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Sunday Brunch: 8/29/10

Slapped together at the last minute, just the way you like it! The scrapple of linkblogs! It’s…

MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If you could have dinner with any comics creator, living or dead, who would it be, and, more importantly, what would you order?

ITEM! Congratulations to the internet’s new favorite comics critic, Colin Smith, who is now writing a book about Mark Millar for Sequart. We can all curse his name later, and complain about how he won’t return our calls now that he’s hit the big time, but in the meantime, here’s a neat piece on Morrison and Quitely and Tan’s Batman & Robin, in which Mr. Smith exposes Batman and Commissioner Gordon for the filthy criminals and hypocrites they are! J. Jonah Jameson, take notes:

What I find myself feeling most uneasy about in “Mommy Made Of Nails” is how Mr Morrison has weighted the narrative so that the police grant this Batman their complete authority to torture Phosphorus Rex. It’s as if it isn’t enough for Mr Morrison to have the new Batman holding his victim’s face an inch above the road, and then an inch above the passing cars. He also has to make the business of torture utterly necessary and morally sanctioned, and the key to this process is the rendering of Commissioner Gordon as a moral as well as an intellectual idiot.

I still think it’s a good comic, though. I mean, it’s got Batman fighting Conjoined Triplets.

RANDOM THOUGHT! I saw a couple comic book movies for the first time this week. The Losers was actually pretty good, better than the mixed reviews would have you believe– heck, it’s way, way better than The Expendables. And American Splendor is a brilliant flick, but everyone reading this probably knows that already. My favorite scene in the film is probably this one, which, at its heart, is the simplest scene of them all.

ITEM! Speaking of American Splendor, it finds its way onto surgin’ Tom Spurgeon’s list of 25 Emblematic 70s Comics, along with the Fourth World Saga by Jack Kirby, who would have celebrated his 93rd birthday yesterday.

ITEM! Speaking of Jack Kirby, Matt Seneca writes about a beautiful out-of-context Kirby panel, and extrapolates from there:

The conversation about whether or not Vince Coletta’s inks served Kirby’s pencils, and to what degree, is older than most of the people taking part in it. There’s a medium’s worth of thought about this one creator and his work, which ought to tell us something. Writ large: Kirby’s art matters. Like it or not, the shapes and trails that bled out of his graphite are foundation stones of the comics medium, mortared in by the massive amount of work that’s taken up direct from where he left off.

Seneca’s also got a piece up on Brendan McCarthy’s latest story for Marvel, in Age of Heroes, but I haven’t read it yet (nor have I read the story). Both are probably good, though.

ITEM! The Hairy Green Eyeball leers at a 1973 publication called The Comic Book Guide for the Artist-Writer-Letterer.  Cool stuff hidden within!

ITEM! Friend of CSBG Dean Trippe writes an open letter to the Maryland senator Nancy King, who is running on the anti-comic-book ticket:

Attacks on my industry have always come from those who haven’t picked up a comic, and the policies that have damaged our educational system always come from those who haven’t set foot in a classroom in decades. So let me recommend to you the anthology Reading with Pictures, part of a non-profit effort to offer students and teachers comics specifically suited to lesson plans on variety of subjects. Comics combine art and literature to create an incredible new art form. And in fact, telling stories in pictures predates the written word and is used in safety instruction labels precisely because of its ability to simply convey ideas and actions. Your offensive mailer is just another wrong-headed generalization, attacking a genre that gives children heroes that don’t kill (like Superman, seen in the image you used, likely without the rights to do so) and fight against intolerance (like the X-Men, also featured in your mailer, presumably without permission), as well as a medium that anyone, including children, can tell stories in with tools as simple as a pencil and paper.

Also, no one seemed to tell her that Maryland has a comic book reading initiative for schools.

