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In which Greg gives answers and tries to put it all behind him

I was going to post a nice rant, because my LJ friend posted something else in response to my comics quiz, but I just don’t have the energy.  I won’t link to his posts, but if you go to Technorati and find the links to this blog, you’re sure to come across it.  I don’t care if he likes my reviews or not, but I wish he hadn’t called me a “snorting retard.”  As a father of a brain-damaged child, that kind of pisses me off.  This is what I mean by not making it personal.  Who cares if I don’t know what a Purple Death Ray is?  Who cares if he does?  Calling me a retard just nullifies anything else you might say.

But … we have answers to give!  Remember, if you don’t know everything about every comic ever published, you can’t review comics!  (Someone else took exception to me saying “they’re just comics” as if I don’t find them important, so why am I reviewing them?  Well, that’s a good point, but if you think about it, very few things in this world are essential, and comics ain’t one of them.  I love them, but they are “just comics.”)  Let’s check out the answers! 

1. Jade DeCamp is John’s psychiatrist/lover.  For those of you who have never heard of Faust, you might consider yourself lucky.  It’s a black-and-white epic of Satan-worship, gore, and porn.  It’s actually very beautifully drawn, and completely wild.  This is one of those comics I actually enjoy but can’t defend in the least.  Russ knew this, by the way, which means he’s as disturbed as I am. I posted about an issue a while back, so if you’re interested, go here.

2. We first hear of the bad dwarf in Starman #8, when Jack visits the circus and finds Mikhail.  He doesn’t even become a factor until, what, four years later?  Robinson plotted that series so well.

3. Scorpio is 52.  Wow, that’s old! Not to plug my own stuff, but read more about this excellent bunch o’ comics here.

4. Bernie Mireault drew the Riddler story.  Brian Bolland indeed did the cover.  I Heart BEM got this, which only stands to reason, given his name.  Tim Callahan knew it too.

5. Slaymaster blinded Betsy, which led to Brian dropping a boulder on his head.  Chris, Dizzy, and Pol knew this.  Great freakin’ scene, by the way.  Alan Davis rules.  gabesummers, he of the run on sentences (and believe me, as an English teacher, it kills me to see them!), got the description right but called him Taskmaster.  Close enough!

6. Arani Desai is Niles Caulder’s wife. Matthew, Michael, and Tim (although he spelled it wrong) knew this.  And yes, her superhero name was Celsius.

7. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32.  Guy knew this, of course, because he loves Moon Knight.  Chris, James, Russ, Dizzy, and Tim got the title, but did not guess an issue number.  Michael and JR guessed an issue number, but missed it.

8. Doug Moench.  JR said both Moench and Kelley Jones, and I’m not sure who would get the credit.  Vesper first appeared during their mid-1990s run on Batman, so it could have been either, or both. If you’ll allow me to toot my own horn again, these comics are definitely ones you should own.

9. Uncanny X-Men #244, and the villains were the M Squad.  gabesummers didn’t know the issue number or the name of the villains, but he gave a good description of the issue.  James knew both.  Russ and Dizzy knew the name of the bad guys.  JR knew the issue number.  Weirdly enough, this issue is worth around $15 just because it’s Jubilee’s first appearance.

10. Richard Madoc thinks about writing a sestina.  Specifically, “a sestina about silence, using the key words ‘dark,’ ‘ragged,’ ‘never,’ ‘screaming,’ ‘fire,’ kiss,'”  And yes, I had to look that part up.  Sestinas are actually kind of hard to write, even though you wouldn’t think so.  Matthew and Pol knew this.

11. Buddy is hired to stop the Angel Gang, although it turns out they aren’t the “real” villains.  Kudos to Matthew for getting characters from the issues, but shame on him for forgetting the adorable Angel children!

12. Myndi Mayer was Diana’s publicist.  Until she was killed.  Not Angela Snow.  Is there an Angela Snow?  Michael and Pol knew this.

