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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2006 12:24:00 PM :

       Puts your puny Halloween costume to shame

Holy crap, this is cool in the geekiest of ways: a home-made, fully-transformable Transformers costume!



Thanks for the link, Wendy!


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Monday, October 30, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/30/2006 07:20:00 PM :

       Miscellaneous

Spotted on the drive home:

A metallic green Honda Element with the vanity plate HULK.

Spotted amongst my junk mail:

A pamphlet from one of those bullshit "moral values" groups, with the following scathing indictment: 'same sex "marriage" is rooted in selfishness.' Because, you know, two people in a loving, supportive relationship who want to make the ultimate commitment to each other are "selfish".

Anyway, this stellar example of Christian love and tolerance also went on to proclaim that being tolerant of gays "can open the door to child pornography." Nice, huh?

So I used the their e-mail address to sign them up for a bunch of spam.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/30/2006 08:07:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

(Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. Piece of shit Blogger wouldn't let me publish for whatever reason. What a craptacular piece of software...)

Ok, last week's page was easy. I have a feeling this one is as well...



(click image to super(boy)size)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006)

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Friday, October 27, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/27/2006 10:40:00 AM :

       Your friendly neighborhood NERVE crawler

I've often thought one of the problems with today's kids is they grow up in a world where literally anything can talk -- if not sing or vibrate. When I was a kid, only the Speak n' Spell said anything, and that was only if you pulled the string. (OK, the Little People Barn made a mooing sound when you closed the barn door, but that's not the same).

To test this theory for yourself, here's The Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man. It's a largish plush doll of Spider-Man that sings and does what appear to be gang signs. As near as I can tell, he sings only two songs, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Spider-Man and Friends," an adaptation of his classic theme song.

See the toy, play the demo

File under: Toys to buy the children of people you don't like.


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Thursday, October 26, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2006 01:23:00 PM :

       Wired's "Very Short Stories"

Wired magazine took 33 writers from the fields of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and asked them to write 6-word short stories.
"Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?"
- Eileen Gunn

"Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so."
- Joss Whedon

"The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly."
- Orson Scott Card

"Kirby had never eaten toes before."
- Kevin Smith

I once won a Columbus Dispatch "noveleenie" contest (write a short story under 400 words.) But this sounds like more fun. Try your hand in the comments section.

(via Digital Webbing)


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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2006 04:11:00 PM :

       5 + 5 band names

So I recently discovered this list of band name etymologies on wikipedia. Which got me thinking about bands names that I like or dislike, regardless of what I think of their actual music. So here's a fun little exercise, feel free to jump in with your lists:

1) List 5 bands whose names you like. Not necessarily their music - you could hate the band and all they stand for, for instance - but just the name that you think is really cool, clever, or otherwise appeals to you. Here are mine:

Rage Against the Machine
Concrete Blonde
Nine Inch nails
Rusted Root
Love and Rockets

2) Now list 5 bands whose names you dislike greatly. You may love their music, but their band name just comes off as stupid, silly, or otherwise unappealing to you. Like they didn't even try. My list:

Stone Temple Pilots
Limp Bizkit
Fountains of Wayne
The Mooney Suzuki
Toad the Wet Sprocket

One interesting observation I made was that there are tons of band names that I think are just plain boring or stupid, even amongst bands whose music I really like. Pretty much any name that is of the form The Somethings I find incredibly unimaginative.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2006 10:33:00 AM :

       Moon Knight on TV, Andy on ledge

In news that's sure to please Andy, Newsarama is reporting that Moon Knight might be headed to television. Apparently, Variety "reported that Marvel Studios has joined with No Equal Entertainment – a Vancouver-based production company – to develop a live-action television series based on Moon Knight."

