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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE 3 GEEKS!

Hey kids, Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween! I've enclosed a brand spankin' new image I think appropriate for this festive day. Hope you all dig. It will be the cover art for what I hope turns into and upcoming graphic novel starring my 3 boys (The 3 Geeks for those who don't know. And if you don't get yerself edumicated right now). At the very least I'm thinking posters and greeting cards. Whattaya think?

In other news...

Finally got the chance to see my buddy Rob Venditti's movie The Surrogates the other night and was so very, very proud of my little 'Berto. Although I will agree with several reviewers comments that it could have been 20 minutes or so longer to better develop some aspects of the story, overall I found myself enjoying the film very much. Personally knowing Rob ('Berto) I'm so happy for his success as he's truly one of the nicest people in the comics biz. So get out there and get a copy of his Surrogates graphic novels. I also read his sequel "Flesh And Blood" and liked it even more than the original! So I wholeheartedly endorse the books.

In other news...

Just painted a new image for the upcoming (YES! It's true) BB WOLF AND THE THREE L.P.S graphic novel we've got coming out from Top Shelf in 2010. It's officially been slated for a May release now and we're just putting the finishing touches on the cover. So keep your eyes peeled for the solicitations. Of course I will keep you all posted right here at this very site! Promise.

In other news...

Stella and mom & dad are off to trick-or-treat soon. It's so nice going out in 65 degree weather as opposed to having to wear our winter coats and hats. Stella is Cleopatra this year and Sandy and I managed to cobble together costumes from Stella's old costumes! I will be a skunk and Sandy a witch. And aside from the costumes actually working and looking good the best part is that it costs us zero! We went to the local costume shop and the idea of shelling out 100 bucks for a couple of craptastic costumes we'd only wear once or twice just rubbed me the wrong way. My inner thighs are still chaffed from the thought.

So look for a 6 foot skunk prowling your neighborhoods tonight! And stay away from his tail cuz he had beans for lunch.

Word.

R

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE REVIEW! SAVE YOUR MONEY

DO. NOT. TAKE. YOUR. KIDS!!!

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE has to be one of the biggest disappointments we've ever experienced as a family. The two 7-year-old girls we took were not only traumatized by the dismal, depressing and disturbing tone but just plain flat-out bored by the movie as a whole. And the violent climax literally brought one to tears and my daughter Stella was so shocked she jumped out of her seat. After the film was over poor Jasmine was shaking as the tears rolled down her cheeks and Stella summarized this turd of a film with this review, "The director must have had a concussion when he made this film!"

Dark not only describes the tone but the visuals as well. It was dark. The few moments they filmed in daylight were a relief to the sensations. The score was dark as well. No joy. Ominous to a fault. Every single character had a psychosis--be it manic depression, paranoia, suicidal tendencies or "Tony Soprano" like murderous rage! I guess that's why they cast James Gandolfini as Caroll. Um...this was a children's story, right? Not exaggerating, folks, there was some serious psychosis going on here and it wasn't only disturbing and depressing but it was kind of dull.

We kept waiting for the tome to lighten but it never did. Started sad, stayed ad and ended sad. Catherine Keener summed it up perfectly when the movie ended with her and Max at the dinner table silently and slowly (painfully) while Max ate his dinner--she drifted off to sleep. Yep. Felt the same way, Catherine.

We left sad. Sad that the movie stunk, sad that we traumatized two little girls and sad that we're out $50 bucks!!! I am so sick of going to "Kids movies" that reviewers often give decent reviews to and end up walking out feeling sick to my stomach because I just forked over a hefty chunk of my hard-earned money. Word to these reviewers who I feel have a responsibility to the viewers who put their trust in them...Don't give a movie a pass just because it's a "kid's film" based on a "masterpiece" directed by a "genius." All-too-often this seems to happen (anyone remember THE PIANO!??). It seems as if they convince themselves that a film like this, adapted from certain source material just "must be good!" Step back and really give an honest review and consider the people going to see it. I was pissed when I went to some review sites and read so few reviews saying that this was not appropriate for young children. We rely on your reviews for this information! Maybe some reviewers don't have kids but are they that removed from reality that they can't figure out what's inappropriate for them?

Thank you to those responsible reviewers who DID point this out. I'm just sorry I didn't find those review until AFTER we all saw this travesty.

And, no, I'm not alone. Maybe the silent majority, but NOT alone. Immediately after seeing the film I spoke with another parent who has heard of other families disappointment and cases where they actually had to leave halfway through the film.

All that being said, I love Maurice Sendak, I love Spike Jonze, we all love the book, but this movie sorely missed the mark on ALL levels.

Word.

R

Stella's added remarks:

Hi, I'm Stella, Rich's daughter. I saw a movie today with my friend Jasmine. It was called WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Me and my friend Jasmine thought it was the worst movie we've ever seen. Especially the part where one of the monsters ripped off one of the other monster's arm. To me and Jasmine it made Jasmine shake and cry to death and my legs started to ache! And if any of you have already seen it and like it you're crazy. But if you haven't seen it DON'T SEE IT! Bye.

JOIN THE WOLFPACK!!!

Hey kids,

It's up! And it looks fantastic! No ya pervs, not that...the official BB WOLF & THE 3 L.P.S website! http://www.bbwolfandthethreelps.com/ Writer and good pal, J.D. Arnold and his good pal and business partner, Troy Geddes, have assembled a wonderful website all about our upcoming book. Yes, the book's release date nears...finally! All the edits have been made, a NEW page added and my good pal, CJ Bettin, is making all the necessary edits as I write this. Then Top Shelf gets the book in their schedule and we'll set the official release date.

Meantime check out the website for all kinds of cool stuff--additional character info, contests, sneak peeks at art and story, a whole lotta cool stuff!

Man, I'm using a lot of exclamation points in this blog!

And here's another peek at some BB art for you as a teaser.

Again, here's the new site's address... http://www.bbwolfandthethreelps.com/

I've also added the link on my website. Thanks for your interest and support.

Word!

R!!

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