Archive for February, 2008

Journey Back to Comicdom

February 29, 2008

It’s time to reflect. And I think we should start from the beginning.

It was a sad August day in 2006 when I quit comics. My comicbook store, Bigfoot’s Cards and Comics was coming to a close. Dan, the shop’s owner, said he was on to bigger and better things (the 6 year old in me wanted to shout “Like there’s anything better than owning a comicbook store!”), and ready to play more golf. I had grown up with Bigfoot’s.

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Blogger Profile: Gokitalo

February 20, 2008

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(Believe it or not, I actually do kind of look like this. Kind of.)

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Blogger Profile: Spiffyithaca

February 20, 2008

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Note: Picture taken almost a year ago. I have gorgeous hair now. 

Like I said earlier, I think it’s important to give you guys an idea of who we are. So to start a series of profiles from the guys at Goki’s Giving Groin, we will start with myself. (more…)

Fiction: Something Borrowed And…

February 20, 2008

So here goes, folks: This is my first real post on this blog. This isn’t exactly what I will always do, but I thought I’d lose my blog-ginity by posting a flash fiction (in essence, an extremely short story between 500-750 words). Like Goki and I have stressed, this blog is going to strut its versatility. While a comics blog primarily, we will stretch our legs to reach all sorts of topics and art forms.

This was actually an assignment for college. I will get to describing more about me later on with successive blog posts, because I feel like that’s an essential element in trying to connect with readers, but first, I felt like sharing this recent piece I wrote. It’s not special, mind you, and is just a rough draft. Let me know what you think! Critiques welcome.

 

Something Borrowed And…

Where am I? He can’t speak. His lips are chapped, dirty; ripe with blood. His head throbs with pain. Then he remembers. Harold. Where is he? Where’s the bastard who killed my wife?!

            That morning, Dexter woke up with a start.

            “Honey, we’re late!” his fiancée, Claire, shouted from across the spacious bedroom, panic painting an epic picture across her beautiful face. She had overslept as well; her glorious bed hair flopped over her face like a misshapen hood. Today was the most important day in his life.

            Claire drew the blinds, and the brilliance of day washed over Dexter like a raging river. The sunny glint in his fiancé’s eyes reminded him of the gleaming pocketknife he had given her on their first anniversary. Dexter was, then, a recent college graduate, naïve enough to fall in love with this stunning girl, whom he had met at a hunting store, where she had worked with Harold. Thank God for naiveté.

Dexter rubbed his eyes furiously; stars and spots littering his vision. Claire took the opportunity like a woman possessed, draping her body around his like wrapping paper. It was this kind of affection that had submerged the pair into such a deep sleep. Today was their wedding day.

            That afternoon, they got married. The couple made it to the altar in time, their late awakening distant memory. Everyone thought they made a great couple, and they were right. Claire, with her gorgeous white dress, her hair gloriously shiny and with just the right amount of curl, possessed an aura of spontaneity that exuded sensuality. Dexter was the consummate gentlemen, wearing a tuxedo the way classic Hollywood stars used to. Which is to say that he wore it damn well and knew it. Everyone was caught up in this moment, this vision of true love.

Everyone except Harold.

            That evening, it all went horribly wrong. They were to go to the Bahamas, and consummate their marriage, amongst other things. But instead, the limo screeched to an ugly halt.  Looking back, Dexter wondered if there was a way to prevent her fate.

            “I would’ve taken her someplace better.”

            “Excuse me?” Dexter retorted, struggling to place the limo driver’s voice.

            It was Claire who recognized the deep, dark and lucid tones of the driver. Claire had wondered when they would meet again, knowing that she was on borrowed time.

“Harold?”

Harold turned around, and revealed a sharp-toothed grin, hair sprouted every which way under his torn hat, with piercing eyes that pinned them to the backseat. He used to look normal, sane, but that was before his heart was broken. This was what remained of the man Claire had left in Montana two years ago, his hands now tightly grasped around a pistol. Husband and wife squeezed hands, and Dexter put his free hand through her glorious hair.

            “I’m sorry, but this is the only way.”

            The bullet exploded right between Claire’s eyes, killing her instantly. Her hair was untouched, but lifeless nonetheless.

Harold had stolen all meaning from Dexter’s life with one pull of a trigger.

            Dexter leapt from the backseat, his grief propelling him like a panther upon this man, but Harold was ready. Dexter’s hands grabbed for the villain’s throat, but before he could, Harold struck him across the face with the butt of his gun. Darkness clouded his vision, and Dexter succumbed to the blackness.

