Archive for October, 2010

Journalista for Oct. 27, 2010: Zombie pioneer

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 3:07 AM
Spanish printer seizes magazine over Pope cartoon ♦ Will the Nook Color usher in Digital Age of Comics? ♦ more

Sleepyheads, Good Night & Sleep Tight

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 2:45 AM

Come climb on my back and slumber
While I carry on apace
I vow not to stoop or stumble
For fear you would smash your face

– Randall C.

This time readers, you are in luck! Usually I carry on

The Champion Bad Guy

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Iron Jaw, a name that still raises the hair on the back of my neck. A champion baddie of the Golden Age, Iron Jaw may have been ahead of his time, the prototype of today's soulless super-thugs. He was one of few transgressors who made encore appearances in those days. He was eventually motivated not by greed or by a desire for power (the entire gamut of motives for most villains until the Silver Age), but by the obsession to murder the good guy who repeatedly apprehended him and threw him in the hoosegow. Sometimes, instead of being captured, he died horribly in a ghastly conflagration the inadvertent result of some scheme of his own gone awry. But he always escaped or came back to life (because he hadn't really been killed; it only appeared that he had been). In all of this, as you can plainly see, he was a thoroughly modern — i.e., contemporary — villain.

 

Comics Journal Navel-Gazing

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 2:02 PM

At HU, Ng Suat Tong briefly considers the what the Journal didn’t manage to do, and what it did.

Fine Art, Comics, and the Original Art Market

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 6:46 AM
At HU, Ng Suat Tong compares the market for fine art with the market for original comics art and finds lots of similarities.

Journalista for Oct. 26, 2010: Crumbling down

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 AM
New Yorker cartoonist Leo Cullum dies ♦ Wowio rises from the grave ♦ more

Thor: For Asgard #1-2

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Is it any good? Not really. Marvel's wool-mouthed version of Shakespeare is always heavy going, and no other kind of speech is provided here. Sometimes the writer connects. I liked this well enough: "Each has attracted a faction of similar minds from whom they hear nothing but the merit of their own words." Neatly expressed, I think. But you don't read a comic, or anything, to find one neat expression of a secondary idea.

It’s Nasty Time: Part One

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 9:30 PM
The Political Season

Minis Monday: Unpopular Species

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Oddly enough, the Dalai Llama gets an assist as consumer advocate for my picking up this title. He once, in passing but effectively, spoke of the sanctity of all life, no matter how lowly, pestilential or step-on-able. He specifically chose to extol the humble if abundant creatures closest at hand: the ant with its unwavering devotion to selfless labor, the spider with its ability to create webs of surpassing beauty, etc.

So when I read this in the indicia of Unpopular Species: "And remember, just think of that big, hairy spider as a kitten with more legs," I felt I had stumbled upon a kindred spirit to His Holiness on the indy spinner rack.

New Tricks

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 8:10 AM

At HU, new columnist Stephanie Folse discusses the mostly pros and occasional cons of the BBC crime drama New Tricks.

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