Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The fall and fall of the Guardian Project

I love hockey (specifically, the Toronto Maple Leafs).
I love comics (grew up a Marvel Zombie).

So, in October 2010, when the National Hockey League and Marvel Comics' icon Stan Lee announced a joint venture called the Guardian Project, I was as excited as a mature, well-balanced, professional 40-something could be. Well, maybe not "excited". Let's say, "intrigued".

Could this "Guardian Project" be my own personal Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of pop culture?
As the NHL rolled out character after character during the 2010-2011 season leading up to the All-Star game, I thought, "well, there's a few interesting character designs here, but what's the point of all this?" Obviously, it was an effort to attract 9-14 year old kids, that perhaps had not the awareness or appreciation for the greatest sport in the world like I did. The best coverage of the whole thing came from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy fame:

Long story short, the whole thing was a debacle for everyone involved. The NHL gained absolutely nothing except for ridicule, the company that developed the graphic elements, Oxford Metrics Group, took a massive financial hit, and the fans had to endure this:

As late as the summer of 2011, news of the Project still dribbled out but the last news one can find on Google (except for writers using the Project failure as a snarky aside) is from October 2012 in which a Taiwanese businessman announces a partnership with Stan Lee involving the Guardian Project. It's now dead, I assume, hopefully, along with this fellow (and his friends):

The Facebook page and some NHL links still live on, if you feel like looking at the remains.

The Guardian Project: RIP? Hope so.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zombie Cat, literally

During my hiatus (which ends now, apparently), a little story/meme started making the Internet rounds in late January:

'Bart' The 'Zombie Cat' Claws Its Way Back From The Dead

Hey, copycat (heh), I was here first! Anyway, just like Bart, the Zombie Cat Bacon comblogorate has returned! Not from the dead, but from the near-deadly clutches of chronic laziness.

I really have no excuse. I have tons of material to scribble about on all channels, and I have some nifty new ideas. And, of course, you are all starved for content.

I just need to get off my ass, and off my ass, I am.

Remember to check out the Daily R'n'R (free subscriptions!)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The "Best" Zombie Cat Bacon bits of 2014

Out of curiosity, I took a look at my blog traffic this past year (he said, weeping), and I thought I'd try doing something no one has ever done before: I'll repost the most popular entries from 2014!

From The United States of Whiskey, you drinkers out there really started to turn on to my state-by-state review of local whiskey scenes, and tops was the first part of California (Northern). The US of W posts will begin again this week, as will most of the others in the ZCB blog family.

The odd, still somewhat undefined art thingy, Pulpwear, hit one (nearly) out of the park with this review of the Big Four of old moldy magazines.

SnackyPOP will see some new developments (maybe as early as tomorrow). The beginnings of the craft soda directory garnered some interest.

BBQHoney will soon see a new addition to the site (stop by next weekend) (the blog, not my house) and see what's what. Til then, here's a nice longread on the Honey Hunters.

The Comicro was all over the place the past few months and very inconsistent. Just like this post from September (but full of cool news and relevant info).

Finally, the Mother Ship, Zombie Cat Bacon, has yet to really find a purpose after the collection was sold. If you'll recall, I started this whole thing to document the dispersal of my beloved yet increasingly cumbersome comic book collection. It took a few months, and then I buried the news of the sale in a mini-rant about Mile High's Chuck Rozanski. But stay tuned - I think I have an idea for good ol' ZCB...

Oh and my travel blog, Voyage of the Darned? Well, yeah, I managed to post a pretty picture on the Internet (that I didn't take).

I'll be trying new stuff in 2015 (like the Daily R'n'R) and I'll continue to struggle with consistency and which social media "works" for me. This thing, the "Internet", is like a big toybox to me, and I don't really know how to best use it, either for good or for evil profit good. But I'm having fun experimenting with it (click here: this post is still a semi-blueprint for my online plans). Let me know how I'm doing, or just say howdy anytime. Thanks for reading!

much much more to come...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Geek Magazine RIP

A coming nerd implosion? Is there too much content to consume on a daily basis? We'll see...
 From the Editorial Team of GEEK MAGAZINE:

To our readers, Facebook and social media friends, and of course the whole Geek Magazine community, we want to thank you for the support you’ve given us these last 2 1/2 years. Unfortunately, we are announcing the discontinued publication of GEEK Magazine and geekexchange.com. Despite our sadness over this decision, we appreciate the opportunity to bring you a high-quality magazine filled with stuff that we hope you have loved as much as we have. Print and digital subscribers will be receiving further information in the near future on any remaining part of your Geek subscription, if applicable.

We at GEEK want to thank all of our talented editors and contributors for your dedication to helping pack each issue with what we hope has been entertaining and interesting content. And a special thanks to our Web editor, Brian Kronner, and his awesome team for helping to grow the site and online community.

We look forward to new avenues to reach out to you soon to keep highlighting the geeks behind the stuff we all love.

Keep flying your Geek flags high.

Geek Media Ventures

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Updates!

recap for a Friday:

On Monday, snackyPOP asked "what's the deal with high fructose corn syrup?" And homemade bread, too!

Tuesday, Pulpwear showed pretty pictures! The Big Four pulp magazines from yer great grand pappy's time (which I'm sure he hid under the bed from Great Grandmama) routinely featured gorgeous painted covers to stand out on the incredibly crowded newstand of the day. Go look and be pleased.

Midweek, The Comicro shone a spotlight on some micropress news and CONtroversy (heh) - go now you'll see...

Yesterday, we began our boozy journey across the US of A with the US of W. Beginning in Bama, and travelling alphabetically (?!), we'll try to discover what's new and interesting in bourbon.

And here's a video of koalas arguing: