Upcoming Conventions!

I have tweeted about these already but in case you missed that, Phil and I will be at two conventions this month in Orange County. First up is Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday, April 23rd. Phil and I will be doing a webcomics panel in Room A at noon. The following weekend we will be at Anaheim Comic Con, which runs from April 29th through May 1st. We are invited guests and have a table for both Brax the Alien Rocker and Pop Sickles so come by and say hello and get free stickers and stuff. On Saturday night, Matt Cohen will be doing a live Bagged & Boarded from the convention with a special celebrity guest. Anyone with a badge for that day is welcome to come!

posted by | 04/11/11| 02:38:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else, Comics| Leave a comment »

Early Birthday

In case I forget to mention it on Sunday because I will just be getting back into town from our annual Ranch-A-Thon in Paso Robles, April 10th marks the 9th birthday of brendoman.com. 9 years! That is nuts. This blog has definitely evolved over the years. Gone are the 10 post a day when we were all in college. I'm thinking of doing more extended posts about various things I'm watching, reading, and listening to, but those things take time and I am bad about those things. We are always looking for new contributors for the blog, so if you think you have what it takes, send me your stuff. Finally, as I do every year, I want to thank all the folks who make this community/blog/whatever great, both the readers and all who have contributed over the years. Special huge ups to Danny for his super skills and generosity as without him this all probably would have gone away a long time ago. Here's to all of you guys and gals!

posted by | 04/06/11| 11:36:00 am| Site News, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Video of the Day: Super Toy Run


This brought back fond Nick memories. I always went crazy when a kid didn't go straight for the video games. This guy was smart.

Found via Retroist

posted by | 03/28/11| 08:59:00 pm| Anything Else, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »

st. patty's(paddy's) day

i have no idea what is going on right now.

all i know is that it's 3/17(18) and i'm ready to pee clean.

actually.. i just went to a show and i rapped "gin and juice" by snoop dogg and i believe that it was legit. haha! game over. i will check this. brendon: life energy -1. done.

posted by Eric | 2011-03-18| 00:20:00| Anything Else| 3 comments »

Shameless Plug: Great Photo Retouching

My friend Grace is an awesome graphic designer and a Photoshop wiz. She is now making her services available for affordable photo re-touching and restoration. You can check it out here. Grace made the awesome brendoman.com logo that you have seen on this blog for the last 9 years and that is just a hint of her expertise.

posted by | 03/11/11| 12:16:00 pm| Linkworthy, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Best News Ever: Retro Nickelodeon Shows to Return

First The Hub and now this!

If you’re a twentysomething who’s been jonesing for repeats of All That and Clarissa Explains it All, then this news is for you: EW has learned exclusively that starting this fall, TeenNick will dust off old faves like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Bynes Show, All That and Clarissa and air them in a new midnight-to-2 a.m. programming block dubbed (appropriately enough) The ’90s Are All That. The tween cabler came up with the idea after seeing the huge interest in early Nickelodeon programming on social media sites. There are several Facebook pages — followed by millions of fans — that are devoted to Nickelodeon shows from the ’90s.

The also go on to say if it does well they will expand it to other shows and movies. How about if it does really well you guys resume the Nickelodeon Rewind Collection? I will definitely have my DVR set when it starts.

posted by | 03/10/11| 08:33:00 am| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else| 4 comments »

Plugging Podcasts & Podcasting Tips

I received this email today:

Hey Dude,

The names james i have had a few choice words with you on twitter @Jimbotheledge :)

I need your help ... hehe

Me and My good buddy have just uploaded our first podcast onto the site


I was hoping for two things actually a cheap plug and twitter or better yet on one of your many podcasts :)

and if you have any advice on how we should get our podcast out there and how we can improve :)

Sorry for all the questions...

Cheers dude ... Peace...