Funniest comment from the Newsarama peanut gallery:
"Get ready for Nightman 2. I guarantee it"


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/24/2006 11:49:00 AM :

       Unshelved On Graphic Novels

It looks like Unshelved, the comic strip set in a library, is going to take on the graphic novel debate this week. I'm assuming it is based on the fact that a library in Missouri is under pressure to remove Blankets and Fun Home from the shelves because of their pornographic nature. One protester said, "I don't want seedy people coming into the library and moving into our community." I haven't read Fun Home yet, so I guess I'm only half-seedy at this point.



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  Posted by Craig on 10/24/2006 09:49:00 AM :

       The Ineffables in Chroma-Vision

Behold the splendid coloring job Tom Williams did for the cover of the upcoming Political Science tpb. Many thanks, Tom.


Recent family drama pushed the printing date back by a month; preorders are still available at www.theineffables.com, the first 50 of which come with a b&w print of the above cover.


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Monday, October 23, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/23/2006 11:52:00 AM :

       2 weeks till election day

A metaphor for our times, from the sports-centric comic strip In The Bleachers:



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  Posted by Dara on 10/23/2006 08:06:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Welcome back to another episode of "Guess the Artist," wherein I post a page of artwork from the early career of some of today's big name comic book artist, and you get to guess who it is.



(click image to fraggin' enlarge)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006)

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Sunday, October 22, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/22/2006 12:21:00 PM :

       I've been boingboinged!

Cory Doctorow over at the legendary boingboing blog posted a link to my webcomic, Lifelike. And he had some nice words to say about the strip as well:
"There are so many different visual styles here, and Naraghi is such a versatile storyteller, that they barely seem to be part of the same series, but there's something that links them together, a great storyteller's sensibility. From hard-boiled noir crime to war memoirs to sweet, sentimental stories, Lifelike has the feel of a great comics anthology, like Drawn and Quarterly or World War III"



Cory is not only a huge comic book fan himself, but also a talented writer with 3 published science fiction novels: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (and check out the sweet Dave McKean cover on that last one.) Needless to say, I'm very flattered and excited.



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Saturday, October 21, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/21/2006 11:14:00 AM :

       Rocket Science update

The new Melt magazine is out, which means a new Rocket Science comic by your truly and Tim Fischer. You Columbus cats can pick up a free issue at most of the bars and clubs and cool stores around town. Everyone else can check it out on the web. The strip is on page 69 (heh heh heh.)



Once again, we poke fun at the sacred OSU football program.


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Friday, October 20, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/20/2006 03:50:00 PM :

       Aquaman has had it ...

From McSweeney's, here's "Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas, Has ####ing Had It With You, Man."

http://mcsweeneys.net/2006/10/16weldon.html


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  Posted by Matt Kish on 10/20/2006 03:00:00 PM :

       Paul Pope and AdHouse Books Bring the Hotties

Chris Pitzer and AdHouse Books finally have an online store where you can snag their stuff. They're launching it with some sweet prints from the upcoming Paul Pope magnum opus "PulpHope." First there's this sweet and sassy serigraph called, oddly enough, "Napoleon."



Next, a digital print poster with a HAWT girl pimping the upcoming art book.





And last, not an art print but a cool little ashcan edition containing some unpublished art and stories from Pope. Appropriately enough, it's called the PulpHope Ashcan. Here's the cover.





Nice to finally be able to buy direct from Pitzer. I've already paid for mine so I should be staring at Pope's dolls next week.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/20/2006 01:44:00 PM :

       White Stripes lyrics

Hope you guys had a chance to catch my "Guest DJ" gig earlier today on CD101. Hanna had a blast as well.

Here's a song I played especially for her, as it's one of her favorites. She was singing along to it in the studio, much to the delight of the regular DJ, Lesley James.
"Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we're going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
through the park and by the tree
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
then safely walk to school
without a sound

Well here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there's dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
at playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height
against the wall

And we don't notice any time pass
we don't notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while in my bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I'll bet
that you and I will walk together again
cause I can tell that we're going to be friends"

-- The White Stripes, We're Going To Be Friends


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Thursday, October 19, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/19/2006 07:04:00 PM :

       Chemistry Set trailer



Dance to the new Chemistry Set Trailer!

