Mar 21, 2008

Jovovich-Hawk Fashion Line at Target for Limited Time

It's no secret I adore Milla Jovovich. So when I found out her fashion line was going to be at Target for a limited time I headed to my nearest store the very next day even though I had strep throat at the time. Nothing was gonna get in my way.

Jovovich-Hawk is a clothing line created by Milla and her longtime friend, fellow model, Carmen Hawk in 2003. They've had three seasons so far and have been progressively successful with each one. I would have loved to own some of their pieces but, as with most designer clothing, I couldn't afford it. This is where Target comes in.

Target has what they call their "GO International" campaigns. They bring already established designers to create lines just for them at affordable prices. The highest priced items in this current run are the dresses which sell for $39.99. Previously they've features Luella, Paul & Joe, Libertine and Proenza Schouler. The only caveat is they are only available for around 90 days. Sometimes much less. Jovovich-Hawk will be gone from Target April 12th.

In their television commercial Milla tells us a little about the collection: "Our Target line will have all our classic pieces: smock dresses, tunics, minis, all vintage-inspired, great prints. We took the things that sold the best for us but we're doing it on a bigger scale. To be able to do it with a company that can afford to do it for a good price so that real girls can afford it. That's the reason we were interested."

Hey, I'm a real girl! So I headed straight for the six racks in my local Target that held the Jovovich-Hawk designs and picked up one of each to try on. They were all really well done but not everything was my style. I wound up buying two tops and two dresses that I'm very happy with. Yes, I realized I ran out right after seeing a commercial to buy clothes by Milla Jovovich while I was sick with strep throat. Don't worry, I'm fully aware of my neurosis.

Mar 12, 2008

“All I want to do is graduate from high school, move to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die.”

Those immortal words were spoken by Buffy (and quoted by me relentlessly) in the original film Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Kristy Swanson. Let's see where we are with that after seven seasons of the television show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and issue #12 of the Buffy comic, shall we?

Graduated high school? Check. Moved to Europe? Check. Married Christian Slater? Not quite. Unless Christian Slater is an Asian girl who Buffy just slept with. Died? Double check.

Did I just gloss over the fact that Buffy slept with a woman? No way! That's what this article is all about. Drew Goddard, a former writer for both the Buffy and Angel television series and now of Cloverfield fame, began a new arc with issue #12, "Wolves at the Gate Part 1." Four pages in you're hit with this shocker:

Obviously I needed to get online and see what other people were saying. My first stop was to the Dark Horse site where there is a letter from editor Scott Allie. That's when I realized this was a much bigger deal than I first thought. Sure, I was expecting to read a slew of posts on websites like Newsarama and IGN where they review and discuss comics. What I was not expecting was a New York Times article on the issue. The New York freakin' Times! Discussing not only Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the Buffy comic! ABC News also ran a story as well as MTV.

I'll admit, when I first turned the page, my jaw dropped. I think I almost had the same reaction Xander did a few pages later after walking in on them; "Oh merciful Zeus! I didn't see anything, I swear! Oh, my eye, my burning beautiful eye." In fact, the entire scene where just about everyone else walks in and has their own unique hilarious reaction to seeing Buffy in bed with a woman, was almost lost on me because I felt awkward, like I had just walked into the room too. Drew Goddard easily made it feel like that scene came straight out of a Joss Whedon episode though, it really was hysterical. Kudos to him.

I didn't know what to make of this new development. I thought, are they making Buffy a lesbian? An odd choice seeing as how they already did that with Willow, to great effect, but why would you reuse an idea like that. Then I thought, didn't Buffy tell Satsu last issue that she wasn't interested in her? For those of you who don't know, Satsu is one of the many slayers Buffy now trains and commands. Early on in Season 8, Buffy was put under a Sleeping Beauty-type spell and was awakened when someone who was in love with her gave her a kiss. We found out last issue Buffy knew it was Satsu for some time and was flattered, but not interested.

After reading all the interviews with Joss out there I believe I can safely state they are not making Buffy a lesbian. This is a direct quote from him from the NY Times article linked above. "We're not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she's not. She's young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?"

I have been a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since the original movie in 1992. That's almost 16 years of getting to know and love the character of Buffy. No one knows her better than Joss Whedon himself but in my opinion, what happened in this issue is out of character for her. That being said, any fan of Buffy knows how impulsive and, I'll say it, idiotic she can be. That's how you know Joss made a great character, she's human, she makes mistakes. It seems to me Buffy is making the same type of mistake with Satsu that she did with Spike. She knows Satsu is in love with her, not to mention sorta her employee, and she sleeps with her anyway because she's lonely. You'd think she would have learned, but hey, this is Buffy we're talking about. Anything is possible.

Putting aside all the hoopla about the sex scene, which I'm sure is burned into fanboy memory just like that Angel/Spike Buffy sandwich (#3) is in mine, the issue was great. Drew Goddard seems to be setting up a really interesting arc and I look forward to seeing where it goes. Not only was his dialogue fantastic but he brought back one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite Buffy episodes of all time. The Master. No, not that one, the other one. Dracula.

Mar 5, 2008

Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away yesterday at the age of 69.

July 27, 1938 - March 4, 2008

Do a simple google search for this man's name and you will find an outpouring of love and admiration from all over the world. All ages, all races, all classes.

A poignant quote from a 2004 Gamespy interview with Gary:

"I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else."

Sir, you had a great campaign.

Mar 4, 2008

"Super" Tuesday

Kneel before Zod!

Ok, now that we've got that business out of the way, we can talk about the real issues. Technically Super Tuesday was last month, but I've heard today referred to as "Sort-of Super Tuesday" or "Junior Super Tuesday" because four states are holding primaries. In the spirit of things I wanted to introduce you to a candidate many of you probably didn't even know was running. I'm speaking, of course, about General Zod.

Now that I'm thinking of it, I really shouldn't say he's running, we probably won't have a choice in the matter. From his official website:

"When I first came to your planet and demanded your homes, property and very lives, I didn't know you were already doing so, willingly, with your own government. I can win no tribute from a bankrupted nation populated by feeble flag-waving plebians. In 2008 I shall restore your dignity and make you servants worthy of my rule. This new government shall become a tool of my oppression. Instead of hidden agendas and waffling policies, I offer you direct candor and brutal certainty. I only ask for your tribute, your lives, and your vote."

I suggest you all stock up on knee pads.