The comic blogosphere seems to grow larger every day and just like comics, sometimes it’s pretty easy to get a little lost. “Meanwhile …” will act as your map, pointing out what interesting discussions are happening out there while you’re reading Blog@Newsarama.
I’m guessing you’ve all heard about the new Savage Critics blog by now right?
1. When you tell people that you do criticism of comic books, and they giggle or say something inane, after you sock them in the jaw, what quick-and-dirty response do you give to explain that comics are worthy of serious exploration?
Maybe I only tell people that already know or respect me, because I can’t remember ever feeling I have to justify comics being worthy of criticism.
Ashley Wood starts a semi-regular web comic.
Atop the Fourth Wall is a pretty good blog in the “make fun of old comics for laughs” vein.
Bad Librarianship brings news that Two-Morrows has started releasing their magazines on the web. I know we’ve covered this, it’s just a reminder.
Alan Kupperberg looks back at his run on the Justice League.
AK: I like the DC big guys of course. I get as excited as Aquaman does at the prospect of Superman coming out of the teleporter on page 11. But it’s only the Elongated Man. However, I like the Elongated Man. I like all these characters. Aquaman, by this point, has been around sixty five years or more. That’s fine. His character has history and I like drawing these guys. These characters were all around long before I started reading comic books. It’s as though a movie director of today were getting to direct Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Clark Gable in a movie. They’re still alive in 2007! And I get to work with these classic icons.
I remember, as a kid, reading the letters pages of comics, where rabid Hulk fans insisted that their boy would always beat the Thing, and vice versa. (IIRC the Hulk fans felt it was an issue of pure power while Ben Grimm’s side figured that his relatively-superior brain power would win the day.) You still see it, more often online these days. And, you know, a little of the “Who’d win in a fight, Batman or Captain America?” can be fun. A little of it.
So last sunday, my wife and I take all three kids down to our local park… and while Karen discreetly breastfed Alex, our six-month old, I was busy subjecting my other two kids to devastating centrifugal forces on the swings…
We were right next to a bunch of older children, (aged around nine, I’d guess), one of whom was screaming obscenities at the top of his voice…
As part of High Concept Week Dave covers one of my favorite comic books, Sleeper.
“Frak” and “frell” are not real words and, even if you’re using them in the context of something as preternaturally lame as an Ain’t It Cool News talkback, you sound like a gigantic lisping pile of dork whenever they come out of you.
Congrats to Fabio and Gabriel for winning four awards at the brazilian equivalent of the Eisners.
It’s pretty bad when the main blogger covering your weekly comic drops the book.
I have now dropped Countdown. The extent to which there will not even be a pretence of a story in this comic has become painfully clear.
Exactly where did Civil War go off the rails?
Second, Millar’s notes run through the first few issues in great detail, the next few in less detail, and the final ones almost glossed over. I think this is reflected all too readily in the series itself, as the final issues of the series seemed considerably less focused than earlier ones. Whatever emotional draw was there as the New Warriors were (largely) killed was almost totally evaporated by the time we got to issues five and six. Further, Millar’s notes tend to play down emotional attachment and play up fanboy enthusiasm as the series progresses going so far as to say, “This should be shameless; every trick in the book. It should be a fan-boy orgasm and we should love every minute of it…” Which might be fine for desert, but certainly not as the main course. And certainly not for multiple issues.
When I was in the comic store on Wednesday, I happened to run into Len, and he asked what I’d picked up that week. I showed him Amazing Spider-Girl #10, with Carnage there on the cover, and grimaced as I explained that DeFalco seems to think any character can be part of a good story. Len wisely opined that it isn’t a necessarily bad idea to think that, and the more I’ve thought about these last few days (and I’ve thought on it a lot, as I’ve been trying to piece this post together since about Thursday), the more I agree with Len, and by extension, DeFalco.
And finally, Tony goes commando.