Saturday, December 30, 2006

Is it wrong of me to want to see him swing as in a Johnny Cash song?

Sunday, December 24, 2006

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

and I was hungover
Christmas cheer...too much beer.
Oh dear...

Merry Christmas, kids. I hope y'all figure the Google sign-in out so we can get back to business out here.

Have a great X-Mas and I hope you all get what you want.

Merry Christmas! From Channel OCHO & The Comics Gnome.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Smoking PUCK Update!

December 21, 2006
by Rev. Sully

It's the shortest day of the year. Happy Winter solstice. If Hockey is a winter's sport then it really is time to watch the Puck drop. Football's winding down and basketbrawl just doesn't do it...slap-fighting, what do they think they are...baseball players???

But with the Bruins doing well for a last-place (and rising) team...I think I'm gonna "chill out" and hang the Puck up for the year. I'll see you in 2007 for more Smoking PUCK grassroots hockey talk! Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a happy & safe New Year.

I'll requote something I quoted not too long ago how you can only really talk about hockey for 15 minutes. You shoot the puck, you pass the puck, you save the puck. Somewhere in between are line changes and lines for beer & the restroom. The rest is up to us to enjoy and watch. I'm gonna recharge my Hockey Talk and come back in 2007 with lots more PUCK.

Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA
The Comics Gnome POOTS out a stack of Funnies for the Holiday Week!

What a week for the FunnyBooks! I got a small stack spanning from 2 weeks back and I've been kept entertained by re-reading them a few times over...

Let's start with the House of Ideas and hopefully Santa won't get caught in this chimney, eh? The Comics Gnome promises to push ol' St. Nick out if that's the case...

Tony and Cap meet in secret one last time in the ruins of the old Avenger Mansion to try to talk it out...and duke it out a bit as well A really good addition to my CIVIL WAR collection. If you're tuned into the CIVIL WAR, this is a must-have. By the way did you know Robert Downey, Jr. will play the part of Tony Stark in the upcoming IRON MAN movie?

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #103 "The Clone Saga: Part 7 (of 8)"
In the FunnyBook Bodega last Wednesday, some of the guys who work there were bandying about the Bendis and how he's kinda "gone around the bend"...all pun. That Brian Michael Bendis isn't doing it like he used to. The Comics Gnome Himself stopped pooting forth "POWERS" and promise there will be trade paperbacks in my future but I also will abide my the Big Bad Bald Bendis...his work on Ultimate Spidey really is the best he's producing. This is a great funnybook and deserves your attention. The Ultimate Clone Saga got me back buying it monthly. It's that good because we speak with our ducats in the Bodega, dude...

NEW UNIVERSAL #1...from the mind of Warren Ellis.
20 years ago in 1986 for MARVEL's 25th anniversary, a new line of comics were commissioned outside of the continuity. It was called simply The New Universe" but it was discontinued in 1989...
Guess who's putting a new lining in this old coat...yes. The Jesus of the IntrePoop: Warren Ellis.
I picked this up on the shelf...the Comics Gnome winked at me saying, "you've chosen wisely, my boy". The Gnome was right. This is for new readers and great Ellis storytelling.

Across the Divide we come to the DC Universe...Fifty-Two is still going strong and a great excuse to go to the FunnyBook Bodega every week.

DC Universe "52" Week Thirty-Three
Happy Christmas from the DCU!

Justice Society of America #1 by Geoff Johns & Dale Eaglesham.
I didn't originally want to take the Gnome's suggestion on this but I had room under the Salary Cap last week. This is a great funnybook and I am going to buy it every month from now on. Extra thick at $3.99 and worth it.

Justice League of America #4 by Brad Meltzer & Ed Benes.
This is Acme stuff, kids. Don't wait for the Trade Paperback...it's THAT good. This is action movie good. It's so good I've read it four times.

Nightwing #127 by Marv Wolfman & Dan Jurgens.
This funnybook sat on the shelf for going on three weeks before I picked it up...I almost gave up on this title but here is where the story really kicks into high gear. I really liked the One Year Later arc "Blood Brothers" but when Wolfman took over, it didn't really gel correctly with me...until now.

Ion #9 (of 12) by Ron Marz.
I'm a Kyle Rayner fan...this is a Kyle Rayner story. And it's really good. It's taking elements from the "Tangent Comics" series, a reimagined DCU and weaving it into the DCU tapestry. In the INFINITE CRISIS, this "Earth-97" was recreated by Alex Luthor's attempt at finding the Perfect Earth and this Green Lantern was seen washed up on a beach where two boys find it. The Monitors have decided that Kyle is responsible for this and must be eliminated. The next issue "Bleed For Me"...I wonder if that will use elements of the WildStorm Universe's "The Bleed"...a nexus point in inter-dimensional space where all universes can be accessed (in the Authority and Planetary...WildStorm is owned by DC and the DCU Captian Atom crossed over...the WS Majestic crossed over the the DCU in Superman as well but iDigress...).

And the Comics Gnome Poots for Christmas...

dude...528 pages of the first Silver Age Green Lantern stories...in black & white, phonebook-sized for $9.99. This is going to Texas for my girlfriend's little cousin.

Happy Holidays from the Comics Gnome and Channel OCHO! Remember if Santa brings you coal, it'll be a diamond in a few million years...or you could do what we do and grill with it. Even in the winter!


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Smoking PUCK...Frozen Moment!

A save by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in last night's 7-2 win in Ottawa...

