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Are all Film Critics Whiny Douchebags?

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I’ve been reviewing comics, books, and movies for HorrorTalk for a little over a year now. A few months back I started getting invited to a few screenings. They’ve always been in the city so I miss a lot of them, but when I can combine it with a trip down there for work, it ends up fitting together very well. I appreciate that I’ve been added to these distribution lists and try to attend as many as I can.

I was in the city today for the IAB MIXX conference and was hoping I’d be able to hit up a screening afterwards. As of this morning, there was nothing scheduled, but fortunately I got an email during one of the panels about a new one that was just added at 4 PM. Great! I set it up and ended up getting there about a half hour early. There were a few other reviewers there already and most of them seemed to know each other. I busied myself with my phone and a book but I couldn’t help but overhear their complaints. That’s all that was said. These people (mostly older, mind you), just bitched and complained for a good half hour about everything in the film critic business. They were annoyed that a previous screening started late. They were mad that they don’t get screeners for everything. They hated this movie and that movie. They were furious that one company stopped sending guest passes (meaning that they could go see the movie with a friend). It went on and on. The only good thing that I heard was one of them say that they saw the new movie, 50/50 and it was good. Nothing more was said. Just that it was good.

This boggled my mind. These people are getting to see movies for free and [some of them, although I have a feeling most of them] are getting paid to write a quick review of it and they have the audacity to complain about it? Your jobs are cake-walks! If I could review stuff for a living, I would do it in a heartbeat but the fact of the matter is that it just doesn’t pay the bills. I’m grateful that I’m sent things to review or invited to screenings because I genuinely like doing it. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of bad movies, books, and comics, but I still enjoy the whole process. These critics seemed like they didn’t even like movies anymore. They just whined the whole time. I hope I never get that jaded about this. Fortunately for me if that day ever comes I can just stop doing it.

Now to Figure Out What Character to Dress Up As…

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Yes, I have a lot to write about with buying a house and a few other things, but this just happened and I’m excited about it.

About a year ago I started writing news and reviews for HorrorTalk, focusing mainly on comics. I did it not because I like horror as a genre as it’s not my favorite by far, but because I like comics. That was it really. Since then I’ve gotten in touch with several publishers and I’ve been writing up news and reviews on a regular basis. I even got quoted on the back of the Nanny & Hank trade paperback. The growth we’ve had at the site has been great. Now it’s even better.

I received a press pass for the New York Comic Con. To come from having absolutely no comic book coverage to getting accepted as press for a major comic convention is such validation for the work I’ve done on HorrorTalk. This will be my first convention too so I’m not exactly sure what to expect. It’s not as big as the San Diego one in July but it’s the largest on the east coast and it’s a quick train ride away for me. Who knows? Maybe I can piggyback on this and get into the San Diego one next year. Of course, I’d have to pay to get there but that’s something else entirely. Plus I’d have to be able to bring Monica because while she’s not interested in the NYCC, she might want to go to San Diego if for nothing else than to see Joss Whedon.

I’m going to have to get a new battery for my MacBook in preparation and I’ll make sure to have my phone, video camera and probably my wife’s digital camera with me at all times to bring all the updates to HorrorTalk as soon as possible.

On the Subject of Reviewing

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I’ve been reviewing a ton of stuff for HorrorTalk recently. What started as just comics has branched into movies and books as well. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and seeing some great stuff and I’ve questioned why I was doing this after reading and watching some horribly made entertainment. I’m a big supporter of independent filmmaking and publishing but doing something without the help of a major studio or publishing house is no excuse for laziness. I’ve read too many books recently that are just poorly edited. People today seem to rely too much on the spellcheck tool in Microsoft Word. Simple mistakes like using the wrong version of There / They’re / Their or just using a wrong word altogether pop up all too frequently in these works and it’s getting increasingly frustrating to read through them. If I was getting something published and I was asking someone to pay money for my product I would proof read the shit out of that book. I’d have friends read it and give me honest feedback and look for mistakes because I wouldn’t want to be put in a position where I’d look foolish, nor would I want someone to feel cheated if they bought my book and it was filled with glaring errors.

On the plus side of all this, I’ve recently been invited to a few press screenings which has been really cool. Last week I saw a double feature of Black Death and I Saw the Devil. Next week I’ll be seeing Hobo With a Shotgun.

Read What I Think About Books With Pictures

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So a few months ago I asked my buddy Stewie about HorrorTalk, the site he writes for. They put up a bunch of Horror movie and book reviews, but they didn’t have any comics. I offered to write some comic reviews and after a bit I was promoted to staff, writing more reviews. I’ve been alternating my trade paperback readings, doing one for my own personal reading and then one for HorrorTalk. Granted, they’re all for me because they’re my books that I own but Spider-Man is not a Horror book.

Anyway, my reviews are all up on HorrorTalk and all the comic book ones can be found here. I did a book review for Sharp Teeth too. Now with a few reviews under my belt of stuff I already owned, I’ve been getting more involved in the reviews for other stuff. My first review copy of a book arrived today and I am really looking forward to reading it.

It’s called Breaking News: An Autozombiography.

Set in Worthing on the south coast of England, the 300-page novel – which has been four years in the writing – tells the tale of two zombie film-fans who already know what to do in the event of such an outbreak. They know what to arm themselves with and how to survive, but everyone else seems a little preoccupied! They seek shelter atop an ancient Iron Age hill fort on the West Sussex Downs and are soon joined by friends and enemies alike.

Sounds cool, right? I’m going to read this for HorrorTalk and then give it to Monica to read because she’s been planning how to survive the zombie apocalypse in our apartment building for some time. Oh, and I’m marrying her in a month.

Also, I still need to write my bio for HorrorTalk. I’m not really sure to write yet.

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