THE COMING OF THE PIÑATA

I'm sure I've talked about this before, but I'm working on a comic with my good friend, artist Harold C. Jennett III.

If you've ever clicked any of the tabs above, you'd know that the two of us have collaborated before on the web comic Our Adventure Continues. If you didn't know that, click the link and read through what we have up there, because there could possibly be more coming along at some point. But that's not what this is about.

No, this is about The Mighty Piñata.

Harold has been working away at the pages and frankly, I can't wait to show this thing to everyone because I think it's going to be something pretty darn great.

In the meantime, he put together some teaser art and I wanted to share it with y'all.

So, here it is.


WHY I LOVE HUMAN DISASTER BY MIKAL KHILL

I just finished listening to Mikal kHill's newest release, Human Disaster. Twice, actually . . . in a row.

Having done so, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Now, I've probably said this before, but when it come to reviewing something, be it a television show, movie, comic, album, or book, I'm not very good at it. I know what I love, I'm just not all that great of explaining why I love it. But I'm going to do my best here. Just know this one simple fact. Human Disaster is a great album and I am a big fan of Mikal KHill.

And there's a reason I'm a fan . . . dude can write.


Before I get into the LP, for those not aware of who Mikal kHill is, here's his bio from Bandcamp:

I make nerdcore rap about videogames, zombies, and feeling bad.

Co-creator of the Browncoats Mixtape & Slytherin Mixtape with Adam WarRock. 1/4th of NOFRIENDS. Founder of the ThoughtCriminals.

Straight from the gate, track one, Badlands, the beat booms out of my ear buds and I can't help but bob my head.

The beat/music is a big thing for me. I mean, you can have great lyrics, you can rhyme with the best of them, but if you're doing all that on top of weak beats then I'm never going to hear word one.

I don't know if he writes all the beats and music himself, but Mikal kHill has some of the best beats in the business. I mean, maybe it's my ear buds, but this album straight up thunders in my ears.

Take track five, Daddy Works. The beat is simple, but elegant. It proves what I've been saying for a long time (not here, but I have been saying it): Less is more. Not always, you have to do it right, and Mikal kHill does it spot on with this track.

And the lyrics? Well, I'll use Daddy Works again. I'm a father of three, and I work two jobs, meaning I'm not around as much as I'd like. Daddy Works hits me on so many levels and the song makes me want to jump in my car and speed home.

Another track that stands out to me is Spent our Lives on Fire featuring Tribe One. This one may very well be my favorite song on the album.

A common theme of Nerdcore rap is sharing the spotlight. Meaning, guest rappers and/or singers. And Human Disaster has it's fair share.

Tribe One, Ceschi Ramos, cecilnick of Autocorrect, Sulfur, Clara Bizna$$, Shane Hall, and RUUNE all send some time with Mikal kHill on this LP. Tribe One and Sulfur are two of my favorite Mikal kHill colaborators. The others, I'm encountering for the first time on this album, but I'm going to be keeping an eye out for them.

So there it is, my thoughts on Human Disaster. Why do I love it? Because it hits all my buttons for rap: Great lyrics, rhymes, flows, beats, and music.

If you're a fan of rap music, you should check out Human Disaster.

You can preview it here by clicking this link.

Or just click the album cover:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

This goes all the way back to 2011, and I post it every year. It comes originally from a now defunct webcomic called Variety Smack which I wrote with artist Harold C. Jennett III, and it eventually turned into Our Adventure Continues, but this is our Thanksgiving strip:


WHO I WANT FOR THE NEXT DOCTOR WHO


This past weekend my daughter and I watched through what the American market calls the Seventh Season of Doctor Who . . . that's what the DVD said anyway.

This would be the final season in which Matt Smith (my daughter's favorite) portrays the Doctor. Well, I mean, there's still Day of the Doctor and then Time of the Doctor, but after that he's done.

Anyway, thinking of moving on to Peter Capaldi (who became the Doctor in 2013 and maintains the role still) and how his turn would soon be up, I couldn't help but think who might be next and then fantasizing on who I would really like to see in the role.

But first, I feel I should let it be known that my favorite Doctor so far is the great David Tennant.


Okay, now that that's out of the way, after giving the subject more thought than it probably deserves, here are my picks for the next Doctor Who.


I'm going to just go ahead and assume that most of my fellow Americans know Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House from the fox show, House. Some of them may not even know that he's British. Well, he is.

I know him from the show Blackadder where he played a delightfully lovable imbecile in both Series 3 and 4.

Hugh Laurie has proven, time and time again, his full range playing both drama and comedy. It's time to play a whole new doctor, Hugh.


Best known as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise, he's shown he can be more than the side kick of The Boy Who Lived. If you don't believe me, check out young Rupert in Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, and Moonwalkers (which I'll admit I never finished, but that's only because I'm an old man and I was tired and then never got back to it. I don't have to prove myself to you!). Besides, he's a ginger like me and I like to see the gingers representing.


To stick with the Harry Potter theme, I'd like to see Hermione Gragner herself, Emma Watson, be the first female to play the role of the Doctor. I think it's time and I think she's up to the task.

Emma Watson can handle the comedy, the drama, and more importantly, she has the gravitas to tell someone that she's going to mess them up in the way that only the Doctor can, and make it more than believable.


Idris Elba is actually my top choice for the next Doctor. This needs to happen. I really don't feel like I need to say more. Watch Luther, watch Pacific Rim, watch anything the man has been in and you will realize that he really is the best choice.


The star of the great Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and World's End) Simon Pegg is one of my absolute favorites. But to be honest, I think I'd rather like to see him play the Doctor's companion more than the Doctor himself.

In fact, how about Idris Elba as the Doctor, and Simon Pegg is his companion. I'm sold. Now I just have to make some calls.

That's my list, and regardless of what I said above about putting more thought into this than it was worth, I really didn't put much thought into it at all. These were the names and faces that popped into my head when I thought about the next Doctor.

I'm sure there are plenty more out there that I could think of if given the time.