By the way, Marco Sturm got a hat trick...do the Math, mouthbreather...he's a Bruin. Sheeesh.
OK...it's done and ready. The new Blogger version of Channel OCHO courtesy of Google.
Hey there OCHO...I'm currently doing the Google switch and it's annoying as all heck. Now apparently I got two sign-in names on Blogger. I already had a Google account courtesy of having Gmail so now how do I get them consolidated? Hmmm...it'll all work out fine I hope.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

On December 4th 1993, Frank Zappa passed away after a long battle with cancer...
but 7 years before that in the heated mid-1980s American culture of Music Censorship, Frank stood up and spoke out for artists and rights. Check out Frank in his famous CNN CROSSFIRE appearance.

iRawk...therefore iPod
Phoenix Edition!

As the Phoenix rises from the ashes reborn, Solaris the Tyrant iPod will as well later this week...thanks to Mom's service plan and RadioShack fixing it. Let's see how "fixed" it is when I get it back but in the meantime, I've been loading up my iTunes with as much music as I can. Also ripping cover art from sources like Wikipedia and other dark corners of the IntrePoop. Thanks of extreme measures go out to OCHO Emeritus Dr. Hooey and Posty DeGraff for the donation of tunes...
Maybe today, maybe tomorrow...let's see how long it takes the USPS to get from Albany, NY to Cambridge, MA but iDigress...
Seeing there is close to double the amount of music I've been flirting with the idea of wiping the Play Counts out again to give the newer music a fighting chance for the "teat" of the Top 10 list. From 2,800 tracks to 4,500 and climbing...6,000 tunes seems so pedestrian in light of Dr. Hooey's 60GB iPod filled with almost 13,000 tracks...and I think I'm hawt poop, eh? The gloves are off with no more memory constraints now that I got "Murphy", a 160GB external harddrive. Murphy was the name of my first Mac, a hand-me-down Mac Color Classic II that I loved so much, I use the "sosumi" sound as an alert on my PowerBook G4. So now armed with Murphy as my second Zaphod head, I'm now in the process of ripping all the CDs I didn't get to the initial and secondary times along with hunting the cover art. I'll assume the iPod will come back blank so while it's loading overnight anyhoo...why not load it all.

I've also been hitting the iTunes Music Store like Sugar Ray Leonard hit Marvin Hagler...for my birthday I opted for the $50 iTunes Gift Card.

Adam Sandler's "They're All Gonna Laugh At You" from 1993...
This is a wickid funny comedy album from the Buffoon to Toll Booth Willie...a hidden classic. I had to get the whole thing.

Tenacious D's brand new The Pick of Destiny. Who needs to go see the movie when I got this "Mock Opera"'s story right here. Great album...they truly rock.

I picked up two Star Wars themes...from Episode I the Duel of the Fates and from Episode IV The Asteroid Field. Still gives me goosebumps.

Some LL Cool J from back in the day...round the way girl, Jinglin' Baby & Milkly Cereal....baby.

Steady as She Goes by the Racontuers...Jack White of the White Stripes sideband.

And "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni" by the Zambonis. What hockey fan wouldn't want this???

Odds & Ends of New Wave & New Romantics 1980s music for my ultimate Random 80s Generator. Like Space Age Love Song by Flock of Seagulls, Love of the Common People by Paul Young, Borderline & Holiday by Madonna, Fortress by Sting and even Big Log by Robert Plant (who was neither New Wave nor New Romantic but still for me an 80s tune). My Random 80s Generator spans 1980-1986. I personally feel the New Wave broke on the beach at the end of 86. 1987 started a new trend in music with George Michael's Faith, Introducing the Hardline According to Terrence Trent D'Arby, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and New Kids on the Block were just a few years away as well...all technically still 80s music but to someone who grew up in the 80s, it's a different time than how the decade began.

I've spent more money on new music this year since I was a teenager. It's great...I'm buying singles and albums. I'm connected back into the great musicscape of the world once again with this Great Gadget.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

As adorable as the self-fellating monkey is, I can't take credit for it. That image is courtesy of Dan C.
Only because I was asked to...I joined "MySpace". I guess that makes me a person now, right? So I looked up my buddies here and I had to share one pic from Matt's page...thanks Matt. ^_~

Rev. Sully at MySpace.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS!!!...
between a Rock & a Hard Place

Coming next week to a FunnyBook Bodega near YOU!!!
Back in the Day before the Crises and before reboots and legacy characters there was the waning days of the DC Universe Silver Age. in 1980 the battery partners who will join forces to bring the first Modern Age "Crisis On Infinite Earths" brought the watershed and popular "New Teen Titans". This was the Teen Titan team the 2002-05 Cartoon Network animated show was based on and offered some of the most mature storylines for its day in the early 1980s.

For we the fan...DC offers us this!

The New Teen Titans: Terra Incognito...also the cover from New Teen Titans #30

Written by Marv Wolfman; Art and Cover by George Pérez and Romeo Tanghal

An amazing new volume collecting NEW TEEN TITANS #28-34 and NEW TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2! Tara Markov is rescued from kidnappers by Changeling. Thus begins her quest to use her powers over earth and gravity for good, and join the team as Terra. Does this obnoxious young powerhouse have what it takes to be a team player?
DC Universe | 224pg. | Color | Softcover | $19.99 US
On Sale December 13, 2006

We have the classic heroes of the Silver Age; the first Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl with a dynamic new team representing the upcoming change of Eras including new characters Cyborg, Changling (originally Beast Boy of the Doom Patrol), Raven and Starfire. They were a magnificent Seven! Robin and the alien princess Starfire fall in love (and fall out of bed in a few panels here & there!). Also Wolfman & Perez give us the seminal villian of the Teen Titans; Deathstroke the Terminator...the deadliest mercenary on the Planet. Not to mention they use this title to help introduce the behind the scenes arms dealer and information broker who is a lot more than he seems...The Monitor.