            Dexter can’t see him, but he knows Harold is here, somewhere. It’s night, and the beach has lost all beauty. The tide laps under his feet and as it recedes, he realizes that the tide has left something a few yards away.

            Claire. Her body, lifeless, possesses a ghost-like quality in the moonlight. The pain is too great to cry out. He seizes his wife, and hugs her fiercely. Dexter convulses with grief, tears streaming down his bloody face, his hand examining her body, when Harold emerges from the night.

            “You’ll ruin her dress.” Harold’s frame submerges the couple into darkness, blocking out the moon. Still, Dexter’s hands work feverishly, but lovingly, over Claire’s form, trying to find it.

            “She deserved better than you.”

            Dexter looks up, and grins at the murderer, as he finds it, deep within the folds of his wife’s wedding dress.

Harold shivers, sensing his fate.

            With a sudden flash of brilliant light Harold crumples to the beach, defeated. The blue hilted knife, lodged in his throat, gleams in the moonlight.

            “Something blue.”

Comic reviews- Fantastic Four #554

February 19, 2008

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Introduction and manifesto

February 13, 2008

Welcome to Goki’s Giving Groin, a site for comics and media in general (as if you couldn’t tell by the title)! I’m Goki, and together with my friends David and Spiffy, hope to take you on a wild ride as we talk about things we love, things we hate, and thing that make us FUDO. What is FUDO, you ask? Our manifesto below explains it all:

