In other news...My daughter Stella is in the thick of a wonderful fundraising event at her new school, Valencia Elementary. The school is selling raffle tickets for $5 each or a booklet of 6 for $25 for a brand new 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid or $25,000.00 cash!!! Much better than selling crummy Mr. Z's pizzas! In addition to the top prizes mentioned above there will also be 100 other fantastic prizes donated by local merchants. From what I've been told this is a HUGE event every year here and the other prizes are all pretty fantastic as well. If anyone out there wants to purchase some tickets write me through the site and I'll arrange to get you some. I can take PayPal payments. And ALL profits go directly to the school for academics, art and physical education. A great cause and a chance to win some BIG BUCKS!!!
Heck, anyone who orders any tickets...I'll throw in an extra goodie for you! A comic, or a sketch, maybe a t-shirt!...So it's an automatic win already!
All orders must be in before October 14th and the drawing is October 25th down at the world famous Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
In other news...Took Stella to see "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" today and it was a very pleasant surprise! Very clever, excellent animation, and a goodly amount of belly laughs. I would recommend this one giving it a very solid B+.
"PONYO" on the other hand?...Not. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w and very weird. Maybe it's a Japanese "film style" thing but there were so many scenes where absolutely nothing happened or they showed two characters walking for several minutes or doing some other inane thing for lengthy periods of time. Scenes that should have been a fraction as long to speed up the story--of which there was very little. And the spontaneous, maniacal laughs and facial gestures?... another Japanese style thing I guess. No laughs and a lot of yawns in the audience. Literally. When you can actually hear someone five rows in front of you yawning it's not good. And a big part of the boredom was due to the utter lack of a soundtrack or even sound effects of any kind. Not only was it painfully slow but it was painfully quiet. I know all the critics gave this one big thumbs ups and I'm baffled. My only guess is that they were all giving the creator a "lifelong achievement" reward for past works when they handed out their grades. My grade, the HONEST grade...D.
Other than that I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) October 17th & 18th in San Francisco so make sure to get out for that one. Deals aplenty will be there for your taking!
Thassit for now.