Also available in hi-fi!


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2006 09:46:00 AM :

       Listen to me on the radio on Friday, October 20th

Yeah, yeah, I know. Whoop dee do.

But hey, I'm excited for my return to CD101 as a "Guest DJ" tomorrow. On top of that, I'll be bringing along a friend: Hanna! She doesn't have school that day, so she'll be my co-DJ and may even say a few words, if she's not too shy. We'll be on from 11 AM till noon.



For you Columbus kids, that's 101.1 on your FM dial.

For anyone else who might be so inclined, you can listen live via the web.

Hanna wants to play some Green Day and The Clash. My playlist includes Ben Harper, Lyrics Born, Concrete Blonde, R.L. Burnside, Transplants, local boys The Sun, and maybe a few more...


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2006 09:41:00 AM :

       Neil Gaiman quote

Sent to me by my bro:
"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor." -- Neil Gaiman


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/18/2006 02:06:00 PM :

       Least successful comics-to-movies adaptations

From The Onion:



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  Posted by Tony on 10/18/2006 01:52:00 PM :

       One frothy mix to bind them ...

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/010427.php

Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the "Eye of Mordor" has instead been drawn to Iraq.

Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic, "Lord of the Rings," to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else," Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

"It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.," he continued. "You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."


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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/17/2006 11:28:00 AM :

       A great time-waster -- backfires

My favorite time-waster lately has been looking up obscure comix facts on wikipedia.

Comix articles on wikipedia are copious and detailed, it turns out. I don’t know who does them, but I do always find out something new. They have obscure characters, but also rundowns of storylines from individual books. I wonder if the companies themselves add to their articles.

I thought following characters would allow me to read fewer comic books, but on the contrary, it makes me want to read more. It’s a lot easier to duck into a comic if you know you can quickly come up to speed on the backstory. It’s especially good if you read books that rely heavily on backstory, like Geoff Johns’ Justice Society.

Per Degaton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_Degaton

Battle for Bludhaven
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bludhaven#The_Battle_for_Bl.C3.BCdhaven

Infinite Crisis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_Crisis

Psylocke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psylocke


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  Posted by Tony on 10/17/2006 11:18:00 AM :

       could it be ... ?

Rare meteorite found in Kansas field


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  Posted by Craig on 10/17/2006 09:40:00 AM :

       Way Back Machine

Sweet Christmas!


Long before 48 Hours or Lethal Weapon had driven the “mismatched buddy cop” genre into the ground, I was grooving to the coolest comic Marvel produced in the early eighties. Pairing the black urban ex-con with the naïve rich white kid from the furthest of suburbs, Power Man & Iron Fist took a couple characters whose own books were fading away and made a team that became one of the most prominent titles in Marvel’s lineup. The acme for the series came during a run written by Mary Jo Duffy and penciled by Kerry Gammill, somewhere around issues 60-80. Shortly thereafter, the characters fell into less competent hands, and are unfortunately remembered more for the mediocre years that led to the demise of the series. Over the course of the best issues, however, Mary Jo Duffy did a wonderful job blending the jaded cynicism of Power Man’s inner city New York with the mystical awe of Iron Fist’s lost city of K’un-Lun in a series of mostly self-contained issues.

Given the time these were published, I’m puzzled that Kerry Gammill didn’t garner the same rabid following that grew around his contemporaries Byrne and Perez. In those days photorealistic depictions of super-hero action were the paradigm, and Gammill’s work was head and shoulders above the other two. More textured than Byrne, more fluid than Perez, his work drew me into those gritty alleyways and penthouse offices these Heroes-for-Hire traveled. Perhaps it’s because his output wasn’t that of those other early 80’s stars; besides PM/IF and a brief stint following Byrne on Superman, I don’t recall seeing any other comics with his name on them; perhaps he was just moonlighting with the comics gig. If so, that’s our loss. Here’s a page from issue #67:

