SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

The Happy Blogtime! Brief Bulleted Review: “Ninja Assassin”

In this poor economic state (and by “this” I mean “my”), I very rarely shell out the bucks to see a movie at the theater, so it takes a gem of a film to peak my interest enough to sacrifice what little disposable income I have (and by “disposable income” I mean “I don’t have any”). With Ninja Assassin, it was a complete given that I would see it in the theater – ninjas? assassinating people? assassinating other ninjas? Heck yes! The trailer boasted sweet fight scenes à la The Matrix trilogy’s Wachowski Brothers, a riveting storyline – a ninja scorned returning to his clan to exact revenge-by-death upon them – and a true taste of the tongue-in-cheek ninja films of Japan that I so adore.What we actually got as the reel started turning? A clichéd American-style Europol “thriller” that happened to involve ninjas. The opening scene was indeed promising, with some seriously blithe and bloody slicing & dicing (almost Tarantino-style), but it only went downhill from there, with barely noticeable dialogue, uncharismatic characters (besides the lead, Raizo) and a deadly dull, unintelligent plot.

Pros
• Ninjas
• Ninjas
• Ninjas
• Main character Raizo’s (South Korean pop idol, Rain) hot ninja body.

• The fight scenes were well done: lots of ninja stars, swords, hand-to-hand combat and over-the-top gore.

• That’s it. Seriously.

Qualms
• The ninjas spoke pristine English – not even a Japanese accent. Would have been nice to create a sense of authenticity and mystery.
• The entire Europol story line – and it wasn’t even good as a movie in that genre. Couldn’t this just be about a ninja exacting revenge upon his evil clan?

• The Western clichés dotted throughout, even down to the hero carrying the female lead in slo-mo from a burning building.
• *SPOILER ALERT* Nobody really wants to see ninjas defeated – they are the epitome of stealth and combative talent. Defeatable ninjas kind of lose their cool factor.
Ninja Assassin gets 1.5 out of 5 ninja stars on my rating scale, five being the best.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017

Happy Chili Time!

Veggie chili win! As mentioned last week, I’ve made it a goal to whip up something healthy and delicious each week and post it on the blog; this past week was veggie chili, originally planned to have a cornbread side. When it came down to it, however, I opted out of baking the cornbread and went for a healthy “summer” salad instead: mixed greens, avocado, corn, tomato, homemade strawberry vinaigrette and homemade garlic croutons.

The chili came out well – not as thick as I would have liked (I underestimated how many cans of beans I actually had) but Cara had some fun with hers and added rice, cheese and sea salt to pump up the flavor and the density.

Now, on to the next one – stay tuned!

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

New Happy: The Art of Fooood!

I’ve always enjoyed cooking – especially by taste, using only my senses to decide what spices will work, what won’t. My younger brother, now 23-year-old Jake, can attest to having tried some of my gnarly concoctions as a kid. I remember trying to make gourmet English muffin pizzas with any type of cheese I could find in the fridge, including cream cheese. Then, as we got older, the EMP’s graduated to homemade fettuccine alfredo, with lots of parmesan and garlic, which turned into a rich, strangely delicious paste rather than a sauce – but my brother loved it.

I would learn of the pots and pans from my parents, from tangerine chicken to simple frittatas, handmade egg rolls. Baking, however, was a different story. I was never actually equipped with the art of patience, and you have to do all that awful…waiting. Pretty much everything I’ve baked, I’ve burned, including the horrific double chocolate cake I attempted to make for a boyfriend in my college years, who ate it smugly despite the crisp edges. Needless to say, that was the last cake I made – and next time the secret ingredient will be tears.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Creating a Home Away from “Home”

Happy Blogtime did, indeed, see the light – but then came back before she went for it – she had some unfinished business. A pro blogger recently told me that the worst postings you can make are the ones apologizing for not posting – then you just have a blog full of annoyed sentiments. Which is true.

But back to happytime. Which, in reality, life has truly been. My new job at MBP has been an utter joy, really, and it makes me even happier to be able to say that. It’s been a long time coming. Sure, money is still tight, and I’m pretty positive that for as long as I live in New York, it will be – but the financial stresses I was experiencing even as close as a few months ago have waned.

