Saturday, August 27, 2011

TRENDY 14: HURRICANE IRENE

                We were lucky in Florida the Hurrican just passed by with out so much as down pour. We did get some wind but only  a few hours. That being said Carolina was not so luck!  Waves move onto the beach as the Hurricane Irene approaches in Nags Head, NC, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Gerry Broome - AP) Since Hurricane Irene made landfall off the coast of North Carolina early Saturday. Streets in Atlantic Beach, NC were left flooded by the storm. The Weather Channel's Jeff Morrow stands before the ripping waves in Atlantic Beach, as Irene passes through. Summer resident Jody Bowers braces himself from a blast of sand and driving rain. NORFOLK, Va. - Units from Commander, US 2nd Fleet stand able and ready Aug. 27 to support emergency response from the sea and land if requested in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Twenty-seven ships got underway from Hamptons Roads, Va. HACKENSACK, NJ — North Jersey residents are bracing not only for the storm surge expected to be produced by approaching Hurricane Irene but also heavy river flooding along the Passaic, Ramapo and Saddle rivers as the hurricane dumps up to 10 inches of rain.

            Hurricane names have been used by meteorologists since 1953. An unidentified US Navy ship passes through the First Island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Va. The Navy routinely moves their ships out to the Atlantic Ocean when the area of Naval Station Norfolk is about to recieve a hurricane. Ocean City, Maryland (CNN) - At least four people are dead, hundreds of thousands are without power, and the damage from Hurricane Irene is just beginning. After days of anticipation, the now Category 1 storm came ashore in North Carolina Saturday.  The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the city of Boston due to heavy rains in the area. Hurrican Irene is bringing more than two inches of rain per hour to the South End and the rest of the city. A surfer takes advantage of the storm surge kicked up by Hurricane Irene in Montauk, New York August 27, 2011. By Grant McCool and Michael Fitzpatrick TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (Reuters) - More than a million people fled resort towns along the New Jersey shore line. Yes this is wild I can only hope this is not as bad as what happend to North Carolina earlier. To everyone up east be smart and be safe. Readers do click the links for more info.

2011 WEB COMIC REVIEW 36: ZODIAC- AN ATHRO/WEBCOMIC

WEB COMIC: ZODIAC
CREATOR: JOHN MANN
UPDATES: WENDSDAY
ARCHIVE: ??? HARD TO TELL HOW MANY. IT LOOKS LIKE 25 BUT CLICKING THROUGH THE ARCHIVE PAGES HAD ME WONDERING IF THEY WERE CHAPTERS OR SOMETHING ELSE. *NOTE THE CREATOR SAID HE HAD 70 PAGES DONE ALREADY TO UPLOAD. THE PAGES ARE NOT NUMBERED IN A WAY THAT I COULD EASILY TELL, ALSO THIS COMIC MAY HAVE ENDED IN 2010. THE CREATOR DOESN'T SAY AND THERE APPEARS TO BE RECENT POST. (WHEW!)
GENRE: SUPERHERO ANIMALS



         Hurricane Irene had me more focused on what the Hurricane was going to do next. I'll have more info on that with later post. My home town is it's path so I will pay close attention to this one.  Anyway today's (mini) review is on a web comic called Zodiac- an athro/webcomic. I found it interesting but as I said before web comics I can't really post on easily will not get the full review treatment unless if they are lights out with next to no flaws.

         Zodiac the web comic does not have a "About page" from what I saw. This site also lacks most of the info that would tell you what this web comic is basically about and if the content is suitable for minors. I think it's PG 13. This comic appears to be about the super team named after Zodiac signs that are represented by various humanoid animals that have super powers. There is a "Cast page" that is among the best I have scene for a web comic. It's very detailed but to the point and reminds me of those old Marvel universes, just not as wordy. John Man also has Deviant art page  and fan art I jus t found.The site loads fast and site design is simple but works. This is web comic is hosted on Web comic Nation which I am not real familiar with but it appears to be on the level a Wevolt template that just won't do. The basic web comic info is there and you can read this comic easily which is what a site should do- first and fore most. I think you will ether like this one or not, decide for yourself. I will need to read more, since I found this web comic to be okay.