I wanted to share my response here, first to see if you guys thought I was being a jerk and second because I thought it would make a good blog post. Here it is:

I will definitely listen to your podcast when I get the chance but I can't plug it and I hope you understand. It's nothing against you, I'm sure your podcast is great, but I get many requests to plug people's podcasts and if I plugged yours I would have to plug everyone else's and then all I would be doing was plugging podcasts. I hope you understand. As far as tips go, I would get a good logo and put yourself in as specific of a category as possible so you can rise to the top of the charts in that specific category. You should be on all the social media sites - twitter, facebook, tumblr. Don't be a total whore but it's ok to be a little slutty (lol). Tweet about your show once a day or so, try and get some friends to RT it. Make sure you get listed in every podcast directory possible. Make sure you're in the iTunes music store. If you haven't already, submit your feed ASAP and make sure it's configured properly. Podbean makes this VERY easy. Again, make sure your category is as specific as possible. It's much easier to get into the top 100 that way. The biggest thing I can tell you though is to not worry about the numbers. If you're doing this for the numbers, you're doing it for the wrong reason. The reason why I do podcasts is because they are fun to do. If I was a wealthy billionaire living in my BrendoMansion, I would still be doing Pop Sickles and a variety of other podcasts. Quality is king, so work on making your podcast the best possible podcast you can make it. Research stories, write down notes (I use Evernote religiously. Highly recommended), try out new things, come up with original ideas. You can do it!

Yes, I realize that by publishing these emails I have now plugged his podcast. That being said, I am sorry if you have sent me a link to your podcast and I did not plug it. I get sent a lot of links. Maybe it's because James was the first person to ask for some advice along with the plug. Yeah, that's it.

posted by | 03/08/11| 09:30:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Image of the Day: Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared PaleyFest Poster

I was very happy to hear that Gallery 1988 would be making a poster for the Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared reunion at PaleyFest this Saturday. I can't even tell you how excited I am for this event and this makes it even more cool. I will definitely be picking up one of these.

via /film

posted by | 03/07/11| 10:51:00 am| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Disneyland Quiz

The Disneyland Quiz

Score: 83% (10 out of 12)

That was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.

posted by | 02/28/11| 03:50:00 pm| Quizzes, Anything Else, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Better back up that Gmail

So some Gmail users lost all their mail over the weekend. I'm thanking my lucky stars it wasn't me, as was Lee Matthews at DownloadSquad:

When the news first broke of Gmail losing a small chuck of its users' inboxes, I had a rather terrifying realization: For nearly 8 years, I've been using Gmail as my only message store -- putting all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. If you use Gmail, you're probably now thinking the same thing as me: I really should have a backup.

The article gives helpful instructions to create a backup using hotmail, which is what I'm going to do since I already have a hotmail account. It also gives instructions on how to create a backup using a desktop email program and gives links to programs that will do the job for you. I highly recommend choosing one of these options and doing it. The few minutes you spend will definitely be worth it in the event that all is lost.

posted by | 02/28/11| 11:08:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

200 Really is a Whole Lot

Phil and I published our 200th strip for Brax the Alien Rocker yesterday, in case you missed it. It is a really great feeling to look at something and think, "Hey, I put this into the world, and I don't think it sucks." I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Phil for this and all the other random ideas we've had over the years. I'm glad this is one of the ones that actually stuck. He does a lot of the heavy lifting for the comic and I can't give him enough credit. He deserves most of it. Here's to the next 200, and the next 200 after that. Thanks to all of you guys who read it!

posted by | 02/19/11| 12:35:00 pm| Site News, Anything Else, Comics| 4 comments »

Photo of the Day: Ken Jennings is Awesome

I am glad he has a sense of humor in the face of our impending doom.

posted by | 02/17/11| 08:59:00 am| Our robot overlords, Anything Else| 2 comments »

This Things I Believe

I have officially run out of things to title blog posts with and am now just digging up obscure Simpsons lines. Hey, it's been almost nine years of witty (and not so witty) blog titles. The well has to dry up at some point. I thought I'd take the time today to share two things I am really enjoying. First, Evernote. It is awesome. Like Dropbox, I can have it running on all my various computers and my phone. Derick and I have a shared notebook for Pop Sickles and that is where I drop all the news stories I find to discuss on the show. On Saturday morning I just move all the contents into an archive notebook and start fresh. It also records audio notes when I am in driving and I can take pictures of things and make them into notes.

