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Sunday, July 31, 2005
  Posted by Tony on 7/31/2005 06:24:00 PM :


Drawing is easy, comedy is hard

Chad Lambert told me a few months ago that comedy is harder to do in comic books than in almost any other medium.

This was at the last signing at Bookery Fantasy. Lambert’s spent a lot of time trying to make comix funny through his Possum at Large series, so I listened. Hopefully he’ll correct me if I’m misremembering what he said.

Comedy is harder in comics, according to Lambert, because it’s harder to get the timing right. There are tricks you can do, such as throwing in an extra panel of silence, but it’s still tricky. It’s difficult to show characters reacting in a funny way unless you’re a very good cartoonist. There’s no way to get a funny verbal inflection, the kind Matthew Perry uses to turn even the most basic statement into comedy gold.

On top of all this, I’d suggest that the stakes for a joke in a comic book are higher. Consider: A joke in a sitcom takes about 10 seconds. That’s about 0.75 percent of a 22-minute sitcom. A joke in a comic book takes up possibly a third of a page, or about 1.5 percent of a 22-page comic book.

The odds are even worse with an 8-pp minicomic, as I found out to my sorrow with the sidekick joke in Nightchild No. 3.

And in other news, I tried stand-up comedy the other day.

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Friday, July 29, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/29/2005 01:07:00 PM :


Evil e-mail

Tired of your boring ol' gmail or hotmail account? Want an e-maill address with a cool/weird domain name? Check out Evilemail.com!

So what kinds of domains are we talking about? How about:


And they get progressively worse after that. 125 different domain names to choose from! Shock your friends and coworkers with dirty words!

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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/29/2005 11:47:00 AM :


Take a Look at This Show
From the Fantagraphics blog, Ivan Brunetti is curating a show of comic art at Columbia College in Chicago. Called THE CARTOONIST'S EYE ARTISTS USE THE COMICS MEDIUM TO TELL REAL STORIES: here is a partial lists of artists confirmed for the show:
Seth, Chris Ware, Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Mark Beyer, Julie Doucet, Gary Panter, Jim Woodring, Karl Wirsum, Marc Bell, Peter Bagge, Sam Henderson, Mark Newgarden, Bob Sikoryak, James Kochalka, Kaz, Tony Millionaire, Lynda Barry, Ron Rege Jr., Richard Sala, Bill Griffith, Ben Katchor, Mat Brinkman, Wayne White, J. Bradley Johnson, John Porcellino, Richard McGuire, Charles Burns, Kim Deitch, Jason Lutes, James Sturm, Archer Prewitt, David Mazzucchelli, Adrian Tomine, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Justin Green, Phoebe Gloeckner, Debbie Dreschler, Jeffey Brown, David Heatley, Lauren Weinstein, Michael Dougan, Carol Tyler, David Collier, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Huizenga, Walt Holcombe, Charles Schulz, Ernie Bushmiller, Bud Fisher, Frank King, George Herriman, Winsor McCay, Otto Soglow, Virgil Partch (VIP), Basil Wolverton, Rory Hayes, Harvey Kurtzman, Gene Deitch, Sammy Harkham, Jonathan Bennett.
Sounds like it is worth the trip to Chicago. I haven't been able to find the exact dates of the show yet though.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/28/2005 05:03:00 PM :


With apologies to Craig

Many more remixed Spider-man comic strips like this at Jay Pinkerton's site.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/27/2005 03:24:00 PM :


Steven Grant looking for an artist

I meant to mention this to the group a while back, because I knew Steven was looking for a reliable artist for his Whisper graphic novel (the previous 4 artists having disappeared without a word,) but it seems like he beat me to the punch. As you can see in this post on the ComicBookResources forums, he's actively and openly looking for artists:
"I've got six graphic novel projects that must get done, so I'm looking for professional quality comics artists able to work well in black and white (pencils & inks). Downside: there's no upfront pay. Upside: they will be seen. Backend pay on a wing and a prayer, so it's rolling the dice.


