This is a webcomics update. Mostly to spotlight a few webcomics I've been reading lately, and in case you are interested, point you to their web site as well. They are free to read. Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is by Greg Rucka, who is currently writing the Lazarus comic for Image. He's also written novels, and other comics. I read his comic White Out, which was made into a movie. I've not gotten around to watching it, and to tell you the truth, it didn't get great reviews, but I enjoyed the comic. The art on Lady Sabre is by Rick Burchett. It's sort of a space opera, mixed with steampunk, mixed with sword fighting and sort of reminds me of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore. Here's a link.
Gravedigger: The Scavengers by Christopher Mills and art by Rick Burchett. Is a crime thriller comic.You might note that the guy on the cover, Gravedigger McCrae, the main character, might look like actor Lee Marvin, and you might be right. If you have seen the movie Point Blank with Lee Marvin or read the Donald Westlake books that inspired the film, or enjoy stuff like Pulp Fiction, Jim Thompson novels and so forth, you'd probably enjoy reading it. One other influence on Christopher's writing, which I was unaware of was the manga graphic novel, Golgo 13, written and illustrated by Takao Saito.
Perils on Planet X is also by Christopher Mills with artwork this time by Gene Gonzales. If you enjoy space opera in the tradition of say Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, or some of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, you'd probably enjoy it. I've been reading Christopher's blog for a few years now, ever since I stumbled onto it, and I know he enjoys all sort of genre, but is also a big SF fan. Also over at his blog you can find links to these webcomics along with other links and interesting articles and artwork. He also writes a movie review blog called DVD Late Show and has a blog dedicated to 1970's science fiction called Space: 1970. If you have an interest in either movies or SF from the 70's era you might want to check those blogs out.
The other night I watched a movie called Bernie. It starred Jack Black as the main character, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey among other actors. It was directed by Richard Linklater. It was a black comedy taken from a true story that happened in Carthage, Texas, which is close to where I live in East Texas. Supposedly Linklater got the idea for the film after reading a Texas Monthly article on Bernie. The movie was pretty whimsical and, although not laugh out loud funny, kept me amused with all the stereotyped, redneck and small town characters. If you've ever seen the movie, Waiting For Guffman or any of those other Christopher Guess mockumentaries, then you'd have an indication of what's in store for you with Bernie. Jack Black does a good job of acting, and even a bit of song and dance to give Bernie the charm and good nature the character had in real life. Eventually Bernie starts seeing the widowed, Marjorie, played by MacLaine--an unlikely couple, but then everything about Bernie is a bit odd. After the movie was over I couldn't help but wonder what the real Bernie was like.