Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New Comics Day

New Comics Day makes everything better.


I'm diggin' Morrison's Batman. I just gotta wonder how "true" it is... the notion that Batman actually has a son by Talia Al Gul has far reaching implications.

I also noticed that Zombies have become the new Zombies. Three zombie books shipped this week: IDW's "Zombies," and Marvel's "Zombie" plus "Essential Tales of the Zombie Vol. 1." The Essential volume was really nice, it is a likely future purchase, tho I am a little wary as the much noted edits on Marvel's Essential Dracula may also be applied here (I guess they weren't that essential after all). The recent proliferation of Zombie books is not without concern. Not only will it lead to an eventual flood and zombie backlash, but it may dull the public consciousness to the very real threat of the inevitable zombie outbreak.

When hell can hold no more, the damned will overflow and walk the earth. A scourge of undead with insatiable brainlust will stalk relentlessly without prejudice. That day is nigh, you have been warned.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

New Chili Day!

Happy... so very happy. Chili John's in Burbank is back open after a much too long summer vacation. It was so good my buds and I went two days in a row.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

New Comics Day

Small stack but good pics!

Strangers in Paradise
The Goon: Noir

Not much to report, but 52 has a backup mini by Kevin Nowlan and that is all good. Also I noticed a "52" reference over in a Green Lantern book. Not to the comic, but the number itself in a weird "Order 66" kind of usage. Maybe there is some sort of meta event at play here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Arrr! Arrrrr!!!!

Aye, it be International Talk like a Pirate Day!

Cast your gaze across the great blue and set yerselves in search of treasure that shines as bright as the gleam in yer good eye.

Monday, September 18, 2006

God Bless This House

New from House Industries, Luxury.

Heart Smart

Cheerios has fiddled with their packaging many times over the last several years, but I think this latest configuration is its most clever.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New Making Comics Day!!!!!

Exclamations warranted for a very welcome arrival!

JLA Classified
Green Lantern
Black Cat/Wolverine
The Escapists
Making Comics

Although I am very pleased by this week's selection of books, they are all eclipsed by Scott McCloud's Making Comics. Following the much lauded (and deserved) Understanding Comics and the weighty Re-Inventing Comics, this latest tome of comics deconstruction may be the best of the bunch. At least that is my first impression, being someone who actually makes comics. I was reading the damn thing in line at the comic book store-- it had so quickly engrossed me-- fascinated by the description of using a certain type of high detail, full bleed panel for the ever important "establishing shot," something I had literally drawn for a comics page just the other day.

I'm a great admirer of McCloud's methods of dissecting and disseminating comics structure, though I am aware of his detractors who place his focus in the realm of pretentious and over-analyzed. I've never gotten that attitude from his books, I've always felt they were like talking to a friend who really likes something you really like, too. Even if you don't make comics, say you just "kinda like" comics, Making Comics gets the Official Edco Seal of Approval and my highest recommendation.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Mr. Green, Conservatory, Lead Pipe... etc.

WILL Mystery in Space satisfy my needs for real comics science fiction??????


For a company like DC, and a book like Mystery in Space, the first issue is more important than ever. Writer Jim Starlin has quite a pedigree with this stuff, but I must say I was disappointed with this introduction to a new series featuring Captain Comet. At least it's all about Captain Comet in this first story arc, but I've immediately no interest in the second. The book is overwrought with narration and exposition, and introduced characters do not invite anything on latch on to.

Sadly, science fiction for this book is just the setting, it has no play in the structure or feel of the story. It's not really a bad book, but it tries too hard to hit all the standard comic book notes and is written in a painfully obvious comic book way that wants to be better than a comic book. Er, that might not make much sense, but I don't know how else to describe it. You may say it's not fair to fault a comic book for being a comic book, but DC already publishes a fucking hundred of those with the exact same formula. If they are going to take a chance on publishing a new book as genre-specific as Mystery in Space, the least they could do is try something somewhat different than everything else.

The biggest thing that struck me is that for a book called "Mystery in Space," there was no mystery. Something has happened to Captain Comet involving a death and rebirth, but it's not that intriguing, and it's not much of a mystery. As is stands it floats as a whodunnit with out much connection to anything larger to make me want to know why. And it's not like there isn't anything to cull from here. The monolith on the moon in 2001, that was a mystery in space. The alien spacecraft that sat over Earth for 50 years in Childhood's End... baby, that was a mystery.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Giveth, Taketh

Damn it all... Just when I was ready to get excited about the individual releases of the Star Wars DVDs and the Theatrical Release... I saw the commercials for them. During Adult Swim of all places. What is this crap?

It's not even a new idea, it's some fat, middle-aged dad talking about how he thinks it's great his kids will finally be able to see Star Wars. Intercut little moppets spewing out cutesy phrases "Wookies are silly!" and throw in a token soccer mom. It... it's like a commercial for Disneyland.

Well fuck you, too, Fox. Fuck you, too.

New Comics Delay

Small stack but good pics!

Strangers in Paradise
The Goon: Noir

Not much to report, but 52 has a backup mini by Kevin Nowlan and that is all good. Also I noticed an "52" reference over in a Green Lantern book. Not the comic, but the number itself in a weird "Order 66" kind of usage. Maybe there is some sort of meta event at play here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Revisiting a hive of scum and villainy has a great slideshow available of image quality differences between the original theatrical release of Star Wars and the 2004 DVD Special Edition (which was actually a re-special edition of sorts). You can crawl all over the web about how the upcoming Star Wars Theatrical Release DVD isn't exactly that, but it's as close as we'll ever get. Even the widescreen re-issue on VHS some years back cleaned up alot of matte lines and composite shots.

What's amazing about the comparisons is that while the Special Edition adds an overall gloss coat of polish, it's hard to ignore how good the original really was. It is a rare film that completely changes the face of cinema and its respective industries, Star Wars still holds that crown in the sense of sheer influence, and may do so indefinitely. I myself fall into the cliche of most original viewers, regarding the film as one that had a profound impact on my life. Tell me, when was the last time a movie did that?