My biggest gripe with this comic is with the posting system. Is this comic still active or what. There appears to be no 2011 post but the latest page is Aug 16. Being that we are in August I am lost. It seems this artist likes hold is post hostage til enough donations are in. Does this work for anyone? Anyway this too damn confusing for me, which why most "web comic host" suck. Their posting features are very flawed. I should not have to guess or wonder when this was last done!

OVERAL SCORE AT GLANCE: 7.0
WORDS TO SUM UP THIS COMIC: WHAT YEAR WAS THE LAST POST ?
ENTERTAINMENT: FAIR

Monday, August 22, 2011

TRENDY 13: HP TABLETS, MACHINE KELLY AND HURICANS OH MY!

     I started these post so when I lack motivation to blog I can change it up with some revelate news. While I love comics and video games, sometimes I just don't feel like writing about it.  I hope you enjoy these til the next web comic review. Oh don't forget to click the links if a story peeks your interest!

       PCWorld reports that HP is promising a second wave of TouchPad units in the next few days for people that want a chance to get a tablet on the cheap. Do you have any interest in picking up a $99 or $149 TouchPad? Wow people can't seem to get enough of tech devices! Hurricane Irene is shown approximately 55 miles west-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 22, 2011. (NOAA/AP Photo) Hurricane Irene, now moving through the Caribbean and perhaps threatening the Southeast. I heard Florida may get a visit from this hurricane as well. I will be paying attention to this one since Florida, is where I am at the moment. It seems Lybia is playing it's own game of where's Waldo starring Moammar Gadhafi. The nearly 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi seems to be near its end. Rebels claim they control most of Tripoli and claim three of Gadhafi's sons have been captured, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was considered Libya's heir. Reports say the regime has been overthrown by the rebellion sweeping the country. When I was kid read some magazine stating Gadhafi had a hand in Britsh and American women being captured and gang raped by his military. So it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. The king is dead long live the king!

      Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly, recently signed to Diddy's Bad Boy label, was arrested Saturday (Aug. 20) after organizing a flash mob that brought hundreds of screaming fans to Cleveland's South Park. Seems this flash mob thing is becoming real popular. In my home town of Philadelphia the Flash Mob is striking fear in volience in the downtown 35th and market college areas. I guess when I go home I might have to be packing and with a entorage. What a bother. Country singer Chely Wright married her girlfriend, Lauren Blitzer, on Saturday, with both wearing Jose Dias-designed white wedding gowns. "We had a great time!" she exclaimed on Twitter. Antioco, who joined the Rave board in February, succeeds Charles Moss, who will remain the second largest investor in the Dallas-based theater chain. Big box retailer Best Buy is offering Apple's iPhone 3GS for free with a two-year service contract in a one-day promotional offer on Monday. Apple currently sells its older iPhone model for US$49, and AT&T sells the refurbished iPhone 3GS for $9

Harrison Ford, still best known to many film fans as Han Solo from Star Wars, reckons he would be up for a fifth outing as Indiana Jones if the opportunity arose - but only if the script adequately impressed him. Freeman reports that he spoke to some NFL personnel executives and he gathered that Tebow -- who has fallen to No. 3 on Denver's depth chart behind Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn -- could be traded. But Denver will likely either keep Tebow or cut him. Hey, I thought he did good last year! San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker stated definitively Tuesday that he will play in his native France if he plays anywhere other than the NBA this season. Speaking to ESPN.com after leading the French national team to a championship. Our front page tells the story of Karen Greaves, who has been left with horrific injuries after fighting off a bullmastiff with her bare hands after she feared it was about to attack her children.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 WEB COMIC REVIEW 35: TRIPP

WEB COMIC: TRIPP
CREATOR: BILL TAYLOR
UPDATES: MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS
ARCHIVE: 64
GENRE: COMEDY ON ACID



Wow what a week. Adjusting to the baby is harder and more fun then I thought.  Today will be a "mini review". Tdays comic is called TRIPP  and I found it to be a decent read. Unfortunately this creator uses "Smackjeeves" a web comic host I do not have a account with and don't intend to get one. I just don't feel like filling out another online form. This web comic peaked my interest to read it but as of now webcomics that I can't comment on probably won't get a full review and maybe a link from me. There will be exceptions like Drowtales, if a story, or art, or something blows me away. Lets get to it then.

