Saturday, September 05, 2009
Sluggo Saturday #18.
THE TYRANNY OF VERTEBRAE
from Nancy and Sluggo #192 (October 1963)
Labels: sluggo saturday
Friday, September 04, 2009
Friday I'm in links.
1. I've been getting a handful of submissions from some of you out there who have their own ideas about what Arisia was saying. I'm planning on running a few here on the site on Sunday, so tune in then for more Big Laffs. Or, of course, take the opportunity to send yours in right quick.
2. Reader Mike sent along a link to a fellow's custom-made statues, including one of Swamp Thing. The Ex Machina one is pretty cool, too. (And has Neilalien seen the Dr. Strange "Sanctum Sanctorum" diorama?)
3. Tom sent along a link to his site, Brand Man to the Rescue, which features his resume in a kinda-sorta Silver Age-y comic book format. Pretty neat, I thought. (And in case you're wondering...he is currently employed!)
4. While I've been enjoying Justice League: Cry for Justice for the most part, the third issue did have a bit or two where, perhaps, things weren't thought all the way through (I'll let Sims get into it), I did want to put in a good word for the book's text pages. This is some fun writing on comic book and character history, and even though I suspect the cover price had an extra buck tacked on for the privilege, the text pieces are a great addition to this series. It reminds me of what editors had to do to fill their letters pages for the first issue or two of a series, until they started getting letters to print.
4a. I had to go back and correct the previous bit, because I'd typed "Justice League: Cry for Dawn." Now there's a crossover I wouldn't hold my breath for.
5. Found a guy on a DC Comics message board attempting to claim Justice League of America #200 (1982) wasn't all that. Forget you, Message Board Guy: Justice League of America #200 is a saint!
6. Digging back that far into the Progressive Ruin archives turned up a link I'd posted that may be of interest again, now that Disney's back in the news (after, you know, all those decades of hardly hearing anything at all about the company): Die Duckomena, your one-stop shopping for Fine Art Disney. It's all entirely terrifying.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Arisia groks the local tongue.
So in the Millennium trade paperback (by Steve Englehart, Joe Staton and Ian Gibson), there's a scene where alien Green Lantern Arisia comments on her own acclimation to life on Earth...well, specifically to one particular region of Earth:
Well, that seemed rife with possibilities, and while the original panel is Funny Because It's True (I mean, I'm an American, and I love my grub and drink), I suspected there were other folks Arisia could sound like.
So here you go...some pals of mine and I have cooked up a few alternatives:
From Bully the Little Stuffed Bull:
From Pal Dorian:
From yours truly:
Oh, look, where did this come from?
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
New comics this week, and other exciting features.
In other news:
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Mike's Lunchtime Update.
Okay, I've been receiving some comments letting me know that my sidebar Twitter widget has been inexplicably presenting Twitter posts from another user, and I was able to duplicate the error here on the store computer (unsurprisingly, it seems to involve Internet Explorer).
I've switched to a different widget, which seems to work okay in both Firefox and IE, so hopefully it will work for you, too. Blogger is taking its sweet time updating the template on ALL my pages, so some archived pages may not feature the updated widget right away, but hopefully it should work at least on the most recent pages.
And as long as I have your attention, here are a couple of links that should have gone into this morning's post:
Yeah, I'm talkin' about the Disney thing, too.
I'm guessing you've probably heard that Walt Disney is buying Marvel Comics for a cool four billion bucks. Not sure what the full impact of this will be yet, but 1) I'm pretty sure Disney's not shutting down the publishing end of it, so relax, your comics are probably safe; and 2) if you thought toy aisles were overflowing with Spider-Man and X-Men shit now, hold on to your Mickey ears.
There were jokes a'plenty online about this acquisition, as you might imagine (I saw plenty of references to Howard the Duck and Donald Duck teaming up, for example), but I think my favorite take is from The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats's Adam Koford. Though M.O.D.U.C.K. is pretty awesome, too. We'll see how prescient these drawings are once the actual Disney/Marvel mash-up merchandise hits the shelves. I'm fully predicting Spider-Mickey.
I am wondering if we'll see a story on a slow news day about "Disney publishing porn comics!" when they discover the existence of the MAX imprint. Not that Disney hasn't handled adult material before in some of their subsidiary studios, but c'mon, this is comics we're talking about. Everyone knows comics are solely children's entertainment, so it's not hard to imagine somebody making a stink about Disney property The Punisher saying "fuck" in a funnybook sold to Little Billy.
Yeah, it probably won't happen, but it could...and as I talked about yesterday, it doesn't take much for people looking for things to complain about to start complaining. Not that Disney's any stranger to people complaining about the company, I realize.
So anyway, let's see what happens. It'd be nice if the actual comics industry would see any benefit from this, but I'm not holding my breath. But I'd give anything to see this on our comic shelves.
In other news:
Monday, August 31, 2009
Here's a little something that's been bothering me for two decades.
So here's one thing I was curious about regarding the forthcoming complete Bloom County collections from IDW Publishing:
During the strip's run, Berke Breathed had a storyline where Bill the Cat's heavy metal music career was derailed when it was discovered that he'd been secretly reading the Bible with a wholesome woman by the name of Edith Dreck. Well, a certain Reverend Donald Wildmon and his media-watchdog group took great offense at the word "dreck," and made a big stink about it.
The response from Breathed was basically "it was just a funny name, get over it," but when it came time for these strips to be reprinted in one of the collections (specifically, 1988's Tales to Ticklish to Tell), the name "Dreck" had been altered to "Drock," as seen in this sample panel:
I remember seeing "Drock" in the book when it came out, and feeling a little disappointed that they caved, even in this small way, to this complaint. According to that article/advertisment I read in a recent Comic Shop News, IDW will be printing strips from the original art and newspaper proofs, when possible, so my hope is that we'll be getting our dreck in all its unbowdlerized glory.
And yes, because someone out there will bring it up if I don't...Reverend Wildmon also claimed Mighty Mouse "snorted cocaine" in one of his cartoons. No, really, he actually claimed that.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So I received about a million e-mails about this Swamp Thing 3-D movie.
Hollywood producer Joel Silver was doing a press conference for the graphic novel-based film Whiteout, when he dropped this wee bit of information:
"I'm developing a picture now that I'd like to do," he said. "I'll hopefully do SWAMP THING, which is a movie we've had for a long time. We think that would be great to do in 3D."
I've been asked what my thoughts on this are, given my Swamp Thing fanboyism, and, honestly, I don't have a whole lot to say since I don't really have much to go on. Well, the 3D part makes me think of Creature from the Black Lagoon's original release in 3D, which in turn makes me think a Swamp Thing movie totally done up as a black and white '50s monster flick would be fantastic.
However, the main thing that comes to mind is that if a Swamp Thing movie does get greenlit, perhaps that'd be enough for DC to start up a new Swamp Thing comic book series to tie into it. And that'd be okay with me.
I am looking forward to the eventual Nancy and Sluggo movie as well. "ANGELINA JOLIE and VIN DIESEL are...NANCY AND SLUGGO in...THREE ROCKS. COMING SOON." Or perhaps going the other direction, in something like Sid and Nancy.
...I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I wish I was better at Photoshop.