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Monday, October 27th, 2008
8:01 pm
Live From Monterey: It's JasonRodriguez.com!
I'm on the left coast this week so there probably won't be many updates. Here's a picture of my horrible, horrible swing to make up for it.

But there were plenty of updates last week! I helped Sarah Palin out by trying to define some anti-American metrics! I helped Michele Bachmann out by letting the public know she's not the only crazy in Congress! I helped John McCain out by designing some new bumper stickers for him! I helped comic writers out by posting my panel transition lesson plan and exercises! And, finally, I talked in length about Christianity and politics - helping out absolutely no-one in the process!

Hope that helps!
Monday, October 20th, 2008
1:17 pm
A lighter JasonRodriguez.com
I was pretty busy last week so I only got to post four updates. My favorite (and longest) of the bunch listed the five greatest updates on Conservapedia, the most hateful encyclopedia ever created. Joe the Plumber and his bankroll was the subject of another post and a little thing on the impossibility of true cross-party couples also made the site. Then there was my pitch for Racist Superman which, I’m sad to admit, DC Comics has yet to contact me about. Oh well.

Also, if you like to look at pictures of me for some strange reason, I updated the crap out of my Flickr stream with close to 300 new pictures.

There should be some new things this week but my time is sparse, once again. Fires have been relit on several projects plus the day job has me stacked as of late.

Monday, October 13th, 2008
12:03 pm
Educating JasonRodriguez.com
Busy week over on the 'ole homepage. I just wanted to start by saying that it's nice to see the site creeping back up the the 1000-visitors-a-day level I was getting towards the end of the Moose in the Closet. I took a two-and-a-half year break from regular content and was worried I lost most of the folks that were checking it out. So, you know, thanks for reading.

I opened up last week with a long post on education. Then I tried to do some educating of my own by posting my Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels syllabus, providing exercises and discussion topics for one of the classes, and talking a bit about inspiration. It wasn't all education, however - I also talked about the Small Press Expo and the second presidential debate.

That's all for now. Keep on reading and feel free to let me know what you think.
Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:50 am
All over the place on JasonRodriguez.com
The week started with me posting the names of the congressmen who voted against the bailout and encouraging people to vote them out of office. This was seen as contradicting my post where I suggested alternatives to the bailout and I tried to further explain my position. I probably failed.

Then I posted my reaction to the VP debate and was called out in the comments for quoting from an incorrect transcript. I didn't offer an apology this time, and instead pointed out that the person who called me out was a douche.

But it wasn't all politics, all the time. There was the New Kids on the Block concert at the Verizon Center. There was an internet gaffe from the Arlington County Treasurer. I made my MLB playoff predictions and then bragged about how awesome they were (I won't be bragging after this weekend's slip-ups). And, finally, I was targeted by the worst viral marketing campaign I've ever seen.

Plenty to come this week, including my thoughts on this years Small Press Expo, an elitist rant on education, and a look inside my Writing for Comics and Graphic Novel course I co-teach at the Writer's Center along with Chris Piers.
Monday, September 29th, 2008
10:48 am
It's the economy on JasonRodriguez.com, stupid
Last week was kind of crazy. I was in Boston taking care of wedding stuff before heading home for the Harvey awards (Postcards lost both awards it was nominated for) and then I gave a reading at the Bethesda Writer's Center on Sunday. I still managed to get some content up, so here it is...

I suggested seven alternative ways the government can spend $700-Billion in order to get us out of this financial crisis. I polled Captain America to see where he stands on the candidates. I provided some context for FoxNews.com. I wrote some survival tips for gang members. I talked about the Harvey Awards. I also did some rambling but that's not really content as it will likely interest no-one.

This week should be fun. My Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels class starts up again on Tuesday, the VP-debate will be the greatest thing in the history of television, I'm going to see The New Kids On The Block in concert, and SPX is just five days away.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
9:11 am
The Six-Million Dollar JasonRodriguez.com!
I rebuilt it. I made it stronger. It now works in Internet Explorer.

I have no idea what happened with that one. I was testing in IE up to a point and then I went all Firefox because, let’s face it, you should be using Firefox. Anyway, at some point in my development the site stopped working with IE but now it seems to be back. Please, in the future, if something in a link doesn’t seem to be right let me know. Thanks! And in case you missed the last two updates because you're riding on a dinosaur here's #1#2, and #3.

