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More Links Catch-Up (Walking Dead, Superman, Alan Moore, Joss Whedon, D&D, etc.)

14 Jun

by Mike Hansen

CBLDF

CBLDF (Photo credit: badlyricpolice)

Sorry about the lack of posts yesterday – I’m hammering away on some comics story proposals to pitch to publishers in the coming weeks. I’ll be sharing more info about them in the future. In the meantime, I thought you’d dig these stories:

Awesome story about a kid who asks a comics retailer, “Are you Superman?”

After moving their channel numbers, Dish Network has threatened to stop carrying AMC’s networks next month. That means no more Walking Dead and Comic Book Men (among others) for millions of people. Click here to tell Dish what you think about this.

The CBLDF gives a quick take on the mother who complained about an Alan Moore comic at a library being available for teens. (While I’d call Neonomicon one of Moore’s more “adult-oriented” comics, I’d never suggest that teenagers aren’t mature enough to handle “mature-readers” comics – after all, I happily read Elfquest, Groo, Swamp Thing, Sandman, and Hellblazer as a kid – all of which had nudity, sex, and/or “graphic” violence…)

Now that the Avengers Continue reading

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New Warner Bros. 3-in-1 Blu-Ray for Comics Fans

31 Jan

by Mike Hansen

I just saw this at my local Target store:


V for Vendetta / Watchmen / Constantine (Triple-Feature) [Blu-ray]

This three-movie set is obviously aimed at comics fans. To the general public, a bizarre horror film, a weird superhero film, and a story that inspired those spooky Anonymous people have nothing in common. To any comics fan (not to mention Alan Moore), the common theme is pretty clear.

It’s under $15 right now on Amazon, so it’s a pretty great deal.

Fast Facts for Frank Miller (and Friends)

23 Nov

by Mike Hansen

The Dick Knight by Richard Pace

"The Dick Knight" by Richard Pace - click to make bigger

(Artwork by Richard Pace – check out his fine blog!)

Lots of things to talk about, but so little time this holiday week!

So, for those spending the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, here are some fun facts for those people who just LOOOOVE to start political arguments with their “loved ones”…

Newser is calling Frank Miller’s nemesis Al Qaeda “all but defeated”:

Al-Qaeda is on the brink of defeat, shriveling even faster than US officials had predicted in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. The group now consists of just a few hundred fighters, with only two “high-value” targets left on the CIA’s list—leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and his No. 2, Abu Yahya al-Libi, the Washington Post reports.

“We have rendered the organization that brought us 9/11 operationally ineffective,” one US counterterrorism official said, adding that al-Qaeda lacked “any of the world-class terrorists they once had.”

Perhaps Miller would agree with Continue reading

HOLY TERROR and Propaganda vs. Storytelling

16 Nov

by Mike Hansen

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

Can this guy be in a comic book without it being one-sided propaganda? (Hint: YES) (Image via Wikipedia)

There’s a really interesting discussion going on over at the Marvel Masterworks Fan Site forums (in which I’ve participated a bit) over Frank Miller’s Holy Terror and whether it, or Miller, are offensive.

My post there today ended up being much longer and more time-consuming than I’d intended, so there probably won’t be as many site updates here today. I’m going to be lazy and just share some of what I posted there, since I do think it’s worth further discussion (either there or here, whatever you feel like).

Unlike Miller’s comments section (or most comments sections on the ‘net), this thread has inspired a lot of great ideas and points of view about politics and propaganda. And the discussion has broadened into whether comics and other popular media are appropriate tools for depicting polarizing/political figures, or groups of people (like, say, Muslims), and whether said depictions are inherently biased.

From my last post:

Yes, Alex Ross’s Bush/Obama paintings are obviously ridiculous, editorial works that fit perfectly with his approach to superhero cover art and his work on Uncle Sam (the American Dream vs. the cynical, imperfect reality). Ross works in symbols and iconography; I don’t see why anyone would be offended by an artist having a point of view in his work, especially when it’s making a statement about a public figure. To me, that’s the beauty of free speech in America: any public figure deserves all of the praise and criticism people convey in their editorial work, because they’re asking for it. No other country has the same absolute guarantee of this sort of criticism, and that’s the one thing I value about America more than any other.

