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September 22, 2014
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Alan Moore and Dave Sim

“Truth is a well-documented pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, “I’m a Liar,” right there on the dust jacket. Were I to read the biography of Prime Minister-in-waiting Tony Blair (saw him on a walkabout through town centre a few weeks back. Looked like a fucking Thunderbird puppet), then at the end of it I would still not know where I stood with Tony Blair. I do, however, know where I stand with Hannibal Lecter and the Wizard of Oz.” – Alan Moore

From correspondence between Dave Sim and Alan Moore

 

July 6, 2014
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Floyd Farland – Citizen of the Future

Floyd Farland

Floyd Farland

 

My son reading Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future for the first time reminds me how much I loved this looping SF tale from Chris Ware. Not that I had connected it with Chris Ware of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, which I have but never got into. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth isn’t my thing in story or looks.

 

Floyd Farland has a distinct style that works perfectly for the story, far far removed from Chris Ware’s current style. A stark simple black and white approach, like that of the look of Frank Miller’s Sin City. But Chris Ware began with this look and moved onto a cleaner colored “designed” far far removed from Floyd Farland’s, a change highlighted by Jon Adams re-imagining of the cover in Chris Ware’s current style…

 

Floyd Farland cover by Jon Adams

Floyd Farland cover by Jon Adams

I’m also surprised at how much copies of Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future are going for on Ebay – £30 – £40, or £175 for a mint copy!? But if stories of Chris Ware buying up and destroying all the copies he can find are true then I guess the price would be pushed up…

 

Kirk reading - Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future

Kirk reading Floyd Farland

Glad I still have my copy and glad it’s being read, even if it is no longer in mint condition (when I got my copy of Watchmen signed some years ago Dave Gibbons – and Frank Miller, who jokingly offered to sign it as well to piss off Alan Moore – were surprised at the state that was in. Not battered so much as read).

 

Update 2014-07-20:

 

“We, as fans, have developed an unhealthy attachment to the physical object of comics that is almost unique to this hobby. There is no more apt phrase than “fetishizing the physical” to describe this fixation on keeping the comic as pristine as possible. Even to the degree that some comics have come polybagged.


“Comic books began as a completely disposable medium, made on cheap newsprint and traded by fans until the books fell apart. They were rolled up in the back pocket of a kid in the city or tucked into the rucksack of a soldier heading to war. The obsession with making the disposable permanent is the key to where it all went wrong. The first time a comic was slipped into a plastic bag unread, the medium changed irrevocably. The story that came alive began to lose footing to the concern for marks around the staple.”
How The Comic Bag Destroyed Comics

c/o @PageFortyFive

 

April 18, 2012
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  • Coding Horror: Make Your Email Hacker Proof

    “Your email is the skeleton key to your online identity. When you lose control of your email to a hacker – not if, but when you lose control of your email to a hacker – the situation is dire. Email is a one stop shop for online identity theft. You should start thinking of security for your email as roughly equivalent to the sort of security you’d want on your bank account. It’s exceedingly close to that in practice.

    “The good news, at least if you use GMail, is that you can make your email virtually hacker-proof today, provided you own a cell phone. The fancy geek technical term for this is two factor authentication, but that doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that until you turn this on, your email is vulnerable. So let’s get started. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Right. Freaking. Now.”

  • BRmovie.com: Blade Runner Comic
    Blade Runner comicDidn’t know there was a Marvel Blade Runner comic tie-in that serves as an alternate cut as it’s adapted from the script. Available to read online.

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February 11, 2012
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Ghost Rider & Gary Friedrich & Marvel

Ghost Rider by IronHide, on Flickr

Ghost Rider by IronHide, on Flickr

So with all the talk about SOPA and SIPA and ACTA and copyright and piracy, how come Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich has lost all rights to his creation to Marvel Characters Inc, and has been counter sued by Marvel Characters Inc? Intellectual copyright seems screwed up somewhere if all we are doing is protecting companies and not individuals.

Steve Niles is raising money for Gary Friedrich

January 24, 2012
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Books In Browsers 2011: Pablo Defendini, “Adaptive Web Design”

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c/o boingboing: Responsive design works for websites, why not for digital comic books?

Responsive comic Sly Mongoose

Sly Mongoose

Sly Mongoose

Superdog...

January 19, 2012
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Eye Candy

I’ve been thinking about the tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips link (while working on a longer piece on Cleavage in TV (to follow)), and the Supergirl collection that was tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips and that comics are generally written by males for a male audience, and a teen male audience at that, and that, like prOn, there needs to be a man in the sex scene but men don’t want the sex scenes to focus on the man (gay!), comics have male heroes but if they were all ass ‘n’ pouty lips it wouldn’t work for the teen male audience (gay!) who like the eye candy the tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips girls provide because they are not identifying with the females they are identifying with the males, and to have the male character/superhero be all the tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips would jar them out of their fantasy (gay!) , and that therefore to read a comic as a female must be annoying* because like, say, an Englishman reading a comic written for Mexicans about Mexicans with the odd clichéd Englishman the Englishman would stand out as clichéd and annoying (especially if they were the tits n ass n pouty lips (and gay (gay!)), but yet there are intelligent comics written by males with female characters, and Superhero comics written by women, so..?

And that I found Superdog annoying in Batman (Hush), and it jarred me out of my fanatasy (don’t go there, not a point I’m trying to make).

Superdog...

Superdog...

…and that I really wasn’t quite sure where I was going with this, but would a picture of Charlie Dimmock be justified to make some sort of point about how Batman may not be tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips in Hush while Poison Ivy (see above) obviously is, there is a real world example in how Allan Titmarsh (not pictured) wasn’t tits ‘n’ ass ‘n’ pouty lips on the Gardening program and yet Charlie Dimmock was? And then, when searching for an appropriate picture of Charlie Dimmock which I found, I noticed the url of the site with the picture was bapwatch.com and I gave up.

* A “Bechdel Test” for comics?

See alsoFemale Friendships: Image Not Found?

“I like to read comics about girl friendships. I’ll admit that as a blanket statement that sounds both absurd and really broad, but it’s the truth. I like to see my favourite female characters, hanging out, being friends or colleagues and pretty much having a good time.”

See alsoFor The Good Of Fandom – Comic covers that objectify male super-hero underwear perverts

Frank Miller vs Male Equivelent?

See also: Catwoman Porn?

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January 19, 2012
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Tits out, ass out, lips pouty, legs spread, hips cocked, eyelids at half mast.

A few days ago read “Dressed to Kill”…

“It’s not the characters’ bodies themselves that are the biggest problem, but how they are dressed and posed. Tits out, ass out, lips pouty, legs spread, hips cocked, eyelids at half mast. Outfits that make Wonder Woman’s star spangled panties look fit for a Mormon picnic. Short skirts, cutouts, stilettos, fishnets, thigh-highs. I’m not describing Playboy here.” – Megan Rosalarian Gedris, Dressed to Kill

Which made this “Awesome Supergirl Collection” stand out even more.

Supergirl by Batuzer

Supergirl by Batuzer

December 7, 2011
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