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A Random Collection of Images For Your Edification and Enjoyment

April 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

So time and energy have been in short supply on the nerd farm lately. Allergies, taxes, busy days… We just couldn’t get the usual long-winded essay done. Which means it’s time to post up a bunch of pretty, pretty pictures. A lot of these are things we’ve shared over on the Dork Forty Facebook page, so folks who follow us there may have seen some of this before. But [...]

By Design: The Art of Jim Steranko

February 27, 2018 // 3 Comments

So I’ve been doing some thinking recently about Jim Steranko. With only a handful of comics stories to his credit, most of them done 50 years ago, he’s cast a long shadow on funnybook art, spawning imitators even today. And that’s not because he’s one of the all-time great illustrators. His linework isn’t masterful, his storytelling’s not always crystal clear, [...]

Waiting for the Killing Blow: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part Three

January 9, 2018 // 9 Comments

So here we are, three parts deep in our coverage of Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, the great DC Comics cross-over that never was. In Part One, we discussed Moore’s thoughts on cross-over comics in general, and how prophetic his warnings about them have become. In Part Two, we looked at the story itself (a dystopian future where the super heroes have become the defacto [...]

The Terrifying Notion of Survival: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part Two

January 2, 2018 // 7 Comments

So a couple of weeks back, we took a long, rambling look at the introduction to Alan Moore’s proposal for Twilight of the Superheroes, a 1987 DC Comics crossover comic that never happened. To be fair, our discussion was no more rambling than Moore’s own, but it still went on so long that we never quite got around to discussing the actual story he wanted to tell. Though I suppose we did give a [...]

Getting Back to Bendis…

November 14, 2017 // 3 Comments

So while I was off talking about Books With Words In Them, big news hit the funnybook world: Brian Michael Bendis has announced that he’s leaving Marvel Comics for DC. Now, this is not the sort of thing we talk much about here on the nerd farm, but it’s big enough news that I can’t help but speculate on it a little. So let’s start with the one Bendis book I’m still [...]

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 [...]

DCMe? Redux: When Interesting Comics Fail

September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

So lotsa funnybooks happened while I was on blog vacation. So many that I’ll play catch-up with some capsule reviews here in a bit. But first, I wanted to talk about a bit of news that’s broken this past week: the “DCYou” publishing initiative, known internally as the “Batgirling” of the line, has evidently been a dismal failure. DC Comics posted a two million dollar shortfall [...]

Secrets and Lies: Superman Enters the Age of Transparency

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Superman 41 by Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr, and Klaus Janson Okay, so I’ll admit it: curiosity got the better of me last week, and I shelled out four bucks for the new issue of Superman. This is the story in which, if you haven’t heard, Lois Lane will reveal the Man of Steel’s secret identity to the world. That one major plot point’s been the basis of all the [...]

DC ME?! Comics’ Oldest Publisher Re-Invents Itself (Again)

June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

I do my best not to talk about publishers around here. I just don’t get the fascination comics fans have with them. Nobody cares who publishes the new Stephen King novel, after all. So why should I care who publishes the new Alan Moore? Just because it’s comics? That’s a terrible reason. It’s the writers and artists who make the things worth reading, so it’s the [...]