Saturday, October 07, 2006
Girls are apparently held to a lower "daring adventure" standard than boys.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Sometimes Mike needs to be kept away from the customers.
Customer: "Hey, is this new Dr. Strange comic a limited series?"
Me: "Well, ALL series are limited, really...life on Earth is going to have to die out someday."
Customer: "How come there's no ongoing Dr. Strange series?"
Me: "Yeah, you'd think there would be, what with the popularity of Harry Potter and the subsequent increase of interest in Satanism."
(Don't worry...this is a longtime customer, and he's used to my nonsense.)
"While this book works well as either a paper weight, a sleeping pill, or fly swatter, it doesn't function very well as a story."
For no good darn reason whatsoever, here are some Amazon.com reviews for Wolverine: Origin:
"I ordered this item because I thought is was a novel, but instead it was a fat comic book I wish they wouldn't have described it as a paper back. I wouldn't have purchased it if I knew what it was. I did know someone who wanted it so it was given as a gift. I don't think I will use amazon anymore."
It's not all bad:
"Rumor has it that In the 1980s Jim Shooter (former EiC of Marvel Comics) wanted Wolverine's origin to be that an actual wolverine had been evolved into a wolverine-man... thank God they waited to tell this story."
Hey, look, Amazon review spam:
"In addition to this graphic novel I'd like to recommend THE ADVENTURES OF DARKEYE: CYBER HUNTER...a fun, fast-paced Sci-Fi, that reads like a graphic novel, written by myself, Dan Bivens, and my partner, Gerald James Seward."
Thursday, October 05, 2006
"As you would expect, all information regarding SuperShadow is above top secret (classified at the highest level)."
This week brought us the release of The Most Perfect Issue of Looney Tunes Ever, as #143 contains the cover-featured story teaming Marvin the Martian and the Tasmanian Devil.
Why "perfect?" Because, 90% of the time, when I receive a request for a Looney Tunes comic, it's from someone looking for either Marvin or Taz. And 90% of those times, it's from someone trying to find tattoo ideas.
And thus I'm tempted to reorder another 500 copies, so that for the foreseeable future, when anyone comes into the shop asking "Hey, do you have any Looney T--" I can immediately shout "HERE! THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT!" and throw one of these comics at 'em.
Now if I can just get my hands on a giant stack of Hot Stuff comics, that'd take care of the rest of the tattoo customers.
Employee Josh: "Wow, this issue of Giant-Size Wolverine sure is giant."
Me: "Yeah, that comic's bigger than your mom!"
Employee Josh: "And the staples are about as loose as your mom!"
Me: "Oh, SNAP."
Former Employee Josh: "Um...what?"
Speaking of employees, former or otherwise, Kid Chris sent this text message to my cell phone the other day:
"Dead Heat. Genius piscopo film. Genius."
I have very strange friends. Not that I'm disagreeing with Kid Chris, of course.
Notable new releases:
Swamp Thing poster, with Eric Powell's cover for #22 of the recently-deceased series. I don't buy many posters, but I bought this one. I think the last poster I bought was the previous Swamp Thing poster (the one by Michael Zulli).
Complete Peanuts 1961-2: only four more decades to go! Hang in there! Classic, funny, insightful, and poignant stuff, as always.
MAX Sampler - We need to stop ordering these preview/sketch/sampler books from Marvel, since they're always crap and they don't sell, even for the low $1.00 price tag. If you want to pay a dollar for some unfinished, undialogued art for series you're either going to buy anyway, or going to continue to ignore because this "comic" ain't gonna convince you, well, here's your chance.
Life of Pope John Paul II in Comics graphic novel - I haven't checked to see if this pope story matches up continuity-wise with the life story as presented in the Marvel version...otherwise we're going to have issues with discrepancies in the Pope-iverse, requiring either a Pope of Earth-1 and a Pope of Earth-2, or perhaps even a Crisis of Infinite Popes, and nobody wants that to happen.
Old Jewish Comedians hardcover - beautiful book with black and white full-page illustrations of, yes, Old Jewish Comedians, as caricatured by Drew Friedman. Nice touch of having each comedian presented with their real name first, and their stage name in parentheses.
American Splendor #2 - More mundane-yet-compelling Harvey Pekar slice-of-life stories, as only Pekar can do 'em; 52 #22 - my customers are expressing some weariness with the series, so something better grab their attention soon...I'm enjoying it, myself; All-New Atom #4 - new artist, no Swamp Thing cameos, same fun writing.
Another item we received this week was the new issue of Star Wars Insider, which I glanced through briefly and came across a Q&A in which someone was asking about whether something they read on a particular website was true or not. What surprised me was, rather than being coy about it and giving a generic "well, don't believe everything you read," the site was mentioned by name, and the answer explicitly stated that not only does Lucasfilm have nothing to do with that site, but that a good deal of the content is outright fabricated and that Lucasfilm has gone after this site for some of its actions in the past.
Well, I had to see this site for myself, and you can too, right here. Now, I don't know how I missed this site before, as apparently it's been around a while and a thorn in the side of what's left of Star Wars fandom. Even if you don't want to check Supershadow.com directly, the history of the site on Wikipedia is a hoot, especially the stuff about the site owner's purported series of "girlfriends."
The best bit of the site has to be where the owner pretends to be George Lucas and answers fan questions. "George" does this exclusively for Supershadow.com since:
"Answering questions at SuperShadow.com is the best part of my life. I could not survive without SuperShadow. He has made Star Wars into what it has become."
Now, part of me thinks that this whole site is a put-on, just someone pretending to be a fan pretending to be George Lucas' bestest pal (particularly since, if it is a put-on, that previous quote could be read as a criticism of certain types of SW fans). But, hoax or not, it's certainly good for a laugh or two.
