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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 6-12 January 2013

I decided to revive Bill Reed’s “Sunday Brunch” link-post because I was going to do a link-post and thought he had a perfectly good name lying around and he hasn’t been using it. So if Bill wants the name back, I’ll be happy to give it to him, but for now, let’s check out some links! Some of these are comic-related, but there’s also some pop culture stuff in there too. Some weeks I may have more, some less, but this is what I found interesting across the wacky World Wide Web this week!

Let’s start with a Not-Safe-For-Work link, shall we? I was reading ComicMix and saw that story, which linked to Coed Topless Pulp Fiction, which might be the greatest thing in the history of humanity. The concept is that because there’s no law in New York (and a lot of other states) against females being topless, a group of people (mostly women, although there are a few pictures of bottomless men on the site) hang out in Central Park reading pulp fiction … topless. Simple, right? If you live in New York, why wouldn’t you want to hang out and read pulp fiction while not wearing a shirt?

Speaking of Not-Safe-For-Work Internet goodness, one of my favorite people in comics, Erika Moen, posted about reading Smut Peddlar, an anthology book to which she contributed, and she got a picture of studio-mate Ron Randall looking disapprovingly at her reading porn in the workplace. So her husband made a .gif.

All right, now that we’ve gotten the NSFW stuff out of the way, here’s a list of the ten most needless nerdy controversies of 2012. Man, people like to be outraged, don’t they?

Our brothers-in-arms at Robot 6 linked to this post by Joshua Middleton, in which he writes about art criticism. It’s pretty interesting.

Speaking of Robot 6, they also have a story about a petition that calls for the cancellation of Avengers Arena. It doesn’t seem to be getting many people, but here’s the petition, if you think it will help.

The general reading public might not be too worked up over Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers, but the Internet sure is, and Gillen has posted the first three pages to whet your appetite. As someone on the Internet, I’m extremely keen on reading this, and I hope against hope that it will be a monster success. Both dudes deserve it!

Comics Alliance digs up these tremendous commercials from the 1990s about the launch of the Ultraverse. Holy crap, the Nineties were awesome.

Colin Smith is one of my favorite comics critic, and he he eviscerates Animal Man #16 in this post. I like Colin because he comes at things from a unique perspective and does an excellent job of showing why certain things just don’t work. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s fascinating to read.

Tim Callahan is another critic I really like, and in his latest When Words Collide column, he breaks down the Comic Book Resources “best-of” lists for the past five years. He’s a bit harsh on Chew, which I think has been one of the best comics over the past five years, but his thoughts are worth reading.

In more pop culture news, David Brothers has been breaking down Django Unchained in a brilliant series of posts. I haven’t even seen the movie yet and I’m riveted. Start here and then go here, here, here, here, and here. Although I suppose you could read them in any order – Brothers is just examining different aspects of the movie, so it’s not like they’re building on the previous posts too much. I love reading good critical analysis of movies or comics or books or television, so I’m digging these posts.

Finally, I’m sure you all watched or at least recorded the season premiere of Justified (you did, didn’t you?), and you can catch up on the infinite wisdom of Raylan Givens right here in case you’ve forgotten some of his better bon mots. I watch Justified in a block after I record every episode, so it will be a few months before I get to watch it, but I’m looking forward to it! The lack of Jeremy Davies and his hair this season is a bit disappointing, though – let’s hope he’s back next year!

That’s it for this week – I know it’s not a lot, but that’s the way it is. I used to do these on my old blog, and those got ridiculously long – maybe I’ll get a week where the links overwhelm me! If you don’t have time to surf the web because you have, you know, a real job, I hope I can help you out every Sunday!


I think “At which point the Skrulls attack” has potential to rank right up there with “And then she maced us” as an all-purpose non-sequitir.

Yeah, I watch Bunheads — deal with it.

Becca: I keep meaning to watch Bunheads, but since it’s on one of those weird channels, I forget. Is it any good?

And I think Skrulls should attack at random moments in pretty much every Marvel comic. That would keep those heroes on their toes!

Brunch! Hey, all right.

I don’t get all the Avengers Arena hate, honestly. It’s not like characters ever stay dead at Marvel. They just brought back Bucky and Jean Grey, after all. If you aren’t enjoying the series, then ignore it. That’s the easiest way to make a book go away. Signing a petition won’t do anything but land you on 2013’s list of the ten most needless nerdy controversies. Sales are all that matter.

The internet is definitely stoked for Young Avengers. Tumblr is all aflutter with “feels” already. I expected the writing and the art to be great, but those preview pages still surprised me. The coloring is fantastic.

Did Rotworld turn out to be worth the 36 issues of build up, across two series? Is this what anyone wanted out of the Animal Man/Swamp Thing crossover? I’m seriously asking, since I dropped Animal Man when Travel Foreman left and never picked up Swamp Thing.

This might not fill the void left by Jeremy Davies and his hair, but Ron Eldard showed up in the season premiere, channeling Mitch Hedberg. And, that could be very watchable.

Bunheads is on ABC Family. I’ve never seen an episode, but it’s written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, so there’s probably some whip-smart dialogue.

Colin Smith’s review of AM#16 is pretty accurate. Unfortunately.

Ian A. is correct about Bunheads — there’s more clever writing in the first 10 minutes of any given episode than there is on any collected disc of Big Bang Theory…

I didn’t sign the AA petition — that site wants to much personal information for me to feel comfortable giving it out on the Internet. I won’t be sad when Marvel ends the book, though; it’s about as cynical a concept as I can imagine.

You…you made me think that Bill was back.

And it’s just you.

Ya jerky.



Hey, check this out:


It’s like your Flippin’ columns, but incredibly dull and boring!

I give you my blessing, Burgas.

Needs more visual aids though.

Travis: Sorry to disappoint! And I agree – that Previews column could have been a bit more fun. The writer goes over a lot, but it’s not terribly interesting. Too bad – I like it when people write about what’s in Previews, because it’s always good to let people know it exists!

Bill: Yeah, I’ll get more visual aids as I go along. This was kind of a test run. Thanks for the blessing!

When I read that Tim Callahan article and he started going on Chew, I thought “Greg Burgas read this, whispered, ‘No….’ and a single tear rolled down his cheek”

Also, boy that female tropes in video game thing got out of hand real quick. I’m more annoyed that she’s amassed all this money and she’s using it to fly around the country promoting herself instead of, ya know, actually making the fuckin’ videos people paid you for it. We’re waiting for ya, lady.

And The Hobbit kinda-sorta sucked, so really there was nothing to get angry about!

Jeremy: It’s like you were standing in my family room as I read that!!!!! :)

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