Jumped the Shark? I think not.

After a re-examination of Happy Days, I’ve found that the phrase “jumped the shark” is a misnomer in pointing out when good shows go bad. If you go back and watch the show, the infamous “jump the shark” episode is really quite good and extremely entertaining.

Happy Days didn’t really take a dip in quality until Ron Howard left the show. His character, Richie Cunningham, left home to join the military.

No Richie = No Good

This is when things got bad, and we got such lackluster story lines as “Fonzie and Al re-opening Arnold’s” or “Fonzie the teacher.” Joanie & Chachi became the center of attention and Potsie’s antics just weren’t as charming coming from a grown man.

Good thing Joanie Loves Chachi because no one else does.

One highlight of the mediocre, post Ron Howard years was when he returned for a guest appearance in the last season, sporting the finest mustache this side of the adult film industry.

So from now on, in lieu of using the now clichĂ©d and ultimately incorrect idiom, “jumped the shark,” I’m going to use the more appropriate phrase “Richie joined the Army.”


“Did you watch all of The X-Files?”

“Nah. The first few seasons were really good, but i stopped watching when Richie joined the Army.”

I like…bats.

I’ve been loving DC Comics’ New 52 since they started in September. By starting over with all their books DC Comics have made them really exciting to read with new surprises every month. Whether they really are accessible to new readers or not can be debated, but it’s a refreshing change.

The creative teams behind these books are delivering top notch work across almost the whole line. The writing is strong and many of the artists are producing the best work of their careers. The following are just a few of my favorite covers from books in the Bat-family.

With Bane being the featured villain in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, it only makes sense that DC Comics would put the spotlight on him in the comics. This cover by David Finch is a great homage to Kelley Jones’ cover from the classic Knightfall epic.

Batman: The Dark Knight #6 cover by David Finch

Batman #497 cover by Kelley Jones

When I heard that former Spawn artist, Greg Capullo, was the new artist on Batman I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t picked up a Spawn comic since the 90s and wasn’t really familiar with Capullo’s work. But he brings a great sense of movement and energy to Batman. Paired with Scott Snyder, one of the best writers in the business, Batman is arguably the best book of the New 52.

Batman #3 cover by Greg Capullo

Batman #6 cover by Greg Capullo

Hands down one of the best illustrators working in comics today, J.H. Williams III never disappoints. His work on Batwoman is definitely a highlight of DC Comics’ entire line. With varying styles and a uniquely strong sense of design, Williams creates works of fine art that you could spend hours staring at.

Batwoman #1 cover by J.H. Williams III

Batwoman #2 cover by J.H. Williams III

From the Dungeon: “Emerald Twilight” edition

“From the Dungeon” features artifacts from the past including things I’ve owned or made, memories & moments in history. This first edition showcases the very first “custom” action figure I ever made, which I found in a bin amongst piles and piles of various action figures in the basement.

I was 13 years-old-when I started buying comic books on a regular basis. My parents gave me an allowance of one comic book a week. Aside from several X-men comics, which were all the rage in the early 90s, Green Lantern caught my attention and I was instantly hooked. When I started reading Green Lantern, Hal Jordan had gone evil and became the villain Parallax in the story “Emerald Twilight.”

At the time (1994), there really weren’t any DC Comics action figures on the market, aside from those based on “Batman: The Animated Series” and the Batman movies. Being the Green Lantern fanatic that I am, I wanted some Green Lantern toys! So I took it upon myself to make my own.

The first and only Green Lantern action figure I ever made was former greatest Green Lantern in the Universe turned evil villain Parallax, Hal Jordan.

I started with this Sectaurs action figure:

With determination and a few layers of paint I ended up with this:

my Hal Jordan Parallax. (1994)

The shoulder pads and cape are made out of felt, which I sewed together myself. The head was taken from some random action figure, and I used hot glue to “sculpt” the hair.

A few years later, toy company Kenner (now Hasbro) eventually got around to making DC Comics action figures. They made their own Parallax figure so I didn’t have to play with my silly looking hand-painted one anymore.

Kenner's Parallax from their "Total Justice" line. (1996)

But how many people can say they made their own Green Lantern toys when they were a kid?

I remember Halloween!

As is the goal every October, my friends and I try to top ourselves when it comes to our Halloween costumes; usually finding inspiration in a cult classic film. This year we chose John Carpenter’s 1988 classic “They Live.”

Wes, was the hero played by Rowdy Roddy Piper:

While Kiersten and I were the aristocratic aliens:

We made our alien masks ourselves by cannibalizing store-bought masks and sculpting over them with paper-mache and clay, and painted them with acrylics.

Stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own alien mask!


pics courtesy, your friendly neighborhood Kiersten