Posts Tagged ‘Superhero’

What I’m reading – From across the pond

August 7, 2009

(On Fridays – if I remember – I’ll tell you what cartoon-related books, comics, articles, children’s menus, etc. I’ve been reading this week.)

I bought a couple of random single issues in a comics shop bargain bin and have been turned on to “Jack Staff” ever since. The stories are a combination of superheros, X-files, cops, vampires and other mystic weirdness. My meager description doesn’t do it justice. Go. Search it out. Right now. (I’ve got 5 collections of Paul Grist’s other character “Kane” that I can’t wait to dig into.)

SPACE recap – Part 4

April 25, 2009
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Ryan Claytor

(I’m going to do my SPACE recap in random posts throughout the next few days, as well as show art from some of the cool people I met there. Please click on it and visit their websites.)


Since SPACE is now a week-old distant memory, it’s time to wrap up my recap with some tidbits:

• Since I live in a small town without a bookstore, I asked my friend Jenny if there was a cool one we could go to in Columbus. We went to Half Price Books. This is the kind of economic model I like: spend money and get twice as much. (Notice that I didn’t say,” Pick out the books you want and pay half as much.”). Yep, I spent a lot there. Here’s what I got, in no particular order and from memory (since it’s a big heavy bag of books, it’s downstairs and I have a bad back.) Frank Miller’s Ronin, a James Sturm book, couple issues of Mome, Tank Girl, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, a collection of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s non-bear cartoons, a DVD of Flash Gordon movie serials and probably a few things I’ve forgotten

• I proved my unmanliness at dinner when Jenny pointed out that Payton Manning was sitting a couple of tables over. I know the Payton Manning is some sort of football guy, but you could point out any person short of a 12-year-old girl, tell me it is Payton Manning and I’d have to agree. Luckily, Jenny’s boyfriend Chris was the same way. Because of our collective lack of testosterone, Jenny had to call one of her “real man” friends who would appreciate such an occurrence.

• On Sunday night we watched my Flash Gordon DVD and another movie Jenny had that no one else would watch with her – “Comicbook-The Movie.” (Straight to DVD, directed my Mark Hamill, filmed mostly at the San Deigo ComiCon, starring a load of cartoon voice talent.) Y’know, how one’s interest in certain subject matter can carry one through a piece of entertainment more so than “regular folk”? That didn’t happen here.

Christmas loot list – Part 1

January 5, 2009

Remember when you were a kid and compared what you got for Christmas with your friends?

I haven’t outgrown that.

I didn’t get a ton of gifts cartoon-wise but ending buying a number of items for myself during the holiday season (more on that later in the week). To be honest, the main reason that my family doesn’t buy me cartoon stuff is that I may already have it…which is why the things I did get are ones I picked out….which is why I got…

• Two copies of the Ironman DVD from two different relatives. (I’m such a comics/film nerd that I returned both and got the special 2-disc special edition. It’s geektastic in many respects but it has no commentary. I mean, c’mon…)
• A DVD of the Bloom County Christmas special “A Wish for Wings That Work.” I still have the VHS tape I used to record it off TV when it aired in 1991, but I couldn’t pass it up for $5 at Walmart…well, I asked my wife not to pass it up.
• And speaking of asking my wife for something, I found a piece of art on ebay by one of the old school “usual gang of idiots”* that made me very happy.
*MAD Magazine-speak for artist or writer.


Nerdmobile

October 27, 2008

Watching the old Batman TV show I always wondered why the villains didn’t just follow the Batmobile back to the Batcave. Or to a tent at a local Harley Davidson dealership. That’s where I found it – right next to Evel Knievel’s gold motorcycle. (He didn’t use it on jumps – just tooling around town.)

Speaking of the Big E, he was the real live superhero of my 70’s childhood. For a long time I didn’t even know he was real. His was just a name parents would invoke when you were doing something hazardous and stupid – “Don’t be an Evel Knievel.” Then, when I was in junior high, he showed up on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. After that I couldn’t get enough. I even have a copy of the cheesy George Hamilton-starring bio-pic just because it has real jump (and crash) footage in it. (You can find it at many of your finer dollar stores.)