Recent Dorkiness

Countdown to Halloween!

October 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

There’s a chill in the evening air. Everything’s dying. And the nerd wranglers are out sincerin’ up the punkin patch. Which can only mean one thing: every dork’s favorite holiday has shambled onto the horizon once more, and we must begin preparations for its unholy arrival. That’s right, kids: Halloween’s a’comin’! And with it, a special Dork Forty Halloween mix tape. Of sorts. Every day in October, we’ll be posting a Halloweenie song for [...]

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! [...]