This leads up to the later story arc (and earlier trade paperback...)

New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Written by Marv Wolfman; Art by George Pérez, Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo, and Romeo Tanghal; Cover by Pérez

They were Earth's teenage defenders — unbeatable and unstoppable. Riding high, they took an eighth member — a young girl — into their ranks.
She was their downfall.

In the '80s, THE NEW TEEN TITANS was DC's most popular title and a huge sales success. The series reached a high point with the multi-part storyline now reprinted in this new edition featuring the epic that played on comics readers' expectations and offered shocking revelations and surprising twists at every turn. Included are THE NEW TEEN TITANS (Volume One) #39 and 40, TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #41-44 and ANNUAL #3.

THE JUDAS CONTRACT is by the fan-favorite team of writer Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) & penciller and cover artist George Pérez (Avengers, WONDER WOMAN), with inkers Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo and Romeo Tanghal.
From the retirement of Robin and Kid Flash, to the birth of Nightwing and the introduction of Jericho, to the ultimate betrayal of a Titan — "The Judas Contract" kept readers positively riveted during its initial run and still has fans talking today.
Discover for yourself one of the most exciting times in comics history!

DC Universe | 192pg. | Color | Softcover | $19.99 US | ISBN 093028934X

Yes...Robin and Kid Flash "retire". We'll see Kid Flash again (for the last time) in the Crisis on Infinite Earths but Robin becomes his own hero...

And then come the psychotic Lotita with superpowers...

The infamous scene revealing Terra as a traitor...and Deathstroke as a potential guest for Dr. Phil...

For the whole skinny on Terra & the Judas Contract, check out this NewsaramaBlog entry here. Thanks for the pirated images, arrrgh!!! ^_~

The Judas Contract will be released as an animated movie that'll be very true to the source and a complete departure from the "feel-good" latest Teen Titans Cartoon Network show, featuring a different animation style. Keep your eyes peeled for that...the Comics Gnome will. These were FunnyBooks that were out when I was a kid and that I grew up with...I've always loved the Teen Titans. Check this out for a good read.

'Namaste...& see you next new FunnyBook Day!
The Smoking PUCK!

by Rev. Sully
December 7, 2006

A Day That'll Live in Infancy!
aka: Don't Be a Baby...

Wah...wah, wah, wah!!! Here's a Hankie! Now dry your eyes and lace 'em up...we got a game to play. Who can count the tears in my beer? As many as the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin, I'd fathom. The Bruins are in last place...still? So what! 6 points seperate 2nd place from last place. That's it. Toronto & Ottawa are tied for 3rd with 31 points with Montreal in 2nd with 34 points...Buffalo still owns the NorthEast with 44 points and only 4 regulation losses against 27 games played. The Bruins are 7-3-0 in the past ten games and have won 4 out of the past 5. Every team in the NorthEast Division are over .500 at this point in the Great Windmill Tilt of '07. Just while we're on the subject...the Anaheim Ducks are in 1st Place of the Pacific Div. with 3 regulation losses in 30 games. Our Philadelphia Phrendly Flyers are the Pits right now with 20 points and 15th palce in the Eastern Conference.

Oh no...an hour-long My Name is Earl to compete with the second period!!! Sheeesh! The only way to avoid Earl is to go to the Gahh-den. No this isn't a repeat...we're playing the Toronto Maple Leafs again. The 5th of 8 meetings this year. Everytime the PUCK starts smoldering these days I feel as though dead foliage is the tinder but iDigress...
The Leafs are on a five-game losing skid. The last time they came to town the Leafs were on a five-game win streak to be broken by the Beantowne B's. The Bruins have since gone on to own the current season series 3-1. These Bay Street Babies might need a diaper changing if they keep messing themselves so often...as in new coach Paul Maurice. Hey...they can have skid marks about the Bruins all season for all I care.

Well...it's time for the pre-game warm-up. A big nap and maybe a bigger dinner...I call it a Beer Parachute so I'm not a whiney baby in the morning on the way to work.

Rev. Sully

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Learn to Swim?
That's a great! Waterproof up to 1 metre/3 feet. That would have helped...^_~ I might have to get Solaris Mk,II a new suit...
You're totally getting a new one. You can't fix "dead by water".

At least, you can't fix it professionally for less than the cost of replacement. If you'll be using it around the kitchen, might I suggest you teach it to swim?
Thanks Mom! When Ma got me the iPod last year, she also got me the 24-month repair plan. I dropped it off at RadioShack yesterday and they overnighted it to be "fixed"...hopefully it'll be ready by next week or maybe later. Or they'll have to give me a new one if they can't fix it. ^_^

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The damage has probably been done already, but if there's any hope left for solaris, it might be leaving it somewhere dry with the cover completely removed. Time is of the essence with these things.