I can then email notes to my other awesome thing for this week, my Kindle. In addition to being a fancy digital notebook, I can also read books on it. Pretty crazy. I don't know why, but I have been reading way, way more since I got a Kindle. I am addicted to book samples. I am also reading A Game of Thrones right now, in preparation for the upcoming HBO series. I am really digging it. I also loaded in the PDF versions of the Microsoft books I am reading to study for my first MCP exam. So now when I have a spare moment I can study or read an enjoyable book, whichever I am feeling up to. It also plays Blackjack and Solitaire and some other cool games.

It's not a brendoman.com post these days without a shameless plug so here that is. Coming up on Bagged and Boarded we have True Blood's Deborah Woll and Michael McMillian along with comic artist Marc Andreyko on the show this week. I am very excited for that. Feel free to comment with any questions you may have for them and I will ask them on the show. On Friday Derick and I will be joined by writer Brian Lynch for Pop Sickles. For those not in the know, Brian is pretty much the funniest person on the planet. So that's what's going on with me this week. Hope all is well for all of you!

posted by | 02/16/11| 10:24:00 am| Random, I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Derick Armijo Is My Hero

For those who don't know, Derick is my co-host on Pop Sickles. He also started a new movie blog yesterday and proceeded to write the greatest thing I have read on a blog in a long time:

To paraphrase a quote from NO STRINGS ATTACHED of all places "Some people live like there are no such thing as miracles, and some people live like everything is a miracle". SCOTT PILGRIM is a miracle. Movies like this aren't made, and in this movie making climate probably won't ever be made again. In terms of that quote, this is a movie about the former learning that the latter is true. If there's one thing I resent about my generation is that it exists only to point out how everything is terrible and how smart they are for pointing it out. But I never subscribed to any of that malarky. Life is beautiful and filled with amazing people and surprises. It's worth fighting for. It's worth improving yourself for. We fight these battles every day and there's nothing routine about it. It's epic. It's worth exposing your inner uselessness for. Perhaps it isn't as bad as you thought. Is it ever? SCOTT PILGRIM is sure begging for some of your love, but you know what? It loves you right back, you stupid asshole. You're going to ignore that? Please die, then.

Yeah man. Yeah. Check out Picture Start With Derick Armijo for more good stuff like this.

posted by | 02/10/11| 10:50:00 am| Movies, Linkworthy, Anything Else| 1 comment »


what's up, y'all?!

it is true.. i am drunk.. actually i was drunk.. now after some soup, an entire package of saltines, a hansens's vannila cola and an hour and a half of facebook bullshit.....i am just "loose."

ok. tonight it was whiskey and pepsi double talls. dominated in some pool. my cousin and i held the table from game 1 (which was against two drunk girls) until the bar closed. ..i also rocked "drop it like it's hot" by snoop and "pepper" by the butthole surfers in the karaoke game. good night.

i just need to run a couple of thoughts by the readers of this blogzone. i am thinking about getting back into the programming game and writing an RTS (real-time strategy game) very similar to warcraft. this is a realllllllllllllllly ambitious endevor. i'm not sure that this is even possible by me. ..i looked around and dug up some software called darkbasic. it sounds appealing. maybe this happens..probably this doesn't...i would like to increase creativity in my life.. i would like to reduce negativity in my life. what will happen? i dunno.. but it is probably predictable.

on more concrete, life-type news: my life-partner/someday wife and i are having a baby girl as confirmed by the ultrasound staff at some hospital in columbia, mo that i went to at 10am after not sleeping at all the night before because i was ridiculously excited. after learning that we were pregnant i was leaning girl... because i just want to hold and hug and kiss a baby and i thought that i would make a male baby too soft for the world, but then i started wanting a boy because i am a boy and i could disciple him... well, it's a little lady and i couldn't be more stoked. i want to get an abacus and a baby drum set and a sweet-ass camera and start making some e*trade parody commercials.

