Friday, May 05, 2006

Thought for the Day -- The conclusion of Infinite Crisis must be accepted by all rational observers as definitive proof that Geoff Johns is, without doubt, the Rob Liefeld of writers.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Clowes Interviewed at Newsarama -- The countdown to his new movie in on...check out the Newsarama interview with Art School Confidential's Dan Clowes. You can keep your X-Men 3 and Superman 5, ASC is THE funnybook movie of the year, as far as I am concerned. Can't wait to see it.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Greatest Day of the Year So Far -- That was decided by 12:30 PM, when I had gotten to my local record store (yes, I am old and still call them that) and picked up the new Tool CD, 10,000 Days.

It's a weird package with little goggles attached so you can look at some typically odd art in the attached booklet; I suppose I'll go through it once, but whatever 3-D effect they are going for, it doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe it's my astigmatism.

But I have an official copy of the CD, and that made my day, and my year. I just fucking love the music this band (and its kissing cousin A Perfect Circle) makes.



I get home and there's a GIANT FREAKING BOX from Top Shelf Productions. Inside, a very nice, personalized note from publisher Chris Staros and Brett Warnock (two of The Nicest People in Comics), introducing the contents of the box.

Which is a complete galley of LOST GIRLS, the forthcoming gigantic slipcased graphic novel set by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

Some days it's really good to be alive, and this is one of them. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go listen to Tool and read this GIANT FREAKING BOOK.


Sex Scandal Revelations and Bad Web Practices -- Courtesy of Johanna, news that The Comics Journal has revealed the name of the man accused in a recent alleged sex scandal; this involves the incident that led Friends of Lulu to create an empowerment fund for women who have been sexually harassed within the comics industry (that's my possibly-simplistic take on the fund, you may find more nuance here, another link courtesy of Johanna, who has a whole raft of links relating to this story).

It seems like a fairly balanced piece, the Journal's coverage, covering both Brownstein's alleged wrongdoing and the somewhat stumbling manner in which the Lulu empowerment fund came together (it remains to be seen if it will be a longterm force for good in the industry; although it seems fueled by good intentions, we all know where that road often leads). But given the long history of alleged sexual harassment incidents in the industry, this is a story worth pointing out and one well worth following.

I don't care for the Journal's note at the end of their story, though, that the full version of it will be gutted once the print version is out there. This is too important a story to play "Hey, go buy the magazine" with; presumably that's why they put it up so quickly in the first place, and in the interests of history and good journalism, it should stay up in full. It's not like anyone is not going to buy the next issue of The Journal if the story remains up, where it belongs, for all to see, for as long as it possibly can.

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Doctor Who -- Well, it was true -- the third episode of the new run of Doctor Who was a fantastic episode from start to finish. The Sarah Jane and K9 material was genuinely moving, Anthony Stewart Head was fun if a bit over-the-top (well, it is Doctor Who, after all), and the story was as engaging and entertaining as the best of the previous season's episodes.

The best scene was probably Rose and Sarah Jane bonding through their shared exasperation with The Doctor, a scene so universally accurate that even my kids understood the truth and the humour behind it. Mickey's line about "The Mrs. and the ex" was gold, too.


Sunday Morning Bullet Points -- Yep, random thoughts while everyone else in the house snoozes away...

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