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  • gilwilson 6:38 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accelerators, , comic book men, gavin smith, indiana toy and comic expo, nerdup podcast, ,   

    The Accelerators Volume #03: Relativity  by R.F.I. Porto (Author), Gavin Smith (Illustrator), Tim Yates (Illustrator), Thomas Mumme (Editor) 

    31499159The Accelerators Volume #03: Relativity
    by R.F.I. Porto (Author), Gavin Smith (Illustrator), Tim Yates (Illustrator), Thomas Mumme (Editor)
    Length: 125 pages
    Publisher: Blue Juice Comics (November 29, 2016)
    combines Issues 11-15 of THE ACCELERATORS

    I first heard about this comic series from a podcast as the series was being created.  The podcast featured Mike & Ming from Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (the comic book store in New Jersey owned by Kevin Smith).  One of the creators worked on their series, “Comic Book Men” on AMC.  As I listened I got to hear the entire process from scripting to discovering the artists.  Being a regular at area ComiCons, I sought out the books.

    I met up with artist Gavin Smith at IndyPopCon and had the chance to interview him for my own podcast (The NerdUp Podcast).   As I interviewed him he was working on a commission for a con attendee, and I was just fascinated by watching his process.  I purchased the first two trade paperbacks, after I read them I was hooked. I so love this comic book series. Time travel with paradoxes & condundrums galore. The art is just plain beautiful and imaginative. The storyline just propels the reader through space time with a sense of adventure and wonder.

    At first in the series, what seems like a random group of people are thrown into time travel from a mysterious object shaped like a doughnut.  This volume finds our heroes scattered through time with one group in the mythical 88th century, there they find an older version of one of the travelers and things seem to have more of a plan than originally conceived.

    It’s hard to really explain in this series, especially once this volume is read. Just trust me and go out and get your own copies.  Now I’m anxiously waiting for volume 4.  I should be able to pick it up at the Indiana Toy & Comic Expo in Bloomington this year.

    Publisher’s Review
    What if the time machines could only go forward, never backward?
    What if each new future was worse than the last one?
    What if the only escape was to leap forward again?
    Welcome to the The Accelerators, a nonstop sci-fi adventure about a group of ragtag time travelers lost in the future, searching for a way home.
    At the center of the story is Spatz, a teenage time refugee who thinks he’s been caught up in this time turmoil by accident. Little by little, future by future, Spatz realizes that in fact he is the source of it all this chaos, and maybe also the salvation.
Our heroes have been scattered across the timeline, and must find a way to reunite.
    Spatz has been stranded in a distant future controlled by an insane gang of Time Criminals, with no chance of escape. Meanwhile, the rest of the group arrives at the mythical 88th Century, where they meet an older version of Spatz, who seems to have gone completely insane. How many Spatzes are there, and what do they really want?
    This acclaimed series features time-warping artwork by Gavin Smith (Human City) and electrifying colors by Tim Yates (Anne Bonnie), with a story by creator and screenwriter R.F.I. Porto. This volume collects The Accelerators #11-15.

  • gilwilson 10:16 PM on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Tough Sh*t; Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good” by Kevin Smith 

    “Tough Sh*t; Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good”
    Written and Read by Kevin Smith
    Published by Penguin Audio (2012)
    Approx. 6 hours.

    First and foremost I have to admit I am a Kevin Smith Fanboy, but even more so now. Although I don’t think I can call myself a full-fledged Fanboy since I don’t listen to his Smodcasts. I’ll explain Smodcasts later. I really should listen to them, but I listen to so many audiobooks that I have a hard time finding a place to squeeze them in. Okay, okay, I will start listening…one smodcast between each book, fine, are you happy, Mr. Smith?