Everyone digs Luke Cage—the jive talking, bulletproof brother with a penchant for yellow silk shirts and the greatest catch phrase in the history of comics (seen above). But I was always more impressed by the Daniel Rand part of the team. Iron Fist was the anti-Batman; sure, he saw his parents killed and spent years in seclusion preparing for a mission of vengeance, but he still managed to emerge as an optimistic, sheltered kid. He was calm, graceful, and serene; he had the coolest costume not designed by Steve Ditko; he was all about skill and less about super powers (having a power that could only be used sparingly); and he was the biggest badass of the Marvel universe. Yeah, Wolverine always gets that title bestowed upon him, but I would contest that claim by pointing to the occasion Iron Fist threw Wolverine out a fifth-story window during a bout with the entire X-Men team, or the two occasions he beat Wolverine’s primary nemesis, Sabretooth, unconscious. No wonder Sabretooth decided to switch arch-foes. Here are a couple panels from Sabretooth’s first appearance in Claremont & Byrne’s Iron Fist #14, wherein “The Living Weapon” makes Sabretooth scream like a little girl.

Which brings me to a specific issue of the title. It was my incredible good fortune to stumble across a particular eBay auction while searching for individual issues of this series. Some lady was selling her husband’s old comic collection (don’t want to know the story there) and was offering a 19-issue set of the series for a couple bucks. Apparently not being familiar with collecting herself, she had left nestled in the bunch the second appearance of Wolverine’s future arch foe in Power Man & Iron Fist #66. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care much about Sabretooth himself—my days of following the X-Men ended when X-Factor #1 hit the stands and I saw that Jean Grey was still alive. But it’s annoying when you’re trying to track down a favorite old title only to find one issue sitting in the middle of the run that’s too godawful expensive to get because a totally unrelated character appears in it. So I only felt a little bad taking this one off her hands with all the others.

The story lurking behind that excellent Frank Miller cover goes like this: Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, private detectives operating under the name Nightwing Restorations (this being back when Dick Grayson was still wearing Christmas colors) are seeking to recover a statue known as the Jade Tiger from the vault of an art thief when they discover the art treasures are protected by a couple mercenaries named Constrictor and Sabretooth. One of the ladies is an ex-cop with a bionic arm, the other a lady Samurai, but the fight goes badly for them. A badly wounded Colleen escapes, but Misty’s bionic arm has been trapped by the vault’s magnetic lock. She’s pinned to the wall inside, running out of air, and the bad guys don’t even realize she’s inside.

Colleen manages to contact their friends and professional rivals at Heroes-for-Hire, who mount a rescue operation. Iron Fist sneaks in ninja-style to rescue Misty while Power Man does his bull-in-a-china-shop routine at the front door to provide a distraction. Both heroes run into their counterparts, the constrictor taking on Power-Man, while Sabretooth decides he’d like another shellacking at Iron Fist’s hands. Here’s the Constrictor, who has the same powers as the giant penguin from Monty Python’s Scott of the Antarctic sketch.

Here are a couple panels for all the Wolverine fans out there: Watch as Logan’s arch-nemesis gets beaten unconscious by a guy wearing slippers. Again.


Hey!! Oh, No!!

The quartet of protagonists walks off arm-in-arm on the last page as the bad guys get loaded into the back of a police van in cuffs. Sabretooth apparently decided at some point after this that he could build a better rep if he stayed the hell away from Iron Fist and picked on someone easier.

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  Posted by Craig on 10/17/2006 09:34:00 AM :

       Brooding Again

Eight years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, she was given three years to live, but managed to surprise her doctors every step of the way with her longevity. This past year, however, has seen a steep decline and it appears her struggle with the disease is reaching its conclusion.

Over the summer, the hospice nurses told my dad that they expected her to go within a couple weeks. Months went by afterwards, the physical decline accelerating but not coming to an end. She was bedridden and taking enough pain medication to put any of us into a coma, but remained awake and aware all the way through.

