Thursday, December 13, 2007

Occasional Links: The Dancing Batman Video Meme Edition

Teh Internets, they are the dead today:

Pretty soon I'm going to have to dust off some old Superdickery covers.

Well here are some assorted items...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was kind enough to invite me to their Member Appreciation Holiday Party on Monday night. Heidi over at The Beat has all the cool photos with Moby and stuff, whereas, alas, I only have some grainy shots taken with my cell phone:

So you'll just have to take my word for it that it was quite the awesome event. I mean, Moby was there. I hate to harp on Moby, but Moby was there.

In case you don't know, the C.B.L.D.F. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. It's a great cause and you could support it by being a member, donating, or buying something from their website.

Plus, Moby was there.

Next up, much praise to regular OS reader Angry Zen Master -- better known as Jamie Noguchi -- who, along with his collaborator Rob Balder, scored the #6 spot on Time Magazine's top ten graphic novels of 2007 for their work on the webcomic Erfworld.Time Magazine used the term "graphic novel" to cover a whole range of formats -- webcomics, monthlies, and actual graphic novels. I guess "graphic novel" is like a buzzword with the mainstream intellectual set.

Marvel Zombies 2 was #4, by the way.

Wizard Magazine shows off its sensitive side by recommending Persepolis in their gift guide videocast (it's around 2:22 on the vid). It's for "the person in your life who normally doesn't read comics." I like how the announcer all of the sudden looks more sensitive, with his eyebrows getting all bent and soft, as he mentions Persepolis in the midst of Marvel Zombie action figures and R2D2 replica trash cans.

But screw it, at least they're mentioning it.

Meanwhile, The New York Post continues its particular brand of classy journalism with the headline, "Ike Beats Tina To Death." Get it? Because Ike Turner used to beat Tina, and now he died before her, and...

Word play! I loves me some puns and domestic violence wordplay.

Finally, I have to inquire as to the appeal of this fellow:

I'm sorry, I just don't get it. They've got a giagantic inflatable version of this guy hovering over Macy's in New York City, and it's just...ick.

I'm still bored. If any of you hear of anything cool, let me know.


  1. Here

    PS> I hate Shrek but I love Puss n Boots. He is my hero.

    Other heroes include Bender and Master Shake.

  2. I've never really liked Shrek either -- I thought the movies were fine, but really over-rated. That said, about the time "Shrek the Halls" was on TV I realized I think I actually do like Shrek, but in an ironic way. Like I could wear a Shrek T-Shirt, but only because of how dumb the whole thing is.

    I don't get the actual appeal of the character though. And in any event it seems the secondary characters like the Donkey or Puss in Boots are more popular anyway.

    Have a good day.
    George Morrow

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  4. Let's try that again...

    How about this?

    It's completely unrelated to comics, but it's one of my favorite songs in teh evah.

    Also, I'm in the midst of writing my masters thesis...about graphic can read what I got so far if ya want! Go snow day!

  5. Brian: Cool subject. I did my MA thesis in legal/cultural history on the infamous Air Pirates underground comic.

  6. Terence: Wow...175 pages! In the words of Toki Wartooth: wowee!

    I almost feel ashamed to admit it...mine only needs to be a minimum of 30 pages. Then again, this is a masters in English, not legal/cultural history. Your thesis could EAT my thesis.

    I'm writing about Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque, and how it applies to the comic-book/graphic novel medium. When I'm done I'll send/post a link. And I'll read yours...someday...maybe AFTER I finish mine...

  7. Sorry, I got nothing. But here's a super neato webcomic:

    I figure it'll fit right in with all these talks of thesis and whatnot. ^_^

  8. The best strip on that Time countdown though is

    Holy God, it's... like a funhouse mirror version of Winnie the Pooh is the only way to describe it.

    Winnie the Pooh as rewritten by the ghost of Hunter S.

  9. Oh, and also:

    The first Shrek movie was fun, and funny, and not just because it was directed by a countryman of mine (who also did Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Agenda, but we won't hold that against him. He did cool yellow singing telephones back in the day) but the sequels left me kinda... meh.

    And I was going to save this for my pitiful excuse of a blog, but I've figured out where Frank Miller ripped off the plot of The Goddamn Batman from.

    It really kicks into high gear around the 2:30 mark, if you can make it past Turkish!Luthor's skeevy-ness.

  10. Thanks for the link, Val! Rob and I are still reeling from the whole thing. I don't think there are hyperbole strong enough to describe just how insanely excited and horribly overwhelmed we are.

  11. I'd like to point out that Terence wrote that thesis at the University of Georgia, where I'm currently sitting in my office.