13. Hunter Rose adopted Stacy Palumbo. The charmingly named Smut Gremlin knew this.  Michael guessed Christine Spar, who was Stacy’s daughter, as Smut Gremlin pointed out.  He also referenced Diana Schutz’s story about Stacy and her therapist, so extra geek points for him!  Dizzy knew her first name.

14. Daniel Dunbar, Dan the Dyna-Mite, Dynaman.  Any of those is correct.  Chris, Dizzy, and Pol knew this.  Man, The Golden Age is excellent.

15. Julien Saunière.  Rex Mundi is one of my favorite books right now.  Find out more about it here.

16. Vanth is Dreadstar’s first name.  Michael and Pol knew this.  Tim guessed Vance, which was oh so close!

17. Pappy becomes a dentist’s assistant, which is perfect for him, because he has a hook hand.  Scurvy Dogs, as many of us here at the blog have said repeatedly, is brilliantly funny.  Buy it today!

18. His twin brother (it’s a fetus) lives inside him, at the top of his spine, and is trying to take over his body.  Very cool book.  Buy it today!  Pol has obviously read this, because he knew the answer.

19. Stan Carter.  Jean DeWolffe was a victim, not the killer.  James, Russ, and Dizzy knew this.

20. Nemesis.  Matthew guessed Plastique, which is not a bad guess, but I think she was dead by that time.  Bill and Russ knew this.

Sorry for wasting everyone’s time like this.  Tomorrow is new comics day, Larry Young sent me a graphic novel I have to read, and all will be right with the world.  And I still won’t care about annoying DC trivia! 

19 Comments

Worry not about those who give bad reviews wrapped in personal attacks, for usually they are only tiny little people who are vainly trying to compensate for their own sad little state of affairs.

Continue on, my good man! Continue on!

“Calling me a retard just nullifies anything else you might say.”

I can’t express how much I agree with this. Far too many people online can’t seem to wrap their mind around this concept. The idea that to elevate a disagreement to a discussion, civility is needed.

Superboy Prime

June 28, 2006 at 9:34 am

Okay, Greg.

So I pulled off his fingers and toes, then arms and legs, punched through his head, ripped out his heart then fried it with my heat vision, then froze the remains with my super-breath, jumped around on them like Cruise on a couch until they shattered into quarks.

Oh, and I pulled out his DSL line too.

Glad to help.

Anything else?

Cool quiz by the way.

Love,
Clark

I think you need some anger management, Superboy Prime, but thanks for the assistance!

Oops. I was thinking of the wrong issue of Scurvy Dogs.

Oh well. Great comic, anyway.

woh i got my first blog shout out!!!! my ach nemis will be crying now!! buwhahahahahahahaha
but thanks for the shout out.

m squad thats right!!! how could i forget…those guys are the true evil behind house of m!!! it wasnt pietro it was m squad!!!!what do you think the m stands for ..joe q you sly devil im on to your tricks!!

yeah its wierd ..i can see bad gramar but yet i do it..all the time..plus i dont spell check (thats for fakers!!) i try to keep it real..i knew this guy way back that would spell check and what have you..folled everyone with his big words…. i cant spell ..but now you all know why im not a wrtier…im horrible with punctuation and all that…plus im at work and had a ganglion(haha i cant even spell that hahah ) removed on my wrist so its hard to type one handed and go back and make corrections plus..were all fans here..we get enough ridicule from the witless un-comic readers i figure i can be the real me here!!!!

p.s i swear im not covered in penut butter as i type this..and nooo thats not a papa smurf doll.

You’re weird, gabesummers. But that’s cool.

whats even wierd-er is im over 30…thats public schooling right there!!

but honestly thank you for allowing me to rant and be weird..some sites are not as cool as you guys are. so thank you all for sharing your views and stuff.

I wasn’t sure if you wanted just the writer or both guys who worked on the title she first appeared in. I have a good chunk of their run up until the Final Night issues where I stopped reading the title up until Hush actually…. where I immediately stopped reading it again until just recently with the OYL thing.

Hey, Greg.