A few weeks ago, she took a turn for the (even) worse and went into the hospital. I figured that the worst was finally over, and she would soon be done with her suffering and my dad would be able to move on and heal from his own ordeal. Once again, that hasn’t worked out. Despite my mindset that we’ve had eight years to anticipate and adjust to this eventuality, I wasn’t prepared for the way it happens: so incredibly long and drawn out, withering away so rapidly and slowly at once. She could die tonight, or lie in the nursing home she’s been moved to for another couple months. No one has a clue.

It feels strange going about my day-to-day life at this point. She’s lying in that room, coherent some days and not others, and while I’ve got that idea rattling around the back of my head I’m also trying to remember that I need to pick up milk and diapers on the way home from work, and I have to put the finishing touches on a comic in time for MidOhio. Whatever we’re doing during the course of a given day, everyone goes quiet when the phone rings.

Geez, what a downer of a post. Here’s some levity to provide balance:



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  Posted by Dara on 10/17/2006 08:11:00 AM :

       Hey lady, do your research

So Yahoo's got this article called The Must-Have Halloween Costumes. Apparently pirates is where it's at. Then under the listing of "what else is hot," we get this gem:
"5. Other Marvel Comic characters
This category includes Flash, Robin, Spiderman and Thor. "These are evergreen costumes," says Bertolino. One deluxe Spiderman costume nets $115 at Boston Costume. Robin rentals start at $65."
God, I am such a dork for even pointing this out. But come on, lady, it's simple fact checking.


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Monday, October 16, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/16/2006 07:55:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Sad news: due to poor reader response, Reader Submitted Monday Morning Guess the Artist Pages, also known as RS-MMGtAP, has been cancelled. You broke my heart, kids. I hope you're happy.

So once again, this week's page comes from my own personal comic book collection. No guessing if you own this particular book and can look up the artist credits.



(click image to Super(boy)size)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006)

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Friday, October 13, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/13/2006 10:10:00 AM :

      


What 'cha doin' tonight?

Tonight is the latest installment of Show Columbus, an annual showcase of local art, music and fashion*. It takes place Downtown at the Vault, a former bank in the 100 block of East Gay Street.

Jess and I went there last year as one of our first dates, and had a wonderful time. It may be the thing that brought us together.

Visit their Web site

Who knows? That Bar of Modern Art thingie might even open tonight, too.

* Did you say fashion, Tony? Yes, kittens. Fashion.


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Thursday, October 12, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/12/2006 10:58:00 PM :

       Remember that Overheard anthology I was contributing to?

Well, it's here..

I Keee You!! will be debuting at SPX this weekend from Atomic Books. Advance copies I guess. Officially not available on the site till the end of October. Retails for $7.95 with a handsome cover. Features strips and drawings by Brian Ralph, Jeffrey Brown, Nick Bertozzi, Suzanne Baumann, and others. I should be getting my comp copy in the mail sometime soon. An impressive group of cartoonists I'm happy to be a part of.

* I did this strip like two years ago so it'll be a suprize for everyone.
** Atomic Books is an awesome shop that carries a wide variety of zines, comix, and what not. This is one of their rare dabblings in publishing. Atomic Books still lists one of the remaining copies of the first Panel anthology (that I sold them three years ago). They do consignment, yes. The only sure way to get your money from any retailer is to sell them books at shows out right or a find a distributor (?). Don't let your work linger in consignment limbo. The exposure excuse is what the internets is for.


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  Posted by Tom on 10/12/2006 10:50:00 PM :

      

I love me some Keillor..

I propose that we change Columbus Day to Bush Day, a cautionary holiday, like Halloween, a day to meditate on the hazards of ambition. We could observe it by going through the basement and garage and throwing out stuff we don't want or need. Also, by not mortgaging the house to pay for a vacation, and not yelling at the neighbors, and not assuming that the law is for other people.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2006 03:34:00 PM :

       How to promote your comics creatively

The John Layman way.

