Friday, September 29, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
This past Sunday, I discover a new place for brunch, El Cid. This Silverlake hangout is well-known for it’s flamenco nights, but who knew it serves a fabulous brunch to a largely labia-lovin’ clientele that all swoon to the sounds of Jerrie Thill & Friends! Jerrie is an awesome, octogenarian jazz drummer. She’s also very open to ‘guest vocalists,’ saying “If I’m workin’ everyone’s got to work.” My friend Daniel gets up for an impromptu rendition of “I’ve Got The World on a String.”
Later on, strolling through The SL, I run into fellow Harvard-Westlake alum, Darren Stein, at that cool new, perpetually-packed gelato place on the corner of Sunset and Hyperion. He is working on a treatment for a reality show he is pitching to VH1 with Clint Catalyst. The SL is a pretty cool place to stroll, especially with all the new stores and galleries opening up. I know, as an artist, I should be down on gentrification, but as a property-owner I can’t help but being pleased by it too. Does that make me a sell-out?
Greg says I should replace ‘hiking and yoga’ and my list of “Interests” with ‘strolling and napping’ because I love those things more. It’s true these days. So after strolling we go back to my place and take a nap. Afterwards we stop by Mae Ploy for dinner. Mae Ploy has no atmosphere, but great Thai food as opposed to the over-rated Rambutan Thai down the street. We also notice that there are a lot of bears there. Are the husky gay men all moving south now? This is the crowd that was more prevalent down near Sunset Junction back in the day.
We are amused that after giving our order to one waitress, another comes by and says: “I will follow your orders.” How’s that for service!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Now for a little post Comic-Con fun involving everyone's favorite Amazing Amazon.
Wonder Woman and Batman argue over oral sex:
Some more invisible fun:
These goodies and more were posted on The ‘About Town’ Forum where there is a brilliant Wonder Woman discussion going on. Here is an excerpt from Suzette Chan’s comments:
Good points about the positives and negatives of Perez's reboot. I do think she was conceived as a warrior -- that's what Amazons were in legend -- by Moulton, though with his particular spin on feminism. His Wonder Woman's strength was in restraint, signalled by her lasso and her defensive bracelets, while Perez, who also set out an overt feminist vision, chose to involve more outward, modern militaristic trappings.
The advantage of the Moulton version is that she can have an aspect that keens and has weaknesses like a human, but shows power by restraining that: her having a secret identity was an intrinsic part of all that. But the Perez version has led to to a monolithic-type, fascistic character who is so unweilding in carrying out her annointed purpose, she's not a relatably human character, and worse, bores the piss out of me.
Click here to go to the discussion.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
While going through my pictures from Comic-Con, I really got how amazing, wonderful and self-expressed the friends I go once a year to see there are!
The pix are now up! (I did this as quickly as possible so feel free to add tags and contact me names etc. for captions.)
Here is the link to the entire set.
And a few favorites:
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Below are clips of Ray Park doing a light-saber demo and from the 19th Annual Gays in Comics Panel: Phil Jimenez, Greg Rucka & Andy Mangels.
Ray Park demos his Light Saber skills
Phil Jimenez discusses "Otherworld"
Greg Rucka discusses Renee Montoya
(I met Gred & his wife Jen Van Meter for the first time this year. They are awesome!)
An attendee acknowledges Andy Mangels who started the GiC panel 19 years ago.
I met some amazing women at Comic-Con this year.
Donna Barr http://www.stinz.com/Roberta Gregory http://robertagregory.com/
Paige Braddock http://www.paigebraddock.com/
Abby Denson http://www.abbycomix.com/
Melinda Gebbe, whose book "Lost Girls" with Alan Moore, was finally released, was (Roberta Gregory's guest) at The Big Gay Dinner.
And also former director of promotions for DC Comics, Patty Jeres, who was a big hit on the Gays in Comics Panel.
Alison Bechdel was not there, but her new memoir, "Fun Home" was widely acknowledged as one of the best biographical works around.