Archive for September, 2008

Read it and Weep a lot.

Tucker Stone on the future of the DC universe! Also, in more comixology column news, Kristy Valenti has some interesting thoughts on the demise of Minx which more or less dovetail with mine.

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Stan

This piece ran February in TCJ, the magazine’s first small-format issue. One thing that I left out and always wanted to get in: “I was ashamed to admit I did comics,” Stan told an interviewer in 2005. It’s strange to think of Mr. Cheerful feeling like a failure right thru his 30s. He remarked somewhere […]

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Exploit Your Secretary, At Least Until the Last Half Hour

Is Secretary an exploitation movie? On the one hand, its content and marketing are built around fetishized kinkiness; specifically masochism. A young woman (Maggie Gillenhall) takes a job as a secretary and then spirals into an S&M relationship with her boss (James Spader.) When she commits a typo he spanks her; he also exercises dictatorial […]

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Ignorant Minx

I didn’t read or see any of the DC Minx titles, and I’m not the target demographic (young girls.) But it did seem to me when the titles came out that there should have been a market for them, what with the success of shojo and all. It even seemed like kind of a no […]

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Spider-Man Magazine

So has anyone else seen this? It’s a magazine anthology reprinting recent (and some not so recent) Spider-man (and some not Spider-man) stories from various Marvel books. It seems aimed at kids, and it seems to be distributed through book stores. They seem to be on number 2, and there’s some fairly prominent advertising placement […]

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The Fog

Saw John Carpenter’s The Fog, which is one of those movies which becomes more and more mediocre the more you think about it. It certainly wasn’t horrible; the special effects with the fog flowing about were kind of nifty, and there were certainly suspenseful, slasher film moments. And lord knows it was better than Prince […]

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Last Palin Post

I don’t know if you’ve listened to a lot of Adam Sandler albums. But he did a series of bits about the Excitable Southerner, a fellow undergoing a permanent nervous breakdown that took the form of talking and talking and talking — without order, without logic, without stop. Each bit would have a theme, such […]

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