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Closet Classics: Big Jim’s PACK

September 26, 2017 // 1 Comment

So we’ve been cleaning out some closets here on the nerd farm, and have run head-first into… Now, long-time readers may remember that I don’t generally count nostalgia as my friend. “Nostalgia is the mind-killer,” I’ve been known to opine on occasion. And in most things, I still believe that’s true. Nostalgia makes old farts like myself remember things with [...]

Freedom, Despair, and Mister Miracle

September 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been talking about movies and television and old funnybooks lately, and haven’t covered current comics much. I’ve abandoned the idea of covering the stack of unreviewed comics on my desk (partially because I filed them all away this weekend in a cleaning fit), but there is one book I held aside because I thought it was worth wrestling with all on its own… Mister [...]

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 [...]

Funnybooks on Film

May 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks where real life gets in the way of my fun, and I just don’t have the time or energy for my usual long-winded meanderings. So instead, I thought I’d share someone else’s, in the form of a some funnybook documentaries that have made their way past my eyes recently. Enjoy, and we’ll (hopefully) resume regular service next week. First up, [...]

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 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 [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Two: A Matter of Character

December 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

So here we are again. Nobody burned the nerd farm down after last week’s excursion into fan fiction (in fact, I appreciate the kindness a few of you showed it). So we’re back for Round Two. But if you were fortunate enough to have missed that first part, you can go here to read it now. The gist of it, though, is that a discussion I ran across of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part One: The Basics

December 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

So I was reading, a few weeks ago, about the most recent Fantastic Four movie. You know, the Josh Trank one that everybody hated so much. Now, I haven’t seen that movie. But this piece I was reading about the production, Trank’s original intentions for it, and how it got turned into the film that was actually released, was fascinating. I’d link out to it, but it was one of those [...]

Happy Birthday to the King

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Today would have been Jack Kirby’s 99th birthday. I’ve written about him, his art, and his influence many times over the years, and I invite you to check some of that out. Even if you just look at the pictures. Because the pictures are what count, after all. The pictures are what made him The King. https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/tag/jack-kirby/ If you really want to get [...]

The Funnybooks of My Birth

August 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

It’s my birthday today, so I hope you don’t mind if I slack off a bit this week, and do another picture post. Inspired by this Bleeding Cool article featuring a list of the 100 best-selling comics of June 1984 (a cool read if you’ve got the time), I decided to look tonight at the covers of the funnybooks released in the month of my birth: August 1968. Or at least, the books [...]