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A few years ago we picked up a few copies of a locally produced comicbook, Kittyhawk. I hadn't realized there was a webcomic until today. Kitty Hawk by Braden D. Lamb (artist) and Vincent LaBate (writer) is an exceptionally well-done pulp adventure focused on aircraft and other machinery that looks almost alive. Great dogfights and a very good woman character as focus. I strongly recommend it, plus I have a softspot for diesel-punk.

As an aside, I really resent that punk has become the default word for SF using a particular technology. I need a better term.
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Wow, now this is a great treatment of Kang! It makes him a tragic villain/anti-hero. I hope they continue in that vein I can see myself watching this.
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We were just watching the "Once and Future Thing" two-parter of Justice League Unlimited. And the boy was making Greek mythology jokes about Chronos (the bad-guy) and at one point he was making references to Atlas.

I think I have created a monster.
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Took the kids to Free Comic Books Day today, we ended up hitting New England Comics in Cooldige Corner. Which is not where I planned on being (I was thinking Comicopia) but with the housewarming tonight I needed to pick up some things and thus we were nearby.

I'm glad we were. One of the starchild's favorite artists, Andy Runton of Owly was there, and she got the newest book A Time to be Brave signed (with illustration) and also a picture of Owly ice skating which she is very ecstatic about. She did a great job waiting in line for an hour behind all the annoying older guys getting art work for way to many relatives so I also bought her a stuffed Owly.

The boy was very excited when he got home and read his issue of Super Friends (which we bought, Tiny Titans was the Johnny DC title this year) and found a picture he had done of the Justice League when he was 6 on the letters page.
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So today I took the kids to Boston Comic Book Spectacular, which was less than spectacular. Very small thing mostly of dealer tables and a few artists, most of which was not kid friendly. Actually there were a few that I had to hurry the kids right past, which is annoying and I really wish they'd separate dealers at events like this.

The boy got a very nice piece by Joe Quinones a local comic book artist who recently had some work in Teen Titans Go! which made him very happy. We'll have to get it framed.

The girl got a cute dinosaur t-shirt. I should have gotten [ profile] peaseblossom the pirate/squid.

Super Spy

Oct. 8th, 2007 12:05 pm
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I had originally picked up Matt Kindt’s Super Spy to read on my flight between Boston and Philadelphia, unfortunately due to airport craziness I ended up reading it while still on the Logan runway. Fortunately for me it was a good read and I had my laptop. As I didn’t expect to read much on the Philadelphia to San Juan branch I hadn’t bothered to bring a book (the book for the return trip is in my checked-in luggage.

I haven’t read anything by Kindt before, but after reading this I am definitely going looking for his other books. Both art and story were beautiful. This graphic novel is a collection of interlocked stories (not necessarily all told chronologically) that deal with espionage during WWII. Kindt focuses on the missions, the people undertaking them, and the toll the job takes on the individual, their family and the bigger picture and not (usually) the glorious Bondian action it insinuates. Paths cross, stories interweave, some come to abrupt halts while others seem to dangle, the ending uncertain.

The art is beautiful, Kindt does the entire book in this pulpy-yellowing sheen, giving the air of aged stories, the aesthetic of of-the-era printing. The coloring varies between sepia tones, black and white with blue washes and full color (with a four-color sensibility). Kindt’s art is just perfect with this roughness of line and edge that has a tense and rushed feeling, giving into the characters and their often desperate plight.

This is a must read for fans of espionage fiction.

Unfortunately I am stuck at the airport until 5:30 and then I have a 4 hour flight. I’ll probably be hitting the bookstore or I’ll go insane.
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Phonogram by Kieron Gillen (story) and Jamie McKelvie (art and lettering) is a comic about magic and about music. And yes its incredibly preteniious and cute at the same time. Miraculously it succeeds in taking a musical period I have absolutely no connection to and making a fun story out of it. Which is a pretty big success in my mind. In the world of Phonogram, music is magic, in the same sort of way that works like Unknown Armies strive for. It would probably make a great Unknown Armies campaign, especially as there are no guns or violence. I appreciate that. Characters in the series use their knowledge of pop and rock music to perform spells to gain influence and power. The comic basically illuminates an underground rivalry between magical factions through the story of a young guy who uses his powers to take advantage of women. All in all not my perfect cup of tea but I’ll certainly pay attention to these fellows work in the future.


