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A Collection of Completely Random Images

May 13, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I think Matt Groening said it best:   That’s especially true in the time of coronavirus, and the last couple of weeks at my job have put me through the ringer a bit. So instead of our regular column this week, I’m giving you a completely random assortment of pretty pictures. Hope you enjoy it. And I hope even more that I’ll be able to get back to our regularly-scheduled programming soon… First up, we have Russ Heath’s cover for Marvel Tales #104:   [...]

Kirby While You Wait

March 24, 2020 // 3 Comments

So the nerd farm’s getting itself settled under quarantine conditions right now, but we’ll be back in a day or two with this week’s post. In the meantime, though… Enjoy a few of Jack Kirby’s lesser-seen works…                   Alright, that’s all for now. We’ll be back soon.     [...]

Dingbats and Starmen: Kirby, Allred, and Bowie

January 14, 2020 // 2 Comments

So it’s another of those weeks where real life is kicking funnybook ass, and we don’t have time for much more than a quick art gallery post. But that might be okay this time, because the two best funnybooks released last week were really all about the art: Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, and Mike Allred’s Bowie… Let’s start with the King. Dingbat Love collects the final remaining unpublished Kirby pages from the 1970s: the canceled romance magazines Soul Love and [...]

The Hard-Working King

January 7, 2020 // 1 Comment

So it’s one of those weeks where Life just gets in the way of the nerd farming. And that means there will be no column this week. To tide you over, though, here’s one of my favorite pictures of Jack Kirby, hard at work at the drawing table. This is where my life’s at right now, but without the poise and solitary majesty of The [...]

Sights and Sounds from Heroes Con 2019

June 18, 2019 // 2 Comments

So I did something this past weekend that I haven’t done in maybe 15 years: I packed a bag and attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with it, Heroes is the last of a dying breed: a comic book convention that’s actually devoted to comic books rather than general pop culture. You won’t find movie and TV stars slumming it at Heroes Con. Instead, you’ll find table after table of funnybook people, doing sketches, hawking their wares, [...]

A Random Collection of Beautiful Things

January 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So instead of working on this week’s column, I’ve gotten distracted by a new project the last few days. Which means it’s time to dip into our vast supply of funnybook images. We do this kind of thing all the time over on the nerd farm’s social media (a few of the images below are appearing there this week, in fact), but not so often on the main site. We can do things bigger and better here, though, so I decided to pick out 25 pictures, by 25 different artists, featuring [...]

Remembering Stan the Man

November 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

So as I’m sure anyone who could possibly be reading this has already heard, Stan Lee passed away yesterday, at the age of 95. He had a good long run by anyone’s standards, and this week is being mourned by millions around the world, many of whom have never read a funnybook in their lives. But on the whole, he leaves behind a complicated legacy. To the world at large, Stan will be remembered as Smilin’ Stan! Stan the Man! Everybody’s funnybook grandpa! And that’s an image he honestly [...]

Countdown to Halloween 2018

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we’re on Halloween vacation this week, and as such aren’t really around to deliver the usual long-winded enthusiasm. So instead, we’re just going to direct you over to our social media, where we’ve been sort of unofficially participating in the annual Countdown to Halloween with a new comics-related Halloween post every day. Usually, it’s just a piece of artwork, but sometimes there’s a little story to go with it. Somewhere in there, we even put up the [...]

The Comics That Made Me, Part Two

August 28, 2018 // 2 Comments

So this week we’re right in the middle of doing the dorkiest thing possible: making a list of funnybooks we like! The idea (taken from a social media challenge thing) is to make a list of ten comics that had an influence on me, and that I still enjoy reading today. I covered the first half of that last week, with comics from my childhood and adolescence. And we’re wrapping it up this week with stuff from high school and beyond… BOOK SIX: SWAMP THING Alan Moore took over Swamp [...]

NOT A NUMBER: Jack Kirby vs. The Prisoner

July 24, 2018 // 3 Comments

So last week, I indulged in a rare splurge on an objet d’art: The Original Art Edition of Jack Kirby’s adaptation of The Prisoner, which reproduces his pencils at the size he drew them. I’ve bought a few of these art board reproductions over the years (Kirby’s Mister Miracle, a collection of Wally Wood stories for EC Comics), and I’d sworn I’d never buy another one. Not because they’re not nice; they are, especially for a comics historian and process [...]