The snack cake industry isn’t recession proof either: Hmmm…have they tried advertising in superhero comics? I mean, lately. By the way, Hostess Marketing People and The Person At DC Who Decides What Gets Collected In Trade and/or The Person At Marvel Who Decides What Gets Collected In Trade, I would totally buy a trade collecting all of your company’s old school Hostess advertisement comics.
WTF?: Johnny and Jenny Ryan’s WTC. Link stolen from Tom Spurgeon. (Do you guys already read Spurgeon, and thus my posting this here was a waste of my time? If you don’t, you should read Spurgeon’s site. It will save me time. And it’s great).
Superheroes aren’t just for comics, movies, cartoons, toys and crappy NBC dramas anymore: I point out this art review of a gallery show in Australia simply because of the image that accompanies it, depicting one of the artists—Arlene TextaQueen—in a pretty cool superhero costume. Her home site has some pretty cool drawings on it too, although they may not all be safe for work. Depending on where you work.
This is adorable: Here are some adorable pictures of adorable children in adorable little personalized capes and masks at an adorable superhero-themed party. It’s pretty adorable.
How to make a cool Batgirl costume: Step one—straight up wreck a black umbrella.
The Worst Best Of List (so far): Have I mentioned how much I hate this time of year, due entirely to the existence of Best Of lists? Well I have now. The Washington Post has the worst one I’ve encountered so far, listing six comics in a huge list of best ofs in various categories. It’s just the titles and authors of the comics given; there’s no documentation or argumentation or criteria provided, so there’s no telling how they made their decisions, but I suppose it was something like, “Hey Jimmy,” assuming they have a cub reporter named Jimmy, like most major metropolitan newspapers do, “Grab me ten comics out of the review copy box….what’s that? We only have six? Fine, whatever, give ‘em to me.”
I can’t argue with Bottomless Belly Button, The Alcoholic or Y: The Last Man #60 (none of which I’ve read yet; which is another reason I hate best-of lists assemblage—suddenly I feel pressured to wipe-out my to-read stack before the January 1 arrives). Nor can I argue with The Complete K Chronicles (because Keith Knight has one of the best lines in the whole damn history of cartooning, let alone just this year). But Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, Volume Two: No Future for You? Is that one of the six best releases of the year? Is it better than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, Volume 3: Wolves at the Gate? And then there’s Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, which isn’t the best superhero comic of the year, or the best Superman comic of the year, or the best Legion story of the year…it’s not even the best Geoff Johns-written Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes story of the year.
Which brings me to a third reason I hate this time of year; I end up spending way too much time arguing with lists.