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Shaved Yeti. Alien. Writer of stuff. Read my fiction at http://reportsfromthefieldblog.wordpress.com/. Read my thoughts on comic books and other dork culture ephemera at https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/.

A Random Collection of Images For Your Edification and Enjoyment

April 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

So time and energy have been in short supply on the nerd farm lately. Allergies, taxes, busy days… We just couldn’t get the usual long-winded essay done. Which means it’s time to post up a bunch of pretty, pretty pictures. A lot of these are things we’ve shared over on the Dork Forty Facebook page, so folks who follow us there may have seen some of this before. But [...]

Infinite Bastardry: Jim Starlin Gets Prog with New Thanos OGN

April 10, 2018 // 1 Comment

So I had planned to do our regular round of funnybook reviews this week, but then I read this one book, and plans changed… Thanos: The Infinity Siblings by Jim Starlin and Alan Davis I should preface this review by saying that the only reason I bought this book (a 112-page hardcover OGN that retails for $25) is because Comixology had it on sale for 99 cents. I don’t mean that to sound [...]

Rednecks and Dumbasses: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

April 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it was kind of a short funnybook week for me last week. But I think I might be able to turn that into a column anyway… Redneck 11 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren This is one of those issues that makes things come into focus. Redneck has, to a large extent, been about an intense blood feud between our hero– actually, let’s say protagonist— vampire clan and the [...]

Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Seven: The Trial of the Thing!

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a while since we did any Fantastic Four Re-Mix. A full year, in fact. What can I say? I hit a snag in the plot and let myself get tripped up on it. And I’ve always felt just slightly silly doing these things, anyway, so it seemed better to just wander off. But I re-read the earlier chapters recently, and realized that I liked them quite a bit. That lead me back in, and I [...]

The Spice of the Funnybook Life

March 27, 2018 // 3 Comments

So I’ve often said that we’re currently in a new Golden Age of Funnybooks. Not in terms of sales, sadly. But very much in terms of content. We still have a ways to go, of course. There are significant holes in the range of stories being told in comics form. We need more romance, more kids’ comics, more… I dunno. More of anything that would attract a mass audience. But [...]

Randoming Random Randomness: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

March 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

So I was thinking… You know what we haven’t done in a while? Just a bunch of random reviews with no connecting theme. And it’s probably a good time. We’ve got a couple of new number ones in the stack, some old favorites returning, some on-going concerns we can’t escape from… So let’s get right to it. Eternity Girl 1 by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew I [...]

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, [...]