If you haven’t been able to tell I’ve been on hiatus for a while, I’m once again sorry that life has gotten in the way of my drawing. I’m not quite sure when I’ll get back to drawing, but I know that when I do I’m planning on having enough story finished to make it worth the wait. I’m looking at some changes in the format, and after going through some old drawings and ideas I am excited, but finding the time time to get everything done with work, and other commitments- somethings are having to take a back seat, including the comic. The comic mostly because I want to be happy with what I’m posting, I could rush stuff out, but I wouldn’t like it. A big change in my thinking since I started. I’ll keep posting to the blog, sometimes ramblings, sometimes doodles, and will post comics when I’m ready to tell you a story I’d want to read. Thank you all for your support and I hope as the holidaze descends upon us, you all have a wonderful time.
In the land of weird cult movies there are a few that crawl into your very soul and never leave… Unfortunately, I have seen way too many of these. Buckaroo Banzai- Across the Eighth Dimension is one of those films. If you have not seen the film, I do recommend it if you are looking for weird 80’s cult science fiction, did I mention weird? It is one of those films that kinda shaped my life a little bit and I’ll throw out a quote every so often even though it is lost on most people, the one that most people know is “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” I prefer some of the more wacky ones from Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow). One of the great parts about the film was it didn’t go into any backstory, it expected the audience knew who Buckaroo Banzai and the entire supporting cast were. You knew about the World Crime league, you knew the weird (did I mention weird?) relationship between Buckaroo and Peggy (I mean Penny). They dropped you into a story and expected you either knew everything or would figure it out… did I mention weird?
On a side note: When I was growing up I used to go to the Los Angeles Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention that was held at the time at Ambassador Hotel, it was maybe $3 to get in, so it was pretty cheap and no where near my teenage stop and think point, unlike many conventions now days. This was basically my place to buy stuff that I might not find at the nearest comic shop, being Los Angeles, studios usually dropped by to push new films and give out SWAG. One time it was Buckaroo Banzai and they handed out headbands. I have no idea where my headband has gone, I used it in college when I was a pledge in a fraternity, and passed it on from there.
Here are the end credits just to give you a taste… did I mention it’s kinda 1980’s weird?
“It’s just a jump to the left…” Old people (like me) have fond memories of weird stuff. I remember going to the midnight showing in high school and trying to be cool – I had read a book about this movie and studied harder than I had for most tests to make sure I didn’t stand out as uninformed. This actually contributed to my first all nighter, when my friends and I tried to get to the theatre before midnight and were late… definitely an adventure that led to me getting a curfew. Now people can skip the whole, thrown toast, or squirt guns and watch it in the privacy of their own homes… which is absolutely no fun at all. Most films lose very little when taken out of the theatre, this one, loses everything that makes it special. For the record this MINIon posting has nothing to do with the current issues in Indiana.
Ok maybe a little bit
So… I finally am on vacation, Spring Break has been a long time coming… I joke about how the school calendar is determined. They bring a bunch of psychiatrists into room and ask how long a human can work with kids before going insane. They smile and add a week and say that’s when a break will happen. Please don’t get me started on the myth about how teachers get all these vacations… My reply usually has to to with when you can go to the bathroom… you will not win, give up now.
So tonight’s MINIon is based on what many teachers in this day and age need to survive. So you have Bacchus and the date is based on when Ernest & Julio Gallo started their winery… if you paid teachers a living wage, I’m sure other, better wines would be on the list. Enough politics after the stupidity happening in Indiana time to go on vacation.
OK, fine, I have a problem… I admit it, for over 25 years I have been going to the same pizza place. It all started when I was working late my first year of teaching and ordered dinner from a national chain pizza place, and they could not find the school building… It’s a school on a major street- really?!? SO I looked for the “local place” and discovered Gramboli’s. Since then, Gramboli’s has been the go to place when we don’t want to cook (which is way too often) and the place where we have seen the family grow up… I remember watching the kids do their homework, kids who now have kids. Many ask us what to order- my reply is “anything.” We now come in and have the people who work there make suggestions. This week was rough so we’ve dropped by nightly. Sunday was the Indy Webcomics Group, and after that was my lack of desire to cook. Sue and I have talked about posting about various pizza places we visit on the road… maybe, some day, but Gramboli’s will always have a place in our heart because of the people, and the pizza.
I realize the image might be too small to notice, but I believe a true geek who grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s would recognize the book being held by MINIon #0678. When I was growing up I had my first job when I was about 13, unfortunately for me there was a game store in the same mall, so I would get paid, cash my check, and spend all my money. This is pretty amusing since I am currently known for buying games and never playing them, something I started early on. I remember in junior high school getting invited to my first D&D campaign. That character lived through many adventures even though I always felt the Dungeon Master liked having a high level assassin around to do his dirty work. I upset a few friends when I would accept the contract on their character and let a dagger slip towards the end of the adventure. It wasn’t until college when the rule of “your character must be neutral or good- because we are fighting evil” came into play, so I switched from assassins to Magic-Users or Rogues. I haven’t played a role playing games in decades… everyone seems to like Fantasy Football around here instead of just Fantasy. So MINIon #0678 is looking for adventure- somewhere.