Sep 30, 2007

Yo ho - ow!

While Howard and Billy try to defuse the cross-time thingamajig, let's not forget that the Consultant (none other than Tommy, the old stock boy at Sketchy Shoes!) is ready to skewer Jibidy's crew if he doesn't hand over the artifact:

Captain Jibidy 82

Sep 26, 2007

Newsflash! Chuck and Reaper are the same show.

Are you interested in a genre show about a classic underachiever turned hero? NBC and the CW hope you are. I have now seen the first eps of both Chuck and Reaper and they really are basically the same show. I kind of liked both, didn't love either. Which do I watch? I don't have room in my busy tv schedule, so I figured I'd throw them head-to-head as see what happens.

Main character:
  • Chuck: This guy reminds me way to much of Jimmy Fallon. I don't like Jimmy Fallon. At least this Zachary Levi guy can finish a scene without cracking up.
  • Reaper: Hey! It's that Guy from the Loop! I kinda liked that show. What's Sarah Mason doing these days?
Edge: Reaper

Genre convention/pitch:
  • Chuck: Remember Marshall from Alias? Let's make him less smart, put him a big box store, and team him with a hot chick and have them fight terrorists together.
  • Reaper: Remember Xander from Buffy? Lose the slayer and make him save demons by himself (while working in a big box store).
Demons > Terrorists. Plus a ghostbusters-like device (this week it was a dirt devil) to take down demons is much cooler than lots of flashy pictures edited together quickly.
Edge: Reaper

Big Box Store:
  • Chuck: Our hero is a member of the Nerd Herd at a Best Buy-clone.
  • Reaper: The Work Bench - which I thought was like Home Depot (and the CW describes as a home improvement store) but I thought I saw a big enough variety of stuff (TV's, first aid stuff, fire extinguishers) that you'd almost have to go to Target or Walmart to find together. Get your bland store identity together CW!
Edge: Chuck

Female Lead:
  • Chuck: Yvonne Strzechowski may be the hottest person on TV right now. Plus, Sarah Lancaster is great as Chuck's sis.
  • Reaper: Isn't that the girl from Stick It? Oh yeah, and Heroes. I definitely recognized her from Heroes, not a movie about gymnasts.
Edge: Chuck

Abrasive Sidekick:
  • Chuck: Like Seth Green, but less funny
  • Reaper: Like Kevin Smith, but on network TV
Edge: Reaper

  • Chuck: Adam Baldwin as a take-no-prisoners NSA assassin. Jayne from Firefly, but all dressed up and licensed by the government to kick ass.
  • Reaper: I didn't think anything could top Adam Baldwin, but Ray Wise as the friendly, chicken-fried steak lovin' devil? We'll call it a draw.
Edge: Tie

Other Stuff:
  • Chuck: From the OC guy. Boo. But on a real network (NBC) that hopes it will feed of of Heroes' popularity.
  • Reaper: From Kevin Smith. Yay! But on the network (CW) that canceled Veronica Mars (Bastards).
Edge: Chuck

Hmmm. 3-3 eh? I guess I'll have to check out the seocnd episodes of each show and return to this dilemma next week.

Sep 19, 2007

Arrrrr! And other piratical stuff!

Ruth: By the way, was that a definite no back there?
Frederic: Ruth, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but tell me honestly. Now, compared to other women, are you beautiful?
Ruth: Oh, I've been told so.
Frederic: Ah, but lately?
Ruth: Yes, by Sam. 'Course, he was drunk.

Happy TLAPD! That's Talk Like A Pirate for you heathens. Have I been doing anything piratical? I did hang a pirate flag in my office. And had several rum drinks after work. And watched the pirate movie this evening. I have a little crush on Kristy MacNichol now. Despite her mullet.

In honor of the day (and because it is that time of the week) I've posted a new Jibidy:

Captain Jibidy Issue 81.

The Pirate King: It's a beach party and I'm Frankie Avalon.
Bosn'n: And I'm Annette Funicello.

Sep 18, 2007

The Dragon has passed

"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose.... The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time."

But it was an end.

I'm sure I'm only one of thousands who are posting that this week, as we all mourn the death of Robert Jordan. In an industry where world-building is a mark of your craft, Jordan created a world more real and vibrant than any other I've ever seen. His stories were complicated to the point of infuriating - but he was a major creative force that inspired me to start writing fantasy. I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago, and he was probably the only author to ever have to give a pronunciation lesson at a book signing. Hopefully someday we'll know what your endgame was for Rand, Perrin, and Mat. Until then, thanks.

Sep 12, 2007

Who is the consultant?

Find out here:

Captain Jibidy Issue 80!

Sep 9, 2007

Pirates > Robots

Jibidy just went head to head with a giant killer robot lab assistant. Pete, Lou and the crew broke out of their viking prison. And the consultant looms ever closer:

Captain Jibidy 79

Sep 5, 2007

My 500th post!

I'll have a new issue of Jibidy up on Friday, but in the meantime, enjoy this hint of things to come:

Sep 4, 2007

Wordiest. Jibidy. Ever.

There's a lot going on here, but after a month off I figured that I should get the plot (plot?) moving.

For those who don't remember:
  • Howard and Jake managed to get into the fortress where Jibidy is being held. And by get in, I mean they were captured by the vikings that seem to populate the castle.
  • Scared of the sadistic Consultant (he just showed up, btw), the mad scientist set Jibidy loose in return for help with an escape plan.
  • The heretofore innocuous lab assistant didn't much like that and has morphed into a massive killer mech. He plans on blowing Jibidy to smithereens.
Jibidy 78! - Lots of Loud Explosions!

Sep 2, 2007

Holy Cow! Where did I go for a month?

Yeah, I know it's been over a month since I last added my ruminations to this digital repository. What have I been doing? Well, I'll tell you.

  • I spent a week in lovely Bethany Beach DE, mostly being terrorized by my future nieces.
  • Been busy at work - went sailing during our national sales meeting. Someone was dumb enough to let me steer:
  • I've caught a couple good films, notably Superbad. I've also got a new obsession with the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 2. Check it out if you haven't seen it yet.
  • Last weekend was the 5th annual Smith Pirate Party! The event was another big hit, with all kinds of piratical behavior going on:
  • Incidentally, if anyone is interested in the shirt above, you can buy it here.
  • It's football season again! Penn State got off to a great start (I know, I know, it was FIU). Michigan is already out of the title hunt with a loss to App State, and Notre Dame's loss to GT yesterday gives me a bit of confidence about the big ND/PSU rematch next week. Still haven't decided what to do about it yet.
  • I'm working on the next batch of Jibidys - so hopefully they will be live soon.
  • Happy Labor Day!