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Woffles for Dinner and More Comic Stuff

The only thing worse than a non-blogging blogger is a blogger who blogs about not blogging.

Somehow, all of this not blogging about poker has got me thinking about poker. Yeah. I know. But the point is, there comes times when the desire to play becomes very tangible in my mind's eye. Now is such a time. There's still hours to go before I'm back in the Fortress of Solitude, but once there, it is a fair bet that I'll be hitting the virtual tables tonight, methadone for my poker habit. The game of choice will likely be the Mookie, since there is a side bet between Sir Woffles and LJ that Woffles cannot possibly win without 80 competitors in play. One thing has to be said about Woffles; when he puts his mind to something, he can be very successful. Unfortunately, about a month and a half after the success, he can also get very tilty and bleed his accumulated roll. That said, I'm not one to talk. The very same phenomenom haunts me online. Good luck to you, Woffles.

On a side note, I still hate that the Mookie starts at 10pm, has double stacks, and a bunch of tight players. That game takes forever. There is nothing worse that checking the clock, realizing that it is midnight, and seeing that there are still 30 people left in the event.

On another side note, I think my "contest" was a little too difficult, so I'm calling off the hounds. Quit your submissions, because while some of you were in the neighborhood, no one was going to guess the actual inspiration for the post's title. "A Polar Bear in the Fortress of Solitude!" is a bit of an homage to Kevin Smith and his difficulties writing a script for a Superman movie. Long before Brandon Routh did a great impression of Christopher Reeves in Superman Returns, a movie that actually dropped a steaming duece on the cannons of the Superman mythos, Smith, the writer/director of the upcoming Seth Rogen-starring Zack & Miri Make a Porno, was hired to pen a script for a new Superman movie. His script was a far cry from the Superman Returns script. Smith, a longtime comic book fan (and more recently, comic book author), tried to follow the Superman mythos. The studio, however, had different ideas and suggested that he needed more action. Their suggestion, a fight between a polar bear or two and Superman, taking place in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Smith's reaction, paraphrased, "A polar bear in the Fortress of Solitude?! No way!" I mean, if a fucking bear can get into your fortress, you might need to get a new security system.

Since I'm geeking out on comic books, let's delve into that topic for a nano-second. For all you casual or former comic book aficionados, particularly those with an affinity for Marvel Comics, I highly recommend you dip your toes back in the water. The Civil War event that took place last year was one of the best "superheroes in the real world" comic stories out there, and its follow-up, the currenlty running Secret Invasion is a great mix of 1980's comic book sensibilities with a 2000's realistic edge. The best part is that the comic industry is developing all sorts of great ways to expand the story and brand. Perfect example: EmbraceChange.org.

And, as a recommendation for a new comic series that is a must-read (and soon to be film), check out Kick-Ass, the story of a average kid who decides to become a superhero in the real world. This is the epitome of "superheors in the real world" and the writing is top notch.

Okay, sorry about that. We now return you to your regularly scheduled poker blog.

Poker poker poker.

Until next time, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 3:23 PM,

5 Comments:

At 4:05 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

That first line is so spot on, but so true. Well done, sir.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Astin said...

Well damn, I was too slow, since I knew where the polar bear line was from.

Then again, I've seen Kevin Smith speak live twice. Maybe I'll start using obscure lines from his Toronto appearances in my posts now...

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Gnome said...

"Kick Ass" is great. It's almost a shame it's being turned into a movie so quickly.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger MattyEbs said...

I've watched that monologue several times its one of my favorites...you and me get superman...you know why, because you and me we grew up on the streets.

Neither of us grew up on the streets...I grew up on a street but not the streets, but I don't say that because I want the job.

also he originally wanted brainiac to fight superman's soldiers...why would superman need soldiers and its the fortress of SOLITUDE

we have to meet up one of these days even if its non poker related feels like its been too long

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger jjok said...

nice one about kevin smith.... ;)

 

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