They're all modern day, down to earth "real world" type stories: crime, action, or espionage material. So:

* No superhero art
* No "manga" art (I know there's not really a "manga" style but there's a style an awful lot of Americans in particular have convinced themselves is "manga" style)
* No cartoony art
* At least semi-realistic is preferred, but stylized (Bill Sienkewicz, Alex Toth, Darwyn Cooke type styles, or any strongly identifiable and confidently rendered style) is just dandy
* Good anatomy rendering and composition skills a must

I realize most people capable of such are already working professionally, but worth a shot, right? Two scripts are ready to go, the others will be written one per month from August through November.

If interested, send samples (must be sequential art, preferably two sequential pages; no pinup shots or sketches) to malcolmcory@gmail.com. No more than three pages per person, preferably two pencilling samples and one inking sample. DO NOT email anything to any Comic Book Resources account."
If you think you have what it takes, drop him a line. Of course it sucks that it's basically work on spec, but hey, at least he's an established writer with solid ties to a couple of publishers.

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  Posted by Tony on 7/27/2005 03:07:00 PM :


Comics Double Feature

The Onion's AV Club is running interviews with both Brian K. Vaugh and Geoff Johns this week. The URL is usually http://www.onioavclub.com, but for some reason it's coming up http://redesign.theonion.com/avclub/.

The interviewer really seems to know his stuff, and you'll be a little lost if you don't have a fair familiarity with DC and Marvel. I like that a fairly well-known publication like the Onion can treat comics as if everyone knows them.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/27/2005 11:45:00 AM :


Paul Chadwick interview

Over at his column on MoviePoopShoot.com, Marc Mason has a nifty little interview with Concrete creator Paul Chadwick. Paul talks about his early days at Marvel, drawing Dazzler, the formation of Dark Horse Comics, the origins of Concrete, his involvement with the Matrix Online game, and more.

Here's a snippet, wherein he reflects back on the "Legend" imprint at Dark Horse that attempted to band together the likes of Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, and John Byrne:
"'Legend' was a bunch of guys who would starve to death before agreeing on what to order at a Chinese restaurant. But I can't say it wasn't successful. It got publicity and the books sold. CONCRETE never sold so well (though there was quite a boom on during that time, generally, so it's impossible to tease out what caused good sales). 'Legend' died from bickering and neglect. We were lone eagles, trying to fly in a flock. Doesn't work, not if you're spread across the country. Things like that have to have geographic closeness, and a leader. We were a committee without a chairman."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
  Posted by Tom on 7/26/2005 06:57:00 PM :


Do the EBAY!

Items up for bid- originals for the 2005 S.P.A.C.E. poster and the following pages from No Dead Time- pgs. 72-73, 130, 106, 113, 111,& 108. I work pretty big so the sizes average around 15x21 inches (double for the two-page spread).

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  Posted by Dara on 7/26/2005 11:35:00 AM :


Advice for comic book reviewers

Over at The Book Standard, Jessa Crispin has some advice for "book reviewers, booksellers, editors, publishers and anybody who might have any sway over what people read about comic books..." Namely, follow some simple rules when reviewing comic books:
"1. "They're not just for kids anymore" is not an original, interesting, clever or even remotely intelligent opening statement. You're recycling a decades-old stereotype, akin to declaring "Novels: They're not just for ladies of leisure anymore" in a review of a "real" book.

4. Every single non-superhero-comic-book writer need not be compared to Art Spiegelman...

5. Now that the arty comics are seen as almost respectable, isn't it time for the superhero comics to get a little mainstream love?..."
Nice little article. I wish more "mainstream" reviewers would take her advice to heart.

(via neilalien)

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  Posted by Dara on 7/26/2005 11:26:00 AM :


PvP calls out Wizard

As a follow up to my post below about WizardWorld trying to squeeze out older, established conventions, here's a link to a funny PvP comic wherein Scott Kurtz takes a pot shot at the wonderful Wizard folks.

