If I actually show up in that costume, you have my permission to beat me senseless.

§ February 8th, 2008 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on If I actually show up in that costume, you have my permission to beat me senseless.

Okay, enough of the ’50s and ’60s Batman comics. For now, anyway.

  • So what would Lost star Josh Holloway look like as DC Comics’ Jonah Hex? Darned frightening, that’s what he’d look like.
  • See, I did manage to sell a copy of Gene Simmons’ Zipper. Okay, not at our store, but still…
  • I’ve seen a couple of links, here and there, to this article about Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists contributing to a forthcoming issue of Mad Magazine. The bit of the article that gets me is near the end, where representatives of the mag claim the average age of its readers is 26 years old (median 19).

    My initial reading period of Mad was from when I was about 7 years old ’til I was about 11 or 12 years old, and I guess, because of that, I’d assumed that’s about the same period most kids discover and read Mad, and thus made up the bulk of its readership. I suppose nowadays there a lot more folks like me in their readership, who read Mad as a kid, and just (relatively) recently started picking it up again, and not as many people getting exposed to it, and picking it up, at an early age.

    Or maybe it was always something older kids read, and much younger kids (like I was, once, centuries ago) were the exception. I really don’t know.

  • If you happen to be in Santa Rosa, CA this coming Saturday, why not drop by the Schulz Museum and say “howdy” to pal Nat, who’ll be the Cartoonist in Residence for that day. Check that second link for details.
  • Apparently there was yet another discussion about lightsabers vs. Superman, and a commenter there with a long memory linked back to my post about finding a fantastic message board discussion on the topic. (Or, rather, a “Jedi Vs. Superman” discussion, which, inevitably, brought us to the brilliance of the “Kryptonite lightsaber.”) After the debate continues in the comments, someone worries “you’re really trying to get Mike Sterling to laugh at us,” but he needn’t worry. At this point, there’s nothing left but tears.

    I’m reminded, in a way, of a minor plot aside in an episode of (I believe) Angel, where two characters go on and on arguing about who would win in a fight…cavemen or astronauts. This apparently was based on real behind-the-scenes activity on the show, where that topic was brought up, decried as being “a really stupid thing to talk about,” and yet, the concept wormed its way into everyone’s head, and everyone suddenly had a strong argument for their position, pro-astronaut or pro-caveman.

    I think “Superman Vs. Jedi” has the potential to be another one of these mind-grabbers. Something you don’t want to have an opinion on, but sooner or later…you will.

    And if you have to discuss it on my site, for God’s sake, continue in the comments section for my original post.

  • Dafna at the Bispectacult recently posted a Youtube video featuring a musical adaptation of a Jack Chick religious tract. It’s not too much different from the actual comic.
  • Employee Aaron (looking through the preview copy of Millar and Hitch’s Fantastic Four comic…due out next week, effendi!): “So, what’s the big deal about this comic again?”

    Me: “It has a lot of splash pages.”

    Aaron: “Oh.”

  • Happy Blogiversary to my Blogging Neighbor only about 45 minutes north of me…Carla at Snap Judgments!
  • Tim O’Neil comments on a couple of recent quiet moments in superhero books.
  • Ken has a few words about super-fans (i.e. the ones who lack any sense of perspective and self-awareness, not people like me or you, my fine, upstanding, intelligent, Mike’s-Amazon.com-link-using readers), and Bitterandrew also has a few allegory-tastic words along those same lines.
  • At the shop, I mentioned in passing that I may — may — be going to the Los Angeles Wizard World convention in March, and a customer asked if I’d be going in costume. I replied “Yes…I’ll be dressed as a Klingon who’s dressed as a Stormtrooper.”

    Employee Aaron was apparently amused enough by this concept to knock out a quickie preliminary sketch:

    I really need to give that boy more to do at the store.

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