As a father of a brain-damaged child, how exactly do you explain this?

“Stupid pre-ordering. Would have stopped getting this except for that. Would have punched a hole right in that stupid comic book shoppe nerd’s face because he still ordered it for me even though the first four issues sucked. Goddamn. Stupid retarded nerd.

“Lots of talking in this issue. Lots. Explanations. Kind of stupid. Last page. What. The. Fuck?

“Naked chicks. Lots. Listen, Luna Bros. When all your characters are retarded jerks, naked chicks don’t pick up the slack. All. Of. Them. Are. Retards.”

That’s you in September.

http://goodcomics.blogspot.com/2005/09/what-i-bought-21-september-2005.html

Nevermind, I guess it’s parody. But I don’t see why it’s okay for you to use offensive parody, but you won’t even link to someone else’s use of the words.

Yeah, I thought of that, Kynn, when I wrote it. Sure, it might be hypocritical, but in my use of it, I would say that not only was it parody of a certain comic book (which doesn’t make it right), but I wasn’t calling anyone specific retarded. It was very general. Again, it doesn’t make it right. I don’t believe I have ever called a specific person retarded. If I have, I don’t any more. But yes, you got me. And even though I make mistakes, I still can call others out for doing so.

Oh, and Kynn – I see that you called me pathetic over on the LJ, and that’s fine, but I’m glad you came over here and made a point that was relevant. I don’t mind being called pathetic, but at least do it here and back it up. That’s all I ask – if you’re going to insult me, insult me directly. I appreciate it (and no, I’m not being sarcastic).

You made a point about me not linking to it. I wasn’t just talking about our bitter friend, I was just making a general comment about people taking things way too seriously. Now I’m guilty of that. Which is why I have moved on.

But still – I do appreciate you keeping me honest. Always fun to thrash things out.

Greg wrote:
“Oh, and Kynn – I see that you called me pathetic over on the LJ, and that’s fine, but I’m glad you came over here and made a point that was relevant. I don’t mind being called pathetic, but at least do it here and back it up. That’s all I ask – if you’re going to insult me, insult me directly. I appreciate it (and no, I’m not being sarcastic).”

Um, okay.

I think you’re pathetic for going to technorati, finding a humorously critical post, running back to your blog and crying about some unnamed person being mean to you without even giving the context (via a link). That’s dishonest blogging, dude.

And the part about “ZOMG MY KID IS A RETARD, HOW DARE YOU CALL ME ONE” is pathetic too. You’re pretending as if it makes a difference about your kid. If your kid had no disability, would it have been okay to call you a retard?

No, it’s just a cheap sympathy ploy from a guy who refuses to give context, and who desperately wants to be victimized.

You didn’t know about the Purple Healing Ray, and you didn’t get the joke, and you made your own jokes which screamed “I DIDN’T GET THE JOKE!” to anyone who did.

And TheBitterGuy, one of those People Who Did Get The Joke, laughed at you. Effectively. And it stung, and you ran back to cry about it.

Pathetic.

As for whether or not I’m calling you “pathetic” behind your back — dude, you’re reading his livejournal! That’s clear enough by your replies! If you’re regularly reading the livejournal-which-you-won’t-link-to (because it mocks you too sharply), then I consider that to be done in front of you, dude.

Why do you want the insults done here? Because it’s your home turf. You want the home court advantage, and happy sycophants (who you refuse to let read the posts in question) leaping to your defense.

Pathetic.

Sigh.

Let’s see. Sure, I posted about it here. Why wouldn’t I? I made a couple of comments over at the Bitter Guy’s LJ, and was ripped to shreds. This is where I write about comics, so I wrote something here. The reason I didn’t link to him in the first place was because I wasn’t specifically talking about him, just the asinine and irrational responses to things I wrote about something as inconsequential as comics. Which, of course, you and all the commenters over there are just proving over and over again, so thanks. After that, I don’t think he deserved a link, because he started throwing insults, which means he really didn’t have much of an argument. Why should I link to that? And sure, I look to see who links to this blog. Why not? I’m always interested to read other comic book blogs, and if someone links to what I write, I’m interested to read what they thought. If it’s good, I appreciate it. If it’s bad, I will occasionally comment on their blog to ask them to elaborate. I’m glad you don’t have an ego to check links to your stuff. I’m more vain, I guess.

