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What The Cool Ship is Thankful For

We here at The Cool Ship would like to take a moment from our hectic holiday schedules and tell all our wonderful readers what we give thanks for.

Rob A.

I am incredibly thankful for my outstanding wife and daughter, who fill my heart and soul with such love and joy everyday of my life. For the wonderful family that was included in the deal when I got married. They’re an unbelievably welcoming and caring group of people, who have accepted me as one of the family since day one. A guy couldn’t ask for better. For my family on my dad’s side, who are there for me no matter what, always supporting and loving. For my true friends, the ones who are there through thick and thin. For my fellow Cool Shippers because you gotta have a great crew to pilot a ship this awesome. For Doctor Who (no joke), because I’m sure many of you out there will understand, it truly does bring such wonder and magic and feels of all kinds into your life. Doctor Who isn’t just a show, Doctor Who is a way of life. I’m thankful that I’m happy, healthy, and able to take care of my family. I’d be more thankful if I had a better job but this isn’t the time to complain. And last but certainly not least, I’m thankful for all of you, the readers. Without you, we’d have no reason to keep doing this, day in, day out. Seriously, without readers, we’d just be keeping an online journal that no one reads. So thank you for your continued support. You guys are the best!

J. Fortune

I am thankful for my wife and son (soon to be sons!!) and the blessed life we lead. I am thankful to live in a country where I can write, read, or say whatever I please, and for the men and women who have made, and continue to make that possible. I am thankful that because of pizza and other fine Italian foods we need not question the existence of our Creator or His love for us. Finally, for entertainment. For the idea we as a nation have time to sit and stare at art that has been created simply for our appreciation (or in my case critique), I am truly thankful. Have a fantastic holiday.

Colleen K.

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year. I mean, I do every year, but this year stands out. I’m thankful to my husband, my friends, my family, The Cool Ship staff, and the thousands of people around the world who supported my catcalling campaign with Hollaback!. (Not sure what I’m talking about? Catch up here and here.) I’m glad that I have a job that I like. I’m glad I work from home meaning that I never really have to change out of yoga pants unless I’m leaving the house and not on my way to yoga in which case I put on jeans.

I’m grateful that my first full year of marriage was like a “Get Psyched” mix tape made by Barney Stinson – it just gets even more awesome the more you get into it.

And I’m grateful to the readers of The Cool Ship. You guys are intelligent, funny, and a wonderful community who I am glad to write for. A toast to you!


I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had this year: From meeting folks at Gen Con to expanding my freelance career, this has been a good 12 months.

I am, of course, thankful for my wife and my kids, all of whom can drive me crazy, or amaze me, but still gift to me the love and support I so desperately need.

I’m thankful for The Cool Ship. It gives me a creative outlet and lets me write about the extremely dorky things I love, like board games.

I’m thankful for my friends. Whether we talk every day or go months without speaking, I am immensely grateful for the people who are close to me.

I am thankful for the massive amounts of food I am going to consume tomorrow. Much like Galactus destroys planets, I plan on destroying turkey like I was the last survivor of the previous universe who was chosen to become a demigod that keeps the cosmic balance by eating turkey.

Finally, I am thankful for whoever reads this. Seriously, God bless you and yours. I hope that  the next 12 months will be better than the previous. Thank you.

For one for all - high fives!!!!! [Gif courtesy of celebuzz.com]

For one for all – high fives!!!!! [Gif courtesy of celebuzz.com]

From all of us, here at The Cool Ship, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s January 1st, and we made resolutions; it’s the cool kid thing to do. Some of these are real. Some of these are fake. Some of these are probably  a mixture of both. Have a good New Year!

Julie Bethlenfalvy (Writer): In 2013, I’d like to find someone to invent something to improve my short-term memory. I don’t have one. I’m like the guy from Memento, but I can’t tattoo everything I forget on my body. I’d be completely covered in mundane ludicrous things like, “Feed the pug,” “your blog is due Wednesday,” “you have plans with so and so on Friday,” “turn off the lights,” “buy bananas,” etc.

Colleen Kiphart (Writer): I make New Year’s resolutions like I bake cookies – many at once and not for myself.

Oh sure, I say I’m going to eat vegetarian at least twice each week. In reality, on our honeymoon I saw a goat killed and later on I ordered that goat at a restaurant and sucked the marrow from his bones. He was delicious. I regret nothing. I hate goats. Unless I’m eating them. Then I apparently love them.

But this year, I’ll do it (And, because I cook for him, I’ll drag Mike into it with me! Two people doing it, that’s gotta count for this year and last year.).

