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We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.

Iron Man

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You know you’re going to get a different kind of superhero when you cast Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role. And Iron Man is different, in welcome ways. Cleverly updated from Marvel Comics’ longstanding series, Iron Man puts billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (that’s Downey) in the path of some Middle Eastern terrorists; in a brilliantly paced section, Stark invents an indestructible suit that allows him to escape. If the rest of the movie never quit hits that precise rhythm again, it nevertheless offers plenty of pleasure, as the renewed Stark swears off his past as a weapons manufacturer, develops his new Iron Man suit, and puzzles both his business partner (Jeff Bridges in great form) and executive assistant (Gwyneth Paltrow). Director Jon Favreau geeks out in fun ways with the hardware, but never lets it overpower the movie, and there’s always a goofy one-liner or a slapstick pratfall around to break the tension. As for Downey, he doesn’t get to jitterbug around too much in his improv way, but he brings enough of his unpredictable personality to keep the thing fresh. And listen up, hardcore Marvel mavens: even if you know the Stan Lee cameo is coming, you won’t be able to guess it until it’s on the screen. It all builds to a splendid final scene, with a concluding line delivery by Downey that just feels absolutely right. -Robert Horton

LEGO Batman

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The LEGO Batman story unfolds with Batman’s greatest foes escaping from Arkham Asylum and creating mayhem throughout Gotham City. Tracking criminals, including The Joker and The Penguin, players will utilize Batman’s gadgets as well as build and operate fantastic vehicles in one or two player cooperative gameplay.

The Death Of Captain America Vol. 2, The Burden Of Dreams

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COVER BY: STEVE EPTING
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER 
PENCILS: STEVE EPTING 
BUTCH GUICE

THE STORY:  “Beloved comic book hero Captain America is back in action, armed and ready to fight for freedom in the 21st century.” — abcnews.com

 Agent 13. Bucky Barnes. The Falcon. Black Widow. Iron Man. Steve Rogers was often the glue that bound these heroes together in common cause. Now, in the aftermath of his death, they come together again in a desperate attempt to keep his dream alive. But the collapse of Steve Roger’s dream was just the first step in the wicked machinations of the Red Skull, who is determined to see the death of America follow soon after the death of the Captain. As the Skull’s master plan kicks into motion, and chaos begins to take hold of the United States, only one man stands in its way — but is he up to the task?

Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA #31-36. 

Death Magnetic

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eath Magnetic is the upcoming ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It is scheduled for release on September 12, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records. The album will be the band’s first to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo, and the first to be produced by Rick Rubin. Death Magnetic also marks the first time in the band’s history in which all band members contributed to each song on an album. It will be their first studio album released through Warner Bros.; although, they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns Elektra Records, the band’s previous label. Death Magnetic is promoted by the preceding single "The Day That Never Comes," released August 21, 2008. On August 26th Metallica released "My Apocalypse" on their official website as well on Mission Metallica and in iTunes.

Ultimate Power

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COVER BY: GREG LAND
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI 

THE STORY:  “A treat of strong writing and excellent artwork.” – ComicBookRevolution.com 

In a desperate attempt to help his friend, Reed Richards, the leader of the science adventurers known as the Fantastic Four, has accidentally punched a hole into an adjacent universe. Now something has come through the gateway from a realm known as the Supremeverse: the team of astonishingly powerful superhumans called the Squadron Supreme! Their mission: to arrest young Reed for high crimes against their world! What happens when the Squadron collides with the heroes — and villains — of the Ultimate Universe? All-out action, drama and spectacular eye-candy!

Collecting Ultimate Power #1-9. 

Forbidden Kingdom

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Getting martial-arts superstars Jet Li and Jackie Chan together in the same action film is like a fantasy come true, even if The Forbidden Kingdom is more of a children’s movie than an instant kung-fu classic. Yes, Li and Chan square off in a lengthy, acrobatic fight scene that is a lot of fun, though it can’t be what such a scene might have been even a decade ago: careful editing now compensates for the 54-year-old Chan’s slower moves and reflexes. Still, Chan doesn’t disappoint as Lu Yan, a drunken immortal in ancient China who mentors a modern-day American kid, Jason (Michael Angarano), the latter having slipped into the past while in possession of a magical staff that belongs to the imprisoned Monkey King (Li). In order to get back to his own time and help an old friend (also Chan) wounded by thugs, Jason accompanies Lu Yan and a lovely warrior, Golden Sparrow (Liu Yifei), on a journey to return the staff. Along the way, a (mostly) silent monk (Li, again), who has spent his life in search of the staff, joins their mission. He helps Lu Yan train Jason in fighting and adding more muscle to the party as it comes under siege from a violent witch (Li Bing Bing) and pathological warlord (Collin Chou). Screenwriter John Fusco (Hidalgo) and director Rob Minkoff (The Haunted Mansion) have made a slightly chintzy, Western version of a Chinese swords-and-sorcery tale. The gravity-defying, flying-through-the-air-while-fighting choreography looks pretty choppy and graceless compared to, say, the martial arts films of Zhang Yimou. But The Forbidden Kingdom is really aimed at kids, not aficionados of epic fight movies. On that score, the movie aims to please and does so for the right audience. -Tom Keogh

News from Lizard HQ

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It has been awhile since we last spoke. For that, I’m sorry. However, we have been as busy as ever in the last few months (June, July and August) which has led to some radio silence on visuallizard.com. Here is a round up of what we have been up to:

  1. Nathan has left Visual Lizard for greener pastures somewhere in Transcona. We wish him all the best and hope things work out well for him in his new, extra corporate environment. 
  2. Coming in to replace Nathan is Zhichuan Zhang. Zhichuan is one smart fellow, with more computer science degrees and letters behind his name than I even understand. We will introduce him formally and have him say a few words in the next few weeks. 
  3. We had an incredible online presentation of our ATiM application for CTRNet. Over 60 people from more than 10 countries attended and interest is very high.
  4. Several projects have been started and completed over the summer. Some of the bigger ones are still hanging around, but they are all very close to being released to the wild.
  5. There is a new Visual Lizard logo popping up here and there, you can see it on our client portal if you are really interested. Soon it will make it’s appearance on the main site with a new interface, marketing materials and the like.
  6. And in case you couldn’t figure it out from #5, after 11 years at 70 Arthur Street, we are moving. We have new digs located just across Main Street at 141 Bannatyne. We will be taking possession October 1. 
    375-141 Bannatyne
  7.  Summer was short.

We’ve been busy. How about you? Leave a comment and let us know what you have been working on over the last few months.