Sunday, April 27, 2008

God Speaks

Alan Moore on Hollywood: "Any kind of involvement with Hollywood is a waste of my time and there is no amount of money that can compensate for that. I think the industry is an embarrassment on all sorts of levels but sure there are bad comics, bad books and bad culture so it’s not just films that produce an overwhelming majority of unwatchable rubbish but films that are unwatchable rubbish cost $100 million. That is the budget of an emerging third world nation, which is the point where it goes from being merely tasteless to being kind of evil."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dig That Bolan Riff

No longform manga since Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira rocked my planet harder than Naoki Urusawa's 20th Century Boys - - - except maybe his Monster, which I haven't read yet. Moviebound for years now, a teaser's out at fucking last. And a teaser it is. Superlative use of that T Rex riff notwithstanding, it isn't much . . .but if you've read the manga or if you're not in kindergarten anymore, this will make you drool more than that potentially sucky kid's movie with Robert Downey in red armor coming to brand us stupid in a few weeks.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Under . . .

It’s the week I read Secret Invasion . . .although slog would be more apt. Skrulls- - -feh. I also picked up Echo and . . .ummm . . .I’ll be kind . . . it’s OK . . . but the strain shows. Terry Moore doesn’t wear superhero sci-fic well . . .least not yet but I'm not sure I’m fan enough to be up for this ride. Then I pick this up. No secret - - -unless you’ve been living under a rock on a moon
- - - that Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son. So, it's genetic. Locke & Key is promising ,give it that- - - and Gabriel Fernandez’s art is a must.

It’s a good day when you can read comics without stumbling over a superhero (although Brave & the Bold ain’t half bad) or a zombie.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Kick In The Gut

My second and third favorite comics of 2008. Thanks be (or not) to Torrent, I've read (or tried to but couldn't finish) nearly everything that's come out so far and these, plus Lucha Libre are the only new titles worth the trouble so far. Add Suburban Glamour and you have the only titles worth the trouble period - - sorry, Grant Morrison's Batman, ya ain't as stupefying as the rest and I luv ya but not enuff. Annotations forthcoming, if I ever get in a cheery enough mood.

Millar outdoes himself,sort of. Who'd have thunk?