Sunday, January 15, 2006

Looking To The Stars - Cool Stuff I Found While Surfing

We have much to do and less time to do it in. So let's get right to business. Or at least, as business like as we can be when the matter at hand is fun, comic-related things I found while surfing the web this week.

Old Business

First off, the last time I discussed cool net-related stuff, I mentioned the comic-parody films of one Matt Gardner. Among other things, Mr. Gardner is doing a series of films mocking House of M.The latest chapter came out recently a and this one is, for my money, the best one yet. So if you haven't looked at it yet, now is the time.

Also, in that same column, I mentioned my discovery of the Weird Al of Fandom, The Great Luke Ski. I would be remiss in my duties as a comic-book columnist if I did not mention that his free MP3 of the month for January is House Party At Arkham Asylum, which if you are any kind of Batman fan, you owe it to yourself to listen to at least once.

New Business

Earlier in the year, I posted about how a fund has been started to help the people of Cross Plains, Texas – the home of Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan – which has suffered greatly in the recent series of fires that ravaged the Texas plains. The fund was originally cash and check donations only, but now a Paypal account has been created so you can donate through credit or debit cards. More information can be found at The Robert E. Howard United Press Association.

For those in the area who prefer a more direct form of charity, those in the North Texas area might be interested in attending a fan gathering being held in to raise money for the Cross Plains Relief Fund. It will be at the Black Dog Tavern in downtown Fort Worth this Saturday the 21st from 2 to 5 pm. Directions and contact information can be found here. It'll be a good place to meet fellow Conan fans as well as raise a few in the name of Robert Howard as you raise some money for a good cause.

(Of course this WOULD be held on the one afternoon I can't get off work...)

A final note on Conan; while most of the buzz among the on-line gaming set this year is about the upcoming official Dungeons and Dragons RPG, this reporter is casting his vote for a different game. One that will take players to a great Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars... The Age of Conan!

Finally, I stumbled across the artwork and web comics of one Jin Wicked recently. I'm not even going to attempt to summarize the plethora of wonders that await you at Just show some faith in your Unca Starman, for once. 'kay?

Tune in next week. Same Matt time. Same Matt website.

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