Comics Grab Bag: Around the Dial
While I search for more challengers to pit against the Manga Stack of Intimidation
, here's some other stuff I noticed at various sites:
- Newsarama has an interview
with Eric Powell, writer-artist creator of The Goon.
I've expressed my love for this series before but, thankfully, I'll
spare you the pictures. Check out this book if you're looking for
a good laugh.
Rude reports that Dark Horse is still planning to release his Moth
one-shot, and they've also requested four more issues beyond
the special, so that's encouraging. Not so encouraging is news
that the legal issues with Marvel (over the Moth logo being too close
to the logo for the Punisher movie) have yet to be resolved.
- Tokyopop's mature-readers manga Battle
Royale had been delayed due to issues with reproducing the
artwork (so that's what happened), but the third volume should be out
next week (which probably means I won't see it til December, since my
October comics will probably ship before then). This also reminds
me that I have to watch the movie so I can compare Battle Royale
its varied incarnations.
- Broken Frontier is
first anniversary. Site guru Frederik Hautain has lined up
some special features to celebrate the milestone, including the
relaunch of the new-and-improved Showbuzz
section and guest columns from comic pros like Jeph "Superman/Batman"
Loeb and Justin
"21 Down" Gray. BF is also running a fundraiser
to benefit ACTOR, which I thought was a classy touch: Nice to
think of others while celebrating your own success. I'd encourage
everyone to help out if you can.
Sime keeps on pimpin' comics, while Alan
David Doane objects to the whole enterprise on moral grounds.
No word yet on the formation of a "Concerned Comic Citizens Council" to
protest Sime's activities officially.
Tushnet has read the first volume of Uzumaki and appears
to be hooked. If you haven't read this top-notch horror manga
yet, what's stopping you? Buy it for yourself as a Halloween
treat. Go on -- you deserve it.
Harris does not love Jeph Loeb's Superman/Batman as much as
McMillan does. (If anyone wants to lend me their copies, I'll
volunteer to be the tie-breaker in this dispute. World's Funnest
or Flimsiest? I'll decide!!)
- The insanely-prolific Sean Collins continues his "13 Days of
Halloween" countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time. I
agree with his pick of, and thoughts on, The
Ring. I know many prefer the Japanese original, Ringu,
but I thought the remake was much more frightening. Jason Adams is
probably right about a big part of one's preference being due to
which version you saw first. How one experiences each film
probably matters, too: Ringu probably would have had
more impact if I hadn't viewed it as a crappy, choppy DivX download on
my computer monitor.
Finally, how did Dirk
know that I photoshopped a box of Wheaties to make it look