Posts Tagged ‘Comic books’

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.)

Comics go to the movies…on the cheap

February 22, 2010

Target has a number of complete animated series on DVD for only $5. Good news, huh? Well, sure, but it seems that most are pretty awful shows from the ’80s. I’ve only watched one episode of “Defenders of the Earth” (featuring the super team-up you’ve been waiting for: Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, as well as a less-racist version of his man-servant Lothar) and it put me to sleep in under five minutes.

Christmas loot part 2

January 6, 2010

My fave comic book store Comix Connections was having a progressive sale around the holidays. By the time I got there on the 2nd it was up to 80% on back issues and selected items marked with a yellow sticker.

(I did a signing there on Free Comic Book Day and they were nice enough to take on some of my books. My fear, of course, is that no one had bought any of them. But they only had one left, so either they’ve sold OK or the others had been yellow stickered and got cleared out before I arrived.)

Nice reprints of classic MAD paperbacks that I couldn’t pass up for $2 a shot. I bought all five that were there. When I got home I found that I already had two of the original books. (When I was at the store I thought about calling home to ask my wife to check the bookshelves in my studio. But I figured if they were duplicates I could give them away as presents. Aren’t I thoughtful?)

I’m teaching my “Graphic Novels to Film” again in a couple of weeks and we cover the Tales from the Crypt 1590s horror comics trip to HBO in the late 80s. This seems to be some sort of rarely published fanzine.

Alan Moore's Exit Interview

Speaking of my class and fanzines, we’re studying two Alan Moore works – Watchmen and V for Vendetta. I bought two of what appears to be self-published interviews. I saw one on ebay for $50. Needless to say, that wasn’t what I paid.

What I’m reading this week – Bargain Batman

January 1, 2010


I picked this up for 10 c at a comic book store because I liked the art. Figured it was a good investment

What I’m reading this week – (That’s a good question)

November 6, 2009


I read a graphic novel collection of this in the library and, really, I could barely follow it.


X-student department #3

October 21, 2009

Check out Kick Girl, the comic book by my former student Val Hochberg.

Five-year-old fandom

September 30, 2009

I have a five-year-old fan that I’ve posted about here. While throwing together a last-minute Care package of books and videos for his parents, I did an even more last-minute drawing for their son.

And it was framed and put up on his wall.

And it couldn’t please me more.

Thursday is the new Sunday – Zzzzzzzz

September 24, 2009


The Sunday strip rerunning on today is one that I wrote very early on (maybe even before the strip launched) but didn’t use for a  couple of years. Back then I was doing a lot more gags that showed Bo’s neighborhood. (I also had him wandering around at night quite a bit too.)

The drop panel above shows a moon fortified with Potassium. (It’s a little hard to make out.)

Pre-enjoyed shopping – Part 2

September 7, 2009

Well, we’re back to doing the Netflix, but thank heavens for Blockbuster. If it wasn’t for them where else would I get used DVDs for a fraction of the cost of new?

On a recent trip to see my folks I bought, for $20 total, Punisher: War Zone, the first season of The Boondocks and The Spirit.

My wife asked, “Why did you buy a movie you didn’t like?”

I answered, “Because I’m an idiot.”

Actually I collect films that originated as comics. I even teach a college course on it. And I really love the behind-the-scenes stuff, especially commentaries. And now that I teach this course I do feel I need to keep up on this stuff.

(Sorry that it took me so long to get to Part 2. If you care about Part 1, here it is.

Thursday is the new Sunday – Not just a river in Egypt…

September 3, 2009


The Sunday strip rerunning on today is one the very few times I cut-n-pasted a strip. (You can see that the art is the same except for the hands and mouths.) The art came from a daily strip that was also about ordering off a kiddie menu and the gag line was “because I like my food cut up for me.” The problem is, that line is ripped off from an old Bob and Ray radio routine. It had been so deeply lodged in my brain since I was a kid that I made it my own. After I put it in that strip, I realized who’s it was and never ran it. The strip sat around for a long time before I came up with a rewrite. Not sure why I didn’t redraw it – lack of time, I guess.

Don’t have much to say about the drop panel about except it’s pointy.