Saturday, August 04, 2007
"Fool! With my brain power -- I can twist your ectoplasm into so much mindless mist!"
Here is one of my all-time favorite Justice League of America sequences: while the disembodied mental projection of supervillain Hector Hammond gloats over a fallen Justice League, Professor Martin Stein (himself the floating disembodied mental projection portion of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man) decides to take action....
from Justice League of America #205 (August 1982) by Gerry Conway, Don Heck & Romeo Tanghal
Friday, August 03, 2007
A little San Diego swag.
So as I mentioned a couple days ago, I had a number of goodies and freebies acquired for me from the San Diego Comic Con, since I wasn't in a position to attend yet again. My freebies, let me show you them:
This is the item I'd mentioned the other day, a thick "catalog" of the kinds of advanced tech available in the Eureka TV show's mileu. The "Eye-Pod Sky Satellite Tracker," the "Thought Messenger Earpiece" -- each complete with product descriptions, diagrams, and photos of each of the show's stars accompanying nearly every entry. This was a well thought-out, attractive advertisement for the show.
I wasn't really planning on buying this, a novel detailing the events on Krypton, the lives of Superman's parents Jor-El and Lara, up until the planet's destruction. Still not, really, but this excerpt booklet is signed by the author, so what the heck, it's a nice keepsake.
(And that's how "packratting" works, friends.)
This Futurama mini-comic contains a new story plugging the forthcoming direct-to-DVD revival of the series, with the premise of the Package Express crew being invited to "Packagecon in Space Diego." Sample dialogue from the book's beginning:
Bender: "...I demand a hero's welcome after 72 network episodes."
Nice slam at Fox and their program-killing scheduling changes (see also The Tick live action series) in that last bit there.
This is a Con-exclusive variant cover for the last issue of that Flash series-that-wasn't. Shame about the comic inside, but that variant ain't half bad lookin'. (Though it's still not as good as the cover that inspired it.)
A handful of different cover flats for Star Trek novels were brought back from the Con, and I kept this one to remind myself to look for the book when it finally comes out. I don't read a whole lot of Star Trek books any more, aside from the William Shatner ghost-written novels (as those are constructed from pure Nerdgasmite and a lot of fun) and the Peter David novels (like the one above), which are generally clever and entertaining.
Actually, glancing through the other Trek novel flats we received, some of those grabbed my attention as well. One follows the adventures of the Enterprise-E after the events in Star Trek: Nemesis, the last Next Generation film, in which Picard has lost Riker to his own command, must deal with the loss of Data, has Worf as his new first officer, and hijinks ensue. Another book follows Riker to his new ship, the Titan, and the adventures he has there. Makes me wonder, just a bit, if the Trek books are going to attempt to follow the Star Wars novel template and maintain a tighter continuity among the books in their post-Nemesis universe.
These are kinda geekishly cool...portable Flash drives designed to look like Star Wars characters (and apparently prepackaged with Star Wars content on the drives, like wallpapers, movies, and sound bytes). Come to think of it, in the movies, wasn't Artoo kind of like a giant rolling Flash drive, anyway? He kept getting plugged into different machines, from Imperial computers to X-Wings, and people kept putting info onto the drive willy-nilly (Death Star plans, holograms of princesses)....
A few good buttons this year, not too many...this one ties in to the Heroes TV show....
...and this little teeny-tiny one (blown up good 'n' big here) ties into some old obscure comic strip I'm sure you've never heard of.
That's not nearly everything that was brought back for me...I have about a million promo postcards that I'm not sure what I've going to do with, but I also got a free paperback science fiction novel (Spin State by Chris Moriarty) which looks pretty good, and plenty of freebie bookmarks to use with it. And I was also given a copy of the Con's Event Guide, which not only details all the panels I missed, but also has a swell cover by Sergio Aragones.
So, you folks what attended the San Diego Con...what was your favorite freebie?
Thursday, August 02, 2007
THESE COMICS PROTECTED BY SPAWN.
...Spawn's also a Doctor Who fan, apparently.
Radioactive Man, odd inquiries, monsters, shilling, bills, and Popeye.
So, at long last, I got my 7-11 exclusive Radioactive Man funnybook (#711, natch), courtesy pal Brook. He heard of my need, kept an eye out, and lo, he did find a stack of freshly delivered Radioactive Man comics in the distant and wild jungles of Montalvo, and picked up a copy for me. He's a swell guy, that Brook.
