Rants & Ramblings

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

comic books

nov
01
2004

fantastic preview?

USA Today offered a “first peek” at the costumed stars of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, based on the Marvel comic of the same name. SuperHeroHype followed up by posting photos of all four of the lead characters. Looks cool …

sep
11
2004

Aah, the arrogance of youth! I thought I knew everything when I was three. Now, a lifetime of experience has left me bitter and cynical.

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

jun
21
2004

a new webslinger in town

Peter Parker’s not the only Spider-Man anymore. Marvel Comics announced on June 14 the launch of a new comic book: Spider-Man India, set in Bombay. A press release posted at the Web site of Gotham Comics, a comic book/magazine publisher …

dec
18
2003

mistranslation

A Salon.com profile of “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson includes a curious anecdote about a “translation” of the comic. (“Brilliant Careers: Gary Larson” - 12/21/99) “The Far Side” was eventually picked up by 1,900 newspapers and translated into 17 languages. …

nov
24
2003

x-day 2003

For all you participants in online X-Men fandom, it’s that time again… I’m just reposting the announcement: X-Day is a day of celebration for all fans of the Marvel X-Books, started in 1996. Usually celebrated on September 23rd, X-Day commemorates …

oct
13
2003

more holes than a 'batman' plot

Salon comic strip artist Tom Tomorrow has a funny take on the whole White Hosue/CIA leak scandal in today’s edition of “This Modern World.” (Thanks to Dari for the link.)

sep
15
2003

geektastic

This Sunday’s Fox Trot comic has a pretty geeky/techie punchline that I’m halfway ashamed to say I got … and found funny. Check it out.

jun
26
2003

princess di as superhero?

Britain’s The Guardian has an opinion piece by Peter Milligan, writer of the Marvel Comics series X-Statix. (“Princess Diana, superhero” - 06/25/03) Milligan writes that Princess Diana, whom he’s resurrected for the storyline “Di Another Day,” fits in perfectly in …

apr
30
2003

collector's item

If you’re in NYC this week, pick up a copy of the New York Post. Marvel Comics is running a special promotion for this weekend’s release of X2. From Comics Continuum: The New York Post will be giving away an …

apr
18
2003

marvel and sony squabble over spider-man

Discussion heated up on Slashdot and various comics messageboards after the Drudge Report posted an article saying that Marvel Comics, owner of Spider-man and sundry other comics properties, is suing Sony Pictures, which released the Spider-man movie last year, to …

apr
02
2003

voting open for the 2003 cbffas

Voting is officially open for the 2003 Comic Book Fan-Fiction Awards. You can cast your ballot online through April 30. From Alara, one of the contest organizers: But the vote is now open! (And this is not an April Fool’s …

feb
28
2003

If I’m not going to be eternally rewarded for my behavior, I’d sure like to know now.

— Calvin ('Calvin & Hobbes'), on good behavior

feb
19
2003

new X2 trailer

The new trailer for X2 (the sequel to 2000’s X-Men) is now available online. Looks like there will be more than sparks flying between Rogue and Bobby. And Storm and Jean got better hair! Plus, more Professor X / Magneto …

feb
08
2003

fanficcers of the world unite

Nominations are now open for the 2003 Comic Book Fan-Fiction Awards (CBFFAs). Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, March 4. These awards tend to be weighted toward X-Men fan-fic, but there are categories for non-X fics as well. If you …

jan
20
2003

judge rules x-men are inhuman

The Wall Street Journal has a curious story in today’s paper (Fans Howl in Protest as Judge Decides X-Men Aren’t Human - 1/20/03). ToyBiz, the action-figure producing subsidiary of Marvel Comics asked a judge to rule that the Marvel mutants …