Saturday, June 02, 2007

 
Erstwhile -- Having seen this word misused at least twice this week on blogs I respect, I'm gonna just point out that this word means FORMER, not "intrepid," "awesome," or anything else. ERSTWHILE=FORMER.

Thank you.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

 
Wizard on The Boys -- Click over to Wizard (there's a phrase you don't see around here much) for a brief interview with Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson about The Boys, which arrives in stores today in the form of a graphic novel collecting the first six issues and a new #7, so you can get all caught up at once courtesy of new publisher Dynamite Entertainment.

I've enjoyed the entire series to date, but #7 is particularly delicious, inventing a somewhat new and different problem for a superhero to suffer from. It's great, perverse stuff.

I had already read the original issues collected in Vol. 1, but the Simon Pegg intro and especially the sketchbook section in the back make it worth a look whether you're new to the series or not.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

 
Pressing Issues of the Day -- Weighing in on recent kerfuffles in the comics blogosphere...

#1: Johanna is Right -- A lack of diversity is why superhero comics don't matter anymore. A lack of diversity in creators, storylines, characters, and readers. A lack of diversity is why Manga has made the inroads that it has in the past decade, and the people up in arms about what Johanna had to say about diversity would know that if they paid attention to the real-world readership of comics as a whole rather than the inbred, moronic discussions at the superhero convenience stores whose days are numbered across North America.

#2: Tentacle Rape -- I looked and looked, on CNN.com and elsewhere, and could find no news coverage whatsoever of anyone or anything with tentacles raping anybody, anywhere, with their tentacles or anything else. Perhaps those upset by this imaginary scourge would do well to read point #1, above.

#3: San Diego Comicon -- As usual, Tom Spurgeon has a great guide to the San Diego Comicon. My plans in two words: Not going. As usual. Oops, that's four words.

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The Boys Are Back -- If, like me, you enjoyed Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys until DC/Wildstorm unceremoniously (not to say petulantly) pulled the plug, issue #7 arrives in stores this week from new and more visionary publisher Dynamite Entertainment. Do keep an eye out, and remember that this week, in the U.S. at least, comics will arrive in stores one day late due to the Memorial Day holiday.

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