Despite spending some time this week rebuilding the site I managed to put some new content up. First I showed some art from a new pitch I put together with Scott White; it’s looking good and there’s more to come on that one. I found a new Jason Rodriguez and this one is much better looking than me. I took a look at some of the Google search terms people are using to get to my site. I put grammatically incorrect sentences over pictures of presidential candidates and called it LOLections. I pondered the existence of The Washington Times. I proposed new poll questions to help undecided voters get to the issues that apparently matter to them. And, finally, I reviewed Mad Magazine #6.

And that’s it! I’m in Massachusetts until Friday and then Saturday is the Harvey awards in Baltimore. Postcards is nominated for two awards and I’m hoping to take at least one home.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
9:36 am
Last week was interesting, this week is lined-up to be monumental. I'm in the process of putting together a huge pitch that was solicited from a very excited editor; I'd put the probability of this one going through pretty high. And, once it does, it means some of my work will be seen by well-over a million people and that's not bad. But more of that later, let's look at what went up on the 'ole website this past week.

I called the election for Obama and invited folks to challenge me. No-one challenged me yet. I used MyHeritage.com to cast a movie based on the 2008 election. I got some good roles for all of the major players, including Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and the polar bear Sarah Palin will slaughter in the first act. I talked a bit about Wedding DJs and tried to figure out why they exist. I showed some preview art from the super-secret project talked about above. I channeled my inner-Giuliani and told my 9/11 story. I talked about the changes that would be required to turn the 2008 election into a comic book. And, finally, I reviewed Mad Magazine 5.

And that's all for now. The Jets suck, the Mets suck, and I'm off to Boston for a week starting Saturday. Laters!
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
1:28 pm
Massachusetts DJs?
Robin and I are up to the DJ selection part of the wedding planning and we're not finding anyone we like. We're trying to go out of our way to have a fun and eclectic wedding but every DJ we see is the same old dude with a tuxedo vest and bright bow tie. We want a DJ that's young, has a deep play list, and absolutely refuses to play the Electric Slide or that horrible "Slide to the left now crisscross song."

Any suggestions?
Monday, September 8th, 2008
11:33 am
I called the election, now it's your turn
One more link for today: http://www.jasonrodriguez.com/2008/09/calling-it-obama.html

Feel free to make your own picks and send me the link.
9:07 am
A Action-Packed JasonRodriguez.com
Happy Monday! I had a pretty good weekend. I was in NYC and got to try the famous Totonno's and catch a Mets' game. Mets' are still two games up with twenty-some-odd games to go. The Jets won (hooray) and Brady is out for the season (hooray) - I hate to jinx it, but it looks like we have a shot at he division this year. But enought about all that, here's what happened at JasonRodriguez.com...

I had some political stuff. I revisited Conservapedia to check out Obama, Biden, McCain, and Palin's entries. I live-blogged day 1 and day 2 of the RNC. I posted some RNC-approved pick-up lines. I looked at the GOP's relationship with evangelicals. I talked a bit about John McCain's oppurtunity. And I called-out a FoxNews bias.

I started reviewing and commenting on old issues of Mad Magazine: #1, #2, #3, #4.

And on the comic book front, I posted a page from the Sam Cooke project.

And that's all for this week. I have some more political stuff lined up for this week, a couple of more Mad Magazine reviews, and some added surprises so keep tuning in.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
10:52 am
Consolidate your Jason Rodriguez today!
Hey, folks. Been a while since I visited LJ. I redesigned JasonRodriguez.com and I'm going to be consolidating all of my blog postings there from now on, likely putting weekly recaps on this blog. I was kind of political this past week, talking about Obama's experience, handicapping McCain's VP choice, a close look at Sarah Palin, and a discussion on why Palin is a horrible politician and a horrible mother.I also did a weekend gastronome post that's sort of in the Drunken Wine Critic vein and (potentially) inventing LOLVideos (below).

What's to come? A little bit of everything. I've also been busy pitching, I'm desperately trying to get into Mad Magazine, never realizing how awesome it would be to write for the mag until I started putting pitches together. I have other pitches out to Writer's Digest, Slate, and Rolling Stone, as well, and I'm readying some stuff for Nerve.com and more Mad pitches. I placed an article at Northern Virginia Magazine profiling independent bookstores, as well.

But, for now, I have to get back to the day job. I have three papers to write by Friday to be included in a week-long conference in New Orleans. I am very excited by my all-expense trip down there but I have to give two talks and present a poster in exchange for the free party. Oh well.
Friday, February 15th, 2008
8:44 am
Completely smashed video and text reviews of the wines you could actually find in your local shop. Check it out, link it, love it, pass it around. Here's just a taste of what you should expect to see...

