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11-06-2013, 01:34 PM
I debated with myself over whether to create this thread or not, and whether to create it in this particular forum section or not.

You see, I created a blog. Granted, that certainly doesn't qualify as real news of any sort. It's not even a big blog, nor even a particularly good one. Apparently, I don't even know how to post there in a semi-timely manner. So, why bother, at all, one might ask?

I don't know.

Maybe one shouldn't bother, in fact. Rather than belabor the point, though, suffice it to say that I confess to starting a blog. They say that confession is good for the soul - or something like that.

Before I created this thread here, though, I went back, today, and double-checked to make sure that I had my dates right. No, I don't mean dates, as in "going out on a date" type of dates. Rather, I mean dates, as in dates on a calendar.

It seems that I started using this Digital Webbing forum, before I created my blog devoted to comic books and comic book art (namely, of the superhero variety, but not necessarily limited thereto).

You see, the Writer Showcase section of the Digital Webbing forum index is apparently reserved for posting scripts. So, what's a fellow supposed to do, if he doesn't write comic book strips, yet he (or she) still wants to write about comic books and comic art?

One creates a blog, that's what!



OK, so I got a little carried away, there. Even still, what's any of this got to do with anything? Why bother you, the Gang of the Important Ones, with the miniscule blurb that I created a blog?

Well, I somewhat recently encountered a couple of my fellow Digital Webbing forum users that expressed unsolicited interest in a blog of mine that they didn't even know existed.

Granted, it may ultimately turn out that this hypothetical blog that they both envisioned will prove to be more interesting than the blog that I actually created. But, it is a risk that I have decided to subject them both to.

Choose your own poison, they say.

Hey, wait a darned minute! Just who is this mysterious "they," anyway?

Perhaps I can cover that topic in my blog, someday. But, that day is not today.

Instead, today is reserved for this posting, this tiny blip on the intermittently working radar of any who happen to spy it, before it disappears forever into the Abyss of the Forgotten.

Ah, the ignominy of being relegated to such a fate! Mired in the bottomless pit that is the Chit-Chat section. Perhaps there is justice in the universe, after all.

So, for Digital Webbers bob281 (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1811589&postcount=35) and Izik (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1811591&postcount=36), as well as for anyone else whose comic art bowels move their curiosity to check it out, I present unto my fellow Digital Webbing addicts my humble excuse for a comic art Fortress of Solitude, a place that I retreat to with fervent infrequency, to talk to myself about things related to comic books, comic art, and artists of the comic book type.

At your own risk, I bid you to enter...

...the Ye Olde Comic Book Temple (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/).

11-06-2013, 02:28 PM
Good read. If you're interested in reprinting your blog here on the main site. Please contact me via private message.

Ray Dillon
11-06-2013, 03:07 PM
Ha! You managed to suck me into this story before I'd even seen that Ed replied to you so well done! Good writing. I'll be checking out your blog and hope to see it up on the DW front page! Thanks for posting!

11-08-2013, 02:32 AM
Thank you, gentlemen!

I really wasn't expecting this posting to get moved to the Project Showcase section from the Chit-Chat section, much less be extended an invitation to reprint the blog here on the Digital Webbing site. I was just looking for a way - and a place - on here to post a link to my blog, without breaking any of the rules or violating any preferred link posting preferences. I picked the Chit-Chat section to post in, simply because it seemed to be the one section that was the least likely to be problematic. I was trying to figure out how to post an image, instead of just a text link. But, since I am no artist, I had no art image to post. Hence, the spiel that ensued.

Since I can't seem to get my mind, my eye, and my hand to all synch together and to act in unison, so that I can actually draw something, myself, I am relegated to the one-dimensional realm of text, in order to find a place in the overall scheme of things here on the Digital Webbing forum. I could just read, of course, but even a one-dimensional form of comic book interest existence seems preferable, to me, to pure passive existence of being a reader-only entity that dwells here in the midst of so much artistic expression exploding all around.

Hopefully, my presence here won't prove to be too much of an intrusion.

Now...If I could only draw.

11-16-2013, 12:54 AM
Today's blog posting features Digital Webbing site user, TimR (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/member.php?u=13734) - or perhaps I should say, Goldbug, Tim's artistic handiwork.

Click here (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/11/straight-from-goldopolis-hails-man-with.html) to check it out!

11-17-2013, 04:28 PM
It hasn't been long, since I last blogged, but I had some spare time, today, and decided to tackle an artist whose artistic talents are many.

I'm speaking, of course, of none other than Digital Webbing site member, Eliseu Gouveia (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/member.php?u=737).

It is Eliseu's Wonder Woman comic book "project" that is the primary focus of my blog commentary. Click here (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-art-of-eliseu-gouveia-visual.html), if interested!

12-29-2014, 02:21 PM
Trying to transition to posting with a degree of frequency, and to that end, here's a list of blog articles posted, to date, with the more recent articles to be found at the bottom of this list.