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  Posted by Tony on 7/26/2005 09:30:00 AM :


Support indie filmmaking (and poetry)

Come one, come all to a happy hour Aug. 11 at Gordon Biersch to benefit a locally-produced short film. We're asking a $5 suggested donation, we will provide snacks, and Biersch will be running happy hour drink specials all the way.

The movie is in the final stages of editing and sound design, and the Aug. 11 event is to raise money to enter it into festivals. The 10 minute movie shows a young couple who meet in a coffee shop to try -- one more time -- to rekindle their love. Many of you saw early drafts of the script.

Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Aug. 11
Place: Gordon Biersch, in the Arena District

Also, Flat City Press is holding a launch party for its new poetry anthology this Saturday, July 30. Cocktails at 7 p.m., reading at 8 p.m. It takes place at Alpha State, at the former Studio 16 space, 43 W 3rd Ave. in Victorian Village.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/26/2005 12:37:00 AM :


Your political/pop culture moment of the day

Courtesy of the always funny Jason Yungbluth at Deep Fried:

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Monday, July 25, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/25/2005 12:48:00 PM :


Pros call for boycott of new Wizard World con

Saw this over at the PvP site. Seems like Wizard has planned a new convention in Atlanta, and some folks aren't happy about the date chosen. Here's the official e-mail from Gaijin Studios
"Dear Pros:

Sorry for the mass e-mail, but we just feel that this is too important not to try to mass some support for our friend.

Well, it seems that Wizard World Atlanta's finally been made official, according to ICV2. This is great in theory, because Atlanta needs a good, large comics show.

The problem here is that they've chosen the exact same weekend as the long-running Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. They've done this after being apprised of those dates months ago by Heroes organizer Shelton Drum, with an offer to support their new show in any way possible as long as they didn't try to run him over. WWA coud've chosen a number of other dates, but they've decided instead to try to shut down Heroes, one of the friendliest, most family-oriented, and now longest-lived conventions in the country.

Our opinion is that they know exactly what they're doing, and we think it's unconscionable and overtly hostile. They have no reason to do this other than to try to crush the other guy. This is just low.

We've never done anything even close to organizing a protest or a boycott before, but it seems to us that Shelton and his crew are our people, and we owe them at least our public support in the face of abject greed. We're all for Wizard in Atlanta, but not at the expense of Shelton's bread and butter. So, we propose a very public show of support on the part of every Atlanta-area comics professional that we can get in contact with. So, if you agree, please forward this to as many professionals and retailers as you can in and around Atlanta. Hopefully, we can rally enough attention to get them to change their dates.

Thank you!


Cully Hamner
Brian Stelfreeze
Karl Story
Gaijin Studios"
Interesting. I wonder how this little protest will affect their coverage in Wizard magazine...

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Thursday, July 21, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/21/2005 01:25:00 PM :


Comic Book Pet Peeves: Publisher Names

Hey publishers: enough already. I'm talking about the name game. Specifically, the whole "gotta pick a name that starts with the letter A so we'll show up in the front of the indie section in Previews" game. Let's look at some of the new(ew) publishers and their clever attempts to get listed in front of the catalog:

  • About Comics
  • Alias Entertainment
  • APC
  • Arcade
  • Arcana Studio
  • Astounding! Studios.

Now don't get me wrong, I completely understand the reason for this. Previews is a massive catalog, and unless you're one of the "big four", you end up in the "ghetto" section, competing with hundreds of other small publishers for page space and retailer attention. Heck, the majority of retailers don't even bother ordering books from "the back of the catalog." So I suppose any trick to increase the chances of your books getting noticed is desirable. Some would even argue necessary. Heck, even a long-time publisher with name recognition such as Slave Labor Graphics has gone the "A" route, coming up with an imprint name (Amaze Ink/Slave Labor) solely for the purpose of getting their solicitations listed towards the front of the indie section.

