Originally, I was going to try and pinch off a comic about Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm for it. It wasn't until a friend e-mailed me the other day asking if I was excited for Iron Man a week from today that I decided to throw caution to the wind and kick off my Iron Man arc a little early.

Incidentally, I didn't notice that my cardboard Iron Man looked anything like a MiniMate until I finished coloring it.

At any rate, the plan was to do a week of Iron Man comics starting next Monday. I'm so ridiculously excited for this movie, it's offensive. It's literally suffocating all of my relationships. People are BEGGING me to stop talking about it. So why not extend that into the digital realm as well.

Fans might remember that Tom owned a much more convincing Iron Man costume around Halloween 2006 and could possibly be wondering what happened to it. Don't worry. An explaination is forthcoming. You'll just have to check out the site next week!

Being a fan of all things Iron Man, people have been sending me links left and right about Iron Man related news items. It's very cool, actually. For example, this parody news video created by The Onion that reports on the outrage and skepticism fans expressed when it was announced Hollywood would adapt the popular 90 second Iron Man trailer into a full-blown movie. It hits close to home, but damn if it isn't funny

Another reader sent me something a little more obscure when he delivered this link to an AWESOME poster designed designed by Jesse Phillips for a special advanced screening of Iron Man April 28 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lamar in Austin, Texas.

Iron Man poster

The poster is 24 x 36 and printed with glow-in-the-dark ink! They're only selling 100 and what I wouldn't do to get my hands on one of them! I don't know that Cami would be particularly understanding about the purchase, though. She puts up with a lot regarding my Iron Man obsession. I think this would be crossing the line.

That is unless one of YOU would like to buy me a copy! Then it might be okay! ;D

Actually, that's not a bad idea. If you're feeling generous. Let me know. I'd be more than happy to return the favor with a little original artwork of my own, if that motivates you...

Something a little closer to my price range are the new Iron Man toys being sold with Burger King kids meals. The same friend that wrote me asking if I was excited to see the movie was the one who gave me the head's up on this. Yeah... guess where I went for lunch today? Sadly, it looks like I'll be eating at Burger King almost exclusively until I collect the rest of the figures or the promotion is over.

Iron Man Burger King toy

Even though I have access to the Burger King promotion, I'm not completely happy. Have you guys heard about the Iron Man promotion they have going on over at 7-11?

Iron Man 7-11 promotion

YOU CAN DRINK A SLURPEE OUT OF IRON MAN'S EMPTY HEAD!

Some of you are probably saying "So what's the big deal, Tom? Just go to 7-11 and buy one!" Well, here's the rub. I CAN'T! Iowa doesn't have any 7-11's! Unbelievable, I know - but it's the truth. In 1998, all of the 7-11 stores in Iowa were sold off and converted into Kum & Go stores. And if you're asking what kind of idiot marketer names their store "Kum & Go," it's obviously one that has no sense for double entendres. Around here, we call it the "Spooge & Split"

At any rate, I'm dispirited because I can't get those cool collectors cups. I was similarly cheesed when they had that awesome promotion for The Simpsons Movie last year and they converted a bunch of 7-11's into Kwik-E-Marts. I was lucky enough to meet a fan at a convention who traveled to one and brought me back a couple cans of Buzz Cola. That was really cool.

Is there anyone out there with access to a 7-11 willing to send me some of these collector cups? Man, that would be wild! E-mail me and we can iron (HA!) out the details. PUN INTENDED!

Do you guys understand how important Iron Man is to me? Do you? If not, I will soon have photographic evidence for you to pour over next week that will actually align quite nicely with the crux of the storyline I've prepared. So stay tuned for that!
It's completely possible that I'm setting myself up for the most monumental disappointment ever. I'm pinning a lot of my hopes and dreams of the quality of this movie and, frankly, if it turns out as badly as Spider-Man 3 did, I'm not sure I'll ever recover.

But this movie is something I've dreamed about since I was a kid. More so than Spider-Man or the Hulk or any of my other heroes. I feel like I've been waiting for this movie my whole life.

Stay tuned next week for more Iron Man inspired insanity! Have a great weekend, everyone!