-I hope everyone had a good Free Comic Book Day. I know I did--I stayed at home because fuck crowds. Also, I was able to get the free stuff a few days early--except that a great many of the things I was interested in reading were already gone! So I came away with Unseen Peanuts and the Spider-Man thing. The former was great, but I think I've promised my copy to my brother. The latter was fine, but ultimately kind of disposable, which I guess is appropriate given the nature of FCBD.
-Comics Should Be Good has an entirely new links page, this time featuring descriptions (which is a nice feature which I encourage others to follow). Here's what Brian Cronin (I assume) said about this place:
Dick Hates Your Blog - Mocking people who blog about comics. A very fun look at the comic blogoverse.
This is the blogoverse equivalent of "a fun romp." Come on. In the short life of this blog (I think it's like 3 or 4 months old), I've given you:
-A controversial discussion of the place of 1970s American comics in the history of the medium
-Rock solid data indicating that comics fans really hate Joe Quesada
-Repeated (and sadly unsuccessful) efforts to bring ADD back into the fold
-Reviews of food sold at Trader Joe's
-Heated, thought-provoking debate over the correct definition of "triage"
-Hard-hitting exposes of which bloggers casually use the word "chicken head" and their profound explanations for doing so ("RU feminist LOL")
-Preliminary efforts to set up an NHB superfight between Mark Waid and Dan Coyle (current status: we're looking for a state with no athletic commission and a big nerd population with significant disposable income)
-A good soup recipe
-Gratuitous Rucka baiting
-An audacious new plan to make every comic free, every day of the year, by instituting an "everyone works for free" policy
-Probably some other stuff
This is dead serious, industry-revolutionizing, paradigm-obliterating stuff. It's not "Dick's fun romp through the blogosphere." I expect a new description by the end of the week.
-I missed out on this Asorbascon (NIM) post about "groovy" and "not groovy." It showed up in my RSS/feed/whatever reader thing, but the post appears to be gone now. Unfortunately, the pictures didn't come through, so I have no idea what things are "groovy" and which are not. It's all the more frustrating because he seemed to be bagging on somebody or something:
"Paul Winchell + Gary Owens + Mel Blanc + Paul Lynde = groovy.
Desperate attempt to capitalize in an absurdist fashion on things that weren't groovy to begin with = not groovy."
I know its (ugh) "Groovy Chick Month" at the Asorbascon (NIM), but I'm still stumped on this one. Somebody help me out! The only reason I follow this blog is to see Scipio talking shit!! I have no interest in what kind of toothpaste Batman uses on Earth-2 vs. Earth-1!!!
-The Harlan Ellison/Gary Groth/sundry supporters and sycophants BIG DEBATE at the Beat was truly depressing, mostly because I look at Ellison's rabid dog prose, consider my own prolix tendencies, and wonder, "Is this my future?" But then again, I guess Ellison had written that episode of Star Trek with the Romans or the gangsters or the Nazis or whatever when he was basically my age, whereas I've only managed to write a dozen or so full-length Babylon 5 fan fiction novels. So maybe I'm safe. Also: "It's not a First Amendment case because the CBLDF would be covering it if it was" is the worst argument I've heard in a while.* Also also: Didn't Ellison get outsmarted by the guys from Penny Arcade? I mean, if so, it's really kind of sad.
*To his credit, Ellison did not make this argument, but one of his fans/Groth's enemies did.