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Merry Fred Van Lente Day To All!

I’ll admit, this was shaping up to be a dreary Fred Van Lente Day, indeed. I had forgotten all about the true meaning of Fred Van Lente Day!!

Two years ago, Fred Van Lente Day was a treat (as seen here, here and here). Last year was even more fun (as seen here, here, here, here, here, here and here). How would I be able to recapture the joy of Fred Van Lente Days past?

However, today, I was visited by three ghosts! And what they showed me uplifted my Van Lente Day spirits!! I rediscovered the true meaning of Fred Van Lente Day, which is to talk about Fred Van Lente comic books!! So throughout today, I will share with you what the ghosts showed me.

The Ghost of Fred Van Lente Past made me think to review a number of Fred Van Lente comics that were released since last Fred Van Lente Day.

The Ghost of Fred Van Lente Present had me do a review of the latest issue of Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, which came out THIS week! Also, we have an interview with Fred Van Lente that some friends of mine helped to make…the strangest interview…EVER!!

Finally, The Ghost of Fred Van Lente Day FUTURE showed up, to share with me previews of Fred Van Lente comics in 2008, including an exclusive announcement of a top-secret brand NEW Fred Van Lente comic that will be released from Marvel in March (and I did a little interview with Fred about the new series, which you’ll also see).

So sit back, sing a Van Lente Day carol, and enjoy!

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Readers, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Comics Should Be Good,
Where all of you can see,
the man that we all adore,
Fred Van Lente.

10 Comments

Merry Fred Van Lente day guys & especially to Brian !!!

Of all the newish writers of the last couple of years, there is this weird class of Christos Gage, Fred Van Lente and Jeff Parker that I just sort of think of as “The Future.”

Also, Action Philosophers is endlessly useful when you’ve got someone living in your household who doesn’t know who Ann Rand is.

I don’t know who Ann Rand is, either. Ayn Rand, on the other hand, I’m quite familiar with…

I’d add Matt Fraction into that group as well.

Oof. That’s what I get for typing things first thing in the morning.

Point stands. Action Philosophers is great. It’s a shame we won’t see more of that.

Point stands. Action Philosophers is great. It’s a shame we won’t see more of that.

Wait until the Ghost of Van Lente Future shows you their follow-up!!

Who the hell is Fred Van Lente and why does he have a day?

Joey, last year I wondered the same thing. Now I know and I am a better person for it. You will learn, you will love, and then you will live.

You know what the world needs more of? The Cardinal.

[…] Okay, ich war ja beinahe schon ein van-Lente-Fan, ohne überhaupt etwas von ihm gelesen zu haben. Einfach deswegen, weil die Jungs bei Comics Should Be Good ihn ständig so in den Himmel loben. Van Lente hat dort sogar seinen eigenen Feiertag, der immer mit viel Aufhebens begangen wird. Die Reihe Action Philosophers hat seinen Ruhm begründet und dieser dritte Sammelband ist wirklich sehr lesenswert (und läßt mich noch intensiver danach streben auch die ersten beiden in meinen Besitz zu bringen). Ein wenig so wie in der wunderbaren Serie Goofy – eine komische Historie (die seit kurzem endlich als Gesamtausgabe veröffentlicht wird) begleiten van Lente und Dunlavey berühmte Philosophen auf den wichtigsten Stationen ihres Lebensweges und erklären nebenbei gleich die Grundzüge ihrer philosophischen Theorien. Die biographischen Elemente sind nicht annähernd so detailverliebt wie bei den erwähnten Goofy-Bänden – manche Philosophen bekommen nur eine einzige Seite spendiert – aber die vorgestellte Philosophie wird trotzdem meist klar genug. Nun kann so etwas schnell sehr trocken werden. Dies ist hier aber nicht der Fall. Die Autoren feuern ein wahres Gag-Feuerwerk ab und die meisten zünden auch. Besonders schön fand ich die Zeichnungen von Dunlavey, die oft an die ganz großen der Comic-Welt angelehnt sind. So ist der Beitrag über John Stuart Mill zum Beispiel im Stil von Charles Schulz gezeichnet, es werden aber auch Anleihen an andere Klassiker wie Family Circus gemacht oder der typische Stil von Superheldencomics gekonnt emuliert. […]

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