ITEM! Gavok of the 4thletter! looks at those “Coming Up” pages from Johns/Jurgens/Morrison comics of the past few years to see what actually came up:

AXE COP MOMENT OF THE WEEK comes to us from Peoria, IL okay not really:

REMAKE/REMODEL this week features Weird Tales, the strange fiction magazine of which Cthulhu isn’t just a board member, but also a customer! Lots of good ones this week– click the link, damn you. As per usual, Raid71 does excellent work, as does Art Grafunkel:

Those are all the links I remembered to note down this week. What did you find?

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Is a scrapple reference going to play outside of your limited locality? How mainstream is scrapple anyway? Mmmmm … scrapple …

• I don’t have an Answer of the Week yet, but I do know it wouldn’t be scrapple. Because scrapple is gross. Everyone should know how gross it is. Educate yourselves, people.

American Splendor is my favorite comics-to-film adaptation by far. Hell, it’s one of my favorite films in general. It’s the perfect ode to Pekar.

• I don’t live in District 39, so I doubt I’ll get a chance to vote against Nancy King in the primaries. Alack.

• The Weird Tales Remake/Remodel netted, unsurprisingly, great results. Raid, Grafunkel, and Paul Sizer all knocked it out of the park, as always. I also quite liked Fishelle’s astronaut in the womb concept.

• Also: It occurred to me last night that, for all the talk of social metaphor and minority allegory, the X-Men are really just a bunch of kids who grew up but never left high school.

Had a bunch of scrapple this weekend actually; my grandfather was over and we did ‘breakfast-for-dinner.’ Then I ate the scrapple that was left the following day which I guess would make it leftover breakfast-for-dinner…for lunch. Quite delicious. Comics are not nearly as delicious but really what is?

Perhaps Axe Cop’s Baby-Headed Squid would make for a nice calamari.

Um, what’s scrapple?

I would have dinner with Alan Moore and order some sort of snake dish.

I found a link about why the Scott Pilgrim movie failed: http://paralleluniverse.msn.com/photos/movies/5-reasons-why-scott-pilgrim-tanked/photo-gallery/?GT1=28140

Hope that works.

Otherwise, I watched the Suicide Girls Must Die DVD. Several times. Yes. As a horror movie, it’s crap, but as a movie to look at and go, “ok, is SHE in on it?”, it’s sort of fun. And I have an idea for the sequel…

The answer to the flying question is easy: Steve Ditko, because he’s so damn reclusive. And we’d order scrapple, and like it.

I’m still waiting for the Date With Rob Liefeld that I won :P

I’d have dinner with Winsor McCay, ordering a Welsh Rarebit.

Chee! What a most fanciful meal!

Scrapple is glorious — and the crisper the better!

(for those outside of the Scrapple Belt, the best way to think of scrapple is all the tasty bits they make sausage out of, but ground fine and mixed with cornmeal; then it’s shaped into a brick, sliced, and fried up into a melt-in-your-mouth greasy, glorious breakfast meat!)

I find it interesting that when people want to criticize a popular part of a franchise, they tend to attack the underlying franchise rather than the product itself. I suspect there have been hundreds of comics where Batman does his “dangling villains above the city” thing, then proceeds to beat up someone who’s doing nasty things to people. Why single out B&R? It’s the same thing with TDK. The Alcott analysis you linked to last week has dozens of people accusing it of being “a neo-con’s wet dream” because it’s about a CEO beating up poor people – but every single Batman movie can be accused of that.

(for those outside of the Scrapple Belt, the best way to think of scrapple is all the tasty bits they make sausage out of, but ground fine and mixed with cornmeal; then it’s shaped into a brick, sliced, and fried up into a melt-in-your-mouth greasy, glorious breakfast meat!)

Scrapple is more like all the bits that are left over after they make sausage and hotdogs, plus some binding/filler. It’s one of those “everything but the oink” deals.

For those not in/from the mid-Atlantic states, scrapple is like breakfast spam, and is tastier than it has any right to be.

I would say that I would sit down with G-Mozz, but I wouldn’t understand half of what he said and I don’t really want any haggis or black pudding or the like. Since you mention him, I’d like to chat up King Kirby, maybe with a nice dog from a street vendor.

