Posts Tagged ‘comics’

Bill Watterson Draws Pearls Before Swine

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

This is pretty awesome.

Basically, Stephan Pastis, the man behind the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, managed to strike up an email conversation with the Bill Waterston, the famously reclusive creator of Calvin & Hobbes.

The end result was that Watterson secretly drew panels in Pearls Before Swine strips.

Start here and keep scrolling forward through today.

(Hat tip both Michael Swanwick and Ted Cruz, who each shared it on Facebook…)

2013 Comikaze Cosplay Expo Video

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Putting this up because I’m sure that John DeNardo will want to know about it for SF Signal, and in no way because it has lots of attractive, scantly clad women in it…

Silly me. I didn’t even know the U.S. had a cosplay expo.

Also: Oh my…

A Better Time

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The XKCD comic, that is:

The miniature trebuchet was a nice touch.

“I don’t understand what the sea is doing.”

Previously.

You had me at “Scarlett Johansson Tied Up Half Naked”

Monday, April 30th, 2012

I would say that Marvel has a good idea exactly what audience it’s trying to draw to The Avengers:

(Actually, I always thought her Ghost World co-star Thora Birch was hotter.)

Since Howard and I will be reviewing The Avengers this weekend, I will forbear pointing out how underpowered Black Widow and Arrow Guy are compared to the rest of the team…

The Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Right, as always.

Not Going to the Austin Comic Con

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

As I’m going to be busy watching Skyline (another movie Howard and I are reviewing) and they didn’t have any literary SF guests, I won’t be going to The Austin Comic Con (though I have friends who are going). But they do seem to have rounded up a surprisingly large number of 70s TV stars (plus Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Billy Dee Williams and, err, the cast of The Film I Refuse to Name). (And I’ve already met Lee Majors, for certain values of “met” that include “have your hand touched briefly as you walk past in a line with 10,000 other kids and their parents at a Toys”R”Us opening in the 1970s.” Also “met” William Shatner that way. I wonder when Toys”R”Us stopped hiring TV celebrities for store openings?)

But I must admit I’m a little bit tempted to go just to meet Oscar Goldman.

Oh, and here’s a hint for the Austin Comic Con Webmaster: if you’re going to copy text out of a Wikipedia entry, it’s usually best to take out the “[citation needed]” bit…

Alan Moore Speaks

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Here’s an interesting and hefty interview with Alan Moore.

An Executive Summary for the tl;dr crowd:

  1. DC offered Alan Moore a huge sum of money to sign over the rights to Watchmen

  2. Moore thinks DC are basically thieves, crooks and hacks, and told them to go fuck themselves. (I’m paraphrasing a bit here…)

I’m not a true comics geek, but I had gotten the impression the DC almost always worked on a “work for hire” basis, which is why they were able to get the Watchmen movie done without Moore’s approval. However, this interview indicates that’s not necessarily so.

I would imagine that given our understanding of the industry standards during that time, and given the fact that, as I say, DC’s contractual stuff sometimes seems to be a bit shaky. So there may be… I mean, it’s occurred to me that I could possibly get a lawyer to look into this. There may be some problem with the contract, or some potential problem that may require my actual signature saying it’s okay to go ahead with these prequels and sequels. It might be that they can’t just do this. It may be that… it would seem that if they had gone out of their way to try and tempt me with worn-out rights to a property that was mine anyway, or sums of money… they’re offering me a million or two million, then I would imagine that what was potentially on offer to them would be higher by a couple of factors, maybe two or three factors, who knows? It could be a huge amount. So this would seem to explain their apparent desperate need to get me to put my signature upon something, which I’m not inclined to do.

And this:

If DC were to stop publishing WATCHMEN so it went out of print and then the rights automatically reverted to me and to Dave Gibbons, then you know, fair enough.

So: The rights to Watchmen are encumbered, and Moore isn’t going to be tricked or steamrolled into selling or giving them back.

Good for him.

(For more Watchmen-related goodness, take a look at Awesomely Wrong Watchmen.)

Right Past Tacky and Straight to Awesome

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I’m a Calvin and Hobbes fan (really, who isn’t?), but the title and cover for the new Lio collection is all kinds of awesome.

And here’s the story behind it.

Alan Moore as a Hot Teenaged Japanese Girl

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Comic tribute to Watchman creator and comic-God Alan Moore? Got it.

By a Japanese illustrator? Fine.

As a Dojinshi comic depicting Alan Moore as a hot teenage Japanese girl?

Ow! You broke my brain!

And here’s some more art from it.

The Economics of Deadpool

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Dwight sent me this amusing analysis of the economics of the completely insane Marvel character Deadpool.

My comic geek credentials are somewhat thin (little beyond Watchman, Sandman and Those Annoying Post Brothers, and reviews of a few comics-based movies with Howard), and X-Men never struck me as particularly interesting, but I now have an urge to find and read Deadpool-related issues…