That's some funny shit right there.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2006 10:23:00 AM :

       Fun with Yahoo: unfortunate image placement

Ok, completely non-comics related, but I thought these were unintentionally funny. Yahoo has this link feature called "This Week in Photos," and sometimes the picture being used in the graphic, in relation to the picture being run above it for the current news story, makes for an odd or funny juxtaposition.

Case in point, from yesterday's story about the runaway bride:



And today's story on Bushy Bush:



The resemblance in both cases in uncanny!


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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/10/2006 05:37:00 PM :

       Make your own Green Lantern ring

You know, if you have the specialized tools and the time :-)

Full instructions, complete with photos, here.



(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Tony on 10/10/2006 04:24:00 PM :

       ... but I know what I like

What contemporary art movements will affect comics in the coming years?

I saw two art exhibits in the last few days, "Prints of Pop" at the Toledo Museum of Art and "Kehinde Wiley: Columbus" at the Columbus Museum of Art. "Prints of Pop" is a collection of Pop Art prints, and I could really see how those techniques filtered into modern comics. A lot of 1960s works reminded me of comics from the 1970s and 1980s.

Kehinde Wiley took a number of classic paintings from the Columbus Museum's collection and reinterpreted them using African-American models. It was pretty interesting -- although the comics fan in me thought they were a bit stiff and overly-photo-referenced. I can see using the juxtaposition of classic techniques with modern subjects making a good comic.

Are there any other art movements that we'll be seeing in comics in a few years?


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  Posted by Dara on 10/10/2006 12:21:00 PM :

       YouTube Tuesday: Wendy's 80s Training Video Rap

So I see Google bought YouTube for a cool $1.65 BILLION. Wow. Who knows what changes, if any, they'll make to the site. But in the meantime, here's a silly video for you guys, from one of the prides of Central Ohio, the world headquarters of Wendy's fast food.

Check out their horribly cheesy training video from the 80s, featuring some sweet "rapping" that the kids were into:



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Monday, October 09, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/09/2006 11:50:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

The month of October has been designated Reader Submitted Monday Morning Guess the Artist Pages, also known as RS-MMGtAP. For details on how you can submit your own page (and be entered to win original art,) go here.

This week's page is courtesy of PANEL member Tony Goins.



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006)

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Friday, October 06, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/06/2006 10:31:00 AM :

       Quotable Quote


"The Golden Age of Comics is five."

Attributed to Roy Thomas. The upshot is, whatever comics you were reading at age 5 are naturally the best comics that were ever produced.

For me, the age is six. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Star Wars No. 65 (1982, "Golrath never forgets," purchased by my mother at the IGA on Maple Avenue.


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  Posted by Craig on 10/06/2006 10:10:00 AM :

       Way Back Machine

More Herb Trimpe love in anticipation of MidOhio:

I thought the Transformers were for chumps when I was a kid. Like Tom Hanks in the movie Big seeing the robot that could morph into a building, I couldn’t figure out the appeal of those giant warrior machines whose great power was the ability to get their meals from a drive-thru on the way to their next battle. An alien killing machine that’s able to disguise itself as a Dodge Dart? I don’t get it.

The biggest strike against them, however, was stealing the basic premise and deserved popularity from my own favorite robot crusaders, the Shogun Warriors, whose goofy late 1970’s Marvel comic remains among my favorites. Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe, having just wrapped up their Godzilla series, took this concept licensed from a line of toys and created another memorable 20-issue run. Perhaps the idea never caught fire because the Shoguns weren’t linked to a cartoon series, but the concept was sound and deserved the following taken by the late-to-the-party Transformers. I frequently make the argument that a well-written comic can appeal to a broad audience on many different levels; I won’t even try that here. This was a ridiculous kid’s comic, and I just scored the entire run off ebay and I’m loving it. Don’t take just my word for it, though; check out the very first letters page in issue 6 and read a testimonial written by a young fan named Kurt Busiek.

