Recent Dorkiness

Nazi Ant Circuses, and the Funnybooks That Love Them

September 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Alright. After a relatively fallow month, I think it’s finally time to get back to some serious nerd farming. I’ll have new installments of Star Wars Machete Order and Wrestling With Tolkien coming up soon, but first a warm-up with the last couple weeks’ worth of comics… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Hawkeye #2, by Matt Fraction and David Aja Make no mistake: this is one cool-ass funnybook. From cover art that actually has some design sense behind it… …to a [...]

NSFW Funnies: Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss

September 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

Black Kiss 2  by Howard Chaykin What a fascinating comic. It’s a story of sexual vampirism as a metaphor for Hollywood, and for film’s corrupting influence on society as a whole. It’s a pornographic argument against pornography, a portrait of Western Society drawn in jism and blood. Or maybe all of that’s just a cheap intellectual come-on, an excuse to draw a whole bunch of dicks and boobs. Maybe Chaykin’s yanking our chains, and having a great big laugh at the [...]

Ten Pounds. 1500 Pages. And Invisible.

September 5, 2012 // 3 Comments

So… Even though I have all the original issues (even that weird, seeming-non-sequitor-but-totally-not-as-it-turns-out short story from that Vertigo Winter’s Edge special)… Even though I also have all the trade paperbacks, printed on cheap newsprint as they were, and bought for a song from a convention dealer who was desperate to clear out stock rather than lug it all home… Today I bought this: Yes, it’s the Invisibles Omnibus. All 59 issues (plus the [...]

Shades of Gray: The Art of Gene Colan

September 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Life outside the nerd farm has started to calm down now, so I thought I might get back in the swing of things with a slightly belated birthday tribute to one of my all-time favorite funnybook artists, Mr. Gene Colan. Colan was something of an anomaly amongst Silver Age artists. He had a natural, fluid style, but he was able to marry it to the splay-legged dynamism of Jack Kirby to produce work that, while not always entirely comfortable in the world of spandex heroes, was nonetheless a lot of [...]

Happy Birthday to the King!

August 28, 2012 // 2 Comments

Today would have been Jack Kirby’s 95th birthday. And, since I’m currently reading his Demon Omnibus, I figured I might as well celebrate by sharing one of my favorite Demon spreads. From issue 12, it’s a sanity-blasting dose of badass monster weirdness! [...]

Machete Episode Two: The Empire Strikes Back

August 12, 2012 // 4 Comments

We’re watching the Star Wars films in Machete Order! Check out our Introduction for explanations, or just dive in below… So far, Machete Order is a very comforting way for me to watch the Star Wars films. I mean, I’m old. I saw all these movies in the theater, as they came out. So of COURSE you’d start watching with Star Wars and move on to The Empire Strikes Back. Duh! But going in to Empire, I was afraid that sense of comfort, of familiarity, might make my Machete [...]

Machete Episode One: Star Wars

July 29, 2012 // 7 Comments

We’re watching the Star Wars films in Machete Order! Check out our intro for explanations, or just dive in below… Star Wars is a weird-ass movie. No, seriously. It’s easy to forget after all the intervening years, repeated viewings, and later films, but… Aahh! That is freaking terrifying! Maybe not to you now, as an adult, 35 years after initial release, but put yourself in the place of a new audience member walking into this flick cold in 1977. Seriously, what the [...]

Star Wars Machete Order: Introduction

July 28, 2012 // 2 Comments

So there’s this thing called “Machete Order.” It’s a suggested viewing order for the Star Wars movies that its creator, Rod Hilton, claims makes the whole series work better. It goes as follows: 1. Star Wars (Episode IV) 2. Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) 3. Attack of the Clones (Episode II) 4. Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) 5. Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) You might notice that there’s only five movies there. You might also notice that they’re a bit jumbled up. [...]