Month: April 2008

If Spider-Man is no longer married…

Late last year Marvel Comics released a storyline in their flagship Amazing Spider-Man comic book series that clumsily erased Peter Parker’s 1987 marriage to Mary Jane Watson. All sorts of geek outrage ensued at the time. I guess it sort of still rages. The whole thing was rather silly but hey, them’s comics. But sometimes you don’t really care enough until it effects you personally.

Last week, while lying in bed wishing I was dead from a pretty tough cold, I noticed two red boxes on top of our bedroom bookcase. I had almost forgotten about them. And then it all came falling into place in typical comic book melodrama.

The two red boxes each held one doll (or “action figure” if you prefer) of Spider-Man and Mary Jane from their comic book wedding originally depicted in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. The dolls were gifts. The occasion for the gifts? My wedding.

And now… looking at the dolls… and knowing that their wedding never really happened… it feels like my own wedding didn’t happen. November 10, 2006 was the happiest day of my life. But now… it just feels like an empty lie.

And that’s why, as of now, I’m single again. That’s right, if Spider-Man is no longer married, then neither am I.

I know this is probably an awkward way for everyone, including my wife – er, my girlfriend – to find out, but I thought it was the best way to get the word out, especially considering the late notice. Technically, this will be retroactively in effect since December 28, 2007, when the offending issue was originally released.

I hope all of the people at Marvel Comics will think long and hard about the next relationship they destroy.

I’d like to thank my flu for helping me see the light before it was too late.

Mini-update

I know you’re all sitting there waiting with baited breath, constantly hitting refresh to see what could possibly be added to the site next. Well golly-gee, do I have great news for you! On the About page, there is now a downloadable .PDF of my resume. Oh, you lucky dogs!

You think that’s all? No, no. Keen observers might also notice that my newest headshots have been added as well. They are currently the first thing you see when you go to the Photo Gallery. Now there’s no need to play it cool. We all know you want to click over and check them out faster than the internet can carry you. Well you go right ahead. There’s no judging here. You can stair at my amazing headshots to your heart’s content.

A bit of sad news as well. The Sanger Talent Agency is discontinuing their representation of actors, which unfortunately includes me. Over the Winter, you might have heard about the Writer’s Strike. As you can see, Hollywood is still feeling the repercussions of that. I always felt really fortunate to be represented by Karl Sanger. When talking to others about my plans for the work I’ll be posting here, I’ve recently been mentioning the excitement of independence and creative freedom. I think someone somewhere took me a little too literally. That’s OK, though. I’m eager to see where it takes me.

A bit of good news, too. As an addendum to the MS Walk post, Nahleen and Kelly both won the Most Spirited Award for their team! The National MS Society‘s blurb:

Most Spirited Team: teamMS –GLA
When the Chapter asked Kelly Garver and Nahleen Blake to lead the teamMS team they enthusiastically agreed to take on the challenge. They brought together individual walkers to create a team that was a force to be reckoned with in their first year. They welcomed any and all who wanted the great experience of being on a team. The 25 members showed incredible spirit and have already raised more than $15,000. Thank you!

They got trophies and everything!

Greater LA MS Walk 2008

On Sunday, April 6th, I participated in this year’s Greater Los Angeles MS Walk. Held by the National MS Society, the 5k walk helps to raise money to battle multiple sclerosis.

My wife Nahleen Blake was diagnosed with MS in 2002. This year she was invited by the National MS Society to co-captain their new team for the walk. The TeamMS – Greater LA gives people a team to join if they are participating in the Walk and want to be on a team but don’t have one. Soon the team had 25 members, including myself and former fellow Foe Pa‘ers Zena Leigh and Aaron Lyons. Together, we raised over $15,000. And money is still coming in. (4/21 Generosity update: Our total is now over $16,500!) That money will go to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. It will also go to finding better treatment for people living with MS, including programs and events that help make the day-to-day struggles easier.

If you’d like to donate, it’s not too late. Donations for our efforts in the MS Walk will be accepted until May 23, 2008. Click here to donate.

Fellow walker Rose Kwasnicki took some great pictures of our walk. (Thank you, Rose!) Click through for the pictures along with my commentary. (more…)

Welcome!

Welcome to the new CoreyBlake.com! Please, please. No need to shove. There’s room enough for everyone.

I’m still settling in, as you’ll notice. I’ve got new headshots, my demo reel, a spec commercial and some other various and sundry items still to put up. Keep checking back.

And there’s more in the works – brand new original videos and other goodies for your enjoyment! Tell your friends! Alert the neighbors! Wake the cat! CoreyBlake.com is going to be one hip place, daddy-o. (Or some such hype-speak.) More soon…

Sketch comedy videos added

Still moving in. Check out the Video Vault for some YouTube and MySpaceTV videos of my work with the sketch comedy group Foe Pa. Unfortunately WordPress doesn’t really have a way to embed MySpaceTV videos, so those are links. Or if they do, I haven’t figured it out yet. If anyone knows, drop a comment or email.

Looking at these videos again brought back some great memories. I really had a fun time with that group – such a friendly, talented and dynamic ensemble. I hope you enjoy them.