The Shoguns were a trio of giant robots created eons ago by the first generation of a group of cloned alien scientists called the Followers of the Light. Their purpose was to guard against the return of the forces of evil slumbering beneath a dormant volcano, trapped in suspended animation following the Chaos Wars of prehistory. Sure enough, the villains are awakened when the volcano erupts, and immediately start sending out giant Gojira-style monsters to enslave us all. The Followers of the Light respond by recruiting a multicultural trio of humans to pilot the Shoguns in battle against the forces of darkness. Raydeen fires bird-shaped missiles from his torso and has a cool bow and arrow on his left arm; Combatra fires missiles from every orifice built into its body; Dangard Ace sports lasers and heat rays. All three do that cool thing where they fire their rocket-powered fists at enemies.

While it’s very nice that a Deceptacon can morph into a van when it needs to pick up the kids, I can’t imagine it giving Raydeen’s “Firehawk” persona much trouble. Firehawk can also transport five full soccer teams at supersonic speeds.

Shogun sanctuary was hidden deep in the Himalayas, and sported an Egyptian ankh on its exterior. Don’t ask why; this series was drawn by the same guy who for years depicted the military installation known as Hulkbuster Base in the form of a giant peace symbol.

As for the Followers of Darkness which our heroes battled: evil, whether it be petty larceny or global domination, is usually driven by selfish or self-centered impulses. The forces of evil which the Shoguns battled were a different breed, however. They spoke of evil like it was a cause greater than themselves—“I claim this world for evil!” and so on. This reflects a sort of selflessness in service to a higher purpose not typically found in villains, suggesting they were merely misguided idealists rather than being outright malicious.


Their undoing comes when their leader, Lord Maur-Kon, seeks to embrace emerging technologies in the fight against good at the expense of the traditional dark forces values of magic and sorcery. He abandons the mystical monsters of their heritage in favor of science-based monsters, after the Shoguns themselves. Maur-Kon’s right hand man views this as treason and attempts to undermine his master with his own magic monster-making. His plan to transform the resourceful Shogun pilot Genji Odashu into a new monster backfires in one of the most memorably Freudian sequences in my collection. Observe below as the villain sends his “gruesome pillar” after his bound female captive, only to be undone when it falls limp. This causes the underground Haunt of Evil to be destroyed while Maur-Kon, piloting a hijacked Combatra, literally gets his head handed to him by the rest of the Shoguns.



On the letters page of the series’ concluding issue, the editors explain the cancellation of the series. Apparently Marvel was cutting back the number of comics in its line, and wanted to abandon a few titles in order to develop some new series’. The Shogun Warriors is specifically cited as being cancelled in order to make way for… a new Moon Knight series. Andy was right about that f*$%ing Moon Knight all along.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/05/2006 03:31:00 PM :

       No surprise ...

Star Trek.com's online shop has a special section for Black T-Shirts.

Check it out.



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  Posted by Dara on 10/05/2006 01:05:00 PM :

       LIFELIKE update

This week starts the presentation of "Comeback" in color. For those few hundred lucky folks out there who got their hands on the sold-out first issue of our PANEL anthology, you'll recognize this as the story I did with Tim McClurg about a washed up actor planning his spectacular Hollywood comeback. Yes, the same story that prompted Tim's parents to ask him "are you alright?" after reading the tale.

Anyway, it's in color now, bitches. Check it out at Lifelike.



