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Random Thought! It’s going to be a good week. It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited!
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Random Thought! On Saturday night, Tim Callahan and I got together on Skype and recorded the Splash Page Podcast 2013 Special. Our friend Joey Aulisio has been extremely generous in hosting it to prevent the dreaded Podomatic bandwidth problem that always occurs now that Tim isn’t footing the bill. In fact, over the next while, Joey will be making every episode he has (or can obtain) available for download. So, as I said last week, if you happen to somehow have early episodes of the podcast on your computer, get in touch with me and we’ll try to make sure they are made available to everyone once again. You will be a hero.
Random Thought! I really do miss having three-hour conversations with Tim. But, we’re also much better off not having three hours or so eaten up once a week like that.
Random Thought! Jim Starlin is writing Stormwatch! One of the five books I narrowed it down to. Not too bad, eh?
Random Thought! Also, I’m glad that DC is going deluxe paperbacks of Lucifer. The trades are out of print and, now, I can give the book a shot. Mike Carey did a really good Hellblazer and I’ve enjoyed The Unwritten off and on. Plus, it would be an excuse to revisit Paradise Lost, since I’ve heard Lucifer is steeped heavily in that poem.
Random Thought! I know I said I was okay with it, but there’s some smug satisfaction in Constantine having three writers in two issues. I am a spiteful man no matter how hard I try not to be.
Random Thought! Last Tuesday, we concluded our Boston Legal rewatch with the finale — which, unlike Cronin, I like more than the season four finale. Season four ended with a great little moment, but nothing tops the sheer insanity of the series finale. It has everything I love about that show wrapped up into a double-sized package. Michelle and I then immediately jumped into Mad Men season five, finishing that on Saturday. I’m not sure where that season falls yet, but not near the top. Still good, but it didn’t seem to reach the heights that show is capable of (though, it came close a few times). Then, on Sunday night, we began Justified, blowing through the first five episodes. We also finished watching all of the Bond movies with one of the weakest of the bunch: Die Another Day. It began well enough with the North Korea stuff (and one of the best opening credits with the torture stuff), but quickly became a bit of a mess.
Random Thought! Small week. Four new comics plus the new Paul Pope hardcover. I’m pretty excited for it and am glad it’s hitting the shop on a slow week.
Random Thought! Reread Change #1 and 2… yes, I do like that comic. I do.
Random Thought! At one point, I would have missed Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE. Now, I’m just kind of sad that I stuck around for the funeral.
Random Thought! Oh no, Mister Miracle’s Motherbox has been destroyed! He’s doomed! He’s gonna di–oh. He put it in his mask last week. That’s some cheap shit, Mister Kirby.
Random Thought! On Friday night, by best bud Adam is coming down to join Michelle and I in taking a little trip to Dearborn to catch a Ring of Honor show. I haven’t attended one of their shows yet. I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a decent 12 months of seeing wrestling live (my second show during that time where Adam has come down, which is great). And, looking at the WWE PPV schedule, it looks like we’ll be seeing Night of Champions live in September. Not too shabby. All I really need is another Dragon Gate USA show and CHIKARA to take a trip this way.
Random Thought! Because my shop got shorted last month, I had a double-dose of Age of Apocalypse last week with issue 10 and 11. Am I the only one who kind of like the idea of the series ending with issue 11? That would be a pretty great/ballsy ending. Part of me will be disappointed when issue 12 comes out in February.
Random Thought! I’m curious how Jason Aaron will explain the idea that Thor is somehow responsible for a guy who was already killing gods continuing to kill gods. But, hey, that’s me.
Random Thought! Superior Spider-Man #1 was a mediocre comic experience. Decent ideas (as I’ve said before), but utterly dreadful in execution. I gave it an issue. I don’t care. The ending was particularly baffling.
Random Thought! I think I need to reread Hell Yeah #1-5 in one go. If only because the comic I remember reading and the comic Joe Keatinge has described in interviews (including that one last week on CBR) don’t seem like the same thing. So, I kind of want to know which of us is misguided. (It could be me. That’s not meant to be sarcastic or anything. I could have totally misread it as it came out. That’s happened far too many times.)
Random Thought! Tim and I spoke about Grant Morrison’s Action Comics on the podcast and I argued that Grant Morrison couldn’t carry through his ‘young, idealistic, change-the-world’ Superman, because, at some point, he stops. And there’s no reason for it. Make all of the larger philosphical arguments, but there’s no way to have Superman live in a world with starvation, genocide, and every other horrible thing and do nothing without him being a terrible person. At some point, he gives up that idealism despite having the ability to change things — solely because that would run antithetical to the way the DCU works. That’s an idea I can’t shake. It’s not a new one entirely. The twist here is presenting the character with that idealism and desire to use his powers in non-traditional ways like that. He would stop. How can he do that and be a hero, really?
Random Thought! In the Blogathon, Jeff Lester and I will be posting on Dreadstar #1-12. Wait — you don’t know about the Blogathon? Well, click this link and read all about my biggest attempt to blog for 24 hours straight for charity. Me, 15 other writers, two blogs — all for the Hero Initiative. And please do give. We’ve had a couple of donations already and I’m loving that. I would love to see more. Usually, people wait until after it’s over, but I think I’ve proven myself by this point. I say I’m going to deliver some good comics writing for 24 hours, I do. And, this time, there’s the added bonus of those 15 other writers. So, please give early for a great cause. Nothing would please me more than beginning the Blogathon with a sizeable sponsorship.
Random Joe Casey Question! Are you still involved with any bands or play music anymore?
Random Joe Casey Answer! I still play out around Hollywood occasionally with my friends. I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I’d like, but then again I’m a helluva lot busier than I used to be. But it’s still good fun, it’s still a purely visceral experience that really cannot be matched. For a long time, it was my only chance to, as they say, “live in the moment”… something that gets much more difficult to do (and I was never very good at it to begin with) but there are now other areas of my life where I can put that concept into practice. But, again, it’s one of those things that I’m content to keep to myself now. I used to talk about the band shit occasionally in interviews… but these days I’m perfectly happy not to.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Later.
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