Heading into 2015, I would like to accomplish more reviews of comic books, particular comic books published by independent comic book companies and individuals. But, I would also like to post more about things pertaining to comic books that I encounter along the way.

If you have a comic book that you want reviewed, then send it to me. My personal preference is for comic books in PDF format. Reviews will be published on an as-time-allows basis.

No, Virginia, Angel Eyes is not Santa Claus! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/no-virginia-angel-eyes-is-not-santa.html)

The Fuel of Red Suns Flows in My Veins! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-fuel-of-red-suns-flows-in-my-veins.html)

Review - Vitruvian Underground (Issue 1) (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-picked-up-digital-copy-of-issue-1-of.html)

Review - Remnants (Issue 1) (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-remnants-issue-1_6.html)

Review - Remnants (Issue 2) (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-remnants-issue-2.html)

What am I bid for his boots -- his suit -- his cape? (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-found-it-as-best-as-i-can-remember.html)

Why have you summoned us to your Earth? (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/here-we-are-first-issue-of-three-issue.html)

Review - Theoktonia - Issue 0 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-theoktonia-issue-0.html)

I've Smashed Your Invulnerable Fortress, Superman! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/ive-smashed-your-invulnerable-fortress.html)

Artist Nick Justus: Dominant Master of Imagery meets Inker Extraordinaire! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/nick-justus-dominant-mastery-of-imagery.html)

I Warned You No Vault Could Keep Me Prisoner! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-warned-you-no-vault-could-keep-me.html)

Introducing Armin Ozdic (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/10/introducing-armin-ozdic.html)

Introducing Mikael Bergkvist: A Prolific Champion (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/11/introducing-mikael-bergkvist-prolific.html)

Straight from Goldopolis hails the Man with the 24-Karat Kick! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/11/straight-from-goldopolis-hails-man-with.html)

The Art of Eliseu Gouveia: Visual Spectacle and Treatment of Subject Matter yield Glorious Art! (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-art-of-eliseu-gouveia-visual.html)

Meanwhile, in Gotham City ... er ... KickStarter City (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/08/meanwhile-in-gotham-city-er-kickstarter.html)

Meet the Maestro of Stylish Horror (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/08/meet-maestro-of-stylish-horror.html)

Review - The Adventures of Punk and Rock (Issue 1) (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-adventures-of-punk-and-rock-issue-1.html)

Review - Parking Garage Planet (Issue 1) (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/10/parking-garage-planet-issue-1.html)

Review - Unstoppable Origins # 4: The Origin of Dr. Zero (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/12/unstoppable-origins-4-origin-of-dr-zero.html)

Review - Interceptor # 1 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/12/interceptor-1.html)

Review - Theodicy: Book One (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/12/theodicy-book-one.html)

12-31-2014, 02:57 AM

Review - Bud Colbert: Time-Travelin' Janitor - Issue # 1 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2014/12/review-bud-colbert-time-travelin.html)

01-04-2015, 02:57 AM

Review - Theodicy - Book Two (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-theodicy-book-two.html)

01-06-2015, 02:40 PM

Review - Unstoppable Origins # 1 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-unstoppable-origins-1.html)

01-06-2015, 07:53 PM
Article - A fleeting glimpse into a decision to buy some digital comic books (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-fleeting-glimpse-into-decision-to-buy.html)

01-10-2015, 03:49 PM
So, anyway, I paused, the other day, while browsing the forum index of the Digital Webbing forum, and under the Project Showcase heading, I noticed that it says: Show us what you're working on. Elaborate. This is NOT an area to post your services or just toss a link down.

OK, OK. I've been bungling that one, a bit.

Well, more than a bit, actually, but that's likely due to what I shall dub the Craig Knitt (https://www.facebook.com/craig.knitt) factor.

Not that Craig ever visits my blog, but why not use this opportunity to toss out a little plug for him, him being an Uber Talent from the Entertainment Universe and all.

Not being one to pick nits nor Knitts, though, ever since eDuke plucked this thread from its place of origin and plopped its down right smack dab in the middle of the Project Showcase thread, I have been at a bit of a loss as to how to proceed, and what to actually use this thread for.

I mean, after all, if I am going to set forth on some lengthy writing, then shouldn't I reserve that for the blog, itself? Isn't that what a blog is for?

There is the blog, and there is this thread - The Son of Blog.

The blog, itself, is unimportant. It is like a footprint that I left while passing through a previous day of my life. Now, it seems to finally be fossilizing a bit, and like a fossil, I visit it.

If you didn't get that, don't feel bad. It's not worth the struggle.

I'm just glad that my fingers are no longer mad at me. It's nice to be writing, again, even if it is a winding trek through rambling places that nobody should ever visit.

Here amongst the Digital Webbing, I always feel a tad smidgen out of place. I walk amongst the artistic gods (Small "g", sorry guys and gals!). I take in the sights. I litter the place with words tossed casually about.

