Recent Dorkiness

Lord of the Quiet Moments: A Look at Jeff Lemire

March 13, 2018 // 3 Comments

So we’re pretty big Jeff Lemire fans here on the nerd farm. While he doesn’t write the complex, thematically-dense kind of stuff we like the best, he is the King of the Low-Key. The Lord of Quiet Moments. And that’s a tone he applies to a wider variety of genres than just about anyone else in comics. Science fiction, super heroes, adventure, literary naturalism, small-town slice [...]

Two Blind Men Describing an Elephant: The Current State of the Fantastic Four

March 6, 2018 // 3 Comments

So there’s been a bit of talk in funnybook circles lately about the Fantastic Four. It seems that big-time movie deals are in the making (if they don’t run afoul of monopoly laws and the like), and certain some-would-say-irrational proclamations from certain some-would-say-irrational Marvel Comics executives concerning the team may soon be rescinded because of it, leading the [...]

By Design: The Art of Jim Steranko

February 27, 2018 // 3 Comments

So I’ve been doing some thinking recently about Jim Steranko. With only a handful of comics stories to his credit, most of them done 50 years ago, he’s cast a long shadow on funnybook art, spawning imitators even today. And that’s not because he’s one of the all-time great illustrators. His linework isn’t masterful, his storytelling’s not always crystal clear, [...]

The Importance of Being the Panther

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I went to see that Black Panther movie. As long-time readers may remember, this is not the norm for me. I won’t go into my full Kirby Rant ™ right now (if you want to read it, go here). But in short, I don’t like the way Marvel Comics treated Jack Kirby when he was alive, so I choose not to support their efforts at making millions of dollars off his work on the big screen. The [...]

Murder, Gods, and Art

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here… The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 Special by Kieron Gillen and Aud Koch At times, I think The Wicked + The Divine is brilliant. It’s an exploration of mythology and godhood, well-researched and with hidden depths that reveal themselves when you really look at the gods the various cast members represent. And I love [...]

Two Weeks in the Funnybook Life

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week, my attempt to answer a reader question turned into a discussion of my reading preferences, and why I generally prefer indie comics over work-for-hire stuff. This week, I thought I’d continue along the same lines, and take a look at every new comic I’ve read in the last two weeks. Not because it’s been a particularly great time for funnybooks. In fact, it’s [...]

Funnybook Heart of Darkness: What Would It Take to Make You Stop Reading Comics?

January 30, 2018 // 13 Comments

So a reader asked me, recently, what it would take to get me to stop reading comics. It’s an interesting question, and one that I hadn’t really thought about much. I mean, that’s like asking what it would take to get me to stop watching movies. Or reading novels. Or breathing. Why would I do that? It doesn’t make sense to me. But I gave it some thought, and the first thing [...]

Mutant History X: Ed Piskor Makes Sense of It All in X-Men: Grand Design

January 23, 2018 // 3 Comments

So our attention has been turned to the past around here lately, and I thought it was high time we returned to the present this week. It’s kind of ironic, then, that the book that’s impressed me the most recently is also one that looks to the past… X-Men: Grand Design #1 & 2 by Ed Piskor    The premise of this book is simple: it’s a history of the X-Men, told as [...]

Technical Difficulties

January 16, 2018 // 1 Comment

So it’s one of those weeks where real life gets in the way of our usual long-winded ramblings. I had planned to just make a quick “Technical Difficulties” post, and move on. But then I went looking for pictures of robots from old funnybooks to go with it, and one thing lead to another, and… Here’s a whole gallery of robots! Robots fighting! Robots destroying! [...]

Waiting for the Killing Blow: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part Three

January 9, 2018 // 9 Comments

So here we are, three parts deep in our coverage of Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, the great DC Comics cross-over that never was. In Part One, we discussed Moore’s thoughts on cross-over comics in general, and how prophetic his warnings about them have become. In Part Two, we looked at the story itself (a dystopian future where the super heroes have become the defacto [...]