still no job luck. i applied for a security guard job and i was denied on that front.. i would like to get like a decent-paying factory job that requires no brain power, but provides cheap health insurance...so i could pay my bills and go back and finish school and donate my body to work, but retain the innerworkings of my brain. pipe dreams. ..if i am pipe dreaming, i want to be a super hero. ....and also, if i write an RTS game then i am overqualified for factory work and for college.

peace out earthlings.

posted by Eric | 2011-02-10| 01:07:00| Eric's Insights| 7 comments »

Radio BrendoMan Returns

Remember when I was doing a podcast in China? Of course a lot of brendoman.com folks do because many of you were part of it. A lot of fans of the podcasts I am on now have been asking about these old shows since the oldest of them are no longer up on the site. This gave me the idea to create a new repository for our podcasts of yore (and maybe some new stuff eventually). So yeah, here it is. Enjoy!

posted by | 02/06/11| 01:10:00 pm| Site News, Podcasting, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Comic Con Registration Starts (Again) on Saturday

If you want to join in on the fun and awesomeness that is San Diego Comic-Con, you better set your alarm clock Saturday morning! Tickets go on sale here at 9 AM PST.

Comic-Con International 2011: Attendee Registration Information

After a very informative registration test in December, Comic-Con will once again partner with TicketLeap and EPIC Registration for the sale of Comic-Con 2011 attendee 4-day (no preview night) and 1-day badges. Attendee registration will open on February 5th, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Please read the information below regarding details on how to register for badges.

No badges for the 2011 Comic-Con will be sold on-site at the Convention Center. You must preregister everyone in your party before you arrive on site. Encourage your friends to register early, before we sell out. All prices are subject to change.

IMPORTANT: Each person will need to have a valid photo ID that matches the name on their confirmation when picking-up a badge at the convention.

At 9:00 a.m. PST on February 5th, 2011 click the button above that says "Purchase Your Badge Now". You will be redirected to the TicketLeap registration website where you may be able to purchase attendee 4-day (no preview night) and 1-day badges. Discounted badges for Juniors (ages 12 – 17), Seniors, and Active Military will also be available. You may purchase up to 4 of each badge/admission type. There will be a $2.00 non-refundable TicketLeap fee for each badge purchased. Children 11 and under are free with a paid adult admission, and must be registered onsite only. You will need the first name, last name, and a valid e-mail address for each badge/admission type you wish to purchase. Please be aware that your TicketLeap session will time out after 15 minutes if you do not complete your transaction, and your badges will be returned to inventory for sale.

I am so glad they didn't go with Ticketmaster for this. Hopefully this time around the process will go smoothly. I'm glad that I have my badge and hotel squared away already because it can be pretty crazy securing those. Good luck to all on Saturday!

posted by | 02/03/11| 11:29:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| 3 comments »

eric in da house

yo sukkaz!

here in missouri we are in the middle of the great blizzard of death/2011.

it's pretty effing intense.. like 20" of snow. i ain't goin nowhere man! --i am laying in bed typing this, and my ceiling just popped super loud. i think this might have something to do with the three foot snow drifts and ice on my roof. zoinks!--

anyway.. i wasn't going anywhere even before the snow hit. i basically haven't had a job since late november. i barely made bills this month. ..it was like indiana jones sliding under a closing wall and bbbbarely making it. ..and his hat, that is my cell phone bill. it is the last bill that i pay every month and i barely got it this month. haha!

this is especially stupid because i am scheduled to become a father on june 30th! yeah brendo, i made a baby dude! how fuckin crazy is that. ..so i am tryin to get serious and get my shit together so i can be a sensei to this little tiny fetus. i am ssssuuppperrr excited, though.

..ok, back to the massive amounts of free time i have. aside from stressing and constructing pipe dreams i have been watching a lot of shit.


