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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.     [...]

Dreadfully Polite and Information-Dense

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re running a little behind this week, but better late than never, right? As it is, though, I’m thinking that I may just have to abandon that plan I had to talk about the rest of the books that came out while I was on blog vacation. Or I will if people keep putting out such interesting new comics as this one, anyway… Decorum 1 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston With the recent end of East of West, I suppose it was only natural that Jonathan Hickman’s next [...]

Heroic Aplomb and the Atrocities of War: Tom King’s Strange Adventures Launches in Fine Style

March 10, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I was going to continue looking at the comics that came out while I was on blog vacation last month, but then something came out just last week that begged commentary first… Strange Adventures 1 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan “Doc” Shaner  It’s always a pleasure when Tom King’s doing “serious” work. Which is to say, NOT an on-going monthly or Event ™ comic that forces him to play within the rules of modern corporate spandex storytelling. Not many [...]

Kirkman and Samnee’s Fire Power Satisfies Without Surprises

March 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

So my local funnybook store (Hello, Nostalgia Newsstand!) recently let me borrow a preview copy of an upcoming book to review, and though I was on Blog Vacation at the time, I decided I couldn’t turn them down. Especially not when I realized it was filled with beautiful Chris Samnee artwork. It’s also written by Robert Kirkman, of course, but with him I’m a lot more hit and miss. I’m the one guy who didn’t like The Walking Dead, for instance, but I do dig Outcast. [...]

What I Did on My Blog Vacation, Part One

March 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re back! After taking a month off to rest and recharge the nerd batteries, we return refreshed and… wiser, maybe? Because I’ll tell you the truth: much as Dork Forty was feeling like a job before I took a break from it… I also feel like I mostly spent my month off wasting time. I mean, I KNOW it was a vacation, but looking back, it seems like all I did was fart around on-line, watch professional wrestling, and read opinion pieces on crap that doesn’t really [...]

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 [...]