Friday, March 02, 2007


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It seems like you hear more and more about a great exodus of people leaving New Jersey. And there is some truth to that. According to an article in the Philly Inquirer, New Jersey just lost its 10th place in total population to North Carolina.

However, New Jersey is still the most densely populated state - 1,165 people per square mile, which is denser than Japan (835 people per square mile) and India (914 per square mile).

And with the 846 Presidential candidates set to start campaigning here, it's only bound to get a bit more tight.

To read the article from the Philadelphia Inquirer written by James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca, click here.

New images of Saturn

The Casinni spacecraft has sent back awesome and never-before-seen angles of Saturn from above and below its rings.

According to an AP story, Cassini snapped the images during the past two months when its orbit was highly inclined.

The $3.3 billion Cassini mission, funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, was launched in 1997. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

View the new pictures of Saturn here.

He won't be back!

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Is the tomb of Jesus Christ under an apartment complex in Jerusalem? That's what James Cameron would have you believe. The Terminator director claims that ossuaries found in a first-century burial place may not only hold the bones of Jesus, but also the bones belonging to Jesus' family. In addition, they claim to provide evidence Jesus and Mary Magdalene were buried together and even had a son.

But fear not, all questions will be answered on “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” an upcoming documentary to be aired on the Discovery Channel Sunday, March 4th at 9 p.m. ET.

My buddy Justin said that this build-up reminds him of Geraldo opening up Al Capone's supposed vault on prime time.

I can't say I disagree with him.

Here's a brief story round-up:

Crypt Held Bodies of Jesus and Family, Film Says; New York Times

'Lost Tomb of Jesus' Claim Called a Stunt; Washington Post

Claims about Jesus’ ‘lost tomb’ stir up tempest; MSNBC

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has chimed in on his blog about the whole "Jesus Tomb" affair. Here's an excerpt:

"If Jesus was in there, and sat up when I took the lid off, I’d first try to judge how angry he looked. If he had that money-changers-in-the-temple look, I’d go with a joke, like “Ha ha! Turn the other cheek!” Or maybe I’d try to explain to him that the extra suffering was extra good for humanity, and after all, that’s his job. Then I’d say, “Hey, I don’t like my job either, but you don’t see me complaining all the time.”

Read the blog in its entirety here.

Breen publishes first children's book

Over on The Daily Cartoonist, cartoonistLucas Turnbloom reports that Steve Breen, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist at the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as the creator of the strip Grand Avenue, has just published his very first children's book entitled "Stick."

According to The Daily Cartoonist,, the book hit shelves yesterday and retails for $16.99 but can be had at Amazon for $11.55.

Check it out on Amazon here.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

First class all the way!

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Here's the sketch:

And we're baaaaack!

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I've finally recovered from the post-convention blues, and I'm back up and running. The convention was a blast! I got a chance to talk to David Mazzuchelli, Andrew Robinson, and my former teacher at the Kubert School Irwin Hasen! I'll try and get some pics up as soon as possible, but the next couple of days are going to be hectic with assignments, so we'll see what happens!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Matt Wagner to produce new Grendel series

Over on Comic Book Resources, they've announced that Matt Wagner will write and draw Grendel: Behold the Devil,, an 8-issue mini-series timed to coincide with Grendel's 25th Anniversary. Wagner said:

“We find out in this series that there’s a section missing – there’s a section that was obviously deliberately excised from [Hunter’s] journals, where she can see the ripped-out pages, but [Christine] has no idea why and no idea what happened during that time period. And this is that story.”

Hopefully it will prove to be more successfull than the latest crop of mediocre Batman titles Wagner has been producing.

To read the article, click here.