Monday, August 1, 2011

Comic book buying

I often get the question "hey how did you come up with that name TandumTornado?  It's possibly the most awesome name ever which means you are totally the number one coolest person on the planet"

I will not divulge my creative secrets to anonymous people on the internet... I still wet the bed, BESIDES THE POINT.  Anywho I want to discuss how to actually go about buying a comic book and being satisfied with your purchase.

A few thing you need to know about comic book are:
1. they are not novels
2. they are not movies
3. each one is unique in its own way

If you think about it choosing a comic book is not an easy task, and probably harder than choosing a movie to watch or a book to read.  On one hand its faster than reading a book but takes a lot longer that watching a movie.  You have the ability to develop a compelling and deep story line... or rely heavily on imagery.  When Choosing a comic book you want to think about what kind of genre you like best, think of what kind of movies you love to watch and what kind of books you like to read.  Now that you have an established subject, weather it's fantasy, crime, space stuff or zombies you have an idea where to start.

Now i know most of you are sitting there and thinking "No really where did you come up with that name TandumTornado?  It's both intriguing and creative, simply delightful"

Well I'll tell you ... right after I talk about the art.

The art.  Its the selling point of every comic book, without it it would just be a script for a play or a really weird novel.  As with all art, some fascinates us and others are revolting.  My only advice is to flip through the comic book you want to buy and read a page, if it doesn't flow well with you put it down and try another.  For me its a hit and miss kind of adventure, I can enjoy art in one book but hate the same art in another.  Just read what is pleasing to your eyes, don't force yourself to read it if you don't like it.

Which brings me to one of my last points.  As with everything entertainment wise there will be critically acclaimed material that the "entire" world loves and adores... that doesn't mean you will like it.  Just because they made a movie about it or they are in the process of making one does not mean its necessarily the best thing that happened to comics since colored ink.  I tend to stay away from over produced comics and hugely popular items (not because I liked it before it was cool you assholes).  but on the truth side of it, they are now hugely over priced and the quality of the story and art goes down because they are just pushing it all out in order to make money.  Take Deadpool for example.  I love Deadpool a lot, I always have and always will.  After that damn movie came out there was a high demand for more Deadpool, and as we all know the only thing since then that was worth reading was the Deadpool and Cable collection, everything else was more or less crap.  Unfortunately it happens often and we cannot do anything about it but prey it gets better again eventually.

So lets recap.

BUY WHAT YOU THINK WILL BE INTERESTING, not what everyone else things.  If you follow those guild lines you will be fine.  Oh and don't forget about buying online, because you can always find the first book online unlike in stores where they will have volumes 2 through 14 and never the first one.  (fucking stores I hate you).

I bid you farewell for now, because I'm headed out to see the Red Sox play before they get rained out, Fuck you weather, Fuck you.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

new post

alright so its been a little bit since my last post, but lets discus more Star Wars.

favorite characters:
Boba Fett
Darth Vader
Han Solo
Princess Leia

characters that I don't mind:
Luke Skywalker
Wedge Antillies

people I down right hate:
the Emperor
Luke in the beginning of A New Hope and periodically throughout the trilogy when all he does is whine about everything
the thing that sits on Jaba's shoulder and skwaks

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Ok so I admit I don't read a whole lot but when I do... hehe, but when I do, I like to read a lot of science fiction.  Yes of coarse that means Star Wars (srsly who is they guy?).  For those who read books and enjoy Star Wars I would like to introduce one of the best trilogies in Star Wars, of coarse not being the original story and Thrawn series.  But the story of Boba Fett while during the events of the later half of "A New Hope" and the middle of "Return of the Jedi".  Pick these books up, they don't cost very much and I'm pretty sure I got them for like a dollar each.  Great read and no I wont spoil anything.