Mar. 20th, 2007 12:42 pm
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The boy has been into Captain Marvel (the good one) a lot lately, probably thanks to Jeff Smith's current beauty of a miniseries. Well in a bit of news that is sure to warm [ profile] peaseblossom's heart it seems the producers of a Shazam movie are trying to win over Jake Gyllenhaal for the starring role.
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Adventure in the style of TinTin. Very beautiful and a fun story besides. Set in what seems like the early 1920’s or so, it tells of a mystery adventure to seek out a beautiful and perhaps mythical orchid so that a man may win a competiton, a bet, and retain his family estate.  Oh but there are dastardly plans afoot to foil this noble adventure! With ancient languages on tablets of stone, missionaries with strange stories to tell, beautiful Hollywood actresses and plucky historian’s assistants - this is an adventurethat I'm enjoying catching up with! 

If this ever gets printed I'd buy a copy.

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Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume collecting one of the most unusual series ever from DC Comics! On an unnamed, uncharted Pacific island, dinosaurs continued to thrive while World War II raged across the globe. It’s there that members of the U.S. Military found themselves armed only with standard-issue weapons against the deadliest predators ever to roam the Earth!

I love the Showcase series. And I love that DC is reprinting this sort of stuff. Now if they'd only print more new series I like to read.
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Truly manga has claimed the earth and the rest of us haven't realized it quite yet.

Creber Monde is sponsoring a Shakespeare Manga Contest for teenagers this December.
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Princess of Paradise is a manga version proposal for Wonder Woman that was created by Tintin Pantoja  ([ profile] tinpan) that is circulating around the internet. I'd buy this in a heart beat and I can really see my kids liking it. ([ profile] peaseblossom, Ms Pantoja has also done some neat stuff with Shakeseare plays). With all the talk about Minx lately I hope the recent internet buzz about this generates some possibilities for this artists work, and especially a project like this.

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I went to Million Year Picnic today to buy the Showcase Phantom Stranger. While there I was priviledged to deal with an employee talking, annoyingly, to thin air; to him swearing; and then another employee loudly yell about how much he hated a kid one could hear singing in the hall. At that point I put down my intended purchases and walked out. Over to New England Comics where I bought that and a Teen Titans Go! because it has Wonder Girl on the cover, for the boy of course, though the cover with its classic cover may have made me a bit teary eyed. I also bought Seven Soldiers #1, because I just had to find out how it ended.

I've had my problems with Million Year Picnic in the past, but I really hate when geek stores live up to their stereotypes. I hate it even mroe when they prove to be kid unfriendly (I don't care of that employee has had kid problems in the past, loudly announcing it twice to the store is inappropriate). I think its probably time for me to give the plae a major pass when in the future I feel compelled to buy comics.
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Over on Technoccult there a bunch of links of a panel between Grant Morrison and and Deepak Chopra which I found interesting given my recent superhero readings. There's a video and a link to IGN and CBR coverage.
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I've read, and enjoyed, the comic book series Fables for quite a while now. Like most of my comcis I read them in trade and I always find myself eagerly anticipating the next book (someday I'll buckle down and buy these I think, they definitely have reread value). For those who haven't read it yet Fables is a Vertigo comic book series created and written by Bill Willingham.The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore who have been forced out of their native lands by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary (who ends up being someone very clever). They travel to our world and form a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. The main characters are Prince Charming (who becomes mayor), Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, and others. I find it an amusing series and enjoy its take on the characters, especially some of the lesser ones like Little Boy Blue.