Immersion in corrosive salt water is usually an incommutable death sentence for electronics, but if it's fresh water, there's a fair chance of saving the patient. It's a little late now, but for future reference I recommend immediate removal of the battery and cover (to protect sensitive components from short circuiting and subsequent electricity-related damage), and then rinsing with 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol or WD-40 (the WD stands for "Water Displacement") to accelerate drying and minimize corrosion. Put it back together an hour or more after it seems completely dry, and try to fire it up again.

Monday, December 04, 2006

iRawk...therefore iPod
Obituary Edition!

Solaris is Dead. Not only did Green Lantern & Superman-Prime defeat the Tyrant Sun in the 853rd Century...the iPod in the 21st Century that shares the name of the legendary Superman Legacy's greatest enemy is now dead as well. As the Wickid Witch of the West had the same weakness...water. Heck...the bloody thing was plugged in as well charging up at work and I accidently knocked it into the vessel containing my knives & tools full of sanitizer & water. It was partially submerged for only three seconds...I was quick to get it out you know but it might be fried. That was Saturday...today is Monday and all the water under the display is now all dried up but no signs of life as of yet. It might be time to "call it" as they say in the medical shows. I looked at Wikis on how to save wet gadgets...I wrapped it in a paper towel and put it in the fridge over night (the fridge will dehydrate) as one cellphone page suggested. I rested it upside-down to allow the few beads of water of drain out. I gave it CPR by blowing into its bottom port (hey...get yer heads outta the gutter!!!) to help dry it off. I left it in the window sill to evaporate in the sunlight...all which could have helped or hurt the Great Gadget, And to boot...I just added about 1,600 more songs the previous week jumping the number of songs from 2,800 to 4,400. SIGH!!! ARGHHH!!!

Oh well...when Mom bought it for my b-day last year, she got it at RadioShack and got a two-year protection plan. So Solaris Mark II is right around the corner...I wonder if I can play the difference and get an 80GB and upggrade. Oh well...the rocking will continue later this week I s'pose. You never know though...Solaris' display is flashing a little as I write. It might be safer just to get a new one just as well. ^_~

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS...a MARVEL-less Stack!

No Civil War! No Ultimates! No House of Ideas this week at all and five titles pooted forth by the Comics Gnome this week...let's get to it!!! I love the DC Universe and this new Post-Crisis Era is gaining steam...

Teen Titans #41
Titans Around The World wraps up and leads into the Deathstroke led "Titans East". The next Titans arc and the current run are bringing back an old favorite character of mine...Inertia. This speedster from the 31st Century is a clone of Bart Allen and was the "Reverse-Impulse" created for Mark Waid's Impulse monthly. Inertia actually replaced Bart for months and no one was the wiser until the Evil Twin couldn't stand playing "good" any longer. Also the new Batgirl has apparently gone bad...and will be on the Titans East. I guess she gets Robin in the big fight but iDigress...

Green Lantern #15
Another fine GL issue from Geoff Johns and Co. Not much but hey...a new Star Saphire and a little light shed on the blossoming "Sinestro Corps" and their yellow rings and lantern. Hal Jordan in trouble...AGAIN!!! That maverick! ^_~ Still a good read now two years into the newest volume.

DC Universe "52" Week Thirty
With a focus on the Batman. What does Bruce need done...he wants the Batman removed from him for good. Nightwing and Robin feel a little left out. And Batwoman and Nightwing team up??? With the origin of The Metal Men. 24 more issue to go and the "52" themselves are being resolved in Johns "Green Lantern" so this story is all over the DCU.

Ion #8 (of 12)
Classic Kyle Rayner story...yes it's about impressing the beautiful girl. Kyle's story is cosmic in scope now...his power is a bit different; still a Green Lantern, without a ring but now he possesses the StarHeart power given to him by Jade as she dies in the Infinite Crisis (metamorphising him back into Ion in the RANN/THANAGAR INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1! -eo's). The StarHeart was the Guardians of the Universe's attempt to harness all the wild magic energies in the Cosmos millions of years ago...in the heart of a star nonetheless. It became sentient and now is a mystical power source in the DCU connected to Green Lanterns.

And finally...

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #6
The writers thankfully are bring replaced after not catching on with the reader. The opening 6-issue arc "Lightning In a Bottle" closes a mediocre story with the new Flash accepting his mantle and place among the heroes. But the best thing about this issue was the "filling-in-the-blanks" in some of the INFINITE CRISIS with showing a bit of the new Earth-Two. The new Earth-Two was completely foretold in Justice League of America #0, the new dialog in the INFINITE CRISIS collected trade paperback alludes to the Multiverse survivors of the CRISIS on INFINITE EARTHS knowing that it was out there as well and this issue of the Flash shows where Wally West, Barry & Bart Allen, Linda & the twins went. The Speed Force took them to an Earth a dimensional vibration away although under a Red Sun. There they team up with that Earth's Flash Jay Garrick (and noticably younger as well). Can we assume that this Earth-Two has no Superman??? We will find out in the unfolding stories ahead...
An "ALL FLASH/SUPERBOY-PRIME" story is in the works over at DC so we'll get the full story eventually. ^_~

Gotta fly! Go get some Funnybooks and find out what Earth you're on.

A Smoking PUCK "Frozen Moment"!

courtesy of NHL Dot Com...their new feature is called the "Frozen Moment" where a glimspe of thepic is seen on the top of the page. Click on the pic to see the full page and today's pic was from last night's 4-3 (SO) Bruins win...check it out!


Not Quite Ice-Nine...


Bizzie, bizzie, bizzie...this Post's for Paul and for Kurt.

