“I am not a tights guy, man. You get caught in tights, and you can not get out”: That’s Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs talking about what sort of costume he would wear if he were a superhero in this Chicago Tribune article on his being a comics fan. I’m not so sure the “professional sports player reads comics book” angle necessarily deserves a feature story, but this is a pretty well written one nonetheless. The Tribune loses points for calling comics a “genre” in the sub-head though.
“In this case they are merely following Superman, when in 1961 he went back in time and managed to save Custer and Little Big Horn and Lincoln at Ford’s theater, but found his own history in his present day unchanged”: That’s University of Minnesota professor and The Physics of Super Heroes author James Kakalios, explaining to Popular Mechanics how modern string theory was anticipated by Silver Age Superman. You can read the whole Q-and-A with the author here.
“I’m not saying stop making these awesome movies that appeal specifically to me and others like me, I’m saying let’s share the wealth”: Writing for Fast Forward Weekly, John Tebbutt notes that teenage girls have “stolen our vampires,” and he’s okay with that (“I wasn’t using them anyway,” he writes). Along the way, he notes that Hollywood has similarly seen to it that superheroes aren’t primarily for kids any more, but for grown-ups who grew up on ‘em.
Whatever you do, don’t click on this link: And if you do click on it, for God’s sake, don’t actually go through with reading Ben Hutchings’ four-page Psionykk strip on Top Shelf 2.0. Seriously, don’t—you’ll have nightmares. (Speaking of Hutchings, check this out).
“But that’s not scary! Terry Long is not scary!”: Shaenon K. Garrity catches someone looking up a list of Black Lanterns on Wikipedia, and an amusing conversation about the event follows. I’m convinced that like Civil War before it, Blackest Night’s greatest value will be as a source of Internet jokes, regardless of how good or how bad the actual comics are.