spiffygy (12:52:14 AM): I also mean to start up reading comics again
spiffygy (12:52:16 AM): Mostly through trade
Gokitalo (12:52:16 AM): Yesssss
spiffygy (12:52:28 AM): I have a few comic crazed friends at college
spiffygy (12:52:38 AM): A few of the things ive started are Invincible and Walking Dead
spiffygy (12:52:54 AM): If I get into it, I’m sure I’ll be reading 20 a month like I used to, is the problem
Gokitalo (12:53:38 AM): Good point. Although maybe you could get new, one-word Weekly Reviews out of it
Gokitalo (12:53:53 AM): “Good”
“Good”
“Bad”
Meh”
“So bad, I wouldn’t even give this one to Goki”
spiffygy (12:54:08 AM): haha
spiffygy (12:54:23 AM): You should start up a comics website
spiffygy (12:54:29 AM): And I could contribute my great reviews
Gokitalo (12:54:33 AM): That’s a good idea
Gokitalo (12:54:45 AM): I started up two comics blogs
Gokitalo (12:54:47 AM): One for a class
spiffygy (12:54:51 AM): GOKI’S GROIN: A Place for Comic Book Readers
Gokitalo (12:54:51 AM): YES
spiffygy (12:55:04 AM): haha
Gokitalo (12:55:02 AM): I really should call it that
spiffygy (12:55:36 AM): I was trying to think of G words
Gokitalo (12:55:52 AM): It has the pizazz my other blogs were lacking
spiffygy (12:56:04 AM): i have a gift
spiffygy (12:56:10 AM): ooh gift is a g word too
Gokitalo (12:57:47 AM): Goki’s Gift Groin
Gokitalo (12:58:15 AM): The Gift That Keeps On Giving
spiffygy (12:59:29 AM): haha
spiffygy (12:59:32 AM): MONEY
spiffygy (12:59:40 AM): not a good title
spiffygy (12:59:44 AM): but definitely a good user title
Gokitalo (12:59:43 AM): Yes
spiffygy (12:59:49 AM): Goki’s Gift of a Groin
spiffygy (12:59:53 AM): i dont know
Gokitalo (12:59:53 AM): Goki’s Giving Groin
spiffygy (1:00:01 AM): haha
spiffygy (1:00:04 AM): there it is
Gokitalo (1:00:13 AM): Our reviews will be awesome
Gokitalo (1:00:22 AM): “This comic was so good, I had sex with it and never called her back”
spiffygy (1:00:47 AM): “Even Goki, with his omnipotent giving groin wouldnt give this to a bum on the streets!”
spiffygy (1:01:02 AM): i like yours better
Gokitalo (1:01:14 AM): And instead of Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
Gokitalo (1:01:18 AM): We could have Fly Up and Fly Down
Gokitalo (1:01:27 AM): This comic left Goki’s Fly Up!
spiffygy (1:01:31 AM): Or Erect and Flaccid
Gokitalo (1:01:32 AM): Also good
spiffygy (1:01:44 AM): Both work with the groin theme
spiffygy (1:01:57 AM): Fly Up, Dick Out
spiffygy (1:02:02 AM): now THATS a good comic
Gokitalo (1:02:00 AM): BWAHAHA
Gokitalo (1:02:26 AM): We could call it “FUDO” for short
spiffygy (1:02:38 AM): The only thing this comic was missing was ejaculation, and believe me true believers, I took care of that after the final credits
Gokitalo (1:02:43 AM): BWAHAHA
spiffygy (1:02:58 AM): FUDO has a nice ring to it
Gokitalo (1:03:19 AM): “I have one thing to about the art: FUDO”
spiffygy (1:03:42 AM): Of course you can interpret it as a good and a bad thing
spiffygy (1:03:44 AM): the FUDO
spiffygy (1:03:48 AM): a) so good youre jerking to it
spiffygy (1:04:02 AM): b) so bad, youre jerking over it, because you can pencil better with your dick
Gokitalo (1:04:15 AM): BWAHAHA
Gokitalo (1:04:35 AM): We should copy/paste this chat
Gokitalo (1:04:39 AM): And call it our Manifesto
spiffygy (1:05:20 AM): haha
spiffygy (1:05:33 AM): If I remember, ill save the chat
spiffygy (1:05:36 AM): you do the same
spiffygy (1:05:46 AM): and when we talk to each other again in a month, well hatch our plans for world domination
Gokitalo (1:06:02 AM): “pulling down our pants,” as it were
spiffygy (1:07:20 AM): my pants are always down when im talking to you
spiffygy (1:07:29 AM): you just make me want to FUDO
Gokitalo (1:07:47 AM): Dude, I FUDO’ed 10 minutes ago
spiffygy (1:07:59 AM): lmao
spiffygy (1:08:02 AM): and i dont lmao often anymore
spiffygy (1:08:16 AM): i used to be liberal with those babies
spiffygy (1:08:29 AM): but my ass was literally off after one of them
spiffygy (1:08:33 AM): and that was an expensive surgery
Gokitalo (1:08:31 AM): ROFL
Gokitalo (1:08:36 AM): (as you can see, I’m a rofl guy)
spiffygy (1:08:46 AM): that was shitty sitcom material right there
spiffygy (1:09:36 AM): Speaking of sitcoms….
spiffygy (1:09:38 AM): You must watch one
Gokitalo (1:09:40 AM): I dunno dude
spiffygy (1:09:43 AM): Its the best since Friends. Better.
spiffygy (1:09:50 AM): How I Met Your Mother
Gokitalo (1:09:52 AM): Ohh yeah
spiffygy (1:09:56 AM): Watch it
Gokitalo (1:09:54 AM): I heard of that
Gokitalo (1:10:27 AM): Is it grointastic?
spiffygy (1:11:13 AM): You wont be able to FUDO anymore after a lot of the episodes