News courtesy of "I HATE IT HERE".

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


November 29, 2006
By Rev. Sully

Funkadelic!!! Last Place is the Space for Me???
aka: what's the Buzz all "aboot" in Hub Hockey?

Winning three out of four against the Toronto "MakeBelieves", as my good friend Skater James would define the team feels better than great. Hope can almost be lost, dear friends when looking at the statistics and the standings knowing that the Black & Gold Bees of Beantowne are in last place and the division rival Maple Leafs are in second place...these points will come back to haunt 40 Bay Street late in the season as Bruins fans know well from previous windmill tilts, missing post-seasons are recent weather patterns for the Land of the Nor'Easter. The best thing I heard about last night's game...I was doing something just as important watching Scorsese's "The Depahhted" on the Big Screen; I hadn't been to the movies in maybe since Fantastic Four. But the best thing I heard about last night's match was the Leaf's peppered goalie Tim Thomas for 46 shots on goal. This Last Place thing is misleading anyhoo...only 7 points separate Last from Second Place here in the Nor'East Div.

The Beantowne Bees. In some ways I like to provoke things and looks for better change. Improvement. I think that good things that last come with Right Change...not just Exact Change when riding the "T" but iDigress...but to put a little sting back into the local hockey game. What's a Bruin anyway? How about a Bee? I mean the Uniform colors are Black & Gold as a Bee is striped. The Hub logo would not have to "bee" changed either and a whole new onslaught of terms to get caught up in! Humans love to name things! The Gahhden once again gets renamed into the Hive. "The Buzz About Hub Hockey" for a bumper sticker. That goal was So Hunny. I can feel it...can you feel it too? Just thinking out loud on the Can again...damn these wireless laptops. With the trend of renaming & change in the sport I ask, "why not?"

How can I think of hockey after seeing The Departed? I think I have to see it again...tonight. Tune in for more Smoking PUCK after I process this emotional roller coaster-feeling which is hogging my brain's hardware. What could be more Boston that chanting "Shoot, Skate, Hit 'Em" in the Gallery on Game Night is saying to your kids I saw The Departed when it came out and I went back the next night.


Rev. Sully

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sully, when can we get you and your girl over for dinner? We miss you too!
Shoot me an email.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Hey Sully...you are grateful for the people in your life...I grok! And yeah...Jaime and I need to get over to see yooos soon.

Hope that you had a good Thanksgiving. What was the final score of the Bosco Vs. Cambridge and Latin game? ^ _~

Thursday, November 23, 2006


On the Great IntrePoop of Life, the Information SuperHighway we can easily hide out there under a screen name, an assumed ID, a nom de guerre, an alias or even someone elses! Chat rooms and Blogs and a sea of anonymity, even an IP address can be shed like a snake's skin...who are we? We are OCHO. Channel OCHO. As when Valentine Michael Smith said, "Thou art God"...well, you are OCHO. And I give Thanks for OCHO...and this is me tracing my hand and cutting it off of brown construction paper & trimming it to look like a turkey for your Fridge Magnets...

To OCHO... from "Rev. Sully", writer & publisher Eric Thomas Matthew O'Sullivan (nee Anzalone), the Comics Gnome, the Smoking PUCK and the bottom of my heart. To Leah & Chris, congrats! To Matt & Jill, I miss you guys! To James & Laura, late February...looks good. To Mario & Jaime...see you soon??? To Pete & Eliza, have a safe trip! To Billy & Tina...every Wed & Thurs is still open, next Bruins night anywhere. To Aaron...see you in a few hours and don't fart or take your teeth out in front of my family. To Meathead & Melissa...happy 1st Turkey Day together!!! Nyah nyah! ^_~ To Lisa & Chris, keep the pics coming! To Aimee & Jeff, the stork bringeth...HUZZAH!!! To Jason & Derek in LaLaLand...ya know I've never been to So. Cal. To Kenly & Parahk, does the world walk under you or do you walk about it? but iDigress...

To Deedee...most of all in this world I give Thanks for you.

To Mom, Jo-Jo, Linny, Debby, Brian & Grandma...Pa watches out for us every day, you know.
To Dad...I do miss you too. Someday when it's right.
To anyone unmentioned...to the People of the Past; some of you belong there tangled in Space/Time like a fly in a spider's web and some have simply taken exits on the IntreState of Life...their Tao; which is it? It is One in the Same: it's only the way of looking at the superstrings that changes.

And to anyone out there actually reading this...hi ya dune?

"we could be heroes...forever and ever, we could be heroes...just for one day" -David Bowie.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS the new Wednesday Stack!

Here's to the Gnome on this Holiday week and give Thanks! If you have a commute ahead of you and have the sheer luck or genetics to be the Passenger then maybe you too can read a FunnyBook or two on the ride to Grandma's.

After hitting the FunnyBook Bodega in Harvard Square today, the Comics Gnome and I had our pre-Thanksgiving Feast in Pizzaria Uno. I had the Chicago Classic but it tastes more & more very processed but iDigress...they also were out of their $2.99 20oz Killians. Perhaps that was a good thing in disguise. It would have been Beer for Break'est after waking up on RockStar People's Time.

But what did the Gnome poot forth on the bar downstairs at Uno's in Da Squayah? And what titles did the Other Guy have...

Wait...who was the Other Guy? The Other Guy on his lunch break with his fresh stack...was the Gnome double-dipping??? The Gnome explained that the Other Guy had his own system...a sliding penguin. Don't ask...

