This fall, the CW network (kidsWB) will premiere the Spectacular Spider-Man, the most recent animated series featuring everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. There’s a bootleg of the preview footage from San Diego posted at and it looks good.

It’s looks kid friendly, which is ok by me. There’s also an energy to the footage that I don’t think that’s been in any of the previous cartoons (unless you count the MTV version from a few years ago). Looks like I’ll be TiVo-ing another ‘toon this Fall.

Over the weekend, I was in the garage, working on putting up some shelving. I had been outside for a while, so I decided to peek in and see what Carter was up too. Since our move about a month ago, he’s been extremely good about entertaining himself. We packed up a lot of his toys before the move and have slowly been giving them to him since the move. The end result is almost like a new toy.

I made my way upstairs to his room and noticed it was pretty quiet. Standing in his doorway, there were comic books everywhere — he’s got a short-box of comics I’ve given him and he “reads” one every night before bed. He’s sitting in the corner of his room playing with a few toys. As I survey the landscape of scattered comics, I comment, “What happened in here?”

“I was separating them,” was Carter’s reply.

Sure enough, what I thought was a scattered mess was actually a 4-year-old attempting to organize his comics. They were piled in haphazard stacks. Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-men, Justice League, etc.

I looked at him and said, “you’re a little geek.”

“What’s a geek,” he asks, puzzled?

“You’re just like you’re Dad,” I told him. To which he smiled.

I decided to stay inside for a while and we sat and read some comics and played superheroes.

It made me think about how much he looks up to me and reflect on the things I’ve taught him (or that he’s picked up from me).

After a not-so-recent failed oil change at the local Wal-Mart, I’ve been changing my own oil in the car. Part in spite to show them it could be done (Wal-Mart claimed I had a leak and cross-threaded oil pan plug – neither was true) and part to save money. It wasn’t until a few nights ago I realized yet another thing Carter had picked up.

Carter kept telling me he needed help changing the oil in his car when I was done working outside. When I eventually made it upstairs, he had a few of his play tools in the floor and was going to change the oil on his car–which is actually the reclining sofa in the bonus room. He stated he needed me to supervise (usually his job) and that he would let me know if he needed help. In a moment of play-time genius, I popped the reclining foot-rest out on the couch and showed him where to unscrew the plug and put the oil filter. He was looking under there when Jill told him to “lay on your back, like Daddy does” and as he slid under there, he had the biggest grin on his face.

I like to think I’ll pass on to him a lot of the good things I picked up from my Dad. I wouldn’t say my Dad is a geek, but he’s got bits of geek in him. A mechanical engineer by education, he’s always eager to take things apart and put them together again. I remember stacks of Sci-Fi magazines around the house as a kid (and wish those were still around). I’ve always felt that he knows everything and am constantly amazed when I can call him 800 miles aways, describe the noise/action my car is making and he’ll tell me what to tighten, turn or fix.

While I would say I’m a different person from my Dad, I know I’ve learned a lot from him (and continue to do so). In this day and age, I’m especially proud to be able to do many of the things I learned from him. I can do minor car repairs, electrical work, build a deck, and lots of other things that more and more people don’t know how to do anymore. I’m not afraid to tackle most home repairs or projects knowing that I’ve got him there to back me up. I guess growing up in an era where there wasn’t Autozone, mechanic, or a handyman on every corner made one self sufficient. That’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s something else that I hope I can pass down to Carter.

Wow! How cool is that (assuming it’s still there). Four minutes of footage were shown at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend and even the crappy bootleg copy looks amazing. Iron Man kicking ass to Black Sabbath’s Iron Man is about as perfect as it can get. The feel and the energy for this preview as spot on perfect. This is officially the movie I can’t wait to see next year.

The Comic Geek Speak podcast often talks to comic artist Buzz. Until the show, I’d not heard that much about him, but I was familiar with some of his work.

Anyway, Buzz has always professed his admiration Michael Golden, specifically Dr. Strange #55. after investigating Golden a little, I realized how many of my favorite books as a kid were drawn by him and how much his style influenced artists like Art Adams, who was/is another favorite of mine. I actually met Adams and got a sketch from him back in the late 80’s at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC.

Anyway, back to the story, it seems that Golden is making an attempt to get back into comics and procure a little more work, however I don’t think it’s going to work out that well for him. Check out the below piece of art Golden produced as a paid, $500 commission:

Dr. Strange sketch by Micael Golden

You can read the full story here, but the short version is as follows. Golden was paid $500 + $37 shipping, by a fan. The piece was to be delivered within a 6 week time frame. Finally, nine months later, after continually contacting Golden and his agent, the fan received the above image of Dr. Strange apparently blowing a “raspberry” and stating that “Patience is a Virue[sic]”.

I guess Golden isn’t aware of this little thing we call the Internet. I’m sure this story will spread like wildfire and I’d hazard a guess that Golden’s commission work (and rate) will decrease as the convention season comes to a close.

Over the weekend, an extended 5 minute preview of The Golden Compass was posted. Lots of new footage is shown, but most importantly I think it gives a good idea of the film to those who have no experience with the book. Out of all of the movies that studios have developed as Harry Potter clones, this one has the best chance to succeed.

After the success of the Harry Potter films, studios were snatching up any fantasy related material with kids present. In the past few years we’ve had Eragon, Bridge to Terabithia, the Chronicles of Narnia (which also got a push from Lord of the Rings), The Dark Is Rising, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and many more that I’m forgetting.

Based on just the previews, The Golden Compass looks to be the most engrossing. It looks less like an attempt to pander toward the “Harry Potter” audience and more like a honest attempt to bring Philip Pullman’s world to the screen.