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Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Seven: The Trial of the Thing!

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a while since we did any Fantastic Four Re-Mix. A full year, in fact. What can I say? I hit a snag in the plot and let myself get tripped up on it. And I’ve always felt just slightly silly doing these things, anyway, so it seemed better to just wander off. But I re-read the earlier chapters recently, and realized that I liked them quite a bit. That lead me back in, and I [...]

Two Blind Men Describing an Elephant: The Current State of the Fantastic Four

March 6, 2018 // 3 Comments

So there’s been a bit of talk in funnybook circles lately about the Fantastic Four. It seems that big-time movie deals are in the making (if they don’t run afoul of monopoly laws and the like), and certain some-would-say-irrational proclamations from certain some-would-say-irrational Marvel Comics executives concerning the team may soon be rescinded because of it, leading the [...]

Two Weeks in the Funnybook Life

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week, my attempt to answer a reader question turned into a discussion of my reading preferences, and why I generally prefer indie comics over work-for-hire stuff. This week, I thought I’d continue along the same lines, and take a look at every new comic I’ve read in the last two weeks. Not because it’s been a particularly great time for funnybooks. In fact, it’s [...]

KIRBY 100!

August 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

So today marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. Normally, I’d ramble on at length about the power of his ideas, the restless wildness of his creativity, the way he invented and re-invented the storytelling ground rules for so many different genres in comics… But screw all that. The best way to celebrate Kirby is in pictures. So here’s 100 of my favorite Jack [...]

Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Six: Hot Pursuit!

February 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I got a little carried away this time. I had planned for this sixth installment of the Fantastic Four Re-Mix (previous chapters may be found at the link) to zip through several storylines in short form, to get my remaining ideas out of the way so I could go into the big finale in the next chapter. But then I started writing, and my quick synopsis for Arc Thirteen started sprouting ideas and [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part 5: Expanding Horizons

February 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, mixing up the Fantastic Four, recreating the strip from the ground-up for the modern era. I’m having a blast writing these things, and I appreciate the support the posts are seeing from a readership that doesn’t normally come here for this kind of crap. Thanks for letting me get this out of my system. It’s evidently been bubbling beneath the surface for a [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Four: Fear and Loathing in the Baxter Building

January 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I think I’ve created a monster. Every time I sit down to polish up my Fantastic Four notes, they keep getting bigger. Too big, really. I keep having more ideas, which inspire other ideas, and ripple backwards to change stuff I’ve already written. So it’s self-perpetuating, I’m having fun, and the posts are proving popular. Which I suppose means I should just keep doing [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Three: Fiendish Plots

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

So here we are, three chapters deep in my self-indulgent imaginings about how I’d reboot the Fantastic Four. After spending some time pondering the basics of the series, and working out who the various characters are and where they’ve been, we finally come around to the meat of the thing: the stories themselves. When I was figuring out how to launch this theoretical reboot, it struck me that [...]