But the one title we both had was...

Ultimate Spider-Man #102 by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley...the longest running battery of writer/artist in MARVEL history. They will be wrapping up their historic run soon at issue #110 when penciller Stuar Immonen replaces Bagley.
The Other Guy said it was because it really is making up for the Original Clone Saga.

Amazing Spider-Man #536; CIVIL WAR: A MARVEL COMICS EVENT by J. Michael Stracynski & Ron Garney. It's the "filling in the blanks" issue about the IRON MAN/SPIDER-MAN fight that took place after Spidey stood up to Tony. Are the days of the Iron Spidey costume done...maybe. But the Editorial Caption asterisk informed me that "Later On..." meant after CIVIL WAR #6...which hasn't yet been released. Do I get a "No-Prize" now, True Believers?

Action Comics #845 Written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner, Adam Kubert artist.
The director of Superman I & II and the architect of the New Earth DCU cross swords with 2nd Gen legend Adam Kubert for a watershed Superman story. The Boy Who Fell to Earth...again. Luthor unleashes Bizzaro. And the return of General Zod & his two movie henchmen in the last page. Great stuff, kinetic panels illuminating Superman versus Bizzaro in the streets of Metropolis.

DU UNIVERSE "52" Week #29 by the Four Horsemen and various artists.
The Last Days of this JSA. The majority of this "Secret Origin" free issue deals with the Golden Agers Flash, Wildcat and Green Lantern and Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving, the Earth-Two JSA would have Thanksgiving dinner with the Earth-One JLA in a parralel universe tale. The came the Crises so this year these three are the only ones who showed up...with Silver Age Trinity are on sabbatical in "52". The JSA are confronted with the Luthor-sponsored team "Infinity, Inc", a team of teenage humans, genetically enhanced by Lex Luthor with superpowers. Infinity, Inc. originally were the children of the JSA who didn't want to listen to their parents and lead normal lives. I read on DC Dot Com the Origin of the Joker was supposed tro be in this issue with art by Brian Bolland, the artist battery partner of Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" which is the definitive Joker story.
After 29 weeks of $2.50...Do The Math, Mouthbreathers...I'm still tuned in.

I was a little bummed about the lack of the Origin Story but I'll get over it. One origin story released was a great explaination of one of the original Earth-Two/Earth-One version's justification...the Black Canary.
In the original, the Golden Age Black Canary hid her daughter on an Earth another dimensional vibration away and kept the girl in coma-like stasis. The character came over to Earth-One by having her mind occupy her daughter's body and fight alonside the JLA and become the heroine we know as the modern Black Canary. This story overtime and Crises became smoothed out to have a lineage between Mother and Daughter for the mantle of the Black Canary. Let's take a look, Class.

If I could have a request, I'd like the record straight on Bizzaro and I'd want a Bizzaro origin 2-pager. That would be great.

See you next new FunnyBook Day.

A Smoking PUCK LITE Drag...

Don Cherry when he was coach of the Boston Bruins in the 1970s. Find out more about "Grapes" here at ESPN Dot Com. He's a true personality in Hockey...just like the Smoking PUCK!

"Then, in a span of less than two minutes at the end of the seventh game of the third round of the 1979 playoffs, Cherry would see it all vanish. His Bruins led the mighty Montreal Canadiens by a goal with less than two minutes to play in the seventh and deciding game, when Boston was assessed a penalty for too many men on the ice. A man up, Montreal tied the game, then drove the dagger home in overtime. The Habs went on to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup, while Bruins GM Harry Sinden, with whom Cherry had feuded, canned the popular coach.

Next season, Cherry coached the Colorado Rockies, posting the worst record in the league, and was dismissed after yet another conflict with management. His coaching career was at an end, leaving Cherry and many other observers to wonder: What if the fateful penalty never occurs?

What if Bill Buckner makes that play? What if Scott Norwood isn't wide right? What if Steve Bartman stays home from Wrigley that night?

"We'd have won the Stanley Cup and then Harry wouldn't have been able to fire me," Cherry says without hesitation. "My life might have been a little different. They liked me in Boston. We were tough. We were a Boston team. I was like a Southie to them. I was heavier. I had a big face. I'd say things."

from the ESPN Column above


Monday, November 20, 2006

Congratulations Kiwi! Let's see a picture of that rock, eh? ;)

Thursday, November 16, 2006


November 16, 2006
By Rev. Sully

A Night at the Game via the Couch
aka: No Line for Beer of Bathroom here...like the Luxury Box!

Here it comes again...the yearly Game Log Edition of the Smoking PUCK. Tonight: Toronto versus Boston. The Leafs came to town and beat us last week...I was there for a lack luster & disappointing effort by the Spoke’d Bs. The beer was great until the morning but iDigress...
NESN home Announcer Dale Arnold sounds as though he’s fighting a cold.

GAME ON!!! *Note: all times reported from the ComCast Cable box display in Eastern Standard Time.

First Period:
7:08PM FACE-OFF!!! Here we are with High-Definition Television watching the Bruins game. I’m ready. Rene Rancourt has sung both National Anthems. I’ve opened my first beer of the Evening. Chinese Delivery I’m thinking mid-2nd period or after My Name Is Earl ends at 8:30PM. Tim Thomas is starting ‘tween the Pipes for the Black & Gold. Thomas saves the puck and the first whistle of the game comes with over 7 minutes of continuous play. Whew!!! That was great End-to-End hockey.