Glee - kate and i started watching glee and it got outta hand fast. we got season 1 volume 1 one disc at a time through netflix.. we went to blockbuster and rented disc 1 of volume 2, watched it in one sitting and then burned up to current status by watching on the internet. i like it a lot..and it has accelerated my desire to practice singing. i have alway wanted to attempt to develop a singing voice, but all i have done about it is think.. singing is just so cool, though.. it's just you.. unless you sing like t-pain, and then it's just awesome.

Parks and Recreation - we started this series a long time ago. ..it started out as a show that we would watch when we were gonna eat and didn't wanna invest much time into something. i never got sucked in.. i was skeptical about the quality of the show for a while, but once the pit got filled in and Andy started shining shoes at city hall.. i feel like the show got good and then we chain-watched it up until the end of season 2. i haven't started season 3 because i hate hooking my computer up to my tv because that means i have to get out my computer speakers and plug them in and all that shit.. and for some reason that annoys the hell outta me. ..i do/did it all the time for lost/glee/30 rock/the office, though.

Battlestar Galactica - HOLY SHIT! i recently had lunch with honzo at fazzoli's. we caught up on life and it was awesome. at some point we got to the inevitable shit-watching discussion and he told me to check out BSG. he was about the fifteenth person that told me this..but he told me something that turned the tide: it was now "watch instantly" on netflix. boom! done. i am on like episode 7 or 8 of season 2 and i want to just fucking inject this show into the veins of my right arm. i didn't even know i could still get hooked on space shit, but i can! i can. i love itloveitloveit.

i am tired of typing about tv shows because i want to get this post over with so that i can watch battlestar galactica..i am actually kind of pissed that i have already spent this much time on this post because i could've got an episode in. ..actually this is fun.

ok..also watching the office(many have given up, but i haven't yet)/30 rock/the event(haha...nnnnot!!)/some cake boss/hoarders season 1/extras season 1


ok, i am just flying through this

exit through the gift shop -fuckin loved it

kasino jack -interesting(had to use a k for c.asino for some reason)

confederate states of america -stopped 20minutes in because i thought it was pretty lame and uncreative

weather girl -bluhg, it happened, i was entertained

social network -it was pretty cool..but i invented facebook in 1998, so it's kind of a sore spot with me

catfish -ooh, i dug this movie. anyone else seen it? anyone else reading at this point? didn't think so..me neither..

true grit -the new one, loved it.

..other stuff..i know it! ..i can't remember, though.

video games

i sold rock band 1 and all my instruments on craigslist for $20. i am broke and that shit just took up too much space.

i also sold my DS and my seven game collection for $100 on craiglist..it was bittersweet. i love the ds, but i don't ever play it and that hudred bucks was crucial!

trials hd -i've played it for like 30min lately, but i love that game.

madden 11 -i have been playing some madden lately. picked my franchise back up.. i am in year four and am trying to get the rams back to the super bowl. i love franchise mode, but it's kind of a black hole.. no matter how much i feed it, it still wants more of my time and thought.

i want to buy a 3DS.

i also want to play skyrim, the new elder scrolls game. ohhhh myyy.

--media shit over.


..back to other stuff.

I really want to play D&D. i always wanted to growing up, but i was told that it was of the devil.. i was only like 12 and retarded, so, while i didn't believe it..i WAS brainwash-scared enough to not play it. thank you church! ..anyway, reading about you playing it, brendan, has rekindled my desire to play.