Seriously I really enjoyed these books.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Old Republic

Alright this is simple.  I'm by no means a huge MMO fan and I've become bored with games like WoW and Guild Wars, mainly because they don't my attention very well.  BUT!  Lone behold BioWare and LucasArts have teamed up to create "The Old Republic".  For those non-gamers or people who haven't heard about this game please check it out.  It holds some promise that I hope they can deliver to fans around the world.
So I'm going to dump my knowledge about the game itself.  Its slotted to release this fall (most likely get pushed back but no big deal) and its more or less LucasArts third installment of the KOTOR series.  It is unknown why they decided to make it into a MMO instead of a regular RPG like the others were.  Obviously it takes place back in the Old Republic time period which was approximately 5000 years prior to the battle of Yavin (the first death star battle).  The story line is more or less character based but the whole basis around the game is the emergence of the Sith who were thought to have been dead and disbanded.  It seems they were in hiding and consolidating their forces in order to launch a successful attack against the Jedi Order.  Blah Blah Blah Pew Pew Zap!  Some frames later we have news about this MMO and what it will entail.  But First ill place in the original E3 trailer that swept Star Wars fans hearts across the globe.
That was back in 2009, the first real release of the game during E3.  As time went on fans became more and more impatient with the lack of information that was being released to them.  It wasn't until E3 2010 that news about the game really started to take effect in the media.  We learned more about the classes, "Game Informer" wrote articles about it and they released more videos like the one above.
The thing I love about these trailers isn't just the epic battles between the Jedi and Sith counterparts but its how everyone else plays a crucial part in the battle.  When we watched the movies or played the games they were always Force wielding character heavy.  In KOTOR series your main character was force sensitive and you usually added one or both allies with force powers as well.  That's just how it was precieved that Jedi and Sith were on an entirely different power level than everyone else, more like God's meddling in human or intergalactic species affairs.  This new MMO gives an amazing perspective which was never before achieved with the equality between classes of people.  It shows how you can't just hack and slash your way to the objective as a Sith lord because there will be bounty hunters and smugglers who can give you one hell of a fight in you way the entire time.  It allows for that team tactic fighting where you dont have just seven Jedi vs. 7 Sith but instead you will have some Sith assassins fighting a Jedi and a few smugglers.

As time goes by we slowly learn more and more about the game.  Even if you don't play MMO's the fact that BioWare is the lead creator of this game and LucasArts is backing them up you should be contemplating a change of heart or gaming style because this may change the Star Wars Universe the most since the movies we grew up loving.  Going back on the BioWare aspect of the games creation you cant ignore how that will dictate the outcome of the game play.  BioWares most currently successful projects have been in the Mass Effect series and we all know how well those have been doing.  Yea we are all waiting in childish anticipation for the third installment.  They are not new to telling an epic story line, especially when its placed in front of them on a golden platter.  With titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Ages boosting their recent developmental skills I have full confidence that this game will be no disappointment.  Now we all know E3 2011 just occurred and yes they released yet another trailer for our one and only "The Old Republic" and here it is.
Once again showing the importance of multiple classes and how to use them to your advantage.  As we looked through these videos we noticed in the first one the non-force wielding heavy hitter was the bounty hunter aiding the Sith in their initial assault on the Jedi Order, but when we watch the third video we see how effective a smuggler can be.

I leave you with these videos and your own thoughts about this upcoming game and I hope you can all appreciate how far fan fiction can take a trilogy of films starting in 1977 and evolve it throughout into modern day and what we all hope will expand far into the future.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

some more wars in the stars

I don't know what is so fascinating about the Star Wars universe and its infinite ability to expand with our imagination... oh wait that's what makes so amazing.  
In my opinion I believe I love Star Wars so much is because we as fans were given this massive universe to engulf our passions in and we see it expand on a daily basis.  Even today we see more comic books and novels written that fuels the galaxy that is so far away, like I said i wouldn't call myself a fanboy only because I can never remember those fine details, like how many y's in kashyyyk or how many owners the Millenium Falcon had before Lando lost it to Han in a game of sabaac.  But because we have a fictional universe for which everything was already predetermined but yet we still cant get enough, that is what makes Star Wars my favorite Trilogy to date.

Boba Fett and Vader SHOWDOWN

Boba Fett and Vader have a little tussle after Vader hires Fett to find a special package (not giving away spoilers).  Its all illustrated in "Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire"  illustrations by Ken Kelly.

my life story

Sooooo... im going to fill you in on every SINGLE detail of my day so far.

Here we go
1. I breathed
2. my head exploded
3. ate 100 tacos
4. blamed others for my shortcomings
5. pet a cat
6. ate said cat
8. profited