Recent Dorkiness

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Four: Fear and Loathing in the Baxter Building

January 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I think I’ve created a monster. Every time I sit down to polish up my Fantastic Four notes, they keep getting bigger. Too big, really. I keep having more ideas, which inspire other ideas, and ripple backwards to change stuff I’ve already written. So it’s self-perpetuating, I’m having fun, and the posts are proving popular. Which I suppose means I should just keep doing [...]

Dork Awards: The Ten Best Funnybooks of 2016

January 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

So here we are again. Another year is done, and that means it’s time once again for the Dork Awards. I’ve done this in a lot of different ways over the years, but this year I think I’m gonna just make it a top ten list. Clean, simple, to the point: the ten best funnybooks of 2016. Of course, since I generally write about the books I most enjoy, my list of the best is going to [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Three: Fiendish Plots

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

So here we are, three chapters deep in my self-indulgent imaginings about how I’d reboot the Fantastic Four. After spending some time pondering the basics of the series, and working out who the various characters are and where they’ve been, we finally come around to the meat of the thing: the stories themselves. When I was figuring out how to launch this theoretical reboot, it struck me that [...]

Seriously, I Just Can’t…

December 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

I know I’m supposed to be posting something tonight. Some funnybook reviews, or the final part of my Fantastic Four reboot, or… or… SOMEthing. But, y’know… I’m just getting home from a very nice Christmas visit with my family. I haven’t touched the computer in days. And now, Carrie Fisher is dead. Jesus Fucking Christ. So, yeah. Sorry. It’s just not [...]

Dark and Compelling, Rogue One is Star Wars Done Right

December 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

So… Rogue One. I hesitate to make bold statements like this so soon after leaving the theater, but I think I may have a new favorite Star Wars movie. This is high praise, I know, and not the sort of thing I say lightly. But, hot damn, this is a good flick. A damn sight better than The Force Awakens and, I would argue, maybe the first real spiritual sequel to Star Wars. But I’m [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Two: A Matter of Character

December 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

So here we are again. Nobody burned the nerd farm down after last week’s excursion into fan fiction (in fact, I appreciate the kindness a few of you showed it). So we’re back for Round Two. But if you were fortunate enough to have missed that first part, you can go here to read it now. The gist of it, though, is that a discussion I ran across of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part One: The Basics

December 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

So I was reading, a few weeks ago, about the most recent Fantastic Four movie. You know, the Josh Trank one that everybody hated so much. Now, I haven’t seen that movie. But this piece I was reading about the production, Trank’s original intentions for it, and how it got turned into the film that was actually released, was fascinating. I’d link out to it, but it was one of those [...]

Organizational Behavior: The Byzantine Tedium of Funnybook Filing

November 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

So. Filing. Not the most exciting or glamorous aspect of funnybook collecting, but something all of us deal with from time to time. Well, okay. It’s something most of us deal with, anyway. There are those funnybook anarchists among us who just toss their stuff on a pile and don’t care. And while I might shake my head at those people in my more self-satisfied moments, I also sometimes [...]

Baggin’ Time! A Look Back at Recent Comics Before Sealing Them Away in Plastic Forever

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s funnybook bagging time here on the nerd farm. This is a task, much like harvesting the crops, that I undertake only once or twice a year. I could keep up with it weekly pretty easy, I suppose. Just buy a bag along with each new comic, and stuff ’em in as I read. But that seems like too much fuss. Besides… There’s so much space in a funnybook bag. Putting anything [...]

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! Dr. Strange Hits the Big Screen!

November 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I went to see the Doctor Strange movie. No, no… Not THAT Doctor Strange movie. I already saw that one, almost 40 years ago. I meant the new one, with Sherlock Holmes in it, and the white lady playing the Asian wise man. Yeah, THAT’S the one! So I went to see that. It was a little weird for me, seeing a Marvel movie. I’ve outlined my reasons for not watching their films [...]