January 07, 2007

ELSEWHERE

Recently I've seen a few things on the web that I'd like to point out...

In 2003 Otis Fodder headed up the 365 Day Project, an online phenomenon during which one oddball MP3 was shared each day for an entire year. During its run I greatly enjoyed blasting my brain each morning with a new audio oddity, and many tracks have found their way into my regular itunes rotation. If you'd like to hear Pat Boone sing the praises of Amway, or the most haunting rendition of Hotel California ever performed by a high school pep band, or the greatest call-in movie showtime recording ever made then I invite you to peruse the archives.

Anyway, I mention it now because there's a brand new 365 Days Project for 2007 and this time it's happening on the WFMU blog. Ah, the wonders that await.


It's also come to my attention that the Drive-In Exchange is offering a new collection of drive-in theater intermission reels on DVD. The content is said to be very close to the Something Weird collection of the same nature (which I have practically worn out), but they've gone out of their way to organize the clips better, to lessen the video compression, and there's no onscreen i.d. "bug." There are twelve hours worth of countdown clocks, PSAs, snack bar advertisements and more. This stuff soothes my soul and I'm really looking forward to the upgrade. (If you already have this new set I'd love to hear what you think about it. Leave a comment or write me at kirkd [at] centurytel [dot] net.)


Finally, about a month ago X-Y-Z Cosmonaut posted a pile of downloadable comic book series that cover most of the weakest comic book/toy line crossovers of the 1980s.
Have a look HERE and HERE. Seeing these titles almost makes me glad that all of today's toys are based on movies...

7 comments:

vantazy said...

Yes! I cant wait to see what this year's 356days has in store! I followed 2003's like a warrior riding a t-rex!

Kirk D. said...

Ha ha! Well put vantazy.

Herva said...

I'll sell you a Jesus Christ's Ring for real cheap man.

chuckbaris said...

Centurions, Visionaries, Dino-Riders, and my favorite Silverhawks. I'm proud to say I owned figures from each of those lines and I think I still have a Visionaries somewhere. I loved those toys.

Anonymous said...

Looking at those covers it's no wonder I preferred second-hand Harvey comics back then. At least they had cool Fun Factory and Honor House ads.

Devlin said...

ANIMAX #1 features the most solemn and heartrending portrayal of the funeral of a lion-headed car that you'll ever see. I'm not certain that the toys ever really came out, but I recall that Walter Simonson said in an interview that he only took the writing assignment to get a set of the toys, so I guess something made it to plastic form.It's also got art by Steve (SAM & MAX) Purcell. None of what I'm saying should be construed to mean that it has any redeeming features.

Kirk D. said...

Herva- how dare you, that ring belongs to the Native Americans!

Chuck- I also remember the Visionaries' competition: The Supernaturals. I was intrigued by the holograms on both, but in the end I hated the execution of the figures. I did always want Crystar but stores didn't sell them around here. And Power Lords also got my attention, but I knew it was best to just continue to build my Star Wars collection.

anonymous- A good Fun Factory ad is all that could redeem most of these.

devlin- Animax is the only one of those that I actually own. I only bought it because it was a first issue(!) but I've never read it. The lion-headed car funeral sounds so moving that I think I'll dig it out the next time I need a good cry.
(I do remember seeing images of those toys too. Must have been prototypes or something)