Recent Dorkiness

Putting the Farm to Bed

September 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we went another week without a column, and I really don’t have it in me to do one this week, either. I have books I want to talk about, but not the will to actually sit down and write. It’s been a long year for everyone, and I’m just flat-out exhausted. So, as happens from time to time, I think I need a vacation. A few weeks to just read comics and watch movies and play online and not stress out over self-imposed deadlines. Just thinking about it feels relaxing. [...]

Strange Spaces and Weird Sex: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, with a whole big pile of funnybooks to discuss, and not much time to do it in. Last week, I handled that with just a couple of full-length reviews. This week, though, I think it’s time for the opposite approach. Which means, of course, that CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!! Decorum 4 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston Sometimes, I think I don’t really understand what’s going on in this book. That usually happens a few pages into any sequence involving the Church [...]

Cowboys and Nazis and Giants and Aliens

August 18, 2020 // 2 Comments

So it’s been a while since we had time to sit down and really talk comics. And it’ll have to be a short talk, even now. But the constant grind of work, pandemic, and politics is starting to have some deleterious effects on my psyche, so… Let’s talk comics for a minute. I’ve got a big pile of books to discuss here on my desk, and I don’t even know where to start. Oh, wait! Yes I do! PULP by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips The current masters of funnybook noir [...]

Nerd Farming Ain’t Easy

August 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

So it just hit me this morning (Sunday, as I write this) that I missed posting a column this past Tuesday. I kind of thought I had, but I didn’t, and then I just put it out of my mind. Can’t remember the last time I didn’t at least post a picture saying, “Stay tuned, we’ll be back soon.” But it’s been that kind of week. The day job’s kicking my nerd-farming ass, and I’m thinking that it’ll be another week before I’m able to get [...]

Toth Does Conan

July 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re back with another art gallery post this week. I hope to resume regular long-winded funnybook discussion soon, but the day job’s just taking up too much of my time right now. Gotta make a living to buy them funnybooks, after all. But I hope the quality will make up for the lack of verbiage here, because I’ve got a collection of Alex Toth pieces I didn’t even know existed before this weekend. Farting around online during lunch, I stumbled across a drawing that [...]

Gone Fishin’

July 21, 2020 // 4 Comments

As happens from time to time, I haven’t been able to do enough nerd wrangling this week to offer up a new column. So here’s a Bernie Wrightson drawing that combines two of my favorite not-comics things: Monster Movies and Pro Rasslin! Enjoy, and I hope to see you next week.       [...]

Kung Fu Fighters and Jungle Lords: Neal Adams’ Other Job

July 14, 2020 // 3 Comments

So I used to wonder why there weren’t more Neal Adams comics. I mean… He has a respectable body of work, don’t get me wrong. But for a guy who pretty much ruled comics art in the 70s, you’d think there would be more actual complete comics. While there’s tons of Adams covers, his interior work is more rare, and I used to wonder why that was. The answer, in part, lies with this image I posted a couple of days ago on Dork Forty social media: That was done for the [...]

What the Market Will Bear: A Big Two Skip Week Leaves the Indies to Rule the Racks

July 7, 2020 // 5 Comments

So this may be a short column. For one thing, I’ve procrastinated and gotten pressed for time. But also… I don’t have many funnybooks to talk about. Neither Marvel nor DC released anything last week, which didn’t impact me all that much since I don’t read a lot from either of them. But not much that I DO read came out, either. It was just two books, in fact, but they were both doozies: the second issue of The Boys: Dear Becky, and the long-awaited (by me, anyway) [...]

Sex and Crime and Magical Bastards

June 30, 2020 // 3 Comments

So… I was going to say something here about the subject matter of the comics we’re looking at this week. But for once, I think I summed that up in the title pretty well. So all I’ll add now is that we’ve got new Hellblazer and Hulk, the latest chapter of Donny Cates’ Redneck, a new Texas crime comic, and the book we’ll be starting off with today… Sex Criminals 29 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky We’re two issues from the end on this book, and I [...]

Passing Strange: FunnybooksInReviewAreGo!!!

June 23, 2020 // 4 Comments

So here we are, almost a month since new funnybooks returned, and I’m sticking to my guns on not over-buying in print. I had no missteps on that front this week, but I did belatedly discover a second misstep from last week that I regret far more than the one comic I bought but didn’t enjoy. But we’ll get to that a bit later. First, I wanted to talk about the most interesting corporate spandex book on the shelves today… Strange Adventures 2 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and [...]