Tripp is the story of an ordinary guy stuck in a never-ending acid trip.

Tripp must learn to cope with his new psycho tropically enhanced existence with the aid of his spirit guide, Edgar Allan Poe.

This comic is not an endorsement of drug use, merely one guy's effort to deal with an accidental, perpetual hallucinatory life change.


This story is actually quite humorous at times and the art and overal story is better then most web comics on the Smackjeeves  site that I skimmed through. This comic even achieved a "PageRank of 3" which isn't so easy to do on a host site. This comic does get comments from it's group of faithful readers. The website template is way better then at Wevolt.com and a little better then DrunkDuck since you can add things like what the comic is about and character pages. I recommend a look at this one!  You will have to bookmark this one and join Smackjeeves if you want to comment. A decent archive for new readers with 64 pages to start you off with. The website loaded well for me when I was looking through the archives. The only real knock on this comic is that it's on Smackjeeves and not on it's own domain. After reading even more of the archive, I found this web comic hard to stop reading!

WEBCOMIC OVERAL SCORE AT A GLANCE: 8.0
ENTERTAINMENT: VERY GOOD
WORDS TO SUM UP THIS COMIC: YOU CAN LAUGH BUT DON'T SMOKE CRACK



Monday, August 15, 2011

Inspirational 03: ELLIE GREAT PUBLISHES A BOOK!



Amazon link


Her  new book is on Amazon Kindle now.  Book lovers buy it and tell me what you think.

This is a story about a mother who gives birth to here three sons in a night of earthquake and nuclear disaster. Emma is a single mother who looks after her kids and is proud with their achievements at school until she finds out Tim has mental problems. She takes him to a special class where he seems happy. Ben is one of the best soccer players at school but the fame makes him arrogant and he starts drinking and taking drugs and ends up in jail. Jim is good at music but a cruel twist of fate leaves him disheartened…

I wish her the best of luck and looks like she is on good start!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

WEB COMIC REVIEW 34: THE BECOMING

WEB COMIC: THE BECOMING
WRITTEN BY : J ALAN SHELTON
ILLUSTRATED BY: DOUANG KHAMSLTTHSACK
UPDATES: MONDAYS
ARCHIVE: 101 PAGES
GENRE: STEAM PUNK FANTASY GRAPHIC NOVEL



I know you have been waiting for another web comic review. I  like what I saw and this is little change up from what I normaly come across. It's called The Becoming.

PROS: You will find really good art and colors. For new readers there is nice size archive to hold your attention for some time. This comic starts off strong so story telling should not be a issue. A well put together site with most info at your fingure tips and no major site lag so far!

CONS: Updates once a week. Not sur but this comic could use a content warning but I only came across one language volation.

LAST WORD: The Becoming is different from most comics I normaly read. The action is short but sweet as the story  just delves deeper into the charactes. The story is interesting and if you like a intelligent drama that will make your think more then usual then this one is for you. I do like this one and will have to read more then the twenty or so pages I read but it doesn't  have me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happens next like some comics that come to mind like "The Path" or "Eben 07".


OVERALL SCORE: 8.0

CONCEPT: 10
The Becoming is the story of a young orphan named Oscar LeBeau who becomes the ward and apprentice of the woman who made him that way: Jeannine Delacroix, a Disciple of the Church of Bellac. The two find their fates entwined as they weather the political and religious climate of Bellac, ultimately defining the distinct roles they each will come to play in the world’s ultimate salvation – or destruction. This is one of the more intelligent and thought provoking storylines I have come across online. I also would say it is original.


ART: 9.0
Very good, The backgrounds are better then I can muster at the moment, but some character drawings at certain angles show signs that the artist  has limitations.

