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Sunday Brunch: 8/23/09

Another shamefully light week in the world of links to stuff on the comics internet, which means either I am dreadfully unobservant, or everyone else is as lazy as I am! It’s probably the former. Still, this column may slip to a bi-weekly schedule in future installments, or cease altogether, depending how many cool things I stumble upon and remember to share with you fine folks.

So, six nifty links under the cut, and, to pad things out, another exciting QUESTION OF THE WEEK above the cut, and after this colon: If you were cursed by television executives to turn one mature-readers-only comic book series into a kid-friendly Saturday morning cartoon show, which would it be? Show your work. (I’ll share my own answer later on in the comments.)

ITEM! I really loved Justin Zyduck’s essay on Spider-Man over at Mightygodking, revealing the Sisyphean dilemma at the heart of Peter Parker’s character growth (and/or lack thereof) over the years. It’s a great read. Here’s an excerpt:

But something about that doesn’t sit right: This portrait of what Spider-Man should be assumes a constant line of upward success. And that doesn’t always happen in real life, does it? We get laid off, get sick, get a run of bad luck. Get set back. This is what Spider-Man, after 47 years of stories or so, represents. Because Peter Parker’s life isn’t really one unending train ride of agony and torture…

…it’s one of mediocrity.

ITEM! I quite enjoyed Tucker Stone’s latest Comixology article, weaving together Thomas Pynchon, David Mazuchelli, and the evolution of comics packaging.

Comics–and if you look around, they’re already fully on the way there–don’t have to fill any of these categories whatsoever. They can appear, like The Hunter, or Vertigo’s new Crime line–as fully formed objects. If they want to be serialized, they can pursue the Acme Novelty or Love and Rockets annual route, giving the artists all manner of time to perfect whatever it is they feel the need to perfect. They can change course mid-publication, the way Jeff Smith decided to shorten the length of RASL so he could put out more issues, and still choose to publish a collection that vastly changes the scope and aesthetic appeal of the work by toying with the finished size.

ITEM! The Savage Critics’ Jeff Lester and Graeme McMillan continue the only comics podcast worth listening to (sorry, everybody else in the whole world!) with its best episode yet, rambling on about TV and movies and, of course, Aquaman and Chris Claremont. Because comics.

ITEM! Play the game of telephone. The Spurge told the Sterling, and now it’s showing up here: a collection of weird and wacky Nancy sketches. Here’s T. Edward Bak’s, for a sample:

Bad Nancy

Nancy’s a mean drunk.

ITEM! Robot 6 calls this five-page strip by Eduardo Medeiros the best Batman/Aquaman team-up ever. But I dunno, I still like the one I drew when I was three. But if that doesn’t count, then I guess this one takes the tuna.

Aquabat

ITEM! Abhay’s Dracula: the epic conclusion!

Drac boxers

That’s it for now. See you on some future Sunday.

13 Comments

I think I saw Nancy at the bar last night. 35, still single, bitter.

Is it cheating to suggest Lost Girls? I mean, they could frame the show with everyone at the Hotel, but flashback to adventures based on the original stories (without the insinuations). That’s too lazy, isn’t it?

How about Madame Xanadu? That’s considered MR. Where in the world is Madame Xanadu? (Where is Rita Mereno these days, anyway?)

They could probably make Transmet kid-friendly. Spider-Man without the webs. Gwen and Mary-Jane. I see the parallels. I also see colours, man.

Cheers,

B

Sandman would be easy. Head into some kids dream every night, fix the problem(nightmare to dream), share a laugh.

Hey, cool! Thanks for the kind words; I can now cross “Get something I wrote linked to on CSBG” off my list of life goals (next up: PURCHASE NACHO HAT).

QotW: I think a slightly cleaned up version of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol could appeal to children and still keep the spirit of the original intact. Kids are pretty open to absurdism; the way the DP handle the Decreator is straight out of a cartoon. Throw in a crotchety authority-figure, a funny robot guy, and something that looks like a mummy with sunglasses, and you’ve got yourself a hit. (My first response was The Invisibles, but Codename: Kids Next Door has pretty much done that already.)

Lost Girls, Neutered the Animated Series would be the awesomest Alan Moore adaptation ever. Can you imagine Moore drinking his morning cuppa dragon’s blood and coming across the announcement of this cartoon in the paper?

I think Powers could be a pretty cool, dark but kid friendly cartoon. Can you have lots of off screen murdering in a kid show?

I second Justin’s comments! Grant’s Doom Patrol could be toned down enough while still having enough surreal and subversive elements to make it work on a level similar to the original. Though for the sake of playing the game I will also suggest that the basic premise of Fables would probably translate into a kids show rather easily as well.
And here I thought I was the only person who recognized the similarities in The Invisibles and C:KND.

I tried to ask the creator of C:KND about the similarities awhile back but I couldn’t get his contact info.

Preacher: The Animated Series? Man, that would take a lot of work. Milligan’s Shade would be sweet as a Heavy Metal kind of animated movie.

Sea Guy is a pretty obvious choice. I can see Chubby Da Choona at the end of every episode explaining why you need to respect the ocean.

Heh. I thought of Preacher too, mainly because I’d kill to see an animated Arseface, but let’s face it, it just couldn’t be done. It would be amusing watching their heads explode trying, however.

The first comic I thought of was Fables. Take out the sex & violence, and you have a story about familiar (and unfamiliar) characters trying to make lives for themselves in a new city while fighting for their homelands. Focus more on the comedy. Make Bigby Wolf nicer. Have the characters solve problems with their wits and skills. Pitch it as Shrek meets Lord of the Rings.

On the other hand, you could try to adapt The Minx. Good luck with that.

My answers:

Seaguy could be transported to Saturday morning cartoons fairly easily, because the comic is already a kind of Invader-Zim-esque cartoon series. We3 could also make the jump, if one cuts down on the violence.

But I can’t get the idea of Preacher: The Animated Series out of my head, with Jesse Custer and his pals traveling around in a van solving mysteries and the like, and teaching kids about religion. It’d be a 180 from the comic series itself, but it’s the type of thing you expect from this kind of adaptation (and you might be able to sneak in some subversive bits in there). I imagine it would run on PBS right after the Magic School Bus.

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