In the town of New Lovington, few things are bigger than the Valentine’s Day dance “Sweetheart Queen” and Elizabeth (a fresh-from-rehab Rebecca Gillis) is determined to capture the crown for herself. Thus begins director George Kornfeld’s Sweetheart Queen, a long-forgotten entry in the slasher sub-genre.
Elizabeth campaigns endlessly, papering the hallways with posters asking for fellow students’ votes. With only a few weeks until the dance, Elizabeth is barely trailing rival Amanda (an extended cameo from genre veteran Heather Ann Williams), so she turns up the heat, staging impromptu pep rallies and handing out homemade heart-shaped cookies and lollipops to any student she passes.
Parks & Recreation is probably my favorite mainstream comedy on television right now. It’s got such a great big heart and all the comedy seems to stem from the idea that watching good people spend time with each other is just damn enjoyable. No one gets beat up on mercilessly for the sake of the joke. Except maybe Jerry. But even Jerry gets to win from time to time. This is a show that understands that everyone needs to win once in a while. Parks & Rec is also home to one of the best characters on television: Ron Swanson. A fiercely-independent Libertarian who has gold buried all over Pawnee (or does he?), Ron is such a manly man that there’s no man more manly than Ron. So I drew him. If you haven’t seen the show and you love good-natured (and hilarious) humor, you’d do well to seek out the first four seasons (on DVD or Netflix or wherever you can find). The fifth season is currently airing on NBC.
“The Shawshank Redemption” is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. Not sure why it resonated with me when I first saw it in bits and pieces on TNT, but when I watched the full thing, unedited, all the way through, I broke down in tears at the end. It was the first time I reacted that emotionally during a film. I don’t think I’m the first guy to react that way, and I probably won’t be the last. If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately. Also, the below poster might be kind of a spoiler, but it’s been almost 20 years. There’s no excuse for not seeing this movie.
I’m currently in Ohio visiting family. Since I’ve been there, my brother and I put together this video. Still tweaking the audio and effects, but ultimately we’re pretty happy with it. Hope you enjoy!
Hey, anybody out there remember Trigger & Sledge? Well, if you do, then that means you love them (to know them is to love them) and you’ll be excited about “Trigger Treat,” the first ever Trigger & Sledge short story. It’s utterly ridiculous and somewhat over-the-top, as you’d expect Trigger & Sledge to be. So, please, kick back and enjoy “Trigger Treat!”
The fall air was crisp and smelled faintly of cinnamon as Detective Roy Trigger opened the door of the unmarked Gran Fury. He slid into the vehicle and handed over a cup of coffee to his partner, Detective Chet Sledge. Sledge took the coffee, said, “Thanks,” but never took his eyes off the brownstone across the street—the reason for their stakeout this late October afternoon.
“Anything?” asked Trigger as he lit up a smoke.
“Nothing but the wind blowing,” said Sledge, his thin mouth the only break in his bushy beard.
Betty, did you hear about that Wolfman fellow? Oh, I’ve heard he’s with a different girl every night. Hmph. What a cad he is, thinking he can just waltz in here and try to date every girl. Did you know he tried out for the basketball team, too? My Dennis is the team captain, and he says he thinks this Wolfman fellow is gunning for his position. And he was chatting up all the cheerleaders! I can’t believe him! Hush, here he comes now! Oh, Hi, Wolfman. How are you? Good, good. Gosh, I really don’t like him! I can’t believe you think he’s cute, Betty!