..crap..battlestar galactica is calling too loudly for me to hear my thoughts, i must go.


pea-ess: i have been in vampire mode for like 3 months and i have almost sucked this entire county dry of it's blood reserves! ..nneeed jorb!

for realzies, i'm gone. i send my love to all creatures of the universe>>>(except keenan from SNL [just kidding, him too])


posted by Eric | 2011-02-03| 01:31:00| Eric's Insights| 4 comments »

Check out Pop Sickles

Hey, look at that, I'm on another podcast. This time it is Pop Sickles with my good friend Derick Armijo. We record the show live every Friday night at the Smodcastle but if you don't live in the L.A. area you can listen here or if you're lazy, here is an embeddable player:

Mildly NSFW, just so you know. We discuss various pop culture news and things like that. It's fun. I hope you think so too.

posted by | 01/24/11| 10:13:00 am| Movies, TeeVee, Podcasting| 4 comments »

Red State News

Red State premiered at Sundance last night. I would recommend reading /film's great coverage here. In a surprising move, Kevin Smith announced the film will be self-distributed, starting with a multi-city tour in March culminating with an October 19th theatrical release. I think this is a bold and inspiring action and am excited to see how it unfolds. Now that the movie has premiered, I have been granted permission to say more about my thoughts on the film, but it really is hard to put those thoughts in to words. All I will say for now is that I saw the movie about 3 months ago and it still resonates with me quite a bit. I still have the occasional bad dream about it. I wouldn't call them nightmares because that would imply something wholly negative. These are just bad dreams about things from the movie that stuck with me. They give me the willies, but I am also reminded of just how great the movie was. I'm definitely excited to see it again.

posted by | 01/24/11| 09:16:00 am| Movies, Anything Else, Kevin Smith| 2 comments »

VOTD: Andy and Pee-Wee's Night Out

Best Digital Short in a long time.

posted by | 01/17/11| 03:56:00 pm| TeeVee, Anything Else, Video of the Day| 1 comment »

Hello Hello

Yes, I'm aware this is only my third post in 2011. Oh well. Things on my mind:

On the D&D front, the group I am DMing (Dungeon Mastering) for has made it a little past the halfway point of the fantastic Reavers of Harkenwold adventure from the new Dungeon Master's Kit. It has been a lot of fun so far. Here is a pic of Jason and John plotting their next move:

Black Box Crew

I am a little nervous about some of the upcoming encounters because they call for making your own battlemaps using dry erase markers or dungeon tiles. I have both but have yet to decide which to use. I like how this adventure ramps up the difficulty for the dungeon master, starting with basic encounters, moving on to more robust encounters involving more monsters, moving on to skill challenges, and finally to creating your own maps. It even gives opportunities to create your own encounters.

Anyways, enough of the geekspeak. In other things, aside from the Ricky Gervais awesomeness, I didn't really care about the Golden Globes since my favorite film of the year, True Grit did not receive any nominations in major categories. I did like The Social Network but I liked True Grit quite a bit more.

The new year brought a couple big changes for me. I have passed the two week mark on quitting smoking and I have also gone two weeks without an iPhone. I have been using a Samsung Captivate and it has been pretty stinking awesome, especially since my roommate Jon helped me root it and install Gingerbread.

That's about it from me. Hope you guys and gals are enjoying a happy MLK day.

posted by | 01/17/11| 02:50:00 pm| Random, Rants and Raves, Anything Else| 6 comments »

VOTD: Saved by the Belding

Saved By The Belding
Uploaded by STEproductions. - Classic TV and last night's shows, online.

This video just might be the very reason streaming video on the web was created. It's amazing. Thanks Mike for the tip.

posted by | 01/05/11| 04:51:00 pm| TeeVee, Anything Else, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »

VOTD: James Van Der Beek is a Good Sport

James Van Der Beek is pretty awesome. Check out James Van Der Memes for awesome animated gifs like this one:

And a new take on an old classic:

Perhaps we're not too far away from him embracing his role as Rick Sanford in Angus. One can hope.

posted by | 01/04/11| 03:31:00 pm| TeeVee, Anything Else, Video of the Day| 1 comment »

Watch the Red State Teaser

It's here. The movie is screening at Sundance, hopefully we'll find out more about a theatrical release after that. Kevin and everyone involved did an amazing job on the film and I am looking forward to seeing folks' reactions when they finally get to see it.

posted by | 12/23/10| 11:08:00 am| Anything Else, Kevin Smith| 1 comment »

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