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Vacationing with Thingbeard

November 5, 2019 // 2 Comments

So the nerd farm has been officially shuttered up of late for our traditional Halloween vacation. Which means we not only haven’t had time to write anything, we’ve barely had time to read any funnybooks, either. Normally, we’d just post a picture with the headline “Gone Fishin'” or some such. But his week saw the release of a comic that made us so happy we had to at least say a few words on its behalf… Fantastic Four: Grand Design 1 by Tom Scioli First of [...]

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 had enough story left to tell that I decided to unsnarl my plot and keep going. (And then, of [...]

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 a lot of the stuff I wanted to establish right out of the gate is on display in the book’s [...]

THINGBEARD: Staring into the Abyss

February 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Beginning an irregular series, in which we look back at one aspect or another of the nerd farm’s favorite super-team, The Fantastic Four! This week: the first five issues, and the incredible importance of that time the Thing became a pirate… The Greatest Moment in Funnybook History occurred in 1962, in the pages of Fantastic Four #5. And it looked a little like this: Clearly, some explanation is in order. Because, yes. That’s the Thing. Dressed like a pirate. Declaring his [...]

Fantastic Four Prelude: The Greatest Moment in Funnybook History

February 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I was working on a Fantastic Four piece for this week, but it’s taking a little longer than expected to pull it together. Just to give you something to ponder while you’re waiting, though… I have often joked that this is the Greatest Moment in Funnybook History. But honestly, I really think it might be. Why? That’s a question I’ll try to answer next [...]

Gone Fishin’

August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

As happens from time to time, real life is getting in the way of me getting my writing done. I’ve been struggling to keep the schedule up of late, and something’s got to give. So I’m going to take a week or two off, recharge the batteries, and come back strong in September. But in the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with the greatest moment in funnybook history. Way back in Fantastic Four #5, Dr. Doom (in his first appearance) sends the FF back in time to steal [...]