Recent Dorkiness

Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy

March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

We’ll return to our Jack Kirby love-fest this evening, but in the meantime… I just ran across this seldom-seen unused Steve Ditko cover for Amazing Fantasy 15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), and thought I’d share: If you’re not familiar with the story, Stan Lee had initially gone to Jack Kirby to develop his Spider-Man idea. But Ditko told Stan that Kirby’s version was essentially just the Fly character he’d developed with Joe Simon over at Archie [...]

KIRBY, GODDAMMIT!!!!

March 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ahem. Pardon my French. But I needed something to herald my return to the nerd farm, and well… What better than The King himself? It was just gonna be “Kirby Dammit!” but… Considering who we’re talking about here, that just didn’t seem to have the proper… COSMIC OOMPH. I mean… just look at this! This is Kirby’s portrait of God. That’s God Almighty, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, and don’t you fucking forget it! I mean, holy [...]

The Nattering Nabob of Negativity

February 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

As I believe I’ve already mentioned, it’s been a long couple months here on the nerd farm. Or, rather, OFF the nerd farm. Nothing dreadful, understand. Busy times made more exhausting by a cold that just won’t quite fade away. Cold medicine that’s dulled my brain too much to write a lot more than a paragraph at one sitting. Ugh. On the upside, though, not writing has left my leisure time open to enjoy more of the things I enjoy, which in turn gives me way more to write [...]

Prophet: A World Made of Meat

January 21, 2012 // 2 Comments

So the nerd farm really has been quiet of late, and for that I do apologize. It’s just been one of those times when life gets in the way. Nothing serious; just a crazy time at my day job made crazier by a nasty chest cold. But with all that going on, I haven’t had the time, energy, or (honestly) inclination to write much. But this week, a funnybook came out that was so batshit crazy I HAD to write about it: Prophet #21, from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy Now, this is evidently a [...]

The Funnybooks of December

January 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

So we took a bit of an unplanned holiday break here on the nerd farm. Our apologies. These things happen. But we’re back now in the new year, with a load of stuff to catch up on. We’ve got a massive Best Funnybooks of 2011 list coming up, and we haven’t forgotten about the second part of our look at the work of Rafael Grampa, either. But for tonight, it’s time to play a little catch-up on all the funnybooks we haven’t reviewed in the last month. And that means [...]

The Seedy World of Rafael Grampa, Part One

December 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

BATMAN!! Now that I have your attention… One of the great unsung funnybook artists of the current generation is one Mr. Rafael Grampa. Hailing from Brazil, Grampa has sprung onto the American comics scene somewhat stealthily in recent years, most popularly lending his idiosyncratic vision to drawings of various popular super hero characters, like the one of our favorite flying rodent that we so shamelessly used above to trick you into reading this piece. Not that we feel the least bit [...]

The Art and Science of Dead Super Heroes

November 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

There’s this little thing we do periodically here on the Dork Forty that we like to call… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!! Fantastic Four #600, by Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting, Carmine DeGiandomenico, Ming Doyle, Leinil Francis Yu, and Farel Dalrymple There are a number of ways to approach anniversary issues. You can do the big retrospective celebration of the series’ history. You can do the “conclusion to the big major storyline” thing, or maybe even take the book in an [...]

Lovecraft via Seuss

November 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

As we all know, the interwebs are filled with many wondrous and interesting things. But they’re also filled with awful, squamous things that man was not meant to know (insert your own link to goatse here — who do you think I am, Warren Ellis?). Well, tonight we bring you something that’s got both bases covered. Over on DeviantArt, an artist with the handle Dr. Faustus AU is doing his own adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” in the style of Dr. [...]

Things to be Thankful For: Terry Gilliam

November 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Y’know, I was gonna do a post about a whole bunch of dorky things to be thankful for tonight (and I may yet still before Thanksgiving weekend is over). But then I discovered that it’s Terry Gilliam’s 71st birthday, and that is worth being thankful for all by itself. So happy birthday, Mr. Gilliam! And now… Enjoy a brief gallery of pictures from Gilliam’s storied career… Known primarily as a member of Monty Python, and the director of numerous cult films, [...]

Print vs Digital: One Dork’s Descent into the Dark Side

November 20, 2011 // 2 Comments

For the first time this week, I bought more digital comics than I did print comics. There were multiple reasons for this: price, quality, subscriptions my local funnybook store forgot to pull, new digital offerings of indie stuff I missed the first time around… No one thing goes into my decisions to buy digital. But I was still somewhat taken aback, and that means it’s something worth writing about. For the most part, I buy digital copies of things I don’t think I’m [...]