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Random Thought! “Cause summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy!” It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited!
Random Thought! In this week’s Riding the Gravy Train, I discussed the latest two AVX: VS matches, how the X-Men are just cruel bastards, and highlighted the one line of dialogue that sums up the event. And in the final Spandexless Reads by Alec Berry and his motley crew, I say a few words about the latest chapter of “The Curse of the Crimson Corsair. Mostly words about how awesome John Higgins is. Seriously, you “Fuck Before Watchmen!” folks are missing out. For those that enjoyed my mini-reviews and star ratings on the site here last week, I do those every week on GraphiContent, so check them out there.
Random Thought! I hope What If? returns this year, so we can get What If? Avengers vs. X-Men where one of the stories will have the Phoenix arrive, destroy the Earth like it has so many other planets, and keep on its merry way of destruction. Not as good as What If? Civil War where Tony and Steve talked it out like adults, but close.
Random Thought! A bit of dialogue I think we all want to see: “Hey guys! I’m Nick Fury, Jr. and I’ll be telling you how it is now.” “Who?” “Nick Fury, Jr.” “Oh, well, jeez, kid… Anyone who grew up with Nick Fury in their life, teaching them how to be a man, and–” “I, uh, I didn’t know he was my father until, like, last month.” “So he was just some guy who mentored you while you both didn’t know you were father and son?” “Nnnnnnnnnnnno.” “He trained you at some point?” “Nope.” “Have you even met him?” “Once? He seemed… nice.” “Man, get the fuck away from me. You’re not telling me shit.”
Random Thought! I finally got a copy of Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones on Friday and have been reading the 33 1/3 book on Exile on Main St. It’s a Rolling Stones kinda time, I guess.
Random Thought! The lack of announcement of a “Tales of the Black Freighter” comic by DC this weekend is disappointing.
Random Thought! My Just Imagine… comics arrived today. It’s Stan Lee reinventing the DCU by taking the names of characters and working with fantastic artists. Seriously, the line-up: Joe Kubert, Jim Lee, John Buscema, Dave Gibbons, Kevin Maguire, Jerry Ordway, John Byrne, Gary Frank, Scott McDaniel, Chris Bachalo, Walt Simonson, and John Cassaday. Plus Adam Hughes providing the back covers and some other artists showing up for the “On the Street” back-ups. I don’t know what they’ll read like, but I know they’ll look gorgeous.
Random Thought! Image announced a bunch of things that I’m looking forward to. None more than the two new Joe Casey series, of course. I’m sure you’re all surprised by that.
Random Thought! I don’t mind the various Avengers vs. X-Men books coming out in October. Then again, I like to read and write about comics that are ‘beneath me,’ apparently.
Random Thought! I’m considering a final Blogathon. With my blog ending in January and having done four Blogathons, it’s tempting to do one final one. After all, we do live in a society that places a lot of emphasis and importance on numbers related to the number five. Not sure what I’d do it on. There’s a temptation to fill it with single issue write-ups of various Joe Casey comics that I haven’t written about. Or, a trip through the Clone Saga (though, that would mean waiting until after the final volume of The Complete Ben Reilly Epic comes out). I don’t know… Just thinking out loud.
Random Thought! The new Sandman mini doesn’t rock my world — but that’s only because Sandman didn’t rock my world. I enjoyed it enough that I’ll probably pick the new mini up in trade. I mean, it is drawn by JH Williams III.
Random Thought! The Django Unchained mini might be worth a look… I remember that Tekno Comix (or was it Big Entertainment by that point) was supposed to have published a comic of From Dusk Till Dawn that I don’t think ever happened. Or did it? I dunno…
Random Thought! IDW collecting The Zaucer of Zilk over two issues will be a must buy for those of us not getting 2000 AD.
Random Thought!</b Saw MacGruber the other night after buying it for five bucks. Very hit or miss, but some funny moments. There’s about five minutes of the movie where it becomes clear that MacGruber may actually be an utter and complete bastard, and the one responsible for a horrible amount of pain and misery.
Random Thought! I’m rewatching Titus. That first episode is still 22 minutes of brilliance. A perfect introduction episode that doesn’t feel like an introduction episode. The build to the end is fantastic. I miss that show. I wish the rumoured sequel series had happened (or will still happen).
Random Thought! Also arrived in the mail today: tickets to Untouchable 2012, Dragon Gate USA’s show in Detroit on July 28. It will be my first Saturday not working the weekend shift and it’s like DGUSA decided to put on an iPPV just for me. My buddy is coming down and it will be a great night.
Random Thought! Since I don’t work on Sunday, I might try to see The Dark Knight Rises at one of the ‘starts around noon’ shows that day. Should be less crowded. While checking on movie times, I noticed that some Cineplex theatres here in Canada are showing something on Monday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They’re showing two season one episodes (“Where No One has Gone Before” and “Datalore”) along with a bunch of ‘behind the scenes’ features. I guess it relates to the restoration of the show for Blu-Ray release as well. And, if that weren’t enough, on Monday July 30: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! Only five bucks.
Random Thought! Wild Children is definitely worth picking up. Spend the eight bucks.
Random Thought! It’s too hot to randomly think anymore today…
Random Joe Casey Question! What role have drugs played in your writing? Would you view them as a positive influence? Negative? Neither?
Random Joe Casey Answer! Listen, I’m a grown man… so there are a lot of things that are simply part of the fabric of living life on this planet that ultimately inform my writing, and have for quite some time. I don’t know if I would emphasize any one thing over anything else or classify them as “positive” or “negative” or even “neither”. To me, it’s all part of the soup. But, just so I don’t look like I’m trying to dodge the question… I think they’ve played a significant role in how I’ve thought about my writing, how I’ve approached the creative process over the years. Personally, I don’t think drugs can be much of an “influence” in someone’s writing… more of a circumstance that a writer may or may not find themselves dealing with. If you do (or if you have), then those experiences can influence what you write, or how you write it. I suppose whether it’s positive or negative all depends on how good the writing is, how good the final product is.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Later
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