Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Whatcha readin', H?

Why, it's Superstud, by Paul Feig!

He's the creator of that wonderfully funny and horribly cancelled TV program, "Freaks and Geeks." Anyone not familiar with this show should clearly have their intellect checked. Some of the best characters written for television were on that show, as well as some of the smartest and funniest dialogue this escape artist has ever come across.

Much like his first book, "Kick Me", Feig revels in self-deprecation, opening the reader up to his life and saying, "You know that crap you used to do? Remember how you thought you were the only one? Guess again, chump." Most likely, anything embarrasing you did, he did. And he did it worse.

The book's not as good as "Kick Me", if only because some of the incidents described in "Kick Me" translate almost verbatim into the storylines of "Freaks and Geeks", and maybe I say that because F&G gave me so much, and reading this is like looking through a scrapbook of your summer in marching band. You laugh, you shed a tear, and you wish you could pick up that tuba and play that Souza one last time.

Still, it's a fun read, his conversational tone makes it easy to dig through, and I guarantee once a chapter, you will laugh out loud. I guarantee it (like that dude from Men's Warehouse).

I remain as always,

Monday, September 05, 2005

Hooray for Horrorwood!

Yes, that four year labor of love is finally bearing its delicious comic book fruit. The wonderful folks over at Ape Entertainment (check them out at www.ape-entertainment.com) have decided to help my friend Brent and I in that eternal quest for a little bit of the comic book pie. Golly, I must be hungry... Anyhoo, the book, a four issue miniseries, will be hitting the shelves in April of 2006, if all goes as planned. From there, we will undoubtedly be signing over the film rights, purchasing gas guzzler automobiles with expensive spinning rims, and fighting over likeness rights in the toy line. It's gonna be sweet.

For those of you not familiar with the project, Horrorwood is a book I wrote, and my hetero lifemate Brent Schoonover (www.brentschoonover.com -- a little plug for the boy) illustrated. A concept conceived in art school, while sitting at Brent's apartment amid the scandalous Polaroids, the 'borrowed' stone sculptures, and the fat-jiggling weight machine, Horrorwood tells the tale of four characters cast into the weird and wild world of Hollywood in the 1950s. The four main characters are a failed B-movie actress, her eccentric and reclusive special effects creator father, an out of work stuntman, and an enigmatic magician. You're salivating, aren't you? You must wait until April to slake that thirst.

So come on back, check the blog from time to time, and I'll fill you in on the sordid details. This is our first of many ventures into the wacky world of comics, and it shall be a memorable one.

So until then, I remain as always,


*note: H.H. is not affiliated or licensed by the Houdini family. He is merely a player in the game of life, though his feats in the escape arts are exemplary, and often of note. Consulting Frederick Northam's work, "North American Escape Art in the Early 20th Century", ______________ (actual name withheld for political reasons) holds the record for being the first non-simian to escape the everpopular Waldrip Hang-Slide, a device made popular by Milfred Waldrip, a cattle farmer from Waterloo, Iowa. His time was 3minutes and 8 seconds, a record he held for 29 days.