On the Shoulders of Giants–that’s YOU Blogosphere!
Whenever I don’t sleep for a few days in a row, I get really red for some reason. Can anyone explain that?
Anyway, I’ve handed in my paper, I’m proud of it, and I guess now I really am a Master of Literature…there have been false alarms before, but this time I have actually been charged a graduation fee, so you know it’s official! Unless my professor finds what I’ve done with Archibald Lampman an incomprehensible mess, of course… Lampman himself was an incomprehensible mess. He turned down a job at Cornell University in order to continue working alongside his paramour at an Ottawa Post Office–then he wasted away and died… Along the way he wrote a lot of poetry about grain and thwarted love. I’m a sucker for angst and I’ll be damned if I didn’t love a few of those tormented efforts at self-reification. I’m going to call him a “reverse-impressionist” until Monet’s grandkids or Prof. Zoom force me to stop.
Here’s what I’ve been reading, whenever I have looked away from the poetry:
Marc Singer wants to toss a monkey-wrench into a big Brazilian comics conference, and he needs YOUR help… All you need is a memorably bad experience with a comic book and you can play!
H continues his look at the 70’s All-Star run at the Comic Treadmill + we discussed Dollar Superman Family Comics and Krypto in the threads!
Rose Curtin discusses the film version of Hellboy and wonders why we can’t have less fighting in superhero movies. Why? Because that would make ME too happy, that’s why… As I noted in the Peiratikos comments thread: I often skip superhero fight scenes in the comics, but you have to sit through ’em at the movies…
On a similar note–Nik Dirga isn’t expecting anything good to come of this new Punisher movie. His argument is, basically: how is this guy any different from Chuck Bronson’s seventies n’ eighties urban fascists? Or Lee Van Cleef’s? Actually, I would sell blood for money to see Lee Van Cleef play Frank Castle, but I guess we’re past that. Personally, I never liked the Punisher. He’s Batman with a gun and no Ace the Bathound in his pre-history, and that’s not for me. I did find him interesting as a supporting character in Spider-Man, but I doubt he’ll be going after jay-walkers in this one, will he? (just to be fair, I want to point out that Ken Lowery is really psyched to see this movie, and who knows–maybe he’ll love it enough to convince us all to go see it!) Also, Ken discusses what’s wrong with the what’s wrong with comic books debate in entertaining fashion.
Last, but certainly not least, Larry Young popped up in my hotmail box and asked if I would like some interesting new comics for free! Of course I said yes! I’m looking forward to this. New comics! You don’t realize how big a deal that is for me. Or maybe you do. It’s pretty obvious that I’m ridiculously out of the comic book loop.
There are cats all over me and I’m exhausted.
Time to collapse into a pile of Doom Patrols!
Good Night Friends!