Archive for the ‘Graphic novels’ Category

What I’m reading – Wormwood 2

July 16, 2010

Actually, I didn’t finish it since I was reading it in a Barnes and Noble.

A league of my own

June 1, 2010

Not how you see the library in real life

Sure, I go to sites, read comments, but rarely post. The Onion’s AV Club had a post about entertainment pilgrimages and I had to chime in. Here’s what I wrote:

By chance I re-watched the extras on my League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD just before going to Prague to visit my wife. LEO was filmed there but mostly on sets except for the library at the beginning and the stairs they walk down to see Nemo’s car. In Prague we trekked across the city to the monestary-ish joint where the library is and it was closed. Came back the next day, it was closed for lunch. Went to lunch, came back, still not open. (Since I’m the only one in the world who liked LEO I would whisper-yell at the crowd “I know you’re all big fans..”) When we finally got in we found that you couldn’t actually go in the library, Just see it from a roped off door at the far end. (Tried to find the stairs just by look. Found them but didn’t realize it till I got home to look at the DVD yet again.)

What I’m reading – Wimbledon Green

May 28, 2010


An amazing book but me thinks you gotta be a comic nerd to really get it. But if you are…


What I’m reading – Civil War cartoons

May 22, 2010

So last week I said that there isn’t a bookstore close by. Well, that’s not completely true. In a plaza of outlet stores there is a bargain bookstore. It’s the kind of store that only sells close-outs, which means it impossible to find anything in particular. That’s fine by me. I love looking through bargain books but this store has a notoriously bad selection of the stuff I’m interested in. Their humor section contains mostly written humor by stand-up comics. (Really, does the world need any more “Redneck” books?)

On this day I walked in and there was the above book staring me in the face. Then I looked in the humor section – same as it ever was. But I just happened to look through the literature section and, at the bottom, was a whole bunch of graphic novels. (Graphic novels=literature. Right on.) Since I was spending over $25 I was told I could have any one of three books that were on the counter for $1 and I got the one below. After I had paid I noticed the 50¢ clearance shelf next to the register. Even more graphic novels.

There’s treasure everywhere!

Road to Perdition and THE LAW!

May 19, 2010

In the “Graphic Novel to Film” class I teach we look at Road to Perdition. Jude Law plays a sleazy photographer/hitman in the film (a character that is not in the graphic novel) and one of my students refered to him in his reading blog as “The Law.” So any time he was mentioned in class the next day, that’s what we called him.

I think once Jude Law’s career takes the next inevitable step of appearing  in only direct-to-DVD action films, can make a meta actioner and call himself “The Law.”

What I’m reading – Rick Geary

April 9, 2010

I tend to think of Rick Geary as a corn-fed Edward Gorey

Graphic Novel to Film presentations

April 6, 2010

 Well, it’s that time of year again. The students in my Graphic Novel to Film class have pick the subjects for their final presentations. It can be any comics to film adaptation that we hadn’t covered in class. Here’s the rundown:




This student is also looking at the earlier B&W, non-musical film.



This student is also looking at the the TV Hulk movie where they tried to introduce Rex Smith as Daredevil


Seriously, I haven’t the slightest idea what this is.


This student is also looking at the Thomas Jane and the Dolph Lundgren versions.




What I’m (re)reading – Ghost World

March 5, 2010

A really wonderful graphic novel that is a tricky one because of its unlikable characters.

What I’m (re)reading – V for Vendetta

February 26, 2010

What I’m (re)reading – Watchmen

February 19, 2010

My students were drooling over the version of the cover, which I guess is rare. It just happen to be on the outside of the book when I bought it used 15 years ago.