Saturday, January 28, 2006
"Well, now then, that's hard cheese, old bean."
Employee Nathan overhead the following exchange between two participants in the Yu-Gi-Oh tournament going on at the game store next door:
Kid 1: "I destroyed your monster!"
Kid 2: "No you didn't!"
Kid 1: "Yes I did!"
Kid 2: "Oh yeah? Well...I hate Green Day!"
"I can't help but twitch, twist, and turn!"
from The Close Shaves of Pauline Peril #3 (December 1970) by Del Connell & Jack Manning
Read more about it here.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Actual content after the meme.
The first two were suggested by pal Sean, the last one was entirely my fault.
Some notes from this week's New Comics Day:
Nextwave #1, Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's somewhat less-than-serious Marvel superhero team book, blew out the door immediately...even after I had bumped up numbers on our initial orders. And it's funny...I'm sure some humorless Marvel fan somewhere is offended at the lack of respect afforded, say, Captain Marvel/Photon or Fin Fang Foom, but it's a real hoot. And, surprisingly for a Marvel comic, I was able to place reorders for additional copies.
Plastic Man #20 - the last issue of Kyle Baker's run, which, I still suspect, suffered in sales because it wasn't the "serious" Plastic Man comic people apparently were hoping for. Those of us who stuck with it got a fun and bizarre funnybook...and this issue had probably the last Dr. Light joke you'll ever need. Woo boy.
Doris Danger Seeks Where Giant Monsters Creep & Stomp - this is listed as a "trade paperback," but it's an oversized staplebound magazine. But, if you like the old Marvel Kirby 'n' Ditko monster comics, this is probably right up your alley. Pin-up pages include work by both Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as Mike Mignola. Worth a look if you like the giant monsters.
Serenity trade paperback - wish I had it for that one or two week period the movie was in theatres, but hey, we still sold through all our copies, so I shouldn't complain.
Catwoman #51 - sales are way up on this series...we keep selling out of the new issues, and our adjusted orders haven't quite caught up yet. Finally, a Catwoman comic people seem to be enjoying.
Savage Dragon #122 - 1) yes, it's finally out, and 2) I don't seem to recall the cover's paper stock being this thin. Exactly one micron thick. Okay, not that thin, but boy it feels flimsy.
Cartoon Guide to Sex by Larry Gonick - destined to be the most flipped through book on our shelves...at least until the flipper realizes that the book isn't filled with nekkid girls.
"It's my opinion, but Starfire's skirt should be longer, and both Starfire's and Raven's bodies should be covered up more-I think it's kind of inappropiate to parade around in a one-piece, and Raven's one piece is too tight-looking, somewhat revealing and shows too much of her contours."
Thursday, January 26, 2006
The End of Civilization.
Because no one dared to stop me...bust out the new issue of the Diamond Previews catalog and follow along as we examine...the End of Civilization. (Previous installments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11)
Cover - Man, things start off with a bang, featuring the Michael Turner variant cover for some new Wolverine series. Not so much an incentive as a decentive.
p. 242 - Lost in Space: Voyage to the Bottom of the Soul TPB: reprinting the Innovation mini-series of several years ago, written by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy. Plus: in full color. Minus: you pay for that color, to the tune of $37.95. I know it ain't cheap for a small press publisher to publish a fancy book like this, but $37.95 is still quite the hit on the pocketbook.
p. 380 - X-Men 3 Movie Novelization MMPB: "By Chris Claremont, based on the screenplay by Zak Penn & Simon Kindberg." Sorta speaks for itself, doesn't it?
p. 382 - The Superhero Kit TP:
Only $16.99. Pride not included. Probably wouldn't make a good gift for these characters. (You can find an image of the kit here...be sure to check out the "celebratory blow-horn.")
p. 404 - Superman Tattoo Watch: sometimes it gets depressing watching comic book companies and licensees desperately market 40- to 70-year-old superhero characters to a demographic that increasingly couldn't care less about them. But apparently the watch is "funky" and "new," according to the solicitation.
p. 418 - Vampire Angel Puppet: okay, when they did that episode of Angel where the title character was turned into, essentially, a Muppet, that was funny, and a high point of the whole series. Then there was a tie-in licensed item, an actual 21-inch plush doll version of Puppet Angel, which was wildly popular. Then there was "Battle Damaged Puppet Angel," with, um, battle damage. Scars and stuff. Now we have Puppet Vampire Angel, with little plushy fangs.
This is what's known as "going to the well one too many times."
p. 432 - Snowbird Sasquatch Mini-Bust: so, not just a bust of Alpha Flight member Sasquatch, but a bust of when (Sasquatch's alter ego) Walter's mind was in the body of Snowbird, who had taken the form of a white Sasquatch (AKA "Great Beast Tanaraq").
p. 452 - Marvel Heroes jewelry: lots of rings and pendants, but Wolverine's dog tags are in the assortment as well. Just thought that should be pointed out.
p. 454 - Peanuts Classic Wacky Wobblers: not that most of the Peanuts characters look right when seen head on, but Woodstock is particularly disturbing:
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I'm just curious how long we can make pal Dorian's list.
And if you're getting tired of seeing these...well, please feel free to return the unused portion of this weblog to the webmaster for a full refund of your admission price.
Hey, I'm usually all about the content, baby...let me "meme" out for a while.
