From kottke.org comes The Jerry Seinfeld Dictionary of Terms and Phrases. Enjoy, until it explodes...
Ditko Looked Up - Blake Bell's STEVE DITKO Site informs us of several updates, including this piece by Dr. Christopher Melchert from 1974. It's worth a look for it's many insights. At one point Dr. Melchert mentions the problems of creating and maintaining any real tension in a world of constant magical battles with undefined parameters, something i think still dogs Dr. Strange stories to this day. He seems incredibly hard on Marie Severin. i realize it's a minority opinion, but after a rocky start, i have always loved her Doc issues. Of course it was a letdown after Ditko, but i disagree that her art remained flat throughout her run -- flatter than Everett? i love Bill Everett's art, but agree that it wasn't a good match for Dr. Strange. And perhaps Melchert holds such a strong opinion because when you look at Severin's work chronologically, it looks like she might be taking her cues on illustrating a Dr. Strange cosmos from Ditko's issues. There's no doubt that Steve Ditko created a unique graphic language for his character, and it served his successors pretty well.
!. Think For Yourself/Beatles
2. Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil/Jefferson Airplane
3. C'mon Everybody/Sex Pistols
4. People Are Strange/The Doors
5. Haunted Piano #1/Mark Oliver Everett
6. Ring of Fire/Johnny Cash
7. Free Until They Cut Me Down/Iron & Wine
8. New Frontier/Cinecyde
9. Voodoo Ray/A Guy Called Gerald
10. Shapes of Things/The Yardbirds
i'm doing something i thought i'd never do, in my blog or anywhere else - commenting on a book i haven't yet read, Avengers 503. This week i'm renewing my pull service (was buying too many comics, dontcha know) because i rarely read anything the week of its release anymore. Now that i'm blogging even occasionally on comics i'll rectify that.
Neilalien posted an interesting rundown of outcry in the blogosphere because Bendis had Doc say "There's no such thing as chaos magic". In as much as i haven't actually seen the book, only the gripes Neilalien linked to, in general i'm not too upset. i like the Scarlet Witch, but agree that Dr. Strange should and must be able to kick her ass. Since i've always liked her, i'm a bit more concerned that she has a serious black eye, AND a body count for some future writer to write around. But it's always a cheap thrill to have a major Doc rescue...too bad for Avengers fans it's in their book.
But about the book..i will read it, but not eagerly. Comic Treadmill addresses the bigger issue of just how ghastly Marvel Comics have become. The panel on this page comes from Avengers Decompressed, CapVsBats' Avengers 503 Preview Parody.
And, to return to Chaos Magick. i DO Chaos. i know others who do Chaos. And nothing Strange does in DSSS 83, or Wanda 'channels' is Chaos. Which is OK, it's Marvel chaos magic, i get that. But the Dr. Strange magic that works best for me is its own system, documented in loving detail in cat yronwode's Lesser Book of the Vishanti. To work in the stories, the magic needs internal consistency. This has been thrown out the window, along with believable characters. i'm not a continuity nut, but if you're serializing characters and stories, you need a 'bible', and when you tweak or change that history there should be a reason more compelling than a deadline. A reason means you know what you're doing, not just vying for attention. That Doc said he used chaos quite a while ago, and now says there's no such thing is really no big deal, but it is symptomatic of larger problems. It's certainly possible to write a comic dealing with real Magick; Alan Moore did it in Promethea, but, hey, Alan MOORE. All i ask from Marvel is humble fantasy narrative that agrees with itself. And these days, that appears to be too much to ask.
If you're a comics fan, or an obsessive collector of anything, you owe it to yourself to pick up this issue and read "The Incredible Adventures of the Collector". Glen David Gold is the author of Carter Beats the Devil, and my favorite story in McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, "The Tears of Squonk and What Happened Thereafter". In the latest issue of Playboy, he has a lovely piece about his experiences collecting original comic art.
Hmmm...how to describe this? As shown in Boing Boing and Plastic Bag, some wonderful person has made an animation of a man (or robot) walking, then made a stencil of each frame, and tagged the stencils on walls and other outdoor surfaces. The resulting movie is a thing of beauty, best appreciated when you go over it and stop at random points to appreciate the various locales. Nice music, too. Kudos to Timo at Design Engaged, and thanks to BB for the still, since i'm apparently too tech inept to get one of my own!
1. Morgus the Magnificent / Dr. John
2. Bulletproof / Radiohead
3. Love Without Anger / Aquabats
4. Strong Now / Nick Cave
5. Baby Jane / Mitch Ryder
6. Heroes and Villains / Brian Wilson
7. Ballad of the Three Amigos /Randy Newman
8. The Way You Look Tonight / Maynard Ferguson
9. One / Apocalyptica
10. Oh Sombra / Electrelane
Quiltart, an internet mail list for art quilters, has run some thoughtful, playful and artistic challenges recently. Illustrated on this page are two shots, the first a detail, from an entry in the Bra/Breast Challenge.
Please don't click on the pictures if the sight of nipples offends you...though if it did, somehow i doubt you'd be here at all. (The detail came out larger than it previewed and it looks great, so it's staying!) This particular quilt, titled "Embellished", was created by Susan North, using her own photography and hand-marbling effects.
Art challenges are a good way to get artistic inspiration - they have a theme, and a deadline! The Bra/Breast Challenge was a call for both serious and whimsical entries, in any textile-based form. Check out the diversity, and while you're at it, see the Day of the Dead Challenge - a subject both timely and close to my heart.
I Read the Comics So You Don't Have To is a comic strip humor blog that has previously received mention on this page. Now, yesterday i decided to quit indulging myself with secession fantasies...after all, many red states weren't red by much of a margin, there was massive voter fraud, yadayada...but we have to laugh in order to stop the crying jags! That's why the reality-based community needs The Daily Show.
Today i caught this piece, which appears on its own page. It's worth a look, trust me. i promise to work harder, try to wait out the bad times, show compassion and understanding, but yeah, what Josh said.
Amy's Robot has the cheering news of a brand new Living Dead film in production. The New York Times story tells us that the cast includes Asia Argento, Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper (!), and is set in a fancy high-security complex called Fiddler's Green (!!). It's being filmed in Toronto at the BCE Place. We can look for it next year. It's called Land of the Dead, and updated info is promised soon on George Romero's Website.