* Some time ago, I put a contest up on my Facebook page about someone sending me a pitch for a perfect article. This article here was the result of that. But another REMlin (shout-out to Brian Stubbs who reigns metal hell-fire on all his enemies) made a suggestion after reading how I treated the Joker. He wanted me to create the final goodbye between beloved comic strip character Calvin and Hobbes. Having been a fan of the strip for the entirety of my life, I found the idea both intriguing and lofty. Creator Bill Watterson is a god to me, so how do I take this material and treat it with the respect it deserves? My first draft essentially ended up being Toy Story 3, minus the pastel bear and incinerator. It felt flat. It didn’t feel like it did this magical duo justice, so I scrapped it and let no one know. Then, last night while wrestling with my 264th straight night of insomnia, the story came to me, visually, and left me in tears. That is when I knew I had to share it. Presenting, with all due respect to the brilliant creator of the original strip that shaped my life, the final goodbye between Calvin and Hobbes. You may want to have some tissues on hand for this one. I wrote it and even I didn’t see the ending coming. Even passed it along to a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan (and amazing writer) and asked for their input and they were floored, which was a good enough sign for me. Presenting: Calvin and Hobbes, the final goodbye.
I grew up loving zombie movies. They were my favorite sub genre of horror film. If a movie had a zombie in it, I was watching it. And for a good, long while, I was set in my thoughts that a zombie apocalypse would do this world some good. We are overpopulated, and we are run by assholes. Anyone who thinks some thinning of the ranks of this world’s population is bad idea, go look at your Facebook feed for ten minutes and it will change your mind. Thing is, zombies have become very popular over the last decade (a trend I never saw coming), and with that influx of popularity, comes more discussion and the slow spreading reality of just how shitty a zombie apocalypse would actually be. Here are 5 things that cement the fact that a zombie apocalypse would suck ass and ruin the soul.
I have decided after the last weird piece I wrote was so well received, I would start doing this more regularly. Sharing stories that have baffled and intrigued me for years, but stories that seem to be unexplained or even sometimes seem to hint at supernatural solutions. I am not saying I believe or don’t believe in this stuff. I am just saying maybe if enough of us open a discussion about it, we can figure out it together, rationally. This week I want to focus on the story of Charles E. Peck. A name you will not soon forget after hearing the following story. Keep in mind, I am just telling you the story as fact, with no real opinion put in. I am leaving the speculation purely up to you. Be forewarned, though maybe not scary, but this is something that will stay with you. Haunting might be the better (and more ironic) word to use here. Yes. This is all quite haunting.
Romantic comedy movies generally suck. They really do. They follow the same contrived formulas and are meant to get seats wet and eyes wide, but rarely evoke either. Non-threatening yet attractive boy meets slightly better looking, pixie dream girl, and they fall in love despite ALL THE ODDS being against them. If you’ve seen one, you have seen them all. That is what makes the movie They Came Together so goddamn special. It knows how contrived and formulaic romantic comedy movies are, and they intentionally play off of that. This is a satire of all movies from this genre, but in doing that, in ends up being the best romantic comedy ever made. Funny and self-aware, if more comedies or romance movies were like They Came Together, I wouldn’t hate the genre nearly as much as I do. Clear the brilliant minds behind it do, too, and that might just be why it works so well.
We all know how flags are used to represent different states. Banners we all use and hang and display proudly to show our heritage. Outside of the confederate flag (which actually represents some pretty awful things from our past), most flags summon smiles in people. But there is some flag news that has leaked recently that has a lot of people scratching their heads. Yes, we are talking about a new design for a flag that will represent all of planet earth. An earth flag, if I may be so bold. First of all, you must be wondering how it looks, yes?