Archive for January, 2009

Fact

Fabian took acting lessons from Leonard Nimoy. This was a few years before Nimoy was cast as Mr. Spock. Fabian was getting ready for a guest spot on Ben Casey. From I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy

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Rough Beast Slouching Towards Apocalypse to be Censored

I review Beasts, Lynda Barry’s Best American Comics, and a big art book called “Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture” in this week’s Chicago Reader. The first line of the review was supposed to be: “For the latest Best American Comics anthology, guest editor Lynda Barry has selected works that are richly literary, deeply felt, and fucking […]

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Culture 11 No More

Culture 11, for whom I have been doing a lot of writing over the last five months or so, very suddenly went out of business yesterday. This really makes me sad for a number of reasons. First and most selfishly, the site had quickly become my favorite place to write for. My editor, Peter Suderman, […]

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Sour, Bitter

I’m watching the final round of The Sopranos. The series became more and more sour as it went on, which isn’t a bad thing. But I’m surprised the public loves such an unpleasant work. Maybe I’m not as out of step as I thought. A side point. People keep misusing words, but everyone seems to understand […]

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That Fucking Shatner

From Star Trek Memories: “The Devil in the Dark” … We shot this particular episode, our twenty-sixth, during the first half of March 1967. Problem: Star Trek did its shooting from May of one year to January of the next. Never in the early spring. “Devil in the Dark” was broadcast on March 9, 1967. What’s remarkable: […]

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No School for Piper

Mom’s got plans, big plans.

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Mangafication I

Before the manga roundtable, our Tom Crippen asked why manga adaptations sucked. No helpers appeared with either generosity or bile, just me. And this is my response, half-answer, half-question. Purely from the stance of what’s pleasing, not what’s good business, since Japanese cross-marketing is pretty ridiculous. I mean, cow catchers. First, classic-to-manga. (I’m saving manga-to-movie […]

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