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1. The code is written for forums, not for comments, which I’m pretty sure use html.
2. It’s a big list of links to buy things… how did they ever expect this to get past even a rudimentary spam filter
3. Why is it so goddamn long???

Just thought I’d share this with the rest of you, even though it’s pretty offtopic.

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The Polar Express

With my new found super-power of mobile blogging, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about something non-comic book related. Actually, I seem to be doing a lot of that this week. The other day I saw the Polar Express, and I’m not sure if I liked it. It wasn’t a bad story, but at the same time it made me a little uncomfortable. The deal with the grammophone kinds creeped me out.
Has anyone else seen The Polar Express? If so, what did you you think?

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Testing

Testing my ability to update from my iPod Touch.

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November Wrap Up

Here’s a wrap up of November 2008, in case you missed any of it.  First off, November heralded my return to Your Comic Relief.  Beginning with a discussion of Least I Could Do, a very popular webcomic which is now updating a whopping seven times a week!  There was of course also the weekly lolcat posting, personally I thought this was the best.

There were two big features in November.  The first was my Top 6 list of Marvel titles for to be thankful for this thanksgiving.  Featuring Captain America best marvel title of the year.  Coming in second on the list was Iron Man, who has recently published its last issue of the series.  I am seriously ticked about this, Iron Man was a fantastic publication, and with rubbish like Hulk out there, it’s unbelievable.  By the way, the offer for anyone interested to write a post about the top 6 DC titles is still on the table.  If you are interested, leave a comment or write me an email at yourcomicreliefblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Also big this past month was my indoctrination into the Green Lantern Corps.  Under the sage advice of many follow comic readers and bloggers, I have now read my first Green Lantern trade, and will be picking up more in the future!

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Green Lantern – A Plea for Help

Hello everyone.  I have a favour to ask of all of you.  I know next to nothing about DC save a few bits and bobs here and there.  However, many of my friends have been telling me I need to read Green Lantern for quite some time now, and my local comic shop is having a black friday sale of up to 30% off, and I figure that’s as good a time as any to buy some trades.  I know that green lantern is a fairly involved series, with a LOT of backstory.  My question is, where do you guys think a good starting off point would be, and what trades/storylines should I be looking for?

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Review: On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness

Yes, I know I’ve been away again, but graduation/real life will do that I guess, those seeking an explanation may skip to the bottom, but I want to talk about the new game from Penny-Arcade.  On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness, or RSPD as it is often abbreviated, came on the market last week, for a pricey 1,600 Microsoft points (roughly ~20 American dollars for anyone keeping score).  A high pricetag for an xbox live arcade game, however alternatively it can be bought for $20 USD for personal computers, either mac or PC.  The game, which marks the first videogame review on this dedicated comic blog, which runs somewhere between 5 and 10 hours on the first complete playthrough is pretty spectacular.  It is fairly obvious that Jerry and Mike, the creators of Penny-Arcade had a decisive role in the creation on this game, and that they were not willing to settle for anything less than perfection when it came to faithfully recreating the atmosphere portrayed by the webcomic.  This is something that their readers take very seriously, and their work shows through with great clarity.  The best way I could describe the game is, you know that feeling when you’ve been away for a week or two, and get like 6 comics to read at once?  Well, its like that but multiplied by a year or so.  This is a whole lot of PA condensed into one place, and to me, that’s just what I was looking for.  The game chronicles the story of your character, gabe, and tycho as they chase the giant robot with a great desire for fruit.  During the course of your adventure, you will battle fruit loving robots, mimes, hobos, living garbage, clowns, babershop quartets, and even possibly a dark god.  If this does not grab you, I’m not sure what will.  The battle system is a little tricky to work out at first, and the blocking can be troublesome, but once you get the the timing down properly, the game gets much easier.

Overall I would absolutely recommend this game to any fan of Penny-Arcade, as well as to any fan of RPG video games.  The art is what one might expect from a webcomic gone animated, and is very similar to what LFGcomic did, as well as Ctrl-Alt-Del in their animated endeavors.  As good as the art is, the dialog is where the fun is at.  I would probably play this game even if the rest of it were terrible, just to see what they say next.  It’s that good, but not with too much over the top language of the blog posts that accompany each comic posting, and in the case that there is, it is either not important, not all that verbose, or Gabe translates for the player in his own indignant way.  I am eagerly awaiting the next episode of RSPD, and although I feel that it was worth the price, I hope it may be a little cheaper, it probably won’t be.  Gabe/Tycho explained their pricing, and it makes perfect sense.  Achievements on the 360 are well assigned, and are not overly taxing without being incredibly simple.  I am generally adverse to providing an out of ten rating in my reviews, but there is such a convention for it in the video game industry that I will; I give Penny-Arcade’s On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness a 8.5 out of 10.

Ok, as promised, here’s my excuse: I’ve been busy.  I spent the last 4 weeks of college working on paper after paper, not having time to read comics, and now having graduated, I’m stuck job hunting, working, and running errands for my family while I try and save enough money to move out.  This is coupled with studying for the GRE’s so that I can go to gradschool to get my Ph.D, because a base level degree in science won’t get me where I want to go.  I will do my best to return to a normal posting schedule, and am still working through reading well over 200 comics to be caught up in what’s going on.  Also, must to my chagrin, I have been failing to read other blogs because I don’t want to expose myself to unnecessary spoilers.  This said, I know I missed Ebay week, and it is still on, just postponed to start next Monday (for real this time I promise).  Mike, if you could email me your article at yourcomicreliefblog@gmail.com along with any preamble you would like me to attach that would be awesome.  Anyone else looking to contribute should contact me there or via comment.

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Essential Info: Ebay Week

Ebay week has been slated to start on Monday, May 26th here at Your Comic Relief, and will run until Sunday June 1st.  However, there will be Day Zero special Ebay event at Life of a Welshman, so check in there on the 25th of May, and throughout Ebay week, as there will be information there all week supplemental to everything that’s going on here.  I have some fellow bloggers who may be contributing a guest article, and they will be announced later this week.  There are still spots open in the schedule if anyone still wants to write an article, artists are also welcome to contact me if they would like to do a themed comic strip.  Personal update: 3 days till graduation…

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