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
10:48 am
A couple of videos. The first one is a short video pod on POSTCARDS produced by Current TV. It's not officially "live" yet but they gave me the embed code for it. It'll be on their website and TV station shortly. The other three videos are YouTube video pods I filmed where I talk about my postcard collection. I'll be posting a new one every Thursday.


Sunday, August 19th, 2007
2:42 pm
Where Am I?
And what am I doing there? Here's the August 19th, 2007 update of where I am on the internet and why...

Blogs & Websites

JasonRodriguez.com - The old standby. This is where I occasionally tell autobiographical vignettes. There was a year-long period where I posted a story every Monday through Friday. I plan on making a "Favorites" page for that site over the next couple of days.

EximiousPress.com - The publishing site. Here's where I talk about my past, ongoing, and upcoming comic projects. If you want to know what I'm working on and what I have coming up next, that's where you should go.

PostcardsAnthology.com - The POSTCARDS website. Previews, press, links, a postcard museum, and more coming soon.

DC Conspiracy - The DC Comic Collective site. I used to publish a series of articles there - now I just tend to do any DC-centric stuff I come across.

My MySpace -Ramblings and observations, mainly.

POSTCARDS' MySpace - Blog postings and bulletins.

Flickr - Some comic stuff, some personal stuff.

GoodReads - Book reviews and recommendations.

Last.FM - Music stuff.

YouTube - I currently have some old home movies on there. I plan on posting a series of comic-centric video pods starting this week.

The Engine's Ning - It's sort of a combination of EximiousPress and my MySpace site.

LiveJournal - I mainly just use it to read and comment on other people's journals. I'll occasionally post the big All-Blog Announcements there.

Twitter - I love the site. I just neglect the hell out of it.

Facebook - Just getting started.

LibraryThing - Just getting started.

Creator Direct - I rarely post there, unfortunately. I keep saying I should post there more often.

Message Boards

Panel & Pixel - Rantz' new message board. I certainly dig it so far. Good folks talking good comics.

The Engine - Warren Ellis's message board. It's going away at the end of the month but it was fun while it lasted.

Jinxworld - Yes, I post at the Bendis Board. It's where I get a fair amount of my pop culture and comic news, honestly. And Cth's Weird Image threads are a great weekly treat.

Digital Webbing - I'll occasionally post in the Creator Community but I'm mainly there to look for any talented new artists trying to find a way. I mainly post there out of a sense of commitment - that was the message board I first started on, after all. It does seem like the conversations are incredibly cyclical there, however, and the number of people not learning drives me nuts.

Chuck Palahniuk's Comic & Graphic Novel forum - I like it there. I wish it was a bit more active, though.

12:22 am
Jay Dee Kay's Favorite Dance Moves
I was playing around with my new video capture device and ended up capturing some old home movies. Basically, if you want to see me at 9 years old acting like a complete ass, go to my YouTube page for all seven videos. Below are some of the highlights.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
12:19 pm
You can find out what's next on the new Eximous Press website. I'm going to be porting all of the old production blog posts over there and cross-posting all book-related posts in the future. So, if you prefer that site over MySpace, update your bookmarks. That site will also feature all of the information on future projects as well as essays on comic book editing, writing and producing.

So go check it out - the site will be updated frequently.
Friday, May 18th, 2007
12:52 pm
Ask me anything
Some Postcards creators and I are doing a podcast for cIndyCenter.com and they're taking questions for us here. You don't even need to sign up so, you know, go put some questions up. They're recording the podcast at 9PM Monday so go there now. NOW!
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
1:03 am
The Postcards Recap
April has been one hell of a month. In case you missed anything, here’s EVERYTHING…

Chris Stevens and GB Tran talk “Blue”
Antony Johnston talks “Best Side Out”
Matt Dembicki and Jason Copland talk “Send Louis His Underwear”
Phil Hester talks “A Joyous Eastertide”
Stuart Moore and Michael Gaydos talk “Tic-Tac-Bang-Bang”

Comic Book Resources
Rick Spears & Rob G talk “Operation Torch”
Ande Parks talks “Taken on Faith”
Robert Tinnell talks “The Midnight Caller’s Holiday in Hades”
Matt Kindt talks about working with Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner on “The History of a Marriage”
Tom Beland talks “Time” and we show the complete story

Jason Rodriguez interviewed on Newsarama

Jason Rodriguez interviewed on Comics in the Classroom

The Postcards contest had a couple of lucky winners

The Promote Page is launched

The List is launched

We got mentions or press releases posted on the following websites: Comics Worth Reading, The Beat, Journalista, Comics Should be Good, Comics DC, Beer & Meat, Chasing Ray, Neilalien, Comics Curmudgeon, Comic Pants, The Comics Reporter, Antihero Comics, almost all of the creator’s sites, and a surprising number of foreign sites that I can’t read.