7:18PM 12:22 remains in the 1st Period and we get our second faceoff of the night. This is the New Ice Order of the NHL. Shots On Goal (aka: the Soggy Numbers) are Toronto 3, Bruins 5. The Leafs are going for their 5th straight victory tonight including last Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Bruins. We play the Leafs again in Toronto on Tuesday, November 28th. 3 of the 8 meetings are in November alone...sheesh!

7:29PM And the first penalty of the night assessed to the Maple Leafs after a daring rush to the Toronto net by P.J. Axelsson featuring that “DING” sound that any goalie just loves to hear...

7:31PM BRUINS POWER PLAY GOAL!!! Phil Kessel, assisted by Paul Mara and Marco Sturm at 14:09...and Nature Boy Ric Flair goes WHOOOOOO!!!

7:38PM End of the 1st Period...shots TOR 10, BOS 11 and there are a lot of empty seats in the Gahh-den tonight evident by the In-Play TV cameras.
First Intermission:
Well I was expecting this...the 2nd Period will be underway when “Earl” is on. Who won the Earl vs. Bruins Game...Earl, Randy & Joy. They always win. Meathead & I were extremely bummed out to miss “Earl” last week as we watched the Bruins get bossed around home ice by their division rivals. NESN’s broadcast is alright. It’s not “Hockey Night in Canada” but at least their starting to show a countdown clock in the corner of the screen showing when the game will resume. Bruins had no penalties in the 1st period and went 1/1 on their Power Play.
Tonight the Bruins are wearing their 3rd Jerseys; their 1970 Black Vintage sweaters. Looking styling.

Second Period:
7:56PM The Puck drops to open the 2nd and I open my 2nd beer. Coincidence??? I think NOT!!!

8:00PM Hey Crabman...Hey Earl. OOOOOH!!! A very Special Earl! #26 on the list. “Give The Stoner-Guy his Air Conditioner Back”. And this one goes until 8:36PM. Christian Slater is guest-star...as the Stoner-Guy, Woody.

8:07PM First Commercial break and the game is still Bruins 1-0 with 11 minutes left in the 2nd period. I’m glad I’m not hooked into the CW’s Smallville ‘cuz you know I’m a sucker for the FunnyBooks and new episodes are on Thursdays...we all know that’s Hockey Night in Boston, dude.

8:17PM Randy is tripping in Claymation. And I gotta pee...beer in, beer out. It’s the B.I.B.O. Rule. Game’s still at 1-0 B’s with 8 minutes left in the 2nd.


8:29PM I open my 3rd beer.

8:36PM And it’s 2nd Intermission when I turn back from “Earl”. I get an Interview and need to refer to the IntrePoop for a score. It’s still 1-0 Bruins, the Bruins are outshooting the Leafs 20-16 and got their first penalty of the night so far with 2 ½ minutes remaining in the 2nd period. Is it time for Chinese food? Hmmmm...eating late makes Sullys chubby you know. I haven’t eaten since a chicken salad sammich & pizza rolls about 2PM and Beer #4 looms on the horizon. Is this a Zen koan? Something that only defies conventional logic??? Don’t be silly...I don’t have any food in my fridge fit for consumption. The eggs are going on 3 weeks old, the bread is a shade of Aquamarine and Eggo waffles or pasta & butter is just way too much effort. At least I know who would win in a fight: Muppets or Sesame Street. Earl & Randy agree that Muppets Rule.

Third Period.
8:47PM Game on! The Puck drops for the 3rd period.

8:52PM These things take time. Marco Sturm had his assist taken away from the 1st Period Kessel PP Goal and the point was awarded to Brad Boyes.

9:03PM I took a little time to vote for the NHL All-Stars. See below. I tuned into the last minutes of “Smallville” where Lex proposed to Lana. Is that geeky ‘nuff for ya? ^_~

9:06PM And there is 9:06 left in the 3rd period. I did this because I think I got a little of the O.C.D. in me. I think the seal has not only been broken instead beaten over the head with a lead-filled snowshoe. I gotta “go” again...I’m squirming & doin’ “the dance”. Hey, these seats are great! The Loo is right there!

9:11PM #&%@!!! With 6:42 remaining in the 3rd period The Leafs score on a Power Play. The score is tied 1-1 on a Marc Savard penalty. Off the face-off in the Boston zone...well Mouthbreathers it would be kinda hard to score 2 seconds into the Penalty Kill from the other face-off circle. Savard, by the way changed his jersey number from #71 to #91 on Nov. 2 for those paying attention. The PUCK incorrectly stated recently that for Atlanta Marc Savard wore #17. He wore #9 so is the #91 because he was drafted 91st overall in 1995 or was it because #9 is retired by the Bruins for Johhny “The Chief” Bucyk. I haven’t read the press fluff piece about the number change and I do read Dupont every Sunday.

Chief spent 21 seasons in a Boston Bruins sweater.

9:21PM Beer #4 is open and being sipped. “One Minute remaining in the Period” sounds about the Gahhden over the P.A. Only in the Luxury Box could we get suds at this precious time...

9:24PM 3.7 seconds left and a face-off in the Toronto Zone...Patrice Bergeron does get a shot on goal and is tripped-up but no goal and no call...onto overtime we go. “Black Betty” by Ram Jam plays on the P.A...the unofficial Bruins “fight” song.