American Splendor is a wonderful little film – and something that I honestly enjoy at least as much as most Pekar comics. Actually just saw The Losers the other night and thought it was pretty bad. The screenplay doesn’t do itself any favors with the cuts made to the original plot – usually creating holes by attempting to Hollywood-ize and make it a franchise, but the accelerated time frame in which we’re lead to believe all that stuff happens doesn’t help either. Morgan and Saldana (and I liked the former in Watchmen) are pretty awful in arguably the two most important roles. Which is a shame because the rest of the cast does really good work; Elba is a hell of an actor and Evans and Short had great comedic timing with one another. It’s okay, and recreates some of the cooler scenes from the comics…but it wouldn’t have been hard to have made a good film out of it, and what we got isn’t that, IMO.

I didn’t know the scrapple thing would net me so many comments. I hated it as a kid, but I like it now. Yes, it’s made from all the grossest pig parts, turned into gray mush and fried into a brick, but dadgum, it’s good. Scrapple coated in maple syrup is the redneck dessert ’round these parts.

From scrapple to…er…scrappy (yeah, maybe not):

Rich Johnston wrote an article about Bryan Talbot posting comments from “anonymous” creators about the state of the industry.

Here’s a choice bit from an “anonymous” creator who turned out to be Kurt Busiek:

At times, it seems to me as if DC’s approach to comics art is that they want functional-but-unimpressive storytellers who draw in a stylized manner that looks like inadequate draftsmanship skills. Over at Marvel, they want all the coolest, flashiest-looking artists, and storytelling isn’t a strong criterion. If they can tell a story, great. If they can’t, it may not be a problem.

He also takes some shots at Jonathan Hickman and, apparently, never read Paul Cornell’s excellent Captain Britain and MI:13. Tsk.

He’s right about the art situation, though.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

@ Travis Pelkie:

A friend of mine once had squid for dinner. Said that it tasted like chicken.

I kid you not.

Hmm… if I could have dinner with any creator….that’s a good one… I think after reading Tucker Stone’s/David Brothers’ pieces on his Black Panther tale, I’d love to have it with Don McGregor and see what his views of the industry are and what inspired him to craft such a timeless tale.

I agree with Reed for once, I loved The Losers and unlike Kick-A$$, I saw it 3 times

Gavok hit the nail on the head with those “teasers”. Matter of fact, how many of those promotional posters by either company have turned out totally true?

Gotta love politicians who build their platform on an anti-art stance…. =S

Since Winsor McKay had a previous engagement, I’ll invite Rene Goscinny. Maybe some roasted boar?

(For a fleeting moment I considered Glenn Danzig and ordering a cake from which Henry Rollins springs up singing “Happy Birthday Mr President” but some visuals are too scary even for me…besides, he’s born in June).

Warren Ellis. Baby seal. Yes.

Wow, I thought the McCay/Welsh Rarebit won, then Mike pops in with the Ellis/baby seal. Kickin’.

I must be just north of the Scrapple belt. Thank god, apparently.

My other “jokes” of dinners with comics people would be something like eat with Mike Grell, big time hunter, and order a salad. Or steak with vegan creators. Or aardvark with Dave Sim.

I’d have dinner with Otomo Katsuhiro. What would I order? What type of restaurant am I at? I’ll just assume I’m at a Japanese restaurant since I’m with a Japanese comics artist; I’d have okonomiyaki.

Obvious, but I’d pick Jack Kirby at a good New York deli.

Scrapple is American haggis, really…

Whenever someone asks me what my favourite comic book movie is, I tell them American Splendor. This answer is usually met with a blank stare, which I respond to with an explanation, which is 99% of the time met with a “no, I meant, like, a SUPERHERO comic.” The 1% of the time I married the woman who just accepted it.

As for your question: the answer is Warren Ellis, and whiskey.

Stan Lee.

Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich. Kosher pickle. Labatt 50.

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