But still, enough already. I'm tired of seeing every other new publisher pick a name that starts with the letter A. I mean, here are just some of the other ones you'll find in Previews:

  • AAA Pop Comics
  • Abiogenesis Press
  • Absence of Ink Press
  • Abstract Studio
  • Airship Entertainment
  • AiT/Planetlar
  • Alternative Comics
  • Angry Dog Press
  • Antarctic Press
  • Anti-Ballistic Pixelations
  • APC
  • Arrow Comics
  • Aspen
  • Astonish Comics
  • Atomeka Press
  • Avatar
  • Awesome Entertainment

Pretty soon, we'll exhaust all the A words in the dictionary. What's next? Amputee Entertainment? Asiago Cheese Press? Asshat Publications?

How about using one of the other 25 letters in the alphabet? You know, something cool...like Ferret Press.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
  Posted by Tony on 7/20/2005 12:20:00 PM :


Fantastic Four: A different movie from an alternate universe

Michael Chabon posted his unproduced pitch for a Fantastic Four movie on his Web site. I don't know how well Chabon's pitch would have worked as a movie, but he does seem to have put significant thought into the premise and tone. That's what the movie needed -- it was serviceable, but could have gone to the next level with a bit more thought.

"I don't think the movie should be about how they got their powers. It's a pretty goofy origin story."


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Monday, July 18, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/18/2005 09:48:00 PM :


Heh heh heh...part 2

In the comments section of the Moon Knight post below, Mr. Bennett said:
"I'd love to see Werewolf by Night, or Dracula, or Howard the Duck, or another danged Ghost Rider, or friggin' HAUNTED TANK, or any number of low-rent "forgotten" comics re-launched, before some "BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT" goofy Egyptian Batman pastiche."
Ghost Rider, you say? Well Andy, Marvel is happy to oblige...BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! :-)

Ghost Rider, by Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/18/2005 09:33:00 PM :


Comic Book Trivia

Over at his Comics 101 column on the MoviePoopShoot.com site, Scott Tipton has posted a pretty tough (at least for me) comics trivia list. Here are a few of the questions:
"1. What action-figure body mold was reused by the 1970s toy company Mego to create the "Thing" action figure?

3. Fight trainer Joe Morgan trained what super-hero in the pugilistic arts?

8. Name the Justice Leaguer who once led the street gang known as "Los Lobos."

10. What was the first suggested name for the Punisher?

15. Colossus dumped Kitty Pryde for a girl from out of town. Waaaay out of town. What was her name and where did they meet?

19. Wonder Girl has made a single appearance on the small screen. Who played her?

21. There’s only one superhero who can’t say his own name. Who is he and why?

24. Swamp Thing and Man-Thing weren’t the first swamp monsters in comics. Name the original.
Drop by his site and see how many of the 25 questions you can answer without resorting to Google.

By the way, of the ones listed above, I think the answer to #8 is Vibe, #21 is probably Black Bolt of the Inhumans (because the slightest sound escaping his lips will cause some sort of shockwave with the destructive force of a nuclear weapon...or some such thing,) and #24 is The Heap, from Airboy Comics.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/18/2005 04:53:00 PM :


San Diego Com write-up

Tom Spurgeon has a nice series of brief San Diego Con thoughts over at his Comics Reporter blog, including this funny observation at the Eisner awards:
"9. I note that Jeff Smith is probably one of three cartoonist who can start jogging for the stage and not have everyone worried for him."
And then there's this, which I don't know if I can believe, or if it's just unsubstantiated hype:
"10. The special issue of Variety throwing a spotlight on the show quote Mike Richardson as saying that Dark Horse moved 180,000 Sin City books in one week around the time of the movie's release."

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  Posted by Dara on 7/18/2005 11:10:00 AM :


Heh heh heh

And now for some news sure to make Andy Bennett's blood rise and head explode...
"Beginning in February 2006, the six-issue limited series Moon Knight: The Bottom will be drawn by (wait for it…) New Avengers David Finch and written by Charlie Huston."
Have at it, Andy :-)

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  Posted by Dara on 7/18/2005 08:12:00 AM :


Your political moment of the day

Courtesy of Ann Telnaes:

This story just keeps getting more interesting by the minute...

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Sunday, July 17, 2005
  Posted by Tom on 7/17/2005 08:32:00 AM :


The new Pope!

