Recent Dorkiness

V -A – C – A – T- I – O – N

February 2, 2020 // 1 Comment

So, yeah. I think it’s time for a vacation. This is not something I take lightly. I’ve been doing Dork Forty, between its two incarnations, for more than a decade now, and these weekly columns have become a big part of my funnybook fandom. They’ve made me examine my reading material more closely, appreciate the good stuff more, and learn more about comics and comics history than I ever would have if I wasn’t writing them. I still enjoy doing it. But sometimes lately, the [...]

2020 State of the Industry, Part Two: The Good Stuff

January 28, 2020 // 1 Comment

So last week, a look at the March Previews catalog got me thinking about the state of the comics industry heading into the new decade. We’ve just been through a period that I consider a new Golden Age, with an explosion of great comics in a variety of genres. All in all, the last ten years have been a great time to be a comics fan. But a new decade brings a new dawn. Will the good times continue? Or have we started a decline? Let’s find out… I started things off last week by [...]

2020 State of the Industry, Part One: The Big Two

January 21, 2020 // 3 Comments

So here we are at the dawn of a new decade. And that’s got me thinking about where the funnybook business is. Well… okay. What really got me thinking about it was poring over the latest issue of Previews. If you’re not familiar, Previews is the monthly ordering catalog for Diamond Distribution, the company that supplies every comic book specialty shop in America (with a monopolistic hold over the industry that, in a saner world, would run afoul of anti-trust laws). If [...]

Dingbats and Starmen: Kirby, Allred, and Bowie

January 14, 2020 // 2 Comments

So it’s another of those weeks where real life is kicking funnybook ass, and we don’t have time for much more than a quick art gallery post. But that might be okay this time, because the two best funnybooks released last week were really all about the art: Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, and Mike Allred’s Bowie… Let’s start with the King. Dingbat Love collects the final remaining unpublished Kirby pages from the 1970s: the canceled romance magazines Soul Love and [...]

The Hard-Working King

January 7, 2020 // 1 Comment

So it’s one of those weeks where Life just gets in the way of the nerd farming. And that means there will be no column this week. To tide you over, though, here’s one of my favorite pictures of Jack Kirby, hard at work at the drawing table. This is where my life’s at right now, but without the poise and solitary majesty of The [...]

Doomsday Clock: The Final Evisceration

January 1, 2020 // 2 Comments

So I really didn’t want to do this. But somebody told me what happens in Doomsday Clock #12, and it pissed me off so much that I had to go back and finish reading the damn thing. Just so I could hate it intelligently. And, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. It’s even worse than I expected. But before the knives come back out, let’s make this all official and such… Doomsday Clock 9-12 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank  I covered the first eight issues of this travesty in earlier columns, [...]

Children, Both Gold and Green

December 17, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I’ve only got two funnybooks to discuss this week, but both of ’em are doozies. Also, due to the nature of the books, things are gonna get a little political up in here. If that’s not your gig, you may want to move on. But that’s okay. The Nerd Farm will always welcome you back… Dark Knight: The Golden Child by Frank Miller and Rafael Grampa  This comic makes me so happy. First, you’ve got a script from Frank Miller, not quite writing at the level of his [...]

Whittling Down the Pile: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

So my stack of unreviewed funnybooks is getting pretty tall. And that means it’s time to clean out the backlog. There’s still new issues of nerd farm favorites like Lazarus, Criminal, East of West, Gideon Falls, Trees, and Ether in the mix, as well as a new Grant Morrison Green Lantern, the entire Dawn of X line of books, and what we’ll be starting with today… Hellblazer 1 by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell When I reviewed the one-shot special that relaunched this [...]

FILM WARS: Before the Star Wars Saga Ends, We Rank What Has Come Before

December 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

So this one’s got a pretty convoluted origin. I started writing it a year and a half ago, after witnessing an insane on-line fan-rage argument over The Last Jedi, months after it came out. I got pretty far into my rankings, but abandoned it for… reasons I don’t remember. It’s been sitting on my hard drive ever since, though, waiting for me to come back to it. Which I did this week, after seeing Knives Out, the new murder mystery flick from Rian Johnson, director of Last [...]