Also this month: I got a coconut, a postcard mailed to Elizabeth Taylor, a gift from the Bathtub Museum, and a blurb from Frank Warren (and I got to meet him, too).

And, in case you haven’t realized this, we showed a total of 31 pages of art with all of the above press.

Some of you received postcards from me, mailed to your shop. Some of them had me saying “hey” and some of them had sketches like these or these.

So, what comes next? We all worked really hard this week to show you that Postcards is going to be FANTASTIC. What you need to do tomorrow, when you go into your comic store to pick up your weekly books, is say to your retailer (or feel free to print these out, if you don't want to write it down):

Can you please order me a copy of Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened? It’s in Previews, page 368, under Villard Books. Order # APR074039. In case you order your graphic novels from another distributor, the ISBN # is 034549850X. Thank you.

If you don’t have a comic store near you, go to your local bookstore and say:

Can you please order me a copy of Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened? It’s being published by Villard Books and its ISBN # is 034549850X. Thank you.

If you don’t feel like supporting your community, I won’t chastise you this time. I’ll just tell you to go and pre-order the book on Amazon.

Thanks for those that listened, thanks for the support, and spread the word.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
10:41 am
Virginia Tech

I went to grad school at Virginia Tech and Robin’s getting her MBA from them now. Granted, it’s the Northern Virginia campus, and not Blacksburg, but we both have friends and professors based down there that we worried about and tried to get in touch with. One of Robin’s friends slept late, of course, and she was frantically calling him all day until he finally woke up and found that he had a ton of messages on his phone.

It’s just tragic. I remember when Columbine happened. I was a junior at Boston University, having a cigarette in the Towers’ smoking lounge where I was an RA. There was a girl in the lounge, she was chain smoking and staring at the TV. I started a conversation with her and she told me she was from Littleton, her little sister was currently enrolled in Columbine, and a couple of the families she knew were already notified that their children were killed.

What do you say to that?

I sat next to her and watched the news reports with her in silence until she wanted to leave.

It’s the same feeling I got when I was watching September 11th unfold. I had friends and family that worked in or near the Trade Center. All the while, I watched the Pentagon burn from my balcony. And you just worry – because you could be that girl in the smoking lounge. Waiting by the phone to hear who else you know was killed by a sudden tragedy.

Sudden tragedies. I’ve dealt with them on smaller scales, a lot of deaths in my family and some of them sudden and unexpected. But if you’ve dealt with them or not, it’s hard not to realign your perspective after something like this happens.

I have Robin to thank for that this time.

Yesterday wasn’t the greatest day. Work was killing me, the comic thing hit a couple of minor bumps, and it was a pile-on sort of day. All the while I’m watching the news and hoping everyone I know is alright while praying for the families that lost people. That’s what us bad Catholics do when there’s a tragedy – we find God again and try to phone in favors.

“By the way, thanks for everything you’ve done for me lately, sorry I haven’t checked in for a while.”

Anyway – by the end of the day, I was really ready to just pack it in. Tell everyone to go fuck themselves and see what happens. And I was bitching to Robin as I normally would when she tells me, “Your day could have been a lot worse.”

And like that my perspective was back where it should be.

Sudden tragedies. I live in a city that a lot of people would love to blow up. My sister’s off to college and on her own next year. My family and friends live in the other city that a lot of people would love to blow up. I make stupid choices – my friends make even worse ones. My Aunt has a crazy lady in her apartment building that keeps threatening to kill her baby; the police finally took her away and she’s in an institution now. Robin was almost in a horrible head-on car accident recently. I was experiencing dizzy spells and light-headedness that I attributed to stress; after a week and a half they went away without me going to the doctor because I was too busy. Sudden tragedies. You’re not supposed to see them coming. Despite the signs and the risks and the fact that you practically invite them sometimes – they come up from behind and fuck up your whole world.

And that would be much worse than anything I had to deal with yesterday.

Monday, April 16th, 2007
5:20 pm
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