Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

comic books

jul
20
2012

Catharsis In A Cape: On Comic-Book Heroes And Real-World Violence | Monkey See | NPR

In the wake of the Aurora massacre, our comics blogger explores the meaning of the violence that’s such an integral part of the Batman mythos — and suggests that in the face of real horror, our fictional heroes mean more than ever.” A nice reflection by Glen Weldon.

jul
11
2012

The Evolution of the Batman Logo

(Via brainpicker)

dec
02
2011

Truth, Jawlines And The American Way: The Changing Face Of Superman | NPR

Our comics blogger looks at the changing face of the Man of Steel, from his original smirk through his bad haircuts and flirtation with the ‘80s up to his newest incarnation.”

aug
28
2011

Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor

My new favorite Tumblr. Love it. A good bit of overdone armor, but not a stupid stiletto heel in the bunch.

jun
16
2011

Clip 'N' Save (The Day): Your Official Monkey See Superhero-Movie Bingo Card | Monkey See | NPR

Play your way through this summer’s superhero movie glut with Monkey See’s bingo card of superhero movie clich- ah, tropes.” By Glen Weldon and our summer design intern Christina Baird.

dec
29
2010

Online cartoons: Pease Porridge Hot | Babbage | The Economist

Matthew Inman is a trim, serious 28-year-old who waxes eloquent about search-engine optimisation, marketing via social networks and managing online ordering systems. He is also the creator of The Oatmeal, an exuberantly funny and often mildly obscene web comic, as well as a cottage business that brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.” (Via Mathew Ingram)

dec
10
2010

Cat vs. Internet | The Oatmeal

Another funny comic from Oatmeal. That’s one smart cat.

oct
30
2009

Superhero Supply

Rob, Dari and I went up to New York on Sunday / Monday in part to attend a taping of The Daily Show. While in town, we checked out the Vermeer and (very cool) samurai exhibits at the Met, ate …

mar
23
2008

poor jon

I’ve linked to it before, but I feel compelled yet again to express my love for Garfield Minus Garfield, a site that, as the name suggests, erases the titular housecat from the comic. What’s left is the surprisingly sad saga …

mar
16
2008

superhero supply

The next time I go to New York, I just have to check this place out. (Photo by silvertje, found on Flickr.)

jul
18
2007

spider-pig

I was iffy about the Simpsons movie … until I saw this bit in the most recent trailer: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on YouTube.) I can’t explain it, but I can’t stop giggling. The best …

jul
02
2007

at the quick stop

There are a few interests that my youngest brother Ross and I share that the rest of the family doesn’t totally get. One of those things is a love of comic books. Another is an appreciation of Kevin Smith films, …

owly

I have a new favorite comic book character, and his name is Owly. Owly is a little owl who, with his little partner-in-crime Wormy, goes on small adventures and tries to make friends with other woodland creatures. It’s refreshingly unpretentious …

jun
27
2007

comicbooking

While we were in New York on Saturday, Rob and I made a point to check out the MoCCA Art Fest — basically a kind of comicon for folks who produce and enjoy independent comics and graphic novels, sponsored by …

dec
11
2006

the fantastic peanuts

Continuing the Peanuts theme … At the messageboard Statue Forum, jdh.goodgrief has posted an extensive series of Peanuts-meets-Marvel Comics illustrations that are just too adorable for words. (Link found via Popwatch.)

jul
08
2006

photo of the day: army of spider-men

This photo was taken this past March at South by Southwest Interactive, and it’s been — by far — the most popular photo I’ve ever posted to Flickr. At the conference, a group had set up an “Interactive Playpen” that …

may
24
2006

calling all 'buffy' fans…

Looks like the Slayer may be coming back — in comic book form. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is writing a new six-issue Buffy mini-series for Dark Horse Comics. The first volume is due out in October. A …

oct
31
2005

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

— Calvin ('Calvin & Hobbes'), on aliens

mar
13
2005

meet and greet

Went into the city with Rob today to meet up with Dari for lunch at Teaism, followed by the panel discussion “Meet the Graphic Novelists” at the Freer Gallery. Getting into town was a nightmare. We took I-395 into the …

mar
06
2005

superjobs

TPS: This Place Sucks: It’s Office Space, starring the Super Friends. Speaking of the Super Friends, I’ve been getting a kick out of the Adult Swim show Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law on the Cartoon Network, which consists of utterly …

jan
20
2005

settling accounts

A New York court today ruled that Marvel Enterprises owes comic book icon Stan Lee “a 10 percent share of profits earned by Marvel since November 1998.” The ruling pertains to Marvel’s movie franchises — including X-Men and Spider-Man — …