Entries from March 2009

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Never Mind What You Think

Invoke the name of the wonderfully dweebmonikered F. Newton Minnow, and all that most people will know of him – if they know of him at all – is that back in some unimportant time before they were born, he wrote off American television as “a vast wasteland.” Except he didn’t, exactly. Minnow got off […]

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

One of Archie's Best

Fantagraphics has announced the imminent publication of Blazing Combat, a 208-page collection of the complete four-issue run (sans the Frazetta covers, which can be found elsewhere) of the fondly remembered war comics magazine that ran in the mid-1960s as a companion to Creepy and Eerie. I plug rarely, but this stuff is too wonderful to […]

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Almost Back to What Passes for Normal

With the second weekend of Watchmen marking the beginning of its swirl down the drain at the box office, a large part of the comics blogosphere started clearing their throats, avoiding each others’ gaze and looking for other things to talk about. That’s fine, as it turns out that it is possible to read the […]

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The Future, At Last

About damn time. My grandfather’s old model hasn’t been the same since the sissy bar broke in that embarrassing carpool incident. Now if I can just get the hat reblocked on his original Roomba…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Withdrawal U.S.A.

Okay since the rest of the comics blogosphere has chosen not to cover it… Earlier this month, actor and infomercial pimp Chuck Norris (you know, CHUCK NORRIS!) appeared on wackjob Glenn Beck’s radio show for a spirited discussion of how the current administration, with its godless talk of trying not to have wars and reining […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

No Comment, FTW

Five million comments and reviews of Watchmen hit the blogosphere last week, and the only thing most of them could agree on was the writers’ fascination with the size of Dr. Manhattan’s fission pole. Personally, said member didn’t strike me as being particularly big (see old joke with the punch line “Your mama’s spoiled, son”); […]

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Old Business

Shuffling through my notes recently, I discovered a few things that I didn’t get around to posting before we tossed out the old calendars. But it’s never too late to repay debts or to give a dead horse one last good wallop, so… Yikes, Will Everything I Ever Wrote Eventually Be Back in Print? First, […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Joel Cairo vs. the Philistine

The blogosphere, it makes me crazy, this thing of ours. There are some absorbing and amusing writers out there, a few as good as any professional journalist anywhere. And then there are the ones who make me want to ask nicely if they’ll put down the keyboard and go find a grownup I can talk […]

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