1 John Byrne has been dropping hints on his message board about a forthcoming project of his from DC Comics, referred to only as "Title Withheld." And, since the Title will apparently be Unwithheld real soon now, a series of threads
have popped up with fans making their final guesses before the big reveal. (Someone guessed Challengers of the Unknown
...uh, it's taken
, thanks.) Actually, this is a relatively clever method of drumming up some excitement in the fans for what probably is just going to be another DC superhero book...a method that's even more impressive given how hard it is to keep this sort of thing under wraps.
One of the more amusing results is this thread
, in which one of the gag guesses results in mock-up covers of DC's greatest series - Batman's Moon Patrol, and Monkey
2. In case anyone's wondering, I happen to like John Byrne's superhero comics (with an exception
or two, of course). I think he does perfectly acceptable superhero comics in the "classic" tradition...not groundbreaking stuff, but it's not meant to be, either. Hey, it can't all be Acme Novelty Library
(another favorite of mine).
2a. Mentioning Chris Ware and John Byrne in the same sentence violates some kind of natural law, I'd imagine.
3. Comics Burrito clears up that whole Halle Berry/Catwoman hoax
, once and for all. Whew!
4. Okay, most of you call them "comic books." A few of you call them "floppies," some use "pamphlets." Does anyone out there still use "funny books," or am I the last holdout? (I mean, do any actual comic fans call them "funny books" - your comic-hating parents don't count.)
5. This weblog hereby promises to stop using the words "interest," "interesting," and "hoot" (as in "it's a hoot!"). The word "ahoy" will, however, be retained, and in fact used to even more excess than before.
Just learned about The Nostalgia League
, with a focus on books from the 70s and earlier (as you might imagine from the domain name)..."HUH?" is fun (here's a good example
), and there's lots of pictures of completely random items (comics, pulps, toys, etc.) in the Gallery section
Instead of finishing up reading today's new comic acquisitions, I ventured into the vast Comic Archives and pulled out my run of Enigma
by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo for rereading. Sometimes you just get the urge, you know?
read the new issue of Cerebus
, however...so finally it's become readable and compelling again, and, of course, the series ends next month. Ah, well. Pal Dorian and I were lamenting the fact that there's been no return visit from the Groucho Marx stand-in Lord Julius (as Sim's take on the elderly Groucho
would have been quite interesting), but that doesn't seem likely. I'm still holding out for a last page appearance, though!
Confidential to ComicsOne regarding Para Para
: it's spelled "suave."
In all fairness, I'm entirely for a comic about dancing gangsters.
EDIT: Pal Tom points out "athelete" as well. I suddenly have more sympathy for the editor.
After seeing the panel that was here
* (found via Journalista
), I felt the internet comics community needed to see this:
from Batman #200, March 1968
It's really the lurid "I have such sights to show you" look in Alfred's eye that makes this panel so great.
*Panel appears to be gone now...it was a bunch of JLAers being told by a villain that everyone they've touched will die...Flash thinks "Iris, no!" Atom thinks "Oh, Jean!" Batman thinks "Robin! What have I done to you?"
During the years I was attending the University of California Santa Barbara, I had two English classes with Professor Frank McConnell...one was "Art of Modern Narrative," and the other was "Science Fiction." In the first class, one of the assigned books was Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
, and in the second, we got Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen
. Now, as a comic fan, I thought it was great that we'd get to study graphic novels for college credit; as a college student, though, I was far more excited about the fact that I'd have one less book to buy that quarter.
Given that it's been (ahem) several years since I've had those classes, the details of the lectures are a little sketchy now. The students seemed pretty open about reading comics...there wasn't any noticeable "ew, comics are studid" attitude that you'd expect. There was the one student who pointed out how the words "Fallout Shelter" were partially obscured in that one Watchmen
cover image/chapter heading so that they read "ALL HEL," and "oooooooh
" went the class. I also remember simultaneously cringing at (having yet to purge the anal-retentive comic collector mentality from my system*) and being amused by my fellow students highlighting captions and word balloons in their copies of the trade paperbacks. And, since I know you're wondering, no, I didn't bring my individual issues of the comics to class, all in their protective polypropylene sleeves -- I already owned copies of the trades.
Another book Professor McConnell taught in his courses was Sandman: A Doll's House
...and for at least one class, he had Neil Gaiman
as a guest-lecturer. Sorry I missed that. McConnell also wrote an introduction to one of the Sandman collections (The Kindly Ones
McConnell, unfortunately, has since passed away
...I had to learn this one of the text pieces in Gaiman's Midnight Days
. That's too bad...he was a nice guy, an entertaining lecturer, loved comics, wrote detective novels
, and always gave a blanket invite to the class to meet him for a drink in the pub after each lecture.
One of my favorite memories of Professor McConnell was when he made a passing reference to Norse legends that seemed to over the heads of the students...when he noticed the lack of response, he said "what, don't any of you read Thor
comics? No? What do you do for fun
* No, it's not been purged yet.
Mark Evanier posted a bit about the forthcoming Complete Peanuts collections
, and included a colored panel of one of the great early Peanuts
strips...the one where Charlie Brown is gazing at a rack full of luridly-titled comic books. How many titles in that panel have since become titles of real
Hey, cool, Gary Panter has a weblog
. Found it via this discussion about best comic weblogs
on the Comics Journal message boards...thanks to pal Ian for his mention of me.
Also found a nice mention of my site on this fun-looking page
...sure, they got my name wrong, but they got the link right, and by golly, that's good enough for me.