COLORING OR SHADING: 9.0
Well done.

WRITTING AND SPELLING: 10
This comic is well written. There are some phrases that may be called into question by some who are more  well versed in English literature then I.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
The web page is good example how Comic Press pages can be put together with ads and all without being overpowering. Kudos for minimal if any site lag I came across. Information is easy to find everything just looks good.

ENTERTAINMENT: 7.0
I really think this is a nice comic but I won't be breaking my neck to see the next update from what I read. Though well written with well thought out characters and with some decent drama, nothing really jumped out at me. This comic lacks the supense you would need for a comic with limited to no action.


POST FREQUENCY: 6.5
Once a week in color is just acceptable but more would be  better. The creators do through in a bonus page on some weeks.


POPULARITY: 5.5
A page rank of 4 shows these two are consitent and 1-5 coments in the last few post show they do have some active readers. There twitter feed also shows that they do some fan fare.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2011 TRENDY 12: FEDERAL RESERVE TO THE RESCUE?

While I still working on two web comic reviews I fiure it's time put out some news. I think after the Dow took that monster crash, days ago it seems the Federal Reserve comes to the rescue or does it. You meat eaters might want to stay tuned as a beef distribution company called  Heb recalled 10,000 pounds of burger in San Antonio. It looks like every one will be flocking  to see Final Destination 5 3D on friday. They have been promoting this movie hard by showing I bet the best parts of the movie. Here are more clips to see. Did you know Apple is the most valuable company and not Microsoft? The company that with the fruit logo passed Exxon in value. The 17-year-old singer Justin Bieber is trying to set Kendall Jenner up with his writer/producer pal, Julian Swirsky. Early Tuesday morning, Bieber tweeted: "Hey Kendall Jenner, you should let my boy [Julian Swirsky] take you out on a date." TB  rears it's ugly head as estimatimated 2 billon people carry this and most don't know it. Oh me, oh my Shac has sex tap out there! Do you remember Sinead O'connor? She never was a stunner but you won't reconize her in this photo. For this upcoming Halloween season, Chelsea Manor introduces 15 styles of its Sexy Halloween Costumes ranging from $38 to $75 including pop culture favorites such as the Sexy Vampire Costume and the Sexy Alice Costume. Tiger Woods hits from a bunker during a practice round Tuesday before the start of the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Tiger Woods hits from a bunker during a practice round Tuesday before the start of the 93rd PGA

Saturday, August 6, 2011

2011 WEB COMIC REVIEW 33: TALE OF AREIA

WEB COMIC: TALE OF ARIEA
CREATOR TEAM:  FABRAZZ: Creator Artist
                                 ARSENIQUEZ: Artist
                                 Un4: Artist?
                                 TIM HARDING: Writer/editor
UPDATES: WENDSDAYS
PAGES: ??? LOOKS LIKE  ABOUT 60 PAGES SO FAR
GENRE: MANGA/FANTASY/COMEDY



Hi there and I bring you another web comic review. Today's comic is called Tale of Ariea and I found this comic to be okay. We'll take a closer look at what make this one tick.

PROS: Excellent art work and cell shading. A interesting story about pirates, you don't see these too much online. The creators give you much to chew on with this site. They give detailed info on the creators and character bios.

CONS: The artists spoil you with superb colors and then go into cell shading which isn't bad...but what a let down. This site doesn't at first seem to have page load problems but after flipping through the archive I found some pages take awhile to load and sometimes you have to click the page buttons twice for it to download. I'm not 100% on this one,this could of been my mistake of fluke. Their "ABOUT" page still doesn't tell you a detailed synopsis of what this story is about. This comic links to a comic that sent my anti virus alarms off call Navcomic.com.

LAST WORD: Tale of Areia has some cool manga style art work and the story is interesting. The site has much to see and you should enjoy your visit.


OVERALL SCORE: 8.0

CONCEPT: 8.5
The Tale of Areia is the story about Fabraz and his family of sky pirates it looks to be one cool ride. (Yay) This idea isn't over used online.