As for “home court,” I’m trying to figure out how me writing a post here and getting all my sycophants to support me (and boy, I never knew I had sycophants!) is any different from taking an issue with something I wrote and instead of leaving a comment here so we could all debate it, running back to your own LJ and posting something insulting so all your sycophants can kiss your ass and make fun of me. When you can tell me the difference, please do.

As for insulting me, no, it wouldn’t be okay to call me a retard if my daughter weren’t developmentally disabled. I’d still think it was offensive, because it is – and, I’ll add again, the last refuge of someone who has nothing else to say. But because of my daughter, it just stung a little more. That’s all.

Sure, I didn’t get the joke. Laugh all you want that I didn’t get it. It’s still a stupid joke, and a ridiculously clunky piece of dialogue in that scene, but that’s fine.

I’m still not sure how it’s dishonest, or why I desperately want sympathy. Whether or not people like what I’m doing here doesn’t really concern me. It’s certainly nice, but I’ve had people insult me before, and they will again. I just can’t really respect people who don’t do it here, who do it so crudely, who resort to insults when they run out of things to say, and who, when I attempt to explain things without getting insulting, continue with it. I suppose if I had just said “Fuck you” everyone would have had a good laugh.

Well, I explained things here and I explained things at his LJ (unlike, I’ll point out again, him). I’m now thoroughly bored with this, and I’m sure everyone else is too. You can rebut if you like, but I get it: I’m a pathetic, stupid coward. Duly noted.

Come back any time!

Wow. So it’s ok for you to use “Retarded” as long as it’s not directed at anyone specific.

That’s bullshit. Pure, unadulterated bullshit. It’s either ok to use it or not. For everyone or nobody.

Period.

Well, sure, Terry, but as Kynn pointed out, it was a direct rip on Frank Miller’s Batman. I still don’t use it even if it’s directed at unspecific people. In the case he cites, the person didn’t exist. And again, it’s parody. Maybe that’s not okay, but it still references something else (which I think is stupid). I would never call anyone retarded. It’s unpleasant.

“Let’s see. Sure, I posted about it here. Why wouldn’t I? I made a couple of comments over at the Bitter Guy’s LJ, and was ripped to shreds.”

Most people really aren’t so insecure that they’d let one stranger’s livejournal drive their next few blog posts.

“After that, I don’t think he deserved a link, because he started throwing insults, which means he really didn’t have much of an argument.”

I’m still confused as to whether you want to be insulted to your face or not.

“…is any different from taking an issue with something I wrote and instead of leaving a comment here so we could all debate it, running back to your own LJ and posting something insulting so all your sycophants can kiss your ass and make fun of me.”

Simple, I used hyperlinks to back up what I was saying. You didn’t.

“I’m a pathetic, stupid coward. Duly noted.”

Okay! Now that we’ve got that settled…

Terry wrote: “That’s bullshit. Pure, unadulterated bullshit. It’s either ok to use it or not. For everyone or nobody.”

Terry’s right. Your response is nonsensical. Yes, it’s parody, but I still think that if you’re the kind of guy for whom it stings so much to be called retarded, you would find, I dunno, some other way to parody things.

I hate terms like “bitch”, for example. And by and large, I couldn’t stomach writing dialogue, even in parody, which used extensive anti-woman language. If you’re going to be that sensitive, then be consistent: If “retarded” is bad for TheBitterGuy, it’s bad for you too.

Yea Kynn – you hate the term BITCH so much that you used it twice in the same post when posting in your LJ:
http://kynn.livejournal.com/88113.html?thread=133937#t133937

Thereby doing the same exact thing you accuse Terry of doing. Fucking hyppocrite

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