And something about the sheer level of...obsessiveness about it tells me that it may very well be legit, that the fan actually believes all this stuff he's spouting (or that he thinks he's fooling everyone with his claims). There's a Myspace page supposedly by Supershadow, owning up to the bogus nature of his site, but, you know, who knows if that's real or not.
Stupid internet, obfuscating the truth. Anyway, here's the text from the "About Supershadow" page, which...well, here, check it out:
"As you would expect, all information regarding SuperShadow is above top secret (classified at the highest level). Mysteriously and very enigmatically, nothing is known about SuperShadow except that SS is very close, personal friends with George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.
I mean, c'mon. There's so much wrong there that this has to be a prank, right? ...Right?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
"It is not the usual mass-produced item with ordinary so-called powers."
"BEWARE! This very moment, someone, somewhere, may be giving you the EVIL EYE...and YOU don't even know it. For your own personal well-being, please DO NOT ignore this sincere warning! Read this message - and take immediate counter-action!"
from Haunted #66 (March 1983)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Racial sensitivity in comic books.
Here are a few more panels from Tip Top Comics #158 (Sept/Oct 1949) that I didn't include with that previous post, since it didn't seem terribly appropriate.
These panels are from the "Broncho Bill" story, and yes, I know it was a product of the time, and that in cowboy 'n' Indian stories, the Indians were gonna be the bad guys...but still, after reading Nancy and Sluggo and the Katzenjammer Kids in the same book? Yikes:
...And those last two panels ended this exciting installment, but with the promise that we'd get to see more authentic Native American portrayals in the very next issue of Tip Top.
Labels: racial sensitivity
Monday, October 02, 2006
Corny but great.
Captain America proves that he is worthy enough to lift Thor's hammer, from Thor #390 (April 1988) by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Brett Breeding:
This was from a period in Captain America's history when he had resigned his usual superhero identity and became "The Captain," independent of any government agency, in case you were wondering what was up with the costume.
I tend to have a soft spot for stories where characters (like Beta Ray Bill or Superman) find themselves worthy enough to lift Thor's hammer Mjolnir, which normally only Thor himself is able to do.
Yes, I know that's a weird thing for which to have a soft spot. What can I tell you?
EDIT: Please see Comics Should Be Good's Top Five Non-Thor Mjolnir Wielders article for more information.
If I may make a brief callback to the last "End of Civilization" installment, there's one other thing from the Marvel catalog I wanted to note:
So if the books sold 3 million copies, as that blurb from the Marvel catalog states, that should translate to, what, 15 thousand, 20 thousand comic fans picking up the Anita Blake comic? (And if you're thinking that all those Stephen King fans are going to flock to the direct market and make Marvel's forthcoming Dark Tower adaptation a huge, huge seller...well, don't hold your breath.)
There we go, just one last bit of jerkiness left over from last Thursday. Good morning!
And so you know that Diamond doesn't have a monopoly (har har) on dumb stuff in catalogues, check out this fine item from Harriet Carter:
"Farting slippers 'break wind' as you walk. They're a gas! Present these sound-off slippers to any 'fart'-u-nate old timer and get ready for 'explosive' laughter. One size fits all."
Only $12.98. Small price to pay for your chance to abuse the elderly.
Gordon repurposes that photo of pal Dorian and yours truly. What did I ever do to Gordon?
So the other day, I was trying to think of the Worst Halloween Costume Ever, and what I came up with was Freddy KrueBorg -- Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger as assimilated by Star Trek's Borg, complete with a cybernetic eye and all that.
Not sure why I bring it up, really, other than to ask you folks...what's your terrible Halloween costume idea?
Sunday, October 01, 2006
"He could play bobby brown beter than tony stark."
1. One more step forward for the public acceptance of comic books, from the entertainment section of "PC Magazine's Top 99 Undiscovered Websites:"
"Get your sticky fingers on the keyboard and go to Comic Book Resources, a site that can give you all the info on your favorite spandex-wearing crimefighters and other freaks of nature. And since it's on the Internet, you don't even have to leave your mom's basement!"
2. So three weeks ago I link to this guy and his homemade Wolverine costume, and hey, no big whoop. And then a couple days ago Boing Boing links to it and suddenly everyone's all "hey, look at that, isn't that cool, woo hoo!" Oh, sure, fine, I see how it is.
2a. I'm just kidding. Relax. It's not as if I don't know that I get about one-jackdiddilyth the daily visits Boing Boing gets.
2b. Speaking of Wolvie costumes, that Wolverine aluminum claw kit I'd linked before is back on the eBay again. Get 'em while you can!
3. Another item on the eBay: "SDCC 2006 Comic Con Green Lantern Power Ring promo 52 1" - someone got $4.99 for that free GL promo ring that accompanied the release of Green Lantern Corps #1. You can see former employee Kid Chris modeling a bunch of those rings right here...why, that's $69.86 worth of rings on those digits!
4. So perhaps you've heard that Robert Downey Jr. has been cast as Iron Man in the forthcoming Marvel movie. And yes, much hay has been made of Downey, a man who has had a public struggle or two with substance abuse, playing a comic book character that is a recovering alcoholic.
But to see what the average person on the street has to say, let us go to Killer Movies:
"I'm upset because i dont like the guy. His whole drug thing just makes him less respectable as Tony Stark. I just dont like the guy, doesn't seem like he would look like Tony's smart/rich character."
Yeah, don't get ahead of yourself there, champ.
"While I think Robert Downey is a good creative actor i dont see him playing Iron Man. Thats just my opinion, maybe somebody can convince me otherwise."