Grotesque Anatomy
Thursday, July 01, 2004
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Eve Tushnet reads more manga.  She enjoys "so-good-you-won't-believe-it's-manga" Planetes but is less enthused about Gyo.

Johanna links to the Grotesque Rampage Forum's discussion of the "Avengers Disassembled" preview at Newsarama, thereby saving me the trouble of reworking my snark into a blog entry.

ADLO! is at it again, dissecting the hidden meaning behind two recent covers.  And they've even provided helpful English translations of everything, including the annotated cover art!  (Love the "creative origami" newspaper shield.)

Graeme (the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn't very pretty) links to two especially disturbing threads.

Johanna and Laura Gjovaag have gone crazy and are reviewing every single free comic coming out for FCBD.  Start at the linked threads and work your way up.

Everyone else has already seen Spider-Man 2, but I probably won't get to it til this weekend.

H at the Comic Treadmill has a looooooooong look at The Golden Age Spectre Archives.  I thought the collection was frightfully dull, but H gets a lot of mileage out of it.  I particularly liked his "Wrath Watch" feature, where H tracks whom the Spectre killed and how.  (And the crack about each 10-page tale in the Archive being equivalent to a trade paperback collection today was funny, but I'd still rather read most stretched-out modern storylines than the tightly-packed but painfully written comics of yesteryear.)

David Welsh's description of a single throwaway gag in Sgt. Frog Vol. 2 convinced me to break down and order the book online since I couldn't find it anywhere locally.  I can picture the “Please… keep horseplay to a minimum” sign David describes and I'm already laughing, which I think is a testament to creator Mine Yoshizaki's strong, distinctive style.

J.W. Hastings has a very nice discussion of the Intentional Fallacy Fallacy.  After reading this essay, I realized there's really no point in my ever trying to write that follow-up piece on reviewing I once promised.

Barbar compares Dark Knight Strikes Again and Planet of the Capes.  Personally, I think he's giving DKSA too much credit, but the two-in-one review is still an interesting read.

And in case I don't blog again before then, here's wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July and Free Comic Book Day!
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