So my cousin Alex recently got into comics for practically the first time in his life. He had a few issues back when he was still a level 1 Padawan, but it wasn’t until he leveled up and multiclassed (as Worker Bee, sadly) that he was able to find/make time to read more and actually have the means to do so for a reasonable price and time investment. Thanks to the advent of Marvel Unlimited, a comic book equivalent to Netflix, he has been catching up on a lot of Marvel’s history, which got him excited to discuss it with me, as I’ve spent a little more time with our four-color (nerd for “comic books”) friends.
So, naturally, we decided to record ourselves and throw together a podcast. Interestingly enough, despite the ease with which we had access to Marvel comics and the fact that we both know and love Marvel’s characters more than DC’s, we decided to start by reading some DC comics. Maybe it’s the great unknown, or maybe it’s because The Death of Superman was one of those moments in my own history that kept me interested in comics over the years, but that’s what we decided upon.
Anyway, the first episode, in which we introduce ourselves and discuss our plans for the podcast, is online already and the second (wherein we discuss The Death of Superman) will be online Soon™. If you want to follow along with what we’re reading, I highly recommend checking out the website and subscribing to the podcast. We post which issues we’re reading so that you can listen in and follow along. We’re also on Twitter and App.net if you just want to jump into the discussion with us.
I read this over at 8-Bit Theater quite some time ago and wanted to tell you all about it, but got distracted and saved it as a draft. I figured I might as well show it to you now. Enjoy!
I went to go see Watchmen on Friday and have been digesting it ever since. I know that I have things to say about it, but I don’t have the words to describe the awesome that poured out of the screen into my face. There was a moment in the middle of the movie that I actually stepped outside of myself to realize I was sitting in a theater watching Dr. Manhattan on a 50-foot screen and I had a very meta moment.
I’m extremely disappointed in the reviews coming from the Internet, but I think that many reviewers are attacking the game to stand out from the rest, make a point, or garner attention. There are plenty of movies I’ve seen that I gave a free pass because of the source material, but in this case I didn’t need to do that. The movie was so wrought with the source material, it was almost as though the pages of the comic were woven into the fabric of the costumes and the celluloid it was filmed upon.
That’s not to say that the movie was perfect. The actress that plays Silk Spectre II is not nearly as talented as the rest of the actors on the screen and she’s on-screen a lot. But everyone else shows a great deal of understanding of their characters during the film.
A big thing about the movie that really made me happy was how the director was able to take a graphic novel that had very little action actually depicted (most action was resolved in a handful of frames and takes mere seconds to read), he managed to create a compelling action movie. The meaning of the novel is not lost in the struggle, either. The futility of war, the meaninglessness of death, the struggle for the human race to survive in the face of certain desolation is all there. But even better, most scenes in the film take something from the comic and make sure it’s visible on-screen as a frame of reference. Gorgeous pieces of artwork are placed up on-screen as still images set in motion.
As I said, i don’t have the appropriate words, so I hope that what little I could speak of here will encourage you to see the movie if you’ve read the graphic novel. And if you haven’t, then go see it anyway. If you can, borrow it from the library first and read it, or check out the motion comics on iTunes. Be warned. This film is NOT about heroes saving the day and being shiny and perfect. It’s gritty, it’s dark, it’s violent, and it’s brutal: just like life. There’s still a bit of romanticism to be found, but mostly it’s just a keen view of what our world might be like had the presence of a certain few influenced it.
So I’ve not been in quite this exact situation, but I have made impulse purchases on specialty items before and been punished for it by the wife-being.
I feel this is a good time to bring up how excellent is PvPOnline.com. I’ve been reading it almost as long as I’ve been reading Penny Arcade. In fact, if you are a fan of both, you’ll recognize PvP guild on World of Warcraft as the arch-nemesis guild of the Penny Arcade guild on the Dark Iron server. If you have no idea what I’m talking about just chew your cud and move along.
Oh, and if you don’t recognize the police box in the final panel, then it’s time you got acquainted.
…are we actually stupid enough to have voted on nothing at all?
The above comic made me laugh out loud. But it’s the one below this that is most important. It seems that FedEx/Kinkos is now charging you to open your files before printing them. Individually. Not even joking.
The first comic is 8-bit Theater. I’ve been following it for several years and it may be the only funniest Final Fantasy-based sprite comic I’ve ever seen. The other is called HijiNKS Ensue. I’ve only been following it since last spring. Yes, I’m aware that they capitalize their name weird. No, I’ve never bothered to figure out why.
Also, I’ve added a favicon to my site. I did not create it, but found it over at favicon.cc. If you actually know what it is, you get extra-special bonus points.