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The Goodreads Giveaway

Yeah, that’s right.

We’re giving away more copies of A Dude’s Guide to Babies. However, to get one of those precious copies, you’ll have to go to Goodreads.com and enter the contest there.

It’s up to the fine folks at Goodreads to pick the winners, but there’s one thing for sure. You’re not going to win a copy if you don’t click the button below. Or, really, any of the other similar buttons. Head over to Goodreads now. Or click the button. It’s your choice.

In the immortal words of The Dawg, you gotta be “in it to win it!”

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A Dude's Guide to Babies by Richard  Jones

A Dude’s Guide to Babies

by Richard Jones and Barry Robert Ozer

Giveaway ends June 30, 2013.

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A Dude By Any Other Name

by Richard

George of the Jungle hates his name. I mean he really hates his name. Which makes it so very hard for me not to call him that. I know. I’m a very bad person. Sigh.

See, the deal is this: George of the Jungle got his name because, just a few short months after he got his driver license, he got surprised by one of the nefarious moving trees of North Carolina. It just jumped out behind him and smashed into the rear end of his car. Watch out for that tree!

As he sees it, every time I call him that in the blog, I’m making fun of him. But that’s just not true. Well, okay. Maybe a little. Anyway, I’ve magnanimously agreed to change his name. The problem then became, change it to what? The answer to that wasn’t all that hard.

Over the last week or so, I managed to accidentally uncover a whole bunch of buttons I used to wear pinned to my shirts, backpack and other places. I wore these in high school and college when I was right around the same age as Formerly Known as George of the Jungle. I was looking over them, getting a chuckle at the seriously high level of sarcasm and cynicism displayed on their round surfaces when the not-so-little dude came around and immediately set about stealing them all.

These were buttons that said stuff like “I’m surrounded by idiots” “Eat well. Stay fit. But die anyway.” “Never underestimate the power of stupidity.” and “If all else fails, lower your standards.” Hey, I never said I was a well-adjusted young dude.

Anyway, after that little display, I figured first impulses were correct. So, from now on, welcome back the Once and Future Sarcasmo. He’s caustic. He’s sarcastic. And he’s here to stay.

Now I’ve got Speed Racer hanging on my shoulder, giving me grief about his name. Seems he’s got a problem with being named after a cartoon character known for hanging around with a little kid and a kinetic monkey. I’m feeling in a giving mood.

Speed Racer is no more. Because the little dude is a comic book geek (wonder where he got that from?) and he is who he is, we’ve worked together to come up with his new name. And remember this was mostly his idea. Welcome to Hyper Lad. Well, what did you expect? He’s 11. It goes with the territory.

I’m still Richard, Zippy the Monkey Boy is still Zippy the Monkey Boy and She Who Must Be. . . is still She Who Must Be. . . Most of the time.

I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Dude Review: The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules

by Richard

I’m going to keep reviewing these until at least one of you drops by the comments section to let me know that you actually bought a collection of the best comic book being published today. And, no, that’s not damning with faint praise. I love The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules. It pushes all my buttons. It’s got humor, mythology, humor, butt kicking and smart alekry up the wazzoo. In short, it’s incredible. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Oh, yeah. And this collection has the best sound effect ever committed to paper. Take a look.

Come on! How can you not love the purple nurple of the gods?

Let me explain. For reasons too complicated to go into right now, the Incredible Hercules has to pose as his rival, the Mighty Thor (hence the title) and, this being a superhero comic, the two get into a fight. Now, Thor isn’t used to fighting bare chested. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. But, see, Hercules isn’t above fighting dirty to win and is willing to give out a purple nurple (notice the sound effect “nurp” is, in fact, purple).

Being a serialized comic book, this could be a bit confusing, if it weren’t for the fact that The Incredible Hercules has the most inventive and fun recap pages ever speeding people up to brought. Basically, Herc has to impersonate Thor to stop an invasion of Earth by some particularly dire elves. Things do not go as planned and Thor has to impersonate Herc to stop the whole thing. Once again, things do not go as planned.

Dude! That hurts just looking at it.

Thor, normally one of the most noble fair-fightingest of the Marvel universe takes well to playing the part of Hercules. Perhaps too well. And, of course, notice the sound effect which, if sounded out, will sound suspiciously like nut crack. Hmm. Wonder where they got the idea for that sound effect? (To get a better look at this and the next picture, make with the clicky to enlargen.) [What? That’s a word, right?]

In the series, Herc has been accompanied by a young genius named Amadeus Cho, the seventh-smartest person on the planet. And someone who has even worse impulse control than the notoriously scatterbrained Hercules. In alternating issues, this collection follows Cho as he tries to find out what really happened when his parents were killed.

He’s looking for the man who planted the bomb, not so much for revenge, but to find out if his sister is really alive and, if so, where she is. When Cho finally does find the mastermind behind his personal tragedy, he’s confronted by an aged, bitter and more than slightly insane version of himself and forced into a no-win, life-or-death situation. His solution to the dilemma is uniquely his own.

Because this is a comic book, I wanted to say a little bit about the art. Reilly Brown on the epic Thorcules arc is absolutely fantastic. I mean, you get the expressions you’ve been hoping for when someone describes the action. While Rodney Buchemi doesn’t quite reach those heights on the Amadeus Cho sections, it still does a nice job of telling the story.

In all, I’ll give this book five (5) dudes out of five. It’s, sorry again, incredible. Go out and buy it now. Read it and laugh.

Otherwise. . . Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be you.Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

Or your underwear.

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