§ Two from THE SAVAGE CRITIC:
Abhay Khosla finds a stack of old comics and does the “you can’t go home again” thing:
Stray Bullets #3 by Dave Lapham: This issue is titled “The Party,” but it doesn’t have Lapham’s best party scene in it. For that, you want issue #5, the first Orson issue. But I remember when this comic first started coming out being so excited, going out-of-my-head excited, that the page numbers continued from issue to issue. You know, how if issue #2 ended at page 45, then issue #3 started at page 46…? Oh, man!
It’s a strange detail to be excited by but I think a lot of people overlook how much those little details can matter for fans. The letter page in the old Bendis Jinx comics, the page numbers in Stray Bullets, the lettering in American Flagg– just some hint that there’s something going on, some extra bit of work being invested.
The new comics I’ve seen? Can I really tell any of them apart? The Great Unknown has a one-color all-blue color scheme, but even that’s becoming a thing now, maybe.
While it’s an excellent piece, you do need to be careful with this “comics were fresher then” thing. They were fresh to US. It’s unlikely that some of today’s comics strike new readers with the same kind of freshness.
Likewise, Jeff Lester looks back at his comics sacred cows
But over time, as you get older, you watch most of your sacred cows get a bolt in their brain, hung upside down and bled, cut into parts. Then you are offered the chance to plunk down some cash so you can bite into that extra-thick and juicy hamburger formerly known as your sacred cow. And some of us bite deep into that burger just so we can complain knowledgeably about what a horrible waste, a sacrilege, a defilement of the divine, the burger’s production is. And some of us realize the sacred cows were never grazing in our pasture, and we either stay because we like the view, or we split.
Or, you know, every so often, in mid-self-righteous mouthful,we find ourselves going, ‘this is one damn tasty burger.’ I was not a big fan of bringing Bucky back, but god-damned if Brubaker didn’t grill that shit up and serve it to me with thick-sliced onions and a side of bacon. I was incredibly annoyed at how lame ‘One More Day’ was, but on the next-to-last page, I was a little bummed Gwen Stacy wasn’t right there next to Harry Osborn–as long as you’re gonna defile the church, people, fornicate on the altar, not in the pews.
§ Steve Duin profiles Paul Hornschemeier prior to an upcoming art show.
That’s right: Zeno’s Paradoxes. Hornschemeier is, after all, the son of a lawyer and a federal judge; his older sister is an astrophysicist, his younger sister pursuing her Masters in Education while working at the Death Penalty Clinic at DePaul University’s law school.
“Achievement was the baseline in our family,” he notes, and it is the hallmark of his career. “Not only does he grapple with the big questions,” Schutz said, “but he’s really, really smart.”
§ Timmy Williams, from the comedy troupe, The Whitest Kids You Know, is writing a column for The Daily Cross Hatch:
I Woke Up Today Wondering, “Will Warren Beatty Ever Do Something With His Dick Tracy Rights? And Now Look At This!
* I really was thinking about that when I woke up today. Now I find this article just a few hours later. This can only mean one thing: the Internet is spying on us in our sleep (was there ever any doubt though?). And yes, I do realize that I totally missed out on a great “Warren Beatty May Lose His Dick” joke, but I’m a little too classy for that. Or am I?
§ Speaking of the Daily Cross Hatch, Adri Cowan has taken over writing the news roundup, The Cross Hatch Dispatch, so yay, one more source for us to borrow from!
Our answer: No.
To expand on that: No.
§ Film Fodder interviews Larry Hama:
Larry Hama: I stopped buying comics back in the sixties. I used to get comics for free from both Marvel and DC, so I would at least look at the pictures. If I can’t tell what the story is about by just looking at the pictures, I’m not interested. The companies have not comped me on comics for close to twenty years, so I have no idea what is going on in the story lines. I have a lot of problems with the concept of guys in masks dispensing “justice” according to their own standards. It’s easy to rationalize these actions by having stories where the characters are troubled and conflicted by their own actions, but that is just white-washing the unpleasant truth.
§ Digital City interviews Comics Book Club co-host Alexander Zalben and we learned many things:
Did you ever feel nervous around a guest?
There’s always a moment where, if we have a celebrity, or someone who is one of my favorite writers or artists on the show, when they walk in the room … It’s very weird. And then you have to sit on stage with them for an hour, and make fun of them to their face (to be fair, you don’t have to do this, but I like to), so you get over it very quickly. I think they things I have been most nervous about are guests that have had something public and, say, negative. We had one of the producers of The Spirit (the movie, which was universally panned) on the show a few weeks ago, and I was really nervous about bringing it up. But I pushed through, asked him in a way that, hopefully, wasn’t confrontational, and we had a great discussion about what went wrong, and what went right. In summary, people aren’t nearly as intimidating, or as sensitive as I thought they would be before doing this show.