A period of mourning will follow

Marty missed out again, making it the third time an actor-director has beaten him to the director Oscar, after Robert Redford with the boring Ordinary People, and Kevin Costner, who went on to make The Postman. The other two times he lost to Barry Levinson, who directed Toys and Sphere, and to Roman Polanski, who had sex with a 13-year-old girl. As you can tell by these harsh slatings of talented people, I’m not in a good mood about it, even though I knew, in my heart of hearts, that they were going to give it to Clint. Apart from […]

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Comics: My ridiculously late 100 Things I Love About Comics

Better late than never, eh? With the speed of the web, people have moved on from this particular meme, but I thought I’d have a try anyway. A bizarre collection of personal memories, in strange alphabetical order: 1. 100 BULLETS by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso 2. 2000AD, back in the mid-to-late 1980s 3. The cheesecake beauty of the art of Adam Hughes 4. Alan Davis 5. Alan Moore 6. AMBUSH BUG by Keith Giffen 7. ANIMAL MAN by Grant Morrison 8. The epitome of comic book art, Art Adams 9. ASTERIX by Goscinny & Uderzo 10. ASTRO CITY by […]

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Comics: Marvel Solicitations for May

CBR has the full list for all your cover & blurb requirements. Let’s get stuck in, shall we? JMS gets hold of another long-standing title in the Marvel universe, starting with Fantastic Four #527, which might have fans who’ve read his Spider-Man a little worried, but it gives me the excuse to not spend all my money on comics by stopping after the excellent run by Waid & Ringo. Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects. Marvel & EA, working together? Shudder. I point you towards this strip at Ctrl+Alt+Del for views on EA. Marvel Next – what is it with Marvel and […]

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Comics: Careful what you wait for…

One of the reasons I haven’t gone over to the ‘waiting for the trade’ game is because of my worry that the things I won’t like won’t get collected. I’m not talking about the big stuff which I know will be collected – as much as I enjoy Joss Whedon’s writing and the art of John Cassaday, there is no way in hell that Astonishing X-Men wasn’t going to be collected, which is how I purchased, and thoroughly enjoyed, the series. I’m talking about the stuff which you know in your bones has a slim chance. Something like Razor’s Edge: […]

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Social life equals no blog content

So, not much in the way of original posting today. I’ve had a busy social weekend where I was out enjoying the company of good friends and free films (which I’ll review shortly) and helping the Chinese celebrate their New Year by eating dim sum in London’s Chinatown, so no opportunity to read my comics haul, let alone review them. Instead, a few quick bits. 1. I hate Valentine’s day, as does my girlfriend (one of the many, many reasons I love her), so Bah, Humbug! to all you saps who fall for the stupid fabricated commercial sham that it […]

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He was able to narrow it down to 100?

Alan David Doane has long been an interesting and strong voice in the world of comic criticism on the internet at the Comic Book Galaxy. Thoughtful, passionate, a scholar and a gentleman, he has been putting his money where his mouth is by spending his own money on the site to promote excellence in comic books, for which he deserves nothing but respect. His latest expression of that can be found, in visual form, in ‘100 Things I Love About Comics‘. It is a delightful trawl through his comic book tastes, experiences and sensibilities, and should be the new meme […]

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Links, for the memory….

Joe Quesada’s reign at Newsarama continues, with him and Brian Michael Bendis having a seance with Hawkeye (other good stuff includes the interview with Tom Breevort, who is honest and intelligent, as well as the continuation of the interview with Bendis – for the best response, see the end of this Rampage post about it, and then see the blogosphere explode in the comments section[which no longer exists since Haloscan went kaput]). In bizarre news, Peter David comments in his usual intelligent manner about the Georgia comics retailer being prosecuted for handing out comics with extremely minor, non-pornographic nudity in […]

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Blog-2-Blog

In which I point out some interesting things I’ve read in the Comic Blogosphere recently, as I cannot provide you with all the content goodness your body needs: Tim has an excellent critique of Marvels, over at The Hurting, displaying his smart writing and insightful brain. He is the man responsible for the notorious Comic Remix at PopCultureShock, which are always interesting at the very least, shifting to very, very funny at their best. Talking of funny, David at Precocious Curmudgeon has an hilarious dig at New Avengers #3, out this week. I’m not reading the book, even though it’s Bendis, […]

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Journalist knows nothing – my inner geek sees red

There is a free newspaper in tube stations here in London called The Metro. If it wasn’t free, and didn’t publish a cryptic crossword I can complete, I probably wouldn’t get it. But old student habits are hard to break, so a free paper is part of my morning ritual. In it, they report on the Stan Lee/Marvel case. However, they refer to Stan as ‘the artist who created Spider-Man’ and ‘who also drew the Hulk and the X-Men’ (emphasis my own). I wish they put their items on the web so I could point you in their direction and […]

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Comics/Movies: Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

Big news of the day, for those of us who enjoy the media of comics and film, and the strange ground where they meet: The Fantastic Four trailer is now online for our perusal. This is causing a little ripple through the comics blogosphere, but not much. I’m not sure if this is because the Fantastic Four doesn’t have the same hold on people that Spider-Man or the X-Men or Batman, or if folks are just feeling a little burned by comic book adaptations, and don’t want to get their hopes up after being disappointed so often. But people aren’t excited, which […]

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