I've heard about this for awhile but it's official- the new Pope book is a Batman mini-series! Read all about it over at Pulse. New pages from the upcoming book. When I first heard about it I thought the thing was coming out during the movie bonanza. Guess the project won't start till late this year/early next year. But hey, it's Pope.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005
  Posted by Matt Kish on 7/16/2005 02:03:00 PM :


McKeever Wins

Hey, Sean McKeever is a REAL writer now. Check it out here and see the list of Eisner Award winners. Mr. McKeever won for "Best Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition." I can't wait to give him a big hug!

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Friday, July 15, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/15/2005 01:24:00 PM :


Jeff Smith on G4TV...anyone have it?

According to this snippet at The Pulse, "On Monday July 18th, Bone comic creator Jeff Smith will be interviewed live on G4TV on their ATTACK OF THE SHOW segment. Check local listings for times and channels."

So does anyone have this channel on their cable system? I'd never heard of it before, But I'd like to see the interview.

Here's their website, if that helps any.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/14/2005 09:35:00 PM :


Governor Arnie

God bless the USA.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/14/2005 11:23:00 AM :


Sean Phillips covers

In my comment under the "Bush and Blair..." post below I made reference to Sean Phillips' gorgeous covers on Hellblazer. He had a long run on that series as the interior artist (Paul Jenkins was the writer at the time) and also provided painted covers for issues 85-128. You can view all of his covers starting here. Below are a few of my favorites, though you should view the larger sized ones for the full effect:

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  Posted by Dara on 7/14/2005 09:36:00 AM :


New David Llyoyd graphic novel

Newsarama is reporting that Dark Horse will be publishing a "96-page, hardcover, crime noir story written and drawn by David Lloyd of The Territory and V for Vendetta fame. Arriving 2006." For a sample of the artwork, check out this French language site. From what I can tell, it's about an investigation into a mass killing, with journalists blaming some corrupt senior police officers, and one cop trying to get to the bottom of it all.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/13/2005 04:49:00 PM :


Bush and Blair, by Millar and Phillips

Another find via this week's Steven Grant column: Mark Millar and Sean Phillips comic depicting a conversation between Bush and Blair at the G8 summit. Page 1 here, and page 2 here. Gorgeous art and colors by Phillips. The guys is highly underrated.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/13/2005 04:38:00 PM :


Moorcock ill

Steven Grant reports on Michael Moorcock's health issues, and urges fans to drop him a line for moral support:
"Famed British author Michael Moorcock, creator of Elric Of Melnibone and dozens of other characters, who indirectly gave comics the concept of the "multiverse," and who has been adapted into and worked in comics since the early '70s, most recently with Walt Simonson on DC's ELRIC: MAKING OF A SORCERER, is seriously ill in France with a bone infection that threatens to cost him a leg. Apparently what he needs most right now is moral support, and if you'd like to lend a little, bop over to Moorcock's Miscellany and find the Q&A section and the thread "Moorcock Abroad" to find out how."

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  Posted by Tom on 7/13/2005 03:51:00 PM :


Dr. Doom chimes in on the FF movie! Read on true believer...

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  Posted by Dara on 7/13/2005 01:15:00 PM :


When I build my dream house...

I'm gonna outfit it with these killer sink fixtures from the German manufacturer, Hansa. What a cool idea.According to boingboing, they have "...temperature-sensors that light up different LEDs to indicate the water temp, and replace the traditional tube-shaped spout with a trough that exposes the water as it courses out."