ART: 9.5
Very good. These guys know there manga. They don't take the day off on the background ether.

COLORING OR SHADING: 9.0
The use of coloring was sparse but the cell shading is almost on the level of  Wayrift.

WRITTING AND SPELLING: 10
The story is easy to follow and the spelling and grammar look good.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
The effort was definitely there. The background template looks cool and there is a lot of information to gleam from this site. It is nicely organized too. My only issue was with some of the page downloads. It wasn't bad but it was annoying at times. The basic info of what this comic is about was absent? Also this comic supports a site that sends red flags from my anti virus. It's called Navcomic.com

ENTERTAINMENT: 7.5
This is a nice comic but pirates aren't real big with me but after reading it some more the story started to give me some reasons to keep reading. I sense this story gets better as it goes on. Most people will enjoy the Tale of Aria, because the main characters are nutty.


POST FREQUENCY: 5.5
Once a week in cell shaded black white it just so so. A black and white with a team of artist should be able to produce 2-3 pages a week at least.


POPULARITY: 5.5
With a page rank of 4 and a twitter feed on the side bar; I see that they try to connect with the masses. Not sure how may readers they have but they recieved about 9 comments in there last few post.


Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 WEB COMIC REVIEW 32: GALAXION

WEB COMIC: GALAXION
CREATOR: TARA ALLEN
UPDATES: TUESDAYS
PAGES: 221 CHAPTER 8
GENRE: SCI FI MANGA


Welcome again to another web comic review. Today's is Galaxion so enjoy!

PROS: Uses a not so overused art style, (Reminds me of Speed Racer or Vol tron figure drawing. Interesting characters and storyline. One of the easier sites to find all the info you need such what this comic is about, character bios and more.

CONS: It's not a lot action or humor in this one if that what you really like. There is dry humor and clever character banter but not that hysterical  "that was some funny shiznit!" feel.

LAST WORD: Galaxion is a pure graphic novel type manga. Most readers that don't need jaw dropping stimuli (like me) should like this one. Don't get me wrong this comic was a nice read. It just doesn't have those elements that make me want see every last update.

OVERALL SCORE: 8.0

CONCEPT: 10
Galaxion is the name of a scientific survey star ship owned and operated by the Terran Space Association, and captained by Fusella Mierter . As the story begins, TerSA has made a deal with rival organization Interplanetary Patrol, giving the Galaxion over to General Scavina Nelson to test the new Nelson Drive engine (named after Scavina’s husband, who invented it and disappeared during the first test). While Fusella’s crew retain their positions, Scavina has assumed command of the Galaxion for the duration of the test flight. The story is well thought out.


ART: 9.5
As I said before the style reminds of Speed racer or Vol tron. It looks polished and the backgrounds are well done.

COLORING OR SHADING: 7.5
This is not one of the better cell shaded black and white comics like Wayrift or other Manga I've scene. It looks plain which may affect the finished art work. This isn't bad but it's just not good ether.

 
WRITING AND SPELLING: 10
This is one engrossing story, each character seems to bring a different dimension to this drama while making it easy to follow and understand. Spelling and grammar look fine.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 7.0
The website does what every web comic should do above else well, by making the flipping of each page painless with speedy page downloads. It is well organized and info is easy to find in this comic press template. This is not a real flashy site but it good to move quickly through a site for a change.

ENTERTAINMENT: 7.5
 This where grading this was struggle. On one hand the story is nice, You have interesting characters and  storyline which the creator does a good job. On the other hand this comic was slow for me or not funny. I am hard to please if a comic doesn't invoke some type of powerful emotion. There have been some comics like the "Death Note" that has not have much if any action or humor at all but has suspense off the charts. Hey, I'm a water sign I need that emotional kick.

 POST FREQUENCY: 4.5
Every Tuesday once a week in black in white is average at best. I normally expect twice a week from a black and white especially when hardly no cell shading is used.

 
POPULARITY: 6.5
This comic boast a PR of 5 which it pretty damn good. I also see that Tarra does get 9 - 15 comments post (On going by here last three).