Recent Dorkiness

Pax Americana: The Watchmen Sequel Done Right

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather this week, and will have to keep this short. That’s okay, though. Because I have a clever plan… As you may or may not remember, last week’s column was a take-down of the Doomsday Clock ashcan, Geoff Johns’ completely-missing-the-point sequel/response to Watchmen. But as I said then, I hate to be a hater. So I thought that [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

So at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, DC Comics released an ashcan printing the first six pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, the upcoming Watchmen sequel that promises to give us the spectacle of Superman vs Dr. Manhattan. My response to this, of course, can be best summed up by Mr. Charlton Heston. Sigh. I’ve gone into my feelings before about how DC [...]

Black Mondays and Other Savagery

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

My continued fascination with things other than comics just keeps putting me further and further behind on reviews. So let’s play a bit of catch-up, shall we? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Black Monday Murders 7 by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker Every issue of this book seems to feature at least one scene of pants-filling terror. Not of the kind that haunts me afterward, mind you. But in the [...]

Closet Classics: Big Jim’s PACK

September 26, 2017 // 1 Comment

So we’ve been cleaning out some closets here on the nerd farm, and have run head-first into… Now, long-time readers may remember that I don’t generally count nostalgia as my friend. “Nostalgia is the mind-killer,” I’ve been known to opine on occasion. And in most things, I still believe that’s true. Nostalgia makes old farts like myself remember things with [...]

Freedom, Despair, and Mister Miracle

September 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been talking about movies and television and old funnybooks lately, and haven’t covered current comics much. I’ve abandoned the idea of covering the stack of unreviewed comics on my desk (partially because I filed them all away this weekend in a cleaning fit), but there is one book I held aside because I thought it was worth wrestling with all on its own… Mister [...]

Star Treks and Stray Bullets: The Joys of Damn Fine Pulp Writing

September 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

So it’s going to be kind of an uneven column this week. I’m coming off a long weekend today, after a long busy stretch at my day job (nerd farming is fun, but it don’t pay the bills). And as is my habit on such occasions, I did absolutely nothing, except entertain myself with whatever presented itself at any given moment. All that nothing kept me from getting any writing done [...]

Trapped at the Crossroads of Joy and Despair: Twin Peaks Ends, And Takes My Soul With It

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

So Twin Peaks came to an end this past weekend, and… Hoo boy. It was a difficult end to a difficult season, one that simultaneously enraged and delighted series fans. I, personally, was left speechless by it. The first hour was rollicking fun, filled with danger and action and terror, and good triumphing over evil. But there was a creeping dread underneath it all, a sense that something… [...]

KIRBY 100!

August 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

So today marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. Normally, I’d ramble on at length about the power of his ideas, the restless wildness of his creativity, the way he invented and re-invented the storytelling ground rules for so many different genres in comics… But screw all that. The best way to celebrate Kirby is in pictures. So here’s 100 of my favorite Jack [...]

Something Old, Something New: DuckTales Gets Rebooted in Style

August 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I discovered this weekend that the first episode of the new DuckTales cartoon has been made officially available for free on the YouTubes. And while kidvid isn’t our usual subject matter here on the nerd farm, DuckTales has a funnybook pedigree that brings it under our purview. The series is based, after all, on the comics of Carl Barks, who created most of the characters and concepts in [...]