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/12/2005 11:34:00 PM :


Dungeon Siege movie

Ah, yet another video-game-to-movie newsbite. This time, it's Dungeon Siege (which I've never played...heck, the last video game I played was Diablo) and it's supposed to star Jason Statham and Leelee Sobieski (who and who?)
"Also starring are Ron Perlman ("Hellboy") as Norick, Farmer's friend; Matthew Lillard ("Scooby-Doo") as Duke Fallow; Burt Reynolds ("The Longest Yard") as King Konreid; and Kristanna Loken ("BloodRayne") as Elora, an enchanted tree-like creature whose support proves critical to Farmer."
Oh, and also John Rhys Davies. But the best part of the news bit on the Movie Poop Shoot site is the snarky headline: "I’D LIKE TO MAKE A SAVING THROW AGAINST THE MOVIE BEING BAD"

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  Posted by Dara on 7/12/2005 10:25:00 AM :


More positive press for comics

He says with sarcasm in his voice...
"The Wednesday, July 13 episode of Fox’s The Inside will feature original artwork by comic book penciler, Tone Rodriguez ("Violent Messiahs" and "The Snake Plissken Chronicles"). ...This week’s episode of The Inside is about a fictional comic book creator, Max Stern, who is secretly a delusional serial killer. Stern stalks and kills women, later chronicling these exploits in a comic book called 'Dragunov.'"
From a press release I saw here. So we're either 40 year old virgins living in our mom's basement, or "delusional serial killers." Can't catch a break, eh?

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Monday, July 11, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/11/2005 03:13:00 PM :


Fictional characters and their fictional superheroes

Confused yet? Over at Polite Dissent, they're compiling a list of "favorite super-heroes of fictional characters".You know, like Radioactive Man from The Simpsons, or The Crimson Chin from Fairly Oddparents.

(via neilalien)

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  Posted by Dara on 7/11/2005 02:15:00 PM :


BoingBoing links to Columbus

The ever-fascinating blog boingboing had a short post involving our fair city:
"1966 garage rock from Columbus OH
Robert Duffy says: "While going through some old records he was recently given as a gift, Captain Exploder came across a little known compilation featuring garage rock bands from Columbus, OH. The album was recorded in 1966, and Mr. Exploder was kind enough to convert the vinyl to MP3s. Get all the mp3s here!" "
Here's the link to the Columbus-based DoneWaiting.com site where you can listen to the tracks..

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Sunday, July 10, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/10/2005 12:24:00 PM :


Columbus Alive comics reviews

Our bud Caleb Mozzocco continues his weekly comic book review columns in the alt paper Alive. This week, Caleb tackles David Lapham's Daredevil vs. Punisher mini-series, and the indy book Hell, Michigan. For those of you not in Columbus, you can read the article at the newspaper's website.

"But Lapham's art is crisp and clean and more brightly colored than either of the heroes' shadowy solo books, looking more like classic comic book art than the expressionistic renderings usually assigned to these "dark" characters. The downside—instead of the long black coat of the Punisher monthly and movie, Lapham gives the anti-hero back his white gloves and go-go boots, and nothing says sissy like white gloves and go-go boots."
The great thing about the online link is that you can also scroll down to read previous weeks' reviews, such as Albion, by Alan Moore's daughter, Leah Moore, and Steve "The Dude" Rude's The Moth.

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Saturday, July 09, 2005
  Posted by Tom on 7/09/2005 10:58:00 AM :


'I ain't afraid of no Doom!'

SPOILER ALERT!! Free passes for the new FF movie were at the Ogre here in town. I went down to score one because I always like seeing a good trainwreck, especially if I don't have to pay for it. Everyone at the shop tried to talk me out of seeing it... even for free. Once you eliminate the houses that Claremont and Miller built- what Marvel has left is a bunch of characters that only work in the 60's. With exception to Bendis' Spiderman, all the rest of Marvel's line are unadaptable to film- without completely altering the origin/premise of the stories. Everytime I think what would be the perfect FF or Captain America movie it's set in the era they premiered. The sin of the new FF film is that it doesn't respect the material. It's fun and mindless on it's own merits but lacks the energy of a Kirby comic. The editing's choppy and the plot seems to loosely follow Ghostbusters more than Fantastic Four. Here you have a rag tag crew that falls into the trap of celebrity by the Bill Murray/Jonny Storm character. There's a montage of 'wacky' times then cue the showdown. They go and bust... er fight Doom. They completely ass-raped the Doom character. Making him a corporate raider instead of his initial origin. Reed and Sue have all the chemistry of a saltine cracker. Sue's hot. I get it... and I get it.
In short, go rent the Incredibles. Granted it doesn't have the Abel but you'll feel better.