But editorial cartoons aren’t comic-book stories. The Continue reading

The Real Reason DC Didn’t Publish HOLY TERROR

15 Nov

by Mike Hansen

Batman Holy Terror cover

It wouldn’t surprise me if, in the wake of the last week, this gets reprinted as part of the DC Comics Presents line within the next year…

Frank Miller: The Dennis Miller of Comics

14 Nov

by Mike Hansen

Miller at the 1982 Comic-Con

Frank Miller in 1982, when his greatest works were still ahead of him. (Image via Wikipedia)

I haven’t seen this big a left-to-right swing since [insert your own stupid Dennis Miller obscure reference here].

A week ago, Frank Miller wrote some ignorant bullshit about the Occupy Wall Street movement, in a post entitled, “Anarchy.”

A lot of folks have called him out – just check out the comments below his post for a taste.

Ty Templeton had the cleverest response: a comic strip letter from a master cartoonist to a writer who can barely be bothered to do comics – certainly not any great comics – anymore. Here’s a taste:

Ty Templeton Frank Miller Funnies

It would be so easy to tear Miller’s retarded rant to pieces, but why bother? Anyone on the planet with access to Google can decimate its entirety in seconds.

I’ve loved almost all of Frank Miller’s work. Virtually everything he’s created since becoming the writer on Daredevil over 30 years ago has been a masterpiece (excepting his two pointless Spawn cash-grab stories). I still remember when I was assisting his editor at Dark Horse, Diana Schutz, and opening the FedEx box containing the entirety of Sin City: Family Values – it was such a rush and a privilege to be one of the first to read it, to experience a master of raw communication at work. But that seems like a long time ago now.

It was even a treat to see Miller at play, doing masterful, stupid comedy in his “Lance Blastoff” strips and The Spirit film. But I don’t see that in Miller today, either.

How did Miller go from creating works of genius like this:

Frank Miller CBLDF

to obvious, pointless junk like this?

A Nice Thought by Frank MillerSuicide bombers are bad? Really? That’s the best Miller can accomplish these days?

If Miller really had balls, Continue reading

ALL WEEK: The Week’s Most Popular Stories

25 Sep
Logo of Marvel Comics

You'll get your turn, don't worry. (Image via Wikipedia)

Once again shamelessly stealing this idea from Bleeding Cool

Based on the stories on this site so far, you’d think I was a hardcore DC fan: Not true! I AM a hardcore comics fan, but I’d say less than half of the comics I’ve held onto are from Marvel or DC. I’m just a fan of good comics, of good storytelling in our perfect medium of Words ‘n’ Pictures, and DC has been doing a lot that’s worth talking about lately: The New 52 is bringing a much-needed sales boost into many stores, which means that comics buyers are spending more and/or that lapsed DC readers are returning to comics to see if the New 52 will hold their excitement. Probably both. We’ll see if DC’s current approach (which so far hasn’t done much for me as a reader) works in the long term…

Anyway, I’ll get to Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Boom, and all of the other fantastic (and not-so-fantastic) publishers soon – promise!

Here are the week’s most-clicked-on stories: Continue reading

WORD ‘N’ PICTURES: Electricity is Still a Mystery?!

23 Sep

A quick follow-up to Kurt Busiek’s awesome Tweet yesterday, from a 1990 faith-based “science” textbook.

Here, I’ll show it again: Continue reading

WORDS AND PICTURES: The Mystery of Electricity!

22 Sep

Kurt Busiek posted on Twitter today,

From a faith-based science textbook. Isn’t this useful information?

Faith-based "science"

Is our children learning real good, or what?

I Watched Kevin Smith’s Red State

18 Sep
Red State theatrical poster

Yes, THAT Kevin Smith.

Apparently, a double-feature out with the wife yesterday wasn’t enough movie-time for us. I learned that a double feature like Straw Dogs (2011) and The Debt isn’t the best way to walk away feeling entertained. Don’t get me wrong: both films are very good, well constructed and paced, with characters and stories that I could buy into. BUT. Both are dark movies, with dark subject matter that feels almost too revealing, too honest about the horror that people confront in the world and in themselves. Both films depict violations that are borderline traumatizing: I recommend you see them with someone you trust (you don’t want to see them alone), but no matter what, do NOT expect to get laid after watching them. (Trust me: after you see them, you’ll know why…) They are pretty great movies that are terrible date movies.

So we leave the theater, do some shopping, and think: we need some entertainment! We decide to sit on the couch and watch another movie: oh, look, we can watch Red State! Continue reading

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