There is a trade paperback review that will be up shortly, but I felt compelled to do some linking to a few things.
The main reason for me doing a links post today was discovering this post yesterday, quite possibly the single funniest thing I’ve read, ever, on a blog (please note, this statement may not actually be true) (via the mighty Warren Ellis):
‘Born in a laboratory! Forged in pain! A thirst for blood…and rape! Rapebear!’
Tom, who is funny and has excellent taste, hates on some classic films in this post. I replied (but HaloScan doesn’t exist any more, so it’s lost like tears in the rain), writing enough for an entire post in a comment, which I don’t usually do, but I can run my mouth off when I get going, especially when I share the same level of anger at the undeserving success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (or, as Tom calls it, My Big Fat Boring Stupid Unfunny Greek Wedding)
It’s always good to see a blogger last the year, so Happy Bloggiversary to Tom Foss.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will be bringing the creator-owned Criminal to the stands in October, which you can read all about in this Newsarama post [EDIT: dead link], or see the PDF [EDIT: dead link].
This is a brave thing; a straight crime comic. From Marvel. Can this work? I really don’t know. I’ll be there for it, but it looks like it is going to struggle – look what happened to their excellent Sleeper, and that had superheroes in it. It’s something that Ed is worried about too:
I know people like to wait for trades or hardbacks or some kind of collection, but I’m telling you right now, this book is being built for the single issue fix. And if you jump on from the beginning Sean and I guarantee you a great fix every month. We need you to be our partner in this, because this is a book we really want to keep on with. So, if you’re a fan of my stuff, and you dug Sean’s art on Marvel Zombies, or you’re one of our faithful readers from the Sleeper days, buy Criminal in comic form. We’re going out of our way to include extras in the single issues, back-up stories, articles by me and others about the crime genre. We’re going to create a book that’s worth the money, and I honestly think that’s something the comics market can support on a monthly basis.
I can’t resist this blatantly obvious piece of headlining but – Good news, everyone! Futurama is renewed. While there will be the worry that it might not be as good as it was the first time round, it is still a good day when quality is rewarded. I thought they were going to be making a film, but new Futurama is new Futurama.
I don’t know why Chris’ Invincible Super-Blog hasn’t impacted upon me before, but an off-the-cuff remark from Dave Campbell made me check it out properly. I should have done it sooner, because he is fucking funny, he’s slightly deranged (in a good way), he loves comics with a wonderfully disturbing passion, and he has good taste. The thing that did it for me, without having to discover all of these things about him, was his sweeeeeet logo:
(Hope he doesn’t mind me putting it in this post.) ‘Your daily shot of Karate Bearfighting’. Now that is Fried Gold. Go and read him if you are not already doing so.