Recent Dorkiness

Funnybooks in the Time of the Plague: Two Months Later

May 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

So new comics return to stores this week. But will the readers do the same? Some almost certainly will. People in several comics groups I’m part of on social media have spent their quarantines buying up massive quantities of back issues, just to give themselves some reading material. New comics will be very welcome for those guys. But that may not be the case for everybody. Lots of people are out of work. Money’s tight, and may very well get tighter before the pandemic’s [...]

Funnybooks and YouTubes

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

So the day job’s still kicking my ass this week, and that means it’s time for another collection of random stuff. Since I did still images last week, I thought I might direct your attention to some of them fancy MOVIN’ pictures this time out. All funnybook related, of course… First up, I’d like to direct your attention to the 2000 AD THRILLCAST! This week, they’re interviewing quite the murderer’s row of British comics artists: Brian Bolland, Dave [...]

A Collection of Completely Random Images

May 13, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I think Matt Groening said it best:   That’s especially true in the time of coronavirus, and the last couple of weeks at my job have put me through the ringer a bit. So instead of our regular column this week, I’m giving you a completely random assortment of pretty pictures. Hope you enjoy it. And I hope even more that I’ll be able to get back to our regularly-scheduled programming soon… First up, we have Russ Heath’s cover for Marvel Tales #104:   [...]

The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Revisited

May 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re running a little short on time this week. I just haven’t been able to sit down and write, and I didn’t feel like doing a gallery post, either. So I thought that, since we’ve gotten a fair number of new Nerd Wranglers around here lately, I’d take an easy out an revisit some past glories. Specifically, a (never-completed) series of articles I did at the original version of the blog on the history of the Comics Code Authority. I started those columns on the [...]

Smut and Filth: NSFW Quarantine Reviews Are Go!!!

April 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been reading a bit about quarantine and sex. Some are speculating that we may see a small baby boom early next year, as people sitting at home bored and scared turn to sex to make each other feel better. Of course, people are also scared of close personal contact, so that may NOT happen. But one thing is definitely happening: people are watching a lot more pornography. Pornhub (the number one free porn site on the interwebs) has been reporting an 11 or 12% increase in traffic [...]

Kid Detectives, Lady Snipers, and Human Flies: QUARANTINE REVIEWS ARE GO!!

April 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re still in quarantine, and we still have no new funnybooks to read. Or almost none. Because the nerd farm was briefly lit up with one little ray of new comics light last week, and we’ll be starting the column off with that. Afterwards, though, it’s back to the quarantine stash for an old favorite and a new discovery… Friday 1 by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin Ed Brubaker describes this series as “Encyclopedia Brown meets HP Lovecraft.” So of course I was [...]

Invaders and Noir: Nerd Farm Quarantine Reads

April 15, 2020 // 5 Comments

So one nice thing about quarantine time (because we’ve gotta look for SOME silver lining here, right?) is that it’s given me plenty of time to read. Just about every reader I’ve ever known has a stack of unread books in their house somewhere, and in my case, it’s probably more like a whole bookcase of the stuff. I’ve come to look at that shelf as my “retirement stash,” books to work through at that amorphous future time when I stop working and have more free [...]

Quarantine Reading for Your Homebound Enjoyment

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are. Funnybooks, like the rest of the world, are on hold and we don’t know when they’re coming back. At the same time, many of us are stuck at home waiting for this whole thing to be over, and in need of some funnybook escapism. So this week, I thought it might be nice to offer up a list of good quarantine reads. My criteria here were fairly simple: I wanted to talk about less well-known comics, and/or stuff we haven’t championed to death here on the nerd farm. I [...]

Funnybooks in the Time of the Plague

April 3, 2020 // 3 Comments

So, wow. We’re living in interesting times, huh? So interesting that it almost seems frivolous to talk about funnybooks. Still, I’ve been intending to do that very thing for days. But as I got down to the business of locking down the nerd farm… I got a bit overwhelmed. If it was just obeying stay at home orders, I’d be fine. But it hasn’t been. I won’t bore you with details, but it really has been one thing after another this past week. Just as I got my head [...]

Kirby While You Wait

March 24, 2020 // 3 Comments

So the nerd farm’s getting itself settled under quarantine conditions right now, but we’ll be back in a day or two with this week’s post. In the meantime, though… Enjoy a few of Jack Kirby’s lesser-seen works…                   Alright, that’s all for now. We’ll be back soon.     [...]