 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is most commonly found in younger children and teens and makes them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life. With this form of diabetes, the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kamaal checks his blood sugar seven to eight times a day and must watch how much sugar and salt he eats. He wears an insulin pump so he can get a supply of insulin whenever he needs it, without having to receive shots. The pump includes a device about the size of a cell phone that contains insulin, with a thin tube that allows the insulin to flow from the device to Kamaal's stomach.

Diabetes was largely an unknown to the boy before a family trip to St. Louis in 2003 when Kamaal was taken to the emergency room after complaining of constant thirst and feeling ill. Kamaal's great-grandmother on his mother's side had Type 2 diabetes. But no other family members had the disease.

"I got really scared," Kamaal says. "I was wondering what would happen to me."

The diabetes books that doctors gave the boy, with their big words and medical terminology, weren't much help. So Kamaal and his brother, Malcolm, were drawing one day and came up with a way to make it easier for kids to learn about diabetes and how to control the disease.

"We decided to do a comic book," Kamaal says. "We wanted it to be fun and educational."

Their dad, Alonzo, an artist and civic activist, publishes the comics and through his company, Omega 7 Comics. The boys' comics, which sell for $5 each, can be bought on the Omega 7 Web site.

Kamaal and Malcolm have sold and donated to diabetes groups about 90,000 copies of the comics and have given about half of their $135,000 in profits to diabetes causes, their parents said.

The young artists remain as committed to their creation as they were when the idea came to them a few years ago.

"At that young of an age, to not only think of themselves but to want to help others that are going through the same situation is very noble," said their mother, Dana Washington, who manages the boys' comic career. "There are many adults who are uncomfortable about speaking about their health issues, and for Kamaal to be able to talk about something that is so personal is just amazing to me."

Their comic books have brought awards and taken them around the country to speak about diabetes. Kamaal has served as a Children's Congress delegate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, joining hundreds of other young diabetics in testifying before the U.S. Senate about diabetes research support.

Kamaal and Malcolm — who count the Japanese anime series Naruto among their biggest influences — want to create their own animated series and perhaps produce a movie.

"It will always have action and be fun to look at, but it will also be educational," Kamaal says. "We always want to have a message."


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Tags: comics

Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom

5/25/2007 10:22:23 PM permalink

Help me settle a discussion. Doom vs. Vader. Who do you think would win and why?

Tags: star, wars, darth, vader, dr, doom, fantastic, doctor, silver, 4, surfer, ff4

I miss 007. Don't you?

11/27/2006 3:14:40 PM permalink

I'm sorry, people. As much as I liked the Casino Royal movie, I didn't care for it as a "Bond" film. I know it's closer to the source material and all. But, that's not what I ( and a lot of people I talked to) want to see in 007. I liked Craig well enough and the movie was well done. But, I want to see the ultra smooth, playboy, superspy. I miss the gadgets (I know this is 007 first outing and the gadgets will come later ) I even liked the invisible car from the last movie (Japanese researchers have proven it is I like the Peirce Brosnon/ Sean Conner style of Bond. Classicly handsome, but manly. I also miss the sexually suggestive names of the female leads (Pussy Galore...come on...thats a classic). A lot of us also felt that the girl who played "Vesper" was on the high side of average, looks wise. She's not ugly in any stretch of the word. But she definatly not a knock out. I thought the other girl (who Bond got killed) was more of the Bond-girl type. She was exotic, and sexy with a sense of mystery to her. PLus, I thought her and Craig had more chemistry. The only thing they needed to do with the Bond franchise is get better scripts. I don't want a more realsitc Bond. Thats what Jason Bourne is about (whom I like by the way). Let the movie 007 be what he is and let Bond from the novels be what he his. I live 20 mins west of Detroit. If I want gritty realism, I can jump in my van and find it first hand very quickly. I don't need Bond to be more like the rest of us. Give Bond movies great scripts, great directors, and lets get back to the excapist spy fantasy that was 007.

Tags: james bond daniel graig casion royal 007



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