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  Posted by Dara on 10/05/2006 10:59:00 AM :

       World of Quest: another Ohio boy done good

The Pulse has a preview of Jason Kruse's all-ages comic book, The World of Quest. Apparently Jason attended OU and is a Jeff Smith fan.
"The World of Quest" has been a project of mine since Fall of '95 when I started it as a comic strip at the Ohio University paper. The idea came about sitting on a porch swing with some friends. I thought "wouldn't it be great if I could do a fantasy comic strip?" A friend of mine then showed me "Bone" for the first time and I realized it was possible. Of course I had no idea how difficult telling an epic story in a 3-panel comic strips 3 x a week would be and eventually decided it'd be better in a longer format. Since then it's been written and re-written, turned into a script, then a different version of the comic and then an animated short for Calarts."
Komikwerks.com (the home of my webcomic, Lifelike) is the publisher of TWoQ book. It's gotten some good press, and is in development at Warner Brothers as an animated show.



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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/04/2006 02:25:00 PM :

       perfect blog post

Wired Magazine had a feature about the perfect post for various blogs. Examples:


  • Boing Boing: Crocheted replica of subway map cracks DRM on collection of old video games.
  • Cute Overload: A kitten licks a puppy while the puppy licks a bunny.
  • Daily Kos: Bush caught in three-way with Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.
  • Little Green Footballs: Bush enjoys triumphant three-way with Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.


So I got to thinking: What would be the perfect post for this blog?


Guess the reader-submitted independent artist who owes me a page of story but is making fun of President Bush. The artist gets the Matt Kish Memorial Prize if he's also shirtcocking Steven Grant. Or Bart Sears.


Animated Kirk must avert his eyes from the perfection!



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  Posted by Dara on 10/04/2006 01:01:00 PM :

       PW interview with Bill Willingham

Here's an interview from a couple weeks ago that Publisher's Weekly did with comic scribe Bill Willingham. It focuses mainly on Willingham's new Fables: 1,001 Nights of Snowfall original graphic novel.
"Some of the outstanding things are by James Jean, our multiple Eisner Award-winning cover artist, who is doing his first interior work ever in this book. He's doing the Frog Prince story, and it turns out to quite a tear-jerker. "
Hmmmm, James Jean doing sequential art? Interesting...


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  Posted by Dara on 10/04/2006 08:18:00 AM :

       Better late than never: Comic Book Challenge and San Diego Con pictures

Yes, yes, I know it took me forever to get the pictures up on the site. But they've finally been uploaded. You can see all my pictures from the Comic Book Challenge and San Diego Comic-Con International 2006 here.

Swoon over the celebrity judges.

Marvel (and DC) at fans in costumes.

Envy the life-size Hot Wheel.

Gasp at the money spent on gaudy convention displays.







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Monday, October 02, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/02/2006 05:14:00 PM :

       So it's come to this

From a Mid-Ohio-Con press release:
"He was the winner of "Stan Lee's Who Wants To be A Superhero" on SciFi and he's coming to Mid-Ohio-Con! "Feedback", the next great superhero, aka Matthew Atherton, will be making his very first comic book convention appearance since winning the TV competition at Mid-Ohio-Con on November 25 & 26 in Columbus, Ohio."
Sigh.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/02/2006 02:52:00 PM :

       So you wanna be Wolverine for Halloween?

This dude made actual retractible Wolverine claws out of aluminum for his costume. You can too! (This blog is not responsible for bodily harm caused to yourself or other people as a result of this all-too-realistic costume.)



The last picture shows lots of beer drinking at their halloween party. Beer and real metal claws. Brilliant!

(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/02/2006 09:58:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

The month of October has been designated Reader Submitted Monday Morning Guess the Artist Pages, also known as RS-MMGtAP. For details on how you can submit your own page (and be entered to win original art,) go here.

Ok, now back to our feature...this week's page is courtesy of Craig Bogart. (Of course, since Craig is a member of the PANEL collective, he's not eligible for the art giveaway)



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006)

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Sunday, October 01, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/01/2006 09:36:00 AM :

       ..and this is my BOOM STICK!!

Caught this off of myspace.. Evil Dead the Musical!? WTF??

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Amen brother..

First Thought Of The Day
I read a pile of 12 to 15 recent mainstream comics yesterday afternoon. That was a fun 19 minutes.

-Tom Spurgeon


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