I'm not sure what the distribution is like on these things...is there just one batch shipped per store (when Brook went back to check for more copies at that particular 7-11, they were gone), are there follow-up shipments, does every 7-11 get them? I have no idea. The 7-11s in my neck of the woods never seemed to have received any, or they only received one shipment and blew everything out already.
Anyway, I've discussed the contents previously (two reprints, one new story), along with a couple gag ads I suspect have seen print before, and the new front and back covers pictured above. It's a nice little package, and even the shrinkwrap is attention-grabbing...here's a close-up of the top of the bag:
If you still want a copy of this, haunt your local 7-11, or wait a few weeks for the Simpsons movie to be out of theatres, and copies of this comic should be cheap and plentiful on the eBay.
Apparently I missed a weird moment or two at the store when I was out on Monday. There was a customer there who was following Employee Aaron around and asking him an endless series of questions. Here are actual examples:
1. "Why does Cthulhu have to be so scary?"
2. "Do I look gay?"
Wow, how do you answer that? "First, Cthulhu is scary because he wasn't hugged enough as a youngster and now he's acting out. Second...yes." Okay, I have no idea what the guy actually looked like, but if someone asks you that, you might as well just say "yes" and see what will happen.
Also, apparently the most popular weapon used by comic book characters is the katana. Sure, why not?
Sorry, just watched the Monster Squad DVD, and that's been stuck in my head ever since. Even more so than "Wolfman's got nards!" And you know, when my pal Rob and I were sitting in the movie theatre, and we heard that particular bit of nard-related dialogue, we both knew right then that a cinematic legend had been born.
Now, perhaps this film hasn't aged quite as well as its thematic cousin The Goonies...the effects are a little more creaky, the plot contrivances a little more, well, contrived. Plus, I think I've had sneezes that are longer than the runtime of this flick. But, it's an amiable enough movie with plenty of laughs and amusing performances by the leads, the monsters themselves are nicely designed, and the DVD release (which I'd been anticipating for quite a while now) has about a bazillion extras, so...well, I don't buy too many DVDs any more, but I had to have this one in the collection. Plus, it does the "fighting all the classic monsters in one movie" thing a hell of a lot better than Van Helsing.
Those of you offended by crass commercialism, turn away for a moment.
I was going to put up the Babylon 5 link with yesterday's post, until I realized I was talking about how the version of the DVD distributed by a major national chain comes with extra material, and putting up an Amazon link with that seemed...well, kind of silly. But, if you don't care about the extra comic book, there's a link for your convenience.
Don't worry, I'm not going to fill up my site with Amazon ad after Amazon ad. I will use them once in a while, but I won't overdo it, I promise. (I have another DVD in my possession at the moment that I'll eventually discuss here, and that's definitely getting an Amazon link posted with it, just out of sheer perversity).
And why the Popeye DVD link? I mean, aside from the fact that old Popeye cartoons are the Greatest Thing Ever? You'll see in a moment.
One thing I'm glad about the San Diego Comic Con being over...that mad crunch of product being released over the last month in order to have it out for the show has finally lightened up a bit. Combined with the higher than usual number of "event" books and Big Releases, along with folks trying to get their books out before the end of the month so they wouldn't be considered late and made returnable...our distributor bills were insane.
Luckily business has been pretty good, but still, those bills were reaching '90s boom levels, almost.
In honor of the release of the original, wonderful Popeye cartoons on DVD, please enjoy Popeye Vs. Anime, a video you've already seen on Boingboing but I wanted to put here anyway:
I would note that Popeye seems a little out of character, as he would help anyone in need regardless of how freaky they may seem, but I don't want to be that guy, you know?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
San Diego, Babylon 5, The Simpsons, and crass commercialism.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Overlong Punchline Theatre Presents...
...this last panel of a gag strip from a Golden Age book I forgot to note the name of:
"I'm not going to miss you --- with this punch!" I'm totally using that in my next fistfight
Monday, July 30, 2007
Just a few short bits of business...
...as I've been otherwise occupied:
Sunday, July 29, 2007
In which Mike just got home from the movies, and is trying to post something before he goes to bed.