Recent Dorkiness

Funnybook Bloodbath: The DC Comics Implosion

September 4, 2018 // 2 Comments

So I know we haven’t talked current funnybooks in a couple of weeks, but I just finished reading this book of funnybook history, and I’m dying to talk about it, so… Comic Book Implosion by Keith Dallas and John Wells    In 1978, DC Comics launched an advertising campaign for the “DC Explosion,” an initiative to expand their line of titles and offer more pages per book. [...]

The Comics That Made Me, Part Two

August 28, 2018 // 2 Comments

So this week we’re right in the middle of doing the dorkiest thing possible: making a list of funnybooks we like! The idea (taken from a social media challenge thing) is to make a list of ten comics that had an influence on me, and that I still enjoy reading today. I covered the first half of that last week, with comics from my childhood and adolescence. And we’re wrapping it up this [...]

The Comics That Made Me, Part One

August 21, 2018 // 7 Comments

So we have the social interwebs even out here on our remote nerd farm, and – as happens from time to time on the sociable netbooks – we got tagged on one of those “post 10 of your favorite whatevers” things. Now (being a huge dork), I love lists. And since this one was “post the covers of 10 funnybooks that made an impact on you, and that you still enjoy today,” I decided to answer it [...]

Something to Believe In

August 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

So this week’s column will be a bit of a departure for the nerd farm. But we are dorks about a great many things around here, and this is where I work those dorky thoughts out of my head. So I hope our regular readers will indulge me, and we’ll get back to the funnybooks next time… New Japan Pro Wrestling: G1 Climax 28 I’ve been a pro wrestling fan, off and on, for most of [...]

Cosmic Schmaltz: The Fantastic Four Returns

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

So after a slight delay, we’re back with… Something I couldn’t have written before yesterday anyway… Fantastic Four 1 by Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli    So, yeah. Yeah, this book. About that… I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not… BAD, per se. (Or it’s not AWFUL, anyway.) I didn’t HATE it. But I didn’t enjoy it. I kind of thought I [...]

Technical Difficulties … Please Stand By

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

So our regular Tuesday update is running a little behind this week. Check back with us (we hope) on Thursday, for our usual long-winded rambling. But in the meantime… See if you can’t give ol’ Cliff a hand, okay? He’d do it for you! [...]

Great Adventures and Grand Designs

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I’ve got a great big stack of funnybooks sitting here waiting for my attention. Which I suppose means that… CAPSULE REVIEWS ARE GO!! Fantastic Four #1 Preview Spotlight Give-Away Thingie by Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli  The new Fantastic Four comic is launching next week, and I’m glad to hear that the book’s coming back. FF is, as I’ve said more than a few times, [...]

NOT A NUMBER: Jack Kirby vs. The Prisoner

July 24, 2018 // 3 Comments

So last week, I indulged in a rare splurge on an objet d’art: The Original Art Edition of Jack Kirby’s adaptation of The Prisoner, which reproduces his pencils at the size he drew them. I’ve bought a few of these art board reproductions over the years (Kirby’s Mister Miracle, a collection of Wally Wood stories for EC Comics), and I’d sworn I’d never buy another [...]

Something Old, Something New… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

So our Steve Ditko memorial post last week put us a little behind on the regular funnybook reviews, but it seems to have been rather widely enjoyed, so I suppose that’s okay. Still, though, there’s a lot to talk about. There were new issues of several continuing favorites, but also some new beginnings for old favorites, including a surprising amount of surprisingly interesting [...]

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: An Appreciation of Steve Ditko

July 10, 2018 // 7 Comments

So I’m sure that, if you’re reading this, you’ve heard about the passing of Steve Ditko. A true giant of comics, Ditko stands in a position sort of opposite Jack Kirby in the funnybook pantheon. If Kirby is a pugnacious Thor, the god of a feisty heroic ideal, then Ditko is a nervous Hades, the god of dark obsessions and paranoia, his art best-suited to supernatural horror and [...]