February 07, 2012

The Dark Spud Returns!

Must be a new Batman movie on the horizon. The crazy tie-ins are starting to crop up.

February 06, 2012

Greatest Fight in the Galaxy

Old Red Jalopy is a design company in the United Kingdom that puts together custom posters.

Found these posters that they did based on the big lightsaber duels from the Star Wars films, but designed to be like old boxing promotional artwork. I think the art looks fantastic. I would love to be able to buy one of these, if they were available for sale. Unfortunately I don't think these posters are Lucasfilm approved.

You can see more of their artwork that isn't up for sale on their deviantART site.

February 04, 2012

Hope For The Future

Possibly against my better judgement, I allowed Ian to create a YouTube account last week. Since then he’s been producing and publishing videos that can best be described as “unique.”

They’re not bad - okay, they kinda are - but his videos are really no worse than some of the content that he seems to enjoy watching on YouTube. I haven’t figured out whether it’s a generational thing or a YouTube thing, but the channels he enjoys visiting, the sorts of videos he seems to get a kick out of watching, all seem so alien to me. I do not see the appeal nor the entertainment value.

He’s certainly enjoying creating and publishing them.

However, sometimes I start to worry about whether he will learn to appreciate more refined aspects of art and literature. Is he going to grow up believing that a 3 minute video snippet labeled “Epic Fail” is the pinnacle of comedy? That watching someone breakdown how to complete level 10 of Legend of Zelda is a worthwhile way to spend your time in front of a computer?

But then he walks into the kitchen and tells me that he really enjoys writing poetry, and then proceeds to share two poems that he has prepared for his Advanced Language Arts class. Not only are they well written, but they demonstrate real creativity. I can tell that he put some honest effort into writing and structuring the poem to convey his feelings and also conjure a particular response in the reader.

That gives me hope.

January 31, 2012

Something For My Future Office

Maybe after all the kids move out and I can finally claim at least one room of the house as my own I will trudge back and see if someone is still producing/selling these:

Designed by Oscar Nunez, these shelves come in two sizes and are sold at Groopti.

They would be a fantastic way to display some of my comics in my now only-dreamed-about home office.

January 27, 2012

A Sign of Cultural Apocolypse?

From time to time you might run across people who twist up their face, pound the table, and decry with great fury and indignation the erosion of culture in America.

Usually I dismiss those people as pessimistic blowhards; even when faced with evidence like Jersey Shore and Ke$ha.

But then I read in Publishers Weekly that none of the major morning new shows accepted an offer to let this year's Newbery and Caldecott Medalists speak about their books. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are awarded to outstanding works in children's literature. Getting the recipients of these awards a little press time was a common - and not difficult - practice in the past. Unfortunately it looks like those days may be behind us.

It's always been my position that there are different levels of entertainment and culture, and each has it's own audience. So for every Toddlers and Tiaras there is a NOVA. Those who lament a society that would allow something like Snooki to exist fail to acknowledge that the presence of low-brow doesn't destroy the high-brow. They can both exist, and do both exist.

However, if we fail to even acknowledge the existence of the high-brow, of the excellence in a field, then we might as well as be destroying it.

December 25, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 25

Santa Claus Funnies

I have to imagine that the space craft Santa is flying in today's cover was part of the victory spoils the fat old man collected after he first introduced Christmas to the martians and then conquered them.

Today is Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed the Comic Calendar this year. I had fun putting it together.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 24, 2011

DC Comics holiday card

DC Comics published the artwork from their holiday card this year.

Looks like a lot of fun. Though I would have like to see Superman in there somewhere.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 24

The First Christmas - in 3D!

Can there be a better way to learn about the birth of the world's savior than by wearing cheap red and blue cellophane-lensed glasses while reading a comic book?

I don't think so.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day!

hollyMerry Christmas