    Anyway, back to this book, Kevin Smith, to many folks is that “Clerks” guy, or maybe the “Chasing Amy” guy, or maybe “the Too Fat to Fly” guy, or more recently the “Comic Book Men” Guy. No matter what your association with Kevin Smith you know it’s a lot of humor, usually self-deprecating, and even some bouts of reality thrown in at a super-sized delivery box. (sorry could help the fat joke, but being a fat lazy slob as well, I can do that.) Kevin Smith was king of the indie films (and still is in my book) during the 90s, beginning with the movie “Clerks,” a tale of two slackers hanging out at a convenience store and their obsessions with pop culture (particularly Star Wars). Okay actually it was a lot more than just that but I’m not reviewing that movie at this moment. Smith, had the dream to become a filmmaker and sought out that dream. Soon his movie was sold to Miramax and the entire Jay and Silent Bob run of movies began. Jay and Silent Bob seemed to be anchors in all his movies, with Silent Bob being played by Kevin Smith.

    During his filmmaking career, Smith created a whole new genre of films that would soon be copied and become a staple in summer movies, the Bromance. Kevin’s films showed that men can interact with each other and that the movie can exist entirely on the basis of a friendship between two guys. With “Clerks” & “Clerks 2” there was Dante & Hicks and in an odd way, Jay & Silent Bob. The Bromance film would later be copied in such films as “Good Will Hunting” (no he didn’t help write that one, which he talks about that controversy in this book), “The 40 Year old Virgin,” “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express.” the last three you’ll notice were Seth Rogen films, he comes up in this autobiography a few times.

    So making Indie films was the beginning and soon Kevin was sucked into the corporate world of Hollywood. At one point he got to meet his big screen idol, Bruce Willis. While working with Bruce he found him to be a decent guy, but when Kevin was called on to direct Willis, Smith found out that Bruce was a “douchebag” (his word not mine, I don’t know Bruce Willis, but I, like Kevin Smith, am a fan of his work). This one of the many events Smith talks about in “Tough Sh*t” that begins to make his passion of filmmaking actually work, and begins his journey to seek out something else to keep his mind creative.

    On a good note, Kevin Smith says that the line “You should never meet your heroes.” should be changed to “You should never meet your heroes, unless the hero is George Carlin.” Kevin Smith grew up appreciating and loving Carlin’s ability to talk smart, using the English language in a very intelligent way while still sprinkling in some colorful expletives to grab the attention of the audience. When he met with Carlin he discovered that Carlin was the genuine article, and a down to earth Human being. All of these stories are included in “Tough Sh*t” and more.

    The biggest lessons Kevin learned and shares with the listener/reader of “Tough Sh*t” are from “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. Kevin watched a series on hockey and learned from “The Great One” two major lessons: Gretzky was great because of assists not just because of the high number of goals scored and don’t be where the puck has been be where the puck is going to be. Throughout this book Kevin talks about how he has applied these lessons to his life.

    This peek into the world of Kevin Smith screams with subtlety, what makes the man Kevin Smith. From his respect for his dad who died screaming to his beautiful wife and daughter, Smith turns out to be a pretty darn decent human being. He’s the type of guy that if he were your friend, you’d have a friend for life. Kevin Smith is able to tell his story in the fashion of his hero, George Carlin. Speaking intelligently and with lots of wit and a sprinkling of what could be “offensive” language. From stories of helping his friends to adoring his wife, I feel after reading this book I know the man personally. I wish…but for now I’m happy being a Kevin Smith Fanboy.

    • rwhyan 11:27 PM on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a huge fan of Smiths films (I did like Red State) but I am a big fan of him as a person and I regularly listen to his smodcast and it’s absolutely hilarious. Great post.


    • Laura Ashlee 10:11 PM on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This books made me laugh so much. I would never call myself a Kevin Smith fan. I’ve been more of a Kevin Smith appreciator. Anytime I saw something by him or with him in it, I always enjoyed it, but I never went out seeking his stuff. It was really nice to get in his head though. He’s one smart guy.


      • gilwilson 10:53 AM on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I think the what I liked most is that just as he was almost swept up in the corporate biz of Hollywood, he went back to his indie roots keeping his sense of humor and individuality.


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