9:26PM And we begin OVERTIME...both teams receive a standings point for making it this far,

9:27PM And Patrice Bergeron wins it in Overtime!!! From Marco Sturm and Brad Boyes, 34 seconds into the overtime period. As the Nature Boy says, “WOOOOO!!!”

Post Game Notes: And the Bruins are the proud owners of a three-game win streak. Patrice Bergeron has won the past two games; one being the shootout winner in Washington last night and then the overtime winner tonight. Is he an All-Star or what? Too bad shootout goals don’t figure into season totals or he’d be up two goals in the Season Stats.

And lastly the PUCK would love to remind you that All-Star Balloting On-Line is now available! Vote here now
...and as often as you like now through January 2, 2007. Only we, The Fans can send Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron to Dallas this year. Maybe even Phil Kessel can saddle it up for the Rookie Game as well.

I had a good time tonight...did you? ^_^


Rev. Sully

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Intrepid Peter, “RTFM”.

Compliments of Dr. Hooey...^_~
The Comics Gnome POOTS a Very Civil Post about the MARVEL State of the Union

This is the cover to CIVIL WAR #5...this is Spider-Man bleeding as well.

When push comes to shove, will you do the right thing?
Spidey is a little sick of the State of this Union...and he's horrified by his role with the "White Hats". This is still MARVEL's best title and best Event in years.

What I didn't really like is that the Comics Gnome & I got suckered into buying two supplemental issues. One was OK...the other bored me and felt as though we wasted $2.99US/$3.75CAN. All in all, we didn't feel as though it enhanced or contributed to the great over story that Mark Millar is spinning.

First the good...CIVIL WAR #5. Johnny Storm on the run with sister Sue Richards from the "Good Guys" after breaking up the Fantastic Four and choosing to side with Captain America's fight for what's Right. Spider-Man leaving the Avengers and Iron Man's side because of Tony & Reed Richard's "solution" of "Area 42"...the place where superpower rogues are being imprisoned; to be hunted down and savagely beaten to a bloody & near-dead pulp...only to be saved by XXX XXXXXXXX. The Comics Gnome chooses not to reveal Spidey's savior but the Wild Card is revealed. Along with a traitor on Cap's side.

The Bad.

Iron Man #13
The waste of $2.99. Boring. It was supposed to enlighten the reader on Tony Stark's reasons for his zealousness. It was a lot of panels of things I was completely lost on. Oh well.

The Ugly.

Wolverine #47
I call this "ugly" 'cuz I'm being funny. I was a little "lost" in part 6 of "Vendetta" tying into CIVIL WAR where Wolverine (who is on Iron Man's New Avengers side...not Cap's "Secret Avengers" side) is hunting down the villian Nitro, who was the major culprit of the Stamford 600. The best part of this is the eye candy of Humberto Ramos' art. Who needs major introduction of the story arc when the first head-spinning panel you see are two Armors trying to cut Logan's head off with a buzz-saw and getting stuck at his adamantium-coated spine. How can that not be fun...

See you next new FunnyBook Day, kiddos.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Aimee Berger-Girvalo and new baby Austin Mac...congats to Aimee, Jeff & Gracie!!!

Austin Himself...

And Aimee, Gracie & Austin on his Zero Birthday!

Way to go, BeeGees. ^_^
Heya OCHO!

My computer's been at my girlfriend's flat for the past few & foreseeable next weeks while hers is "in the shop". So I have little time to crunch copy and tag texts...my apologies. More PUCK coming soon but not today...the Bruins play two nights in a row and three in four nights. I went to the Toronto game last Thursday and if you ain't got nuthin' good to say then wait until you do have sumthin' good to say (or wait until it's time for HULK SMASH but iDigress...^_~). And that's all I'll say about the Bruins play last Thursday...

Gotta fly. Stay good. Don't do anything I'd ever do but if you do...do it better.

PS for kicks I'm reading all 5 books of the Hitchhiker's Trilogy in reverse order...this started when I recently read the first book in reverse order as well...the jokes are funny and the fifth book has always been in a way my favorite. Herring sammich anyone?


Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Comics Gnome Adds On the Backstory...

In the DC Universe after Crises and Parallel Earths, some of the most beloved characters can be muddled beyond the point of Suspension of Disbelief...and that's tough in a superhero funnybook where all it takes is a well spun story to set the record straight.

Welcome to Hawkman...

He started in the Golden Age...was updated for the Silver Age JLA alongside Green Arrow and Aquaman but after the "Crisis on Infinite Earths"...some of these Golden Agers origin stories were outright almost ruined such as Wonder Woman, Byrne's Man of Steel Superman redux but most especially our friend the Hawkman. If you peek at the Wikipedia link above...bring your own Tylenol and never ask me who "Fel Andar" is and how he fits in the continuity...I still can't explain it right so I'll just nod my head like I understand, alright? I'll still remember fondly the Hawkman & Hawkgirl of the Silver Age...a married crime fighting couple. Not as "Nick & Nora Charles" as the Elongated Man Ralph Dibny and his late wife Sue but a great partnership in its own right.

But lemme give to you the two-page origin story of Hawkman from last week's issue of "DC 52"

And lemme tell you about Ralph Dibny since I mentioned him...

This is the playbook for "New Earth"...next week I'll bring you Power Girl and see if there's finally any mention of Earth-Two in her origin story. Because I did see while trolling Newsarama's Dot Com a panel from the opening pages of "Justice Society of America" #1 by Geoff Johns...and for a spell only Hawkman had a worse post-Crisis story than Power Girl.