And now...an important message.
DARRYL: "Hey Omar...look at how the plastic cup acts like a boat in water!"
DARRYL & OMAR: "SWAMP THING!"
SWAMP THING: "You kids know that plastic lasts hundreds of years when thrown into the environment?"
OMAR: "That stuff lasts that long?"
SWAMP THING: "Sure does, Omar. We all have to protect the Green, recycle our litter."
DARRYL: "You need us to help protect the land and water?"
SWAMP THING: "Sure do!"
OMAR: "You really that busy?"*
SWAMP THING: "As a matter of fact, kids...I'm swamped!"
(As featured on the Return of Swamp Thing DVD...highly recommended!)
* Not 100% sure on this line.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Okay, so I lied.
I couldn't let the "meme" go without a Swamp Thing entry, surely.
The debate rages on: "Would you rather be the Man of Steel or a Jedi?"
"i would go for jedi...... superman is bullshit"
Kryptonite lightsabres. I love you, Internet.
Monday, January 23, 2006
...some other coverage of the whole DC Universe: Stories of Alan Moore screw-up that we discussed here nearly two weeks ago. Also discussed in Rich's column are the other omissions from this book, and the first Moore Swamp Thing trade, that were brought up in the comments section for that post of mine.
(I hadn't heard about the copyright problems Rich mentions, though...that was news to me.)
Hopefully this will bring DC one step closer to doing something about correcting the problems in this book...at least returning the text intro to the Superman story. I mean, c'mon.
"42 - The Enterprise can only be in action for five years."
So over the weekend, I had an old customer of mine bring in a box of magazines to sell...mostly it was Savage Sword of Conans that had seen better days, and combining their conditions with the fact that we've recently bought several Conan collections, and were thus stocked to the gills with barbarian funnies, I unfortunately had to tell this gentleman that we couldn't use them. However, there were a couple non-Conan mags in the box that I decided I couldn't live without:
Yes, the actual title of this magazine was indeed All About Star Trek Fan Clubs. Both these issues (#2 and #3) were released in 1977, and edited by comics veteran Tony Tallarico. Despite the name, the actual amount of space devoted to Star Trek Fan Clubs was minimal, with a couple pages of listings ("The Association for the Propagation of Trekkism," "The Harcourt Fenton Mudd Android Society of America," "Science Fiction Club of The Cosmos") and some short features devoted to fan art and fan profiles. The rest of it is typical Star Trek fanzine type stuff, with convention reports, news and rumors, as well as actor profiles and photos. My favorite actor profile is probably "Shatner's Biorhythms:"
"If you know about this science (not astrology) you know it measures the three basic rhythms of one's life from birth to any day of life.
The article ends with this caveat:
"It is difficult to figure in the biorhythms of the other Star Trek actors since exact birthdates are not always known. Some of the stars will tell their 'sign,' but not the year of their birth."
What can I tell you. It was the '70s.
Other features include a photo tour of the Smithsonian, with a special focus on its display of an 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise model from the show, a couple poems written by Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols (with fan illustrations), a gallery of fan art of Vulcan wildlife, and a long list of Star Trek facts, a few of which follow:
It's not all Star Trek, however...one amusing article presents excerpts from reviews of 2001: A Space Odyssey ("Such movies as 2001 may be no more than trash in the latest, up-to-the-minute guises, using 'artistic techniques' to give trash the look of art" - Pauline Kael).
The thing I like most about fanzines, both the comic book fanzines I normally collect as well as these Star Trek 'zines I bought on a whim, is the snapshots they provide of fandom's concerns and obsessions from a particular time. And that's the advantage the print medium has over something like internet message boards or weblogs...unless I print out and widely distribute hard copies of my website, some kid interested in comics thirty years down the line isn't likely to come across a copy of "Progressive Ruin" in a dusty box of beat-up magazines. I know there are still plenty of print 'zines out there, but I can't shake the feeling that Wizard is going to end up representing the current state of comic fandom to future generations.
Okay, I didn't mean to depress myself, there...cheer me up, Casual Spock:
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Employee Nathan would like you to always remember...
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This is all pal Dorian's fault, you know.
X-Men, ads, store stuff.
Thank you for many varied and well-chosen suggestions for good X-Men comics for new readers, particularly given my initial request was a tad more negative than I intended. Let me add a couple thoughts to some of your suggestions:
So that issue of Punchy And The Black Crow where I got that ad I posted yesterday has an interesting mix of other advertisements contained within. You've got your standard comic book ads, like "Grit" and "Gain Weight Now," but then you also have things like "Beautiful Bust for You," "Cover Up Those Varicose Veins," and that happy fellow to the left, there, in the slimmin' suit.
Of special note is a full-page ad for Fantagraphics publications, which was (at least in my copy of this comic) printed horribly off-register. There's a portion of said ad to the right. It seems like an odd mix, but there is a minor connection between this comic and Fantagraphics, as Milton Knight, creator of Hugo (another title featured in the ad) is plugged as a future cover artist for Punchy on Charlton's hype page.
It's been said that a good way to tell what a publication's perceived audience is by looking at its advertising, so I guess this comic's readers were veiny, skinny (but still in need of a slimmer look), Grit-selling mystical chanters who read Love & Rockets. That's prime demographic, baby!
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