Recently I've read the first two books of The Sisters Grimm: Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley and I find the similarities (and differences) interesting. Here we also have a town full of fairy tale entities in New York (upstate this tme not the city), but they are trapped. Prince Charming in the mayor. The Big Bad Wolf works for the main character's grandmother. Snow White teaches elementary school (she's good with little people, see?). This charming ya book is about two sister's whose parents are missing and find out they are the descendents of Wilhlem Grimm, who to save the world from fairy tale entities grown bitter and angry (or maybe to save the fairy tale creatures) had Bab Yaga cast a spell to trap them all in Ferryport New York. Like I said its cute and an easy read. A little too old for the boy perhaps, which is why I had originally got them (he likes detectives, everyone in the family likes fairytales).

I always find it interesting to read stuff where the authors are definitely dipping into the same well but drawing different stuff out.
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Recently I read JSA: Savage Time which brought to mind Vandal Savage. Vandal Savage is one of those really cool ideas that I don't think the majority of DC writers and editors know how to handle right. Or at elast I'm usually disappointed by his use. It doesn't help that the stuff I love the most, the Rip Hunter stuff, is mostly out of continuity/crazy mess. But I'm told that there are promising developments on that front (almost enough for me to pick up an issue of 52, but not quite).

What interests me about Vandal Savage is the fact he's linear and immortal, operating in a world of timetravelling heroes from the now (other stuff interests me too, but I want to talk about this). This means that he could have knowledge of heroes that doesn't represent their timeline. So, for example, he meets the Justice Society of today in Ancient Egypt. In Ancient Rome he meets the Justice Society of the 1930s; he potentially has knowledge that could come in handy. Especially since Vandal Savage is supposed to be super smart (and no, I haven't been reading the current JSA Confidential). This is cool stuff. Its even cooler when his foe is a time travel. Vandal savage is linear through history, but his foe (say Rip Hunter) isn't so Savage has a very different viewpoint of Hunter than Hunter has of himself.

I can see using this in a time traveling game. The players are based in the now and time travel. Their foe is living linearly through time (and still exists in the modern day). Adventures happen scattered through time and through it a picture develops of the opposition. But that opposition also gets an interesting view of you. Some of the stuff in Continuity might help out here a lot.
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Lost Girls, Alan Moore's mythic pornography comic, is once more, slated for release. This time in August. It appears more likely that this is a real date, so I'm hopeful, especially since advanced copies seem to be out there.

Nice Interview on Cinescape: part 1 and part 2.

That’s it – that little bit at the end of PETER PAN. There are other things that make PETER PAN one of the most sexual of the texts and it was, in fact, PETER PAN that first gave me the idea of the whole thing. It was just noticing all of the flying that takes place. On a simple Freudian level, flying can be read as sexual expression. And so, I thought, ‘Well, that’s interesting. I wonder if you could have a look at some of the other things and motifs of that book and actually decode them in a way.’ Irrespective of whether those stories were intended as metaphors for sexual awakening, I’d say they can, with great justification, be read as metaphors for sexual awakening.
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I want to get this title for [ profile] peaseblossom but Million Year and Comicopia don't carry it so I have little faith anyone else in the area will. Anyone have any other ideas or should I order online (which means doing so repeatedly since 2 of 4 is out so far).
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Okay I'm sitting here downloading Teen Titan episodes, and I'm watching the Homecoming, with the Doom Patrol, and frankly I'm confused. I get replacing the Chief with an active version of Mento. What I don't get (and I had this feeling from reading one of the boy's comics) is why the team is being portrayed in such an authoritarian light. What am I missing in this translation?

And yes, I am colossally wasting time tonight.
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The Boy has finally discovered the joys on TinTin, which doesn't really surprise me. It is a comic, which he loves and we have trouble finding appropriate ones for him; its pulpy, and kids and pulp just go well together; and, it has enough words that challenge him but is still fun to read. Today we went to the library and came back with a stack of them.

I've been trying to get the boy to read TinTin for months, but he wasn't having anything to do with it. What I've learned is that he doesn't like to ty new things himself, but if I bring it home and leave it around he will read it and once he reads it and discovers he likes it then theres no stopping him.


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