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Friday, July 08, 2005
  Posted by Tom on 7/08/2005 05:11:00 PM :


Oni's garnered a new convert over at bookslut.com. Colleen Mondor talks about her new found love for Oni and chats about Closer, No Dead Time, Hopeless Savages, etc. Yesss, there's a blog called bookslut.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/07/2005 01:36:00 PM :


Funky in France

Recent Funky Winkerbean storyline wherein the newlyweds go to Paris for their honymoon. It starts here. And this one has a comic book reference.

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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/07/2005 11:30:00 AM :


I Pity the Fool...
Who isn't impressed by the Mr. T collection these two guys have or the depth of their obsession as chronicled in this article. It makes some hard core comic geeks look apathetic.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/05/2005 06:12:00 PM :


Priest on Panther trades

From Christopher Priest's blog:
"the more successful Reggie's Panther is, the less likely you'll ever see Priest/Sal/Bob Panther in a trade. It'd be like re-releasing the Schumacher films because Batman Begins was so good."
Ok, as self-depricating as that may sound, he actually goes on to make a very valid observation on why his run on the book would actually benefit from the collected trade format.
"One of my ongoing problems with Panther was I was required, by my understanding and interpretation of the character, to make him, well, crafty and duplicitous. which meant, by definition, there'd be a lot of misdirect going on, which irritated readers when Panther did things they thought were out of character (like, say, not get beat up every month, or kick Tony Stark’s ass and steal his company and annex Canada).

Those moves would inevitably pay off somehow and there'd be this inevitable "Ohhh... NOW I get it," from the fan base, but there'd be six months or more of complaining before that would happen. The TPB format eliminates all of that and compresses that physical time passing for the reader."
Having read half of his run (thanks, Tony) I have to say I agree with his statement 100%. Priest did a fantastic job of weaving in multiple misdirects and surprises which, unlike so many other serialized comics, actually paid off down the road. Reading them in one setting really reinforces how well he crafted his plots.

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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/05/2005 10:10:00 AM :


Opening a Comic Store
Anyone else reading A Store Called Riot, a blog about a guy in PA who is planning on opening a comic book store this fall? He reveals a lot on his process, costs, potential problems, etc. Some posts I read and think it would be fun to give it a go (there isn't a store within 20-25 miles of my place) and other posts scare me off (like the fact that it is going to be his family's (wife and two kids) main source of income).

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Sunday, July 03, 2005
  Posted by Dara on 7/03/2005 10:06:00 PM :


BigCityBlues review

Over at The Pulse, columnist and comic book creator Jai Nitz has a short and positive review of BigCityBlues. Thanks Jai!
"Big City Blues is clear and crisp—every comic should aspire to be this easy to read."

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  Posted by Dara on 7/03/2005 09:17:00 PM :


Fantastic Four movie review...the other one

No, not the big budget flick coming out this week. We're talking the Roger Corman produced low budget one made in '94 which never saw the light of day (except in bootleg copies, which I'm a not-so-proud owner of.)
"So how bad is the ’94 FANTASTIC FOUR? Well, I’ve got a feeling we won’t be thinking it’s so bad come next week, but let’s stick to the subject at hand."
Scott Tipton reviews the movie over at Movie Poop Shoot in his always informative Comics 101 column.

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Friday, July 01, 2005
  Posted by Tom on 7/01/2005 08:29:00 PM :


*M.O.C.C.A. Connies 2005!

*Alright I know none of the Panel crew ventured out to M.O.C.C.A. One of these years I'm goin'.

After reading Toby Craig's perilous binding venture, he's got my vote for the Balls of Steel award. He ran off some hardbound books for the show- ALL HANDMADE. Yes this kid stiched and perfect bound 40 books for the show all by hand!!! Yowch! My wrists curl up just thinking about it. So congrats to Toby. Anyone else that's gone to the show is game to give a nom.

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