This thread, it seems, is my camping site in a wilderness of visual overgrowth.

Why do I need a blog, anyway? One does not need a blog. Let's get that out of the way, right up front.

So, what do I do with a blog that I don't need - that nobody needs, for that matter? Basically, I let it grow weeds.

Until, for a lack of a better way to say it, I try hacking a few words out of the jungle of comic books and comic book art that find their way to me.

I've started doing a few reviews of comic books, these last few weeks. But, it's still a poverty-stricken place to hang out. Such precious little to be found there, and even less worth wasting time on.

My wife's spaghetti sauce is bubbling in the kitchen, and the smell of it is driving my nose crazy. I haven't eaten, all day, and I'm wanting that spaghetti NOW!!.

But, it's not gonna happen, and so, I must console myself by putting my fingertips and keyboard keys through their motions.

That's not good for YOU, but it sure is helpful to ME. At the moment, anyway.

I recently received a compliment (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=916008178410445&id=582558248422108) from Theodicy (http://theodicycomic.blogspot.com/) creator, Chad Handley. It made me think about thoroughness in comic book reviews.

Is there such a thing?

I mean, to be thorough, when crafting a review for a comic book, what does that require? What should it require? Or, is it even something that is desirable? If so, then what purpose would - or could - it actually serve?

From my perspective, I don't think that I have ever even encountered a review of a comic book that I would characterize as "thorough." To me, to write a review that was actually thorough would seem to be a most daunting proposition.

Besides, wouldn't it entail going into too much detail? Wouldn't it spoil comic books for prospective readers? Only if anybody actually bothered to encounter such reviews, I suppose, but you get my point, don't you?

On the Digital Webbing forum, I encounter far more comic book related art, or art of that style and type, than I do actual comic books. What a pity!

But, creating a comic book is hard work, don't you know? Sure, you know. You know it far better than I do, far better than I am likely ever to know, in fact.

Maybe I need to grow some aspirations. Perhaps I should adopt a vitamin approach to posting there. You know - One A Day.

What a Hell that would be to trek through, huh? Why do I get the feeling that it would be akin to making a swamp?

I'm mucking about, anyway. So, would it truly be much different?

The year 2015 is with us, now. It's only just recently started out. Instead of resolutions, perhaps I should just strive for postings.

Now, where's that spaghetti??

01-17-2015, 12:31 PM
I haven't posted anything to the blog, for a week and a half, but I do occasionally add things to it. That aspect of the blog plods along at a snail's pace, although to give credit where it is due, a snail proceeds much faster than I do, where fleshing out the blog's list of links is concerned.

I'm trying to focus more on elaborating, as the forum section description says, and that's what the driving force is behind this posting.

I use the blog as a cheat sheet, of sorts - as a repository of links that I find to be particularly helpful to me, on things related to comic books. That way, I don't have to continually search for them, again, in the future. This particular sub-set of links, I place in the Special Mention section of the blog. There's not a lot there, but the ones that are there are some choice selections, I think.

Of no less importance, however, are various links which I plopped down into the Links section. I'll give you an example of how I used one of those links, last night, to make a functional difference to a small project that I decided to undertake.

I have a friend who has a birthday, today. I used the Cover Browser (http://www.coverbrowser.com/) website, which I accessed via the link on my blog, to do some hasty research, by way of ogling the superhero eye candy contained on various comic book front cover images on display there. I decided to try and have someone to create an image for use as the front of a birthday card for the friend in question, and while the purpose isn't to duplicate an existing cover, I did find the site extremely useful as a way to quickly and efficiently amass ideas for possible inclusion into the card's artwork.

My blog entries, themselves, tend to be a rambling mass of words inter-spliced with images. But, it is the links which are, I think, of disproportional importance.

The blog, itself, the Ye Olde Comic Book Temple (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/), sits in an out of the way location on the Internet. It's what you might call a lost temple, of sorts. There, I intermittently stumble through the ruins of the place, but whatever idea originally prompted the construction of the site must have been lost to the sands of time.

I don't worship comic books, of course, nor even superheroes and super villains. The temple aspect symbolizes my own little Mecca, a place that I journey to (or try to) at least once a year, that I might better renew my joy that I felt when interacting frequently with comic books back in my much younger days.

01-23-2015, 06:05 AM

Review - 3Corps - Issue 1 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-3corps-issue-1.html)

01-23-2015, 08:22 AM

Review - 3Corps - Issue # 2 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-3corps-issue-2.htmlv)

01-23-2015, 01:10 PM

Review - Puny Mortals - Issue # 0 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-puny-mortals-issue-0_23.html)

01-23-2015, 01:37 PM
Note to self: Finish typo check, BEFORE publishing reviews.

01-25-2015, 07:31 AM

Review - Digital Webbing Presents - Spotlight Special - Issue # 1 (http://comicbooktemple.blogspot.com/2015/01/review-digital-webbing-presents.html)