I even went as far as to have thoughts of staying in New York for the long run. When I moved here, I saw this city as a place to conquer and then leave once I accomplished what I had to for my career. It wasn’t a place I ever thought of settling down in, or to make a home. I’ve been saying for years that I’ll eventually move back to Boston to settle down after I stay here for a bit – but now that I have more stability, an amazing job and the opportunity to have explored some of the finer crannies of the big city’s boroughs, I’ve seen elements of this world that could suit me for the stretch.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

I am NOT DEAD.

I swear. I’m blogging tonight. I’m holding myself to it! Now, for your pleasure: Ninja Hamster


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SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2017

Big Love for Minis!

Let’s take some time to appreciate life’s small stuff – in the most literal way possible. If you know me, you know I have this strange adoration of miniature versions of things – from foodstuffs, to plumage, to animals. I gush at small puppies, squeal at little Japanese toys, delight in tiny replicas of things.

So now, I share with you: some things I think are way better as mini than they ever were at full size. What are YOUR favorite minis??

Donkeys

Pickles

Golf

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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2017

What I’m Reading Now – Preacher, Optic Nerve, A Graveyard for Lunatics

I’ve been a busy comic book bloggin’ and book PR-in’ bee, but I always have time for my beloved books. Now, ladies and gents, what I’m currently flipping through (and reviewing soon!):

Preacher: Proud Americans (Third TP) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

32 Stories: The Complete OPTIC NERVE Mini-Comics by Adrian Tomine

A Graveyard for Lunatics by Ray Bradbury

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2017

Happy, Jobby Blogtime!

I’m a bad, bad person. If I were Catholic, I would go to confession and say: “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned – I have not updated Happy Blogtime in weeks. Also, I have had impure thoughts about Joe Jonas in a leotard and heels.” Then he will make me eat crackers that taste like Jesus.

The reason I haven’t updated in forever is quite legitimate. I recently started a new job as the Public Relations Manager over at Mark Batty Publisher – an incredible (I’m not biased) independent publisher of crazy wonderful books about design, pop culture, graffiti, music, font, language, and anything involving the literal art of communication.

So, brace yourselves, people – I’m still going to blog about comic books and other happy time joints, but I’m going to attempt to integrate the other aspects of my life into the blog: working in the publishing industry, books on all different subjects, urban culture and street art. I’ve always loved this stuff, which you can also see in my older posts, so this is a giant wonderful thing that’s happened to me.

If you’re interested, check out the books we put out. I set up a Twitter page for MBP, which I’m still building and also a Facebook fan page – covering all the bases. Ah, the life of a PR lady.

And don’t worry, faithful Blogtimers, I’m not going to pitch you – as always, this blog is going to be about sharing the Happy shtuff.

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Maine Comics Arts Festival Maine-ia!

Though the true highlight of my weekend was, in fact, my awesome lil’ brother’s college graduation, the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland was next on the list. I met some amazingly talented artists, scooped some soda freebies, and copped some customized swag.

You can check out my short-but-sweet recap and photos of the Fest here at The Daily Cross Hatch.

Meanwhile, I had to share some of the goodies I grabbed/really wanted to grab (my budget was $20, peoples!) – click “Read More”…for more!

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2017

I Just Read: “The Unwritten” #1

It’s the first issue of Vertigo’s The Unwrittenby Mike Carey and Peter Gross – the same team behind Lucifer – and I’m hooked. The story of a Harry Potter-esque tale come-to-life in modern day UK is funny, entertaining and smart, and makes an interesting commentary on social/literary phenomenon. Can’t wait for the second installment!

What are YOUR thoughts?

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I Just Read: “The Unwritten” #1

It’s the first issue of Vertigo’s The Unwrittenby Mike Carey and Peter Gross – the same team behind Lucifer – and I’m hooked. The story of a Harry Potter-esque tale come-to-life in modern day UK is funny, entertaining and smart, and makes an interesting commentary on social/literary phenomenon. Can’t wait for the second installment!

What are YOUR thoughts?

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