spiffygy (1:11:26 AM): whoops, sorry about the video thing, if you got that. didnt mean to
Gokitalo (1:12:38 AM): That’s cool, we should only show off our groins when we feel ready
spiffygy (1:13:55 AM): haha
spiffygy (1:14:06 AM): i laughed out loud there
Gokitalo (1:14:07 AM): YES
spiffygy (1:17:21 AM): so we gotta figure a way to bring our humor to an audience
spiffygy (1:17:30 AM): even if the audience will be potentially repulsed by it
Gokitalo (1:17:30 AM): I agree
spiffygy (1:17:37 AM): and ODUF
spiffygy (1:17:40 AM): (inverse FUDO)
Gokitalo (1:17:40 AM): AWESOME
Gokitalo (1:18:10 AM): We could definitely tell some of the old gang
spiffygy (1:18:22 AM): AA’s the only worthy one
Gokitalo (1:18:26 AM): I’d say Lia is too
spiffygy (1:18:37 AM): We can fight T5 for interstellar domination
Gokitalo (1:18:39 AM): Yes
spiffygy (1:18:47 AM): Because he’s cylon
Gokitalo (1:18:45 AM): Penis Sabers
spiffygy (1:19:00 AM): (Battlestar Galactica reference)
Gokitalo (1:19:06 AM): I’m such a bad nerd
Gokitalo (1:19:11 AM): I’ve never watched that show
spiffygy (1:19:40 AM): Its galactastic
spiffygy (1:19:43 AM): or something
spiffygy (1:19:52 AM): While Im at home, ive been watching it with my dad
spiffygy (1:19:54 AM): Its sweet
spiffygy (1:20:14 AM): Ive pretty much replaced my comic obsession with tv shows and movies
Gokitalo (1:20:23 AM): “Son, does this show make you as erect as I am right now?”
“Sure is, Dad!”
“I love it when we have these father-son moments, son”
spiffygy (1:20:42 AM): since youve done a few, and i have yet to give one
spiffygy (1:20:45 AM): BWAHAHA
spiffygy (1:20:48 AM): i loved that
spiffygy (1:21:00 AM): So belovedly awkward
Gokitalo (1:21:22 AM): Yes. Yes, it is. I don’t even want to know what you two did next
spiffygy (1:22:01 AM): We watched another episode
spiffygy (1:22:13 AM): and FUDO’d in complete synchronization
Gokitalo (1:22:27 AM): Knew it
Gokitalo (1:22:36 AM): But it still made my skin crawl
Gokitalo (1:22:57 AM): Aim somewhere else next time
spiffygy (1:23:11 AM): ill work on it
Gokitalo (1:23:37 AM): Some kid started licking me because he thought I’d spilled yogurt on myself
spiffygy (1:24:09 AM): Thats a horrifying prospect
spiffygy (1:24:20 AM): i actually
spiffygy (1:24:22 AM): ODUF’d
Gokitalo (1:24:28 AM): AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
spiffygy (1:26:32 AM): so you still read comics, then?
Gokitalo (1:26:38 AM): Oh yeah man
spiffygy (1:26:50 AM): what are the good ones?
Gokitalo (1:26:57 AM): Green Lantern just hit the stratosphere
spiffygy (1:27:07 AM): doesnt he do that every issue
spiffygy (1:27:12 AM): HILARIOUS
Gokitalo (1:27:12 AM): It is
Gokitalo (1:27:19 AM): But I’m still going to say “Shut up”
spiffygy (1:27:29 AM): then say it
Gokitalo (1:27:29 AM): Fine
spiffygy (1:27:33 AM): without the formalities
spiffygy (1:27:39 AM): give it to me straight
spiffygy (1:27:42 AM): and hard
spiffygy (1:27:50 AM): i knew you couldnt do it
Gokitalo (1:27:47 AM): You’d better not flinch this time
Gokitalo (1:27:51 AM): AGH!
spiffygy (1:28:00 AM): hehe
Gokitalo (1:27:58 AM): I just can’t perform
Gokitalo (1:28:06 AM): under these conditions
spiffygy (1:28:11 AM): I never flinch
spiffygy (1:28:29 AM): Well Im going to call it a night, actually
spiffygy (1:28:34 AM): An online night, rather
spiffygy (1:28:41 AM): Im going to read/play madden/etc
Gokitalo (1:28:49 AM): No prob dude. We’ll talk comics and our awesome site next time
Gokitalo (1:28:57 AM): But yeah, Green Lantern’s gotten pretty good
spiffygy (1:30:10 AM): Ive never been a big GL guy
spiffygy (1:30:13 AM): But I believe it
spiffygy (1:30:24 AM): I’ll talk to you later, and sooner rather than later this time
Gokitalo (1:30:33 AM): Right on
Gokitalo (1:30:49 AM): We sure slacked off on Goktastic Spiffiness
spiffygy (1:31:16 AM): Yeah I know. I blame myself. I owe you.
spiffygy (1:31:20 AM): And I will repay you with this
spiffygy signed off at 1:31:21 AM.
spiffygy is offline and will receive your IMs when signing back in.
spiffygy signed on at 1:31:37 AM.
spiffygy (1:32:06 AM): Sobe sure to save this, because I sure as hell forgot
spiffygy (1:32:17 AM): and ruined it with my badass sign off
Gokitalo (1:32:36 AM): Dude, thank goodness you told me
spiffygy (1:32:49 AM): good im glad i signed back on
spiffygy (1:33:11 AM): bu anyways, good night my friend
spiffygy (1:33:13 AM): have fun in merry land
Gokitalo (1:33:24 AM): Enjoy thy Merry Madden
spiffygy (1:33:32 AM): oh i will
spiffygy (1:33:35 AM): its super bowl time
spiffygy signed off at 1:33:42 AM.