Friday, March 20, 2015


The three fairies are the true villains of the story. First they invoked Maleficent's wrath by not inviting her to the party, and then basically stole Sleeping Beauty from the King and Queen to raise as their own.  Plus the one is clearly Cinderella's godmother in disguise, like who's she fooling?  Pffft.





This post contains no Disney, very little weirdness



One of the recent projects I've been doing in my "free time" (LOL) has been reading through the trades of the Superman storyline New Krypton.  My local library had the first couple books in-house and the rest were available through inter-library loan, so I was like "Hey why not?"  Because it's twenty f**king books, that's why not.  Seriously, this is the longest storyline for a Big Two superdude I've ever seen.  But it's pretty good- a nice combination of Silver Age imagination with Dark Age grim-n-gritty-ness. I don't know where this all stands in continuity, especially with the New 52 mess, but they're all imaginary stories anyway so who cares.

If you're interested, the reading order is here.  I started with Superman: Brainiac, through New Krypton Books 1-3, Mon-El Books 1 and 2, Codename: Patriot, New Krypton 4, Justice League: Team History, Last Stand of New Krypton, War of the Supermen.  My library doesn't carry the Supergirl or Nightwing and Flamebird books but I can't say I missed them.

Anyway, if you are looking for super-guys punching things this is a pretty good series.

Oh hey, on the subject of comics that are not Disney-  did you guys know the Internet Archive has Heavy Metal magazine scans?

 Just a couple weeks til Uncle $crooge comes back!











Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hey Kids! Comics!



While we wait for IDW's Disney comics to begin publishing, here are some comics I read.


Jimbo #1, Bongo (Zongo) Comics, 1995.  Ebay.


This is the best comic I've read in forever. Recently I fell into a Wikipedia hole and read up about the history of Bongo's Simpsons comics (which are great) and all about the short-lived Zongo Comics imprint, a venue to publish work by Matt Groening's friends Gary Panter and Mary Fleener

My experience with Panter's Jimbo character was limited to his appearance in The New Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Stories, but as a huge fan of Pee-Wee's Playhouse I thought I'd give it a shot.  

These comics are a sloppy punk-rock cover of a traditional newspaper gag strip, set in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland inhabited by redneck chicken farmers and kilted road warriors. If you ever come across an issue of Jimbo pick it up because it's awesome.




Extinct! #1 and #2, Anti-Hitler Comics #1, My Terrible Romance #2, New England Comics 1991- 94.

  
"Timeless trash from when yesterday was tomorrow!"  These are black-and-white 'zine style reprints of "Golden Age" "classics" put out by NEC Comics, home of The Tick.  These comics are terrible (which is of course the point).




Racist, crude, nonsensically plotted, tragically ludicrous, ludicrously tragic. Whenever somebody tells you how much better comics were back in the day, you have my permission to punch them in the face.




My favorite characters are Satanas, basically Daredevil villain The Claw with a cyclops eye and magic space-fiddle, and Bee-29, the bombadier torturer of "germ-carrying" Japanese flies. 

 If you've ever wondered what a comic book version of MST3K would look like, buy these comics.





Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers, Marvel 2014.  Wal-Mart, five bucks.



You might have read about this on Bleeding Cool. Last summer Wal-Mart offered el-cheapo reprints of popular Marvel trades. The paper is slightly crummier than a regular Marvel trade, and the covers aren't the heavy card stock you'd get on a normal TPB, but the contents are the same as the original

Steve McNiven's photorealistic style sells the space opera action and the quiet moments equally well. "Normal" people like Star Lord and Tony Stark look great, as do the wackier characters like Groot and Rocket. It's a Bendis comic so there's lots of dialogue, much of it quippy.  The story ends rather abruptly and the book is padded out with inessential backup strips by different artists including Michael Oeming.

Random trades like this are my preferred way to read Marvel comics these days; week to week you're mired in endless crossovers and filler but in a collection like this you get a complete story, more or less, that hints at the larger universe but doesn't require you read a bunch of other comics.   If you like the Guardians or Iron Man movies then it's worth your five dollars.



And finally, Street Angel , Hip Hop Family Tree, Atomic Robo. They're free. Go read them.