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Kid Detectives, Lady Snipers, and Human Flies: QUARANTINE REVIEWS ARE GO!!

April 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re still in quarantine, and we still have no new funnybooks to read. Or almost none. Because the nerd farm was briefly lit up with one little ray of new comics light last week, and we’ll be starting the column off with that. Afterwards, though, it’s back to the quarantine stash for an old favorite and a new discovery… Friday 1 by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin Ed Brubaker describes this series as “Encyclopedia Brown meets HP Lovecraft.” So of course I was [...]

Invaders and Noir: Nerd Farm Quarantine Reads

April 15, 2020 // 5 Comments

So one nice thing about quarantine time (because we’ve gotta look for SOME silver lining here, right?) is that it’s given me plenty of time to read. Just about every reader I’ve ever known has a stack of unread books in their house somewhere, and in my case, it’s probably more like a whole bookcase of the stuff. I’ve come to look at that shelf as my “retirement stash,” books to work through at that amorphous future time when I stop working and have more free [...]

Quarantine Reading for Your Homebound Enjoyment

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are. Funnybooks, like the rest of the world, are on hold and we don’t know when they’re coming back. At the same time, many of us are stuck at home waiting for this whole thing to be over, and in need of some funnybook escapism. So this week, I thought it might be nice to offer up a list of good quarantine reads. My criteria here were fairly simple: I wanted to talk about less well-known comics, and/or stuff we haven’t championed to death here on the nerd farm. I [...]

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 [...]