Recent Dorkiness

Shades of Gray: The Art of Gene Colan

September 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

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. [...]


July 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Batman Inc #3, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham In the wake of the Batman film shooting last week, DC asked that stores delay selling this book for a month. Asked, not ordered. And, since the books had already shipped… Some stores went ahead and sold the book anyway. What’s the big fuss? Well, it’s probably something to do with this: Ouch. The image of the teacher pulling a gun on her class, alone, might have been enough to make DC nervous. But really, I think it’s [...]

Day Old and Bold: Catching Up With More of the Funnybooks of July

July 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Still too many comics! Still too little time! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREonceagainGO!!! Punk Rock Jesus #1 (of 6), by Sean Murphy Vertigo’s doing its best to make this corporate publication feel lo-fi. From the black and white artwork to the grainy newsprint to the ad-free interiors to this cover… …Punk Rock Jesus is definitely supposed to feel like a zine put out by people who want to stick it to THE MAN! Or maybe it’s just a cost-cutting measure. Hmm. Nah, seriously, [...]

Stale Bread and Toasters: Catching Up On the Funnybooks of July

July 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Too many comics! Too little time! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Batman Inc #2, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham   The life and times of Talia al Ghul! This issue represents the kind of tight, concise storytelling that Morrison’s so very good at, and so little known for. Aided and abetted by artist Chris Burnham (who visibly improves with each passing issue), Morrison gives us what might be our first genuine insight into Talia as a character. She’s typically been defined through [...]