Archive for February, 2008

No Manga, Maybe Cry

So to start with the self-promotion: The Comics Journal #288 is out, and I have several articles in it, including a long essay about the collected volume of Winsor McCay’s Dream of the Rarebit Fiend which came out late last year. I also have a best of list, in which I talk about several manga […]

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Omega Cereno

In my ongoing march through the post-apocalypse, I saw Omega Man last night, and boy, was it not especially good. Charlton Heston’s emotional range goes from stoic to constipated; faced with the end of all civilization, he spends most of his time laconically wisecracking and randomly taking off his shirt. It all makes a sort […]

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Dark Water

I just saw the Japanese movie Dark Water. I’ve been watching a lot of American horror movies recently — I saw George Romero’s Crazies a couple of weeks ago for example — and I like them a lot, but I never really find them all that scary. Crazies, for example, was good predictable fun; the […]

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Hideously Inexpressible

Canonical writers of popular fiction — Stevenson, Wells, Conan Doyle, Poe— are usually renowned for lucid prose, deft allegory, vivid description, and, most of all, a mastery of pacing. H.P. Lovecraft is a titanic — or as he would say, a Cyclopean — exception. His prose is a clotted, lumbering mush, as if a septuagenarian […]

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Despicable Hobbies Redux

I remain obsessed with the Democratic primary. Found this excellent site; his post Super Tuesday analysis is really smart. The Field is a great site. Check out his analysis: http://ruralvotes.com/thefield/?p=509 I think it’s a good night for Obama too; Clinton’s tough though. A knockout blow keeps seeming in Obama’s reach…and then he just can’t quite […]

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Raised by Functionaries

I was reading CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura recently. It’s a series that my wife likes a lot, and Jason Thompson gives it high marks in his amazing guide to all things manga ever. So I wanted to like it…but it just didn’t really do it for me. I can certainly see part of the appeal; Clamp’s […]

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Twenty Arms

In a post a while back, I mentioned that my four-year old son is obsessed with super-heroes. So he remains — though he has now moved on from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Superman, Batman, and various costumed do-gooders of his own invention, including Twenty-Arms (his power is that he has twenty arms, and […]

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