Archive for March, 2009

Gaijin Love

I’ve mentioned before Matt Thorn’s great article about why characters in Japanese manga are not, in fact, meant to represent, or even to suggest, Westerners, despite those round eyes. Japan, however, is not and never has been a European-dominated society. The Japanese are not Other within their own borders, and therefore drawn (or painted or […]

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The Kathy Kane Syndrome: FCR 6

It took Batman his whole life to become Batman. That’s the point of his story: to do what he does, you have to spend your whole life getting ready. But Kathy Kane became Batwoman because she felt like it. She used to be a circus performer and that was pretty much all the prep she […]

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Eternal Appetite

This review originally ran in the Comics Journal. Little Sammy SneezeWinsor McCaySunday Press If you were a Freudian, you’d have to wonder when Winsor McCay was weaned. Indeed, his work is so obsessively and predictably orally fixated that you almost wonder if maybe he wasn’t. In each episode, his longest running strip, The Dream of […]

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You Know What’s Good About the Watchmen Movie?

As noted here, there are a few bright spots (scroll down). Another is this:¬†Apollonia Vanova as Silhouette, specifically the bit in the credits sequence where she steps up to a girl and scoops her in for the great Times Square V-Day kiss.Watching Vanova’s five seconds, you get the idea she actually could beat up people […]

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A Link for Your Garden?

Tim O’Neil has an entertaining discussion of Kingdom Come, explaining why having villains kill people is bad for heroes (and for the people killed too, presumably). Plus O’Neil explains what the hell is up with Carnage. I was wondering. Michael May looks to be blogging his way through every appearance of Wonder Woman in Sensation […]

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Sex and the Sensitive New Age Guy

Tom recently sent me an email asking me to explain why I hate contemporary literature and why I care about sexism. Not sure anyone else is interested, and confessional literature is always dicey, but since I’ve had a special request: As far as contemporary literature goes, I’ve explained myself more or less here and here. […]

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Just Saw Watchmen Again

I’m doing a column about it for TCJ, so two viewings were necessary. (Here for my first viewing. Here for Noah’s thoughts on Laurie.) This time I brought a pad and kept notes, mainly of sound effects and camera movements that annoyed me. They’re constant. I’ll put it this way: right before the WOMP!! when […]

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