Rob Allyn (Entertainment Guru):

1. Continue on my path to being a better person, boyfriend, father figure, brother, friend, and son. “Be excellent to each other.”
2. Actually write a novel. Maybe even write it on a typewriter…or maybe not. Worry about getting it published afterwards. (Also, start writing scripts again.)
3. Actually get into shape. I mean, like healthy and ripped. Like realistic, movie universe, superhero ripped.
4. Work harder with my fellow “shipmates” to make The Cool Ship even more successful. And finally do podcasts.
5. Work with TJ Johnston to finally make DDSys a legit thing. Maybe even make his vampire musical a legit thing too.
6. Learn sign language and stained glass crafting.
7. Draw, paint, design, create more. Just be more artistic.
8. Steal a TARDIS. Become The Doctor. Be brilliant.

John Calhoun (Captain of the ship):

I usually don’t do resolutions. New Year’s just so happens to coincide with my birthday so every January 1 is kind of a mixed bag.

There’s the usual stuff that you never do like quit drinking (pfffff, right), only eat 80 calories a day or date a Bolivian supermodel. And so on until you wake up one day after Christmas and you can’t remember what your resolutions were last year. Or maybe YOU do. I don’t.
Recently though I read an article at Cracked (because revelation can come from the strangest of places) that resonated with me. David Wong distills the harsh truths about becoming a valued member of society. It’s poignant, though a bit materialistic, because he draws a connection between being a valued member of society and getting what you want.
I swear to god it’s not as obvious as it sounds after typing that sentence. Or if it is, that’s not really the point. The point was to internalize that message and squash the excuses that keep you from acting on it. And, for me, it was an affirmation of a lot of the things I sometimes think about but don’t take seriously. You can read the whole thing here.
 I’m in a space where the late 20s are giving way to the early 30s and my state of affairs isn’t terrible, but it’s also not what I want. This year I did some things I thought were important, but they weren’t things that I wanted for me. 2012 was the year I became the product of my work instead of my work being the product of my desire.
I’m not suffering from a terminal case of narcissism (I don’t think); I know you don’t just go out into the world and do what you want. But you can work to that end. Instead of doing so I spent 2012 wandering from one thing to the next. 2011 too. And 2010.
No more. 2013 is the year I definitively figure out what I want to do with my life a build the skills toward that end. It sounds vague, so let me break it down. By December 31st of this next year I will be able to say with certainty where I want to be in 5 years and how I’m going to get there. And I’ll be able to list two skills I have developed to get there.
Also, I’ll jog three miles everyday and some other shit.

TJ Johnston (Lord of Content):

I don’t generally make resolutions because I tend to fail at them, but my determinations this year are pretty simple.

1.) Finish my novel
2.) Design a board game/RPG
3. Keep trying to turn The Cool Ship into something more than it currently is
4.) Hope that I can become either a wizard, viking, or superhero

Boom. Done. Happy New Year.


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The (Late) Week in Geek: Aug. 24, 2012

Ok, so this is really “Last Week in Geek.”

Believe Wonder Woman by Kerrith Johnson

Artist Kerrith Johnson has a series of these “Believe” posters on his DeviantArt page. They’re quite worth the looksie. Image courtesy of Kerrith Johnson.

It’s late mostly because I’ve been in the process of moving Kiphart World Headquarters across the state. I’m sorry I left you without conversation topics all weekend, but I’m here to make sure you’re twice as interesting this week!

The world mourned astronaut Neil Armstrong. He voyaged further than any of his predecessors, set foot on the shores of the moon, but still returned to his homeport.

Comic artist, writer, letterer, and inker Karl Kesel is selling his personal collection to help cover adoption fees and medical bills for his new son, Isaac. I’m not tearing up; it’s just really dusty. I told you, I’ve been moving.

The new “Borderlands” game will feature a “Best Friends Forever” skill tree, or as the lead designer calls it, “Girlfriend Mode.” Causal Girl Gamer Gabrielle wonders if it’s really worth all the hubbub.

Only days away from seeing the good Doctor, the BBC gives us a look at “Pond Life.”

Nic Cage and his hairline are starring in a taken ripoff called….wait for it….oh crap, you already guessed it! Stolen. Thank you, gods of the Internet and cocaine-fueled movie executives for this gift.


Do not think he saw that coming. Image courtesy of Zuthell on DeviantArt.

Want to know what happened in the season five finale of “True Blood?” Here you go.

Rob can barely contain his excitement for anything Quentin Tatantino touches.

Because at their core comics are sort of like high school, the quarterback is totally taking the head cheerleader to Make Out Point. Superman and Wonder Woman are all up in each other’s business.

Speaking of doing personal things in public (They’re up in the sky! Anyone can see them! Get an ice cave, you two!), today is Read Comics in Public Day.

No big secret or surprise, I am both liberal and in possession of lady parts. Which is why I just fawn over the President’s response to Sen. Todd Atkins’ insanity.

TJ has found neat stuff lurking on Kickstarter, behind the motivational tapes for cats.

Seth Green’s long-promised “Star Wars” comedy show may turn out to be the least-disappointing “Star Wars”-related production since the “Clone Wars” cartoon.

Felicity wonders when the presidential election went from a campaign to a competition in stupidity.

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